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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
matociquala

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won't you text me with your master plan?

I just had an epiphany in the shower.

I think I've been doing something wrong.

I have this tendency to do stuff in books that I think is totally cool, but which nobody else ever seems to notice. Due to a recent conversation, I'm thinking of all the biculture stuff in the Jenny books (everybody in them is the product of at least two cultures, which I had intended as a Relevant Thematic Strain (definitely not a comment: possibly an observation or a question) regarding what happens when two cultures meet and interact, given Hugely Advanced Alien Cultures and all that.). And also--now that Grail has been out for a while--it's becoming obvious that I did it again, with the iterating (and collapsing) bubbles of adulthood as-seen-from-inside-and-out. (Hint: Head is the only real grownup in those books, and somebody had to make ser. Although by the end of it Tristen is getting there.)

I love this stuff. As anybody who's read my Criminal Minds meta posts has probably figured out, it's one of my favorite things about fiction.

I've been trying to figure out how to make it all more obvious to everyone: a game anybody can play. And what I realized this morning is that that's probably stupid of me, because really, what I ought to be doing it just keep those games for my own amusement (hey, it lends structure, and it keeps me amused) and let them be opaque as they want to be, because what most people care about is just the damned story and the characters and the thematic and emotional payoff. (Which I also care about, don't get me wrong: for me, characters and decision-points really make or break a story.) 

This reminds me of a possibly-apocryphal conversation John W. Campbell supposedly had with Theodore Sturgeon re: McCarthyism. But I think in the end it's a good thing to know.



1) Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
2) Ben MacAllan, Desdaemona
3) Alex Bledsoe, The Sword-Edged Blonde
4) Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
5) Kameron Hurley, God's War
6) Jodi Meadows, Incarnate (in draft)
7) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Scientific Detective
8) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Fossil Cave
9) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Automatic House
10) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Swamp Monster
11) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on a Desert Island
12) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor
13) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Weather Machine
14) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue
15) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, The Thing Around Your Neck
16.) Peter Selby and Steve Slavin, Practical Algebra: a Self-Teaching Guide
17.) Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound
18.) Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch
19.) Geoff Ryman, Lust
20.) Patti Smith, Just Kids
21.) Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, The Tempering of Men (page proofs: the only time I'll probably every just sit down and read the dratted thing.)
22.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Smallifying Machine
23.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Antigravity Paint
24.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
25.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Time Traveler
26.) John Long, How to Rock Climb
27.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book I: The Field Guide
28.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book II: The Seeing Stone
29.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book III: Lucinda's Secret
30.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book IV: The Ironwood Tree
31.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book V: The Wrath of Mulgarath
32.) Bernice L. McFadden, Glorious
33.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy
34.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space
35.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Heat Ray
36.) Eric Jaffee, The King's Best Highway
37.) Olivia Judson, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
38.) Val McDermid, The Mermaids Singing
39.) Mira Grant, Feed
40.) Amanda Downum, Kingdoms of Dust (in draft)
41.) Megan Lindholm, Harpy's Flight
42.) Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon (ARC)
43.) Caitlin Kiernan, The Drowning Girl (ARC)
44.) Val McDermid, Wire in the Blood
45.) Val McDermid, The Last Temptation
46.) Daniel Silva, The Messenger
47.) Rudy Rucker, Jim and the Flims
48.) Genevieve Valentine, Mechanique
49.) MD Lachlan, Wolfsangel



State of the Honeydew:

Revise "Underground": next week sometime
Online Writing Workshop review: April 15, 2011

Realms of Fantasy column: April 28, 2011
The Shaded King (Bone and Jewel Creatures II): April 30, 2011
Revise "Hobnoblin Blues" for chapbook: April 30, 2011
Range of Ghosts CEM: May 6, 2011
Online Writing Workshop review: May 15, 2011
Online Writing Workshop review: June 15, 2011
Range of Ghosts page proofs: June 19, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column: June 29, 2011
Realms of Fantasy article: June 29, 2011
Shattered Pillars: November 2, 2011
SF Horror story ("Form & Void"): December 25, 2011

travel:
World Horror Convention (barcon only): April 28-May 1 2011
Leprecon 37: May 6-8 2011
KGB reading: May 18 2011
Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)
Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011
Odyssey: July 1, 2011
Clarion: July 10-16, 2011
Viable Paradise: October 7-16, 2011

2012:
"Latency": March 2012
An Apprentice to Elves: June, 2012 with truepenny
Steles of the Sky : November 2012
"Underworld": September 2012

2013:
"Dark Leader": March 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013

No fixed deadline:

"The Deeps of the Sky"
Karen Memory
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Gotham Jazz

"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Steel Monkey"
"Spellslinger"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"

Tags: 2011 bookkeeping, honeydew, it sounds like you had an epiphany, writing craft wank, you think this is easy realism?
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