December 2nd, 2010


[links] Link salad goes for a walk in the freezing dark

A reader reacts to (among other books) Madness of Flowers

Process: Writing Speed, Frequency, and How Everyone Is Differentcalendula_witch on how we write.

Books After AmazonBoston Review on the evil that is (Via tillyjane.)

The haiku comments from yesterday are pretty darned amusing: [ | LiveJournal ]

The history of wikis — Wikipedia explains itself. (Pointed out to me by my brother.)

The Mystery of the Red Bees of Red Hook — Mmm, cherries. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Fighting Tumors With Tumors — Fascinating, and rather applicable to my recent health history.

Steam discovered on an exoplanet — Man the aetheric dirigibles!

How Pain Can Make You Feel BetterScientists find a strange connection between physical pain and positive emotions. Fascinating. Scientific American comments on the "hitting yourself over the head with a hammer so it feels good when you stop" philosophy of life. Actually, this is far more serious and interesting article than that, but that's what the headline brought to mind. (Via David Goldman.)

Commies and cranberries — More profoundly counterfactual right wing idiocy, this time about the history of Thanksgiving. I guess when the facts are biased against you, you just have to keep making shit up. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Omaha or Minot?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA and research for Sunspin, no word count)
Body movement: 65 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books


[personal|publishing] Updatery of this and that

Walked this morning, as the weather was up in the high 20s. An old moon rode low in the eastern sky, accompanied by Venus looking particularly bright. Rabbits rustled among the frozen leaves along the Papillion Creek Trail. I did not see my breath, but I felt it.

Just beautiful.

In other news, I am flying home tomorrow. I shall see both the_child and calendula_witch, which will make the day a very good one, indeed.

In other other news, various publishing-related events have occurred this week, almost none of which I am quite prepared to discuss in detail yet. Let's just say some foreign rights were involved, as well as two short fiction acceptances, and firmer news of a small press book contract. All will be announced in due time. Also, sadly a Sekrit Projekt about which I was excited has gone to the Great Sekrit Projekt Outbox in the Sky, so that will never be announced. Luckily, there's always more to do.

Sold anything lately?

[personal] A note on my health and my professional availability

Pardon this administrative announcement, but it has come to my attention twice in the past few weeks that people looking to invite/include me in professional opportunities have passed me up because of my health situation.

I am quite happy to report myself sufficiently recovered to do pretty much anything I could do before this last round of cancer, at least in a professional sense. So if you were thinking of asking me for a story for your market, inviting me to be a toastmaster or GoH at a convention, asking me to teach a conference, spotting me to a first class Mediterranean cruise, or even simply taking me to lunch while you pass through Portland, I am pleased to be fully available subject to the ordinary constraints of scheduling, suitability of the opportunity, and so forth.

And if need be, please pass the word. I'm back.