- Thu, 18:41: Holiday weekend http://t.co/I5KVHNcHMZ
- Thu, 21:34: RT @AdviceToWriters: Don’t live with a lover or roommate who doesn’t respect your work. GRACE PALEY #writing #writinglife #writetip
- Thu, 23:01: RT @DelReySpectra: Elizabeth Moon's THE SPEED OF DARK selected as the Summer Reading Book at Rutgers University's SAS Honors Program http:/…
- Thu, 23:54: RT @chrislhayes: An important incite about adult life: no one really knows what they're doing.
- Thu, 18:02: My BP finally went from poor to fair while being off meds! WOOT!
- Thu, 18:33: RT @EmrgencyKittens: He so sleepy http://t.co/FQEOxgdD1B
- Thu, 18:52: I spent 35 minutes doing fitbit dishes & dancin'. 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
- Thu, 18:52: I spent 20 minutes doing fitbit walking (+wt adj). 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
- Thu, 20:22: My week on twitter: 1 new followers, 5 mentions. Via: http://t.co/iXW8ZuOm9Y
- Thu, 23:10: I spent 25 minutes doing fitbit dishes & dancin'. 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
- Fri, 00:00: Walked 3.44 miles. http://t.co/oGlckS584v
- Fri, 03:04: I need to move money over and the Chase site is =n't working. Usually their downtime is Sundays, not Fridays. I'm annoyed.
- Fri, 03:08: RT @EmrgencyKittens: http://t.co/9coxhbtQst
- Thu, 16:38: Think your Skype messages get end-to-end encryption? Think again http://t.co/40DBYOTzBn
- Thu, 16:41: Tell me again, friends, that voting for Democrats is going to solve this shit? http://t.co/0wzoMhlDID
- Thu, 17:05: http://t.co/OeM117BIDe
- Thu, 17:38: The brashley46 Daily is out! http://t.co/OBDSUZnfmT ▸ Top stories today via @TheBradBlog @jaly100 @CFifeKW
- Thu, 18:02: "People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then... http://t.co/V3eX2F3H5R
- Thu, 18:06: http://t.co/mPhwPfNiZE
- Thu, 19:06: “Warsaw Ghetto Anti-Nazi Uprising of Labor” http://t.co/F1EU1he1ix
- Thu, 19:34: http://t.co/uVwLETx1cq
- Thu, 20:21: http://t.co/M7MEJ5R3B9
- Thu, 20:22: http://t.co/YGhHbKLdd5
If you're a Twitter user, here are the hashtags for the panels I'm on: #ModSquad #ImaginaryBookClub #XenogenesisPanel #TheDoctorIsAJerk #Moderating201 - the con itself is #WisCon without the 37 attached.
I find myself at loose ends until The Gathering, which starts at one; I actually brought a few items for the clothing exchange this year, including a happy banana yellow pullover, bought on clearance years ago, which has always looked terrible on me but is cashmere so I suspect someone will want it.
My first panel isn't until 4:00 pm. This is a very happy state of affairs. Tomorrow is the Farmers' Market, then my first panel at 10:00 am, another at 1:00 pm, and another immediately following at 2:30 pm, luckily one which I will not be moderating and about which I can talk with little mental effort (Dr. Who). My last panel, in which I will moderately moderate a panel about moderating, is Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Had that discussion again yesterday in which we try to figure out who people are and can only do so by their usernames - so please feel free to tell me who you are if I do not appear to know who you are despite following you on LJ or whatever for the past decade or more. I will attempt to do the same.
