February 22nd, 2011


[links] Link salad under the Milky Way tonight

tor.com publishes the cover of Endurance — Green is back... More on this from illustrator Dan Dos Santos.

A reader reacts to Green — Ironically in the light of my recent copy editing activities, the reviewer mentions wishing that the book was a trilogy.

Scrivener's Error with more deep neepery on the Borders bankruptcy — Including more on the inventory question that [info]cathshaffer and I were discussing in comments yesterday.

The Creative Process — In handy pie graph form. From this post by Dr. Pezz. (Via [info]jimvanpelt.)

Sorry About All the Bombs — The author of The Anarchist Cookbook speaks.

The Six-Legged Meat of the FutureInsects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste. Mmm. Hexapodamania.

Haze Over China — Note the use of the term "photo-like image" in the explanatory copy. Huh?

Herald Square: 1908 — Note the use of the term "electrified owls" in the explanatory copy. Huh?

The Gates of Hell Have Opened in Tripoli — Juan Cole on the situation in Libya.

Canadians Who Look Like Justin Bieber — Because to conservative America, not having to worry about going bankrupt over medical bills is a bad thing. Um...

Disgraced ex-Tea Party leader, Mark Williams plans to infiltrate SEIU Rallies — More evidence that because conservatives can't win on ideas, they have to lie and cheat. Anybody remember the Brooks Brothers Riot? FWIW, Ed Brayton on liberals being assholes, too. Please note that while extremely regrettable, being an asshole is not the same as being a provocateur.

Birtherism: Worst. Trap. Ever. — Birtherism, like evolution denial, is one of those counterfactuals so beloved of conservatives that makes it very hard for me to take anything else they have to say seriously. Contrast with climate change denial or right-to-life activism, where I can at least perceive an intellectual or moral grounding, however wrongheaded I might personally find those positions. It's the difference between ideas that you have to be basically nuts to believe in the first place and ideas that reasonable people can disagree on.

The Odd Conservative Hostility Towards Mitch Daniels[C]ulture war politics isn't a net loser for the GOP, and it may be the only thing that keeps [the party] competitive. From conservative commentator Daniel Larison. Fascinating read.

?otD: Do you have time for private consultation?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (short fiction revisions, WRPA, Endurance copy edits, review of Sunspin outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.6
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk


[writing] Doing what I do

Divided my writing time yesterday between several writing projects. Critique, some WRPA, Endurance copy edits, reviewing the Sunspin outline preparatory to diving back into Calamity of So Long a Life. I feel like one of those cavaliers who leapt onto his horse and was dashing in all directions.

A little bit more of Endurance copy editing, and it's back off my desk, in the next day or two. And I squee over the cover illustration! Dan Dos Santos is like unto a god to me.

Today I'll be plumbing deeper into Sunspin. Probably I will not start writing until Wednesday, depending on how long I spend dealing with the outline and re-engaging with the existing draft.

I find myself mildly reluctant to re-embark on this project. It's the usual "jumping off into a novel" feeling. I'm just not used to experiencing the sensation in the middle of the book. But there's a great deal about this project that is unusual for me, so this is just par for the course.

One writes, one progresses. I love this stuff.