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Up to 2390 words on my story so far, and it's progressing nicely. My protagonist is currently 2800 miles from his destination. Plus, yesterday I thought up an interesting idea for another story, so apparently this "just write and the ideas will come" thing is working for me. That's nice.

I finished Crystal Rain last night — what a great climax. In fact, the entire second half of the book really moves, and it kept me hooked the entire time. That was a fun reading experience. Now I'm moving on to Karl Schroeder's The Engine of Recall, a short story collection. Schroeder's mind works in fascinating ways, and his writing is unlike anything I've read recently. He's able to take complex ideas and explain them clearly and succinctly in a way that gets the concept across while not slowing the story down.

The temperature has been sitting comfortably in the high 20s and low 30s for the past few days, but today it's dropped to -4° F with a wind chill that makes it feel like -24° F. I'm staying indoors all day if I possibly can.

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rachelish
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
oh brrrrrrrr... and to think I've been complaining about it being 35 in the mornings here.
rfreebern
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a friend of mine was complaining yesterday about having to ride his bike to work in 50° weather. Pthtbhttbhtbt.
kespernorth
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
If you like Karl Schroeder, you should read his buddy Peter Watts -- his latest novel, Blindsight, is available free off his website.

http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm

Just, uh, make sure you're in a good mood when you read it. It's dark.
rfreebern
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Blindsight is already on my must-read list, yeah. It even came up once at Schroeder's Literary Beer at Boskone.

I can't read anything longer than a short story on the screen, sadly. Maybe if I folded up my tablet PC and tried reading that way it would be easier. I'll have to try that.
kespernorth
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Truly? I read as much on the computer as possible. Books are bulky and hard to search.
luserspaz
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
And computer screens give me a headache, and are hard to curl up in bed with. e-books are pretty much dead to me until I get an affordable reader using e-ink in trade paperback size.

Ryan: I read Sun of Suns in Analog and I just saw that he's doing another serial in this month's issue. Schroeder definitely has some interesting ideas going on.
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