June 10th, 2008

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[personal] Updatery

No work on Green yesterday. Several people close to me were having very hard days, and it kind of spilled over. I’ll be at the Fireside today, so I expect to recapture the lost ground there.

the_child’s last day of school is coming up Wednesday, which will change the complexion of evenings around Nuevo Rancho Lake. Especially this time of year, when it doesn’t get dark until after 9 pm — she tends to stay up later than me.

In other news, seventorches has posted some photos of JayCon VIII to Flickr. So has the_flea_king, here. See also his recent photo sets of his trip to Oregon, including some awesome portraits of Saturday market entertainers and attendees here.

Day Jobbe is cranking up early today, but watch for a link salad soon.

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[links] Link salad for a Tuesday

John Klima reminds us that it is World Fantasy Award nominating season — My recommendations of my own work are here if you’re interested in nominating me, though “C-Rock City” and “The Man With One Bright Eye” are purely SFnal and probably don’t make sense in the context of the WFA.

Aeon issue 14 is live — With my short story “Sweet Rocket.”

Top writers feel heat from publishers’ presses — “Many top-selling writers, such as John Grisham and Mary Higgins Clark, have turned out at least one book annually for years. Now some writers are beginning to grumble about the pressure, and some are refusing to comply.” Um. Um. Right. Also, note the comment about Scarpetta’s publishing scheduled. According to the Globe she has a manuscript due “soon” with an October 7 laydown date. WTF?

Star Wars ABC — (Thanks to lillypond.)

Locusts Swarm to Save Their Butts — “The researchers reduced the ability of individual locusts to detect the approach of other locusts from behind. This was done by severing the main nerve in the abdomen of one group of juvenile locusts so they could not feel anything from behind and in a separate group reducing the insects’ rear vision using black paint.”

Hauliers’ strike causes traffic jams and fuel shortages in Spain — “Hauliers”? The meaning is clear enough, but I cannot recall ever having seen that word before in my life. Is /ier/ freely substitutable for /er/? Teachier? Strippier? Monstier?

Shorpy with a 1917 photo of the landlocked destroyer USS Recruit


6/10/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 262.4
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

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[writing] Green progress

Yanno, the downside of having an editor who’s a horse person is she keeps you real honest about horsey stuff.

On the other hand, the upside of having an editor who’s a horse person is she keeps you real honest about horsey stuff.

Major progress on Green today at the coffee house. I have several more sets of reader notes to go through (and some more horsey stuff to fix) but with any luck at all I’ll be on final read through before the end of the weekend.

This book, she is almost ready to go.

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