Monday, September 13 2021

Quote of the Day

It’s not that you should never love something so much it can control you.

It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.

Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

My brain feels stuffed

So much Deep Thought happened last week that I’m behind and have links all over my e-mail and tabs to save.

Also, I’ve decided to start working on some short stories as well as research for my novel, because the idea that no one’s going to see any work of mine for years and years and maybe a couple more years after that is just intolerable. I was getting very depressed about it. Then I saw one of those MasterClass ads–you know the ones, they are all over social media–and it led me to the trailer for Joyce Carol Oates’s class. And she said this magical thing:

…and we’re going to begin with shorter forms. Because short stories, short monologues, poetry, and things that you can finish and show other people–that’s very satisfying and necessary for a writer. What we all need is the satisfaction of this little uplift that we get psychologically from finishing something.

Joyce Carol Oates

Yes, Ms. Oates!! YES. THANK YOU. Sometimes I feel insane with the need to share my work. I guess that’s normal, actually. And I should do that.

And I’m going to buy a MasterClass subscription, because of her class, and N.K. Jemisin’s SFF Writing class, and Roxane Gay’s Writing for Social Change class, and even Neil Gaiman’s Art of Storytelling class, because even though I don’t love his life choices he is a great writer. And whatever else I can find on there that might be useful.

Anyway, here are the gazillion links, with less commentary than usual.

World’s biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland

Solar Punk Society

The Heat Is On: Stanford faculty are blazing paths in fire control and prevention to help us live in a changed climate.

The blog Ursula K. LeGuin started when she was 81

The Novel Solutions of Utopian Fiction

Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism

Time Travelers Should Be a Lot More Worried About Viruses

I’m rereading the HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH books about the writing of Lord of the Rings. They’re fascinating (for certain values of fascinating); what I’m going to do this time try to extract writing advice (thread)

A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change

The big myth of government deficits

Why William Gibson Is a Literary Genius

People are moving to this Midwest city for one particularly reason

Can Turning CO2 to Stone Help Save the Planet? | Out of Our Elements

Spectacular FLOATING HOME is Self-Built & Off-Grid

Seriously I haven’t had time to read / watch most of these but I really want to some day. Thank goodness for this little blog where they will stay safe until I have need of them.