Look Up

Trailing Edge, the story that I'm writing (and that I posted the first part of on Monday to kick of Critical Futures) is at least nominally a space opera. [1] It's funny then, that after about a month of active writing on the project, I've begun writing the first part of the story that occurs in space. and I've written a respectable amount in this world so far. Now it'll be a while before this gets to CF, as I have a lot of stuff that I want to get to first, and I'm going to try and post a number of different stories.…

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Blog Fiction Resources

As I am, apparently, entering into a new blogging niche, I've been trying to get the word out about Critical Futures and looking around at the field. Here's a link dump with what I've found, if you're interested. Space Haggis - Great name and it has an interactive element which I think is really clever, though it's not my piece of cake, I can totally see why this project is so popular.…

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A Find

There's a Catholic church not very far from our house, that has a very good rummage sale every year. Actually there are, I think at least three Catholic churches that are closer, but thats a geographical quirk, and is neither here nor there. So, of course, we went. We have the theory, that for the best rummage sale experience, go to rummage sales in neighborhoods where the mean household income is greater than your household income.…

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Good Music

I don't tend to write a lot about the music that I listen to/participate in, I have sort of obscure tastes by contemporary standards, and have been known to go on somewhat eccentrically. In any case, I wanted to write briefly about two different kinds of "good music:" the great song, and the "desert island album." Great songs are songs that I love to listen to on endless repeat. I've spent, literally days listening to a single song, they're songs that I know most of the lyrics to (though interestingly the songs I like to sing with other people aren't always the same "great songs.…

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Return to Knitting

My past several posts about knitting and fiber arts have all been along the lines of "I haven't been knitting much and I'd like to more," but this post reports some success. I've been working on things. I don't yet really have a niche in my life for knitting, still--before, there were things that I always knit during, and now I either don't do those things, or have gotten out of the habit of knitting during them--but I spun and knit a lot this past weekend: and I got other things done as well.…

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Ira Glass on Creativity

Via: 43Folders and Mur So this video popped up a couple of times in my news reader today, and I think it's good enough to repost with some additional comments. It's a video with Ira Glass talking about how creative people who are getting started doing something now need to give themselves permission to make crap and that the most important thing is to keep doing it, because the only way to learn is to make a lot of crap.…

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Thomas Disch

I only learned early this morning that Tom Disch had killed himself July 4 in his New York City apartment.... Suicide is always, I think, something of a mystery. Even when someone is in poor health, in bereavement, feeling isolated, we still say Why? How could he end his life, be so sure that nothing would improve? Things always change over time. Tom was only 68. I don't know the answers to those questions for Tom Disch.…

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