March 13th, 2009


[links] Link salad questions authority

An excerpt from a review of my story "The American Dead" is referenced as a usage example in an online dictionary site — That's funny.

calico_reaction reviews Better Off Undead — In which I have a story.

truepenny on the problem of genrejoshenglish comments as well.

thirdworld talks about writerly ego and confidence — Riffing on this post by kmarkhoover. They're on to something important here, which I'll try to blog about this weekend. In short: it takes a vast amount of hubris to believe that anyone wants to pay money to read your words in the first place, yet writers are notoriously insecure about their work. What gives?

The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist

Pandagon on conservatives, sex and marriage

Did Cheney Run a Murder-on-demand Program? — Huh. A very strange piece in Harper's. Not sure how to evaluate this. If we still used Clinton Rules, this would be front page news in all the major papers.

?otD: 1984 or Brave New World?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of isometrics and stretching
This morning's weigh-in: 218.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Watchmen by Alan Moore etc.

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[writing] Progris riport, day 9, revising Pinion

[eta: this has been sitting in draft since last night]

After a remarkably unproductive day yesterday, I am back on the horse. Almost four hours of keyboard time, focused on moderate to major cuts. Didn't get all the way through the mss, but put a good chunk of it under the virtual red pencil.

Got it down from 198,900 to 171,700. I think I'll end this pass around 165,000, with any luck. That's still overlength, but not insanely so, to the degree that I can do a third pass for tightening, grabbing [bracket notes] and general fit, finish and corrosion, with an eye to trimming, and hope to hammer it below 160,000.

We shall see. I'm actually quite pleased with how well this is going.

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[writing] Progris riport, day 10, revising Pinion

Down to 168,800 today, plus lots of nitty stuff done. Not quite as tight as I'd hoped (165,000) but at least I broke below 170,000. Plus went on some booger patrols. Tomorrow I'm on to another pass for continuity fixes and deeper line edits, with a goal of 160,000 when I send it off to arcaedia, casacorona and my readers.

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[personal] A schedule which rapidly approaches asymptotic

Weekend looms, then a truly epic schedule.

I'm supposed to go hiking with tillyjane early tomorrow morning, but a dear friend of ours is very close to death, and she's been spending a lot of time at the hospital. Plus the weather is predicted to be windy, wet and cold; so even if things are quiet on the medical front, it seems unlikely.

I need to make solid progress on Pinion tomorrow, and help the_child with her big Nebraska report, and make some effort at cleaning the house because scarlettina is visiting tomorrow night.

Sunday more Pinion and more homework, plus packing, because Monday I'm off to Omaha for a week of day jobbery.

Friday I fly from Omaha to Orlando to attend ICFA, then spend two days being a visiting writer at Trinity Prep in Winter Park.

I leave Orlando Wednesday for Dallas and some day job client meetings. Home Thursday evening. Yes, that's twelve days on the road.

Then that Friday I'm off to San Francisco for the Borderlands event with kenscholes on Saturday the 28th, and a few days of quality time with calendula_witch, before I scuttle back to Portland and pack for two weeks in China.

Busy much? Plus a book to deliver (Pinion), an outline to finish (Endurance), and several smaller projects to while away the empty hours.


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