- I’d read John Crowley’s dream journal in a hot minute: "Northrop Frye says that one of the components of what he calls romance (along with dark journeys to underworlds, brothers and sisters parted in youth, and pirates, is talking animals, and intense human/animal relations. Dreams are fiction, or the reverse, or both."
- We’re in the market for a writing-and-nothing-else portable tippety-typer:
Dana or Quickpad? (Or another option I don’t know about?)We went with the Neo.
- In which Pinky represents the rise of the machines. I’m betting on her for the win.
- Japanese crepe paper fairy tales.
- Jeff’s new design = excellent.
- Mr. McLaren on the unfair world of midlist authors taking on pseudonyms in order to keep publishing, and the difficulties of keeping track of who’s writing as who: "However, when authors are forced by the midlist computer-ordering death spiral to take on a pseudonym to keep writing in their chosen genre, that annoys me. It annoys me because it shouldn’t happen, and the fact that it does is the publishing industry putting a patch on a serious problem."
- Men who explain things. In science fiction, we consider this a primary pick-up strategy. (Are you hitting on me or just sharing a factoid about aardvarks in space?)
- Maud has a nice assembly of writing quotes.
- Erin on marketing and fiction: "At any rate…whether you get a bigass check from a luxury car company or not, marketability is interesting to think about from a fiction perspective. Would this story go better with Buddig ham? IKEA furniture? Pabst Blue Ribbon? A Volkswagen? Depends undergarments?" Funny, but I don’t remember anyone being upset when BMW financed those short films by major directors. I’m just surprised that Lexus thinks this will be an effective strategy.