I’m catching up on the Alan Davies “It’s Up For Grabs Now” football podcast, which is awesome (especially the Alan Davies impersonation of Arsene Wenger – priceless) but sadly this is last week’s episode and features Alan’s list of the 6 players we need to stay fit all season if we want to have a chance at winning the league… including Robin Van Persie, sob! If only our players were not so fragile.
Brilliant writing day, with various people turning up to Nano with me – I ticked along with a reasonably respectable word count but things just took off plotwise just as my last guest left and I ended up 800 words over today’s goal, the most ahead I have been all months! Ah, angst, don’t you love it? Also I ended up accidentally poisoning someone which was most definitely not planned. Oops.
I only stopped writing because a certain little madam woke up, and I have still not figured out how to type and breastfeed at the same time (this is a lie, actually, it’s just a personal choice to not make her feel more neglected than is obviously inevitable)
Despite the temptation to do nothing but chat all the time I am loving this writing with other people thing. Makes me feel more like this is a real job and not just this random typing hobby.
Thanks everyone who replied to the podcast post on LJ, I am downloading heaps of stuff right now.
Some time ago, round about the time that LJ feeds stopped working for a week with no explanation, I switched to a Bloglines account for my non-LJ reading. girliejones complained at the time that she wouldn’t be able to see what I was reading. So, here’s some linkage of the best blog entries I’ve read in the last few days:
Justine Larbalestier talks about stereotypes in fiction and how to transcend them, with particular reference to the protagonist of Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s brilliant Dairy Queen trilogy. (I have the third volume on my to read shelf, have been hanging out for it for months and cannot bring myself to pick it up, I think because I’m so sad this is the last one).
And if that interests you, check out Kaia Landelius reviewing the first volume of that series, over at Jumbled Words.
Jonathan Strahan starts blogging at Tor with a post about the editor’s responsibility to stretch beyond his own instant responses to fiction, and consider the wider audience. With bonus shout out to the Last Short Story crew, which includes your truly.
(speaking of Last Short Story, I should be whiling away this last hour of the afternoon catching up on the end of my reading but as you can see, I’m not, sometimes I even procrastinate my procrastination…)
Laurell K Hamilton posts with astonishing honesty about the breakdown of her first marriage and the relationship between that marriage and her Merry Gentry books (note – spoilers for Book 10 apparently though I have to say it wasn’t a thing that surprised me and I’ve only read the first 3 or so)
Sarah Rees Brennan reviews some of her recent romance reads – and makes them sound awesome, I have to say!
Agent Kristin covers the Harlequin e-publishing/self-publishing/vanity press announcements, and then reports on the angry response, culminating in a RWA-Harlequin smackdown.
Still on romance, Jessica at Romancing the Blog discusses the at times uncomfortable relationship between romance fiction, feminists and the cosmetics industry.
Finally, in the single link not relating to writing or editing, Laurie at Body Impolitic on blackface in fashion.