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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Tew's Day! 
4th-Aug-2009 09:33 am
Happy birthday to mgrasso!

Yep, new wakeup time is 4am. On the dot. I can generally get back to sleep in an hour, for an hour or two, but interrupted sleep is bad for me. I do not know what to do about this, really.

I'm updating posts on blogforbarcc when people pay and send me their receipts, and I send their addresses to the artists.

Bunch of people haven't paid yet; they'll get a nudge maybe tomorrow. I nudged the winners of the last two items I have in my house this morning, because if they don't pay by Thursday, they won't get their items til September - I'm not packing auction items to bring to Florida.

If artists want to comment on their items' posts to say when the items went out, that would be cool, too.

I'll be there in less than a week. Swimming every day! Swimming is the #1 recommended exercise/therapy for fibro. Plus, I love it.

Need to start actively getting planning with people. I know my middle-and-some-of-high-school-friend Jeff is going to Burning Man, so I must see him earlier rather than later. I'm going to the Def Leppard/Poison concert with enderfem and maxymyllyn, and I'm going to Tampa to see haikujaguar and morenasangre, and there is felisdemens's birthday party; other than that, plans are fairly nebulous.

Definitely planning to get writing done; it is always easier for me to write away from home, where I'm not distracted by Adam and Elayna's sedimentary stacks of mess.

My biggest problem at the moment is just deciding what's next. I currently have three short stories, a novella, and two novels crowding my brain. Hell of a bottleneck.

Also a few poems - in pure idea form, though. They're not fully shaped. So they're not pushing to be born, like the rest.

I'll write that scene today that's been pounding against my brain since yesterday morning, at least. I like it, and it is quite vicious, and it gives Cicatrix more of a shape. Also, I found my protagonist's name... by listening to what the character this scene focuses on says about her. And the name is perfect, and lends itself ideally to the set of aliases that she takes on to move through the world.

Link Soup
* Strange Horizons fund drive.
* tablesaw illustrates why Warehouse 13 is Problematic: An Extraordinary Rendition of History; Items in Warehouse 13 that Don't Belong in "America's Attic".
* Oh, look, more Fail! Because apparently only white men write mind-blowing SF.
* Want to see how Middleman would've ended? Watch the tabl read of the final, unfilmed episode!

Daily Science
Astronomers are puzzled by a strange bright spot which has appeared in the clouds of Venus.

Decide what the hell I'm writing next and write some of it. Make a list of what I need to purchase, if anything, for my trip. asciikitty's coming over at 2 to drop off some clothes for Elayna.

I want to go to Diesel tonight, because it'll be the last time I'll get to see local friends til the End of Summer Party, but that'll depend entirely on whether I can get a ride - because I am not walking the almost-mile to the bus stop in 85-degree weather.
4th-Aug-2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
The premise of Warehouse 13 is pretty ugly, not to mention a case of (US) government worship. What we need is a story about people rescuing trapped history and setting it free.
4th-Aug-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I wanted to like Warehouse 13, but they spend a bit too much on the politics of it (CC Punder is definitely channeling Amanda Waller) and less time on the "weird stuff".

I also don't care for steampunk being used as mere window-dressing, but that's another rant.
4th-Aug-2009 02:38 pm (UTC) - *wry grin*
Nice comment on the SF fail.
4th-Aug-2009 03:38 pm (UTC) - With regards to the Venus thing...
"During the opposition of 1894 a great light was seen on the illuminated part of the disk, first at the Lick Observatory, then by Perrotin of Nice, and then by other observers. English readers heard of it first in the issue of Nature dated August 2. I am inclined to think that this blaze may have been the casting of the huge gun, in the vast pit sunk into their planet, from which their shots were fired at us. "
4th-Aug-2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I don't doubt that it is fail, but I had a funny thought about Warehouse 13. It sounds like a cross between "The X-Files" and "Antique Roadshow".

"Congratulations, folks! This spear from the Battle of Hastings grants victory in battle!"
*the owners' faces light up.*

"Sorry folks--I knowe that it's a spindle from your ancestor Betsy Ross, but it doesn't do anything."
*faces fall*

4th-Aug-2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
ok, i've had my share of frustrated conversations on the topic of feminism, but your link to the "mind-blowing SF" discussion left me scratching my head.

should every compiler of every anthology go out of their way to make sure that the stories in the anthology contain contributions from men, women, POC, etc.?

i'm not sure the answer is 'yes'. i read the discussion with a vaguely nauseated feeling of watching the neighbors fight and throw things at each other, and the even-more-vague feeling of "i'm really too old for this".

is it a good anthology? i don't know, no one mentioned the merits of the writing that *was* included.

was the editor trying to make a Statement, or did he have a theme that was more important than the identities and/or affiliations of the authors, or was it plain and simple Not Thinking About It that caused him to choose those stories and not others? Does that editor have a track record of putting out anthologies written by white men only?

none of these questions were answered in the discussion. instead, the participants decided to vent and throw furniture at the few people who put in a word edgewise to defend the editor.

what ever happened to innocent-until-proven-guilty and good old-fashioned civil debate?
6th-Aug-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
It's a matter of context - you're evaluating this anthology in a vacuum, and the commenters are evaluating it within the context of the ongoing issue at hand, which the editor is very well aware of.
5th-Aug-2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Swimming every day! Swimming is the #1 recommended exercise/therapy for fibro. Plus, I love it.

I'd love to read an entry just on your feelings about swimming. I miss swimming; I don't do it enough, considering how much I love it and how important it was to me growing up.

Mom says I swam dolphin/fish-like as a kid, insinuating through the water more than stroking. I'd also stay underwater long enough sometimes that other parents would start to worry and ask her if I was okay. She knew I was. I try to swim when traveling, too: it was how I'd end my days on my last cross-country trip in 1994 and my two weeks visiting Southern California in 1995. Wonderful way to cool off and burn energy at day's end.

Enjoy your swimming.
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