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( Apr. 8th, 2009 11:18 am)
Does anyone have an experience with Odiogo? I've listened to a few articles read by it, but don't have a firm opinion on it.Does anyone know if it will even work with LiveJournal?
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( Apr. 6th, 2009 10:19 am)
I ran across this set of pictures, and wondered how many writers actually visualize some of the creatures they put into their world. Spider-bats and or spider-lizard combinations seem to be pretty common, yet none of those here.

So for those writing fantasy, or even non terrestrial SF, how detailed is your mental image of non sentient creatures?

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( Mar. 25th, 2009 08:25 pm)
I'm looking for a few cons of at least 500 people a year and outside the Northeast-Mid Atlantic to do in 2010. I'm probably only willing to do two real long distance ones since I'm told I have to be productive at least twice a year so two cons in anyone area are probably out. All i want is the aforementioned headcount, and of course a literary bent to the convention if there are writers workshops as part of the con even better.

So tell me about the cons in your neck of the woods.
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( Mar. 15th, 2009 09:16 pm)
I come back to LJ after days away due to Real Life and other foul substances, and the first thing I run across is yet another post on Racefail '09. I don't know where to begin on that rolling, rotting, insipid heap in vitriol, ignorance and self congratulation, so I will for the sake of not making dozens of people cry or jump off bridges stay out of it. Somebody please post something interesting that has nothing to do with this in comments.

(yes that really was the song playing at random when I wrote this.)

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( Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:45 pm)

I've noticed a lot of new people lately. And it has been several months since I waived hi and asked people what they are looking for in content here. So new folks, please say hi and how you heard of my little corner of the internet,  and all-y'all if you have something you'd like to hear my 2 cents on speak now or forever (about 2-3 months) hold your homekeys.

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( Feb. 8th, 2009 09:18 pm)
So, what are people reading in YA right now? What have you liked in the last year?
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( Oct. 27th, 2008 10:47 pm)
It's a conspiracy, I know it is. I took some great picks of the foliage today. Sadly the computer won't read the memory card. Not in the camera, not in the adapter and not in the memory card reader. Once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. This is enemy action.

I just wish i knew who the enemy was. It's much easier to counter a known adversary. Is it the Illuminati? Maybe its Green Peace who in attempting to prove global warming are trying to keep pictures of trees from appearing on the internet? Or is it possible that the company who made my computer has designed it to fail so I need to buy a new computer? Maybe they are even in league with the government who would win because I'd be taxed on that purchase?

Who knows maybe it isn't a conspiracy and I'm just struggling for something to fill this neglected space?

A lot of SF/F has a conspiracy at its heart. Sometimes it is the major motive force of the plot, sometimes its a tantalizing subplot. I've read a lot of urban fantasy lately that had conspiracy theories at their core. Once of the better ones was Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Goes to Washington. Unlike some of the intrigue laden fiction I've seen lately it keeps the conspiracy tightly wrapped and makes it very difficult to figure out exactly who was part of it and how willingly.

I do wonder at why we see so much in the way of conspiracy stories in UF. It might be that our world has enough fodder for them that they are easier to form here and near here than in some pure fantasy world or space colony.

So what are some of your favorite conspiracy theories? What books do you like that are centered around a conspiracy or two?

Anyone know of any good restaurants near the Sonesta in Cambridge?
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( Sep. 12th, 2008 05:52 pm)
Does anyone know of any safe place to get add-ons for Internet Explorer? I'm trying to see if my computer issues are caused by the computer, or my browsers, but IE without the toys is mostly useless.

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( Sep. 12th, 2008 12:29 pm)
In answer to [livejournal.com profile] laurahcory1 's question a couple posts back about what a typical day is like, I really don't have those. I try and dedicate two or three days at a time to reading slush, and use other days to catch up with clients and editors. Some days I simply hit industry news sources. Yesterday was unusually email heavy as i discovered that the contact form on my website had stopped forwarding to my blackberry. Since I don't get a huge volume of mail from it, it took a while to notice. So yesterday I fired off a lot more non client/editor email than is typical.
Does anyone know of a way to post the same article to LJ, MySpace, Blogger and possibly others all at once?
I am considering some of the things from the last post, unfortunately time and functional gray matter are scant.

