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[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 Tuesday

John Klima reminds us that it is World Fantasy Award nominating season — My recommendations of my own work are here if you’re interested in nominating me, though “C-Rock City” and “The Man With One Bright Eye” are purely SFnal and probably don’t make sense in the context of the WFA.

Aeon issue 14 is live — With my short story “Sweet Rocket.”

Top writers feel heat from publishers’ presses — “Many top-selling writers, such as John Grisham and Mary Higgins Clark, have turned out at least one book annually for years. Now some writers are beginning to grumble about the pressure, and some are refusing to comply.” Um. Um. Right. Also, note the comment about Scarpetta’s publishing scheduled. According to the Globe she has a manuscript due “soon” with an October 7 laydown date. WTF?

Star Wars ABC — (Thanks to lillypond.)

Locusts Swarm to Save Their Butts — “The researchers reduced the ability of individual locusts to detect the approach of other locusts from behind. This was done by severing the main nerve in the abdomen of one group of juvenile locusts so they could not feel anything from behind and in a separate group reducing the insects’ rear vision using black paint.”

Hauliers’ strike causes traffic jams and fuel shortages in Spain — “Hauliers”? The meaning is clear enough, but I cannot recall ever having seen that word before in my life. Is /ier/ freely substitutable for /er/? Teachier? Strippier? Monstier?

Shorpy with a 1917 photo of the landlocked destroyer USS Recruit


6/10/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 262.4
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad for a Monday

“The Ides of February” — A story I wrote with Bruce Holland Rogers is now online at Aberrant Dreams.

A reader reacts to Logorrhea, ed. John Klima, Powell’s | Amazon ] — With some rather definite opinions.

Blogging–It’s Good for YouScientific American with an article about the therapeutic value of blogging. Note the comments about cancer, also about writers block and hypergraphia.

Watch that’s back from the seabed… And it’s still working, after 67 years — Weird.

The only debate on Intelligent Design that is worthy of its subject — Well, that answers that. (Thanks to lt260.)

Character and the Primaries of 2008 — The Project For Excellence in Journalism looks at claims of media bias in the Democratic primaries.

John McCain gets tax-free disability pension — Old news, but interesting. I believe Reagan was our last disabled president (Alzheimer’s, unacknowledged until after his retirement), FDR before him (mobility impairment, formally unacknowledged but widely understood).

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind — A story Your Liberal Media seems to have stayed the hell away from. (This link is from a British paper.) I can certainly see why McCain is the candidate of the party that claims the mantle of family values!


6/9/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[podcast] Repost of “Three the Rivals”

This is a repost of a podcast originally recorded at Nippon 2007, of me reading “Three the Rivals”. That story is part of Green Grow the Rushes, Oh from Fairwood Press Amazon ], and was originally published at Strange Horizons as the third in a twelve-story cycle.