August 10th, 2011


[links] Link salad overflows the bowl

Poetry, Politics, Law or Fiction — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts with a moving essay on why he became a writer.

The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter — Crowdfunding creative projects. Hmm. See also @timpratt's efforts in this regard.

Glorious Socialism: Chinese Ladies in Propaganda Posters — I wonder if I should show these to [info]the_child?

Experimental Mach-20 aircraft set for launch at Vandenberg AFB

Genetically-Engineered Spermless Mosquitoes Offer Malaria Hope — "Spermless Mosquitoes" would be a great name for a rock band.

Surprise! Underwater volcano has erupted — Right here in my neighborhood. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Amazon UK's riot gear sales soar: Aluminum bats up 6,000%

By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate

God and Psychology

Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And EveEvangelicals have to either face up to it or they have to stick their head in the sand. And if they do that, they will lose whatever intellectual currency or respectability they have. Um... (Via @MatchesMalone.)

Health care reform rules have GOP mum — Except for the Tea Party/lunatic fringe that controls their agenda, of course.

Why Michele Bachmann is no Sarah Palin — Bachmann's a smart politician with batshit policy positions that border on the insane.

Federal taxes minus spending — Hey, look! The red states mostly take in more money than they generate. Freeloading conservatives! (Also stone idiots, if they really want taxes cut further.)

?otD: How much wood could a woodchuck upchuck if a woodchuck could upchuck wood?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,100 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.6
Currently reading: A Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik


[cancer|writing] Updatery

Physically, I'm feeling fairly good these days. The surgical wound still has three types of pain, but to of them are largely minimal now and the third is tolerable. The minimal pains are the incision itself, which is healing nicely; and the internal sutures of the severed abdominal muscles, which are still fairly uncomfortable. The tolerable pain is the continued distress in my lower right ribs, with a fainter echo on the corresponding lower left ribs which is either deferred pain or some sort of mild strain from favoring my right side.

Also last night as I was going to bed, I experienced a sharp, point-source pain a few inches above the incision. That continued through the night and into this morning. It feels like one of those post-operative gas bubbles one sometimes get, though it does seem a tad odd this only surfaced now, three weeks after surgery. If it continues through the day, I'll call my surgeon's office and ask if this is of concern. Annoying, yes; concerning, not yet.

Wrote 3,100 words on Sunspin yesterday. After three days of writing, the project is already over 8,500 words, so I'm setting the right pace for my goal of 60-70,000 words this month. I'm also on pace for the plot development, which is certainly more to the point. I'm feeling good about this.

Dreamt last night that I was involved in some kind of rugby grudge match. I was afraid of the game, of getting hurt, but couldn't find any way of getting out of it. The meaning of this dream is left as an exercise for the reader.

That's all the news that prints to fit.