So noting the lack of wit of my own, today's offering for your discussion:

"The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you." Nancy Astor


"In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be." Hubert H. Humphrey

So how, if at all do these quotes apply to the real world and to writing?

oops. edited to fix quote...

I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
I must not post when too tired to type.
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( Aug. 27th, 2008 02:03 pm)
Ok, half of the reason I've posted so little since getting home from Worldcon is that I'm busy, the other half is just that i don't have anything interesting to say that doesn't require absurdist levels of four letter words.

so who has something they want to see me discuss, or do on a regular basis? I'm not saying i will, just that I'm curious.
So which of my readers will in Denver?

Assuming my luck with travel holds out, I'll be arriving late Tuesday in Denver. While I can't promise to be interesting, or even fully awake I'm up for a casual breakfast in the Sheraton eatery around 9/930 if there's any interest on Wednesday morning.
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( Jul. 19th, 2008 12:31 am)
I'm continually bemused by the amount of people who friend me and actually stick around. I see comments from people who I don't know, and who haven't commented before or in a long time and it kicks the curiosity up another notch.

So why are you here? Almost everyone has been here a month or more, and I'm kinda curious as to how you got here and what you find among my blitherings interesting enough to keep you waylaying electrons to bring you my mutterings.

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( Jul. 13th, 2008 05:29 pm)

So who is the greatest living science fiction and fantasy author? Is it Ray Bradbury who has done the rarest of all things for genre fiction and crossed over to being used in English classes from elementary school all the way to college and universities?  Does it go to Stephen King? He's sold oodles of books and even managed to convince the mainstream he isn't (usually) science fiction? Can we anoint Terry Pratchett? Despite his presence, and the legacy of Douglas Adams, People who Matter are still convinced humor doesn't sell. Another reasonable choice is Lois Bujold who has more Hugo Awards for both science fiction and fantasy, and is a perennial nominee for the Locus, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards as well? A case can be made for J.K. Rowling as well, without much need to go into what she's done. Robin Hobb certainly deserves a strong look as well. Mercedes Lackey has helped define SF/F for the last two decades and has written and sold across half a dozen of the subgenres. Another name some might throw out is China Meiville, for lush language and creativity?  R. A. Salvatore has sold well enough that he can make a legit claim to being the greatest too.


So is the greatest living SF/F writer one of these? Or is there someone I just don't know?

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( Jul. 7th, 2008 10:13 pm)
In the past couple day's I've talked to and read the blogs of more clients at once than I normally manage. The odd thing I noticed is that in differing ways I and my clients are quite similar. One just posted on how little he thinks of Angelina Jolie's acting skills, and i was not aware she had any. Another client and I were discussing movies that we loved and directors we hated. Both of us loved Batman Begins and hope Dark Knight will not be a let down, and we're also of the opinion that M. Knight Shamalan and Quentin Terentino have each produced their one good movie in their career and can retire with our thanks anytime. A fourth client and i have a similar love for the behavior of politicians across the globe and skew heavily towards the same political range. A fifth is also a fan of snarking and small groups or being alone, we're planning to go hide over a lunch or two at WorldCon.

I wonder how much of this is simply coincidence, and how much of it is that they simply have to have a few similar traits in order for them to write something I will want to represent. It's certainly not that we are all the same age, as my clients range from their early 20's to the 50's (of those i know the age of, and I don't actually care how old any of them are). Location is also not factor since at the moment there are clients in five countries and the closest two to me are in Ohio and North Carolina.
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( Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:26 pm)
Who's going to Worldcon?

I'll be there the whole time, as i probably mentioned.

And is anyone local? If so can you recommend a local restaurant or two that is/are close enough to walk to?
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( Jun. 17th, 2008 01:10 am)
I'm looking for a music/mp3 player. It needs to be small, durable and not an Ipod or Zune as I'm not a fan of either brand of koolaid. It should be able to hold a couple gigs of music (4+, 8 great more ...) and be able to do playlists.Price isn't a huge concern but since i'll mostly be using it at the gym, i'd prefer something that if i step on it i won't be having to fork over $350 to replace it.

Links greatly appreciated, but names will work.
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( May. 29th, 2008 02:30 pm)
While I know a surprising number of you, actually given the extent of my introversion its a shocking number, I don't know most of you. I also have no idea how you got here or why you stay. If you have the time, please introduce yourself. Real names not required...


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