I’m sure it’d be faster to take a picture, but here’s the to-be-read shelf:
Michael Carroll: THE ASCENSION, SUPER HUMAN
Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Sarah Rees Brennan: UNSPOKEN
Cassandra Clare: CIY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES, CITY OF GLASS
CS Friedman: LEGACY OF KING
Nick Harkaway: ANGELMAKER
Gene Kemp: THE TURBULENT TERM OF TYKE TILER
Sheridan Le Fanu: IN A GLASS DARKLY
Ian Whates: CITY OF DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Pamela C Dean: THE SECRET COUNTRY
MC Beaton: DEATH OF A CAD
Faith Hunter: RAVEN CURSED, DEATH’S RIVAL
Lynn Fwelling: THE BONE DOLL’S TWIN, HIDDEN WARRIOR, THE ORACLE’S QUEEN
Ben Macallan: DESDAEMONA
Catie Murphy: STONEMASTER
Keri Sperring: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Alan Steele: SPINDRIFT
Jane Yolen & Midori Snyder: EXCEPT THE QUEEN
Philip Jose Farmer: PEARLS FROM PEORIA
Paul Cornell: LONDON FALLING
Saladin Ahmed: THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON
Juliet E McKenna: BLOOD IN THE WATER, BANNERS IN THE WIND
Adrian Tchaikovsky: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD
Anne Lyle: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Emma Newman: BETWEEN TWO THORNS
Walter Jon Williams: THIS IS NOT A GAME
Mike Shevdon: STRANGENESS & CHARM
Michael Colby: SEEDS OF EARTH
and an assortment of non-fiction i’m not man enough to add. and a bunch of stuff on the e-reader, too, of course. all the crowdfunded stuff of the past year or two! waugh! someday! :)
I’m currently reading (heh, on my e-reader) KHAN OF MARS, a SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY novel by Stephen Blackmoore. I doubt I’m man enough to turn this into a poll, either, so if you have an opinion about what I should read next you’ll have to express it the old-fashioned way, by typing it out. :)
(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
(e) GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
BATTLING BOY (vol 1) by Paul Pope - I rarely read graphic novels, but took this up at the recommendation of a friend. I liked the story, and would like to know where it's going in the next volume, but I'm afraid the art didn't appeal to me. It was too busy, and there were way too many wordless panels for my liking. I understand there will be a novelization of this graphic novel, and may wait to read that instead of volume 2.
(e) SPARKY AND ME by Daniel Ewald - a biography of one of the most interesting characters in baseball, written by his best friend and manager. As much as I enjoyed Sparky's story, I didn't like the format. The stories were told out of order, so it was often difficult to know which event came first. Even when some other person came into the story multiple times, the author re-introduce him/her. There are references throughout the book about the wonderful charity that Sparky started, but the story of the founding doesn't come until the end of the book, even though charitable events for it intersect with earlier stories. It was a nice insight into the life of a remarkable man, but I found it a slog to read.
(e) THE DAVINCI CODE by Dan Brown
(e) THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
SHOCK ROCK edited by Jeff Gelb
(e) MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen
(e) THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION edited by John Joseph Adams
(e) THE FEVER: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah
(e) ELSEWHEN by Melanie Rawn
(e) KALIMPURA by Jay Lake jaylake
THE READING PROMISE: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
(e) THE SEXUAL HISTORY OF LONDON: From Roman Londinium to the Swinging City -- Lust, Vice, and Desire Across the Ages by Catharine Arnold
(e) RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock with Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos
As always, if you'd like to recommend a book for me to read, or want to discuss something I've finished, comments await.
Sent from my Apple ][e
You can comment here or at the Dreamwidth crosspost. comments at Dreamwidth.
Float text: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can make me think I deserve it."
This is brilliant.
Two other points about the usual "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me": One is that it's an unreasonable standard. The vast majority of people are vulnerable to each other. And I'm not sure living with unshameable people would be an improvement.
This entry was posted at http://nancylebov.dreamwidth.org/100894
For your Friday enjoyment, a cute and funny video.
Have a great weekend!
If she can’t believe what she sees, can she believe what she feels? When photojournalist Stephie Stephanova visits Ugly Creek, Tennessee to help her best friend, Madison, she expects a boring visit. Then she snaps a photo of something she shouldn’t have seen–and falls for a man she definitely shouldn’t have.
The Ugly Truth available only in ebook from Amazon until August 16 when it will be available in electronic and paperback formats from all major book outlets.
- Current Location:front porch
- Current Mood:ready for the weekend
Ignatius finally ended up snoozing on my pillow this morning. He didn't settle on top of my head like he does to ealdthryth, but close enough. Unfortunately, his proximity made me realize that Ignatius needs a bath or something. He was kind of whiffy. ugh
Good luck with that
Better, But Still A Large Dose of Stupid
I guess a lot of people took the day off, because traffic was considerably lighter this morning. Alas, there were a handful of very impatient people following some rather oblivious slowpokes. I got cut off several times, so the horn got a bit of workout. One guy nearly clipped my bumper in his hurry to cut across three lanes of traffic and back so he could get to the head of the line in the left-hand lane. Too bad this occurred just past the State Trooper's line of sight....
ealdthryth keeps nagging me to find an alternate route to work, but the problem with all those alternate routes is they are much less efficient than my usual route. I would end up putting several more miles on the vehicle, go through multiple school zones, and I still have to get onto the Interstate to get to the office.
