April 11th, 2011


[links] Link salad overeats dreadfully before coming back from Texas

A reader reacts to (among other things) Mainspring — Very much with the not liking of my book. For reasons interestingly detailed.

Fantasy Book Critic reviews of Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 — With very strong praise for "The Passion of Mother Vajpai", a Green short story by me and [info]calendula_witch.

From Ancient Giants, Finding New Life to Help the Planet — Genetic conservation of bygone forest giants.

Prehistoric Human Brain Found Pickled in BogA brain in near-perfect condition is found in a skull of a person who was decapitated over 2,600 years ago.

The bad rap — and the truth — about vaccinations — Some sensible talk. (Via @twilight2000.)

"In God We Trust" (At least until the government gets its act together) — The relationship between government and God, from a different angle. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

The sharia panic factory — More intellectually consistent thought leadership from your Republican party.

The President Is MissingWhat have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular?

?otD: Do you like Tex-Mex cuisine? If not, what the hell is wrong with you?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, edits to various projects)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 251.2 (amazing given how badly I've been eating)
Currently reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows


[travel|personal] Home in the dark

Had a very nice morning yesterday. We wrapped the Paradise Lost conference, went out to lunch at Mangia pizza where we were joined by my friend @JDHancock and his family. Then off to the airport. I got some revision and WRPA done on the way home, and have one more short fiction commitment to address before I can get back to Kalimpura. I also finished reading J.A. Pitts' untitled third Sarah Beauhall book in manuscript, and read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which was stupidly charming and quite moving at the very same time. An thanks to some luck in making a standby flight, I got home at a decent hour instead of a horrid one last night. Still up a little later than ideal, but today will not be a disaster zone.

My luggage, however, did not make the standby flight, and remained at LAX when I flew home. I declined to accept a 1 am delivery, so I should see it sometime later this morning. Luckily I am home, so there's nothing in the bags I need so badly it couldn't wait overnight.

[info]tillyjane picked me up at the airport, and we talked about the death from cancer last week of our mutual friend as she drove me home. That was a moving conversation. Due to the vagaries of my travel schedule, I missed all of the memorial gatherings that took place over the weekend.

I still owe a post about last week's ballooning attempt, and probably some kind of wrap-up on Paradise Lost. But I'm running tight for time this morning, so they shall have to wait for another day.