How to soar when you’re already in flight… — A.M. Dellamonica asks a really interesting question about how writers talk to one another. My facile answer to her is that aspiring writers outnumber established writers by a ratio of thousands:one, so the audience is distinctly different. But that’s a lousy answer. I need to think on this.
Asterisks Justin’s dad says — A funny piece from Language Log on tabu words and US-UK translations.
Vintage ads: Holeproof Hosiery, 1920s — I love this art.
On the History Channel’s unrealistic plots — Hahahaha. Yeah, as calendula_witch says, who wrote this novel? (Via
Arctic genes kill bacteria — Ooh, cool. Temperatures-sensitive genetic self-termination.
The Coming Birth Control Battle — Health-care reform raised the possibility that birth control could soon be free for most women. But not if conservative activists have their way. Yeah, because birth control wouldn’t bring down abortion rates or anything. No, wait. There’s a reason I refer to the anti-choice movement as “forced pregnancy enthusiasts”. I understand principled opposition to abortion, though I am not in agreement. But where’s the principle in opposing birth control?
?otD: Ever seen a total eclipse of the sun?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,000 new words)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 (lousy)
This morning’s weigh-in: 232.2
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert