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Saturday, May 22, 2004

Saturday May 22, 2004. Mail: Ad from DNA Publications for 1) The Fantastic Book Club. "We'll bring you the books that you want to read." Perhaps not. Roger Zelazny's six previously-uncollected Amber stories probably aren't worth my reading. And I'm not interested in Robert E. Howard's collected fight stories. Of the other eight listed, the only one which particularly interests me is the Lord Dunsany collection.

2) DNA's magazines. Of the five fiction magazines, two interest me -- but are nowhere near the top of my reading list. Chronicle is only the second-best print magazine covering the sf/fantasy field; and several webzines bring the news faster than either LOCUS or Chronicle (including the web version of LOCUS).
Elizabeth Bear [http://www.livejournal.com/users/matociquala/] gave her schedule at Wiscon, including: "I will be at a reading entitled Your Own Good ... on Saturday, from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in Conference Room 2 (our theme is second-person stories. I'll be reading 'The Chains that you Refuse.' [http://www.chizine.com/chains_refuse.htm])."

I read it, and was impressed. It's among the few second-person stories I've seen which work well.

Logically, it ought to be in a viewpoint which doesn't exist in any language I know of. At first, I thought it should be the one Alfred Bester used in "Fondly Fahrenheit":

"He doesn't know which of us I am these days, but they know one truth. You must own nothing but yourself. You must make your own life, live your own life and die your own death ... or else you will die another's." (... in original.)

But that's not quite it. And it's a minor detail.
Writing: Daily exercise -- Nonfiction again. "Politics: Getting the Tune Right." More on making (future) political activists sound right. Like yesterday's, this has been in the back of my head for a while. (If you're interested: to find yesterday's, go to http://groups.google.com, choose advanced search, and look for "Politics" in header of posts by me on rec.arts.sf.composition. Today's will probably show up tomorrow.)

"Well Met, Well Met, My Old True Love" -- A character who'd seemed unrealistically strong now collapses after several days of fending off sleep with jumpstart weed. Two other characters have come much more alive than before.

James telling how her sister tried to kill her has been in the story for a while. Now, someone mentions the little detail that James had threatened to kill her sister.
From an unsolicited email: "Bookman Publishing is already the only company in the industry contacting bookstore owners for our authors. Now, to learn even more about the retail book industry we have just purchased our first bookstore.

"This is not a website, it's a real store made out of bricks and glass. The Bookman Store is on the square in Franklin Indiana and will be open in June. All of our author's [sic] books will be sold there automatically.

"For the very first time ever, we can now guarantee that your book will be sold in a real store. As always, we will sell your book even if another company published it."
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