September 2nd, 2005

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Link salad one more time.

Snopes weighs in on the looting/finding conversation.

stwish on worst-case scenarios. (This isn't it.)

Poems in space.

Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey are putting together a grassroots relief effort for SFF fans displaced by Katrina. Wil Wheaton has details.

It's the delta, stupid. (requires registration, y'all know about, right? right. although the NYT has never spammed me.)

Jennifer Jackson on the agent/author relationship.

A bunch of people have linked interdictor, who's blogging from the ground in New Orleans, and suggested I do the same. I've been resisting doing so because of various personal moral qualms--I, frankly, feel uneasy appearing to endorse this gentleman or his politics--but I also have moral qualms about *not* linking him. So, there it is, with disclaimers. If you poke back into the pre-Katrina blog, there are some opinions expressed about women in particular with which I am distinctly uneasy, but he has got the Libertarian survivalist view from the ground, and his information's very current.
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kiztent has a few words for Snopes on the looting/finding racial issue.

Already much linked, but deserving of another one, scott_lynch: The bell tolls for Occupant.

Nagin speaks

redbird on "The response was unacceptable."

scott_bateman on Bush's vow to rebuild Trent Lott's beach house. "And but so--"

Yeah, I heard that this morning, too.

And Shakespeare's Sister throws a rod.

I don't actually blame the conservatives for this. I know some very sensible and proactive conservatives, who are well acquainted with such concepts as "A stitch in time saves nine" and similar homey bits of folk wisdom.

I do blame a simpering, self-absorbed, sociopathic dry-drunk and his band of war profiteer cronies.

Will Shetterly says talking about race and Katrina misses the issue. Well, yes and no. Yes, the government's lck of concern is for the poor, of whatever color.

But that doesn't change the fact that there is an apparent bias in the news media, and the way to get that fixed is to make sure people notice it.

Making Light. All of it. But in particular, here and here, with links to China Miéville on the subject.

and now I have to get some of my own work done.
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I contemplate eternity beneath the vast indifference of heaven.

Progress notes for 2 September 2005:

Michelangelo is a happy worker when I'm letting him kill things. And apparently half my readers can't tell the damned POV characters apart without I resort to funny voices. Right, check, on the second draft, funny voices. Watch this space.

I loathe the book less today, at least. Possible because Michelangelo is a happy worker when he's killing things, see above, no need to do that messy emasculating emoting thing he hates so much.

I mean, I still think it's structurally broken and it's going to be bayonet and shovel work bringing it into alignment when I have to go in and fix it and make the front half match the back half, and it's driving me crazy that I cannot feel the shape of this book in my head, which means I'm just kind of pickaxing until I run out of story, but I am beginning to believe that I can beat it.

If not on this draft, then on the next one.


New Words: 1,800
Total Words: 68,424 / 81,750
Pages: 327

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81,750 / 110,000
Reason for stopping: work and exercise.
Mammalian Assistance:  Paladin and Mebd both came by to say hello.
Stimulants: Assam and diet Dr. Pepper.
Exercise: yoga
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: nonlethal, monofilament, monomolecular, rictus  
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: crobbed, attention should sift, her teeth weren't slacking (well, I guess that's useful)
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels;
Mean things: dismemberment, kidnapping.
Other writing-related work: n/a
Interesting tidbits: n/a
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ETA: nihilistic_kid punctures the 24-hour cable news monster, which needs it some puncturing.

bearsir's peptalk (via misia)

scott_lynch on largesse, not.

Tobias Buckell on hurricane relief in the Caribbean.

From the Times-Picayune, officially the best newspaper in America as of today:

National Guard caravans are coming in. (for those who asked, there are updates on the fires in this article.) Rescuers have made it to the Convention Center and Charity Hospital. A refugee bus from the Superdome overturned on the highway, killing one. Houston opening more refugee centers, Texas being in a position to remember Galveston as well as the Alamo. The only time you will ever see these words here: Go, Texas.

Various other stories here. Including Forest Service plans to fight fires in the affected areas, and Hastert's attempts to rescind yesterday's bon mot.

The worst may, in fact, be over. Now the heartbreak and the hard work begin.


copperwise on disaster planning for the poor.

stwish on Black Americans: "for good and sufficient reasons, hate, fear and distrust white Americans in general and the government in particular. If this is news to you, you need remedial brain work."

klostes: disaster guidelines. This makes a nice double bill with copperwise's post.

batagur reprints Leon Wynter.
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