September 2nd, 2008


[links] Link salad for a travel day

My short story “The American Dead” is up at Apex Digest — Some free Jay Lake fiction, go read it. (This originally appeared in Interzone issue 203.

A review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ]

jimvanpelt with all the dope on Alembical — Where my novella “America, Such as She Is” will be appearing, along with novellas from Jim, Bruce Taylor and Ray Vukcevich. Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, ba-bee. Some of my very best work, IMHO. (Though as my dad said upon reading the ARC, “Why do you think this is your best work?”)

In which my name is mentioned at Subterranean — On account of I sold them a novelette I forgot to announce.

APOD goes to China — The recent solar eclipse as seen over the Great Wall of China.

Arctic becomes an island as ice melts — “The North Pole has become an island for the first time in human history as climate change has made it possible to circumnavigate the Arctic ice cap.” Couldn’t possibly be global warming, now, could it? Damned liberal environmentalists. (Thanks to danjite.)

Pakistani lawmaker defends honor killings — “Tribesmen bury five women alive for wanting to choose their own husbands.” Yep, the War on Terror requires a few sacrifices, doesn’t it? Good thing these guys are our allies. After all, what can possibly go wrong in a society governed by strong religious principles? (Thanks to goulo.)

And now I am off to Omaha.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (airport walking today)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Zig Zag by José Carlos Somoza

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[personal] Omaha, my home away…plus books!

Despite what garyomaha thinks, I am willing to admit to being in Omaha. Or at least someplace in the Midwest.

Charmingly uneventful flights today. The Hertz Random Upgrade Program hath given unto me a Ford Edge. I swear I had this exact same vehicle some time last fall. (This happens to me about once a year.) My hotel hath Randomly Upgraded me to a half-suite, or as karindira says, a room with a partition and a sofa. Um, yeah.

My pants kept falling off me today, or nearly so, so I spun by Target when I got here and bought smaller pants. I confess to not being ashamed of this. I’m on a different schedule this week, working at the Day Jobbe through Friday wrapping up the Big Project of late (for which I have received preliminary kudos from Senior Management), and flying home Saturday. With luck, a Sunday hike with tillyjane and possibly the_child.

Also, over the long weekend I finished reading Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World (which I liked immensely and will review shortly), Russell Banks’ Rule of the Bone (which I liked for rather different reasons), and José Carlos Somoza’s Zig Zag (which I wasn’t so taken with and will review shortly in order to explore why). About to start reading Special Topics In Calamity Physics.

Expect continued light blogging with intermittent bursts of hypergraphia.

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