March 12th, 2009

schott

Schott's Miscellany 11 March 2009

The first confirmed case in the Spanish Flu pandemic was observed in Kansas (1918)


ANON'S ALPHABET OF WRITERLY ADVICE #3

Never do a "pot boiler." Let one of your best things go to boil the pot. ---O. Henry

Originality does not mean oddity, but freshness. It means vitality, not novelty. ---Hapgood

Pluck feathers from the wings of your imagination, and stick them in the tail of your judgment. ---Horace Greeley

Quintessence approximates genius. Gather much thought into few words. ---Schopenhauer

Revise. Revise. Revise. ---E.E. Hale

Simplicity has been held a mark of truth: It is also a mark of genius. ---Carlyle

The first principle of composition of whatever sort is that it should be natural and appear to have happened so. ---Frederick Macmonnies


Tomy mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • Current Music
    "Glamour Boys" by Living Colour
nova, spectres

I never could get the hang of Thursdays....

Still dragging, though not quite as badly as yesterday. *sigh* The plan is to head off to the pshrink for the weekly chat, then catch up on some e-mails I didn't get to yesterday, then try to jam on Spectres.

I was going to go to a book signing tonight for this year's volume of Baseball Prospectus, but I'm not feeling up to it, especially since tomorrow night is a gathering of high school buddies. I'm not sure I have the energy for both, and I'd rather do the high school thing....
  • Current Music
    "Back to the House that Love Built" by Tito & Tarantula
writing

modified rapture.....

Got an e-mail from an editor that may mean more work -- and it's something that terri_osborne and I would be collaborating on. We've been talking for ages about working on stuff together, and this is something that might be the perfect fit.

We'll know more tomorrow when we have a chat with said editor.....
  • Current Music
    "Travelin' Companion" by the Randy Bandits
deathless

a review of The Deathless

defcons_treklit has reviewed Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless for the Unreality SF site.

Money quote:
[The] book captures the Buffy feel rather well. That extends to the characterisations for basically all known characters, from the main ones like Buffy down to the supporting characters like Cordelia or Snyder. Of the original characters, pretty much only the villain remains somewhat pale, since he is mainly featured in the final chapters, probably a result of the rather quick conclusion of the novel I mentioned above. The others are fleshed out better than you would think given the limited word count of the novel.
  • Current Music
    "The South's Gonna Do It Again" by the Charlie Daniels Band