February 6th, 2009


[links] Link salad moves in mysterious ways

Don't forget to put an entry into the new Green Amazon ] ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — And yes, there will be goodies for the person whose nominee wins.

ladnews on psychotic persistence

tltrent on patience and the aspiring writer — Not bad advice for the working writer, either. Especially her comments about jealousy.

Wondermark manages to fit an entire SF short story into an 8 panel webcomic

A brief personal history of altweekly comics in America — Tom Tomorrow on the alt-comics apocalypse. Some interesting, and sobering, reading there for us fiction writers.

Lego Steampunk — (Snurched from jimhines.)

A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue — Some seriously weird flavor issues here. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

'Living doll' made of human cancer cells — Wow. (Nicked from Warren Ellis.)

Sessions: GOP Insurgency "May Be Required" — Now kids, put on your "let's pretend" hats and imagine if Barney Frank had said this about Democrats back during the days of the Permanent Majority. The spittle on Limbaugh's microphone wouldn't be dry yet, while the New York Times would still be tut-tutting. But when a Republican says it? Your Liberal Media doesn't even notice the story.

Hastert Launches a Partisan Policy — Hey? Remember this? Hastert's position, which is drawing fire from Democrats and some outside groups, is the latest step in a decade-long process of limiting Democrats' influence and running the House virtually as a one-party institution. Republicans earlier barred House Democrats from helping to draft major bills such as the 2003 Medicare revision and this year's intelligence package. Nope, nobody else remembers it either, especially no one in conservative America with their much-aggrieved and newfound concern for the rights of the political minority.

John Cole on bipartisanship — The current Republican opposition to the stimulus bill isn't making much sense, even in their own terms. Let alone in the reality-based community. And after the multiple political and economic disasters of the last eight years, I don't understand why anyone takes them seriously, outside the narrow procedural requirements of the Senate. The entire GOP political strategy seems to be to force Obama to fail so they can blame the outcomes of the Bush era on him and use that as a lever to restore their fortunes. If that isn't putting partisanship over patriotism, I don't know what is. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otD: What do you do if you want to kiss the sky?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 219.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] Another note about weight

So I've cut way back on the lemonade/limeade this week. And seen a straight drop in my weight back to the lower end of my current normal range. While this isn't a strict exclusionary diet (ie, other factors may be in play), I have a pretty good handle on what's going into my body these days. It's now abundantly clear to me that the amount of sugar in my diet correlates meaningfully to my daily weight fluctuation, and presumably also to my long-term trends.

The two other biggest negative factors which tempt me on a daily basis are excessive carb intake (ie, pizza or a bread/pasta meal), and eating a meal of substance in the late afternoon or evening.

All of which is to say, if I am carb-smart and eat a light or nominal dinner, and stay off the sugars, I can keep my weight down near the bottom of the range around my current set point. Other than that, weight control doesn't seem to depend too much on what I eat, only how much of it I eat. (Which is not to say I consider myself free to go on a heart-attack diet or anything — fats and oils and additives matter a lot for other reasons; fruits and vegetables likewise in the other direction.)

I am amazed at how much I continue to learn about this process, at my age.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer] Flashbacks

Sitting in my stylist's chair this afternoon. He's quitting smoking right now, and he's being kind of bitchy. He also had some serious gas, and kept going out the back of the salon. We were passing fart jokes, when I made a comment about the experience of having colon surgery. It suddenly hit me that part of my body was missing, gone. Just a deep emotional wallop.

So weird, in a moment of grade-school levity, nine months after the fact, I start missing a diseased ten inches of my digestive tract.


Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Progris riport, day 16, The Heart of the Beast

2.5 hours tonight, 4,000 words net. The Heart of the Beast is to 67 hours and 80,100 words.

Had an interesting conversation over lunch with tillyjane today about the way I have been approaching this novel. She asked how it was that Fred seemed to have so thoroughly seized on Jeff VanderMeer's work and internalized it as my own. I made the observation that for me, writing has always been like performing improv comedy (which I have also been known to do) — you leap in screaming and follow where the wit takes you. Except that my journey as a writer has been from those improvisational roots toward a more careful and deliberate species of craft. This is just the latest, very major step on that road.

I believe that line of thought will unpack to a far more extensive commentary in some none-too-distant blog post. For now, I find myself slightly stunned by it. Once more, Jeff is teaching me something, just as he has before, just as Jim Van Pelt and some of my other secret and not-so-secret mentors have.

And because I can, Collapse )

Originally published at jlake.com.