July 22nd, 2012

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[links] Link salad heads out for another hike

Hear That? #11: Koelle, Lake, Shehadeh — Sandra Odell reviews, among other things, the recent podcast of my short story, "The American Dead."

The true secret of love…Marti McKenna makes a funny and neat image out of something I said.

Avengers of Harmony — My Little Pony/Avengers mashup video. Heh. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Heavy ion collisions reveal the earliest instants of our UniverseLHC and RHIC provide a completely different view of fundamental forces.

Is Central Oregon Warming To Gay Culture?

Penn State orders removal of Paterno statue — One very small but symbolic step in the right direction.

The Seven Stages of Gun Violence — Some wise thoughts about the American response to violence. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Dreaming of a World With No Intellectuals — Conservatives and the intellectual life. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Legislator Upset That Muslims Want to Use School-Voucher Program Too — This is actually slightly old news, but I like this particular take on the story. Especially this: [Republican state representative] Hodges mistakenly assumed that 'religious' meant 'Christian.' Which pretty much in a nutshell explains the conservative view of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency: absolutists to a point beyond absurdity on the Second Amendment, arrant revisionists and situationalists on the First.

Self-Indulgence and DutyMany of the failures of the Bush [Administration] came about partly because most conservatives fell in line, deferred to party leaders, and did their “duty” to their party by continuing to support it even when it was leading them and the country towards disaster. It doesn’t bode well for the future if conservatives are ready to fall back into that same pattern.

?otD: Got mountain?




7/22/2012
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (research plus 1,300 words on a requested short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, trail hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 237.8
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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[personal] Stepping out into the dawn

Going on another trail hike this morning, with Team E— and [info]mlerules. Breaking in my new/old boots with a (hopefully) better pair of socks. This afternoon I'll put more time into the current short story project, a requested horror piece entitled "Spendthrift". Plus hanging out with my kid.

Tomorrow is a busy-as-usual day, then I'm off to North Carolina prior to the crack of dawn on Tuesday. If you're anywhere within striking distance of Greensboro, consider coming to my open dinner Tuesday night [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

I get home from that trip very late Wednesday night, more like Thursday morning. Thursday after Day Jobbery, I'm off to my gig as resident pro at Cascade Writers, which will take me right through the weekend.

This week, I also plan to finish this short story, send the latest revision of the Going to Extremes outline to my agent, turn another round of effort on a book outline I'm working jointly with [info]calendula_witch, and get back to serious revisions on Other Me.

Busy much?

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[photos] A grand day out with Seanan McGuire

Yesterday I met up with [info]seanan_mcguire and several of her friends for brunch. We wound up at the farmer's market down at PSU.

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There we saw, among other things, a juggler who swallowed a sword.

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I'm guessing he's a lot of fun on dates.

After brunch and shopping, Seanan and I picked up [info]the_child and headed for Powell's Cedar Hills. We both signed stock there, and more books were purchased.

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A very late lunch at one of the downtown food cart pods followed, along with a visit to a toy store.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.




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