August 8th, 2011


[links] Link salad launches in to another workweek

Help the World SF Travel Fund — Bring Charles Tan to World Fantasy Convention. Which, sadly, I will be missing due to cancer treatments, and thus will miss meeting him in person there.

The Mad Scientist of Smut — Ah, authors. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors, New ReportIf exercise were a cancer drug, it would be a blockbuster...

First, you cry ... when mastectomy scars are transformed by tattoos — (Via Astrid Bear.)

Facebook Use May Lead to Psychological Disorders in Teens

Surviving NASA Rover Nears Rim of Martian Crater

Astronomers Predict That Pluto Has A Ring

The error of political prayer — Roger Ebert on mixing religion and politics. There are not two sides to the separation of Church and State. There is only this: They must be separated for the health of our democracy. Americans are of many faiths and none. Our laws must apply equally to all. Amazing how many strict constructionists don't get this.

A Timeline of Events — A history of the deficit since Reagan. Required reading for all conservatives, who will either ignore it or dismiss factual truth as liberal lies. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otD: How many skidoos was that again?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,800 words on SUNSPIN plus some editorial time)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.6
Currently reading: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin


[writing|process] And more fully back on the horse

After Saturday's misfire, I was quite pleased to lay down 2,800 words on Sunspin Sunday. I also managed to have lunch with my mother (mmm, Russell Street BBQ) and go oh so briefly photosafariing with [info]the_child.

It was a slow start, 2,100 words in a little over an hour fairly early in the day. Then I knocked off and poked the outline for a bit. It bothered me that I hadn't made my 2,500 word minimum, though I often lag the first few days of (re)starting a project, so in the afternoon I sat down intending to write another 400 words, but got 700 more down.

So, yeah, the pump is running. Today we'll see if I can handle a full day's work and an hour or two of writing. I'm still not all here.


[photos] UPRR Pullman Car

Yesterday [info]the_child and I popped by the south end of the Brooklyn Yard of the Union Pacific Railroad, where a ratty old Pullman car has been parked for a while. We got a look at it, and determined the car had been converted to a MOW bunk car. It was fun to take a few pictures, and on a Sunday afternoon the yard was dead quiet except for a fuel truck nosing about some locomotives.

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