March 11th, 2012


[links] Link salad heads to Springfield to hear the word of God

How To Be CreativeThe image of the 'creative type' is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague's desk might be the key to your next big idea. I disagree with one of the premises of this article -- in my fairly extensive observation of writers over the years, creativity comes far more easily to some people than it does to others. It is one of the many highly variable qualities of being a human being.

Austin, Proud of Eccentricity, Loses a Favorite — I remember this guy from when I lived there. (Via my Dad.)

A Keeper of a Vast Garden of Art in the Hills of Brazil

The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared

Great Lakes ice coverage falls 71 percent over 40 years, researcher says — Amazing, the lengths liberals will go to in perpetuating the myth of climate change. Thank God we have Rush Limbaugh and the GOP to cloud those pesky facts.

Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax — Further evidence that conservatives are patently, absurdly crazy. This man is a respected GOP leader and major party figure.

Subject for Debate: Are Women People?I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain. Ask your friendly neighborhood conservative. They'll confirm the answer is 'no'.

What's wrong with Congress? It's not big enough

Grim Meathook Future, English style — In which we learn that English conservatives are just as blinded to facts by ideology as American conservatives are.

Ignorance Is StrengthSo whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional values, bear in mind that they have actually made a radical break with America’s tradition of valuing education. And they have made this break because they believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt them.

Gaffing His Way to VictoryNews alert: Romney is rich, but voters by and large don’t care.

?otd: Been to church lately?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (15 minutes of WRPA, Going to Extremes)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.6
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann


[food] Mmmm momos

Yesterday's momo [ | LiveJournal ] party was great good fun. [info]the_child and I arrived at Dad and (step)Mom's place around 10:30. Friends J— and T— showed up shortly thereafter to help cook. [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister) turned up as well, then [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) and the Niece came by as well, as did [info]lizzyshannon and Mother of the Child.

We made vegetarian, chicken, lamb and buffalo momos, as well as apple filled and onion filled momos. Various folks brought relish trays, vegetables, cheese and so forth. A magnificent feast was had, and lots of good conversation.


[awards|repost] Obligatory story pimpage

As today is the last day for Hugo nominations to be submitted, I am reposting this one last time.

I didn't publish much short fiction last 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 Anne 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
"They Are Forgotten Until They Come Again", River, ed. Alma Alexander
"Unchambered Heart", ChiZine
"You Know What Hunts You", The Edge of Propinquity