March 8th, 2009

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[links] Link salad is muzzy from daylight savings time

The St. John's Bible Project — Wow.

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An Engineer's Guide to Cats — (Snurched from AMERICAblog.)

Gibbous EuropaAPOD strikes again.

?otD: Which future does time keep on slipping into, anyway?




3/8/2009
Body movement: 45 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (spaced out the weigh in)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville


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[books] Reading a little bit of this and that

I have recently read three forthcoming books for blurb, and enjoyed them all in substantially different ways. beth_bernobich's Passion Play (a very artful and elegant secondary world fantasy with some pleasing similarities to bram452's Long Price Quartet); klingonguy's Buffalito Destiny (a funny, slapdash SF adventure combining the Mayan eschaton, radical environmentalism, and Schoen's delightfully cockeyed sense of humor); and Black Blade Blues by bravado111 (a very appealing Norse-derived urban fantasy set in the Seattle area). I've also promised to look at a novel by stina_leicht.

I think that about fills up my blurb quotient for the year. I will consider further requests, but will be very picky indeed about investing the time and focus required to do a decent blurb. Still, it's fun, and I love supporting newer writers.

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[polls|writing] Literary generations and age of publication

I was chatting with sdn about literary generations today. At my age (b. 1964, currently 44), I'm a bit too young for the Baby Boomers and a bit too old for Gen X. I'm in one of those "cusp" demographic cohorts. My literary generation is an entirely different affair, as my fiction first saw print when I was 37, which makes me a bit older than many of my literary peers.

All of which makes me wonder, if you are professionally published, at what age did you first appear in print? I've put up a poll here. If I get a decent set of results, I'll generate a graph and do some off-the-cuff analysis. Feel free to amplify your poll answer in remarks here or at the poll itself.

What are your thoughts on this? Is the question of chronological age vs. literary generation even relevant?

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[writing] Progris riport, day 5, revising Tourbillon

Six chapters on close line-edit today, along with various outbursts of writing-related program activities. Going to knock off now to rest my brain and shift gears to do some Endurance brainstorming with calendula_witch. And read part of Watchmen, since I've managed to replace my missing copy of the graphic novel.

Once I'm done with this read of Tourbillon (Wednesday, possibly), I'm going to go back for another pass to excise larger chunks. I need it firmly in my head first, though.

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