link salad: client edition

Kameron Hurley on getting paid for your book. “Book checks. They are a tricky thing. Everybody tells you not to rely on them coming on time -or even at all! -but there’s this part of you that’s always planning and scheming and hoping and budgeting, regardless….”

Jo Ann Ferguson on good intentions for getting those chapters written. “I was going to dig into a first chapter on the new proposal that I’ve been brainstorming for the past couple of weeks.  It’s now almost 5 pm…”

Things I have learned about telling stories, by Elizabeth Bear.

On maintaining the well — Laura Anne Gilman — “And if I were to give one piece of advice, no matter if you’re a writer, a reader or an articulate guppie, it would be that: refill your well on a regular [and irregular] basis.”

The art of the single-author collection — Jay Lake dishes on strategies for what stories to include and which order to put them in.

This one’s for you suricattus (in case you hadn’t already heard about it): scientists use particle accelerator to date wine (from Mary Robinette Kowal)

Bonus: Kameron Hurley makes Low Carb Enchilada Goodness (I really need to get back to cooking up new things to post on my food blog, too!)

…..thunderstorm coming in — got to batten down the hatches…..

7 responses to “link salad: client edition

  1. (in case you hadn’t already heard about it)
    I had, but thanks for the useful re-link. Hopefully this will cut down on the number of forgeries that are getting into auction….

    • Gee my first thought was that if Particle Physicists are dating wine, they really need to get out more.
      Bah-dump-pump!
      Seriously, I thought one of the big problems with wine forgeries was when the old bottles were being reused. If this process only checks the age of the bottle, won’t that still be an issue?

      • disclaimer: being a wine geek does not make me an Authority on this stuff…
        A lot of the cases I’ve read about where were the label was reused or forged, placed over an existing (younger, or inferior) wine. If the label says that it’s a wine from the 1960’s and the glass dates to the 1980’s…
        That’s a problem with commercial sales, too. Restaurants are occasionally sold wines that aren’t as-claimed.
        I suspect they might also [soon] be able to identify chemical characteristics within the glass itself to identify where the bottle was made. So that’s another way to authenticate.
        (Also probably forthcoming: the ability to date the sealing/cork, in the case of reused bottles, without actually opening the bottle).
        Who me, geek? Nah…..

  2. They were excellent good selections; thanks. (Although of course, faithful readers of your letters from the query wars are at this point wondering why you’re wasting time reading your existing clients’ blogs instead of their own deathless queries.* :))
    Jo Ann’s, Elizabeth’s, and Laura Ann’s were especially good.
    *I kid, of course. Actually, it’s a good (albeit unintentional) reminder of the thousand important things biting concurrently at an agent’s attention.

  3. Thanks for linking to Elizabeth Bear’s posts. Her observations/theories on storytelling are quite helpful, and I usually agree with them wholeheartedly.

  4. Physicists have also used a particle accelerator to read the Dead Sea Scrolls.

  5. so true
    The observations made by JoAnn ferguson and Elizabeth Bear on ‘getting it written and how to write it when you do’ were quite both illuminating and familiar. Although I like to think I do a pretty good dream sequence.

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