January 15th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a January Thursday

The caption contest voting poll is live — Give it a shot! Some funny stuff there. Prize is an ARC of Green.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Not so much with the liking. Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ]

I Didn't Dream of Dragons — Another, very thoughtful voice in the current "writing the other" fracas flowing around the blogosphere. This one reaches deeply. (Snurched from matociquala.)

From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story — Macmillan Digital Marketing tells us how a book comes about. Warning: do not watch while drinking coffee, or you will need a new keyboard. (Thanks to lt260.)

New York Times: Fiction Reading Increases for Adults — Huh. Interesting.

What Kids Are Wishing From — Another genius post from Dark Roasted Blend.

DNA Could Illuminate Origins of Medieval Manuscripts"This could help us understand not just things, not just books, not just medieval cows, but people."

Deep Sea Fish Uses Mirrors to See — Wow, that's cool. The Intelligent Designer must have been quite busy.

Mars methane discovery hints at presence of life — Wow. (Thanks to tetar.)

Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops — Spooky stuff, this. A bit more Star Wars than we usually think of the space program as being. (Thanks to tetar.)

How one book ignited a culture warThe Guardian talks about Salman Rushdie. This also touches on the "writing the other" issue, albeit from a different perspective.

He's Leaving. Really. — Some lovely snark in The New York Times about Bush's farewell address.

?otD: Where have all the flours gone?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 222.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal|writing] Miscellaneous updatery of various sorts

Heading for Omaha next Monday. So expect intermittent blogging next week, of unknown wit and erudition. The Omaha Beach Party had intended a cheese festival while I was in town, but Day Jobbery hath interfered with usual OBP schedule, and so we will be cheesing about in February instead.

the_child is part of a school concert tonight. I'm looking forward to that. She and her mother are going over early to prep, so I'll be having dinner with my mom and dad, and we'll arrive in the more usual fashion of audiences.

In my writing life, I'm back on "Chain of Stars." December kind of got eaten by three back to back galley edits, and the holidays, so as of right now I'm a month behind on my writing schedule for 2009. I haven't been laying down much new wordage these past few weeks, focusing instead on reading for Footprints and doing first reader duties for calendula_witch's Nightcraft Mother and kenscholes's Antiphon. Urban fantasy and epic fantasy: guaranteed to give you mental whiplash.

I need to finish this novella by this weekend, and I've promised a short story elsewhere Real Soon Now. I have some other short fiction commitments due over the next few months, several collaborative projects requiring my attention, the preliminary revisions to Tourbillon, then the drafting of Sunspin. Busy much?

Also continuing to contemplate the promised blog post on POV, but the more I think about it, the stupider I feel. Which sentiment will probably be the basic hook for the blog post.

Y'all play nice today.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[child] The Child sings

Just back from the middle grades concert this evening. the_child's class did two string pieces, she on her cello. A bit later they came back as a choir. She and two other girls had a three-voice solo (that can't be the right term?) in the middle of one of their choral pieces. She did wonderfully.

I'm so proud of her, even if she did spend the evening pretending I didn't exist.

(In other news, 1,800 words on "Chain of Stars" before heading off for the concert.)

Originally published at jlake.com.