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[writing] A bit more on the state of play

Updatery of various sorts herein.

In March, I had two acceptances, both nonfiction. One was a piece for the SFWA Bulletin, the other was a contribution to a book of writing exercises. That makes five first rights acceptances for the first quarter of 2012, two of which I haven’t been able to announce yet, plus one reprint acceptance for audio rights. Not counting a couple of very stale submissions that I should probably withdraw or write off, I only have one other piece out the door right now for consideration. As I’m constantly telling other writers, if you don’t submit, you can’t be accepted. (In truth this mostly has to do with a combination of low short fiction output the last few years and the fact that much of what I have written has been for requesting markets, and most of that sells on first submittal.)

As of yesterday I am done with Calamity of So Long a Life (Sunspin, volume one), at least until there’s an editorial letter on it. The book goes out to market next week along with synopses for the other three volumes. My profound thanks to all my first readers and commentors who’ve provided substantial aid on the project. I promise, I’ll redshirt you all in future volumes of the series arc. Tomorrow or Monday I’ll be diving into Their Currents Turn Awry (volume two), but as I’ve already got about 65,000 words of first draft, that book is well on its way.

Today, [info]the_child and I are off to Silverton with [info]lizzyshannon for a book signing and panel discussion Lizzy is having there. I’ve offered to be a drop-in on the panel, but only if they want me.

Next week, of course, is Norwescon. I’ll be at the hotel in Seatac from early Thursday afternoon through early Sunday afternoon. If you want to see me, my schedule is here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Or look for me in the bar. I’m always open to being taken to lunch or dinner, too, at least til my dance card fills.

On Sunday, April 15th, The Oregonian is scheduled to run a feature length profile on me in both the print and online editions. Except for my Locus interviews, this will be my most in-depth media exposure to date. I’ll be quite curious to see how they present me.

Finally, there’s some very neat stuff happening around the whole Going to Extremes project. Watch this space for details, but trust me, it’s deeply cool.

I think that’s about it for right now. No writing today, taking a brain break. (Or maybe not, but I haven’t planned any writing time.)

[links] Link salad is working for the weekend

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines — Podcast of yesterday’s radio interview of me with Susan Wingate and Joshua Graham.

Satisfactory Sub-plots, Now With Pictures — Howard Tayler blogs at Inkpunks.

Science Finds Fiction Is Good for Us — Nancy Jane Moore is interesting over at Book View Cafe.

GAMA Announces 38th Annual Origins Awards Nominees — This is cool. A Wizards of the Coast anthology that I have a novelette in has been nominated.

Supercomputer Watson takes on cancer care with Memorial Sloan-Kettering

What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes The SAT?

In Texas Tradition, Museums That Enshrine the Quirky — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Twitter Data Scientist Takes on McDonald’s Entire Menu, SurvivesMining thousands of calories of food isn’t so different from parsing terabytes of tweets.

Is It Time to Embrace Pink Slime?

The White Savior Industrial Complex — (Via [info]danjite.)

Starbucks’ Gay Marriage Support Endorsed By HRC Despite National Organization For Marriage Protest — To quote Shanna Germain: “We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens. The majority of Americans and virtually every consumer in some countries in which Starbucks operates believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. They will not be pleased to learn that their money is being used to advance gay marriage in society.” ~NOM President Brian Brown — I love how he makes it sound like Starbucks is going to go into foreign countries and try to convert people to a specific belief system. Because, you know, what kind of assholes do that?

Mischief follows in partisan Bible translationsAmerican politics had changed between 1977 and 1995. It had polarized and radicalized millions of American Protestants, rallying them around a single issue and thus, as intended, rallying them behind a single political party. In 1977, the sort of American Protestants who purchased most Bibles couldn’t be summed up in a single word. But by 1995, they could be: “abortion.” And for anti-abortion American evangelicals, Exodus 21:12-27 was unacceptable. It suggested that striking and killing an unborn fetus was in a separate category from striking and killing a “person.” Strike and kill a free person, you get the death penalty. Strike and kill an unborn fetus, you get a fine. And so in 1995, like those earlier translators who invented and inserted “Junias,” the translators of the NASB reshaped this passage. Yep, the infallible and inerrant word of God.

