Today’s post, “Writing at Your Own Pace,” can be found at http://magicalwords.net.  Visit the site and enjoy!

A delayed BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award this week.  I was going to post it yesterday afternoon, but (this is a true story) just as I sat down to write the thing, a thunderstorm moved into the area and we lost power.  No computer.  No satellite, no internet.  Fortunately I hadn’t actually started writing, so I didn’t lose anything, but that’s why this is delayed by a day.

It had been a somewhat quiet week in the buffoonery realm, but you can’t keep a good buffoon down for long; a flurry of stupidity at the end of the week gives us several fine choices for this week’s award.

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Friday on the Run

June 27, 2008

Another day, another outing for a sporting event.  We’re leaving town in a little while so that Nancy can participate first thing tomorrow morning in her first ever triathlon!  (That’s a swim, a bike ride, and then a run, for those of you who don’t know.)  It’s actually a mini-triathlon, so the distances are a little more reasonable.  But still it’s pretty cool and I’m VERY proud of her.  She’s trained hard, and I expect she’s going to have a blast and come out of the event feeling great about herself.

And before any of you ask, I would have given it a try with her, but I’m not much of a swimmer.  In fact, I’m not a swimmer at all.  I sink . . . er . . . stink.  One of the two.  Maybe both.

Later.

Swim Meet Time

June 26, 2008

Kids have a swim meet today, so I’m cutting out early.  I did manage to get my 2000 words for the day, but I still haven’t had enough quality time with the new camera.  :(

It’s an away meet, so we have a bit of a drive ahead of us.  The team is undefeated, and though both of my daughters are at the lower end of their competitive age groups, both have managed one blue ribbon and several second and third place finishes.  Pretty good.  They get it from their mother — I can barely get across the pool….

We’ve been doing this for several summers now, and the kids love it.  So do we.  We never worry about them being around water now.  They have a great coach who teaches them the fundamentals of each stroke and stresses personal improvement and teamwork rather than individual achievement.  The team is incredibly close knit (18 year-olds rooting for 6 year-olds and the young ones then returning the favor) and so are the swim parents.  We all volunteer to help out with meets, and after the meet tonight bunches of us will probably wind up getting dinner together.  Fun stuff.

Catch ya’ll tomorrow.  Go Tigersharks!!

New Toy!

June 25, 2008

Well, I was going to post about something writing related.  Hadn’t decided what yet, but I’m sure it would have been nuanced and amusing and incredibly insightful.  But as you all might remember from a recent post, I’m a material guy, and my new camera just arrived!!!  Canon 40D!  10.2 megapixels, 3 inch LCD monitor, burst rate of 6.5 frames per second, and a integrated sensor cleaning system.  I get all hot and bothered just thinking about it.

So I’ll catch you tomorrow.

Bye.

Reached something of a milestone on the work in progress (Book III of my Blood of the Southlands trilogy) today. You can see it plainly on the bar below:

Pretty exciting. Still no title, but that will come eventually. The deadline is still a long way off (November 1) so I’m confident that I’ll have the book in on time. In the meantime, it feels good to be making progress.  

I also have a short story coming out later this week.  “Cassie’s Story” will be appearing in the summer issue of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show.  Hope you all enjoy it.

Today’s music:  Gary Burton and Pat Metheny

Today’s post can be found at both www.sfnovelists.com and http://magicalwords.net.  Check out either site.  Or both!  And enjoy.

This week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award is a bit different from recent ones, in that we’ll be focusing in depth on a single issue question.  

I’ll begin by stating the obvious:  There was plenty of buffoonery this week — the staffers with Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign who refused to let two Muslim women sit behind the candidate during a campaign appearance because they were wearing hijabs (traditional head scarves) come to mind, as do the Republican operatives who have been pounding away at Michelle Obama for a remark she explained months ago.  And then there was Rep. Steven King (Wingnut from Iowa) who won the first or second BOW Award I gave out with his offensive comments about Obama.  This week, in questioning Scott McClellan, he asked, “Couldn’t you have taken this to the grave with you and done this country a favor?”  Apparently Rep. King doesn’t understand that while McClellan’s book might not have done any favors to the GOP or the Bush Administration, it has done a great service to our country.  But the man’s an idiot, so it’s not surprising that he doesn’t get this.

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June 20, 2008

For today’s post, I refer you to http://magicalwords.net, where my friend Edmund Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, is this week’s guest blogger.  It’s a fun post.  Come on over and check it out.

And tune in tomorrow for a special BOW Award in response to this week’s nonsense about oil drilling.

Did anyone else hear Dubya’s comments today on his “new energy initiatives”?  Did anyone notice that he didn’t say a single word — not one! — about conservation?  Does anyone else find this deeply disturbing?  We could drill every inch of land and coastline in the United States and it wouldn’t change the fact that there is a finite amount of oil in this country, and most of it is gone.  It also wouldn’t change the fact that even if we find new oil reserves tomorrow, we won’t have them for ten years.  It also wouldn’t change the fact that the burning of fossil fuels is killing our planet.  And it wouldn’t change the fact that the big multinational oil companies will always — ALWAYS — find some way to make us pay through the nose for the oil and gas we use.  Oh, and by the way, we have plenty of reserves in accessible places right now.  The oil companies want access to the protected areas, so they’re not drilling where they currently can.  That’s right!  They’re not drilling in some places they’re currently allowed to drill, but they’re demanding that we open up protected waters off the California and Florida shores and protected land in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge.  Why?  Ask them.  Ask the oilman who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, energy conservation (more efficient cars, better insulation in houses and buildings, lowering your thermostat 2 degrees in the winter and raising it 2 degrees in the summer, energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, etc.) will make those reserves we have right now last longer.  Conservation will lessen our imports of foreign oil.  Conservation will save you money and it will decrease the damage we do to our environment.  But conservation will also lower the profits that those big oil companies rake in every year.  And, sadly, that’s why you didn’t hear our President utter the word “conservation” even once today.

Expect to see more about this in the BOW Award posting this weekend.  I think we already have a winner….

January 20, 2009 cannot come soon enough.

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