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Linkblogging For 6/8/14

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on August 6, 2014

I don’t normally do two linkblogs this close together, but all the time I would normally spend writing has been spent today dealing with reactions to last night’s post, which can best be summed up by this graph of hits to my blog:
Screenshot from 2014-08-06 23:54:00

Yeah, so I’ve been a bit busy tonight on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, so you get links…

Brad Hicks needs feminism because the patriarchy is toxic to polyamory

A great site that collects mixes of imaginary albums — either things like “the album the Beatles would have made in 1974″, or albums that were planned but never released.

Sean Carroll on quantum sleeping beauty and the multiverse

Greg Egan on why that “quantum drive” people have been talking about is bollocks

And therebeltrouser adds a personal testimony to my post from yesterday.

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Linkblogging For 26/2/13, and Life Update

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on February 26, 2013

For those who are wondering why I’m not writing more online at the moment, a brief update:
I’m currently working on the first/second draft of the novel I can’t talk about properly yet. I finished a very scrappy forty-thousand-word *thing* of it in mid-January, which was just enough for me to get the voices of the various narrators, figure out the plot problems I’d glossed over in the synopsis, and that sort of thing, but which isn’t something I would let anyone else read.

I’m currently taking a second pass over that. The book is forty chapters long, and I’m doing a chapter a day of rewriting and editing. I’m trying simultaneously to do two things in the rewrite — the first is to expand each chapter to between one-and-a-half and double the original length, so that I hit my target of sixty- to eighty-thousand words. The second is to make sure that I actually put the plot in, as sometimes I have a tendency just to fall in love with the voice of the narrators and have them waffle on about whatever’s in their heads.

Anyway, at a chapter a day of this I should be finished with the first ‘proper’ draft by the end of March, when I’ll be sending it off to the editor and several beta readers — who I expect to savage it, because it’s frankly an insanely ambitious thing to do as a first novel, so I’m expecting a *LOT* of notes and at least one or two more drafts before I can announce what the book is here.

Normally, that much writing — five hundred to a thousand words a day — would be nothing for me, but I’m also currently trying to reset my sleep schedule, because I start a new job next week on nine-to-five hours, rather than the flexitime I’m on at the moment, and for those who don’t know I have (I think) two separate sleep disorders (sleep apnea and delayed sleep phase disorder — which I’m finally getting round to getting tested for). That means that until I have forced my body to accept that yes, there actually is a seven in the morning, I am too tired and grumpy to write anything else coherent at all.

(This is also why I’ve been even worse at replying to emails than normal recently, so apologies in particular to Plok, Matt Rossi, Chris Browning, Tilt, Alex and Richard)

With luck, I’ll be able to get back to posting here and on Mindless Ones occasionally toward the back end of this week, but don’t expect much until April.

Anyway, links:

Millennium asks if Maria Hutchings refusing to appear at the hustings for the Eastleigh by-election shows Cameron’s strategy for the TV debates in 2015

Gavin Burrows pays tribute to Kevin Ayers. I’m only really familiar with Joy Of A Toy, but that was an absolutely wonderful album.

A really good idea for people who care about trans equality and get a lot of spam from recruiters (applies more to the US than here).

Jonathan Calder on Why MPs Should Not Job-Share

And Peter Watts on a plausible-ish way that zombies could make sense biologically.

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Linkblogging For 21/12/12

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on December 21, 2012

Blogging is going to continue being light for a while, as I’m staying in the US for Xmas and having to do Xmassy things. I do have several posts planned if I can find the time — a short story, a book review, a music post, and the next Mindless Ones Who post, but meanwhile, have some links:

Requisite Variety on the pseudoscience surrounding vitamin C

The Tories care more about pretending to protect children than about protecting children

Heresy Corner on the incorrect imagery being used in reports on the Mayan ‘apocalypse’

Jonathan Calder on what Nick Clegg needs to be saying, and how he’s not saying it

A really good Christmas story from Philip Purser-Hallard

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Linkblogging For 29/11/12

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on November 30, 2012

Now that my big project at work is nearly complete, and everything’s winding down for Christmas, I’m planning to get a lot more written (as has hopefully been obvious over the last few days). My aim over the next few weeks is to try to get at least 2000 words per day written, every day, until I get my novel finished (probably in late January). At least 1000 words of that will have to be novel, but that will leave me with plenty of writing for here and Mindless Ones, mostly for the Doctor Who and Beach Boys posts. Once the novel’s finished, I’ll be announcing (and resuming) some other writing projects).

Next proper post should be Saturday, but for now here’s links.

The full Mindless Ones con report on Thought Bubble

Liberty’s statement on the Levenson report seems the most sensible thing I’ve seen about it.

A playlist of songs by Cosmo Topper (whose album should be reissued next year with new bonus tracks)

Planet Zog Blog is also doing a look at one story for each of Doctor Who’s fifty years. Here’s the entry for The Aztecs.

NASA are actually doing practical research into the possibility of a faster-than-light drive.

Every single sentence in the Time magazine bit about the Higgs boson is factually incorrect.

If your credit card expires, you can no longer access your ebook downloads from Barnes & Noble.

Lawrence Burton on The Mary-Sue Extrusion and The Sparrow.

Leonard Pierce tells the story of Blade Runner in words of three letters or less.

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Linkblogging For 20/10/12

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on October 21, 2012

I was out all day today, so no proper post, just links. Beach Boys post tomorrow, with luck.

Another Nickel In The Machine on the controversy over female tennis players not wearing stockings in the 1930s. I was particularly fascinated by the woman referred to as “the French hussy” for daring to play tennis without a corset in the early 1920s.

More from Debi on Arrow, the new Green Arrow TV series.

Lawrence Miles writes about the new series of Red Dwarf. I’ve not watched any of the new series yet, because I thought the series deteriorated so badly by series 7 that I couldn’t bear it. Miles hits the nail on the head as to one of the reasons here (the other, related reason is the constant ‘jokes’ about Rimmer having non-mainstream interests). I’d heard much better things about the new series than about anything since series five, but I’ve been fooled before by people saying “X has got better”, but Miles’ description of the difference between this and the previous series may have convinced me to give it a go.

The Aporetic looks at how his Irish ancestors got classified as ‘colored’ in early 20th-century Virginia.

And Millsabout on the Twitter fetishisation of Scientism.

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