December 29th, 2008

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YuleTube: Jonathan Coulton

Given I've had Jonathan Coulton on the brain since purchasing the Everything package from his website earlier this week, this is an entirely appropriate YuleTube entry for today. Enjoy!

"Podsafe Christmas Song", as envisioned by spiffworld:

Coulton himself, singing "Christmas Is Interesting" live with the help of Paul and Storm:

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[writing] SALE! To Byzarium!

I mailed the contract today, so I can now announce that my short (flash) story "Cat, Owl, Cigarette" has sold to Byzarium! Byzarium is a neat online journal publishing fun, interesting stories from multiple genres. I'm very pleased to be a part of their magazine.

For you writers out there, Byzarium also runs a regular Flash Fiction (500 words or less) contest based on art by Kiriko Moth. For example, here's the winning story and art from a previous contest. If you like to write flash, check out Byzarium!

I've been in a bit of a writing slump recently, but this sale is a great pick-me-up and has helped recharge me for the coming year. Thanks to the Byzarium editors for purchasing my story!

Woohoo!! (Happy Writer Dance)
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[writing] For 2009, it's A Thing A Week

Following my desire to be consistent about the writing in 2009, and inspired by Jonathan Coulton's _Thing A Week_ albums, I hereby declare that for me 2009 will the year of "A Thing A Week".

Every week, I will produce something. A new story, a revised story, a poem or two, a convention attendance with notes, a scene of a play. But it will be something (or Some Thing) of substance. I'll announce the thing during Sunday and start execution on Monday.

I'm using the definition to allow me to be creative without being completely locked into specifically doing a new story every week. Especially since one of my 2009 goals is to get through the giant pile of desk stories and make a "Submit; Revise and Submit; or Just Shelve" decision on each of them (and that's about 30 stories sitting around).

So that's the resolution. There's also a theme, which is "Go Deeper". I need more depth in my characters as given in the manuscript so that they come off the page and the narrator sees through their head/eyes. That's my writing focus.

Finally, this week's Thing is a Christmas Story, titled "Nona, Back For Christmas." You know, reviving your dead grandmother for Christmas, and all that. Progress posted to thing_in_150.

And now, off to it. I have a Thing to do!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 07:59 "Aliens" did *not* give me bad dreams. That's good. #
  • 08:20 @AletheaKontis I hope you and Luke won! #
  • 08:20 getting ready for a walk to the store for cash and supplies, then maybe a run. #
  • 09:20 @quixhobbit @egriffith We'll leave any "parent blaming" to Eric's psychiatrist... #
  • 09:21 @jay_lake re: Zoli #charsketch. And there's something wrong with that?!?!? #
  • 09:25 20 chin-ups later (some assisted) and it's time for a run! #
  • 11:41 announcing a sale! ( #
  • 11:42 @MaryRobinette There's a fun puppet-based story at Byzarium you might enjoy: #
  • 12:41 getting all the Carmex out of the tube. I'm so addicted... #
  • 12:52 time to take 8-year-old A and her 5-year-old niece to Explorit in Davis ( #
  • 17:38 @JeremiahTolbert cat definition of "human working" != human definition of "human working". #
  • 17:39 @scalzi @thaumatrope @JeremiahTolbert Scalzi is making #futureJer posts and doesn't even know it (see "zombies" post) #
  • 17:40 getting Skype working on the Mac; seeing if I can direct connect ipod to car radio; looking for used (old) VW Beetles #
  • 17:42 @StoneTable @jdfreivald @kevinkenan Thanks! #
  • 17:44 @gregvaneekhout Follow the Hammett rule: When in doubt, send in a person with a gun #
  • 17:48 #charsketch "She was a bullet draped in satin. Sleek and shiny on the outside, cold steel and death underneath." #
  • 18:14 seeing if Twitter will now update my Facebook status #
  • 18:15 off to in-laws for Ethiopian food. Yum! #
  • 20:42 @MaryRobinette "Bridge to Captain Kowal" #
  • 20:43 The All Girl Cousin Rock Band is in the house again, for the final show before T and EV head back to Scruz #
  • 20:43 occasionally, Dad aka Uncle Jeff gets to guest on guitar. But they've got it all under control tonight #
  • 20:45 One highlight is when EV (who is 5) makes up her own words while singing. #
  • 21:35 rocking out is really quite tiring... #
  • 22:44 it's writing time! #
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