October 27th, 2008


[process] The write time of day

An interesting (to me) observation from my experiences working on Tourbillon. Some days I write in the afternoon and evening, schedule permitting. Some days I write very early, as I did today — got up at three, exercised, showered, and was at the keyboard from 4:00 to 5:30.

When I write early, the throughput is a lot slower than when I write late. The typos are more prevalent. But the story doesn’t seem to suffer. In fact, it may have improved slightly.

I believe I shall attempt an experiment some time in November, once this book is drafted. I’m going to try writing a short story (or more likely a novella, I owe a few of those around) by only writing very early. I want to see how different it might be when I am closer to the dreaming time and not so filled with the work of my day.

Do you write on a regular schedule? Or does it shift around for you? How does that affect your output? What is your write time of the day?

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


[links] Link salad, Monday edition with bonus weekend reacharound

Some weekend coolness on this blog which you might have missed:

Colors in a Fabric Store [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Knitting a Coral Reef [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Mother of the Child’s Art Opening [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Also, if you have opinions about where to find good pizza, speak up! [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Interrupting Gelastic Jew with an interesting take on female characters in film and fiction — An argument against hypercompetence.

mevennen is very funny about Halloween — Not for the squeamish, though it is work safe.

Beneath the south pole of Saturn — More astronomical awesomeness from APOD.

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist — I confess to being quite suspicious of the methodology of any study which can claim The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left, but this is interesting reading that certainly runs counter to my own perceptions. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

What’s black and red and wrong all over?The Edge of the American West with a hilarious grassroots Obama campaign video. Well, hilarious if you think McCain’s charges of socialism are misguided. (If you do believe them, you might want to look up the definition of “socialism.” Hint: It’s not “things conservatives disagree with.”)

Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party — You know, the Permanent Majority fell less than two years ago. And we’ve all seen how incredibly successful the conservative vision of government has been. I could almost feel sorry for the Republicans, except after almost thirty years of smug and righteous nastiness from the GOP, I don’t think I have it in me, liberal traitor that I am.

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth

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


[tech] Dear LJ

Dear LJ --

You can quit falling over any time now, m'k? You're even screwing up my WordPress site because the crossposting hangs. So, lay off the sauce and stand up tall.