September 20th, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a busy Saturday

Monster spider is on the loose — Don’t click this link if you’re arachnaphobic. (Snurched from profbrotherton.)

Dark Matter’s Galactic ImplicationsCentauri Dreams with some really cool stuff on dark matter.

5 Retarded Space Travel Ideas (That Might Actually Work) —(Snurched from profbrotherton.)

McCain and the meltdown — McCain, Gramm and the economics of deregulation.


9/20/08
Body movement: 1 hr 45 minute (steep) hike, 30 minute urban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 234.0
Currently reading: FenCon workshop manuscripts

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[personal] Hiking the hills

Well, Angel’s Rest was right out. tillyjane wanted a little altitude and some steepness (she’s walking a marathon soon), so went to Hunchback Trail. That takes off from the parking lot of the Zigzag Ranger Station in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

ZOMG. We could have just climbed stairs for an hour.

It was very dark and gloomy, with a persistent fog among the firs and cedars, so no photos. Straight up for about an hour, until we became concerned about the steepness of the return (and keeping her knees in good shape for her marathon) and turned back. Once back at the Genre car, we tooted down to Sandy where we walked another 30 minutes or so just because we hadn’t had enough exercise.

A satisfying bout of outdoor exercise, if somewhat inconclusive in not reaching the top of the trail.

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[writing] Tourbillon progris riport, day 7

Today’s wordage: 3,300
Today’s writing time: 2 hours
Total wordage: 25,500
Total writing time: 16 hours, 30 minutes

Editorial comments: This is going better than I expected so far. I think it’s the ‘book 3′ effect. Much of the work I’d normally be doing early in a novel to establish world building and character elements both in my own mind and for the reader isn’t needed here to the same depth — it already exists. I need to reference them, so as not to confuse newcomers who might not have read Mainspring or Escapement, but I don’t need to unwrap them at length. Likewise the voice. I’m just rocking along with the plot having a good old time.

If I had to guess, I’d say the first draft will land at 200,000 words, plus or minus 25,000. Like Green that will be dreadfully over length to the contract specifications, but, well, so what? I’ll revise, rewrite, cut, chisel things off to short stories, whatever I need to do.

WIP:

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