June 6th, 2005

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If I'm a monster, then I'm a willing one.

It's D-Day +60.

John Scalzi on publicists, publishers, making sausage, and--synchronistically--hot dogs.

I hit upon a metaphor today that pleased me. Writing short stories is like watchmaking. Every bit must be finely machined, take up no more space than it needs to do its job, and move precisely in counterpart with all the others--and it must be necessary.

Novels have room for cuckoos and dancing waiters and great big decorative pendulums and so forth.

Also: GO! opportunitygrrl!
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Progress notes for 6 June 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,005
Total Words: 108,100 / 120,750
Pages: 483

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
120,750 / 160,000

That's three quarters of a book! Huzzah! The last bit always goes pretty fast.
Reason for stopping: end of scene, sleepy tired, taking a break before work
Mammalian Assistance: no love
Stimulants: chamomile tea and ice water
Exercise: none. I should do something physical, but I am so dratted tired.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club;
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a

Well, those were the most boring metrics in history.
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link salad

karenhealey on feminist bookstore activism

Neil Gaiman on a nice cup of tea.

tragic_glass on drilling for oil in R'lyeh

kelliem on personal lubricant and squirrels

via allocthon, the blog of scholar, medic, and gentleman D. Haseman, whom we met and were charmed and educated by as WisCon. The blog is charming and educating too. He's terrifyingly accomplished. Let me quote:

I was nervous all over again. At least in this place I had an advantage. I am a Medical Doctor, Retired Lt Colonel with previous assignments to Airborne and Ranger units, Walter Reed, and a combat hospital. These experiences allowed me some credibility when I spoke on the topic at hand. I was still too nervous to remember what I said.

What he doesn't mention is that he's also unassuming, erudite, well-spoken, polite, gracious, and extremely cute. And he has an MA in Women's Studies.

And he gives good blog.

I just hope, in the interests of cosmic balance, he has some really atrocious personal habit we don't know about yet. (And if you're reading this, David, hello! Yes, I am always this embarrassing to my friends!)

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