January 1st, 2009

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"I'll take That's Rather Painful for $200, Alex"

I'm sitting on the couch early this evening and I notice that my middle finger hurts, right at the tip next to the nail. There's also a blue mark under the nail that goes in about an inch.

Poking around at the front part of the nail that's not attached to skin, I notice that there's a small bump like there's gunk under my nail. "Hm", I say, "Looks like I got some gunk under my nail." I try to just scrape the gunk out with another finger but it won't move.

So I get some tweezers, grab the bump, and pull.

Oh. My. God.

Turns out the "gunk" was a thorn, about 1/3 of an inch long. How it got under my nail I don't know. It might not seem like much, but it felt like a steel spike as it came out from under my fingernail. My finger still hurts and is a bit throbby.

Ouch.
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lunchtime links for the New Year

Cleaning out some email and finding some links that might be fun to post.

- Giant Robots! A 22-foot tall styrofoam robot, and Honda's 49-foot tall Asimo for the Rose Bowl Parade (via DVICE). Cool.

- BBC's 100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year. Bears carrying ammunition, toaster banning, and sinking pears. Wild.

- Shakespeare Howls. Cocktail napkins celebrating booze and sexism. It's like "Mad Men", with Shakespeare providing the dialog.

- World Superhero Registry. Active, real-life superheroes. Sure, why not?

- NPR segment on the Wine People, the folks who do the "Tastings" column for Wall Street Journal. I heard this segment and it was entertaining and fun, also including some great wine recommendations.

- Trailer for movie "Chandni Chowk To China". This looks awesome!

- "Red Star, Winter Orbit", a story by William Gibson and Bruce Sterline (Wikipedia entry, story itself). For some reason, I had this story on my mind a while back so here it is.

- Stanford Engineering Everywhere. Introductory Engineering courses, online, for free! Time to learn some new things.

- Itzabitza, a very cute kids drawing-learning-engineering game. Meant to get this for Christmas, might just have to pick it up anyway.

- Article on LittleBigPlanet, a game that lets you make games. Looks pretty sweet.

- How Caramel Developed a Taste for Sale (from NY Times). Less about the specific combination and more about how cultural food trends develop.
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[writing] December 2008 Results

December Results
- 0 stories finished (plan was 2-3)
- 1 stories started (plan was 2)
- 1 stories revised (plan was 8)
- 3 stories were sent out for critique (plan was 2)
- 2 stories were critiqued (plan was 2)
- 3 critiques were done by me (plan was 8)
- 1 submissions were made
- 5 submission results, with four "no" and one SALE!
- 2721 new words written; 6255 words revision credit
- Race Points: 10 (plan was 20)

No bones about it, December was a terrible month. Almost three weeks of extreme job stress, until things were resolved to what turned out to be a happy ending. After that, it was holiday prep, holiday time, and post-holiday time. All of that entailing some recovery from stress and mild cold-like-sickness. In the whole month, only 12 days had writing occur during them.

But I knew it was happening, and I accepted it. I don't feel bad about what happened in December, it was life. In the end, there was output even if it was mostly in the last few days of the month. Now that the job situation has settled, I have energy and attention to put into writing.

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I'm going to skip the January Plans because I'm still figuring them out myself. What I do know is that I'll be doing A Thing A Week with a definition of "Thing" that might be new story, might be major revision, might be something else all together.
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[writing] 2008 Year End Summary

2008 Results
- 23 stories finished
- 27 stories started
- 51 story revisions (some stories revised multiple times)
- 22 stories were sent out for critique
- 34 stories were critiqued
- 45 critiques were done by me, plus 60+ reads at Lincoln City Workshop
- 73 submissions were made, 19 new stories went out
- 65 submission results, with sixty "no" and five SALES!
- 91844 new words written; 84421 words revision credit
- Race Points: maximum was 18, minimum was 1

Sure, 2008 ended rough. But overall I have to say it was a good year. It was my first year of pushing for 2 stories/month (and I almost made it), and my first year of being serious about submitting stories. Considering I did 9 submissions in 2007, the increase to 65 in 2008 is very good. I probably could have made 80 submissions if I hadn't completely stalled out in the last two months of the year.

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And That Was 2008. All in all, pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.

In upcoming posts will be the 2009 plans, and a "First Fifty, First Lines" listing since I hit 50 stories this year.

ETA: I actually finished *24* stories this year (and started 28). I miscounted. Cool!
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tweets for the day

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

  • 00:06 well, it's 2009! Let's see how good we can make this one! #
  • 01:09 watching "Repo Man" #
  • 11:34 watching bowl games while doing email and paper organization, wearing extremely comfy moccasin slippers, have minor cold-like-thing. #
  • 13:50 time for a shower, and then taking A to climbing club where I shall write while she climbs. After that, we go to see STOMP. #
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