- Current Location:Cell with No View
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:Biotech
Anyhoo... I joined up with the appropriate debut group, OneFourKidLit, which, as the name kind of suggests is a group of Middle Grade and YA authors who have their first novel published in 2014.
If you know me, you'll know I can't leave anything well enough alone, so I volunteered to overhaul the group website, and the overhaul is now done (onefourkidlit.wordpress.com).
Anyhoo, part two... To celebrate this, we're doing a big giveaway of books for readers and, for aspiring authors, critiques of chapters of novels and queries.
Full details of the giveaways.
Click here to enter the giveaways via rafflecopter.
The giveaways are open until May 31st midnight EST.
Anyway, if you fancy spreading the word, I'd be embarrassingly grateful.
I’ve never been one for big cities. In some ways, I think of it as an extension of my introversion. Big cities = too many people, too much going on, and I get twitchy just thinking about it.
But I’ve watched my fellow authors do the occasional New York trip to visit with editors and agents, and it’s been strongly advised by a number of folks that I do the same, especially with the relative success of Libriomancer.
So when I received an invitation to moderate the Adult Book Bloggers Panel at Book Expo of America in New York, I was happy to say yes. I’m even happier now that I’ve been chatting with my panelists, including Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books — the woman responsible for making me do this — along with Mandi from Smexy Books and Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog.
My BEA schedule, excluding meetings and such, looks like so:
- 5/29, 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. — Book Blogging Panel.
- 5/31, 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Signing at the SFWA table.
- 6/1, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. — “Meet the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America,” with myself, Jeri Smith-Ready, and Leanna Renee Hieber.
I am both excited and a bit intimidated. I’ve been to NYC once in my life, helping a friend move, and that was more than a decade ago. On the other hand, I’ll be spending time with a lot of great people, and attending an event devoted to the awesomeness of books. How can you not love that?
So blogging will be light to nonexistent next week. This will be my first time at BEA, and my second time in NYC (the first was more than a decade ago, helping a friend move, and I didn’t see that much of the city). My plan is to try to have fun, hopefully collect some books, and shamelessly gawk at everything.
Wish me luck, and if you’re going to be at BEA, then I hope to see you there!
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don't plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.
In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because
If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.
Also, if you're coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.
Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
[ Google Maps ]
As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.
Donnie Reynolds (@dratz of Waterloo Productions) left yesterday. He was kind enough to finish cooking my momos Wednesday night when my feet gave out, but more importantly, interviewed me yesterday morning, then filmed the critique session for "Rock of Ages". It was good critique, a combination of solid criticism and some important story points, along with validation that the story was doing enough of what I wanted it to do.
My two regrets here at Rio Hondo are that my feet continue to be troublesome, and that my trailing sun sensitivity issues courtesy of my friend Vectibix have not only prevented me from hiking (which given the state of my feet is probably a bad idea anyway) but even from going outdoors at all. I continue to wrestle with the emotional fallout from the recent diagnosis, but being here at the world's greatest Writer Camp is allowing me to parse it in small bits while immensely enjoying my days.
Oddly, I'm not getting much writing or WRPA done. This done not bother me. I am on vacation, after all. I'm spending hours each day immersed in manuscripts and critique, and hours more in fascinating conversations about everything from Age of Sail combat to social media personae for authors. Not to mention publishing gossip, convention horror stories, plotting sessions and all the other things writers get to talking about when you cram us alone together in a few small rooms for a week.
