Working on bringing my web presence under the Entangled Continua umbrella, including my Live Journal here. In addition to that, I’ve been dealing with a couple days worth of migraines, caused by a combination of weather, hormones, and over-caffeination. On the subject of migraine auras I found the Migraine Aura Foundation. While I haven’t read enough to decide if any science on the site is valid, they have some interesting aura art and animations. This one is particularly familiar to me, except mine is slower (this is probably sped up for effect) and eventually bursts open and sort of slides to the edge of my vision.

Via Victoria Strauss:
The truth about writers – Los Angeles Times:

Recently, I timed myself during a typical four-hour “writing” session, in order to determine how many minutes I spend writing. The answer: 33. That’s how long it took to type four pages of narrative and dialogue for my novel-in-progress, much of which will eventually end up discarded.

Cringe-worthy truth.

Other links:
Is Unconscious Plagiarism a Real Phenomenon? | Newsweek Health | Newsweek.com
It Ain’t Easy Being a Pit Bull Owner: Scientific American
Book Review – ‘Free – The Future of a Radical Price,’ by Chris Anderson – Review – NYTimes.com

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  1. pageeater

    Interesting about plagiarism. Recently I had trouble with a writer friend. I had shared the synopsis of the scifi novel I’m formulating, and six months later she mentioned a scifi short story that “came to me in my sleep,” she said. It was my hope-to-finish novel – and when I told her this, she got very upset with me. We haven’t talked since. I learned a hard lesson. And yes, still working on it. Is she? I can’t let than concern me.

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    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I’m glad you’re still working on it. It’s your idea and you should be running with it, regardless. On an idea level, chances are that two works, even based on the same framework, would be vastly different in the end.

      It does make me wonder though. Between my RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, and LiveJournal, how many ideas do I cross everyday? How vigilant can a writer be? Sometimes, I read a character name in my WIP and wonder if it’s too familiar because it came from me or because I lifted it from somewhere…

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      1. pageeater

        Well you know the old saying – we all grab from Shakespeare and he grabbed from the Greeks.

        I had a speculative novel going, all set around Transition. Then a spec-comic novel came out, coining the word in the exact same context. So now I feel as if I have to find a whole new word – but nothing works as well. I had trans-ed and trans clinics… on and on ad nauseum. That was and is the hardest hit I’ve personally taken.

        And another thing – with the advent of work processing, there’s a lot of us writing. How could we not step on each other’s toes here and there?

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