Juggling

Well finally got to updating the counters for the WIP.  And I am now feeling the main issue that faces every writer with a day job, time.  There just isn’t enough of it.  Once you take time for commuting, writing, taking care of the animals and the day job itself, there’s barely a couple hours left to do everything else.  Including writing blog posts like this.

Here’s hoping for that movie option. . .

Security asshats on parade.

There is a certain class of people who combine stupidity, deep-seated insecurity with a pathological need to control.  The worst place to put these people is in a position where they are charged with keeping people safe.

Case in point: We have a report (found here) of an unnamed vice principal at Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School saw a student’s science project and, because there were wires in it, called the bomb squad and had the school on lockdown for two hours while the pros determined that, yes, this was actually a science project.  Bear in mind that this is a school that is supposed to teach technology skills.  “The student will not be prosecuted, but authorities were recommending that he and his parents get counseling.”  Seems to me it is the school administration that neds some counseling.

Also from here we find out that you can have a flight diverted for being too Jewish. (At least they weren’t profiling.)

And we also find out that the TSA are a bunch of merry pranksters.  When they aren’t pulling eight-year-olds aside for special attention.  (At least they aren’t profiling.)  But they do have their eyes on the ball, right?

Of course the big story is Joe Kennedy’s loss in Mass.

I’m not up for much of a blog post for reasons I won’t go into, but since I opine on politics, and the Massachusetts senate race is probably the biggest political story for this half of 2010, I should probably make a comment about it.

To every Republican and Democrat out there: get over yourselves.  Guess what?  It is not some sort of sign from God that Massachusetts actually elected a progressive Republican, especially when the Democrats nominated a train wreck of a candidate.  Forget dissing local sports heroes and Fenway park or misspelling the state’s name.  You want toxic, Google “Coakley” and “curling iron.”

Democrats: this is just showing you what every poll has been telling you since August— your agenda is NOT popular.  You get one election win by not being Bush, but guess what, he ain’t president no more.  If a million people march on DC, ignoring them doesn’t make them go away.

Republicans: You better get your act together.  Brown’s win had little to do with the Republican leadership, and a lot to do with the kind of grass-roots campaign Obama wished he ran.  Looking at this as some sort of mandate, if you overdose on schadenfreude (as much fun as it is to picture Rham Emmanuel and Andy Stern gnashing their teeth and rending their garments), if you start acting as if the 2010 midterms as  an inevitable Republican landslide just because you are not Obama. . .  shall we just say that you can be just as stupid as the Democrats.

Fellow Libertarians: This may be the year to win something big.  With internet fund-raising, a charismatic candidate could successfully run against the hubris of both parities.

PROPHETS up for the Phillip K. Dick award!

Prophets Book Cover In case you hadn’t seen me twitter about this or posting on Facebook, the shortlist for the 2009 Phillip K. Dick awards were announced, and Prophets is on the list!

Here’s the press release:

Philip K. Dick Awards

c/o 153 Deerfield Lane
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 769-5545
http://www.philipkdickaward.org
January 16, 2010
For Immediate Release

2009 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced The judges of the 2009 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, are pleased to announce seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:

BITTER ANGELS by C. L. Anderson (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
THE PRISONER by Carlos J. Cortes (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
THE REPOSSESSION MAMBO by Eric Garcia (Harper)
THE DEVIL’S ALPHABET by Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
CYBERABAD DAYS by Ian McDonald (Pyr)
CENTURIES AGO AND VERY FAST by Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
PROPHETS by S. Andrew Swann (DAW Books)

First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 2, 2010 at Norwescon 33 at the Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, SeaTac, Washington. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. Last year’s winners were EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos Books) and TERMINAL MIND by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press). The 2009 judges are Daniel Abraham (chair), Eileen Gunn, Karen Hellekson, Elaine Isaak, and Marc Laidlaw.

For more information, contact the award administration:
David G. Hartwell (914) 769-5545.
Gordon Van Gelder (201) 876-2551
For more information about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, http://www.psfs.org
Contact Gary Feldbaum (215) 665-5752
For more information about the Philip K. Dick Trust: http://www.philipkdick.com
For more information about Norwescon: http://www.norwescon.org
Contact NorthWest SF Society: (425) 686-9737

Grand Decay. . .

Browsing around the interwebs I’ve come across some cool galleries of modern ruins. These pictures have a weight to them in times like these, perhaps a glimpse into a common future.

One wonders what Dubai might look like in a dozen years.

Truffle Update

Truffles is still having a hard time. We’re still swimming her 3 days a week, but she’s still unable to walk on her own. All the vets we’ve talked to have given up on a diagnosis so we have no clue what’s up with her.

However, we’ve made a bit of a discovery. If we wrap her paws with vet wrap, she has a lot more traction to go about in her cart. And today we tried getting her to walk with the assistance of a handle we bought when her legs were first going bad. The combination of the vet wrap and cookie motivation (Truffles has always been very food focused) we eventually got her to walk across the living room with assistance. Vast improvement over the last time we tied this, when she didn’t hold up herself at all and was just so much dead weight.

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Cool review of Wolfbreed

Thought I’d point this out on the blog proper. At the Blood of the Muse there’s a cool review of Wolfbreed which is not just cool because he liked the book, it’s also cool because of the meta-commentary about werewolves in general being the red-headed stepchild of classic monsters.

Werewolves. They are like the annoying little brother of the monster family, a me-too, tag-along, smearing their mustard encrusted corndog over your new iPod type of annoyance. They try to act cool, all slouched posture and affected sneer, conspiratorially smoking in the Boy’s Room with the bigger boys like zombies and vampires, hoping coolness can be transferred by association. But in the end werewolves are strictly second-tier in the realm of scary critters, the Lon Chaney Jr. to the more accomplished Lon Chaney Sr. They’re lamer than a three-legged horse prowling the water troughs at Pimlico, naying forlornly, one hoof away from the dog food factory.

And then there was one. . .

I’m currently working on Messiah, which is not only the last volume of the Apotheosis Trilogy, it is also quite possibly going to be the capstone on my entire Moreau/Hostile Takeover universe.  I won’t say it will be the last book in that universe (never say never) but it is likely to be the last book I write in the internal chronology.  I have this habit of completely destroying the established social order in every iteration of this universe, and there’s only so many times you can do that.

This is also a milestone in that (at the moment) it is the last book I’m contracted to write.  For the first time I don’t have any additional contractual commitments which both liberating and incredibly frightening.  (Especially frightening to my wife, who really wants me to be able to ditch the day job so we can move out into the middle of Amish country before the economy collapses.)

Since I’m going to be working on book proposals when I’m not at the day job or working on Messiah,  (or digging out from the snowpocalypse)  I’m going to cut the blogging down to thrice a week for the time being.

Oh, and if you want to help out, buy a copy of Wolfbreed or Prophets.  If you can’t afford to buy a book, tell all your friends to buy them, that doesn’t cost anything (and then you can borrow a copy, everyone wins.)