Tennessee legislature boldly sets the science clocks back 150 yearsI also wonder how the Tennessee lawmakers would feel if, say, teachers used this potential law to teach about Islam, or astrology, or Wiccan beliefs. I do not understand why conservatives hate America so much that they’re intent on destroying the education of everyone’s children.

The Republican Base ExposedCharles Johnson at LGF once again dives into the comments at FoxNews.com so the rest of us don’t have to. This time it’s about the murder of Trayvon Martin, and we get to see the real driving animus behind the politics of Fox News viewers. To my conservative friends still wonder why the rest of America thinks your party is utterly nuts: this disgusting evil is a core portion of your Republican voting base, validated and cultivated carefully by years of your party’s political and media strategy.

Komen foundation continues to see fallout from Planned Parenthood controversy — It’s so rare to see any meaningful consequences for typical conservative dishonesty and shenanigans.

The Utter Incompetence Of Romney’s Rivals

Barack Obama and the oddballs — An Australian view of the US presidential race. Conservatives claim they are not hobbled by doctrine and ideology. Wow is that a bizarre statement. Conservatives will demonstrably choose doctrine and ideology over facts on the ground every single time. The political history of the last 20 years has proven this ad nauseam.

?otd: Tomato or tomahto?


3/23/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA (Norwescon workshop critique))
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.4
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

[books] Endurance is out today

Today is the release date for Endurance, the second of the Green books. She’s back, she’s bad, and she’s ready to be read. Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review, so I know somebody liked it. My agent comments on the release here.

If you want to score the book for yourself, here’s some links. [ Powells | Barnes & Noble | Audible.com ]

And of course, I’ll be at Powells Cedar Hills location on Thursday, November 17th, at 7 pm for a reading, discussion and signing. It’s my only formal public appearance this fall due to chemotherapy (I can’t even make it to Orycon this weekend), so if you want to catch me live and on the hoof, that’s your main chance.

I hope you enjoy the book.

[links] Link salad wakes up in California

My CT scan came back clean yesterday, as noted here: jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Thank you so much everyone for all the good wishes.

Endurance is officially out today — You know you want a copy. [ Powells | Barnes & Noble ]

Endurance is now available at Audible.com — If you’re into audiobooks, check it out. Katherine Kellgren of the glorious voice, who narrated Green, is back with this one. And yes, they’ve acquired the audio rights to Kalimpura as well, so about this time next year you can have the whole set.

A fan review of Endurance — Not so much with the liking.

Ancient Cave Painters Were Realists, DNA Reveals — Art criticism through molecular biology?

Most Vertebrates — Including Humans — Descended from Ancestor With Sixth Sense — Or eighth or ninth or something. The point being, we lost it along the way. (Via Science Sushi.)

Light-Based Therapy Destroys Cancer CellsThe new approach, which features a heat-sensitive fluorescent dye, could eventually replace standard chemotherapy. Oh, Ghu.

Worldometers: Real time world statistics — A global dashboard. If you’re any kind of an information junkie, you sure could get lost in this. (Via Curiosity Counts, also well worth following.)

Black Holes, Safety, and the LHC UpgradeIf the LHC is to be upgraded, safety should be a central part of the plans. I find this article unintentionally hilarious.

Enceladus fires on AlderaanBad Astronomy with a terrific photo and a hilarious headline.

The Light of Alien CitiesCentauri Dreams with more on this concept I linked to elsewhere last week. I’m all for this, but continue to wonder about the multiple embedded assumptions in the idea.

Mississippi amendment on ‘personhood’ divides Christians — Yes, between those who might be sane and those who are viciously cruel.

