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___ like a rabbit

Posted on Dec 29, 2007 in Blog, misc | 1 comment

I was talking with a friend the other day when he produced the following nugget of wisdom. Keep in mind that this a conversation he held entirely with himself. I was just a bystander: “I wish I could poop like a rabbit.” (Long Pause) “Actually, I wish I could not just poop like a rabbit, I wish I could eat my poop like a rabbit. It seems like a great step up in efficiency.” (Long Pause) “No. Never mind. It’s just a compensation for an inefficiency. Scratch the idea.” (Long Pause) “I’d still like to poop like a...

One step closer to Cheshires…

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 in Blog, science, science fiction, Writing |

Tip of the hat to Lou Anders who passed me this link; they’ve made glow-in-the-dark cats in Korea. When I wrote “The Calorie Man” this questionable little trick had been performed on rabbits. It provided the creative spark for Cheshires, and also formed the basis for the grain-sniffing IP enforcement dogs that show up in the beginning of the story. Two sides of the same coin: one animal that had been successfully (and safely) engineered, one that hadn’t. Now that we’ve got glow cats, it just seems like a matter of time before some designer GM critter makes it into the wild, either because it escapes captivity, or because...

Logorrhea: Macerate

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 in News, Writing | 1 comment

A while back, John Klima approached me about doing a short story for his Logorrhea anthology. I could write anything I wanted, as long as it was based on a word that had won the National Spelling Bee. Almost immediately, I knew which word I’d take. Macerate has haunted me ever since I did prep tests for the GRE. When I first ran across it, I had no idea what it meant, and when I found out, I thought, “This is without a doubt the dumbest word I’ve ever come across. How can anyone expect you to know these stupid words?” Since then, I’ve run into a couple foodie...

150,000… and counting.

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 in Blog, Writing | 6 comments

I just hit the 150,000 word mark with my novel. I haven’t gone in to start trimming yet, but I know that some sections will need to grow still and I’ve got some final scenes to write yet, so I’m guessing that the final product will end up being about 160,000 words. I’ve actually been warned that this can be a problem for publishers, as all those words mean lots of extra pages which mean extra printing costs and higher price points. I’ve heard that the sweet spot these days is between 80 – 100,000 words for a book, but given the number of POV characters and plot points,...