Monthly Archives: April 2013

Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Nine

Part One Hundred Nine of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Getting A Little Crowded On The Outside

So while I was procrastinating taking a little break from putting this finishing touches on the end of the novel, I did some catching up on the news, in particular looking for items other than where all our attention has been since Monday afternoon.

On which, I’m not sure I could say anything half as inspiring and relevant as what Patton Oswalt wrote on Facebook.  I’d taken a long walk a few hours after the event and came away from that to the same place he did, but found he’d gotten his thoughts down before I had, and quite eloquently as well; I can’t add anything to this, and recommend you take a few moments to read this.  (And for those who may have problems seeing this through the House of Zuck for some reason, here’s a reprint of Oswalt’s post.)  I can wait for a few while you get yourself centered.

So back to the distractions…  I’ve talked a few times before about pulling together self-pub e-book editions of the works so far, with the thought of joining plenty of other writers who have taken this route.

Which as of now include both David Mamet and Diana Gabaldon.  If big names like these are now going this route, it does sort of justify heading that way, as well as scare you when you realize who you’re now trying to share virtual shelf space with…

Like I really need to feel scared about something else; more to the point, like I really need a distraction right now…

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Going On The Account: The Doldrums

Well, it had to happen sooner or later:  My publishing schedule versus IRL, with one going the way of the opponent…

Due to a series of events over the last week and a half that made it nearly impossible to put the end of the book into a form I was happy with, I’m going to have to ask for a mulligan and announce a delay this week.  Yes, what you read is a lot better than how it looks as a first draft, hard as it may be for some of you to accept…

 

As a way to make it up to you, for those wanting to see climate change making someone’s life hell this week, I draw your attention to the video FUTURESTATES : That Which Once Was By Kimi Takesue:  A tale of two people dealing with rising sea levels and what it does to them.  For a piece that tackles a global phenomenon, it’s a very personal film that works well with the topic.

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Eight

Part One Hundred Eight of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: A Shore Thing…

My thanks to Robert Gonzalez at io9.com who found two sites, one with stills and one with GIFs (from which the above comes), with renderings by Nickolay Lamm of what some sections of the East Coast would look like after inundation from a 25-foot rise in sea levels.

For those keeping track at home, the (soon-to-be-finished) novel assumes sea level rises like that occur during surges, with the normal now being about fourteen feet. Of course, with the frequency of such storms likely to rise in the future, the number of days you can visit these places and see water levels like these is probably going to increase every year…

Also of note, and it’s a minor quibble, but if the ocean’s coming in and covering your structures, they are not going to keep their picture postcard good looks after a while; a few months into a changed coastline, and the extra water and currents working your base is going to leave your monuments looking less like this and more like…

 

(All right, not so accurate either, but hey, demonstrative needs and all…)

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY One Hundred Seven

Part One Hundred Seven of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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