January 26th, 2009

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tweets for the day

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

  • 14:38 @jay_lake if you didn't have a helpful friend then, I bet you have a helpful friend now! #
  • 14:45 @gregvaneekhout What are you, a hummingbird? #
  • 14:46 @gohickey You're assuming that we don't already know exactly what you're up to every minute of the day (www.watchgohickey.com) #
  • 14:47 did a pre-revision readthrough while A at vball and I just don't know what to think. #
  • 16:08 tonight is the night a bunch of stories go back out into the world. Because they need to! #
  • 17:49 errands completed, but the planned run went by the wayside... #
  • 18:10 @egriffith @quixhobbit Bliss will come. Hawaii does not allow for non-bliss, but seeks it out and removes it. #
  • 21:30 "practice management", aka finding places to submit stories and submitting them #
  • 21:40 Why does it seem like FireFox is so danged slow with some websites? Really puts a dent in the old anti-IE gumption. #
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a short post on the fog

I went from no fog, when I dropped E off at school (Sac County), to thick fog at the fitness center near work (Roseville). Visibility was about 150 yards at most and it was like driving into a wall when it first showed up.

By the time I left the fitness center for work it had thinned out, but wasn't gone yet. Even now there's not a lot of visibility. Pretty impressive. Winter's not done yet, thank goodness.
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TV Comment: LOST, season 5, episode 1&2

Season 5, Episode 1 & 2
"Because You Left" and "The Lie"

LOST is back!

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Summary: LOST is back, in all its LOST-y goodness. People are bouncing around from place to place, for every question that's answered another one is asked. But at its core it's still about character, and choices, and difficult times, and a deep mystery. So I'm in, for the run!
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signing up for Norwescon panels

I got to sign up for (ie, request) Norwescon 32 panels over the weekend, as part of my First Ever Con as an Attending Pro!

There were many, many interesting panels so it was a tough choice. I asked for a few on writing (emotion driven SF/F, sold my first story now what, the busy life, ideas, and the "hook" workshop), some on technology (robots and ancient computers, two of my interests), and a few on media (ie, LOST, Watchmen, and Heroes. What, no BSG?). I also signed up for a Viable Paradise panel being arranged by a fellow alum.

This will be in addition to doing several writing workshop sessions (both my manuscripts and others).

I also proposed the Science Fiction Spelling Bee (game) idea, but haven't sent the details so I don't know if that will happen or not.

I think Norwescon will be a very very busy con for me. Hopefully there will be some good BarCon in the evening to wind down. If you're going to Norwescon, come say hi! I'll be the frazzled guy in tie-dye and a kilt.
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[writing] Fear of Revision (episode 8,235,496)

I'm not sure if that's the *real* episode number, but it sure seems like it :-)

I sent in stories to the Norwescon Writers Workshop. I meant to revise them before sending them in, but the job craziness of November and December precluded that. I begged the workshop coordinator to allow me to send in a revision, and she kindly agreed. I want (need) to have the revisions in by the end of the month, and am starting in on them.

Or at least, trying to start in on them. I can read the story and find little "polishing" things to be fixed, ranging from poorly chosen words to excess description to "fake details" to notes to myself. But as for the story as a whole, I have no idea whether it works or not. I have this vague nagging feeling it doesn't work, but there's nothing I can point to in the story and say "there's the problem".

This is why I have a Fear of Revision. Because I don't feel like I can identify the larger aspects of my story as to why the story in the manuscript (which I'm usually not fond of) isn't the story in my head (which I usually like). All I can do is whip out my "technique/craft" things (real details, show don't tell, no distancing words, all five senses, etc, etc, etc) and apply those the best I can.

But there's still that strong sense of dis-satisfaction. I have a feeling it doesn't ever go away, too, based on what I hear/read the big pros say. You're never happy with a manuscript. You never have that objectivity to see its worth, whatever that worth is.

I'll just have to listen to the critiques at the workshop and see if anything rings true for me. And after that, revise again and hope I don't break the story in the process.

OK, on to it! ::forges ahead::