August 12th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Tuesday

A mixed review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] — Some interesting insights here.

Toby Buckell points to some interesting Hugo nominating dataMainspring was apparently tied for tenth in the initial balloting. Not exactly a squeaker, but not a bad showing either.

In which I am apparently interviewed in Czech

Working memories and telling details — Interesting psychology stuff about memory and detail. Useful stuff for thinking about writing. (From a mailing list I’m on.)

lillypond climbs Mount St. Helens — Awesome photos from my sister.

Sexual harassment okay as it ensures humans breed, Russian judge rules — Now if the Discovery Institute could only bring one of their Creation Science cases before that guy’s bench, they might have a fighting chance. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Juan Cole compares the Russian invasion of Georgia with the US invasion of Iraq — Instantly recognizable as pro-terrorist liberal propaganda, of course.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying dividends with taxpayer bailout money — It’s always nice to see those free market conservative principles in application. God only knows what liberals might have done in this situation! (Thanks to danjite.)

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 241.0
Currently reading: n/a

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[conventions] WorldCon in retrospective

Well, I’ve been meaning to post for days. Already WorldCon is a colorful blur in my recent memory. I spent about an hour this afternoon collating my business notes, two freaking pages of a file concerning novel projects, short fiction invitations, collaborative efforts, and miscellaneous other bits. Including a few Sekrit Projekts. You will learn. Oh yes, you will learn!

Just a few of the high points:

Dinner with John Scalzi, Jim Kelly and Steve Feldberg of Audible — we discussed the ongoing Audible project and talked a lot about audio books, marketing and the state of our little corner of the publishing industry.

The “you pick the panel” panel with Connie Willis, Greg Bear and Chris Garcia. An hour of wall-eyed insanity, moderated by me and my knitted tumor.

Cruising the dealer room to see Escapement on so many tables, in so many hands.
Giving out Campbell pins to all the current and former Campbell nominees I could find. More to come, both on the blog and in real life.

Giving away the Campbell tiara to the etherally radiant Mary Robinette Kowal.

The entire Hyatt Regency bar cheering for Mary Robinette and Scalzi as a knot of us trolled through heading for the loser’s party. This including a bunch of marketing people and a wedding party who obviously had no idea why they were madly shouting and clapping.

Everybody I met, every place I hung out. You guys were awesome. If I hadn’t been so busy there, I would have blogged more and captured more memories, but I was too busy being a blur. Even to myself.

Next year in Montreal, ne c’est pas?

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