July 9th, 2012


[links] Link salad flies to Omaha once more

"Trois grains de poivre" — My short story "Golden Pepper" as translated into French by Hugo Vandal-Sirois.

Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts has a signing for his new book Forged in Fire at the Cedar Hills Powell's next Wednesday — Check it out. There's an open dinner prior to the event at 5 pm at Bugatti's.

LEGO Settlers of Catan — This is seriously awesome. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Motorist banned from driving Flintstones car on German roads — Heh. (Snurched from Lowering the Bar.)

$5B Camo SnafuArmy ditches failed combat uniform that put a target on grunts’ backs for 8 years. Oops. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

This is your brain on pokerResearchers got subjects to bet against computers while inside an MRI tube.

On the road: Stunning black and white photographs show America's 'tin can tourists' after Florida's new roads paved the way for the humble camping holiday — Another era. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

NASA releases one-of-a-kind photo of Martian landscape

Why single-sex education is spreading across the USAn estimated 500 public schools across the US now offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms. But the American Civil Liberties Union is involved in a battle against single-sex learning.

There Shouldn’t Be Any Illusions About the Difficulty of Repealing the Health Care Bill — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on more bizarre GOP thinking on the ACA.

Racism Against White People — Ta-Nehisi Coates is interesting (as usual), this time about the cultural history of race.

Manhunt under way for Taliban who shot woman in public execution amid cheers — Because religion is such an ennobling force in society.

Texas to test 1965 voting rights law in court — Mmm. Classy.

?otD: Got corn?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Other Me revisions)
Body movement: n/a, airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.25 (fitful)
Weight: 240.4
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[photos] Mercer Slough, Bellevue, WA

After Friday night's George R.R. Martin party with [info]the_child, Saturday morning, I went to Mercer Slough in Bellevue, WA, with Marta Murvosh. It's a beautiful urban wetland.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[writing] Seeing your own tropes up close and personal

I've been doing a close line read and light revision pass of Other Me, my short YA science fiction novel with bonus identity paranoia. It's been an interesting experience for a couple of reasons.

For one, I wrote this quite a few years ago, before the cancer with its surgeries and chemotherapies. Yet I find I remember a great deal about this book. Color me mildly surprised. Its interesting how deep some things run.

Second, I am very amused to see how my tropes repeat themselves. I already know about this. We all do it. In my case, I write about lost boys, mechanical men, hidden underground tunnels, layered truths, self-discovery, and oddball animals. There are elements of Other Me that to my eye clearly tie back to Mainspring, to Green, to Trial of Flowers.

I don't think I'm plagiarizing myself. I do wonder a bit if I am repeating myself. On the other hand, should I be writing de novo every time I launch into a story? I find myself wondering where the balance lies between repetition and novelty.

Got no answers, but got more questions. Ah, the writing life.

Your thoughts?