October 10th, 2008

sf doctor dance

My state just joined the civilized world.

HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making that state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.

The court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.

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there's a hole in the middle of it all, a hole in the middle of it all.

2,726 words today. I have a draft of "The Tricks of London," and I have sent it off to agent and publisher and a couple of friends. So now I will proceed to ignore it for a while, and be happy that I have crossed something else off the honeydew list.

Now it's just my half of "Mongoose" and my half of "Lucky Day" and Chill for the rest of the year, and that seems like a doable amount of work.

In other news, Audible has made a free sample of my METAtropolis story, "The Red in the Sky is Our Blood," available for download here. As you know, Bob, METAtropolis is a shared-world audio anthology featuring stories by me, Jay lake, Karl Schroeder, Tobias Buckell, and John Scalzi.

And if you pre-order it now you can get a discount, and Jay's story in advance.

Here's the hype:

About METAtropolis:

Welcome to a world where big cities are dying, dead - or transformed into technological megastructures. Where once-thriving suburbs are now treacherous Wilds. Where those who live for technology battle those who would die rather than embrace it. It is a world of zero-footprint cities, virtual nations, and armed camps of eco-survivalists.

Welcome to the dawn of uncivilization.

METAtropolis is an intelligent and stunning creation of five of today's cutting-edge science-fiction writers: 2008 Hugo Award winners John Scalzi and Elizabeth Bear; Campbell Award winner Jay Lake; plus fan favorites Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Together they set the ground rules and developed the parameters of this "shared universe", then wrote five original novellas - all linked, but each a separate tale.

Bringing this audiobook to life is a dream team of performers: Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh"); Alessandro Juliani ("Felix Gaeta"); and Kandyse McClure ("Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla"); plus legendary audiobook narrators Scott Brick (Dune) and Stefan Rudnicki (Ender's Game).

John Scalzi, who served as Project Editor, introduces each story, offering insight into how the METAtropolis team created this unique project exclusively for digital audio.

for 2008

Finish "The Tricks of London" (started)
Finish "Mongoose" (with truepenny (started))
Finish Chill (started)
Write S2 Shadow Unit episodes: "Lucky Day" (with coffeeem (started)); "Wind-Up Boogeyman"; "Smoke & Mirrors"

for 2009

Rewrite The Sea thy Mistress
Shadow Unit S3
Write Grail

When they get done:

Write "Smile" (Bone Garden) (started)
Write "Snow Dragons"
Write "The Horrid Glory of its Wings"


well i saw him standing there by the record machine

I rock. That is all.

Okay, not quite all. But not only did I finish a draft today, but I sent a route I have been working on for !five weeks! Which is still unrated, but consensus around the gym is that it's harder than a 5.7. So if it's a 5.7+, that would make it my second one. And if it's a 5.8, which is what I suspect, then it's my first 5.8.

Basically, it turns out that the foothold I was thrashing at is a total freaking misdirect--at least for me--and what I needed to do was lie back on a fairly crappy handhold and stand up on a totally different foothold.

And! I remembered how to do the 5.7 I finally figured out how to do elegantly on Monday, sent it all with no dogging on the rope and no thrashing. I actually felt like I knew what I was doing.

Spent some time talking with some other climbers while we were there, and one of them, who is also the Climbing Shoe Guy at my local Eastern Mountain Sports, assured me that yes, the Evolvs really do suck. So I think I will be retiring them, because I tried the same route both with those and with my old Sportivas, and footholds I just could not stick in the Evolvs were a cinch in the Sportivas.

Alas, the Sportivas are shot--they're a year old--so Tuesday I need to go buy another pair of new shoes. Tuesday, because Climbing Shoe Guy will be at work, and he can help me buy a pair of shoes that do not suck.