jazzfish: artist painting a bird, looking at an egg for reference (Clairvoyance)
Over the weekend I helped writer-Steph run the blue-pencil/pitch-practice room at Creative Ink Festival. Mostly we made sure that the newbie writers and the editors were in the right place at the right time to talk to each other, and ran sign-up sheets, and spelled each other when there were panels we wanted to go see.

The panels I got to were alright: on the level of your better small-con panel, I'd say. Nothing earth-shatteringly amazing but worth attending. More usefully, the couple of pieces that I put in for blue-pencilling (aka "reading by someone who doesn't know me") went over very well: one got a small amount of useful feedback, and one got mostly gushing and "no no no, this is clearly not a flash piece, it's the prologue to a novel, and I WANT TO READ IT." Which was pleasantly validating, enough so that I've resubmitted both of them to story markets after a hiatus of *mumble* months.

Our Wednesday writeins may have acquired another member, too. I suspect that I really do need to find a critiqueing group, mostly so that I have some motivation to bloody well finish something, but the writeins are better than nothing.



What are you reading right now?

I haven't technically given up on Mieville's Embassytown, I guess. It's a puzzle-novel: here are the aliens who can't lie, who can't talk to machines but only to empathically-bonded pairs of humans; here is an alien who is learning to lie; here are a bonded-pair of humans who unintentionally(?) drive the aliens mad by speaking to them; what's going on? Turns out I don't like puzzle-novels, at least not when they read as slowly as Embassytown does.

This is my third Mieville, and I've disliked them all for different reasons. (King Rat had a plot that resolved itself by the antagonist self-destructing, which I detest; Un Lun Dun was decent but unmemorable, and I couldn't shake the feeling that it was an attempt to rewrite Neverwhere and give it a plot this time). I should probably stop but I want to try The City & The City first.

What did you just finish reading?

John Christopher's Tripods Trilogy, nearly fifty years old and still decent. I mean, the characters might make it to the level of 'cardboard cutouts' if they strained a bit, the prose is serviceable at best, and in the entire trilogy I think there's a single named woman and maybe three unnamed ones, but they read quickly and have some neat worldbuilding going on. They can stay. I don't know that I'd recommend them to anyone who didn't grow up with them, though.

What do you think you'll read next?

This weekend I picked up both of Katrina Archer's fantasy novels, so I may as well read Untalented.
jazzfish: A cartoon guy with his hands in the air saying "Woot." (Woot.)
written last night, but not posted 'til today by staff request )

So, um, yeah. That happened.

(And now I'm having vague notions of stopping off in Boston for a day or two before or after October 9-15, because, hey, people.)

50,176

Nov. 30th, 2010 09:40 pm
jazzfish: A cartoon guy with his hands in the air saying "Woot." (Woot.)
And 4,800 of that was today. I rule.

Full post-mort to come in a day or three. (On my opt-in writing filter; let me know if you're interested in reading my word count updates and blatherings about writing. Contrariwise, of course, if you're on said filter and would rather be off it, let me know; I'm not offended in the slightest.)

... crud, I have to get up and go to work and be functional tomorrow.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
I just went over to Dreamwidth to see if something that's always irritated me about LJ (having to wade through communities and feeds when I'm setting up custom friends groups) was a problem there as well, or if they'd solved it.

It turns out that as part of the utterly reasonable change from "friends" to "subscriptions" and "access," they've also split filters into "reading filters" and "access filters." And, naturally, only actual users show up in the "access filters" section.

I love it when problems solve themselves.

Anyway. Between DW's introduction of tag merging, the full-text journal search, and the automatic cut expander (truly a thing of beauty: in DW, cut tags now have a little arrow next to them, and you can click the arrow to display the cut content without navigating away from your reading page), and LJ's trashing of their home page, I'm even more of a fan of DW. I've already moved imported the contents of [livejournal.com profile] jazzfish_media into DW, and gone through and tagged them all as well. That was a remarkably painless process. From now on I'll be cross-posting medialog entries at DW and here, behind a cut so that they aren't inflicted on the people who chose not to follow the medialog. This will make for a good trial run for crossposting in general.