Meanwhile, a few more photos of the faces of Rio Hondo:
The marmot what hangs out in the lower parking lot — I did not have my 300mm lens on the camera body at the time, unfortunately
Donnie Reynolds prepping the critique shoot
David Levine, of whom I finally got several good shots
Rick Wilbur pretending he doesn't notice the camera
Kim Zimring, reading
Daniel Abraham, reading
Diana Rowland and her Girl Power t-shirt
Jim Kelly going for the high angle shot
Oz Drummond, thoughtful
The entire Rio Hondo crew, thanks to Donnie Reynolds piloting the camera
Photos © 2013 Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Donnie Reynolds
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Donnie Reynolds is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Berries, Washington state. Photo © 2008, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Acoustic Levitation — This is seriously cool. (Via
Marketing to the Big Data Inside Us — In your DNA are clues to your health, your ancestry, and maybe even your purchasing preferences.
A molecular window on itch — Researchers discover chemical puppet master behind the need to scratch.
An Interplanetary GPS Using Pulsar Signals — Spacecraft could determine their position anywhere in the solar system to within five kilometres using signals from x-ray pulsars, say astronomers.
New Technique Could Probe Rocky Alien Planet Surfaces
Scientists: Arctic bacteria discovered on Earth may prove life could thrive on Mars
Glow-in-the-dark cockroach among top 10 new species of 2012
White tiger's coat down to one change in a gene
Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies
The Iraq War Wasn’t Inevitable — Nope. It was a trillion dollar war of choice based on knowingly false premises brought to you by leading conservatives. I wish more Republican voters understood those simple facts. But they watch FOX News and listen to Rush Limbaugh, so they never will.
C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift — Hmm...
Ignorance loves company: Four examples — Ignorance loves company. The truly stupid resent those who are not and won’t be satisfied until they’ve burned all the books, torn down the libraries, closed the universities, and made it impossible for anyone else not to share their own proud ignorance. Who could he be talking about? What segment of American culture and politics? I really cannot imagine, can you?
How Van Halen explains Obamacare, salmon regulation and scientific grants — This is why it's important to do nuance. Too bad Republicans have elected political vandals who proudly don't do nuance to dominate the House and derail the Senate. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Toomey's candor sheds light on post-policy party — "There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it." Speaking of the GOP as political vandals. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
President Obama and Counter-Terrorism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
QotD?: How was your dinner last night?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA editing, otherwise on workshop time)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: The Wee, Free Men by Terry Pratchett
*laughs* To my delight, the artist for the Dublin Laydeez Do Comics drew the aftermath of the cookies I made:
I like how the plate says “gone!” :)
Apparently having an artist do the, er, meeting notes, is standard for the Laydeez Do around the world, which is pretty nifty.
(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
As luck would have it, though, the same mid-continent weather system that spawned the deadly tornado in Oklahoma City is now sending band after band of thunderstorms over the East Coast. Our mid-Thursday-evening flight to Kansas City was cancelled mid-Thursday morning, and we were automatically rescheduled onto a flight leaving Friday morning. But we can read the weather forecasts, and it looked (and still looks) like that flight won't be going anywhere either. In fact, it looked increasingly likely that we might not make it to Kansas City until Saturday.
It occurred to us, however, that while thunderstorms routinely ground passenger aircraft, automobiles can punch through thunderstorms just fine. New York to Kansas City would be rather a long drive...but New York to Cleveland, Ohio, on the other side of the weather system, is entirely manageable. With admirable alacrity, the ConQuest people rebooked us onto a noon-Friday flight out of Cleveland, and we grabbed a one-way car rental and set forth early Thursday afternoon.
For science-fictional good luck, and because it's at pretty much the right point in the drive, we got a motel room in Clarion, Pennsylvania, which is indeed the town where the famous SF writing workshop was originally held. Now it's 6:00 AM on Friday and we're about to check out and drive the rest of the way to Cleveland. Yesterday's drive across Pennsylvania was gorgeous, with ever-changing light conditions through the mountains and valleys, and only occasionally terrifying as the bands of heavy rain reduced visibility to near white-out conditions. (I should note that not only is TNH a very skillful driver, but also that her instruction in case she's pronounced clinically dead is that she be put behind the wheel of a car, since that's the single thing most likely to revive her.) So that's where we are--driving from New York to Cleveland in order to catch a flight to Kansas City. Hey, it's better than missing half the con.
Meanwhile, I see from Locus's Twitter feed that they've now posted, to their web site, some excerpts from their recent interview with us. Worth a look if you haven't got a copy of the magazine itself.