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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-28 05:45
Subject: [personal] Spinning suns and the travails of LiveJournal
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Tags:blogging, books, livejournal, personal, process, stories, sunspin, writing
Last night I went to bed quite early, in an attempt to manage my sleep hours properly and be able to get up in time to go to work this morning. (I succeeded.) While in the drifting state of hypnagogic semisomnolence that often characterizes my sleep these days, my missing-in-action right brain sent me another postcard. This one had to do with the mechanics of a Kardashev Type II civilization going wandering and taking its solar system with it. I don't normally write SF that's quite that Big Iron — my imagination seems to want to focus more tightly, even though one of the things I really admire about writers like Greg Bear and Iain M. Banks is the audacious scale of their imaginings. Right brain failed to provide plot or character, but that's never stopped me before. This will turn into a short piece next year, I'm guessing novelette or novella. At the moment it's sort of a mental Post-It note.

Speaking of stars, some minor good news on Sunspin came yesterday which I'll share in due time. Also look for a new Sunspin novella soon from Subterranean Online.

Anent LiveJournal, at this point the only reason I haven't abandoned it is that I have a healthy blog commentor community there. This morning it is again acting very strange, largely unavailable for service. This is beyond inconvenient for me, as I don't blog during working hours, so while I may compose posts in the afternoon or evening, on weekdays I always post them prior to 6 am Pacific when my Day Job office hours commence. So if LiveJournal is being weird first thing in the morning, it screws up my narrow window of opportunity to get the posts up. This after LJ's recent 'upgrade' broke my WordPress cross-poster again. I know at least some of LiveJournal's problems are due to DoS attacks from elements supporting the Russian government's campaigns against their own dissidents, but fundamentally, for me LiveJournal is a time-dependent service that is not reliable either in terms of time or service. Should I be standing up against cyberbullying by an oppressive regime? Certainly. But I still need to blog before 6 am. And I'm reluctant to abandon that active portion of my readership.

No conclusions here. Just thoughts.

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User: kudilu
Date: 2011-11-28 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Unsolicited advice/comment - have you considered (sort of) moving to Dreamwidth? You can set it to automatically cross-post to LJ, so you don't loose your readers/commenters, and they will keep trying several times to cross-post so that you aren't as tied to the 'early morning' issues.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-28 16:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I believe I even have a DW account set up. It's just the management issues of switching over, really.
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mlerules: ANTS
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-11-28 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hope it calms down and you stay (and some folks return to LJ).
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User: quaero_verum
Date: 2011-11-28 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For what it's worth, I love reading your posts here. I don't generate much myself these days here on LJ, but I keep up pretty well with my FList.

Hope you don't decide to jump ship. ;-)
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-11-28 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, unfortunately LJ isn't reliable anymore. :(
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Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond
User: birdhousefrog
Date: 2011-11-28 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Livejournal was under attack again today, from 1:30PST this morning. That's why service was spotty. I won't leave lj any time soon, especially when people are out there trying to shut it down as a source of free speech in Russia.


Use that link on days when lj suddenly seems to have "problems."

And yes, you do seem to have a good lj community that likes to comment.

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-11-29 00:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm afraid that I for one would no longer be reading you if you left LJ, simply because of the lack-of-convenience factor. I want to pout in a big way every time someone says this sort of thing, because I hate what it does to my FL.

But that's just me being selfish.
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