May 12th, 2013


[links] Link salad thinks of its mothers

The Latest on the Women in SFF Debate — Cora Buhlert with some interesting analysis and a number of links.

That Monkey Don't Swim: Maps, Sex and Violence — Pongoid anthropology and cartography.

Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation — Kids today. Everyone knows the past is golden, our generation is noble, and the youth are wastrels. It's always been true!

Plague Helped Bring Down Roman Empire, Graveyard Suggests

Nontoxic radioactive Listeriaat is a highly effective therapy against metastatic pancreatic cancer — Huh.

A patient’s view on the Oregon Medicaid experiment — (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus — Another stunning image from APOD. A Maxfield Parrish sky in real life.

Then he heard the ice coming — Wow, this is weird. Several houses were destroyed, the Winnipeg Free Press reports, after "a massive ice floe rose out of Dauphin Lake" in central Canada.

The Coming GOP Civil War Over Climate Change — We should be so lucky. I was struck by this: Soon after his experience in South Carolina, Emanuel changed his lifelong Republican Party registration to independent. “The idea that you could look a huge amount of evidence straight in the face and, for purely ideological reasons, deny it, is anathema to me,” he says. Hello? You were a Republican? Virtually any GOP position requires precisely that approach.

QotD?: Where is your mother today?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 9.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett


[photos] Cancerversary party

Yesterday afternoon I had a cancerversary party with family and friends. We ate good food and spent time just hanging and talking and celebrating my continued survival after five years of Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. It was fun to be together.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Emily Siskin

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[writing] Editing METAtropolis: Green Space

[info]kenscholes and I are a good way through the primary editorial process for METAtropolis: Green Space, the third volume is the highly successful original audiobook series from We have all the stories in hand, and have gone through them all for revision notes. Some are back to the authors, some need a little finalization from either me or Ken, depending on which of us did the primary editing pass.

I'm waiting on my change notes back from Ken, which will also incorporate feedback from series editor Steve Feldberg. And we're on track for project deadlines, which is a good thing.

While I genuinely enjoy editing open call anthologies, there's also a specific pleasure to working with a select group of authors whose work you admire, and can trust. The editorial eye still comes into play, but it's working at a different level. And the fiddly bits to map series continuity across the stories can be fun and challenging as well. We aren't writing tight shared world work like Heroes in Hell or Thieves' World, but the stories still have to hang together and feel of a piece.

In the end, we're dealing with seven voices telling different parts of one much larger metastory which even across all three volumes the reader barely glimpses. It's an interesting approach and fun format, and I feel privileged to have been involved in all three volumes to date. Maybe someday there will be a fourth, that's a wonderful thing for me to imagine.