June 3rd, 2009


[links] Link salad yawns and faces the world

JayCon is this coming Saturday! Mark your calendars: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Art writing guru James Gurney on book covers

My Milk Toof — A die-of-cute Web comic.

The Graveyard of the AtlanticStrange Maps with some strange history.

What to do in a zombie attack — Classic civil defense film. (Thanks to Scott Cupp.)

How to See Diffraction Patterns with Star Crusts — How can you not like a blog post with that title?

?otD: How do you do?

Body movement: n/a (overslept)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (overslept)
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] On exercise

wishwords asked me in comments how I motivated myself to exercise. I liked my answer enough to promote it to a blog post of its own.

First, calling it "body movement" instead of "exercise" took a lot of the emotional freight out of the situation. I went to elementary school and junior high in the 1970s, where the typical gym teacher motivational strategy was to goat the hell out of one kid to motivate all the others. I was almost always the goat. That kind of persistent victimization leaves a mark. By the time I was 14, I was violently allergic to exercise and anyone who practiced it. So changing terms -- reframing, in Lakoffian dialectic -- helped me a lot.

Second, public reporting of my activity. I'm accountable to the world. Not that anyone's keeping score (that I know of). It just means if I miss or slough off a day, I can't rationalize it away or "forget". I have to admit it, in print, in public. For me, that works well. For some, that would probably be a horror show.

Third, I convinced myself that body movement was and is an essential component of my writing strategy. If I don't get out and move around, my energy levels are lower, I'm logier, I don't have as much energy and focus to write. Once I was able to accept it as a writing-related program activity, just as important as story marketing, reading or research, then it became a lot easier to adapt my behavior.

Your thoughts?

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] Troll season has opened

I have a troll comment on my exercise post from this morning [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. I'm not going to bother to unmoderate it (trolls are almost always anonymous for some mysterious reason), but I'll reprint it here because I think it's hilarious and deserves mockery.
So, your basic egoism. Easy.

See, I figure my friendly neighborhood troll is saying that it's either egoism to exercise and take care of your body, or it's egoism to talk about exercising and taking care of your body.

Either position is kind of baffling. I mean, this is my body and it's tried to kill me twice now. :: waves hello to cancer :: I damn well ought to take care of it. Exercising is hardly being a bad example to myself or others, either.

On the other hand, this is my blog, and I can damn well talk about whatever I want to. You lot are just lucky that I'm not the kind of obsessive who measures the net linear dimensions of his bowel movements or something. Because you know what? You don't have to read it!

Or maybe it's subtle comment spam? At least when I snark at someone, I sign my name. :: waves hello to the Republican party ::

In any case, I must say, my fragile spirit is wounded by this offhand and safely anonymous comment. You'll find me sniffling in the corner over there any minute now, really. I swear.

Originally published at jlake.com.