September 2nd, 2011

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[links] Link salad is just one of countless screaming Argonauts

In which I am on the cover of September’s Locus

A reader reacts to The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities

Were Colonial Americans More Literate than Americans Today? — Interesting post, though the question is decidedly not apples-to-apples.

Mythbusting 101: Sharks will cure cancer — Um, no.

Ancient furry rhino had snow shovel on its face — (Via David Goldman.)

Quantum Processor Hooks Up with Quantum MemoryConnecting the two could make it possible to perform complex calculations that are far beyond the power of conventional computers.

Rover probes role water may have played on Mars

Space junk at tipping point, says reportScientists in the US have warned Nasa that the amount of so-called space junk orbiting Earth is at tipping point.

Domino’s Pizza opening store on the Moon — the Moon!

How to stop your kids from becoming atheists — This is brilliant.

Michele Bachmann Was Inspired By My Dad and His Christian Reconstructionist Friends — Here’s Why That’s Terrifying — (Via Slacktivist.)

Obama Is Not Telling You How To Observe 9-11 — A clear, simple example of a conservative lie about Obama. Somehow the corrections never get the same airplay.

When Rick Perry Praised HillaryCare — Flip flop, anyone? Nuance? Hello? Is this thing on?

?otD: Why is the world in love again? Why are we marching hand in hand?


9/2/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (parenting time took priority)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 222.6
Currently reading: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

jay-cranky_old_man

[personal] Priorities and the remembrance thereof

As most of you reading know, I’m feeling under some (self-induced) pressure to wrap the first draft of Sunspin. I’d intended to be done by 8/31, but lost more time that I’d planned to both Worldcon and chemotherapy. Still, I’m five days or less from being done. And I have another deadline looming, 9/30, to [info]casacorona for Kalimpura.

So yesterday I didn’t write. Which is always weird.

But life has priorities. [info]the_child needed to talk over some pretty serious stuff. Then the two of us needed to do some light-hearted stuff to wind down from the serious stuff. Plus I wanted to make some salsa, which I could do with my head and my heart in a jumble. (Unlike, say, writing more of Sunspin just then.) Plus I’d slept crappy the night before, so by the time I’d found my way back into my usual level head, my usual level head was stuffed with cotton candy and not suitable for fiction production.

So parenting was a priority. And rightly, absolutely so. But still, there’s a bit of a risk in getting so focused on process (or in this case, deadline) that the rest of life can slip away. I’m quite capable of hyperfocusing on writing fiction, I’ve done it many times.

Sometimes it’s good to remember why I’m really here. Even when my inner project manager is pitching a fit and throwing mental Post-It notes out the metaphorical window.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.