January 13th, 2009

jay-China-avatar

[links] Link salad puts it in the pantry with the cupcakes

Enter the Octopus receives a review copy of Green — Unsurprising, since I sent it to him...

James Gurney quoting dioramist James Perry Wilson — Another one of Gurney's fascinating posts on art and illustration, which I find highly applicable to the processes of fiction.

100 cereal box covers — The wallpaper of our childhoods, at least those of us who grew up around supermarkets — e.g., not me. (Snurched from Found in Mom's Basement.)

Building a 1:1 scale model of a spaceship — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

The science of fiction ...for the first time in history there is now scientific evidence that reading fiction really does have psychological benefits. (Thanks to gauroth.)

SMS: Save my language... — Language geekery by way of text messaging. Interesting confluence of culture and technology. (Thanks to brendacooper.)

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Claims to be Able to Order Bush Around — Interesting stuff, if true. The fact that the claim even seems credible is a tragic comment on the Bush administration. Admittedly, one tragic comment in a thundering chorus of Republican tragedy, but still...

Countries that will miss George Bush — They forgot Palin's "real America" on this list. Which is to say, the part of America that thinks economic collapse is a good thing so long as taxes go down, that torture is a patriotic value which strengthens our national character, and that the only amendment which matters is the Second.

?otD: What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?




1/13/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 222.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville


Originally published at jlake.com.

jay-China-avatar

[personal] Miscellaneous updatery

I've been trying to post a new podcast for about a week, but the podcast plug-in continues fubar. WordPress updates it about twice a day, so I assume attempted bug fixery is ongoing.

In the same vein, I owe a voting poll in the recent caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], but the new (to me) WordPress poll plug-in is defeating me thus far.

Apparently my blogging fu has become disfungshuinal.

In other news, various combinations of writing related program activities, editing tasks, life issues and day jobbery have kept me away from substantial new writing for a while. I aim to remedy that this afternoon after work by digging back into the novella "Chain of Stars." After that I have a short piece to write, then a collaborative piece to review.

Also, recently sold flash fiction "Golden Pepper" to Flash Fiction Online.

I continue to think deep thoughts about point of view in fiction. It's become quite apparent to me that POV is far more subtle and nuanced than I've ever before understood. This thought process will hopefully disgorge a detailed process-oriented blog post one of these days. But since I'm thinking about it, what sorts of questions and concepts would you like to see covered in a discussion of point of view?

Originally published at jlake.com.

jay-China-avatar

[personal] A grand evening out

This afternoon was writing at the Fireside (over 3,000 words on "Chain of Stars" plus some solid editing time for calendula_witch), then we had a birthday dinner for thirdworld, organized by agrathea. In attendance were karindira, kzmiller, cscole, H—, Mrs. H—, new-to-the-group K—, and myself. We dined at the Berlin Inn here in Portland, and had an absolutely marvelous time. It's been a while since I've been to a dinner party like that.

agrathea showered thirdworld with some very thoughtful and entertaining (to the rest of us) gifts. The meal was magnificent. The desserts were phenomenal, though I abstained. cscole delivered a hilarious toast. Now I'm up too late, too full of rich food, and in a wonderful mood.

Photos tomorrow when I have more time. For now, happy birthday to thirdworld. As well as kenscholes, of course.

Originally published at jlake.com.