September 28th, 2007

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[links] Link side salad redux

Today's Get Fuzzy is very, very funny

The supernatural does not exist

The U.S. military's role in preventing the bombing of Iran — This is a particularly interesting story in light of yesterday's linkage about the BENT SPEAR incident.

Anoher thin[k|g] coming — In which your proprietor may be wrong. Or maybe not.

The Happiness Gap — Who's happier? Men or women?

Treason in Georgia — No, the other Georgia. In case you're interested in post-Communist politics.
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[process] The gentle horrors of revision

Well, "America, Such as She Is" has gone to the editor. I requested the right to turn in minor revisions over the weekend pending some additional feedback and a little more steeping in my own mind, but I have made deadline. We'll see if he likes it — different issue entirely, there.

This has been a fascinating experience. The novella is the second piece I've written with the New Model Process, though I did also apply it to the revisions of Escapement. I realized today that I was enjoying the revision process. Both devonmonk and the mighty Ray Vukcevich told me years ago that there was no such thing as revising, there was just more writing. I think maybe I finally understand them.

It's a weird feeling, like suddenly noticing the sky is blue. So many people have slapped me upside the head with this over the years, from casacorona to Gavin Grant to I don't know who else. It finally penetrated.

We'll see where that leads me, but for the moment I'm unconscionably pleased. Today's lesson for me is the reminder that writers are like sharks: always moving, always growing, never dying til they grow still. The reader is free to draw their own conclusions, of course.
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[child] The Michaelmas Play

Over lunch today I popped by the_child's school for the Michaelmas Play. This is performed every year, and is a celebration of the turning of the season. It also borders on mythic ritual, involving angels, dragons and the intervention of St. Michael. The Waldorf school isn't big on photography, and requests that we take no pictures or videos during the actualy performance, so all I got were a few snaps of the kids getting organized, and two surreptitious photos of the dragon. It was horribly cute.

Unfortunately, the play was rained out this year. It's always performed outdoors, and they've never been rained out in 20 years, but this year was the first time. It was rescheduled into the gym on an emergency basis, which produced some odd logistical consequences. The dragon barely fit through the double doors to the girl's locker room, for example.

the_child was a shooting star, along with the rest of her fourth grade class. She lead one troop of them as they rained golden across the battlefield.

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As always, more at the Flickr set
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[fiction] "The Last Days of Yokohama Sid's Used Ferris Wheel Lot"

The Last Days of Yokohama Sid's Used Ferris Wheel Lot


A tragedy in 10 voices

Edited by jeffsoesbe


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© 2007 by the authors. Edited together by jeffsoesbe from the comment thread on this post concerning Yokohama Sid.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
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[links] Link side for Friday afternoon when no one is reading

17 mechanical marvel calculators

White House Faults Rush Limbaugh Over "Phony Soldiers" Comment

The great American hypocrisy tour — Republicans on parade.

David Lynch's A Goofy Movie — (Snurched from dthon.)

In which blackholly is mentioned

6 die from brain-eating amoeba in lakes — (Snurched from criada.)

Locker room in a bottle — (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Children: the aliens among us — Navy recruiters discover youth these days aren't what they used to be. These aren't your father's kids?

Today the Niece asked lillypond, "Mom, do fish have eyebrows?"
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[poll] Schools and houses for $400

Having spent part of the day at the_child's school, I was thinking about educational systems. She goes to a Waldorf school (Steiner school if you're European). I myself have a rather checkered primary and secondary educational history, with nine schools in twelve years on three continents.

So I'm curious to take an entirely unscientific sampling of the readers of this blog, concerning your childhood education and domiciles. Feel free to elaborate in comments!

Poll #1062961 What sort of education did you have?

What kind of school(s) did you go to?

Public
93(50.8%)
Waldorf/Steiner
0(0.0%)
Montessori
0(0.0%)
Other Alternative Curriculum
1(0.5%)
International School
0(0.0%)
Prep
2(1.1%)
Catholic
4(2.2%)
Evangelical Christian
0(0.0%)
Madras
0(0.0%)
Other Religious
0(0.0%)
Boarding School
0(0.0%)
Year-Round School
0(0.0%)
Home School
0(0.0%)
Non-US School (American system)
0(0.0%)
Non-US School (British system)
3(1.6%)
Non-US School (other system)
3(1.6%)

Where did you live?

Same home town all the way through
22(12.0%)
Moved some
7(3.8%)
Moved a lot
3(1.6%)
Here in the US
5(2.7%)
The United Kingdom
0(0.0%)
Elsewhere in the Anglosphere
1(0.5%)
Elsewhere in the world
0(0.0%)
Small town
0(0.0%)
Big city
0(0.0%)
Military base
0(0.0%)
Ex-pat compound
0(0.0%)
Apartment
0(0.0%)
Urban house
0(0.0%)
Suburban house
0(0.0%)
Out in the country
0(0.0%)
Something else entirely
0(0.0%)