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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-08 15:17
Subject: [writing] Updatery, and a lunch or two
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Tags:books, calendula, green, kalimpura, our lady, portland, publishing, writing
So, been a while since I've done much in the way of writing updates.

Today I had a lovely lunch with Tor's head of publicity, Patty Garcia, and several of my fellow Tor authors: maryrobinette, cmpriest, kenscholes, and David Weber. I'd never met David before, which it was fun to do so (I didn't do fanboy squee), and it was great to see old friends.

Tomorrow kenscholes will be bringing the Scholes twins into town. We're shooting for lunch at the Barley Mill on SE Hawthorne at 11:30 am, with an open table for anyone who wants to drop by. So if you're in Greater Portlandia and are a friend or fan of either of us, or even just an interested stranger, come on around.

Meanwhile, my esteemed editor at Tor, casacorona, hath blessed the outline for Kalimpura, the third Green book. I need to wrap a Sekrit Projekt on my keyboard right now, pop out another, smaller Sekrit Projekt by early next week, then I'm back to Green and her troubles for a month or two as I draft the novel. calendula_witch, in the mean time, is closing in on a finished manuscript of our collaborative novel, Our Lady of the Islands.

Couple of other interesting items happening, but they haven't risen to the level of being disclosable yet. Let's just say I might be branching out a little bit. (No, nothing so amazing as a movie deal, just some nifty print opportunities.)

Now, I write. You writing today?

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V's Herbie
User: vsherbie
Date: 2010-10-08 22:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
outlining a five page research proposal for research I have no intention of doing.

(stupid classes)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-08 22:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're still writing, right? :)

[Easy for me to say, I finished college 25 years ago...]
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V's Herbie
User: vsherbie
Date: 2010-10-08 22:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
fortunately I don't make a living writing. It's not a task I enjoy and it's probably the most difficult way for me to express myself.

But, by the end of this school year I'll have an MS and if all goes to plan a PhD in a couple of years, so I better get used to writing, as that's how I'll get funding.
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Max Kaehn: Turing Test
User: slothman
Date: 2010-10-08 22:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Turing Test
Yes. Writing more code that would be an outright hacking tool under other circumstances, but would be an entirely legitimate product for my company. Really, we only subvert your computer’s operating system if you pay us a lot of money to do so...
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User: markbourne
Date: 2010-10-08 22:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Although this post does come under the [writing] category, what I like best about it is that certain recently key words and topics don't need to be addressed at all.

What's that sweet, sweet aroma? Smells like normal.
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Jay Lake: signs-dont_jay_walk
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-08 22:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: sniffs ::

Yep. Normal it is. Yard the manarms, broach the trunnions, polish the binnacle! We're setting sail!
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-10-08 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am writing today, but I haven't missed a day in a long time. The kids' Write-a-Book-In-a-Year-Club always does a Halloween/Autumnal story collection. I was writing my contribution today. No more than 800 words! That's a story that can be drafted in a single session.
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Deanne: gilbertfun
User: deakat
Date: 2010-10-09 00:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wrote my weekly operations report for the day-job, and I have a story percolating in my brain that might actually make it to page this weekend. Yay!
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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2010-10-09 01:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
RE: "You writing today?"


1. transcribed rough copy of a gamer geek zombie flash piece

2. rounding out the line edits of a fifth draft of a magical realism story and feeling every bit of its 5k

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User: bram452
Date: 2010-10-09 04:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

1) polishing up the sample chapter of the new big fat fantasy
2) outlining the next chapter of the new urban fantasy
3) writing my name on the contracts for a new secret project
4) posting to you, apparently, eh? ;)
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Terie Garrison
User: teriegarrison
Date: 2010-10-09 09:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm starting a new book today. The unexpected death of my agent a couple weeks ago took the wind out of my sails for finishing the rewrite of the book that was due to him at the end of Sept, so I'm letting that percolate a little longer now (in absence of a deadline) and am putting my energy into a brand new project. (You don't need to say it: I'll finish the rewrite during an upcoming visit from my dad, during which I won't be able to write much anyway, so finalising and polishing will be a way to keep being productive while he's here.)

Edited at 2010-10-09 09:55 am (UTC)
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Jay Lake: writing-bookshelf
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-10 12:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, that's kind of a whack. I am sorry. Stay productive anyhow.
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