November 12th, 2010


[links] Link salad heads for the clinic again

Best SF likes "On the Human Plan"

The METAtropolis: Cascadia microsite is live — All the details, and some fun goodies there.

People like stuff that you don't. That's OK. — Kelly McCullough on genre wars. (Via M. as a blog comment.)

One Underwear Bomb = 10 Million Nudie Pics (The Question of Body Scanner Legality) — More on the new TSA rules, from a fellow unfortunate. (Via e_bourne and markbourne.)

Is the Deficit Commission Serious? — Not hardly. More conservative political posturing with the usual disregard for those pesky true facts.

Our Banana RepublicC.E.O.'s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Yep. That definitely explains why "real" America votes Republican.

?otD: Chest port or IV?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (5,100 new words, to 51,600 words on Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 245.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books


[books] Sunspin

Apropos of nothing in particular, I now have proposed titles for the three books that compromise the Sunspin cycle. Apparently, the projects are queueing in my head.

In order:
  • Calamity of So Long A Life

  • The Whips and Scorns of Time

  • Be All Our Sins Remembered

This time, unlike my last two trilogies, I intend to write it as one continuous, planned arc. With luck, I'll start drafting in January, take a break in March or April to revise Kalimpura, and then resume to be done with the first draft this project by summer. I figure a minimum of five elapsed (not calendar) months to lay down the first pass of this, and that's if I write fairly short and at speed.

For those just tuning in, Sunspin is my planned Big Idea space opera, sort of a fusion of contemporary New British and 1970's psuedofeudalism, with a blue collar tinge and a deep dose of paranoia. So far I've published about half a dozen short stories set in this continuity, and have an incomplete (at 70 pages) outline for the trilogy.

And yes, after Sunspin, Original Destiny, Manifest Sin.