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[links] Link salad celebrates its moms

You don’t have to read my books — Justine Larbalestier explains this very well. I take a nearly identical position. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Absolutely worth the drive — John Booth on Friday night’s open dinner in Columbus, OH.

Langweil’s model of Prague — This is cool. Of course, as a writer, I know nothing whatsoever about obsessive creative behavior.

Searching for meaning in distant solar systemsIs it better for a science writer to be technically correct or understood? These questions apply to SF writers as well, albeit with a slightly different slant.

Weird deep sea creatures — Art guru James Gurney with some bizarre images. In case you needed to write about aliens today.

New Study On Manta Rays Reveals Their Hidden Life

We’re all mutants nowThere are a lot of us now, and most of us are a little bit off The headline is hilarious if slightly misleading.

Off the Charts: Shrinking Government — As Andrew Wheeler says, “[G]overnment spending has dropped substantially under Obama, while the private sector has surged. But you know what they say about facts’ obvious liberal bias.”

Many blacks shrug off Obama’s new view on gays — I have always been baffled by this intersection of racial issues and gay issues.

Sen. Rand Paul: Didn’t think Obama’s view ‘could get any gayer’ — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

An open letter to the right wing in the wake of the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina — As usual, the people who most need to read this never will, and if somehow they do, they will reject it out of hand. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Bullying and BusinessScrivener’s Error with more on Romney and bullying from a business analysis perspective. Dovetails nicely with my post of yesterday [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] on Romney and bullying.

Mean BoysWhile I have real reservations about holding senior citizens to account for what they did as seniors in high school, I have no reservations about expecting presidential candidates to know how to properly address the mistakes they once made. More on Romney in the New York Times.

In address at Christian university, Romney to urge graduates to honor commitments to family — It’s not like I was going to vote for Romney anyway, but lending his name to the educational and intellectual fraud that is an Evangelical institution like Liberty University does not improve my opinion of the man one whit.

Romney’s Anachronism Problem — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison remarks on how Mittens is running against a now-distant past.

?otd: How’s your mother?


5/13/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (Kalimpura copy edits)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid, plus 4.0 hours of fitful airplane napping)
Weight: 244.6 (!!!)
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo

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[food|travel] The open dinner in Columbus, OH

The open dinner in Columbus, OH was fun. We met at the Northstar Cafe at Easton, which turned out to be a grievous error as the combination of the (apparently) usual Friday night crowds and some sort of outdoor festival rendered parking there pretty deeply toxic. Nonetheless, all persevered.

Scott met me at the door, and Chris (@barstoolbabe) and John (@jrbooth) appeared shortly thereafter. We enjoyed good food, and about two hours of conversation, including a number of fun stories.

I love getting out and meeting people. The folks here in Columbus are welcoming and friendly, and except for the hellish parking, quite easy to get along with.

Photographic evidence:

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Scott his own self

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Chris (@barstoolbabe) her own self

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John (@jrbooth), slightly underexposed

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[food|travel] Open dinner in Columbus, OH today Friday, May 11th (repost)

Repost: I am in Columbus, OH today on Day Jobbe business. Due to my meeting schedule, I’ll be spending the night here before flying home tomorrow morning. I’m declaring an Open Dinner in Columbus, at 6:30 pm today, Friday, May 11th.

Per a suggestion from Scott, we’ll be meeting at Northstar Cafe at Easton, a short distance north of the airport. [ Google Maps ]

Please let me know in comments if you can attend. Doesn’t matter if we’re old friends, acquaintances, or we’ve never met. If you can read this and will be in the Columbus, OH area that day, you’re invited.

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[travel] Feeling daunted by time

Today is going to be a long day, work-wise. I’ll have to get up about 3:00 am Eastern tomorrow to make my flight home. (That would be, ahem, midnight where I live.) I won’t be back to my house for the evening until well after 9:00 pm tomorrow night, Pacific time. That’s at least a 21-hour day right there, following on today’s long day.

I’m feeling a bit daunted by this.

My current plan is to take a Lorazepam when I get on the plane here in Columbus tomorrow morning, and sleep as much as possible through both segments of my flight home. I’m not sure that’s the best idea I’ve ever had, but it sure beats staying up for nearly 24 hours, given my body’s current sleep needs.

I suspect there won’t be much if any writing today or tomorrow. Which is okay. I got the Asimov’s galley edits for my novella “The Stars Do Not Lie” done yesterday, and I have a couple of weeks on the Kalimpura copy edits.

But, yeah, tomorrow…

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[travel] Off to Columbus, yawn

I’m away, leaving Seattle shortly for Columbus, OH. Going to be a bit of a tough day, as I was unintentionally up late last night. Had a lovely dinner with [info]scarlettina and we lost track of the time. Really hoping to knock out some good sleep on the plane, and I am so going to bed early tonight in Columbus. I have to protect my sleep.

See some, all or none of you tomorrow night there.

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[food|travel] Open dinner in Columbus, OH Friday, May 11th (repost)

Repost: I’ll be in Columbus, OH, later this week on Day Jobbe business. Due to my meeting schedule, I’ll be spending Friday night there before flying home on Saturday morning. I’m declaring an Open Dinner in Columbus, at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 11th.

