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Strangeness

June 25, 2010 in Daily Writing

Lisa sent me this under the subject header Almost a Darwin Award Winner. progress: My original thought was that I would do a couple short stories next, but instead I’m finding my mind wants to concentrate on a novel I’ve been thinking about for some time. So that’s what I’ve let myself do the past [...]

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Star Trek Bonus

June 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

My buddy and occasional collaborator John Bodin sent me this link and its associated two minutes of fun!

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Focus

June 24, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

I’ve been suffering a bit of a post-project malaise the past two days. I was so focused on getting these two books ready that my brain is having a hard time disconnecting. I admit the day job job is taking a lot of cycles, too. It’s a busy time all around. Focus, Ron. Focus. I [...]

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The B-52s, China, and Other Messing Around

June 21, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

I was pretty tired this morning, so I put the B-52s on my iTunes. I did this because it is impossible to be lethargic when the B-52s are playing. I mean, you have to be seriously dead in the head to listen to their music and not at least get a little toe-tapping going, right? [...]

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Radio Paradise

June 19, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

Pretty much all day Lisa and I have been listening to Radio Paradise, an internet radio station. This is not unusual for us, in fact I would say most of our Saturdays and Sundays provide for a serious amount of RP time. It’s a nice little, truly independent, listener-supported station with a really eclectic playlist. [...]

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Light Rewrite: Phase II

June 17, 2010 in Daily Writing

If you’re not interested in the meanderings of story creation, then today’s notes are probably not for you. Sorry about that. With that warning … I spent part of the past few day’s thinking about “Gene Splice” and the overall purpose of the story. I think it holds together pretty well, but for some reason [...]

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A Few Odds And Ends …

June 15, 2010 in Business,Other Writers

First, I’m totally diggin’ Vera Nazarian’s Dreams of the Compass Rose.  It’s a really smooth piece of writing that uses language as a spell in itself.  Her characters really breathe, and her stories sneak up on you with a vengeance.  Even better, she’s made it available for free in several e-formats.  No time like the [...]

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The Multitasking World

June 14, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

I admit to being very interested in studies about how the brain works, and how we make decisions. I think the question of how the internet is influencing us, and what long-term changes it will take is one of the more interesting questions of this moment in history (perhaps just a bit behind wondering how [...]

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By His Bootstraps

June 12, 2010 in Daily Writing,Science Fiction

Listened to Heinlein’s “By His Bootstraps” today from Radio Drama Revival. Very cool version, played by Richard Dreyfuss, among a few others. These are the kinds of things that actually make me excited to go to the Health Club–it cuts out a chunk of time where I don’t really have anything to do but listen [...]

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Picasso’s Cat Available for Pre-Order

June 11, 2010 in Business,Short Stories

Hey, it’s finally Friday evening! Weekends are the bestest. And this weekend has been made just that much better now because I see that Picasso’s Cat & Other Stories is now available for pre-order at The Merry Blacksmith Press. You can order via Paypal, or contact the publisher at orders@merryblacksmith.com. Being new to this marketing [...]

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Can I Handle the Pressure?

June 11, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

Share your first tweet with the world! Talk about some freaking pressure. Yes, I’ve decided to take the next plunge into this here modern world, and I’m looking at this screen with its little 140 character entry bar and its “What’s happening?” header, and I’m thinking this had better be good, you know? Cause you [...]

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Set Down This

June 9, 2010 in Daily Writing,Science Fiction

If you listen to stories on podcast, you should give twenty minutes or so to Lavie Tidhar’s Set Down This. It’s published on pseudopod, which is marketed as a horror-centric publication, but this is not your classic “horror” story, except, of course, in that it is excruciatingly horrific in its own not-quite-fictional way. Anyway. I [...]

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Ten Pages of Gobbledygook

June 7, 2010 in Daily Writing

So there I was, humming along in the “light rewrite” pass when I encountered ten pages of gobbledygook. Actually, I guess it’s better characterized as 5 pages of pretty good stuff, then 5 pages of recursive mess that says a lot of the same stuff all over again. Not quite true gobbledygook. But that’s just [...]

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Typosphere vs. Watermarks!

June 5, 2010 in Daily Writing,Life

So, we got back from our standard weekend workout program this morning. I made lunch and settled in for a round of deleting the waves of spam that comes to my blog comments. I was clicking them off by rote when I came across one of my favorites of all time. There among the various [...]

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Picasso’s Cat Update

June 4, 2010 in Business

I’m very happy to point out that the Merry Blacksmith Press has revealed the cover to my collection “Picasso’s Cat and Other Stories.” It’s looking like a late-June release. Stay tuned for more.

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Naturally…

June 3, 2010 in Daily Writing,Science Fiction

[regarding my last post] Of course, the next story I read in Astounding Stories of Super Science (gotta love that title) is full of tentacles, disintegration rays and other knee-slapping examples of scientific misuse of things like, oh, gravity. Not that it wasn’t fun for all that, though. Progress: 90+ pages through the light-pass. At [...]

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Golden SF

June 2, 2010 in Daily Writing,Science Fiction

When I first got my ebook reader I assumed I was going to spend most fo my early time with the thing by grabbing a few recent offerings and occasionally dropping one of my own manuscripts into it so I could review my work over the lunch hour. What I’ve really done is to dive [...]

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