Dec. 9th, 2013 | 05:24 pm
music: "Overture"--The Who
posted by: matthewsrotundo
Notched another 2300 words on the Apocalypse Pictures Presents rewrite—or, to put it in Magic Meter terms:
That’s not very much, frankly. Establishing a good rhythm has been challenging. Maybe I need a metronome.
On the plus side, recasting chapter 3 in a different POV went pretty well. So there’s that.
Snippet? Sure, if you insist:
“Say that again,” he said.
He gestured impatiently, his hand fluttering. “What you just said. What was it?”
“I said, there might not even be a Manhattan anymore.”
He dug in his pocket, produced a pencil. He flipped to the end of the notebook and began scribbling in the dark. She watched, baffled, wondering how he could ever hope to read it later, given how fast he was writing.
“Give me a minute.”
He’d gone rigid, except for the scribbling hand, as if someone had hit him with a jolt from a car battery. He scrawled for a full minute without stopping, filling a page.
Finally, he paused, noticed Susan watching him, her mouth slightly open. She didn’t know whether to be amazed or concerned.
“Manhattan,” he said. “That’s the answer.”
No updates for Write Club.
Here’s hoping for better days ahead.
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 12:00 pm
posted by: shadowhelm
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 12:18 pm
posted by: reudaly
This week’s pen review goes back to Pentel and another version of the Ener-Gel. This one is a 0.7mm retractable in Green Ink that I picked up as an “impulse” buy at the checkout at Staples. And the green ink because it’s Christmas…
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this pen, I’ve mentioned my tendency for retractables on the work desk. This is one. This one is also part of the Recycology line – so, about 80% recycled materials go into making this pen. It’s a good size – 5.75″ retracted, and 6″ with the point out. The diameter is wide enough to be comfortable, but not overly wide and has some ergonomic cushioned on the barrel.
The barrel and ink are a solid emerald green – not apple or light. It’s a nice, dark, bold green ink. The Ener-Gel ink is a does dry quickly, but it is a gel based ink, so there’s a drying factor on slicker paper. The 0.7mm metal tip gives a decent line – it’s not as fine as I typically love, but it’s not broad and gloppy. It’s easily legible and quick drying. The barrel matches the ink, and has enough transparency to see ink level. It’s also refillable.
1. How does it work? – 0.5 It’s decent. No frills. The ink is bold and the roller smooth. There can be some smearing, but it’s liquid ink. It happens, especially on slick paper. It does dry quickly, but needs drying time.
2. Grip and feel – 1 – It’s an inexpensive, plastic, no frills pen. It has a grip that’s pretty comfortable. The length and balance are good.
3. Material – 1 It’s recycled plastic, but it has a good mechanism and good ink. If you’re ecology conscious or just want to help keep plastic out of landfills, this is a good thing.
4. Overall Design – 1 -It’s a basic retractable liquid gel ink pen. It’s refillable or disposable. It is what it is.
5. Price Point – 1 – I got this at the Staples checkout for $1. It lists on the Pentel site for almost $2. You might be able to get this one singly but probably more in a multi-pack, but still, it’s a decent price.
4.5 out of 5 Bronze Pencils
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 08:20 am
posted by: j_cheney
Now this doesn't apply to all writers, but I suspect there are a lot of us who feel this way.
For me, I'm highly conscious that a lot of people wouldn't enjoy my writing. In addition, in real life, most people I know have no clue what I write. Most RL people I know don't read much. That's OK, but when they ask what my book's about, I know I'll just sound insane to them...and they really don't care. They're making conversation.
It's easier if you're talking to a selected audience, like a convention audience or on a blog. Those people -do- generally understand what we're talking about. A lot of them are writers themselves.
But we still deal with the 'they might not be interested in what I do.'
Then there's the second part of this....when someone asks you that, they usually want a short description. Now remember, novelists write things that are likely 80K+. Giving a 140 word description is pretty hard for us. It's NOT our milieu. (No matter how many times we're told to prepare an elevator pitch.)
So when someone asks about what I write, I'm both self conscious and aware that if I give my book a real description, I'll probably yack their socks off.
(Other writers don't have this problem. I was at a convention recently where a guy in the audience managed to describe -his- short story in detail every time he asked a panel a question. I simply don't have that sort of chutzpah.)
So here's my pitch: In an alternate 1902 Portugal, a sereia must join forces with a police consultant to stop a killer seeking to change the very fabric of history itself.
That's the best I've got.
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 07:02 am
posted by: kthanna
I know. It’s already December 9th and this is my first post. I think everyone gets a free pass in December. The month is so hectic even it doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.
Now my fantastic excuse is out of the way – my month has been very hectic. Not that it’s surprising. But what with the Christmas Tree, a precariously standing by herself little one, edits and a whopping new plotbunny that won’t leave me the hell alone – I think I’m slowly losing my mind.
So far, my little goal list isn’t looking too rosy
- Edit L – I have started this. Not sure if I’ll finish it December at this rate, but it’ll be ready early January.
- Finish Christmas shopping – soooo close to finishing this
Organize Baby’s Christmas– DONE
- Get Jan 2014 WM sign up done – Doing this this week.
