December 7th, 2010


[links] Link salad wishes it had written something cool

How To Get Published — Jim Macdonald lays it out at Making Light. One of the most cogent summations I've ever seen of this evergreen question.

Andrew Wheeler reviews Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight

Oriental hornets powered by 'solar energy' — Wow, is that some serious strange. (Thanks to muntahz.)

The Fed Has a $110 Billion Problem with New Benjamins — Hmm. Low bid, anyone?

What is Julian Assange Up To? — Interesting analysis.

War Propaganda and Personal Sacrifice — WW II in images of consumption, and a contrast to the current wars. Interesting stuff. (Via goulo.)

?otD: What story do you wish you'd written?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA, 2,600 words on new short story project)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 251.0
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books


[writing] And when the dam breaks open...

...many years too soon.

Or at any rate, when there is no room up on the hill, we write. I've cranked out over 10,000 words of short fiction in the past three or four days. A novelette, a short story, and about half of another short story. Today, I'll probably work on revisions to the lost colony steampunk religious novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie", though I may also wrap up the half-story. (For a variety of reasons that piece needs to go into the drawer a while, I just don't want to leave it unfinished.)

Having just finished drafting Kalimpura last week, this feels odd. Even by my admittedly weird standards. But apparently Fred is very tired of his month of chemo-enforced silence. And afraid of what will come the next time I'm scanned and checked.

So now we write. And keep writing until we can't. The flood won't last, but it's entertaining me, at least.


[writing] Viable Paradise

Submissions for Viable Paradise in 2011 will be open shortly. A week in Martha's Vineyard studying writing with a group of very capable aspiring and early career writers, some very sharp, experienced industry professionals, and, well, me.

Yes, I'll be an instructor this coming year at Viable Paradise. Sherwood Smith and I have joined the faculty for 2011. And yes, I'm pretty darned stoked about it.

So get your applications ready...