May 23rd, 2007

bear by san

it's not how hard you can hit; it's how hard you can get hit.

Subterranean Press, in their insistence upon treating me like a real writer or something (or possibly in a frantic attempt to clear out the inventory they've overbought from me), has created a special "Elizabeth Bear" focus issue for Summer 2007.

Currently up, the audio version of "Wax;" my column--Bears Examining--#4 (Every time somebody writes Spock/McCoy, God does not kill a puppy.); "Coat," by the mighty mighty Joe R. Lansdale, and a transcript of a great Penguicon panel on the life and work of forgotten SF master Godfrey Winton.

Eventually, in the fullness of time, these things will be followed by an excerpt from One-Eyed Jack & The Suicide King (the so-far unsold Promethean Age novel), a Promethean Age short story by me ("Black is the Color"); me interviewed by truepenny; and stories by Gene Wolfe (eee!); and Charlie Stross (eee! eee!).

And doubtless some other stuff.
writing rengeek stratford man

baby cried the day the circus came to town

Progress notes for 23 May 2007

All the Windwracked Stars

New Words:  1,534
Total Words: 27,308
Deadline: November 1
Reason for stopping: quota, scene

Well, hopefully this is less dumb than in the previous draft.

Unfortunately, being smarter means that fallen angel actually needs a plan to locate the gothy wolfboy this time.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
27,308 / 100,000

Today's words Word don't know:  eyewatering, tubewise, bootheels, rebowed, revenger,
Mean Things: dying parents, UST, humiliation
can't sleep books will eat me

Book report #42: Richard Restak, MD; Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot

This is all right for what it is, I guess. I am more interested in the mechanisms of neuroplasticity than self-help books on how to be smarter, but hey, it did give me this little passage:

First, avoid playing over negative scenarios in your mind in which all of your worst fears are realized. As Freud pointed out in 1925 in an insufficiently appreciated paper, "On Negation," the brain doesn't deal well with negatives. If you concentrate on ways of avoiding a bad outcome rather than bringing about a good one, your brain will lock onto the negative. As every tennis player knows, the surest way of coming up with a bad serve results from energy wasted on avoiding gaffes rather than concentrating on the intended ace. Concentrate on your ideas and your goals rather than focusing on the bad things that could happen, or on how nervous you're feeling.

Or in other words, it's not what you don't do wrong. It's what you do right.