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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-25 03:37
Subject: [personal] Miscellany, writing and politics
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Tags:endurance, healthcare, kalimpura, omaha, original destiny, our lady, personal, politics, sunspin, writing
Walked this morning here in Omaha. The fireflies are gone, and I never heard the distinctive, echoing peep of the nighthawks, but I did see the usual rabbits, along with an amiable skunk, as well as finally spotting the owl that patrols the stretch of Papillion Creek where I walk. She was sitting atop a power pole, visible only as a shape in the glow from some distant street lights. Still, I've been hearing her for months — sometimes I think she paces me — and it was nice to say hello.

Brad R. Torgersen rightly points out that I've been getting positively ranty about politics lately. I've still got a lot to say, this healthcare reform debate has really touched some nerves for me — both personally as a cancer survivor who has to cope with pre-existing condition limitations and the likely financial ruin when I reach my lifetime maximum coverage limits; and as a liberal-progressive with strong convictions about the obligations of a wealthy society such as ours to its members regardless of their financial or social status. To say the least, I find currently articulated conservative viewpoints on these issues notably lacking in facts, common sense or compassion. But I think I'll lay off it for a while. At least a few days. I'm a writer who blogs about politics, not a political blogger. Thanks for the reminder, Brad.

On the writing front, I continue to bang out stories, but I'm about to shift gears to a book-length Sekrit Projekt in collaboration with a Sekrit Collaborator. It's cool, I don't know yet if it will pay off as this is a new direction for me, but we'll see. Thinking about that led me to think about my writing plans over the next few years. Spent some time last night discussing this with garyomaha and elusivem, to the point where they were laughing at me about the degree to which I was looking into the future. For example, the Tor contract I just signed has deliverables due in the spring of 2011, and the final edition in the contract won't be out til the spring of 2013. That's a four year cycle.

Roughly speaking, here's what I think is going to happen:

August-October, 2009Sekrit Projekt
October-December, 2009Revise Our Lady of the Islands with calendula_witch
January-February, 2010Revise Endurance
March-April, 2010Draft Kalimpura (Green book 3)
May-June, 2010Do something else (possibly revive dormant YA novel project)
July-December, 2010Draft Sunspin (high concept space opera trilogy)
January-February, 2011Revise Kalimpura
March-May, 2011Revise Sunspin
June-December, 2011Draft Original Destiny, Manifest Sin


All of that, of course, interspersed with copy edits, galleys, short fiction, commissioned work, possible novel projects that someone might throw money at me to do quickly, etc. In other words, very much subject to change without notice, most likely through date slippage. Of the above, only Endurance and Kalimpura are contracted, so everything else can flex as opportunity and inspiration permit.

Watch this space for more details.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2009-08-25 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: As for health stuff...
...I've got to say that I'm having a hard time accepting even the "Where will the money come from?" health care argument when I've got a swollen left arm (thanks to an infection) and no spare cash to get to the doctor even with private insurance.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-25 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: Re: As for health stuff...
Take care of yourself.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-08-25 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding the politics, I don't think you've been ranty, but then, I'm openly a political animal even though I no longer participate in the process. Torgersen's arguments weren't quite convincing to me but then again, I'm old enough to have known people who went into the Guard and Reserve during the Vietnam era as a draft avoidance strategy, and they were very up front and explicit about it (and Seattle? Bastion of liberalism? Um, Eugene's got both Portland and Seattle beat, hands down, except for labor politics. And yes, I'm a native Eugenean and graduated from the U of O). Heck, my DH was in ROTC until he drew a draft number in the 300s, which meant he didn't have to go unless things well and truly went to pieces.

Still, if you're feeling that you've gone over the top with the rants, then perhaps you have. I notice that the health care discussion is making a lot of people ranty. I've been holding back, myself, except for comments because we're looking at a potential personal medical nightmare should nothing change and the son doesn't have medical insurance once he ages off of DH and my insurance. Under current rules, he's uninsurable unless we can get him in the Oregon High Risk pool. The Crohn's will get him there--but I want that damn bill to pass, or else for him to get a job in a country with a sane damn health policy. This health care debate is making me consider my own options for relocation, and getting positively grumpy about my home country in the process.

Anyway. Sounds like you've bitten off quite a bit there with your four year plan. I'm looking forward to reading all those works.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-25 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
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Starshadow
User: arielstarshadow
Date: 2009-08-25 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like your political posts - and I posted a response to that post you linked to about health care with some good comments from Roger Ebert.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-25 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, and yes, the Ebert was amazing.
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Michael Curry: minifesto jefferson
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-08-25 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:minifesto jefferson
I like the political posts (probably because I agree with your stand on many issues), and I think the fact that you're especially passionate about the health care debate makes it understandable that you post about it more. This fall we'll either end up with something worthwhile or some huge giveaway to the health insurance companies, so now's the time to get people riled.

On the future fiction side, it does my heart good to see ODMS make an appearance on that list!

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spencimusprime
User: spencimusprime
Date: 2009-08-25 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay,

You'd better step it up if you want to be a "real" writer there, homey. Slow slow slow. ;)

I like the politics, if only because other sf writers have gotten massively political in various ways--and in my experience, the conservatives are the most public. Also, you're well-known as a cancer survivor, and I think that you have a responsibility to represent your views on healthcare based on your experience. There's a kind of expertise that comes with that.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-25 17:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Spencer. That's pretty much how I see it - I have experience, opinions and the ability to frame them both comprehensibly. I think the point Brad was making, at least indirectly, is that I'm preaching to the choir. lordofallfools has made the same observation.

I just don't know how to change the minds of people who believe in death panels, and that Medicare isn't a government program. This debate defies logic.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-08-27 05:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:fireworks
This part of the choir (thank gods you really don't have to hear me sing) appreciates your politics, thxmch. And doesn't think you're shrill.
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2009-08-25 16:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Add me as another voice in favor of the political side of your blogging. I think you do a remarkably graceful and patient job of handling topics and discussions that make me want to bang my head on the table.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-25 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I realized I was tired of feeling shrill. As joycemocha said, if I'm tired of it, I need to listen. I'll be back, don't worry. Just needed a little break from it.
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