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Posted on 2012.10.04 at 12:26
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TV writer Ken Levine (M*A*S*H, Cheers) wrote the opening of a sitcom where Superman is adopted by a Jewish couple instead of the Kents. Then the next day he broke down his decisions, showing how the plot was driven at each point, where he inserted jokes that moved the story or defined the characters, and where he gave nods to the Superman canon. Not only loads of fun, but educational as well.

New Story Posted: "Lacewing"

Posted on 2012.09.11 at 10:26
I've entered the Lascaux Flash competition with a story called "Lacewing". There are already 80 entries as I write this, so I suspect the competition will be fierce. I'd love comments on the story if you are into that sort of thing.

A runnin' around kind of day

Posted on 2012.09.01 at 19:20
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Let's see:

1) Woke up on time, not too early not too late. Felt rested, so there's a plus.

2) Katie and I ate the other roll of orange rolls left over from Thursday night's sleepover and brekkies. Realized 'roll of orange rolls' sounds redundant, but didn't want to confuse things by calling it a 'cylinder of orange biscuity pucks'.

3) Ferried K to Drill Team in the International District.

4) Drove up to Ballard to a superamazing estate sale the Tom Whitmore told me about. The house looks tiny, so I don't know how they managed to fit a bajiillion books in there, 49.5% of them on railroading and 49.5% of them on labor relations and 49.5% of them on musical composers. I bought an armload of books from the other .002%* including some Christmas gifts for (redacted) and a 1920s anthology of ghost stories. Considering how packed-to-the-gills the house was with books, it was croggling to hear the book dealers talk about the metric tons of books that were bought from there yesterday.

*if that doesn't add up to 100% I blame new math.

5) Went back to pick herself up from drill team. It turned out it wasn't a practice; they were actually performing today, and hadn't gotten started til I got there at the time I'd usually pick her up. It was a pleasant little amble around a couple of blocks, interrupted only when one of the girls passed out.

6) Lunched at Qdoba. We shared a chicken quesadilla. They have a prep area where they ask you what you want on your whatever, and I kept answering before noticing it was the burrito of the guy after us. Hope he liked it.

7) We went to the Westlake bus tunnel to see about getting K an age-appropriate bus pass, but the office was only open on weekdays. Drat.

8) Katie shopped Nordstroms Rack, which was right next to the bus tunnel. I think she spent all of 3.4 minutes there before saying she was done. Sometimes she's a shopper; sometimes she ain't.

9) Since we were near the Pike Place Market, we wandered around there for awhile. They didn't have the dried mango K likes, and the bookstore didn't have anything I wanted, so we satisfied ourselves with a couple flats of strawberries.

10) and then home...

America's Infrastructure

Posted on 2012.08.30 at 11:24
Yes, we are in bad shape. Nothing better than a 'C+', and most categories having to do with water are 'D-'.

I'm working programming this year for Foolscap along with Tom Whitmore. I've sent out the questionnaire for everyone to let us know which panels they'd like to be on or attend. Unlike most conventions, Foolscap invites all members to be panelists.

If you're planning on making it to the con this year, please let me know so I can send you the list. Even if you aren't planning to be on any panels, there may be one that's just right for you, and I'm also interested in finding out which ones you'd like to attend.

Purty GIFs

Posted on 2012.07.12 at 02:59
"Born in 1987" is a show at the Photographers' Gallery in London featuring the art of the GIF. They'll be displayed on a big screen, and area also on the website I linked above. By nature limited, this form forces the artists to work small: in time, in the number of colors, and in space. I'll post a couple of the ones that caught my fancy under the cut.

See the pretty pix--Collapse )

Sale: "No Man Left Behind"

Posted on 2012.07.11 at 16:23
I've sold a flash story set during the Vietnam War to zombie anthology A Quick Bite of Flesh.

Trivia: What do the people of Viet Nam call that conflict? A: "The American War"



Posted on 2012.07.11 at 11:48
Here's a very cool inflatable airplane from Goodyear that was marketed to the air force as a 'plane in a box' that could be dropped to downed pilots or carried easily by a jeep. Sadly, it was vulnerable to arrows...

SF in Africa

Posted on 2012.07.10 at 18:54
BBC's Your World covers the state of science fiction in Africa.

Write-a-thon Wreminder

Posted on 2012.07.10 at 18:09
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Clarion West is more than halfway over, but their Write-a-thon continues. A whole busload of talented writers are pounding the keys and hoping for your bucks to help support one of the premier writing workshops in the universe.

Donate now to help them keep on keeping on!

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