June 16th, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a whole new Monday

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ]

Branding: 1939 — I swear, if the Cold Waste had hamburger stands they’d look like this one. Note the eldritch runes along the top of the wall. ETA: A rather nice response to this, from mythusmage.

Some seriously weird tromp de l’oeil — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife — They’re not kidding about the “giant.” Pull the other one, it hath bells on it. (Thanks to lt260.)

Bacterial petroleum — Biotech cowboys up. (Thanks to lt260.)


6/16/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.2
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

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[personal] Father’s Day

So it was a good Father’s Day yesterday, even if I pooped out at 7 pm. Morning with the_child, lunch with Mom and Dad and lillypond (a/k/a the sororal unit), then the almost-impromptu afternoon reading with barthanderson and a cast of dozen, followed by hanging out at the McMenamin’s St. John’s, which turned out to be in an unexpectedly historic building.

Got home around 6:30, passed out around 7:00, slept for about nine hours without any drugs. Whee!

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[links] Weekend reacharound

Haven’t done of these in a while, as my blogging habits are only now returning in full force, but several posts in the last few days seem have caught people’s fancy. I know a lot of readers don’t scan over the weekend, so I’m reposting links now in case you missed them.

“Inspiration” [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

“Your Favorite Sentences” [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

“Fifth Sentence, Page 123″ [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Enjoy, if you haven’t seen them before. If you have, go check out the comments.

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[writing] Contest fraud

A lot of writers read this blog, so I definitely want to pass the word. There is a fraudulent contest invitation out there, alleging SFWA is paying cash prizes for short fiction by new authors. See here for the gory details.

Remember, folks, if it’s too good to be true, it probably ain’t. Also, SFWA doesn’t sponsor contests for new authors. More to the point, if they somehow did, it would be headlined on their site.

Meanwhile let’s hope SFWA can trace the scamsters through the “submission” address and give a kick in the nadgers.

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