lessons from fiction

In the last several days, I've spent a lot of time writing and working on this new novel that seems to be capturing too much of my attention. It's a nifty story, definitely the best piece of fiction that I've written henceforth, despite all my worry, dread, and seemingly limitless self-doubt in relation to the project. Despite the gremlins on my shoulder saying "why aren't you working on short fiction; why aren't your characters having more sex; do you really think you can float such a disjointed/complex narrative; do you have a clue where this is going?…

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jaunty upgrade

So I've upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu, 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," and I thought I'd post some thoughts on the matter. On my desktop the upgrade (eg. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) was a bit touch and go, but I managed to save things (logging in running the old kernel into a root shell to fix the upgrade which mysteriously held back some packages it shouldn't have) and here I am. The laptop was easier to upgrade, and I suspect this has something to do with the blob video card drivers I'm using on the desktop.…

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Post Bar Camp Dirrections

As those of you who microblog may have noticed (or were there) I attended and went to a cool little bar camp last weekend. It was a small affair in Central Illinois (I also visited friends, which was amazing.) but there were some cool freelancers, and some folks from NCSA, and I think we all learned something from the encounter. Good times. Since I got back, however, I've had a serious case of the stupids.…

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Grasping For Straws

At the time of writing, I've been going through a rough spot in my (day-to-day) travels and have had some trouble focusing on writing things. I suspect it will pass, but as I've been going through my todo list and my brain for things to write about, in the mean time I've noted something of a pattern in the way that I lead in my blog posts. Even though I read something a few years ago that said, basically, the way to be successful at blogging is to write your posts like newspaper articles: strong lead, details to follow, everything but elaboration in the first paragraph.…

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happy mayday

Happy May Day Folks! Chances are when you're reading this I've already been to dance the sun up this year (so if the sun's up, you're welcome). In honor of this, I present to you a Morris Dance Video that I quite enjoy. Notice a few things: Mixed set. Looks great. All you nay sayers who think "Morris should be danced in single-sex teams?" Wrong. Morris need not be done to English tunes.…

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Lamenting Project Xanadu

I've been reading this is stevenf.com recently, and I have to say that it's among my favorite current blogs (by people I don't know). Geeky, but it doesn't revolve around code snippets, simple, and minimal but in all of the right ways. And a bunch of fun. Anyway he posted an article a while ago that got me thinking called, "it's my xanadu," go ahead read it and then come back.…

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reading trust

As I was reviewing the note I posted on my reading progress, realized that there was yet another piece of my effort to read more/better that I failed to cover there, but it's substantive enough to merit it's own post. The issue? Trust. I was having a conversation with H. the other day, about reading and how we often find texts difficult to read when it seems like other people have a much easier time reading.…

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