November 29th, 2010


[links] Link salad flies away

Popular Science, August, 1923 — Would you fly in this thing?

Natural Selection in Homo sapiens alchemis — Steven Popkes takes on Harry Potter. Snerk.

Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice – now for humansHarvard scientists were surprised that they saw a dramatic reversal, not just a slowing down, of the ageing in mice. Now they believe they might be able to regenerate human organs. (Via the_flea_king.)

US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis — Hmmm.

?otD: How friendly are your skies?

Writing time yesterday: 4.25 hours (10,200 new words on Kalimpura.)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 248.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books


[books|writing] Kalimpura Progriss Riport, The Final (for now)

Well, that's a wrap on the first draft of Kalimpura at 106,300 words. (10,600 today to finish it up.) I'm about 10,000 words short of where I expected to end this draft, but that's an acceptable margin of error. I know from prior projects that I start writing very quickly near the finish, and have a tendency to rush the endings. As calendula_witch reminds me, that's what revision is for. So I expect to get most of that 'missing' wordage back when I re-enter this project next April or so for revision, with an expected turn-in to casacorona and Tor in June of next year.

For the neepery of it, I wrote 103,000 words in November, starting from a 3,300 word stub I'd written in mid-October before my mother fell ill. Counting one thing and another, including my own bout of depression, those 103,000 words were written over 21 writing days. Including 20,800 in the last two days. Did I mention that I start writing very quickly near the finish?

So in the drawer with this a while, though I'll be begin gathering initial feedback from calendula_witch and possibly a few other readers. I have a novella to revise, a novella to write, a short piece or two to tackle, then by January I expect to be into Sunspin.

So it goes.