March 26th, 2012


[links] Link salad is off to the cornfields of the Midwest

Tested by a Picturesque DystopiaThe New York Times reviews The Hunger Games movie.

Expelled for a tweeted syntactic observation

Avalanches of Words, Sifted and Sorted — (Via my Dad.)

Living in the Margins — Medieval annotations. (Via [info]danjite.)

Why black (or blue, or red) plants might be the key to finding life beyond Earth

Praying to be skinny and straightAn expert explains what evangelical weight-loss and ex-gay movements say about America -- and us. Oh, I could say a thing or two.

Christian Sex Toy Store Offers Smut-Free Dildo Shopping Online — Heh. Good for them. (Via [info]danjite.)

Rethinking His Religion[The clinic protestor] needed an abortion and had come to him because, she explained, he was a familiar face. After the procedure, she assured him she wasn’t like all those other women: loose, unprincipled. She told him: “I don’t have the money for a baby right now. And my relationship isn’t where it should be.”

Basic Facts on Clothing and Murder for American Bigots

An Even Warmer Future AheadA new model finds that the world could be up to 5.5 degrees warmer in 2050 than it was in the 1990's.

GOP Slams Dems For Medicare Cuts Republicans Support — Because being a conservative means never having to bow to basic logic or intellectual consistency.

?otd: Sarpy County or Douglas County?

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.75 hours on Little Dog, 0.75 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh in)
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch


[movies] The Hunger Games

Last night, I took [info]the_child to see The Hunger Gamesimdb ]. Though I was up too late, I was being a good Dad — she recently read the book, and so was primed for the film. And now she'll be part of the conversation this morning at school, where all the girls in the eighth grade class will have seen it over the weekend, as well as most of the boys.

I liked this film a lot. It was tough and brutal, appropriate to the story concept. Emotionally well wrought. The herky jerky camera style bothered me at first, but then I settled in to the look of the film and stopped noticing it. The writer in me really wanted to understand the backstory &mndash; how did society get herez? — but those questions were never answered in the film. Taking the story as it was on the surface worked very well for me. And [info]the_child loved it.

So did a lot of other people. The movie's opening weekend grossed $214 million worldwide. Nearly record-breaking, as I understand things. Contrast to the lackluster performance of John Carterimdb ], which I liked as much for different reasons. The Hunger Games had a much better script and far more realized characters, but they were both a lot of fun.

And boy was my daughter pleased.


[books|writing] Little Dog: Son of a Bitch

The synopsis for book one of Little Dog, Son of a Bitch, is about done in both long form (writing document) and short form (selling document). [info]bravado111 and I made good use of our hang time together this weekend for some story conferencing, as well some parallel play writing time.

I also churned out first draft one-sheets for books two and three, just to show series direction as part of the sales proposal package. They're currently entitled Whelp, I Need Somebody and Littermates. After a few final touches today, the package is off our desks for a while, at least until our agents give us feedback on the synopsis and other materials.

The current production plan is for [info]bravado111 to write the first draft in May and/or June, and me to do the initial major revision pass in June and/or July. This schedule should survive even if I have to go back into cancer treatment, which means we'll have the book to first readers by the end of July, if not a bit earlier. I am happy to jam this in around Sunspin, simply to get it going.

It's nice to see a new project gathering steam.