Per a suggestion from Scott, we’ll be meeting at Northstar Cafe at Easton, a short distance north of the airport. [ Google Maps ]

Please let me know in comments if you can attend. I’ll repost this a couple of times, along with restaurant info once I know what’s what. Doesn’t matter if we’re old friends, acquaintances, or we’ve never met. If you can read this and will be in the Columbus, OH area that day, you’re invited.

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[personal] Updatery of various kinds

In no particular order…

I’m off to Seattle shortly this morning for a Day Jobbe trade show. Somewhat unusually for me, I’ll be taking the train from Portland northward. Thursday I fly from SEA to Columbus, OH, for a day of meetings on Friday. Back home Saturday morning. So three travel days this week, and what look to be two twelve-hour work days as well as one more (hopefully) normal work day. Oh, the glamor. There is, however, the Open Dinner in Columbus, OH Friday night. [ LiveJournal ] Watch this space, though. If my meetings run short, I might try to catch a late flight home Friday and cancel dinner accordingly.

On the plus side, I’m (probably) one writing session away from finishing the first draft of Their Currents Turn Awry, Sunspin volume two. At that point, it will go into the drawer for a while, likely until the fall.

My next effort in sequence is to process agent feedback on the book proposal for Going to Extremes, though I’ll take a few days off for a brain break, not to mention dealing with the forthcoming crazy week, before picking that up. I’m ahead of schedule in terms of my production calendar. This is nice. June is set aside for short fiction and miscellaneous projects, so if you’re looking for something from me, now would be a nice time to remind me. I do track that stuff, but sometimes projects slip through the cracks.

Yesterday, [info]the_child and I (and a friend of hers) went to see The Avengersimdb ]. As my (step)mother commented, “But no Emma Peel!”

For reals, it was an awesome movie. So awesome I don’t really have a review. The film bypassed my critical brain and inserted raw entertainment. Not a lot of books or movies can do that to me anymore. If you’re any kind of a fan of action movies, this one is a real winner.

I think I was most impressed by the dialog, which was often extremely apropos, rather witty and sometimes inducing of swoon in my otherwise silent-at-that-point writer brain. Which given this was co-written and directed by Joss Whedon should be unsurprising. I will also comment that you don’t have to be particularly familiar with Marvel comics or the recent spate of Marvel-based superhero movies that serve as prequels to this film, though it would help if you were. I’m sure I missed a bunch of in-jokes, but the ones I caught were enough.

So, yeah, things go boom with witty banter. Though for my money the best line in the whole movie is Harry Dean Stanton’s cameo security guard talking to Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner. “You got a condition, son.”

Ok, maybe that was a review.

Off to be busy. Posting may be more irregular than usual for a travel week due to the odd schedule.

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[travel] :: blur ::

I’m flying home from Omaha to Portland this morning. I’ll be sole parent on duty this weekend, as Mother of the Child is making a brief trip out of town. I’m off to Seattle early Monday, then off to Columbus, OH, later that week, not back til Saturday next. I’ll be making a couple of appearances at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival that day in Portland.

The week following I’m off to Austin and San Antonio for six days. (There may be another open dinner in Austin, I haven’t figured out yet if that fits my schedule.) I’m back briefly, then off to Detroit for five days as a headliner at World Steam Expo. Then I’m back, and, uh, May has run out.

It appears I’ll be out of town 22 days this month. This is a stretch even by my standards. Life, she is very inconvenient some times. On the other hand, I am having fun (as I do) and keeping busy with both Day Jobbery and the writing life. So, well, what more can I ask?

See some, all or none of you somewhere around the country.

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[food|travel] Open dinner in Columbus, OH Friday, May 11th

Looks like I’ll be in Columbus, OH the second week in May on Day Jobbe business. Due to my meeting schedule, I’ll be spending Friday night there before flying home on Saturday morning. I’m declaring an Open Dinner in Columbus, location TBA, at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 11th.

Please let me know in comments if you can attend. I’ll repost this a couple of times, along with restaurant info once I know what’s what. Doesn’t matter if we’re old friends, acquaintances, or we’ve never met. If you can read this and will be in the Columbus, OH area that day, you’re invited.

Watch this space for more details.

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[links] Link salad plans travel

Honesty and depression — Mur Lafferty on mental health.

A Future HistoryCentauri Dreams with a history of space exploration yet to come.

Ohio earthquake was not a natural event, expert says — Frack, baby, frack.

Dallol – The World’s Weirdest Volcanic Crater — (Via [info]danjite.)

Hairy-chested crabs seen in Antarctic deep-sea vents

First Hybrid Shark FoundThe first-ever observed hybrid may be a sign the predators are adapting to climate change.

Wildlife find path to safety under US roads — (Via the Infrastructurist.)

Canada-US border crossed by man using iPad as ID — Huh.

It’s Over — Writer and war veteran Myke Cole on the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Top Tea Party Republican admits it: We’ve been employing hostage strategy — And that’s why people vote Republican: they value good, principled leadership.

Campaign Countdown: Final Report — The Iowa caucus results, in case you missed it elsewhere. Eight votes. Wow.

Three Republican Bears and none Just Right

?otd: How many US states have you visited?


1/4/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (fitful)
Weight: 211.6
Currently reading: Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

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