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From those wacky guys at About.com’s Men’s Health Section: Why do we have fingerprints?
‘Cause, you know, women don’t have fingerprints.

Grown-ups turning to teen books is interesting enough on its own, but I don’t understand why they mention science fiction in the first sentence and then never again.  They mention fantasy examples.   They do realize there is a difference between the two, right?  Right?

This is why I keep an online journal, not a blog.

And lastly, ‘Challenged’ books drops to all-time low.  Good to know.


1000 words done thus far.  I’m going to go do the dishes and ponder the conversation between Ricard and Marie that I haven’t finished yet.

Looks good for disc tonight.  I didn’t get out Sunday due to *cough* buying EverQuest Titanium.

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Updated my webpages this evening.

Via Booksquare: Interesting article on Copyright Economy: or Just whose idea is it anyway?

My desktop has been decked out in astronomy lately so HubbleSites Wallpapers are right up my alley. (via SF Signal)

20 Worst Agents List, Updated!

Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest today since we’re in a swashbuckling mood. It was alright. Not the greatest I’ve seen and certainly not the worst.

I like that they picked up with consequences from the first movie, especially bringing Norrington back. And yay undead monkey!

The line- writing wasn’t quite as good though, and some of the jokes felt flat. Still can’t believe parents were bringing little kids to see it. It’s not exactly a light-hearted Disney flick.

Dreamt last night of walking in dream-Lincoln.  I started out in the area where dream-Kleins is and the pharmacy and the liquor store.  I went into the liquor store, but couldn’t see well enough to buy anything.  I was going to walk to dream-A Novel Idea, but night was falling and I needed to get back to the dorms.  I had an amazing feeling of multiple possibilities laid out before me.  And then I realized it was a dream.

Going to take more time off from Divine Fire while we regroup our poop.  I plan on giving the apartment a good cleaning this week, and do some smaller writings and practices.

We’re Killing Science Fiction!  But it Ain’t Dead Yet

On the subject of being a science nitpicker: 
I’ll suffer a lot.  I try to think of fuzzy bunnies when writers (or the actors speaking their words) talk of science.  People reporting science news often get it slightly (very) wrong, and I often get it slightly (very) wrong too.  Hell, I winced my way through this week’s Dr. Who because I know half the things they were going on about with the black hole are totally wrong.  But hey, we don’t know everything about black holes just yet…

What totally bugs me is when a piece of serious science fiction gets something absolutely wrong, and the story could have been better and stronger if the writer would have gotten it right.  In serious science fiction, I expect that the writer has done the homework.

I can’t speak to other nitpickery, because I ain’t them.


In other places: Promotional Intelligence & The Culture of Impatience

I can’t agree with Daniel Green about Big Publishers not having anything to offer over Small Press.  How about initial print run?  Or are small presses spiffier than I think they are?

But I can get behind slowing down the culture of impatience.  I never do read books the year they’re published.  And here I just thought I was slow…


All this brought to you today by the number 6 and SF Signal.

U. Florida cops ask fiction writer for fingerprints, DNA  is going around.  Thanks, sailormur for pointing that one out.  Kinda makes me want to call for a “blog a fictional violent crime” day.

And Barbara Bauer is back with more publishing drama.  For those of you who weren’t following along, Ms. Bauer is on this list:

The 20 Worst Literary Agencies

  • The Abacus Group Literary Agency
  • Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to “book doctor” Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
  • Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
  • Benedict Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
  • Sherwood Broome, Inc.
  • Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)
  • Desert Rose Literary Agency
  • Arthur Fleming Associates
  • Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)
  • Brock Gannon Literary Agency
  • Harris Literary Agency
  • The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:
    -Children’s Literary Agency
    -Christian Literary Agency
    -New York Literary Agency
    -Poets Literary Agency
    -The Screenplay Agency
    -Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency, formerly Sydra-Techniques)
    -Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)
  • Martin-McLean Literary Associates
  • Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.
  • B.K. Nelson, Inc.
  • The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)
  • Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency, Simply Nonfiction, and Michele Glance Rooney Literary Agency)
  • Southeast Literary Agency
  • Mark Sullivan Associates
  • West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)
I wasn’t going to post this list before, but hey, if we’re going to lose internet resourses due to the drama, I might actually want it for reference in the future.

Okay, off to work for me…

Okay, I just find this neat.  ‘Course, show me the chemistry and I think it’s neat.  Make me do the chemistry and I’ll think something far darker.

And to make it a bit of a UNL day:  The Golden Age of the Science Fiction Reader over at the Bison Press blog. (via SF Signal)

Turned on the AC, doing laundry, popped a couple ibuprofen since my hands are just terrible today.  I should get a bunch of work done and then read for a while.  In a nice bath.  I’m all about the baths lately.