April 1st, 2009


[links] Link salad prepares to head north

On the Gentle Art of Selecting First Readers [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

jimvanpelt on writing dialog

neutronjockey on writing with depression — Frank and thoughtful.

A YouTube video of the recent Borderlands Write-In — Like watching paint dry, with occasional music. I find this very funny. (Thanks to kenscholes for pointing this out.)

Dan Dos Santos: Artist Hugo nominee spotlight — And look at one of the reference images on the article. Green, rocking the house.

Whose Father Was He? — A Civil War detective story. (Snurched from The Edge of the American West.)

Strange Maps on the Dutch coastline

Happy Monolith Day

?otD: Who killed rock cobbin?

Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (hills!)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Corpse by Jessica Snyder Sachs

Originally published at jlake.com.


[travel|personal] Off again, as always

I am off this afternoon back to Portland. Lunch with kenscholes tomorrow, and the_child has an event tomorrow night, then it's the hard slide into home plate as I prepare for the China trip next Tuesday.

San Francisco has been utterly lovely. calendula_witch is a brilliant hostess and a delightful human being, as always; while the Borderlands write-in with kenscholes was a blast, as was the party calendula_witch and I hosted that evening.

I expect to continue blogging and photographing all through the China trip, but have no idea how the updates will work. Watch this space.

Right after I get back from China I'm off to New York City for a few days, then back to Portland, then Omaha followed by San Francisco again for the beginning of May.

You all play nice while I'm swanning about the continents.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] The quarter just ended

First quarter of 2009 has been interesting from a writing perspective.

Sold three solo stories (one flash, one short, one novella) and two co-authored with calendula_witch (one short, one novelette). Ten short fiction rejections.

Sold three stories in reprint, along with Polish rights to Trial of Flowers.

40,900 words of new short fiction (one novella, one novelette, three short stories).

Revised Pinion and delivered it to Tor for editorial review.

Delivered The Sky That Wraps to Subterranean for pre-production.

Extended The Heart of the Beast from jeffvandermeer's outline and partial, including 50,100 new words. Back to him for revision.

Outlined Endurance from scratch, twice.

Wrote the foreword for camillealexa's Push of the Sky.

Made the Hugo ballot, sort of, as an explanatory note to the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form nomination for METAtropolis.

Plus a bunch of blog posts, twittering, miscellanous blurbage, nonfiction writing and Ghu knows what else.

How was your writing year so far?

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] A body in motion tends to remain in motion

Back in Portland. It was raining when I got here. Who knew?

Next few days will be a blur. Hell, who am I kidding? The next month will be a blur. I have the_child to take to China, I have Day Jobbe trips to New York and Omaha, then at the beginning of May, I'll see calendula_witch again.

I also need to write several promised short stories in that time frame, do some wrap up on Footprints, and gear up for final revisions to Pinion in May, as well as jumping in to Endurance.

Busy, me? Wouldn't have it any other way.

Originally published at jlake.com.