Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Tuesday September 2, 2003. The day went worse and better than I expected.

Worse: I'd intended to print out my First Draft zine.* But the printer I was using and the computer it's attached to weren't communicating properly.

Better: In the morning, I found myself more focused on what I wanted/needed to do, and less anxious about doing it than I've been lately.

Returning from the failed attempt to print, I found myself seeing and feeling patterns much more clearly. I'd gotten there without any conscious mindwork or any chemical assistance.

Unless you count caffeine as chemical assistance, that is. And I've been doing small bits of informal mindwork for a while now.

Let's see tomorrow if it lasts.

Email: Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, September. Includes: Mike Brotherton on how he wrote his forthcoming first novel. He produced a synopsis at Clarion West 1994, and finished the novel in 2001. (He explains why he took so long, and presumably hopes others will learn from his mistakes.) Next month, how he sold the novel.//Julie Czerneda on how best to critique stories.//Diana Carolyn Ice, part six of a series on the medieval calendar.

From: purple_bovine@yahoo.com (Larisa)
Newsgroups: rec.arts.mystery
Subject: Re: If you were going to write a mystery ...
Date: 1 Sep 2003

If I were going to write a mystery, I would begin it with a scene of
the main character struggling with a goat in the middle of downtown
San Francisco, in broad daylight. Present-day, of course. Then, I
would spend half the novel explaining just by what intricate chain of
crime the character got to this sad state, and the rest of the novel
extricating him from it. Fortunately for the reading public, I am not
a writer, so this dubious work of literature will never actually get

But seriously, write about a place and time you know well. It feels a
lot more real that way.


In "Shakespeare, Co-Author" (Oxford University Press, 2002), Professor [Brian] Vickers, 65, shows how numerous tests by many generations of scholars demonstrate substantial work by other playwrights in five Shakespeare plays. Examining factors like rhetorical devices, polysyllabic words and metrical habits, scholars have been able to identify reliably an author of a work or part of a work, even when the early editions did not give credit.

The plays are not the top five in the Shakespeare canon. But the overwhelming evidence in the book shows that George Peele, not Shakespeare, wrote almost a third of "Titus Andronicus"; Thomas Middleton, about two-fifths of "Timon of Athens"; George Wilkins, two of the five acts of "Pericles"; and John Fletcher, more than half of "Henry VIII." "The Two Noble Kinsmen," originally published in 1634 as the work of Shakespeare and Fletcher, is shown to be about two-fifths Shakespeare's.

The Synesthesia list is back! New edress: Sean.Day@tridenttech.edu

From USA Today's state news snippets: "FLORIDA: Fort Lauderdale -- a new drink called the nicotini has emerged in the city's nightlife district since restaurants were forced to ban smoking. The tobacco-spiked martinis are being served to smokers who don't want to go outside to light up."

This is not a quote from Dave Barry or Stephen King.

Christian Science Monitor: US's 'private army' grows
In Colombia and around the world, civilians are doing work formerly
done by the military. By Rachel Van Dongen

*First Draft is a writing group by mail, in apa format.

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