July 20th, 2008

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[links] Link salad, convenient TSA-approved travel size

ericreynolds with a pre-announcement of Footprints, an editing project he and I are doing this fall — Sharpen your keyboards, people. Today, of course, is the 39th anniversary of the event we are commemorating.

APOD with a deeply awesome photo of Saturn

The wasp knife — A very cyberpunk weapon. Or something. This will be an immense frustration to ER docs, or coroners. (Hat tip to Gizmodo.)

Obama campaign memo on McCain’s foreign policy positions — Hahahahahahahahah. (And to my conservative friends, I realize this is the Obama campaign talking, but the facts are biased against McCain on this one.)


7/20/08
Time in saddle: n/a (airport walking while in transit)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Green by Jay Lake

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[travel] “From Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton”

Ok, not really. From Seattle to the Omaha Country Inn and Suites is more like it.

I’m loitering in SEA, waiting for my flight. bravado111 was kind enough to drive me here, which was immensely helpful. This airport, though…wow is it poorly designed. The Alaska Airlines check-in system was clearly specced out by a consultant who flies first class, or not at all. Even the airline employees seemed exasperated. And the security area was laid out by someone who either has no feet or has never been in an airport. I’ve seen worse, but not often. The only thing that made the experience manageable was I was here early enough that the airport was not filled with people.

In the air most of the day. I’m planning to finish “In the Forests of the Night”, though I wasn’t able to get my usual exit row on this flight due to being booked via American codeshare. Basically that means I can’t wrangle advance seat assignments, and Alaska doesn’t care that I’m platinum on American. So I may be too squeezed in the cheap seats.

If I arrive in a timely manner, I’ll have a quick dinner with garyomaha and elusivem. Then it’s a two-day strategic planning retreat at the Day Jobbe, a day of face time at the office, and back to Seattle for my Thursday reading/signing with Brenda Cooper at University Books.

As usual, expect continued light blogging. See some, all or none of you on the backswing.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[travel] Lafayette, I am somewhere

Well, I seem to be in Omaha. At least that’s what the rental car contract says. The Hertz random upgrade program hath delivered unto me a brand new Chevrolet TrailBlazer, due to a “broken car wash.” Just the vehicle for these days of $4+ per gallon gas. Luckily, about half my meetings this week are literally across the street from the hotel.

On leaving Seattle this morning I had a lovely aerial view of four Cascade volcanos almost in alignment — Mt. Ranier, Mt. St Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. And I’m enough of a Northwesterner now to identify them by their profiles as well as by their relative locations. I then kicked some serious butt on “In the Forests of the Night”, wrapping the first draft a bit over 18,000 words.

After that I did some crit, some contest judging, and some reading of Green. I have to a bit of audio work in the next day or two, otherwise I’m focused on Green, which has a no-shit deadline of the end of this month. (I actually finished the requested revisions back in June, on time, despite all my excellent cancer adventures, but the excellent and incomparable casacorona give me an month’s extension.)

garyomaha commented tonight that I seem more like my old self than he’s seen since the cancer bus ran me down. I think that’s true — for several hours today Classic Jay was in evidence. Completing a major story, having a clear head, I just am me. Of course, I’ve since cratered, and I still can’t do airline Sudoku (I tried), but, hey. One damned thing at time.

I’m happy.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.