April 19th, 2008


[sale] Reprint of "The Hangman Isn't Hanging" to The Lone Star Stories Reader

"The Hangman Isn't Hanging" is going to be reprinted soon in the upcoming Lone Star Stories anthology The Lone Star Stories Reader. This story is part of Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, previously discussed here

The rather nice ToC, for your delectation:

An introduction by Sherwood Smith
“Wolf Night” by Martha Wells
“Seasonal Work” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“‘Janet, Meet Bob’” by Gavin J. Grant
“The Great Conviction of Tia Inez” by M. Thomas
“Angels of a Desert Heaven” by Marguerite Reed
“The Disemboweler” by Ekaterina Sedia
“A Night in Electric Squidland” by Sarah Monette
“Thread: A Triptych” by Catherynne M. Valente
“The Frozen One” by Tim Pratt
“Dragon Hunt” by Sarah Prineas
“Manuscript Found Written in the Paw Prints of a Stoat” by Samantha Henderson
"Giant” by Stephanie Burgis
“When the Rain Comes” by Josh Rountree
“The Hangman Isn’t Hanging” by Jay Lake
"The Oracle Opens One Eye” by Patricia Russo

Kudos to ericmarin for the success of Lone Star Stories, and for putting together this excellent selection in a reprint anthology.

[links] Link salad Saturday serving

DC-3 conversion van — Ok, I want this. Real bad. Real, real bad.

The Kentucky Space Program

APOD with another lovely and thought-proving image

Texas polygamist sect is accused of indoctrinating girls — "Girls in the west Texas polygamous sect enter into underage marriages without resistance because they are ruthlessly indoctrinated from birth to believe disobedience will lead to their damnation" How is this different from any other religion? That's a serious question, not snark. The followers of virtually all religions raise their children within their religious framework, and impose the moral and behavioral rules of their faith on their children. Why is this different? If you're going to give social approval to religious upbringing, where does the line fall in picking-and-choosing? From my atheistic point of view, it's all indoctrination, after all.

Pentagon institute calls Iraq war 'a major debacle' with outcome 'in doubt' — Damned liberal traitors have infested the Pentagon now. Where's Joe McCarthy when we really need him?

John McCain's tax returns — Note his wife's were withheld. I wonder how Your Liberal Media and conservative America would feel about Hillary withholding Bill's tax info.

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 271.8
Currently reading: The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry Powell's | Amazon ]


[process] Reading as a writer

I've been first reading novel manuscripts lately. kenscholes' Canticle, plus two more from other writers. Halfway through the third of those right now.

At the same time, I've been reading books. You know, ones that were already published. I just finished Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon Powell's | Amazon ], and have now started The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry Powell's | Amazon ].

I've always done a lot of reading of unpublished work throughout my writing career. That's what workshopping is, after all. Plus co-editing Polyphony under mme_publisher, and my other editing projects. Plus courtesy reads and manuscript swaps and convention workshopping and all that. It's been a long time since I've been able to read more published work than unpublished work.

For me, being a writer (more to the point, being a busy, committed working writer) comes out of almost exactly the same time budget as being reader. When I am committing novel, it all goes by — that's why I took up the habit of reading on the exercise bike: to ensure some reading time even in those portions of my life.

Because it's dangerous not to read. And unpublished work just isn't the same. The qualitative experience is different, first off — I'm almost always reading with a pencil in my hand (or the Word comments feature turned on). Which is to say, I'm reading critically, and not staying inside the flow of the story much, if at all. The expectations are different, too. A sheaf of printouts, or .doc file, are simply not the same physical or mental experience as a book.

A book is a finished artifact. (Yes, I know better, but you know what I mean.) My experience of a book is conditioned by a childhood of loitering in libraries and among my parents' substantial shelves. This is why electronic readers are not ever likely to displace dead trees for me — print on paper is practically hard wired into me. I cannot influence the book's outcome (unlike manuscript feedback), I can only experience it.

A book is also something which has already been acquired, edited, copy edited, printed, bound, distributed, and sold. It's done, the end product of the pipeline that the manuscript is the beginning of. Rather like the difference between looking at a cow and eating a hamburger. I'm in the cow business, really, I need to look at a lot of cows, but all my cows become hamburgers. If I don't eat a lot of hamburgers, I lose touch with the other end of the process.

So I'm trying to read more books. In spec fic, out of spec fic. Mystery, because I'd maybe like to go there in a few years. Non-fiction to feed my head. Random genres just to learn new stuff. I can't spend all my time in the grazing meadows of science fiction and fantasy, talking to cows.

More better hamburgers, that's the ticket for me. And it takes a lot of discipline to find that time.

[personal] An apology

This morning I asked a question in my link salad post which was intended to be a fairly simple question. I did not express myself well, and as a result have a created a great deal of upset and offense for some of my readers.

Regardless of my intentions, that outcome is not acceptable to me. I place a high value on civility in discourse, and I breached that value.

I apologize for the distress I have caused.