January 23rd, 2009


[links] Link salad leaves on a jet plane

A Swedish review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ]

A best of 2008 list recommends Escapement Powell's | Amazon ]

Jeff VanderMeer responds to my post about our collaborative novel [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

James Gurney on hand-painted signs — An interesting intersection between text and the visual arts.

Trees in Western U.S. Forests Dying Due to Climate Change — I didn't realize that our very trees were lying liberal global warming conspiracists. Rush Limbaugh to the woods, stat! The hemlocks are going Socialist!

Quake triggered collapse of an ancient Peru society, scientists say — This was the end of the world as they knew it. Contemporary conservatives are said to have blamed the earthquake on liberal propaganda. (Thanks to lt260.)

New York Attorney General Cuomo Said to Probe Merrill Bonuses — Classy. Very classy. Glad to see the Bush administration upheld the public trust to the bitter end in managing the TARP funds. As for Wall Street, you guys can go crawl up inside Cheney's undisclosed location.

?otD: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

Body movement: n/a (airport walking)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Working on the Beast

As of this evening, I've put roughly 16 hours into my joint project with Jeff VanderMeer, The Heart of the Beast, and the revised manuscript stands at 13,600 words. This is deceptive accounting, in the sense that I didn't write 13,600 words in 16 hours. Rather, the first 10 hours was spent inside the material Jeff sent me, the next 6 largely revising, with less than 2,000 words of new prose. This will shift as the project goes on, because after certain point I'll be working far more from outline than from established text.

By the necessities of this project, I find myself with a far more detailed outline that I ever would have crafted for myself, down to almost the scene-by-scene level. (It actually tracks POV changes, roughly speaking, or major events, but a given POV may have multiple scenes which don't register on the outline.) This is going to produce an interesting effect as I go along. I continue excited and interested by the unusual process.

In terms of the story itself, I've made several major amendments to the outline Jeff originally provided, and emphasized some pivotal events which make the book hang together effectively in my judgment. As I write, that will change — experience suggests that no outline ever survives contact with the manuscript.

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Originally published at jlake.com.