January 10th, 2011


[links] Link salad wakes up and works

A reader reacts to Mainspring

The Science Fiction Foundation Criticism Masterclass — A forthcoming opportunity for those residing in or visiting the UK. (Via fjm.)

World Wide Words — English from a British point of view. (Via GH.)

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work — A fascinating view into a forgotten outsider photographer and her vision of the American street. (Thanks to scarlettina.)

In Battle Over Health Law, Math Cuts Both Ways — That is to say, in politics you are entitled to your own facts. (Thanks to my dad.)

The Arizona tragedy — A counterpoint to the rhetorical concerns raised by many people, including myself, regarding the recent shootings. I find the dismissal of the impact of conservative eliminationist rhetoric more than a bit facile, but much of this column's point stands. (Thanks to ericjamesstone.)

Scalepecunium makes an interesting and saddening point about the local impact of the Giffords shooting. Which ties in with this post on Making Light. (Thanks to lt260.)

?otD: Who put this Monday here?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (edited Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.4
Currently reading: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar


[writing] Sunspinnery, and stories

I'm almost done with the first chapter of Sunspin. My social butterflying this past weekend somewhat got in the way. Yesterday produced very little new wordage at all, as the time available to me I spent on making changes to the outline and doing some plumbing revisions to the draft. I'm concerned about my pacing and detail, and need to let Fred gnaw on this stuff a bit.

So for the next few days, I'm going to work on a couple of requested pieces of short fiction. (That, and attend junior high school basketball games.) That will let Fred do his stuff on Sunspin, while keeping me productive.

This novel is going so differently from my usual efforts. I feel like I could write a book about, well, writing a book.