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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-02 03:13
Subject: [links] Link salad remains in light
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JayCon is this coming Saturday! Mark your calendars: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Lone Star Stories #31 Reviewed — In which very nice things are said about my story "On the Human Plan".

A reader reacts to my short story "The God Clown is Near"

A Jay Lake Shakespeare Festival — This is hilarious.

Plotting way forward on Ice Age Floods Trail — I've visited many of the sites. One of my favorites, though, is the little known Moses Coulee in central Washington State. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Plants 'can recognise themselves'

Millisecond Pulsars for Starship Navigation

Michael Moore on what to do with GM — (Thanks to garyomaha.)

?otD: Nothing is better than that, is it?

Body movement: 60 minute trainer time at gym
This morning's weigh-in: 218.6
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-02 13:43 (UTC)
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It was actually about four months before the cancer last year. And you're right, I no longer dread it. Quite the opposite. Though it took me months to get to that point.

Three tricks, basically, that worked for me.

First, calling it "body movement" instead of "exercise" took a lot of the emotional freight out of the situation. I went to elementary school and junior high in the 1970s, where the typical gym teacher motivational strategy was to goat the hell out of one kid to motivate all the others. I was almost always the goat. That kind of persistent victimization leaves a mark. By the time I was 14, I was violently allergic to exercise and anyone who practiced it. So changing terms -- reframing, in Lakoffian dialect -- helped me a lot.

Second, public reporting of my activity. I'm accountable to the world. Not that anyone's keeping score (that I know of). It just means if I miss or slough off a day, I can't rationalize it away or "forget". I have to admit it, in print, in public. For me, that works well. For some, that would probably be a horror show.

Third, I convinced myself that body movement was and is an essential component of my writing strategy. If I don't get out and move around, my energy levels are lower, I'm logier, I don't have as much energy and focus to write. Once I was able to accept it as a writing-related program activity, just as important as story marketing, reading or research, then it became a lot easier to adapt my behavior.

Hope that helped!
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-06-02 14:37 (UTC)
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A link salad that doesn't mention your agent's agentversary book giveaway?! For shame, sir!

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-02 14:40 (UTC)
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Oi! Error!

Do I get credit for tweeting it yesterday...?
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-06-02 14:49 (UTC)
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