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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-09 03:42
Subject: [links] Link salad, mostly publishing edition
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Tags:amazonfail, cancer, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, process, publishing, religion
I make #1 on a top ten list in Sweden — Ugliest fantasy writers, but I'll take my honors where I find them. (And for the record, I think this is hilarious.)

Kelly McClymer is very smart about ebook inventory costs — In my comments section.

Scrivener's Error on disintermediation, Amazon vs Macmillan and Google Books — Some dense, worthwhile thinking. Go read.

An alternative, very pro-Kindle view of Amazon vs Macmillan — A lot said here, I don't agree with much of it, but worth the read.

On Sleekness — Pablo Defendini (of Tor.com fame) on production techniques, creative destruction, and professional sleekness. Fascinating stuff.

Bookstores may have to turn page — A depressing column about bookstores. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

A writing career becomes harder to scale — An essay in the Los Angeles on what I call psychotic persistence as a critical success factor in writing. In the 20 years that I've been publishing books, I have fared better than most. I sold my first novel while still in graduate school and published six more books, pretty much one every three years, like clockwork. I have made my living as a writer. Obviously not writing in my genre...

British airship R33 in hangar — This photo from x planes has a nicely ominous cast.

An Early Warning System for CancerAutoantibodies could alert doctors to cancer development. A little late for me, but interesting.

Revisionaries: How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. — More on how conservative, Christianist nonsense enters your child's school, no matter where you live or what the truth actually is.

?otD: Read a good book lately? What format?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (still stuck on chemo head)
Body movement: 60 minute suburabn walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (poorly)
This morning's weigh-in: 224.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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Galdrin ap Morgan
User: galdrin
Date: 2010-02-09 12:55 (UTC)
Subject: ?otD: Read a good book lately? What format?

  • The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente - Format: TPB
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - Format: TPB
  • The Dragons of the Cuyahoga by Michael Swann - Format: MMPB
  • One Day On Mars by Travis S. Taylor - Format: MMPB
  • Walking by Henry David Thoreau - Format: Kindle for iPhone App.

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-02-09 13:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: Your reply to one of Kelly's comments: "In my field, an 80,000 unit run would have us shooting corks off champagne bottles with golden bullets."

Made me snort coffee, that did, and it's nonetheless true for it.
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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2010-02-09 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wait...when the heck did writing become about looks??? And do you at least get flown to Sweden to accept and award from one of their bikini models or something?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-09 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Swedish snark, baby.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-02-09 21:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've seen quite a few websites--publishers and agents included--who said physical attractiveness helped in case you needed to do interviews and book tours. I've purposefully scrubbed their names from my memory.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-09 21:17 (UTC)
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The funny part (to me) is that despite Swedish mockery, I believe I'm generally accounted a fairly charismatic and engaging speaker. (Which is probably why I found the mockery funny in the first place, truth be told...I have no fears about my own public persona.)
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Twilight: BackOff (MarvelGirl)
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-02-09 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Revisionaries: How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks.

The real question is how we stop them - we used to have California to balance their insanity - so how do we keep them from doing this to *all* of us?
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User: miketo
Date: 2010-02-09 16:24 (UTC)
Subject: ?otD: Read a good book lately? What format?
Firebirds Soaring, YA speculative fiction anthology by Sharyn November, hardcover purchased for me by my wife for my birthday.

On deck: a hardcover biography of Mark Twain, reserved at the local library.
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-09 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan, HC book
Serenity (essays) tp book
Fast Ships, Black Sails, ed Vandermeers, tp book
Anglo-saxon poetry, tp book
a history of Port Townsend but I can't remember title or author but it was HC book

That's the last few weeks.
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cj_ruby: SGC Logo
User: cj_ruby
Date: 2010-02-09 18:19 (UTC)
Subject: Ugliest fantasy writers
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Congrats, on being #1.

I think "CthulhuBob" Lovely is using this list to pick the GoH for MisCon. Last year was Steven Brust. This year it's Harry Turtledove and 2012 is George RR Martin.
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Randall Randall
User: randallsquared
Date: 2010-02-10 01:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting. I read Blindsight on Watts' website a coupla years back. I just finished Anathem in paperback, and I'm currently reading Easy Prey (not SF) in PDF. Finding books I can read in PDF or HTML has become a priority since I bought my latest phone (Nokia N900), so I find myself looking for those Baen books with CDs in them, and visiting webscriptions.net more often.
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