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28 January 2009 @ 01:16 pm
See, the crap that's been going on around here is the reason I'm afraid to express myself openly on the Internets. 
 
 
 
hm
21 January 2009 @ 02:10 pm
A logician is used to arranging delimiters as befits the order they represent.  Likewise a software engineer.  Quote marks enclose the quoted text.  A comma separates the quote-mark-enclosed quoted text from other elements of the statement.  
 
So I, when composing in written English, have great difficulty tucking a comma just inside the ending quote mark.  
 
 
 
hm
19 November 2008 @ 03:17 pm
O, Fate, please tell me it was part of Your plan to leave me fallow so long.  I faithfully await my return to Your service.  O, and could You stop being such a Bitch?  Seriously.
 
 
 
hm
18 November 2008 @ 02:46 pm
For the first time in months, my slush count is greater than zero.  Am celebrating with a cup of good tea. 
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hm
13 October 2008 @ 02:25 pm
Every writer, every once in a while, must stop, take a good look around, and ask him- or herself, "Why am I in the kitchen?" 
 
 
 
hm
23 September 2008 @ 04:04 pm
You can't write plausible near-future sci-fi any more.  The writing and publishing process are so slow, and the pace of technology so fast, that any idea a writer can come up with is more likely to be old news than futurism by the time it sees print.

Of course, while I was typing that, I'll bet a new technology development occurred which will change all that.

Oh, crap!  That means I'd better go find it, and learn how to use it!

Oh, crap!  By the time I do that, it'll have been replaced!  I'd better intuit its most likely third- or fourth-generation successor, guess how it will work, and start practicing with that now in hopes that during the first few instants after it becomes feasible, I'm already an expert at it.

Oh, crap!  That'll put me behind the curve, won't it?  I'd better figure out what will be the next thing after the fifth-generation successor becomes passe, and use that, before it exists, to figure out what will follow it.

Aaiigh!  It took me too long to type that! 

 
 
 
hm
23 September 2008 @ 12:38 pm
Randall Munroe, the author of xkcd, apparently sick of financial news, put up a goofy short story on his blog.  An excerpt: 

"Bernanke, trying not to slip in the patches of blood on the floor, struggled with Greenspan. The older man moved like a snake that moved like a former Fed Chairman who moved like a ninja. At last, Bernanke got a solid grip on Greenspan’s collar and hurled him through the fourth wall, knocking you to the ground." 

I'm still wheezing.  $%#& hilarious. 

Can't wait for the novel. 

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hm
11 September 2008 @ 04:21 pm
No document can contain the tortured writhings of a human soul.  Writers are all trying desperately to do that, but what of it?  Can any of them succeed?  Does the degree to which they succeed determine their level of skill?  Even if one could encode it, could anyone receive it? 
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hm
27 August 2008 @ 12:09 pm
The one thing that gives me the most hope right now is that I am actually in compliance with Yog's first imperative:  Write Every Day.  I do.  I write every day.  Every morning I start a new datestamped scratch document in Google Docs, and periodically throughout the day, through whatever browser is handy, I squeeze my head out onto the page.  And stuff comes out.  Reams and reams of stuff. 

It's the screaming poetry of madness, mostly.  So I'm not sure what to do with it. 

Sometimes I post bits of it here or on Salt Trick

Other than that, nobody but me reads it. 

But I write every day. 
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hm
25 August 2008 @ 01:30 pm
Delerium Archives are different stuff than recent Delerium.  I like 'em both, but they're for different things.  
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