September 9th, 2011


[links] Link salad at D’Anjite’s Bridge

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

Keeping Track of Wordcount — Carrie Vaughn Is Sensible. And given that her sales numbers are 50X mine or something like that, maybe she knows a thing or two.

25 Things You Should Know About Queries, Synopses and Treatments — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

The Elephant in the Room — Editor Gabrielle Harbowy, a 9/11 survivor, talks about coping now with the tenth anniversary looming.

9/11 and its great transformationsAfter 9/11 we lost our way, but buried beneath many wrong turns is a character that has been redeemed in the past.

The Mosaic Pre-ManNewly excavated Australopithecus sediba fossils exhibit a mixture of primitive and more modern features. I originally read this headline as an Old Testament reference, which certain caused some mismatched expectations. Creeping Creationism!

Board Game Brings the Difficulties of Climate Negotiations Home — Mmm, Catan. (Thanks to [info]martang.)

Hail to thee, our alma materSlacktivist Fred Clark on the links between private Christian schooling, racism and Dominionism.

Republican candidates, global warming, evolution, and reality — How we’ve gotten ourselves to the point where one of the two biggest props in our political system requires willful ignorance on the part of the candidaates in order for them to succeed…

Obama and Jobs: Why I Don’t Believe Him Anymore — Yeah, well. Sigh. I hate hold-your-nose voting, but that’s what the next election is going to come down to. I enthusiastically voted for Obama last time. This time I’ll be voting against [insertAntiRealityGOPLoonHere].

?otD: Churn much waste lately?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

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[process] The workshop on goal setting and productivity will be happening

This is a (very long range) pre-announcement. I’ve got a sponsor and logistical provider for the proposed workshop session for writers on goal setting and productivity management I mentioned recently. [ | LiveJournal ]

The pilot version of the workshop will take place here in the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2012, and probably be limited to twelve participants. Details and registration information will be announced next spring, once I’ve recovered from chemo and have confirmed everything with the folks who are helping put it on.

And of course, if it goes well, I’ll be doing more.

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[cancer|writing] A little bit of update, a little bit of conversation

Chemo session six of twelve (or, two of eight from this subseries) starts in a couple of hours. I’ve got a bit more noodling (not in the Oklahoma sense) to do here around Nuevo Rancho Lake, then Dad is picking me up and we’re off to the infusion center. Expect continued light blogging with heavy bouts of unconsciousness between now and Monday.

I did alter my Zyprexa dose this time, lowering it enough that I also felt comfortable cutting out the Lorazepam. I slept fairly well last night, though getting up was a bit tougher than normal. Hopefully this reduced Zyprexa regimen will still be effective against nausea, which is pretty much the whole point. Just don’t want to oversleep so freakishly this weekend, and more to the point, I need to be able to wake up and focus next week. Last chemo session, the Zyprexa/Lorazepam combo kept me looped for days afterward.

Once I come back to myself after this weekend’s chemo festivities, I’ll be revising Kalimpura, which I’m currently estimating at two weeks’ effort, with a third week budgeted in reserve. By the time I’m done with that, and a couple of short fiction commitments, I will likely not have the brainspace to deal intensively with Calamity, which means serious revision work on the last third that I just finished drafting may have to wait til spring. Somehow I failed to account for that needed time when setting my work goals for the second half of this year, tailored around my chemotherapy schedule. I’m usually a bit smarter than this about productivity planning, grr.

With all that in mind, I had a very productive telephone conference with la agente yesterday. We have a production and marketing plan for Calamity of So Long a Life, a/k/a Sunspin volume one, that takes into account the book’s length, current state of editing, and my likely available time to make changes in the near future.

She was also very supportive of At the Mountains of Madness, the Antarctica project. We talked about positioning and concepts for a nonfiction trade book, and the fact that I’d almost certainly derive a novel from the project as well. As I said to her, I’m still at the taffy-pulling stage of thinking about this. Sadly, I’ll have to set the taffy aside over the weekend as chemo, like Calgon, takes me away.

That’s the news from Lake Jaybegone, where all the ideas are above average.

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