January 19th, 2012


[links] Link salad heads out for Confusion

Die Räder der Welt — Check out Mainspring's cool German cover.

Time experts debate whether to abolish the leap second

Statt Schurkenstaat nun Schurkenseite? ›SOPA‹ und ›PIPA‹ — A German article on the current American Internet kerfuffle, in which I and a number of other American authors are quoted.

Web Protests Piracy Bills, and Senators Change Course

The rise and fall of personal computing — A handy infographic. (Via Curiosity Counts.)

What the GOP's "Market-Based" Health Care Looks Like — This. And I am one one of the lucky ones.

Scotland to the Rescue: Seeks 100% Renewable Energy by 2020Scotland is looking to reduce the cost of offshore wind generation and distribution by 20%, which would make it competitive with hydrocarbons. (Actually it is already competitive because no one takes the dire effects of global warming into account in the price of oil and gas. What would you estimate Miami is worth?)

Migrating Siberian Shrubs — More pesky climate change facts. Warning: Data not valid if you are willfully ignorant.

Japan's push to restart nuclear plants sparks public anger — Gee, I wonder why.

Dear Andrew Sullivan: Why Focus on Obama's Dumbest Critics? — An interesting piece, though I object to the false equivalency drawn between critiques of George W. Bush from the left and critiques of Obama from the right. Bush's most unhinged critics were largely marginalized in the media and the public opinion. Obama's most unhinged critics come from the heart of the GOP establishment, including many sitting senators and congressmen.

The Secret of South CarolinaDavid Frum’s notebook on what the elections in South Carolina may hold for the GOP candidates.

?otd: Are Troy's towers topless?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revisions to Sunspin)
Body movement: Airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 223.2
Currently reading: The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross; The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore<


[writing] Proceeding apace on Sunspin

I spent 1.75 hours on Sunspin revisions yesterday, specifically part one of Calamity of So Long a Life, amidst executing various travel preparations and spending time with [info]the_child. I'm already losing my weird little case of nerves I mentioned a day or two ago.

This process of revision is going differently from my usual work practices in this regard. I think this is because the book is so structurally different from my previous work. There's a large number of shifting points-of-view, and a lot of complexity. Some of the plot threads are working much better than others, per first reader and agent input. I'm having to shift and strengthen and do some serious darling-killing.

Which of course is difficult to do given that the whole book is structured like a house of cards. I take out a few pieces here and there, move others, revise still others, all while trying to maintain the complex, interdependent structure.

It's difficult work, and is definitely stretching my skill set.

I love this stuff.


[travel|conventions] Off to Epic Confusion

It's early and I'm hitting the road for Michigan to attend Epic Confusion, thanks to the good offices of a number of folks who are sponsoring my trip. I'm looking forward to spending time with rarely-seen friends, and meeting many new folks from Midwestern fandom and writerdom.

As an FYI, here is a repost of my schedule there:

Friday, January 20th
7pmSalon GRace, Class, and Gender
Saturday, January 21st
10amAthensReading (with Howard Andrew Jones)
2pmSalon ETrilogy: The Base Unit of Fantasy
5pmSalon EMass Autograph Session

I will otherwise be in the bar, the dealer's room or at parties. Find me and visit a while. Unfortunately, due to my needing to be at the airport midday Sunday, I won't be able to make any Sunday programming. See some, all or none of you there.