The diner was crowded and noisy and hot, and smelled like burgers and bacon and coffee and spaghetti. Maybe some fish. The customers looked excited and the waitresses looked bored. Big glass windows framed heavy traffic on 2nd Ave., compressing and stretching like a worm. New York in August was a lot like Mexico in August, but without all the sandy beaches and sexy tourists and frosty drinks, and more humidity and sewage and traffic. But it was Thursday evening, so things weren’t all bad. That golden hour between clocking out from work and before the Yankees started playing, and […]
Sometimes I wake in the morning, remembering nothing since the moments before falling into sleep’s abyss, and I think “Oh! That’s what death is like.”
Took me a while to realize it, but #writing – especially #plotting – becomes a lot easier when you’re willing to leave plausibility by the roadside.
Better to make some progress than none. You can’t edit what you haven’t written. Better to waste time attempting, rather than waste time worrying. Always best to keep moving; worry about where you’re going later. You can’t get there if you don’t get up.
How can anyone be oblivious to their own mortality? In fifteen years I’ll be 70. While 70 isn’t THAT old, it’s pretty far from young. And while fifteen years isn’t short, it isn’t that long. Ironic, tho, that age and experience is a prerequisite for being able to see temporal distances. Like skiing in a dense fog – by the time you see the tree, it’s too late.
That moment when Amazon emails to say they’ve deposited 35 cents into your bank account and you realize..yes..it’s all worth it..
This is not censoring. “The Martian” by Andy Weir is an outstanding novel made into an outstanding movie. It brings back the scientist-as-hero and raises science in the public consciousness. Also, it is about as scientifically accurate is a sci fi novel can be. So if teachers ask the author for a clean version to use as a teaching aid in classrooms, go for it. It doesn’t alter the story or the characters or the science, and it helps our teachers raise interest in classrooms.
Sometimes the collision of worlds brings about positive change. Such is the case with podcasts in general, and the Clarkesworld podcast in particular, and the coolest little bluetooth earpiece that also happens to cost only $19 on Amazon. Kate Baker’s voice and cadence as she reads the stories is nothing short of transcendent, and the quality of chosen stories is always top-shelf. These factors, combined with the intimacy of her voice being delivered ever so clearly and unobtrusively right into my ear, makes for a wonderful listening experience. I’ve been an on-again off-again podcast listener for years, but the little GoNovate 10 is so small […]
..and #dystopian #fiction, as genres, used to be a lot more fun when they were a lot less likely.
..created by an AI, assumes a level of creativity, or at least the ability to string together subjects into an improvised mad-lib kind of sentence and apply it to an existing beat, regardless of how much sense it makes. So, pop music, basically.