February 15th, 2011


[links] Link salad cries more, more, more

If all stories were written like science fiction stories — Hahaha. Very bad science fiction stories, admittedly. (Via David Goldman.)

First Measurement of 'Wordquakes' Shaking the BlogosphereCertain words disrupt the blogosphere in the same way that earthquakes shake the planet. And that makes them ripe for an earthquake-like magnitude rating.

A Year in the Slow Lane in a '30 Ford — That be some dedication.

Back to the Future — An amazing photo re-creation project. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Shipping cupcakes down the thermal exhaust port — A video of the unboxing of an entry in the cupcake shipping challenge. Color me impressed. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Australians hit by Cyclone Yasi warned to stay away from deadly giant birds — Now that is a headline. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Up telescope! Search begins for giant new planetTyche may be bigger than Jupiter and orbit at the outer edge of the solar system. (\Bad Astronomy responds.

Evidence of a Spurious Origin — Ta-Nehisi Coates on nineteenth century scientific racism. Both interesting and depressing.

The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters — Glenn Greenwald on Wikileaks and his own targeting in response. No matter what your politics, this will likely strike you as appalling.

Selection Bias? PolitiFact Rates Republican Statements as False at 3 Times the Rate of Democrats — Or possibly just the Palin effect.

House GOPer against big government health care enjoys taxpayer-funded state government insurance — Further evidence that the core tenet of contemporary conservatism is 'right for me but not for thee.' See the only moral abortion is my abortion for a much larger, more devastating example of this.

Be Nice To Bigots: Republican leaders tiptoe around the smear campaign against Obama's faith and citizenship.That's four straight interviews in which the country's three top Republicans—the speaker of the House and the GOP leaders in each chamber—have refused to condemn the spreading of lies about Obama's faith and citizenship. [...] Why can't Boehner, Cantor, or McConnell speak that bluntly? Why won't they call a lie a lie? If they want to be leaders, it's time to lead. Your Republican party: proudly standing up for what's right and true in America. (Except when it pisses off their base, of course.)

?otD: What happened in the midnight hour?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (copy edits on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: Between books


[writing] Working to the plan, planning to be busy

Despite having an intensely busy day yesterday, including a very exciting girls' basketball game (they lost by two points), I managed an hour and half of copy edits on Endurance. I'm now about halfway through that process. Which is to say, I've responded to the queries, reviewed the changes, and am now doing a very tight line read.

This is creating mild cognitive dissonance for me, as not so long ago I drafted Kalimpura, which follows Endurance in the Green sequence. So I keep getting to scenes and thinking, "Wait, she already did this." It's an amusing reaction.

Meanwhile, Sunspin continues to cook in my head. In the car coming back from the game yesterday, I talked over a worldbuilding/sociology issue with [info]tillyjane a/k/a my mom. When I'm done with these copy edits, I'll drag into the second tranche of Calamity of So Long a Life, which should run another 60,000-75,000 words I think.

Writing this book in segments is a new experience for me, and it's been rather liberating. Stopping to do the Endurance copy edit, for example, isn't leaving me with a bad case of bookus interruptus. Likewise, about the time I finish Calamity of So Long A Life it will be time to revise Kalimpura. And conveniently the two universes of Green and Sunspin are so different from one another that I'm not really getting any cross-talk in my brain.

To be specific for those just tuning in, Green is secondary world fantasy told in tight first person. Sunspin is medium-future space opera told with a wide cast in moderately loose first person. They really don't overlap much at the structural, thematic, genre or craft levels. Well, except that I keep wanting to name starships in Sunspin after characters in Green.

Going forward, my work plan, presuming continued good health, is as follows:
  • Complete Endurance (Green book two) copy edit, February 2011

  • Complete first draft of Calamity of So Long A Life (Sunspin book one), April, 2011

  • Complete revisions to Kalimpura (Green book three), turn in to [info]casacorona, June, 2011

  • Complete first draft of The Whips and Scorns of Time (Sunspin book two), September, 2011

  • Complete first draft of Be All Our Sins Remembered (Sunspin book three), December, 2011

  • Begin working on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin (epic historical fantasy in the American West), January, 2012

As all such plans, this is subject to the vagaries of life, or people throwing money at me to work in a different order. And I have hopes of some of those steps happening sooner/faster, but I'm trying to be realistic. As it is, I'm setting myself to 600,000 words of first draft plus some major revision work in this calendar year.

Ah, ambition.

Do you have a work plan for the year? What are your big projects?