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A thousand words today on the werewolf story. (Did I mention I'm
working on a werewolf story?)
A sale! "Galactic Stress" to prof_brotherton for
Diamonds in the Sky, an online anthology of stories demonstrating
astronomy concepts. It's not the most literary story I've ever
written, but I hope it helps some students understand just how
freaking big the galaxy is. Thanks again to elisem for
An email from Wordstock,
"Portland's Annual Festival of the Book," acknowledging that I will
be a speaker this year. According to the Oregonian, this
year's festival will have a focus on popular genres such as SF,
mystery, and graphic novels.
A Google search reveals that "Titanium Mike Saves the Day" has been
translated into Czech, in the
issue of the Czech edition of F&SF.
We attended a delightful Al Stewart concert, which
Kate has blogged
I attended a workshop (well, it was more of a talk with extensive
Q & A, but still worthwhile) with monologist Mike Daisey. He
had some interesting things to say about how and why he does what
he does, and some of it was applicable to writing, especially the
four questions he asks himself when he's creating a new show: Is
it essential? (Does it cut to the essence of what you mean to say?)
Is it disruptive? (Does it shake up the status quo?) Is it
cathartic? (Does it take the audience to a place they could not
have reached on their own?) Is it broken? (Art should be
broken; if you polish off the rough edges it is no longer compelling.
Don't be a good student.) We also talked a bit about Nikola Tesla,
and I went to the library after the workshop and checked out a book
on Tesla. I feel a Tesla story trying to sneak up on me, but it
will have to wait... after I'm done with the werewolf story I must
must must edit novel #2 and get it out the door.
I've been reading an old Pogo collection. When I was a kid
I hated it, but I know a lot of Pogo fans, so I thought I'd give
it another try. Turns out I just wasn't sophisticated enough for
it. It's sharp, witty, topical, and yet humane, with a keen ear
for dialog, and just tons of fun to read. I'd thought it was a
surreal strip like Krazy Kat, but apart from the boat (whose
name changes from panel to panel) it's extremely linear; even the
little bugs and worms in the background have their own consistent
stories (and some great little side gags) from panel to panel.
And one bit of bad news for balance: the lenses of my glasses were
getting kind of scratched up, so I had new ones made (covered by
the warranty on the anti-scratch coating) and I just got them today.
Unfortunately I think there is something wrong with the left one:
an area of distortion and bad focus like a tiny black hole just a
little below and to the left of center. I hope they haven't sent
the old lenses back yet.