February 9th, 2009


[links] Link salad wakes up to another Monday

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.

Some images of the Ballard Market:
People [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
Vendors [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]
Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Doll series: Erinyes [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Not Free SF Reader reviews Green Amazon ] — Money shot: A very well-written more traditional fantasy--although featuring female oppression and punishment by females in the majority--from Lake, that I liked a lot more than I thought I would.

Rich Horton talks about novellas, including "America, Such as She Is"

charlesatan has nice things to say about my current piece in his new review of Lone Star Stories 31

Three Panel Soul on angels — This is cool.

Shorpy teaches me a new word — "Hennery."

Jonathan Strahan announces the table of contents for The New Space Opera Two — I'm still quite tickled about this.

The Edge of the American West with a "big bowl of wrong"Sesame Street like you never remembered it. Hahahah.

Did the founder of the antivax movement fake autism-vaccine link? — As long-time readers of this blog know, I consider vaccination protest to be both child abuse and social parasitism. My general sense that you have the right to believe whatever you want no matter how wrong it may be is utterly trumped by the clear-cut public health risks and child endangerment aspects of this movement. The evidence simply isn't there, and hasn't ever been. According to this story, the main study the anitvax movement anchors itself on now appears to possibly have been faked.

What Could Have Been: Frank Lloyd Wright's Plan for Greater Baghdad — (Thanks to danjite.)

The Fighting ConciliatorWaPo on Obama, the GOP and the stimulus bill. ...Washington conservatives, insisting that tax cuts are the one and only important matter in American life, are stuck in a 1980s time warp. And good for the president, for pointing out a basic fact that Your Liberal Media has virtually ignored — the policies insisted on by Senate Republicans to fix this mess are exactly the same policies that got us into this mess.

?otD: Where does the rain go when the sky is done with it?

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

Originally published at jlake.com.


[process] Backing up your fiction like a pro

Nobody has asked this question, but I'm going to answer it anyway: "Jay, what is your data backup strategy?"

Given that I'm in the midst of drafting a novel right now, this is of immediate and daily interest to me, I'm glad you asked!

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The words are the most valuable material thing in my life. Due to my work style and choice of tools, I keep them in an inherently unstable container — electronic files on my computer. So I do everything I can to keep them very, very safe.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[process] Ouch, did anyone get the number of that manuscript?

I just realized that I have written slightly over 20,000 words of first draft fiction in the past three days. No wonder I'm feeling a bit whacked upside the head. Mind you, I've written more than that in one day a time or two, but those are the kind of days that make you spend the next lying on the couch wishing they made pizza you could sip from a can so you wouldn't have to get up.

This sort of hypergraphic frenzy can be typical of me finishing a novel, though on the last two first draft projects (Green and Tourbillon) I limited my daily wordcount to guard against burnout, so I never hit this level of burst production.

Chances are very good that ordinarily I would finish The Heart of the Beast tomorrow — I have a chapter and a half to go, maybe 6,000 words — except that I owe revisions on a novella to a market, and I promised them for tomorrow. So I expect I'll put in my two hours tomorrow, then switch to the novella. But I'll be startled if I don't cap this sucker on Wednesday, unless Fred has saved up some real surprises for the ending.

I'll talk more about wordage and burst mode and how this completely different outlining regimen has affected my process when I do the post-mortem later. For now, suffice to say there's some very good reasons I've moved away from burst mode writing in general, but when it comes upon me, I don't feel compelled to fight it off with torches and pitchforks.

Originally published at jlake.com.