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Viable Paradise : The Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop

For those interested in learning how to sell SF and fantasy, Viable Paradise is a one-week workshop in Martha's Vineyard focused on how to write and sell your work. Submissions for the October 3-8 course open January 1st and close June 10th. This year's instructors are Elizabeth Bear, Debra Doyle, Steven Gould, James D. Macdonald, Laura J. Mixon, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, and John Scalzi. Tuition, if your submission is accepted, is $880(US).
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When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone ... - NYTimes.com

An article on why more than 95% of blogs are abandoned within 6 months of being created.
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Short Stories: They're Made out of Meat by Terry Bisson

"They're made out of meat."


"Meat. They're made out of meat."


"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

Follow the link to read the rest of the story.

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Tired of using Word? Well, Mac users now have an inexpensive option that appears to be well suited for writers who want to focus on the task of creating, not text editing (my wife actually went Squee! upon seeing the demo video). Scrivener (which means "scribe") is available for free 30-day trial to users of Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Check out the video to see what the package is capable of, and if you like it after your trial run it is only $39.95(US). You can find the package at their web site (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html). Follow the link through the graphic to a New York Times article about a writer who has cast of her Word days and embraced Scrivener as her "word processor" of choice.


Jan. 25th, 2007 09:00 pm
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Something lifted from Hamish's blog:


SciTalk offers a way for scientists to communicate their expertise and their enthusiasm to writers, and a way for writers to find out about science and how scientists ‘work’ — through personal contact and meeting face-to-face, not just by email or phone.
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from the web site:
Inspired by an article in The New York Times Magazine, the Gender Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, to predict the gender of an author. Read more at nature.com.

Simply type or paste your text in the box below. Click submit for the results.

Apparently it works best with texts of more than 500 words. Here are the results of some of your more recent posts of more than 500 words.

[livejournal.com profile] ancalagon_tbFemale Score: 675 / Male Score: 1089 / Conclusion: Male

[livejournal.com profile] wonderleafyFemale Score: 611 / Male Score: 913 / Conclusion: Male (umm... no, bad turtle)

[livejournal.com profile] d2leddyFemale Score: 792 / Male Score: 741 / Conclusion: Female (not doing so hot, here)

[livejournal.com profile] _luaineachFemale Score: 747 / Male Score: 456 /Conclusion: Female

[livejournal.com profile] ironphoenixFemale Score: 752 / Male Score: 704 / Conclusion: Female (I'm sure his wife will be surprised)

[livejournal.com profile] ms_dansonFemale Score: 1892 / Male Score: 1908 / Conclusion: Male (Definitely not)

I'll try a few others later. Right now, cookies to bake.
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I've posted a story to provide background for a character I will be playing [livejournal.com profile] ms_danson's upcoming game.


It might be confusing without context so consider yourself forewarned.

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