March 11th, 2009


[links] Link salad looks into the eyes of the sun

lonfiction with a lengthy review of Escapement Powell's | Amazon ]

The Ten Most Influential Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthologies/Anthology Series — Huh. I co-edited one of those, and have been in two others.

Jeff VanderMeer has sex so you don't have to — On writing and sex scenes.

The Price of Disability Law

Sandstorm in Riyadh — Some amazing photos. As danjite said, "At least snow melts."

Sea levels rising faster than expected - scientists — There goes that liberal bias in the data again.

A coming Evangelical collapse?

?otD: But mama, where is the fun?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of isometrics and stretching
This morning's weigh-in: 219.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Watchmen by Alan Moore etc.

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[child] The Child reports on Nebraska

the_child is writing a report on Nebraska for her class. It's not due til after spring break, but since she will be in China over spring break, it pretty much needs to be done now. She has email interviewed garyomaha and elusivem, and is researching with books from the library. Tonight she was so into working on her report that I could not get her to stop doing her homework so she could go back to her mom's house and get ready for bed.

Like, um, whose child is this and where did she come from?

Go her!!!

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[writing] The bibliography rides again

Due to a priority request for a complete bibliography, I spent part of today updating same. I am finally moving it into an Excel spreadsheet instead of managing the sucker in Word. As a result, I have some (more or less) authoritative numbers on my publishing history. Starting from my first appearance in print in the fall of 2001, here's what I've accomplished.

Award Nominations7
Single-Title Novellas2
Short Fiction240
Anthologies Edited12
Reprints (English and foreign)73

I suspect a few bits and pieces are missing here, especially in the reprints, but that's pretty close to substantive. And not all of these are in print, yet. This sucker is now stabilized Excel, or will be after I do a little data normalization. Meanwhile, I am somewhat agog at what I've accomplished in eight and a half years.

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[writing] The day that (mostly) wasn't

Well, it's a good thing I put the line edit pass of Pinion to bed yesterday. Today I had a priority request for a current bibliography, which sucked up a couple of hours, then the_child got very homework-intensive with the reading and writing, then my acheing body (c.f. yesterday's tetanus shot and personal trainer session) said "whoa, Sparky."

I did manage to read calendula_witch's daily on her current project. And just for variety, I did a bit more work on the Endurance outline, based on a recent conversation with arcaedia about same. Unless I am seized with the burning passion of a thousand suns to push that to the next milestone tomorrow, I'll be back on Pinion.

So it wasn't cat waxing — good and productive reasons not to be good and productive today — but I can't luff two days in a row.

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