March 18th, 2008

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[contest] Caption contest voting poll

This is the voting poll for the caption contest here. Commenters were challenged to coin a snappy caption for Collapse )

Forthwith is the voting poll. Usual rules apply, first prize (after the voting poll) will be an ARC of Escapement Amazon ].

I will also invoke judge's discretion and award my last Audible.com gift card to my personal favorite. The card can be used for two Audible titles, including Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] or any other title, including Old Man's War, A War of Gifts: An Ender Story or any of the Dune books.

Poll #1156102 Rainforest Writers caption contest?

Which is your favorite caption for the above photo of me?

suricattus: "Do those damn treefrogs ever shut up?"
2(2.7%)
criada: Vellux!
0(0.0%)
martyn44: Use the Force, Jay, use the Force!
0(0.0%)
etcet: "Why did I get a room with a) lismantchev and b) an espresso machine? That caffeine buzz is going to wear off sometime, and I don't know how long the chandelier is going to last with her swinging from it like that."
0(0.0%)
markbourne: Dude, I LOVE that scene in The Godfather where the guy wakes up with the big Jay Lake head in his bed!
7(9.3%)
mary919: Ceiling cat tells Jay, "Getz outta teh bed!"
1(1.3%)
jenntheamazon: "Why do those idea lights have to be so close to my head? I might go blind!"
0(0.0%)
paulcarp: "Most of my bedtime reading is nonfiction. Why, I must've read the Underwriters Laboratory label 1,000 times."
1(1.3%)
sheelangig: Chicken Little Slept Here
1(1.3%)
steve_buchheit: Jay Lake makes entreaties to the Book Fairy while double checking his synopsis is under the pillow before going to sleep.
2(2.7%)
mtrimm1: God, I weish I was sleeping with Mikal again...
0(0.0%)
robot_scandal: Jay Lake caught in an embarrassing accidental 'upshade' glance. The perv.
0(0.0%)
jeffvandermeer: "Note to self: My brain is now so large from doing so many simultaneous projects that I really need a crutch to pull my head up off the pillow in the morning."
0(0.0%)
Ann VanderMeer: Why oh why did I eat that second helping of head cheese???
0(0.0%)
garyomaha: My ghu. He *does* sleep with his eyes open.
1(1.3%)
matthewsrotundo: "Did I leave the iron on?"
3(4.0%)
lt260: “Oh, great... I write science fiction and the image in the water stain on my ceiling is Ayn Rand?”
2(2.7%)
iamrazorwing: "Most people get one idea lightbulb at a time. Jay Lake gets two. Except this time."
0(0.0%)
saveswhat: The breakthrough moment in Jay Lake's creation of the "Lightpunk" subgenre.
6(8.0%)
ianrandalstrock: If I think at it hard enough, it'll go down... Oh! You meant the light bulb.
2(2.7%)
makoiyi: If I don't move may be it won't.
0(0.0%)
threeoutside: Alien Lights Turn Man's Ears into Giant Cauliflowers!
1(1.3%)
jtdiii: Jay discovers the latest product from Ronco, The Snorer. "Snore On, Snore Off, Snore On, The Snorer!"
0(0.0%)
saycestsay: Only one? Where's the idea switch?
1(1.3%)
stillnotbored: Can't sleep...can't show weakness...new writers will eat me...
7(9.3%)
caryn71: Noticing a large shiny black spider in the lamp just inches from his head, Jay must negotiate his means of escape; throw back covers and jump, or crawl away slowly.
0(0.0%)
wild_patience: God? Is that you?
1(1.3%)
joshenglish: Blink on! Blink off! Damn tic!
0(0.0%)
jeffsoesbe: In the rainforest, ceiling spiders are Very Large.
0(0.0%)
alasdair1076: One day, when I've finished my Jedi training, I'll be able to turn BOTH lights on with my mind.
7(9.3%)
pauljessup: Is it still there?
1(1.3%)
pauljessup: I, Loxor the Lamp god, shall devour you mortal!
0(0.0%)
pauljessup: Why is robot sex so damned loud?
2(2.7%)
pauljessup: Can't sleep, lamps will eat me.
11(14.7%)
twilight2000: "Be vewy vewy qwiet..."
0(0.0%)
delkytlar: "Maybe rooming on the party floor at FurryCon would be better than rooming under it."
1(1.3%)
kproche: "Every time I close my eyes it moves closer! Must... not... blink..."
3(4.0%)
akirlu: "If that thing comes on every time I have an idea it's gonna be a l-o-o-o-o-n-g night!"
2(2.7%)
jeffsoesbe: "Are you there, Ghu? It's me, Jay."
3(4.0%)
kehrli: On the second day of Rainforest, there was nothing. Then the Light spake, "Let there be Lake," and there was Lake. And he was good.
7(9.3%)
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[links] Link salad for Tuesday (special snack size)

Caption contest voting poll is now open — Vote early, vote often!

Novelists Strike Fails To Affect Nation Whatsoever — Hahahah. (Snurched from mimerki.)

Steam Wars and MORAV — Oooh. Giant robots! Alternate histories! Heroics! (Snurched from io9.)

Copy editing the Bible — Huh.




3/18/08
Time in saddle: 22 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 277.6
Currently reading: Field of Fire, by James O. Born Powell's | Amazon ]

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[links] Link salad afternoon update

matthewsrotundo with some big news — My Writers of the Future win was a major step for me. All you agent and editor types, he's got a novel wrapped up that looks promising. Take note.

The Economist with an interesting obituary of Gary Gygax

Why giant mecha robots are stupid — (Thanks to goulo.)

A response to the above — Citing our own the_flea_king!

Inside NeverLand Ranch — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

The Theory of Interstellar Trade — This Paul Krugman piece is funny. And interesting. And weird. All at the same time. This piece really ought to be reprinted in a current genre market.

Alpha Centauri Scoped for Earth-Like Planets

Google Sky — Ooooh.

Big dog robot — Weird video of developmental defense tech. (Thanks to GS.)

Globe spanning Obama siblings — Interesting. And utter cannon fodder for the racist, nativist core of Republican America, unfortunately. (Thanks to my Dad.)
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[writing] Progriss riport

Knocked about 5,000 words out of Green tonight. Maybe 2/3 of the way through a fast scene edit. This draft is fairly tight, so once I'm done with this pass I'm going to have to start cutting Real Stuff.

Only found one scene which I could toss as-is so far, and four or five where I could make significant cuts. On the one hand, this means my draft is good. On the other hand, the cuts are only going to get tougher.

I'm having fun, but I'm also looking forward to spending April not Under Deadline. (Not that I'm complaining, mind you...)

Since when did I get so hard core about revision, anyway? Ah, New Model Process.