On Binge Writing

I have a tendency toward binge writing, it's true. Also, as a "professional writer," (of sorts, saying that still makes me giggle) I write a lot. Even on days when I'm feeling pretty lackluster, I probably write a total of 2,500 to 3,000 words a day, and on days when I'm feeling better I suspect the total gets closer to 5,000. It's not all productive work, always, and it's certainly not all fiction words, [1] but one of my guiding philosophies as a writer is to "keep words flowing.…

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Input Fetishes and Tool Quality

Wow, that's a title for a much more interesting post than the one I'm planning to write. Sorry folks. This post is more about the devices and technology that we use to get information out of our heads and onto paper or into computers. Last week, I was reading the Internet as I'm wont to do, and I was delving into an area that I think of as the "ubergeek" section.…

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Standards of Living

I think of this article about productivity and standards of living in the same train of thought that my best of post, even though I certainly didn't write it myself. The basic idea is that given our current levels of productivity we could have a 1948 standard of living by working only half of what we work now. The comparison between productivity and standards of living is, I think an interesting and useful way to think about work, and creative output.…

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Best of tychoish Posts

So I've wanted to put together a "best of" roll call of my posts here in the last couple of weeks/months. I write a lot of stuff for tychoish.com, tens of thousands of words a year, and while I enjoy the practice and what I write often helps me pull together ideas and thoughts in a way that I don't really get to do in any other form, most of the posts are ephemeral even for me.…

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Materialist SF

I was talking about the recent events in the US "economy" and my latest fiction writing project the other day, and while the connection between the two seemed more direct in the moment and doesn't bear repeating I found that I uttered the following statement: "You know, there isn't a lot of materialist space opera/science fiction out there." And as soon as I had spoken the words, I knew that I had to be wrong.…

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novel progress

I've not been writing very much or very regularly in the new year, unfortunately. I've had a lot of obligations at work, and I went to visit my grandmother last weekend, which took a lot of time (both whilst there, but also in preparation). And lets not talk about Critical Futures, which is a full length post onto itself at this point. In any case, I've been doing some work on the new novel, which I have managed to put the finishing touches on the first third.…

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GNU Screen

This is a "isn't this really old piece of software pretty darn cool," kind of a post. GNU Screen is a terminal multiplexer, that dates probably from the eighties or there abouts, and it provides a sort of text-based windowing environment inside of a command line. Sort of. Before I started using it, I read statements like that and had no clue what Screen really did. I think a brief (and basic) overview of how screen works might be worth something.…

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