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March 2017



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writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck

trouble becomes you. it cuts you down to my size.

link salad!

The Cover Freak. "Songs that don't sound like you remember."

"I think people really, really resonate to the idea of darker emotions in something that is considered a really light medium." -- Matt Groening, on Charles Schultz, on Morning Edition.

Or, you know. "My fandom is somewhat incongrous."

Author Jon Evans (better known to us as rezendi) is publishing his "children's novel for adults," Beasts of New York, online one chapter at a time. You can read it at the wesite--shockingly, http://www.beastsofnewyork.com/ --or on livejournal, beastsofnewyork.

A discussion at Blue Rose Girls on how authors really feel about recieving editorial letters.

Me? I have a complex relationship with editorial letters.

Which is to say, I dread them until I get them (because I'm always sure that what I've written is terrible), and I then once I have them I simultaneously whine about them (because everybody hates more work) while being (a) grateful for all the times editors save my butt and (b) shaking my head and going "WTF book did you read?, and then there are the arguments discussions and compromises and the points where I decide that this is not a hill I want to die on (Liz wanted Christy to be called Christian throughout W&W, which I thought was way too formal for the character, but she won that round, although he'll always be Christy in my head), and then I do the work, and then inevitably about ten months later, comebody comes up to me at a convention and tells me that their favorite scene in the book is one that the editor made me put in. (Examples: Michelangelo's nightmare in Carnival, which I thought at the time was wayyyy too heavyhanded a trick to use (and yet readers love it), or the scene in Whiskey & Water in which the poet who is not named Thomas leaves Hell, which made me roll my eyes with its Hollywood triteness at the time I added it, and which people compliment me on all the time. So, respectively, Anne and Liz were definitely right about each of those, as much as it pains me to admit it. ;-) )

Christy should have stayed Christy, though.

via theinferior4, Electric Sheep for your android's dreaming pleasure.

Sample movie.


"Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers 'sleep,' the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as 'sheep.' The result is a collective 'android dream,' an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

"Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience. You can also design your own sheep and submit them to the gene pool."

Website Link.

bellatrys is reading Tarnsman of Gor so you don't have to:






If that wasn't enough horror, she also reads Outlaw of Gor so you don't have to:






And suggests a possible solution:



(Liz wanted Christy to be called Christian throughout W&W, which I thought was way too formal for the character, but she won that round, although he'll always be Christy in my head)

Ah. If he'd been called Christy, I think I'd have been able to connect to the character a bit more. Christian sounded so... pretentious, and I kept feeling as if the character wanted to be more approachable. Names are important.

This completely changes it for me. I'll have to go back and reread W&W now. (Look what you did! I have a *deadline* to hit! Aaugh!)
Really. Nobody should be calling him Christian except Jane.
And he's a good Irish boy.
I read one of the Gor books once. It was the 70s, there wasn't that much SFF around (or at least in print, or at least in England, or at least in Cornwall), and I was very young and knew no better. When I say 'read', I mean ... no, actually, I did read it, on the 'road accident' principle. But it would take a will of steel to read one voluntarily, with advance knowledge of the content.


The Otis Redding PAYS FOR ALL.
The Wilson Pickett is awesome too.



You are almost as cool as Lou.
You know, some of us have stuff to do today. ;-)
Oh, and the Magnetic Fields?


the most important men in town will come to fawn on me

total crack.

i love it.



Re: I tell you Wednesday's worse baby and Thursday's oh so sad

Aren't you supposed to be writing a book?

Re: I'm going to Chicago I'm so sorry but I can't take you


But that saxophonist is dead hot.

Re: I'm going to Chicago I'm so sorry but I can't take you

Maybe he's been reincarnated into the marching band.
I'm sure bellatrys is very fine and writing very fine things about the Gor books, but you know what? I'm going to let you read posts about reading the Gor books so I don't have to, so I don't have to, because that's how far from the Gor books I want to stay.
Hee. I am enjoying the snark abou Tarl Sue.
bellatrys is reading Tarnsman of Gor so you don't have to

Too late, too late. I read them years ago when they first came out. Number 4, Nomads of Gor, had a couple of genuinely funny moments.

MKK--hey I was 18
t's possible to play a Bo Diddley song without a Bo Diddley beat, but is it advisable?

On this evidence, no. I didn't last past the first 2 lines.