April 6th, 2012


[links] Link salad enjoys the best soy latte that it ever had

My story "The Woman Who Shattered the Moon" will be appearing When the Villain Comes Home — Quite pleased about this.

A trailer for a 1936 version of Logan’s Run — Hahahaha.

Meat industry says 'butt cancer' billboard near Marlins Park hits below belt — Butt cancer, yeah. That's what I got. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Science of Van GoghThe Dutch artist’s sunflower paintings have attracted the attention of doctors and geneticists.

George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe

Robot history: The rise of the drone — (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Supreme Court Arguments on the ACA — A Clash of Two World ViewsThe New England Journal of Medicine speaks.

The Literalville paradoxLanguage Log is funny about Rush Limbaugh's use of words. Underneath is a more serious point about refusing to "do nuance", that eternal conservative fantasy that every complex issue can be boiled down to simplistic moral certitude.

Romney’s Foreign Policy Doesn’t Recognize That The World Isn’t Simply Split Into “Friends” and “Foes” — Speaking of the problem of the congenital inability of conservatives to recognize nuance.

?otd: Tell me, did you sail across the sun?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,500 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling


[conventions] Norwescon Day One

Yesterday was a fine day. [info]the_child, [info]lizzyshannon and I rode to Seattle with [info]ramblin_phyl at the wheel. We got in pretty early, and after some small comedies of error with respect to rooms and logistics, everyone was settled.

The day was fairly kicked back until my reading at 6:00 pm. I was pleasantly surprised at how well attended that was, given the somewhat infelicitous time slot. My profound thanks to everyone who tuned out. Afterwards, [info]the_child, [info]lizzyshannon and I had dinner with [info]bravado111 and [info]tbclone47. Some rest time ensued until [info]bravado111's reading. After that I hit the small press party, then wound it down.

Exercise and blogging this morning, then (hopefully) some writing time. Today's a fairly easy day for me from a scheduling perspective. Tomorrow is overwhelmingly busy.

See some, all or none of you around the convention!


[process] Going into book mode

Well, I'm back on first drafting a novel. Which I haven't done since last summer/fall. As my close friends and family know, when I'm drafting a novel I get a little weird. I assume this is true of most writers.

I call this "book mode".

What happens is I focus obsessively on the writing process. My priorities shift where I'll pass up most things other than the items at the peak of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Working the day jobbe to provide food and shelter, parenting my child, tending my most important emotional and social connections.

Everything else sort of fades into the background. It becomes difficult to socialize casually with me. My responsiveness to email and social media drops off a lot. My pleasure reading drops close to nothing. I sleep less, take fewer showers, seek meals which require a minimum time to acquire/create/cook and to consume. I tend to be thinking the world of the story rather than the world of real life. It's a much deeper immersion than I go through when working on short fiction, for reasons which seem obvious to me.

All in all, this makes me a bit spacey, slow and goofy. And distracted. Did I mention that I'm writing a book?

So if you're a friend or someone who loves me, well, I apologize. This is part of having a writer in your life. As most people reading here already know all too well from their own experience, I'm sure.

Do you go into book mode? What does it do to and for you?