At this point, I'm waiting on three things before completely jumping ship: the ability to read flocked LJ posts from DW (required); photo hosting (just barely shy of required); and a client for the Device (optional). There's a strong possibility that all three of these things will be available by the end of summer.

[personal profile] jadelennox has put together a great post on why DW isn't all or nothing. Of particular interest: it's trivially easy for LJ users to log in to their OpenID accounts on DW, and I plan on recreating my existing flist and security groups using everyone's OpenID anyway. (Which may automatically set up OpenID accounts for you all anyway; I'm not quite clear on how that will work.) I've also got a handful of invite codes available should you want to create your own DW account. (In theory, someday there will be the option to merge comments made under your OpenID with your DW account.)

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] jadelennox also linked to coffeeandink's How to move from LJ to DW in six easy steps, which I should really include here since seeing that link go by was one of the several things that prompted me to make this post.

I plan to keep DW as my main journal, and use LJ to stay in contact with the large number of non-DW readers. So I'll be cross-posting to LJ. I'd prefer to keep all comments on DW; I expect the additional hassle of having to log in over there (and lose your userpics) will cut down even further on comments. What I can do is crosspost entries, leave comments active on the LJ side, and regularly import the comments from LJ. This, of course, means more work for me, so I'd rather not do it. Hence, a poll!

[Poll #1588628]
jazzfish: A cartoon guy with his hands in the air saying "Woot." (Woot.)
Your suggestions were all appreciated, and based on those choices it looks like Anathem will be the next thing I read out of that particular set. However, [livejournal.com profile] uilos reminded me that I've a Susan Palwick book sitting unread on the shelf. So I was going to fix that particular problem.

But then I got home and there was a mysterious book-shaped package on my doorstep. "What the heck is that?" I asked (out loud, I think). "I haven't ordered anything."

Turns out sometimes things show up even when you don't order them.

Desired reading material: acquired.
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
The ice on the parking lot is acting like the glacier surface in Icebreaker. I skipped most of the glacier levels in Icebreaker because I got frustrated by constantly running into things by accident. Since I doubt that the other people in my parking lot want me running into their cars, I'll be staying home today. (At least 'til work this evening. Since I'm pretty sure it's well above freezing out there it should be fine by then.)

Words come but slowly these days. They have to be coaxed onto the screen with trinkets or sweets. I suspect I'm just out of practice, again. Good thing I know how to fix that.

winter

Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:20 pm
jazzfish: a black-haired man with a big sword. blood stains the snow behind (Eddard Stark)
Snow on the ground and a full moon overhead. As soon as I step outside I'm assaulted by a lightly-tinted glow all around. A pale blue, so pale I don't even recognise it at first. Just the thought "I've wandered onto a movie set." That specific shade of blue that indicates Nighttime, the heroine looking around nervously and speaking in echoing whispers. Far away, stars so sharp and cold they could cut right through your fingers and you'd never feel a thing.
jazzfish: a black-haired man with a big sword. blood stains the snow behind (Eddard Stark)
Post a memory of me in the comments. (make it something solid...something that either defines our relationship or how you view me)
It can be anything you want. (But please explain it well enough so those who weren't there in person or who only know me from online will enjoy it as well)
Then post this to your journal and see what people remember of you... (if you don't want to, but would like to know my memory of you, I'll reply back to your comment in here.)
jazzfish: a black-haired man with a big sword. blood stains the snow behind (Eddard Stark)
Not that I'm sure how to define myself by my present either. Other people's words will work well enough for now.

For posterity, because I'm a packrat )

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"Jazz Fish, a saxophone playing wanderer, finds himself in Mamboland at a critical phase in his life." --Howie Green, on his book Jazz Fish Zen

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