January 3rd, 2007

writing gorey earbrass unspeakable horro

gonna drive to the river styx. gonna take route 66.

Oh, look. Not only is chapter 3 of "Lucifugous" up at Subterranean Press's website, and NOT ONLY can you pre-order New Amsterdam there... but there's another Abby Irene, Sebastien, Jack, et. al. story ("Limerent") in Subterranean 6. Along with stories by the artist formerly known as wicked_wish, and greygirlbeast.

It's almost an embarrassment of riches. *g*

Right, coffee's done. Time to work!

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i'll hold your hand while they drag the river

Link salad (news of the "bite me!"):

FBI documents its agents' reports of abuses at Gitmo.


A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation is to be completed this week on Jose Padilla, the American held without charge for nearly four years as an enemy combatant. Whatever the judge decides, the Padilla case is an extraordinary legal saga that poses significant difficulties for the government...

...According to court papers filed by Padilla's lawyers, for the first two years of his confinement, Padilla was held in total isolation. He heard no voice except his interrogator's. His 9-by-7 foot cell had nothing in it: no window even to the corridor, no clock or watch to orient him in time...

...Another dilemma faces the government as well. Padilla's lawyers contend that as a result of his isolation and interrogation, their client is so mentally damaged that he is unable to assist in his own defense. He is so passive and fearful now, they maintain, that he is "like a piece of furniture."

God told Pat Robertson to expect terror attacks on U.S. soil in 2007.

"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

In a suspense-filled final day of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers kept alive a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would put a stop to gay marriage in the only state that allows same-sex couples to wed.

Lighter notes:

Googlefixing: all about the "East African Plains Ape." Context on the "East African Plains Ape".

James Nicoll on what the reader is not owed by the writer.

Alma Alexander on "What the writer owes the reader."

What I think I owe you, for your seven bucks: the very best book I can possibly write given the deadline.

Twenty full moons.

iggy pop chairman of the bored

you fondle my trigger, then you blame my gun

1,135 words so far this morning. Halfway through the chapter, and I have reached the stage we know as "bargaining." Which is to say, if I finish the chapter today (all I have left to write, actually, is the big juicy escape scene that I have wanted to write all week... and am now intimidated by), I can go to the gym and then go buy a bottle of red wine and hole up and watch Torchwood and Mythbusters tonight.

In other news, Word knows "indiscrete."

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this may seem like a kind of crazy question, but...

...did I actually just witness an episode of Torchwood that for long moments didn't suck?

Nah, impossible. I must have just had my mind clouded by the extraordinary hotness that is John Barrowman and Naoko Mori angsting.

It's amazing how much better this show is with 50% less of everybody else.

truepenny tells me that our short story "Ile of Dogges" has been selected for the YBSF. Woot! *g*

Viable Paradise is open to submissions. If you missed it, I'm going to teaching this year. And apparently sharing a suite with Cory Doctorow. Can the world survive?

Tune in in late September!

Liz Williams on the gentle art of self-defense, and when it's contraindicated.

via casacoronaKeith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, will be sworn in using the Koran.....the Koran that was Thomas Jefferson's personal copy.

One person unlikely to be swayed by the book's illustrious history is [Virgina Re. Virgil] Goode, who released a letter two weeks ago objecting to Ellison's use of the Koran. "I believe that the overwhelming majority of voters in my district would prefer the use of the Bible," the Virginia Republican told Fox News, and then went on to warn about what he regards as the dangers of Muslims immigrating to the United States and Muslims gaining elective office.

Perhaps Representative Goode should become acquainted with a famous passage from United States History:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

2900 words today, and the proposal is done, except a synopsis if I need to do a synopsis.

If anybody wants me, I'll be inside this bottle of Ravenswood. Thanks!

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