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December 2021



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Finagle's Constant

I get these ideas now because I have declared that I Don't Write Short Fiction Anymore. And I'm trying to write a novel and figure out how to revise its companion book, and while I am completely obsessed with those things, I think perhaps it frees up my sub-brain to chew on other ideas.

I'm contemplating writing a quantum mechnics story dealing with the possibility of subatomic communication with the future.

Or the past.

ie, there's this nifty thing about quantum theory where time travel *is* possible, on a very small scale. You can zap particles--or more precisely, particles can zap themselves--through time, as long as they only do it for a very little while. (I used to date a physicist fairly seriously. He was a smart boy. He once told me that in his opinion, quantum mechanics was the only thing in physics that admitted a possibility of free will. Which is something I still mean to write a story about one of these lifetimes, too. Hmm. I bet it's the same story.)

Anyway, I'm thinking about that now when I should be reading Cap's novel and working on my own. Or maybe standing under a very hot shower for half an hour until my neck hurts less.

I had a dream last night--and I very rarely remember my dreams, because I'm of the five-six hard blank hours school of sleeping--that I was holding an uncorrected bound galley of Hammered in my hands. Since the novel hasn't sold yet, but I just delivered the third draft of the sequel to my agent last week, and the final book in the it's-not-a-trilogy is brewing in the back of my head, I'm hoping that's a good sign.

Also, I realized that I can probably finish my draft of The Stratford Man by Thanksgiving if I work my ass off. Which would mean I could get a completed second draft to Jenn by the end of the year (I can already taste her fear), and still goof off and play with shorts and think about how I'm going to revise Bridge of Blood And Iron and what I want to do with Worldwired for at least a month and still meet my goal of two completed novel-length MS this year.

Hell, SM is about two completed novel-length MS on its own.

Assuming, of course, that I shower and get my butt in gear and get some of Hugo read this morning for Cap. And drink some tea.



Go you!

*shakes pompoms vigorously*
Wow! TWO completed novel length MSS. That's good going!

Quantum Theory

There was just an article in the local paper about a guy who's looking for funding to actually work on the quantum particle time travel thing. He wants to try sending a particle back in time, I think. IIRC, he's a physicist here at UConn.

But I won't distract you from your REAL work with any further details ....


Re: Quantum Theory

Oh, that's cool. Do you have a link?

Re: Quantum Theory

I can't find the article on the Journal Inquirer website, but when I googled the subject I recognized the guy's name immediately.

The article at

looks very thorough (more so than the gee-whiz newspaper article).

Now don't let me bother you any more, I'm supposed to be doing my statistics homework. 8-D

Re: Quantum Theory

From ionas's inquiry this AM about Greer Gilman, a quote:

As soon as I discovered there was an OED [Oxford English Dictionary]," she says, "I started reading it.

I like words. They're almost the particle physics of narrative."

Funny how you run across things in different places. I was thinking of Ben's physics research project, and that it might make a fun essay topic for him, to look outside of the science box.

Synchronicity and stuff

hee! Greer!

My fellow Connecticutian. What a great link! Thank you--

Did you know that there's a Gilman Company in Gilman Connecticut that's still owned by the Gilman family as well--and they make buoys?

It really is Lovecraft country.

Re: Synchronicity and stuff

I didn't actually realize that you were in CT. It's my third most familiar state after Ohio and New York. Just a sidenote, I found it amusing but some how right that Ohio is one of the five Bellweather states.

The rest of the family has drifted down and over from Albany, one in Westchester, one near Hartford and another along the coast near Stamford, so part of the familiarity is from visiting, and I also worked a while near Fairfield. But mainly it's just one of those states where some of edge of the landscape feels as if I've been there before.

I've mostly been down the western edge of the state. Where is Gilman? Course I could get a little less lazy here and look it up!

Re: Synchronicity and stuff

I was raised mostly in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut, and now I live in Nevada, which is almost entirely unlike anyplace anybody would ever want to live.

Gilman is, if I remember correctly, just off Route Two, not too far from Rhode Island and the ocean.

Re: Synchronicity and stuff

I was a little more footloose, or rather less focussed and sure. I went to The University of Rochester out of high school, then to my dad's alma mater in Ohio, then to working in various points as follows, NY, St Croix, Fairfield, New Orleans (this was so you don't get the wrong impression a cruise ship job) up and down the Miss each week, then Tulsa and Durant OK where I did a business degree, then Reykjavik, then back home, NY to Toledo, OH to here (for a while now.)

Hence itchy need-to-be-travelling feet. :-)


*g* Or maybe just not as broke....

I wanted to go to Michigan and couldn't afford it.

Re: Footloose

I understand. I wanted UPenn and didn't get enough scholarship money, and Cornell and didn't make it in the program... I didn't have money, just no fear of consequences... that came later, when there actually were some. ;-)

I know it's kinda of irrelevant but one of the things I liked about Iceland was the way the University system was. At last count, my ex had five degrees, and we actually only ever met because his country was paying for him to study Avionics in Tulsa. LOL a different take on government spending: education, travel, and romance?

Re: Footloose

Now I have this sudden desire to move to Iceland.

I dunno. This whole tune in, turn on, drop out thing is looking better and better. Or perhaps more and more inevitable....