February 8th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a lazy Sunday

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.

"I pay them to leave"Freakonomics on non-relational contracting. Interesting social dynamics there.

Climate Change May Reshuffle Western Weeds — Now even the flora are joining the liberal conspiracy. What's a good conservative to do?

More on Your Liberal Media — I know some of my contrarian and conservative readers simply don't buy that the media isn't liberal. That meme has been perhaps the most effective piece of conservative framing in the past forty years. Stories like this one are cracks in the facade, but sadly the people who read them most rarely do.

Ice cream flavors for our 43rd presidentThe Edge of the American West is very, very funny.

?otD: What is never never on a Sunday?

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

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[personal] A night at the movies, plus cheese

I celebrated my ginormous writing day yesterday with a nice dinner with scarlettina, after which we went to see Coraline. Which was, of course, stupidly charming and lots of fun. My basic take on it as a move was a mash-up of The Matrix and Nightmare Before Christmas. And oh, wow, did Coraline remind me of the_child.

We're off in a bit to the Ballard Market to look at artisanal cheeses, then I'm for home to resume work on The Heart of the Beast. Expect continued light blogging today as a result, but possibly cheese photos later.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Progris riport, day 18, The Heart of the Beast

5,500 words net over three hours, to 95,500 words on The Heart of the Beast. 74.5 hours on the project as a whole. This evening I quite literally have felt as if I could finish the book if I could only type all night. I doubt that's actually true, but it confirms to me that Fred has the shape of things pretty much nailed down and is ready to commit them to the page.

I continue to be fascinated by my own experience with this project. The whole process of outlining is acquiring a different meaning for me through this effort, one which I'll explore more fully when I get back to Sunspin in April or May. At the same time, Jeff and his Beast have also unlocked a stylistic door for me.

I've been experimenting for a long time with POV in short fiction. If you've read "America, Such as She Is" or "In the Forests of the Night" you've seen how this can work for me. Even more radical POV-wise is my extreme steampunk novella "The Baby Killers", which will be out in 2010 from PS Publishing as a single-title book. But I've remained almost oddly conservative in how I handle POVs in novels, relying on very tight, regular structures, strict transitions and so forth.

The Heart of the Beast has me using my recently expanded short fiction toolkit in ways I've never applied them before at this length. Very liberating, a little bit frightening, and a hell of a lot of fun.

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