Richard Land, Bocephus and the Scandal of Evangelical EthicsSlacktivist Fred Clark with a long, interesting piece on the deep moral failings of the American evangelical movement.

Occupy Wall Street vs The Tea Party — A rather nifty graphic comparing a grassroots movement to an astroturf Republican front group. (Remember, the original Tea Party gatherings were promoted and sponsored by FOX. Hardly an independent bottom-up effort, that.)

Cain campaign as a sign of decadence — A conservative commentator on Herman Cain, echoing something I’ve long said. You wouldn’t trust an amateur to spay your cat or to give you sound investment advice for your 401(K) — yet there are millions of Republians who think an avuncular amateur like Herman Cain would do a great job as president of the United States, or at least a better job than Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, or anybody else on offer who has actually worked in politics. Hey, it was the American Right who elected George W. Bush, bringing us 9-11, the Iraq War, and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. We know what amateur hour in White House can cost.

Romney Will Take Conservatives For Granted (and They Will Let Him) — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on a possible Romney presidency. I take his point, though his analysis in the piece of George W. Bush as governing from the left is too bizarre to even comment on.

?otD: California much?


11/8/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minutes in hotel gym and spa
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wakes up on hump day

My “Don’t have much to say” generated some fairly entertaining comments: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

The Language of Science Fiction — Various and sundry in an audio hour. (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

The World’s 12 Most Beautiful Train Rides — I’ve taken the train from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar, through the Gobi Desert. That was pretty damned impressive.

A Machine-Driven Way to the StarsCentauri Dreams on (among other things ) uploaded minds. Some great world-building nuts and bolts here for you skiffy types.

Social Media for Scientists Part 1: It’s Our Job

Transgender kids: Painful quest to be who they are — From my male, cisgendered perspective, this actually seems like a fairly aware and sensitive piece for something in the mainstream press. Curious what my LGBTQ friends think of it.

Love in action80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex. How’s that whole abstinence education thing working out, then? And I wonder what the STD rate is among this group. Maybe a little rethinking based on the realities of human nature is in order.

‘We know how to get out of this mess’Slactivist Fred Clark on how we continue to not fix the economy.

Billionaire Owner of Washington Wizards Wants Obama to Stop Calling Him Rich — The questions asked in this blog post are very, very sharp.

O’Reilly Happy To Let “Totalitarian” NPR Promote His New Book — In which one of the Right’s leading media lights displays an astounding lack of self-awareness.

Government shutdown averted: Why did Congress get this close? — Three letters. G. O. P.

Why No GOP Candidate Can Soothe The Angry Elephant — Good luck with that, guys.

?otD: What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you?


9/28/2011
Writing time yesterday: 4.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 224.0
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

[links] Link salad is drawn by the promise of the women and lace and the gold and the cotton

36 Hours in Portland, Ore.

Long river believed found flowing deep under Amazon River

Diamond World Discovered By AstronomersA planet-like body 4,000 light years away may be the compacted remains of a white dwarf star that is now mostly diamond.

Census: More same-sex couples in more places — Yet, strangely, traditional marriage has not collapsed.

Evolution threatens Christianity — Or more to the point, threatens wilfully ignorant Christianists. Including most of the likely GOP presidential slate.

Mitt Romney Backs Away From Climate Change — Speaking of conservative wilful ignorance.

?otD: Won’t you save me from tomrrow?


8/26/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,400 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: n/a (overslept)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 229.8 (yikes!)
Currently reading: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

[links] Link salad rises at morning, greets the dawn

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait For This Fallio9 gives my novel Endurance some love, as well as the terrific Dan Dos Santos cover art.

The visibilizing analyzerLanguage Log on the dangers of writing SF. Some of the comments are interesting, some are annoying.

My new job. In his own words. — Roger Ebert on audiobooks, specifically his biography, but there’s some neat stuff in here about voice performance.

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Invalidates Apple’s Design Patent On The iPad, Says Samsung — Uh…

Born, and Evolved, to Run

The Tricky Transition From Walking To RunningBiomechanical engineers say we can switch from walking to running without increasing our energy use

Deciding to Die, Then Shown the Door — Voluntary death by VSED.