- CP stuff – always an in progress
Brainstorm AI’s new formChanging this to brainstorming D. Because D snuck up and hit me in the back of the head.
- Set up at least 3 process posts in advance – yeeeeeaaaahhhh about that
- BABEH! – well always
So it’s not looking too terrible.
I think I’m looking forward to 2014. Maybe I can find a better rhythm then. 2013 has been all sorts of disorganized for me. I’m almost dreading taking a look at my new years resolutions from January because I don’t think I got even half of them done haha.
This plotbunny that’s trying to eat my brain alive isn’t exactly new, but the twist it’s taken is. And it won’t let me go. I’m researching it, and thinking about it constantly. I love it, and yet, I keep wondering if it’s going to work in the setting I’m planning to write it… Still not so sure about that. All needs to be plausible you see Oh well, we’ll see how I go once I start outlining BWAH HAH HAH!
Let’s not talk about the cold. I’m not a cold person and this weather is putting me in a decidedly I-miss-my-sunny-home-town-Christmas mood.
Hope you’re all having a fantastic December so far and that it only gets better.
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 06:04 am
posted by: jaylake
Wish her well, here, or on her blog, or on her Facebook.
I plan to do so in person tonight. :)
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 06:01 am
posted by: jaylake
A friend who has been out of town all this past week is meeting me for breakfast, then taking me to the airport. American Airlines yesterday cancelled my flight this morning. Getting rebooked involved spending over an hour on hold with the Aadvantage Platinum desk (apparently hold times for the main desk were running closer to twenty-four hours). I am dubious of my new connection through Chicago O'Hare, mostly because of ORD's chronic problems with delivering timely wheelchair transfers. Basically, in my experience they are incapable of doing so at that airport.
None of that matters so long as I get home tonight. Today is Lisa Costello's birthday, the last one I will likely ever be alive for, and I'd like to see here thereupon, and I have two oncology appointments tomorrow. So, yeah, this terminal cancer patient really needs to get home today.
Even so, my weather karma has brought not only deeply subfreezing temperatures and inches of snow to Omaha, it appears to be doing the same to Portland today. Unseasonable here in Nebraska, almost unheard of their in our part of Oregon.
And I'll have the long trip home to think about how I feel about having been here one last time.
Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 05:53 am
posted by: jaylake
Lord Vader, your Pullman car is ready. At the Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA.
Photo © 2012, 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.
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 05:52 am
posted by: jaylake
The “Copenhagen left” — A bicycle maneuver I have used without ever knowing it had a name. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Heyday app is the anti-Facebook for the iPhone
Mercier 1937 Moto Chenille 350cc 1 cyl ohv — Wow is that weird. (Via
Researchers discover massive freshwater reserves beneath the oceans — This could be very important.
Okla. Satanists seek monument by Statehouse steps — This in response to a Ten Commandments monument. Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, said if state officials allow one type of religious expression, they must allow alternative forms of expression, although he said a better solution might be to allow none at all on state property. Hahaha. I’m tempted to donate money to this effort.
Dreaming of a Whiiiiite Christmas — Appropriate sarcasm about the Right’s deeply stupid “war on Christmas” meme from Scrivener’s Error.
GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American voters — Asian Americans, a rapidly growing part of the electorate, have shifted solidly behind Democrats – and Republicans face a tough fight to win them over. Confidential to GOP in America: You can’t do this and cling to your Angry White Guy strategy at the same time. At some point, you’ll need to go into rehab to get over that Angry White Guy addiction.
Newt Gingrich to Conservatives: 'What Would You Have Done?' — Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the most vile figures in American politics, the man who bears the most personal responsibility for the modern trend of conservative hyperpartisan nihilism, actually gets something right. In this case, on Mandela.
When does lying about Obamacare become immoral and evil? — Whenever any Republican anywhere opens their mouth about healthcare. But that’s just the conservative way. Bearing false witness against liberals and their causes makes smug Republican Jesus smile. Next question?
David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show' — The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. (Via
?otD: How are your travel plans?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
Dec. 9th, 2013 | 12:07 am
posted by: eugie
- On-call doctor allowed ONE Tylenol to see if fever was stupid human suit vs emergency room. Temp dropping. Feeling better #CopingWithCancer 20:16:28, 2013-12-06
- Why do I always spike fevers on the weekend after all my doctors go home? 100.5F. Waiting for the on-call doctor now. #CopingWithCancer 19:01:11, 2013-12-06
- RT @TungstenHippo: There is folly and danger in impulsive words. Once released, they cannot be unspoken; the gods listen. @eugiefoster, htt… 11:10:25, 2013-12-06
- [Blog] Hello, Peripheral Neuropathy http://t.co/oIa8GICS08 via @eugiefoster 11:46:00, 2013-12-05
- RT @nonteentitan: Just finished #RMSF by @eugiefoster , excited to grab this for LIRR commute later today http://t.co/736YvN1pWq 11:14:26, 2013-12-05
- Received today: my contrib. copy of anthology The Book of Apex: Volume 4, and it is gorgeous. http://t.co/l2cIJhULDw 11:07:21, 2013-12-04