Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I drafted a drabble. I drafted a haiku. I drafted another drabble. None of these pieces are ready to share, so instead I’ll leave you with this back-to-school story from Fireside ok, that was too scary so I’ll just go submit a story to an anthology!

Such is the writing life.

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The winners of the 2022 Hugo Awards have been announced! 

The Hugo Awards

  • Best Novel – A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Best Novella – A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • Best Novelette – “Bots of the Lost Ark”, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)
  • Best Short Story – “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)

Click through the links above for free access to the winning novelette and short story, or visit the awards page for the full list of awardees.

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We were on our way to having one of those days. Our team did not win. And then the first bike shop was closed. The second bike shop was closed. The outdoors store was closed. And when we tried to drop off a package of mushroom soup, black bean soup, and hazelnut chocolate pudding to friends, they were not at home. It looked like our score for the day was going to be zero for four.

But then.

We found the friends. They were out on a walk and we headed their way. One pleasant stroll through a new neighborhood followed by treats in the back yard and good conversation later, and we achieved the improbable: A good day.

Sometimes, what fails isn’t what matters. It’s the one thing that goes right.

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This morning: up early, start a batch of bread, do laundry, prep a batch of household items for a Ukrainian family new to Canada, including a heavy couch that promised to be a hassle. Everything went according to plan, better than, really. Even the couch move went well.

This afternoon: The new batch of flour is strangely weak, I finished none of the pieces I planned to work on, my Scrivener short story file has developed some concerning hiccups, and (for reasons too pedestrian to get into) I was recently doused in chicken stock.

Ah well! Such is the way of things

The sun is bright, the birds sing, and a monarch butterfly has adopted one of the pine trees out back. Life is good.

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I’m happy it’s Friday and I’m looking forward to making the most of the weekend. I can’t, of course, do that if I’m creaky from hours at the computer. (As a writer with a computer-facing day job, let’s face it, I usually am.)

We also have “move a couch” on tomorrow’s social calendar so I want to be ready.

Ok, ready-ish.

NPR recently showcased four simple exercises by Vinh Pham designed to help ward off physical pain by extending your range of motion and increasing flexibility. 

After a day of intensive computer time some of these exercises hurt just to look at, but they’re really just stretches and I should still do them. You might appreciate them too.

This 15-minute exercise can help ‘futureproof’ your body from chronic pain

What if there was a way to stop chronic pain in your body before it strikes?

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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”

— Zig Ziglar

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I’m apparently out of practice balancing the day job with other things. I also spent a good part of my day interfacing with computers, so while I relearn time-management skills, here’s a story from Ken Liu.

/can’t find the story

/now where is that link hiding?

/AI help needed!

Ah, here we are.

50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know – Uncanny Magazine

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Summer night—
even the stars
are whispering to each other.

― Kobayashi Issa

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For the past few days, my inbox has been filling up with emails on advice to writers. You know the type: listicles with “What every writer should know” and “Top ten tips for writers,” that sort of thing. That’s fine as far as it goes, and depending on your progress as a writer, many of these comments may very well be useful.

Still, I can’t help thinking that my own advice would be both shorter and more broadly applicable. (And yes, when it comes to recommendations like this I am my own best customer.)

You can’t finish what’s not started.

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“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” 

― Ray Bradbury

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