October 2007


Just got off the phone with my sister who lives in Running Springs, CA. We haven’t been able to get hold of them until now.

They got evacuated from the wildfires and have been at the shelter at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino for almost a week. She and her husband have five children with one on the way in January, and my sister and one of her children have asthma, which the fires haven’t been helping. She said the shelter was ‘gross’, a lot of people there were ill, and they ‘spent most of the time standing in lines and filling out forms’.

They’re going to a friend’s house right now, as the fire still hasn’t been contained. But at least they’re safe.

Holly Lisle is doing a free teleseminar on how to write a novel! You have to sign up by November 1st and it’s limited to twenty people. So hurry!

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Appointments: 2

Researched: Just personal stuff this time, how to can apples. I’ve gotten domestic. Also got eighteen pounds of apples. πŸ™‚

Accomplishment: Did not kill my daughter’s best friend. You would not believe what’s been going on even if I told you. My girl has been exemplary through all this. I’m very proud of her.

High point: Got through the week. Seriously.

Bad thing: I’m in the middle of writer’s block. First time for everything, I suppose.

Still can’t find this High Life. I don’t think it exists.

Jim Van Pelt outlines the top ten rookie mistakes.

I’m on the “Top Ten Rookie Mistakes” panel at MileHiCon. Here’s my quickie list of top ten mistakes. I’m open to suggestions for ones I’m missing or questions about the ones that I’ve included. Each is easily worthy of a separate, long discussion.

Writing takes courage. Are we ‘aggressively inarticulate’? Skirting the real issues, writing ‘safe’, so as not to ‘offend’?

This is funny yet sad too, because it’s so true. But I completely agree. Listen to the whole thing (from here):

Elizabeth Bear has a wonderful post today on failure and success. In that order. πŸ™‚

If you already know how to do something, why the heck are you doing it again?

I remember telling my students this when I was a resident: if you’re not getting in trouble at least once a week, you’re not doing enough. So go out there and fail!

Michael Jordan on failure: turn up the volume, you don’t want to miss a word.

Advice for first time sff novelists.

Pure gold. πŸ™‚

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