January 11th, 2012


[links] Link salad is chilly

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Including a comment on my author photo.

Mid-career surgeons 'are safest'

Alone Again, Naturally — Some good stuff in this article. Also some pretty annoying generalizations about male behavior.

Gaming Tablet Suggests New Form Factor

Where the Trees Are — You can actually see Oregon's Willamette Valley in this image, if you know what you're looking for.

The TSA Posts Its 'Top Good Catches Of 2011' List, Not One Of Which Is An Actual Terrorist — Sigh. (Via [info]danjite, who also sent along the sigh.)

Businessmen and Economics — Really, business and economics are not the same thing.

Appeals court affirms order blocking Oklahoma sharia law banA federal appeals court upholds a 2010 ruling preventing the implementation of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would bar judges from considering international or Islamic law in decisions. Hey, look, a brief moment of sanity from our court system! I'm sure the Supremes will smack this down in due time, unfortunately.

Huntsman would pose big threat to prez, experts say

Why Rick Santorum Can't Just Say: God Doesn't Want You To Be GayGay rights and the collapse of pseudo-secularism. An interesting analysis of the religiously-sanctioned bigotry of Senator Frothy Mix. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Can Romney be more than an opening act? — He's not actually pulling a lot of votes yet, he has the advantage of a split opposition.

Romney’s Dreadful Inevitability: How Did It Come To This? — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison mulls Romney.

?otd: Is it cold where you are?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (work related evening social function)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.25 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu


[awards|repost] Obligatory story pimpage

I haven't published much short fiction this year, due to the effects of my cancer journey on both my productivity at the keyboard and on my focus on marketing. Such writing time as I've had has remained focused on my novels. Nonetheless, a few things have squeaked out into the marketplace.

For my own part, I think the best of these is my Sunspin novelette, "A Long Walk Home", which has been selected for Year's Best Science Fiction volume 29. If you're a Hugo or Nebula voter, I hope you'll give it consideration.

Anyway, here's the list.

Endurance (Green, volume 2), Tor Books

"A Long Walk Home", Subterranean Online
"The Decaying Mansions of Memory", Untold Adventures

Short Fiction
"The Blade of His Plow", Human for a Day, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Jennifer Brozek
"A Critical Examination of Stigmata's Print Taking the Rats to Riga", The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists, ed. Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
"'Hello,' Said the Gun", Daily Science Fiction
"A Place to Come Home To" (with Shannon Page), When the Hero Comes Home, ed. Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood
"Unchambered Heart", ChiZine
"You Know What Hunts You", The Edge of Propinquity

ETA: I suppose I'm also eligible for Best Fan Writer, if you happen to like this blog a lot.


[personal] Miscellaneous Updatery

No writing time yesterday. I had a full day at the office, then we had an after hours holiday party at my boss's home, so that pretty much filled the day. I did bring some Époisses cheese to the party, thanks to the rather excellent cheese department at the Whole Foods here in Omaha.

I also dropped by a Barnes and Noble to pick up a couple of Charles Stross books for my reading pleasure, and was amusingly mistaken for Mr. Stross by the store manager when I inquired about signing my stock. I did manfully refrain from signing Charlie's books for him.

Workie bits today, and unless something expected crops up, writing time this evening. I'm not pressing myself on this story, just letting it come to life in my head and on the page. We shall see.

Anent yesterday's hair rant, it occurred to me when I woke up this morning that although I miss my flowing tresses, as a practical matter it would be nice to have my eyelashes and nose hairs back. Trust me, being nasally bald is annoying and slightly indecorous. The eyelash thing is just sad.

I'll be home Friday afternoon, off to a housewarming party Friday evening if I haven't collapsed from exhaustion. I expect to spend much of the weekend working with [info]the_child on some homework issues, but also hoping to finish the story-in-progress this weekend, so that next week I can fire up Sunspin revisions.

And of course, next Thursday, a week from tomorrow, I'm off to Michigan for Epic ConFusion. See some, all or none of you there.