October 8th, 2007

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[process] First sentences and titles

paul_m_jessup recently made a good post about the power of a good first sentence. I particularly liked his statement that:
A first sentence is you leaning in, close to the reader and whispering, "this is important, pay attention."


I'll second his sentiment, though I take a somewhat different view of the details than I believe paul_m_jessup does. Collapse )

Ultimately, write the story. The title will be what it is, the first sentence will be what it is. The more you can load there, the better, but don't force it. Stories, like wine or cheese, have to breathe.

ETA: ogre_san hits the same topic at the same time this morning, except he's smarter than me. And less wordy.
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[links] Link salad with new improved croutons

Craig Venter claims creation of artificial life

Shooting down amateur grammar Nazis

Parkour in action — In case you were wondering what wall-running and urban steeplechase really looks like.

Airship may link historic cities — Mmm...zeppelins. Well, airships. (Thanks to lisamantchev.)

Conservatives on parade

The Inconsistent Waffle Factor — More on consistency fetishism among my conservative friends. Money shot:
"Conservatives are far more conservative -- they are far more likely to hold fast and circle the wagons, whereas liberals are more adaptive," said Hillary Hoffman, a psychologist at the University of Miami who has studied the issue of consistency in politics. "That is part of the definition of 'liberal' and 'conservative.'"
Think about this: At the end of Thelma and Louise, the girls stayed the course. Look what it got them...

Same Old Party — Paul Krugman of the NYT on the growing conservative sentiment that Bush isn't a "real" conservative. Newsflash: he's no liberal/progressive, you people elected him...he's yours for life, my conservative friends.

Right Wing Launches Baseless Smear Campaign Against 12 Year Old Recipient Of SCHIP — The party of family values strikes again.

Susan Collins' senate campaign attacks opponent for missing congressional votes — Seems he was at the funeral of a family member. More conservative family values!

Lawsuit over conduct of Oral Roberts University leadership — Wow. Money and sex. You'd think these people were liberals or something. Even more conservative family values!!!
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[conventions] OryCon Programming

I will be at OryCon 29, along with tillyjane, lasirenadolce and the_child. I will only be there on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th, due to family obligations on Sunday. Happily, all my programming seems to be on Saturday.

Saturday, November 17th

11:00 amAutograph Session with Jay Lake

11:30 amReading: Jay Lake

6:00 pmEthics of Publishing: When does a long response time become unprofessional?...and other issues. [Moderator]

8:00 pm'Whose line is it anyway?'

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[books] Mainspring rocking the house at Powell's

lasirenadolce and I were in the Gold Room at Powell's tonight (that's where f/sf lives) when we decided to drop in on my shelf section. Lo and behold, Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ] Collapse )

The sucker was faced, too! Note also Trial of Flowers Powell's | Amazon ] right next to it. Whee!

As usual, more at the Flickr set. Though not much in this case...