July 31st, 2009

Mad Men KRAD


The icon on this post is from the Mad Men Yourself site, where you can create an image of what you'd look like as a character from Mad Men. I went ahead and did it, even though I have yet to actually watch the show......

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    "If You Would Just Drop By" by Arlo Guthrie
OCLT, crazed writer, dark forces, ellie, command & conquer

the plan.....

Okay, I've got an urban fantasy, a YA project, and a mystery, all of which are being done on spec. The problem is that I just don't have time to work on spec projects for any great length because I need to focus on things that will bring money nownownownowNOW!

Meanwhile, Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon is due 1 October and I'm back to churning out a Farscape comics script per week starting this weekend.

So for the next couple of months, I'm going to try an experiment.

One hour per day -- no more, no less -- will be spent on one of the three spec projects.

Weekdays will be spent working on Heart of the Dragon -- if I do 1625 words per day, I'll have it done with three days to spare (assuming the word count is commensurate with Nevermore and Bone Key, and even though this novel has a bit more scope than those, I don't think it'll be much longer; ask me again in mid-September if I'm right *grin*).

Weekends will be spent writing Farscape comics. Of course, several weekends in the next two months have conventions in them: 4Pi-Con, Fan Expo, Dragon*Con, and FenCon. But that's what laptops are for....

We'll see if this actually works or not. Wibble.
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    "Sealion" by Jethro Tull
NYY, melky

David Ortiz is a hypocrite

I'm not remotely surprised that David Ortiz's name is on the list of 104 people who tested positive for so-called "PEDs" in 2003. At this point, it's impossible to be surprised. Athletes are conditioned from the git-go to be the best they absolutely can be. That's why they train, lift weights, run, take vitamin supplements, drink Gatorade, and so on. Until 2004, MLB didn't have a policy on steroids and such, so of course ballplayers were going to try anything they thought might give them an edge if it wouldn't get them in trouble.

This isn't any different from players in the 1950s taking greenies or the legion of pitchers who have admitted to scuffing the ball or using a spitball. For that matter, this entire story is following the exact same narrative as the cocaine scandal in the 1980s.

Oh, and the reason why I put the abbreviation for performance-enhancing drugs in quotes and used the phrase so-called is because there is NO evidence that these drugs do actually enhance performance. For starters, strength is only a minor component of being a baseball player. Guys like Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are able to succeed at the major-league level, not because they're big and strong, but because they're smart hitters who know how to recognize good pitches versus bad pitches. At best, strength enhancers have turned a few flyouts into homers. But there's tons more to being a baseball player than strength. (For that matter, Giambi's performance declined during the period that he admits to using....)

Of course, there's also the endurance factor, which is why so many of those who've tested positive have been mid-level relievers who are trying to get over the hump....

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    "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics

Schott's Miscellany 30 July 2009

The U.S. cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine; at least 850 men died


The British royal family established the Way Ahead Group several years before Princess Diana's death to safeguard the monarchy through modernization. The group, chaired by the queen, has pioneered a range of reforms, including the queen's payment of voluntary tax and opening Buckingham Palace to the public.

Age only matters when one is ageing. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might just as well be twenty.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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    "Chester Woolah" by the Austin Lounge Lizards