February 20th, 2013


[links] Link salad is filing its nails while they're dragging the lake

The Year’s Best Science Fiction #29 edited by Gardner DozoisSF Signal reviews YBSF 29, including my 2012 Sunspin novelette “A Long Walk Home".

The Phillip Pirages YouTube channel — Deep antique book neepery for extreme bibliophiles. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Should you keep copies of your medical records?

Report: No added hysterectomy benefit with robotics — Headline of the week.

Thunderstone: What People Thought About Meteorites Before Modern Astronomy — Mmm, sky iron.

Saturn's Hexagon and Rings — Such a photo…

Interstellar Expansion: Colonizing Ice Dwarfs

Finding the Higgs? Good news. Finding its mass? Not so good."Fireballs of doom" from a quantum phase change would wipe out present Universe.

Is Evolution Now Predictable?

WTF, evolution? — Weird nature. Hahahah! (Via [info]threeoutside.)

'Mole mastermind' sought for 'perfect' Brussels diamond heist — Behold the Underminer!

Brain Scans Can Predict Your Political IdeologyWhether you pulled the lever for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney may reflect how your brain copes with risk, new research finds. What I don't understand is why Romeny's campaign wad considered low risk. He was Bush-lite, and Bush was the worst president in modern history: destroying the economy, ballooning the deficit, dragging us into trillion dollar wars of choice under knowingly false pretenses, etc. About the most risky thing Obama has done is try to make sure more Americans have access to healthcare. Admittedly, something conservatives have stood squarely against, but their position on the ACA also increases both personal and social risk.

Historic oversight corrected: Film 'Lincoln' inspires look into slavery vote — Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment in 1995? Nope, no racism here. Just good, patriotic "real Americans". Lowering the Bar with more on this.

Tea Party: Obama is HitlerIt’s time the we stopped pretending that the Tea Party is some real organization that deserves our respect. I can't think of a tim when the Tea Party did deserve our respect. It was always a patently transparent Republican astroturf movement designed to tap racial resentment among angry, willfully ignorant, low-information conservatives.

Missouri Republican Wants To Make It A Felony For His Fellow Lawmakers To Propose Gun Laws — That's the conservative view of democracy: their way or the highway.

Hagel and Repudiating the Bush EraThe fight over Hagel centers on Republican hard-liners’ continuing attachment to Bush-era foreign policy and the rejection of much of Bush’s legacy by everyone else. The problem for conservatives in repudiating the Bush era is coming to terms with the utter financial and foreign policy disaster that the Iraq War has been. They're not good at admitting they were wrong, especially on such a massive and destructive scale. If a Democrat had launched a trillion-dollar war of choice under knowingly false pretenses, we'd be hearing about it every day for decades to come.

QotD?: Is she so cute?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (0.5 hours on a new story, to 900 words, and 0.5 hours working on my collaboration with [info]the_child)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 234.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett


[writing] Current and future projects

State of the writing life, reduced chemo edition:

Just sold, and got paid for, a Cthulhu short for a forthcoming anthology. "Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World", set in Samarkand ca. 2nd century A.D. at a historic meeting of the Roman and Chinese empires.

Just finished a first draft spec novella, "Hook Agonistes", which I will shelve until April then rewrite before market shopping with it.

Currently working on a collaboration with [info]the_child, working title "In the Land of Glass". I expect this to be a short, or possibly a novelette, when finished.

Currently working on a requested short for a charity anthology edited by [info]takelyn. No title yet.

Next project is an 8,000 word nonfiction commission from a prestigious publisher. I'll say more when I've been cleared to do so, but I'm pretty excited about that. This is due in late March.

At the end of March, I'll be writing two requested short stories for two fiction markets.

The stories for METAtropolis 3: Green Space are due at the end of March. I am editing this volume along with [info]kenscholes.

In April, barring someone else throwing money at me for something, I'll be working on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, my magical Old West novel that I stopped writing some years ago because it got too complex for me at that stage of my craft development. This one has always deserved my very best attention. If I only have time to write one more book, this is the one I want to write. Note that I've published a handful of short stories in this continuity, including "The Dying Dream of Water", "Jefferson's West" and “The Hangman Isn't Hanging”.

And so I will go until my disease sucks me back into full treatment, probably some time later this year.


[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XIII

Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don't plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again and again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Also, if you're coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
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As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.