February 2nd, 2009

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[links] Link salad saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac

My photos from yesterday's Chinese New Year Expedition:
Family members [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
Portland Classical Chinese Garden [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
Lion dance [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Escapement is on the Locus 2008 Recommended Reading List — So is my Clarkesworld story, "The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue into the Black". Double-header. W00t!

The upper-case phonemeLanguage Log takes on Iain Banks. Funny stuff, and interesting reading.

Get Fuzzy talks reviews — And zombies! Hahaha.

Grassy Railroads — Somehow I don't think they meant this. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend)

GPS-Laced Footballs to Offer Keen Play by Play — Umm...

Skeptic etiquetteI told her that the universe is wonderful enough on its own. Space, stars, planets, black holes, galaxies, suns. The fact that out of all the elemental soup, people like us have evolved to walk and talk and create art, music, white wine, patent leather stacked mary jane shoes, Cocoa Puffs cereal, truck nutz, chocolate chip cookies, surf boards, and the Neiman Marcus cosmetics department is AMAZING. All by itself. Saying, "god did it" is heartbreaking. It pisses on the sheer wonderousness of it all, you know? I don't need more.

As Obama Talks Of Bipartisanship, Definitions Varysome Republicans are wondering whether Obama's outreach, appreciated as it was, may not extend to agreeing to the compromises they want. "We got the sense that he was very genuine," said Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.). But "if he comes and meets with us like that and it doesn't have an impact, it begins to hurt his credibility." Confidential to Your Liberal Media and to Your Republican Party: Do the impossible and stretch your memory all the way back to 2006 and visit this issue in terms of the Permanent Majority playbook. Obama is giving the GOP minority delegation in Washington an order of magnitude more credibility and attention than "I'm a uniter, not a divider" Bush ever gave the Democratic minority delegation. Hello? Ring any bells? Nah, didn't think so.

?otD: What did that voice inside your head say?




2/2/2009
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.

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[personal] Announcing JayCon IX

Mark your calendars now. In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon IX, my 9th annual 37th birthday party, will be Saturday, June 6th (oddly, my actual birthday), here in Portland from 1 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and the release of Green, which will be out that month.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
[ Google Maps ]

ETA: As is traditional for JayCon, Paul Carpentier is specifically not invited.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[writing] Progris riport, day 12, The Heart of the Beast

Finally back to new text today. Three and a half hours of effort, got the last of Jeff's notes wrestled down and hog-tied to the manuscript, then jammed in about 2,400 all-new words. Manuscript now stands at 63,900 words, and 56.5 hours of effort on my part.

After this, I'll be doing nothing but new text. The word counts will be a tad wonky as I'm working with about 5,700 words of embedded outline and text fragments. (Ie, the length of the readable draft right now is 58,200 words, the balance being the material ahead.) But still, I should be pulling a good, solid 2,500+ words a day going forward.

Since I'm back to new production, Collapse )

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[awards] The Locus Recommended List

As I mentioned in link salad this morning, I hit the Locus recommended reading list twice this year. For all your reading and award-nominating needs, they liked novel:

Escapement, Tor Books, June, 2008, ed. Beth Meacham Powell's | Amazon ]

...and short story "The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black", Clarkesworld, March, 2008

"The Sky That Wraps..." also got picked up for the Dozois-edited Year's Best Science Fiction, so that story is doing me proud.

Originally published at jlake.com.