Feb52010

Radioactive Nudibrach, Blake Charlton, & Other Mysteries of the Universe

Alexia ParkI have been a bad bad blogger girl recently, Gentle Reader, and I must apologize. I have much to blog about but the time seems to flee before me like a radioactive space nudibrach seized with a sudden spirit of adventure. Or something.

Mr. Blake Charlton and I engaged in several successful writing dates over the past week, in which I managed to get half way through (but not finish) two short projects. With Blake such events are 50% work, 10% caffeine consumption, 20% industry gossip, 20% heated debate on scientific ethics, squid, and the nature of fantasy. For example:

Him: My book is hard fantasy.
Me: There is no such thing as hard fantasy, only hard sci-fi.
Him: Oh no you didn’t!
Me: *embarrassingly bad white girl ghetto neck*

And so forth . . .

Sometime soon I’m either posting a very snarky interview with him, or the cliff notes from one of our debates. I tell you, Gentle Reader, we are a walking talking stand up comedy team for the uber-geek. SFinSF has no idea what it is in for this April.

In other news, I’ve a new interview up. Here’s a sample:
AW: Why parasols? Is there a long-standing family joke with parasols? Was it just a crazy juxtaposition that you thought up?
GC: Parasols were such a ubiquitous item for a fashionable young lady in the Victorian age and they do make a most excellent weapon, especially if you are inclined to bashing people atop the head. How could I resist? Also “parasol” is such a delicious word.

And a whole group of us authors answer the question, What’s the Weirdest Book You ever read?

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Steampunk Dance

Your Tisane of Smart:
Perfessor Multigeek on SlashDot on clothing with the male geek in mind. “Guys, clothes are language! This is hackable code and it lets you hack, in a small way, the behaviors of the people around you.”
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Fan etiquette. 10 Tips for Booksignings

A book junkie gives a fair assessment one comment being, “This novel is in possession of a wonderfully witty tone, a boat-load of refreshing secondary characters and descriptions that suck you in and make you believe you are in the Victorian age.” (I had problems with the site artifacting in Firefox so I couldn’t read most of it.)
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book.
Blameless: Done, happy dance.
Super Secret Project H: treatment submitted to agent. Paused project.
Super Secret Project F: notes stage, need to consult beta.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Non-fiction short: (can go up to 3000) scheduled for next week
Fiction short: (can go up to 13,000) getting inspired with this one

Quote of the Day:
“BLAKE: Zzzz…Huh? Who’s there?
THE UNIVERSE INCARNATED IN A PROTEAN PILE OF CLEANED BUT UNFOLDED LAUNDRY: Over here.
BLAKE: Protean pile of cleaned but unfolded laundry?
THE UNIVERSE INCARNATED IN A PROTEAN PILE OF CLEANED BUT UNFOLDED LAUNDRY: No! I am THE UNIVERSE INCARNATED IN A PROTEAN PILE OF CLEANED BUT UNFOLDED LAUNDRY.”
~ Blake Charlton

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