February 10th, 2008


[audio] Podcast updated 2008-02-10

There's a new podcast up today. This is a recording of me reading my story "Arrange the Bones." At 1,000 words, this originally appeared in Say...Was that a Kiss? back in 2002, then reprinted by Prime Books in my 2004 collection, Dogs in the Moonlight Powell's | Amazon ]. If you like the story, please consider supporting Fortress of Words and their Say... zine, as well as Prime Books. I also recently posted the text of story here in a Creative Commons online release.

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[links] Link salad, day of rest edition

The Boondocks on why life isn't more like Star Wars — I miss this strip almost as much as I miss Calvin and Hobbes.

When they learned to decompile the results of the Human Genome Project, the following were found in the resulting source code... — Seriously geek funny. (Thanks to danjite.)

Chumble Spuzz! — Hysterically funny, and slightly frightening, view of English as it is seen in Asia.

lillypond with photos of yesterday's family hike

Nevada school district bans Spanish on the bus — Right. Because immigrants never did anything good for this country! Just ask a Native American. More here.

Colin Powell on the presidential candidates — "Frankly, we've lost a lot in recent years. I am going to be looking for the candidate that seems to me to be leading a party that is fully in sync with the candidate, and a party that will also reflect America's goodness and America's vision." Interesting.

Time in saddle: 10 minutes at low speed, plus 25 minute brisk walk (due to knees being NSF Friday and Saturday)
Last night's weigh-out: 277.0
This morning's weigh-in: 273.8
Currently reading: The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain Powell's | Amazon ]

[writing] Progriss riport

I haven't posted much about writing lately. Rest assured I have been busy.

I am revising Madness of Flowers at the line level, per the New Model Process. I started on February 2nd, and I'm 224 pages into what was an 800 page manuscript. I'm tightening a lot of prose, trimming at the line and paragraph level, and generally reimmersing myself in the book. When I'm done with the line pass, I'm going to have to go back through and do scene-level cuts. At that point I should have the entire book fresh in my head. I'd really like to have all this done before the end of February.

Once Madness is back out the door to Night Shade, I'm going to revise several recent short stories and get them out to market, then do this same line-level revision to Green. It's slow work, and sometimes painful, but to my surprise I'm really enjoying it. By the time I get back to Green, it will be unfamiliar due to all my focus on Madness, which will help me see the text more objectively.

I'm considering daily page metrics on the revision, just like I do with first drafts. Not sure how useful that is to me, or to anyone reading, but maybe I'll bundle it with WIPs. In the mean time, with luck I'll spend the rest of the day on this here book in front of me.