March 4th, 2008


[links] Link salad is baaaaaack

Potlatch 17 reports here, here, here, here, here, here and here — Now don't say I never gave you nothing to read. Plus csinman finally gave me the original of the caricature they'd done of me last year.

paulskemp has a theory about me. — Soon I shall have to absorb him into the Jay Lake Collective.

Interview with the daughter of a friend of mine — She's playing Falstaff in Henry IV. Oddly, my dad played Falstaff in an amateur theatre production when I was a kid.

The Incredible Folding Chopsticks — When I was a little kid I had a little plastic set of kwai-tze.

Asian cockroach could benefit South Texas cotton farmers — Invasive species are always such a good idea. (Thanks to BBB.)

Bedroom in a box — No, it's not what you think. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

miRNA controls skin cell growth — Cool biology stuff for you Dr. Moreau fans. Behind a freewall, sorry about that.

Strange Maps — Here's some serious cool. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Gibtown — Where old carnies go to die. (Thanks to danjite.)

Woman Jailed For Failing To Return Books — Man, librarians are tough. (Thanks to danjite.)

Quaker teacher fired for changing loyalty oath — California requires a loyalty oath? That is so creepy. (Thanks to danjite.)

And of course, today is primary day in Vermont, Rhode Island, Texas and Ohio. If you live there, go vote.

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: 278.2
This morning's weigh-in: 277.0
Currently reading: Field of Fire, by James O. Born Powell's | Amazon ]

Quick! What's the singular of antipodes?

[personal] RIP Gary Gygax

As widely reported in the blogosphere, Gary Gygax has passed away. I never met the man, have no particular sense of him beyond my sense of any human being, but the little game he developed quite literally gave me something to live for at some of the worst times of my life, and developed my plot-and-story bump rather nicely.

I'm not exactly an OG — never played Chainmail, but I still have my brown book/white book rules around somewhere, along with the old blue box set and its rotting dice.

I've commented before on my strong suspicion that spec fic is losing a generation of writers to MMORPGs. I wonder how big a generation of writers have their roots in the fantasy RPG movement that Gygax launched. And of course those two gaming trends are strongly linked, so perhaps it's an averaging effect.

Anyway, rest in peace, Mr. Gygax. You missed your last saving throw.

[poll] The Gary Gygax memorial D&D poll

Poll #1148943 D&D poll

Were you a gamer before you were a writer?

Yeah, kind of.
You got nothing on me.
Are you kidding? I used to beat up the gamer kids.

Did you ever play tabletop RPGs?

You bet. What was up with those d12s anyway?
Computer screens and console games all the way, baby.
Is that what a LARPer with a broken leg does?
You are so 1980s, Lake.

What was the first edition of D&D you ever played?

All bow before me. I was mighty in Chainmail.
Brown book/white book D&D.
Blue box D&D.
First edition AD&D, last of the true role playng systems.
Some version of AD&D invented after 1985.
You people really need to get over yourselves.

If you're a writer, did your gaming lead to or influence your fiction?

Sorry. I'm a reader.
:: scuff :: scuff :: Maybe.
Like butter leads to toast.
No. I was a normal kid.
I entered the fiction world via Derridaist critique, thank you very much. Now please pass the absinthe.
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[writing] February update

Lessee...last month was busy.

I powered through the revisions to Madness of Flowers, which managed to dangle over slightly into March.

I executed first drafts of "Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be" and "To Repair Man".

I submitted 6 stories and 1 reprint, received 1 rejection, and sold 3 short stories: "The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black", "An Elderly Pirate Recalls the Death of Love", "Bringing the Future Home", and one novella: "America, Such as She Is".

I received the ARCs of Escapement Amazon ] and the book club editions of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ].

I was on the road 16 days, attended RadCon V and the South Carolina Book Festival, as well as business trips to Omaha, Denver, and Omaha again. ETA: lasirenadolce pointed out that I was also at Potlatch on 2/29.

Now on to March.