February 12th, 2009


[links] Link salad wishes it was a fisherman, tumbling on the seas

Various interesting comments concerning my Lone Star Stories short, "On the Human Plan" — I like what Rich said about my 'poetic mode.'

Mr. Tact responds to my recent post on backing up your fiction like a pro [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — He is not so much with the agreeing with my methods, though our goals are pretty much the same.

The Geek Goes for the Jobprincessalethea, One of Our Own, makes a pitch for that Australian dream job. Note her excellent taste in books, too.

Lesson Planning 101: How to teach comics responsibly in a composition class (Watchmen) — Snurched from The Edge of the American West.

Covered Wagons: When Paint Just Ain't Good Enough — Mmm, art cars.

Two satellites collide in orbit — Wow. Though this is old news by now, the Internet being what it is, still fascinating. And of course, part of me wonders if this was a 'satellite killer' test strike. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

New antibiotics would silence bugs, not kill themIn future, the most effective antibiotics might be those that don't kill any bacteria. Instead the drugs will simply prevent the bacteria from talking with one another. (Thanks to lt260.)

Something Darwin Didn't Know — The first part of this is hilarious, but I disagree with his conclusions, which privilege religious discourse with a false equivalency to empirical discourse.

New Clues to How Primates EvolvedRegions of DNA prone to duplication may have played a vital role in human evolution.

When Was the Last Time Someone Answered Yes to One of These Questions?Freakonomics asks something I've long wondered about. (And yes, I've long understood the answer, too, but it still strikes me as weird; on the order of nailing Al Capone for tax evasion.)

?otD: What is a hurtling fever train, anyway?

Body movement: 40 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 220.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[contests] Time to vote in the newest Green ARC contest

The latest contest for an ARC of Green Amazon ] is now live with a voting poll.

Note that this one was a little different. I asked people to nominate someone else to receive an ARC. Due to the limitations of the poll code, some of the nominations have been truncated, so be sure to check out the comments on the original posts [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

And yes, there will be goodies for the person whose nominee wins.

So what are you waiting for? Go vote!

Originally published at jlake.com.


[books|writing] Thinking about the road ahead

So here in my post-novel ennui of the past 24 hours, I have sold a novella, signed 500 sig sheets of the METAtropolis limited edition, mailed out a few more Green ARCs, done story marketing WRPA in which I noted that I recently passed the 250 stories mark, have been working several interesting short fiction publishing deals, and, um, cleaned my house. But I already reported that last bit.

My brain being what it is, I'm quite actively thinking about the road ahead, book-wise. Here's what's committed, what's on deck, and what's floating in my backbrain waiting for time and focus.

  • Revisions to Tourbillon (March)

  • Revisions to the Heart of the Beast (whenever Jeff gets them to me)

On Deck
  • Continue to write first volume of diplomatic/espionage thriller series with my Dad the retired ambassador (as time permits)

  • Develop collaborative concepts with kenscholes (YA trilogy) and calendula_witch (steampunk romance) (as time permits)

  • Draft Sunspin (From May through Ghu only knows when)

  • Sequel to Green

  • Original Destiny, Manifest Sin

  • Black Tulip

  • Reign of Flowers

  • As yet unnamed Mainspring book which started jogging my elbow as I worked on "Chain of Stars"

That last bunch won't happen this year, and some of them may never happen unless there's commercial demand, but they're in my head. I already know that even if I were a full time writer, sans day job, I couldn't write much more than I do now. It's not like I can write any faster. In point of fact, recent bouts of hypergraphia aside, I've been trying to slow down in the interests of improved pacing and work quality.

It's fun to juggle all these balls in my head. It will be interesting to see where and how they land in real life.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[publishing] Possible issue with orphaned REALMS contracts

This really only applies to people with contracted stories orphaned in the Realms of Fantasy shut down, but per an email I received from Sovereign / Homestead Publishing today, they have not yet determined the disposition of the story rights. Since our contracts are with Sovereign / Homestead Publishing and not with Realms of Fantasy, and Sovereign is still in business, reversion clauses are not clear-cut. (And I need to go drag out my most recent contracts with them and check this out.)

So, if you're a Realms orphan, I strongly advise not attempting to remarket your story for the time being, to avoid creating a contractual problem.

Note: if you had a story orphaned in slush, without a contract in hand, this will not affect you.

Originally published at jlake.com.