December 4th, 2008


[links] Link salad sniffs the autumn air

A minireview of Mainspring — Along with a number of other reviews from reader sublate.

Gizmodo on the Studley Tool Chest — The name alone... But what an artifact. :: wants ::

Options for a Red Giant FutureCentauri Dreams things big.

20 (More) Strange and Exotic Endangered Species — (Thanks to danjite.)

The Mad Scientist Bringing Back the Dead.... Really. — A real life mad scientist with a heck of a story. (Thanks to safewrite.)

Triple Helix: Designing a New Molecule of Life — Wow. More Big Cool. (Thanks to lt260.)

Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money — A blunt piece about China's economic relationship to the U.S. (Thanks to danjite.)

?otD: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow??

Body movement: 80 minute suburban walk (same route, faster pace)
This morning's weigh-in: 222.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

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[personal] Miscellaneous Updatery

A few bits of this and that, to catch up.

The Sekrit Projekt is off to the editor. We'll see if it flies. I like it, whether or not they do.

Escapement mmpb galleys have gone back to Tor. Now I have to deal with Green galleys, then right after that, Madness of Flowers galleys. It never rains but it freaking pours.

Real Soon Now I need to write a steampunk astronaut novella in the Mainspring setting, featuring the protagonist of "Chain of Fools" a bit later in her life.

Walking this morning, I had Sunspin on the brain, and was noodling titles for the three volumes in the cycle. Currently under consideration are:

  • Stone Sky

  • Electric Mist

  • Sea of Suns

or possibly:

  • Sky of Stone

  • Sea of Light

  • World of Stars

These will doubtless change over time, but that's where my head's at, with deliberate nods to Poul Anderson, Gregory Benford and James Lee Burke.

Day Jobbery today, plus my more-or-less-weekly lunch with kenscholes, and getting my hair done this afternoon. Because a boy has needs, you know.

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[writing] Working my way through Green

Reading the Green galleys for the trade hardback. It's interesting, seeing the book all laid out. Things really are different. Slow going, because I have to pay a lot of attention. There's a few places where I did something unfortunate. No rewrites at this stage, but I can alter a word or two sometimes. There's a few more places where the typesetter did something unfortunate. My favorite so far:

"Yet munk where you are now."

Um, yeah.

Anyway, I soldier bravely onward. Need to have this in next week, which won't be any issue at all.

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