WISE: Coolest Brown Dwarfs Yet

Fossil redefines mammal history

Case closed: “Climategate” was manufactured…the “ClimateGate” nonsense of the past couple of years, where leaked emails were taken hugely out of context by the press and climate change deniers, and used to smear scientists. Dr. Mann was at the center of the whole manufactured controversy, being the biggest target of the people who want to deny the Earth is warming up. Quelle surprise. Another conservative smoking gun turns out to be a cynical lie. Still, millions will remember the accusation who will never hear of the exoneration, so the lie serves its purpose.

Abortion Is Legal, but What Percentage of Ob-gyns Will Provide One? — It always amazes me that the very same conservatives who are violently opposed to having the government come between you and your doctor (HCR) are violently eager for the government to come between you and your doctor (the forced pregnancy movement). Intellectual consistency much?

Big-Spending Bureaucrats — Tea Party to America: Keep your government hands off my clean water and safe food and maintained roads!

Indiana GOPer: ‘Self-Destruction’ Of Soliciting Young Man On Craigslist Won’t Make Me Resign — Mmm, family values. Remember, liberals are immoral!

?otD: What would you have had for breakfast?


8/25/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin plus some WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 230.4 (yikes!)
Currently reading: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

[links] Link salad wakes up at home

Some Short Story Podcast Reviews — Including “The Starship Mechanic” by me and Ken Scholes.

Valdemar by Tuxen — For you fans of Mercy Lackey, a painting of the historical Valdemar.

2 by 2, or Not, Zoo Animals Escape Flood — Minot, ND evacuates. (Thanks to Dad.)

Pipe Organ ATM — Wow. Art for money’s sake. (Thanks to [info]martang.)

How to Make a Clock Run for 10,000 Years — This has long been one of my favorite projects. Too bad it’s tainted by the involvement of the unethical Jeff Bezos.

The Facts About Fracking

International Comparison of Work Leave Policies — Some interesting charts that really highlight how unprogressive US labor policy is.

The science is settled: US liberals really are the dumbest creatures on the planet — In case you want to read how the other side thinks. Projection much, conservatives?

?otD: Does it feel good to be home?


6/27/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Kalimpura revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 228.6
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad girds for more medical intervention

A reader reacts to “The Passion of Mother Vajpai” — Short fiction from me and [info]calendula_witch

A Library of Listening, Made by You

Record Tornado Season Caused by Climate Change?Unfortunately, no one knows. Weather is not climate. No single weather event is indicative of climate, no matter how much our friends at FOX point to snowstorms as evidence that climate change is a liberal plot. Weather trends, however, can be evidence for climate trends.

Doing Math Is For Ugly Girls

Japan: elderly engineers want ‘final mission’ to FukushimaA group of elderly Japanese engineers are prepared to come out of retirement to fix the Fukushima nuclear power plant for their final mission.

Pope ousts ‘loose living’ monks of Rome’s Santa Croce monasteryVatican acts after reports of monks staging concerts featuring a former lap dancer and running hotel service. Obviously the fault of hippies. (Snurched from [info]crowleycrow.)

Oregon set to remove faith healing defense for parents — A bill “that would remove the defense of religious belief in the case of homicide”. I will be very proud of my state if we get this completed — faith healing to exclusion of medical intervention is child abuse, pure and simple — and frankly astonished that our powerful conservatives allowed it.

Bradlee Dean Lashes Out Over Prayer Controversy — Amazingly, even conservatives can occasionally be embarrassed by the rabid Christianism they have spent the last few decades so vigorously enabling.

The GOP 2012 Field’s Weak Leaders

Alabama Lawmaker Abandons GOP Over New Law Aimed At Teachers

?otD: Would you like to be Raptured?


