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[books] Things that make me smile

Here in DFW terminal C, I popped into the Hudson Bookseller concession. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a certain paperback, displayed faced? The mass market paperback of Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ], over two months after its release date, still available on the very competitive airport bookstore shelves.

Photographic evidence:

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[links] Link salad, low bandwidth/slow browsing edition

The hidden art inside microchips — I wonder what’s on the CIA chips in my head. Oh, wait, was that my outside voice? (Thanks to tetar.)

Hoodoo SkyAPOD with another gorgeous image.

The Dykes of Doggerland — More weird Big Science (well, Big Engineering) from Strange Maps.

Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal — Fascinating blog from Iraq. (Thanks to evaleastaristev.)


7/3/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: n/a

[books|cancer] You guys…

Had lunch with kenscholes today. He gave me a package. In it were two copies of an anthology entitled Jay Lake: Intelligently Redesigned. I eventually wiped the tears of joy and laughter from my eyes, only to find myself overwhelmed.

neutronjockey, you have a lot to answer for. You and a bunch of other folks. You guys are the greatest.

I’ll give more details later, when I have more time. For now…wow…

Just wow.

[personal|writing] Updatery of the rankest order

Got about 2/3 of the way through Green yesterday, reading the line edits and batting clean-up on the last few change notes. I’d really like to do a print-out for hard copy read through, but I doubt I have time between now and 6/30 for that.

Yesterday evening ran a little later than planned, then, in a fit of madness, I tried sleeping without the drugs. (This happened Sunday night by accident.) I’ll be functional today, but it won’t be pretty. Having my hair done this afternoon, then probably flat and quiet all evening. This is consistent with my “every other day” post-op energy levels, though the sleepless night doesn’t help.

Locus Awards this weekend, so I’ll be in Seattle from Friday afternoon to mid-day Sunday. Energy permitting, I’ll be at the Clarion West party Bill Gibson shindig Friday night. See some, all or none of you there.

[writing] Green progriss

Just wrapped all of the reader feedback on Green. I have a couple of dozen notes embedded in the text, and hundreds of minor changes and edits, along with a double handful of major changes and scene cuts. Starting either later today or sometime tomorrow I’ll a final readthrough, dealing with the notes as I go. Then it’s back to casacorona and arcaedia.

Noveling is hard. Don’t let nobody tell you different. One of the things which always amazes me in this process is how difficult the little details are. Plot, character, setting — all that stuff is challenging, but we work through it. Almost all my commentors agreed that two subplots were distracting, and there was quite a bit of overlap on other issues. The thing that varied widely was the typos. Everybody caught a different set.

Mind you this is a manuscript I wrote, revised, then did several close reads of. The proverbial fine toothed comb, as it were. And yet every single reader found all kinds of different little problems at the text level (“thought” for “though”, “at” for “and”, duplicated words, that sort of thing).

This has happened with every manuscript I have ever written, though the effect is magnified by the wordcount and complexity of book-length work. I rather confidently predict it will happen on every manuscript I ever do write. Yet I am always amazed.

I should go into the tyop business. In the meantime, I plan to turn Green in within the week, with any luck.

[meme] Fifth sentence, page 123

I’m not so much with the memes any more, for the most part, but in this case the result was so funny I went with it. I’ve been tagged by Matt Staggs to grab any book, go to page 123, find the fifth sentence, and blog it. Then tag five people.

So I grabbed the first book I could find that a) wasn’t written by me, and b) I had bought on purpose. (I get sent a lot of books in the mail.)

“I repeat: do you really believe this is crap?”
The Throne of Saturn, Alan Drury, Doubleday, 1970

Is that a question an author wants their readers asking themselves?

Tagging:

autopope
ericjamesstone
frankwu
lordofallfools
matociquala

[writing|personal] Miscellaneous updatery

More work on Green tonight. I’m through all of casacorona‘s comments, and starting into feedback from other readers. Also did some copy edits for my reprint in The Lone Star Stories Reader. That story, “The Hangman Isn’t Hanging”, is excerpted from Original Destiny, Manifest Sin.

On the cancer front, I am out and about more. That included lunch with kenscholes, and a doctor’s appointment later. Some good healthcare news from elsewhere in my family, which while not mine to tell here, was intensely relieving.

The fact that I haven’t been complaining lately is probably a good sign. The surgical wound in my abdomen itches and feels weird, but I can bend, sit, even cough, without more than moderate discomfort. The internal sutures still ache when I use my edited colon, but likewise only moderate discomfort. With luck, I’ll make it to the Locus Awards in Seattle at the end of next week. That would be my first big trip.

the_flea_king and Mrs. the_flea_king are in town this weekend, so I will probably see them (again) on Saturday. Likewise garyomaha and elusivem will be here Sunday. Father’s Day luncheon that day as well, followed by the Guerilla Surrealism Circus Featuring Barth Anderson and the Pips, at which I may be a pip.

With luck Green edits will wrap this weekend, and I can go into a final read next weekend.

[links] Link salad for a Thursday

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ]

Bloggasm reports on my cancer, erm, reportage — A thoughtul interview with me by nomissnewo. kenscholes says a bit more about it here.

the_flea_king visits the Oregon Coast — Check his photos of Ecola State Park. If they don’t make you want to visit here, your aesthetic sense is dead.

madwriter asks an important political question — I’m curious what my conservative friends think of this.

The Social Gospel — A different Christian approach to politics and public life.

Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes? — Right. Because the Saudis never did anything bad for us. It was all those Iraqi hijackers on 9/11, and that devilish Iraqi bin Laden.

Republicans will “win” if they hold on to 41 Senate seats this fall — O Permanent Majority, where hast thou fled to? Good thing those dastardly Democrats didn’t succeed in their evil “nuclear option” plan to derail Senate minority powers by eliminating the filibuster!

Health insurance falling short — Mmm, market forces come through once again! What a shock. Also, this just in, liberals say sun rises in east, GOP suspects Communist plot. It would be so cute, what conservatives believe, if conservative policies weren’t killing people by the tens of thousands.


6/12/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 259.6
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]