September 14th, 2011


[links] Link salad is resting down in Cornwall writing up its memoirs

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

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA — In case you missed it. I’ve written a number of incidentally gay or bi characters (ie, not “gay fiction”, just characters who happen to be people with those orientations) and no one’s said a word yet. Which is exactly how it should be, I think.

Bring Your Questions for Willpower Authors Roy Baumeister and John TierneyFreakonomics with a discussion of willpower. Writing novels, and finishing them, more to the point, is a profound act of willpower.

Why US Pays More for Health Care Than Other Nations

An Objective Way to Measure PainResearchers use brain imaging to detect patterns of brain activity associated with pain—a potential boon for doctors and drug developers. I’ve often wondered about the validity of the pain scale. My calibration of 1-10 changed utterly once I’d undergone abdominal surgery, for example. It’s so subjective.

Giant balloon to be launched to test climate fix hope

Glasgow University in bid to create ‘inorganic life’Scientists in Scotland are undertaking pioneering research to create life from inorganic chemicals. As tipster David Goldman says, what could possibly go wrong?

Soyuz rocket flaw found?

Wait, what? Atheists don’t understand stories?Pharyngula on some very bizarre religious thinking about the non-religious. Some people really are idiots, blindered by the need to justify their own beliefs at the expense of objective reality.

Jimmy Carter: ‘We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war’ — Perhaps the best ex-president we’ve ever had.

After 20 Years, Missing CEO Reappears — Apparently only little people pay taxes. Big people just vanish behind their cloud of money.

A Bit of The Post-American World 2.0[info]madwriter with some interesting comments on Fareed Zakaria’s book.

Shockingly Petty: News Corp. Outlets Attack Obama Over Paper Clip — And conservatives wonder why the rest of us find you guys a little crazy.

Tea party crowd about sick man without insurance: “Let him die” — Ah, family values. Compassionate conservatism in a nutshell. Right there. This reinforces my view that contemporary conservativism arises out of a poverty of imagination and a failure of empathy. The people jeering this man’s death simply can’t imagine themselves or someone they love in his situation.

Deep Thought — Given the GOP fixation with death, how would they treat a fetus whose mother is on Death Row?

?otD: Where were all the sportsmen who always pulled you through?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 222.0
Currently reading: Inversions by Iain M. Banks

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[writing] Flash flash flash, it’s a gas gas gas

Yesterday’s “Flash me, baby” blog post [ | LiveJournal ] was fun. Thank you to everyone who played along with flash bits, WIPs and discovery draft snippets.

My favorites are by Joe Richardson, Jim Van Pelt, and Ruthanne Reid. I’ll give top honors to Joe, just for the heck of it.

Joe, give me your contact info and I’ll drop an Endurance ARC and a bonus book in the mail to you. Everyone else, thanks for being part of it. Maybe we’ll do this again in a month or two.

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[writing|cancer] Kalimpura revisions underway, other updates

Yesterday, despite a bit of lingering chemotherapy fog in the lowlands of my backbrain, I got through about 100 pages of Kalimpura revisions in the course of two hours. The fog finally got to me, along with the usual ongoing lower GI disturbances post-infusion.

This is the reading pass from my editorial notes per [info]casacorona and la agente. There’s some deeper revisions needed in the midsection of the book, requiring at least another pass after this one, which is why I think it will take me into the end of next week to get through these revisions. Possibly a bit longer if I am ambushed by more chemo fatigue, or high-demand parenting moments, etc.

Still, it’s good to be back in Green’s head. She’s quite the ferocious young woman. And the reception to this book among my earliest readers has been good so far. I am pleased.

Once I’ve wrapped this revision, I have several smaller tasks to deal with, including participating in two podcasts, revising a requested short fiction draft, completing a much-delayed email interview, and, um, some other stuff. Then, depending on available brain power, I may stir the Sunspin pot some more, also assuming feedback from la agente has arrived in the mean time.

All of this, of course, preparatory to my likely shutdown of writing. When I was on a similar six-month course of chemotherapy in 2010, that occurred around session 8 of 12. I just passed 6 of 12, so I figure I’ve got about four more good weeks in me, interrupted for 4-5 days by the forthcoming session 7.

I truly do hate to see the time slip away from me. Still, this is my life, measured out not in coffee spoons but chemotherapy doses. Write to live, live to write.

At least I have Green to keep me company.

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