5/27/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (1,200 more words on a non-fiction project)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 234.2
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad heads for Florida

A reader reacts to Green — She liked it, I think. Also, a comment on the Endurance cover.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — A bit more mixed.

Pod Castle with Ken Liu’s “State Change” — A story originally published in Polyphony 4, edited by Deborah Layne and me.

Confessions of a Slush Reader: Why Should I Care? — I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article, but it’s interesting reading.

“Writeprint” — Your new word for day. Textual analysis as a forensic tool.

Potential Health Effects of Radiation Exposure — Fukushima, Japan and you.

Is the AIR Supposed to be Blue? — A discussion of radiation dispersal.

Some in GOP grow tired of right wing — Psst. GOP. Welcome to the real America. The vast majority of us have been sick of the right wing for years.

[info]pecunium on the GOP’s efforts to turn Michigan into a banana republic. — Small government, yep.

?otD: Atlantic or Gulf coast?


3/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,700 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella

[links] Link salad coins a phrase

Cascade Writers Workshop is now open for registration [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — If you’re interested in working with me, David Levine and Beth Meacham next summer, here’s your chance. Plus, how can you go wrong with a long weekend out on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula?

Language Log with more on the recent Jane Austen arguments

The B-side of Steve Jobs — Apple and the Beatles.

Other generations growing weary of Baby Boomers — Speaking as someone too young for Boomerhood and too old for Gen X, I’m weary of this whole generational dialectic.

How do you really know what time it is?io.9 on the brain and time. I found this fascinating, because some of the assertions cited from neuroscience researchers don’t seem to apply to me. For example, the idea that the human brain is poor at assessing the objective passage of time. If I’m rested and not ill (ie, not on chemo), I almost always know what time it is to within 15 minutes, whether or not I have recent access to a clock. I can also tell myself when to wake up, and this will work almost all the time, again, even if I cannot see a clock from where I am sleeping. Interesting read.

Louisiana Citizens Horrified that there’s Evolution in Science Books — And yet somehow we have survived into the 21st century as an industrialized democracy. Why are we as a nation even having these conversations? We might as well be horrified that the Earth is not the center of the solar system.

That’s the Story? — Sigh. Anatomy of another of the endless parade of Republican lies that are reported without analysis or rebuttal in Your Liberal Media. With, you know, actual cites and facts and stuff, in case you think this is just more liberal bias.

?otD: Heads or tails?


11/18/2010
Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (7,800 new words on Kalimpura, to 77,400)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 248.2 (!)
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Act of Will by A.J. Hartley

[links] Link salad gets puffed

METAtropolis: Cascadia has launched — Go check it out. Might be a nice Christmas present for someone in your life. Maybe even you…

A Cynic Looks At Life by Ambrose Bierce — An interesting review.

The Straight Dope on our Pacific Northwest slugs — With some great reader feedback.

Organs Made from Scratch“Building blocks” containing gels turn cells into different types of tissue. Speaking as someone missing part or all of four major organ systems thanks to cancer surgery, erm, yes.

Carbon dioxide outburst spurred warming 40 million years ago — Nothing to see here. Your political dogma is mightier than the data. Move along, citizen, move along. (Snurched from Bad Astronomy.)

House Republican Wants His Government-Subsidized Health Care Now — More of that justly famed intellectual consistency from the highly principled American Right. A candidate who promises to repeal HCR wants to know what he will do without health insurance. What about the rest of us, Republican man?

How can Silvio Berlusconi still be in power?The tragic genius of Berlusconi is that he appears to have convinced millions that his destiny is their destiny: everyone who is scared of becoming a victim of judicial persecution, who feels overtaxed, who fears that foreigners are condescendingly critical of the Italian way of life is subtly persuaded that getting rid of Silvio would leave them vulnerable and isolated. Wow. You could say almost the same thing about the Republican party in American life. Tragic genius, indeed.

?otD: Got steam?


11/17/2010
Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (7,900 new words on Kalimpura, to 69,600)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 248.2 (!)
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Act of Will by A.J. Hartley