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Jan. 20th, 2009 09:40 pm
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The enormity of the day has left me spinning. I've teared up at least a dozen times. I think author David Anthony Durham summed it all up the best.
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I haven't blogged much in the last couple of weeks, but that's mostly because life has been relatively calm. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne is finishing up her Rare Book 2.0 book, I'm chugging on my books, and Caitlin is thriving.

We've been wrapped up in Presidential politics, but I've refrained from blogging about it for various reasons. There's just not much that I can add that the rest of my f-list hasn't covered. I am also an advocate for people with disabilities, which means that I spend a lot of time working with people who have very different political beliefs than my own. Even though they probably don't read this blog, I can't assume anything in the Google age. In order to get good work done, it's probably for the best that I don't unload with a rant every time I feel like it. Luckily, I can still add my two cents to the blogs of others.

Here is the state of my writing:

1- Fluid Links has become a massive project. For those of you who are new around here or forgot, my co-writers and I are creating a critical guidebook to all of the Doctor Who tie-in novels and audio plays (that's over 450 works). My job is "The Lore" sections. Basically, I am telling the story of how each novel was created. To do this, I've read hundreds of interviews with dozens of writers and editors. I've also gone through hundreds of thousands of postings on the Internet made by the authors about their works. It took me the better part of a year to complete this research.

I am now writing up each entry. I'm also tracking down the authors that stayed away from the Internets. This means lots of searching for British authors who wrote a couple of Doctor Who books and then sort of disappeared. So far, my results are mixed.

2- I have three more chapters to revise of Murder Ballads. This is my contemporary, magical post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age fantasy novel. I should have a second draft completed in a few weeks. I have two firm beta readers for it. This is a good thing, since this is my first novel.

3- Speaking of which, I received my packet for the WindyCon Writer's Workshop. I am workshopping the first chapter. It seems like a nice small group with two other aspiring writers and four professionals. The pros are an interesting group: Jody Lynn Nye, Jim Hines, Michael Z. Williamson, and Francisco Ruiz. I should get some fascinating pointers from this process.

Jinkies!

Sep. 21st, 2008 09:59 am
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What a strange week it was. The Cubs almost completely distracted me from the near complete collapse of the economy. There's nothing quite like a major American historical moment that's greeted by the general population with total confusion. The decisions made this week will have repercussions for decades, many of which even the smartest economists can't even begin to predict. To be on the safe side, Lynne and I emptied our retirement accounts and reinvested in canned foods and guns.

Our gaming group finally reconvened yesterday. We're playing the new shiny, Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. So far, I like it. I don't think it's an improvement on 3rd edition, but it certainly has its charms. The biggest change is how each class is now extremely balanced. None of the classes are noticeably superior to the other ones. They made it fairer for players, but a lot of the flavor of each class got lost in the reimagining. There's something wrong with wizards being no more effective than a rogue or ranger.

Another big change for our group was the addition of the Snow's puppy, Eli. Things went well, and Caitlin received a lifetime's worth of puppy kisses.

Since we finished all of our chores yesterday, today is a day of sloth. Other than watching football and keeping Cait alive, all I have to do is critique some manuscripts for a couple of friends.
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Thoughts from the first half of the week:

1- Our friends Sarah and David had a sad Monday; they had to put down their beloved cat, Ronny. Caitlin and I spent the evening at their house trying to help keep things from getting too morose. Our solution: watching the horrendously bad/unintentionally comic G.I. Joe: The Movie. This was the TV movie that effectively killed the G.I. Joe franchise for 20 years. The gist of the film is that they ret-con everything. The cartoon had been about a special forces military group versus crazy world terrorists. Think S.H.I.E.L.D. versus HYDRA. In this movie, they decided that Cobra Commander was a member of a race of snake people that once ruled the earth like the Silurians on Doctor Who. Now the snake people are back with their odd organic tech trying to mutate humanity. Their battle cry is “COBRA LA LA LA LA LA!” It would be hard for this movie to make less sense. Oh, I almost forgot Don Johnson starring as Lt. Falcon, a rule breaker who discovers the true meaning of being a Joe. Ugh.

2- I posted last year about the cowardly and terrible terrorist attacks of 2001. I know that we all still have strong feelings and emotions about that day and its legacy. I think it’s important that today we try to remember that it was a day that many people lost friends and loved ones in an act of senseless brutality.

3- The Cubs won last night. I am off the ledge for a moment.

4- We watched the first half of the Bond film License to Kill with [livejournal.com profile] kevinsom. I forgot how awful that film is. It’s like a grim, boring episode of Miami Vice.

5- The writing keeps rolling, and Caitlin still thrives at school. That’s about all I can hope for.

6- Gregory McDonald passed away, one of my favorite authors. His books are a master class in writing dialogue. He will be missed.

Just finished reading- China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh (gorgeous and brilliant)
Currently reading- Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear

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