November 18th, 2008


[links] Link salad does the Watusi, watches I Love Lucy

Don’t forget the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ | LiveJournal ], here. Vote early, vote often, influence your friends!

The Campbell Award Pin fundraiser is now underway. [ | LiveJournal ]

Pulp Magazines Struggle to Survive in Wired World — Simon Owens with a PBS article on the state of our field.

Non Sequitur on the rules of writing — Heh, yeah.

Photo Gallery: The World of Trench Warfare in Color — WWI history as you’ve rarely seen it. (Thanks to lt260.)

The Tabulator: 1917Shorpy with some seriously retro information technology.

Centauri Dreams with more on exoplanets — This is one of my favorite topics in science right now, in a big way.

Bad Astronomy on the oceans of Mars — Light from a distant sea, reflecting a red sky, showing us our own imaginations. Go, Schiaparelli!

The world has never seen such freezing heat — Scientific errors in global warming data. See the comments section as well. (Thanks to tetar.)

What’s a Christian Worldview? — Helpful hints from Focus on the Family. For example, let’s suppose you have bought the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (secular relative truth) as opposed to beauty as defined by God’s purity and creativity (absolute truth). Wow. That’s a pretty bizarre definition of “truth”. Clearly I am not religious for epistemological reasons, if nothing else. (Thanks to danjite.)

Obama talks about his presidency — Worth the watch-and-listen.

Question of the day: Would you book yourself on a trip to the moon?

Body movement: 80 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

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[personal] Baby, it’s cold outside

Important safety tip: If the only thing keeping your breath from freezing on your mustache is the warm snot running down from your nose, perhaps you should be working out at the gym instead of walking for distance. I think this is the first time I’ve walked here in Omaha for quite a while where I didn’t see any wildlife. Probably because they were all smart enough to stay in their burrows, keeping warm.

In other news, I apparently have two sets of galleys to turn back to Tor, Very Quickly. (The mmpb of Escapement and the thb of Green.) Unfortunately, I am not home to receive the galleys or do anything with them, and won’t be able to remedy this situation until next Monday, thanks to the confluence of a trip to Omaha and the magic that is Orycon. This will make next week very entertaining, I strongly suspect.

All of which in turn encourages me to get the first draft of the synopsis of Sunspin nailed down this week if possible. Already it’s longer than any synopsis I’ve ever done, and I haven’t even gotten to plot or character yet. This is going to be a real adventure. There’s a couple of possible projects which may shift Sunspin back in my schedule, but I have some months to figure that out.

Off to the office in a bit. Y’all play nice while I’m saving the world for SMS. (Or possibly from SMS.)

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[writing] Updatery

A little this, a little that.

The aforementioned galleys will be waiting for me when I get back to Portland. One set for the Escapement mmpb, one set for the Green thb. Tor has been very kind about the deadlines, since I won’t have the galleys in hand according to the original schedule. (I wander about the country too much, apparently.)

In other news, another Sekrit Projekt has landed on my desk just now, which oddly intertwines with Sunspin by utter, fortuitous chance. Watch this space for more details, but not, erm, right away.

Between the above matters, I’m going to be a very busy boy into early December. Then I’m off to San Francisco with kenscholes to wreak mayhem at Writers With Drinks (along with Cat Rambo and a cast of several), as well as at Borderlands Book.

Put in more time on Sunspin tonight, as well. For the heck of it, here’s a bit of WIP from the synopsis. (And yes, I’m apparently getting very meta.) This is a synopsis, so don’t read this as even draft of finished text.

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