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A reader reacts to Mainspring — My favorite bit: “The premise, though not completely original, managed to intrigue me”

“The Ghosts of Trees” — An open story, still in progress. Drop in and lay down some words.

Impostor Syndrome — Newly-minted urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts on what it means to arrive in publishing.

Searching 43 stylebooks — Some of you know my very dim view of style books, speaking as a fiction writer.

How English erased its roots to become the global tongue of the 21st century — At a linguistic level I am rather suspicious of this article’s premises, but it’s still fascinating. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Biomimetics Has Something For Everyone — I am really digging this new-to-me site, A Little Science in My Fiction.

Frank Frazetta 1928-2010 — In case you missed it yesterday.

Vintage boxes of crayons — art in and of themselves

Proud of Being Ignorant — Ta-Nehisi Coates schools Obama on his iPad/X-Box comments. Willful ignorance is not something I expect from this president.

Sex & Drugs & the Spill Yet antigovernment ideology remains all too prevalent, despite the havoc it has wrought. In fact, it has been making a comeback with the rise of the Tea Party movement. If there’s any silver lining to the disaster in the gulf, it is that it may serve as a wake-up call, a reminder that we need politicians who believe in good government, because there are some jobs only the government can do. And here I thought industry self-regulation was going to save us all.

More on Palin’s insistence that we should simply base laws on the Bible — Only someone who has never read either the law or the Bible could possibly believe this is a good idea.

?otD: What does it feel like to boldly split an infinitive? Kind of naughty, eh?


5/11/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (poorly)
This morning’s weigh-in: 232.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10 (emotional stress, GI)
Currently (re)reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

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