January 7th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a windy Wednesday

A reader reacts to Escapement Powell's | Amazon ] — I think she liked it.

Green Man Review covers the audiobook METAtropolis [iTunes]

The Guardian reviews Steampunk — I am mentioned favorably and in good company.

"The Great Chrononaut Halls of Wonder" at wicked fair — In which I sponsor an art contest.

tongodeon on Memory as Story and Narrative — Fascinating post.

Scriveners Error continues to discuss the publishing squeeze

The linguistic diversity of aboriginal Europe — A fascinating article from Language Log. Even if you're not a language geek, worth reading for its (unintentional) discussion of worldbuilding viz cultural radiation, population density and isolation, and linguistic evolution.

Centauri Dreams with more on brown dwarfs in the local neighborhood — This continues to be of significant interest to me with respect to Sunspin.

Air Traffic Control Towers Go From Bad to Worse — Mmm. Regulation is bad, yep. Very bad. Except even Republicans have to fly.

A rare peek at Homeland Security's files on travelers — (Thanks to danjite.)

More Groups Than Thought Monitored in Police Spying — Just remember citizen, the innocent have nothing to fear. Conservatives brought back this kind of police spying on ordinary citizens, so be sure to thank a conservative in your life! (Snurched from jlassen.)

?otD: Who cusses out the custodians?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 221.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] Living each day as if it were your last

Calvin and Hobbes on living each day as if it were your last.

That was one of the big lessons of cancer for me. You never know. The morning last spring that the Mainspring mass market paperback was released, I woke up happy and excited. That same evening I came within a couple of minutes of dying in the ER.

Since my recovery, I've really been pretty ruthless about how I live my life, who and what I embrace, and how I spend my time. Which is not to say I don't fritter away hours and days. Rather, I fritter them knowingly. And I still do things I don't necessarily want to do — a paycheck is needed for the mortgage, whether or not I'm going to die today.

But I do those things with a purpose, as I do other things. Parent the_child. Write fiction. Love the people closest to me. Blog even.

I'm still inefficient as hell. I can waste time like nobody's business. I still wish I were half as productive as my reputation would have me. I still make mistakes, follow false trails, misunderstand people and things. But that's okay, because it's all part of being human. I just do it all purposefully, with satisfaction. And I learn.

In the comic, Calvin wants to read Captain Napalm. In real life, I want to write it. And in the mean time, I'll laugh, love and make limeade.

I'm lucky to have learned this stuff before life's sweet inevitability killed me off.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[awards] Even more shameless pimpage

As a followup to my recent awards pimpage post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], klingonguy (a/k/a Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, publisher of Paper Golem Press) has empowered me to distribute for a limited time a free .pdf of the novella, "America, Such as She Is" to likely Hugo, Nebula or World Fantasy Award voters interested in considering the story during the nominating process. Since this is otherwise not available electronically, he is being quite generous.

Please leave a comment here or email at jlake@jlake.com with your contact information if you'd like me to send you a copy.

Originally published at jlake.com.