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If you have read Neogenesis and want to talk about it, this is the link to the spoiler discussion.
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For them what indulges, the eARC of Neogenesis, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller -- the 21st Liaden Universe®! -- is now available for download (and reading, natch).

Get yours here!

I will, in the fullness of time, set up a spoiler page at sharonleewriter.com

Hearphones update

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:16 pm
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So, we took the car in for the 10,000 mile check-up and tire rotation thingy, then went to IHOP for breakfast and a test drive of the hearphones.

The hearphones...are problematical on two fronts.

Front One:  I can't keep the damned things charged.  Admittedly, this files under Operator Error, but I'm not usually an idiot about keeping the toys charged, so there's some subtlety I'm missing.  And it doesn't lessen Operator Aggravation to arrive at the Test Location and find that the 'phones are, ahem, critically low on power.

Front Two:  Hearing my own voice in my ears is gonna drive me bugs.  And this may actually be a deal-breaker.  Steve urges me to give it another run, to see if I get used to it, which is fair, but at the moment what I'm doing is whispering in an attempt not to hear my own voice, which is...not really much better than sitting like a stump at a group dinner because I can't hear what anyone else is saying.

The plaque (and check) which together comprise "Wise Child's" Readers Choice award arrived yesterday.  The check we deposited in the bank today while we were out and about.  Here is a photograph of the plaque, being modeled by the delightful Mr. Miller.

So, my next order of business is to read another 50ish pages of the Neogenesis page proofs.  Lunch is on the schedule, and, very possibly, a nap, because we not only got up at stoopid o'clock to take the car in, but we got flu shots (the high-test flu shots reserved for those of us who are temporally elongated), too.

Everybody be good.

Thursday boring report

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:36 am
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Asters and goldenrod, goldenrod and asters, with patches of chicory. I may have seen a late-blooming St. Johns-wort or yellow loosestrife.

Roadkill limited to a chipmunk, one gray squirrel, and a fall warbler that won't make the migration.

Windy, cool, got out on the bike. Did not die. Ride takes me to 1100 miles for the year.

15.27 miles, 1:16:15

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Sep. 21st, 2017 08:48 am
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Hope the "America First" crew will remember that Puerto Rico is America.


Tired of the noise

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:57 am
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Air temperature 60 F, dew point 52, wind north about 10 mph, scattered clouds for the newspaper walk. Bike ride scheduled.

Stubborn

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:15 pm
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Our small white yard-asters are doing the bloom-under-mower-height thing again. They'd like to grow a few feet tall, but an inch will do.

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For those following along at home:  The hearphone movie test was inconclusive.  I could, indeed, hear the dialog in Fantastic Beasts clearly while wearing the hearphones, but!  So could I without.  I am forced to conclude that the speakers on the new television set are superior to those in the local movie theater.

I have not yet done the Noisy Bar test drive.  I have a window of opportunity tomorrow, when I need to be in Augusta insanely early so the car can get its 10,000 mile inspection, fine-tuning, whatever.  Steve has bravely volunteered to go with me, and the plan (The Plan) is that, after the car is taken care of, we shall adjourn to IHOP, which is really pretty noisy, and I will do a test there.

One of the things that's really freaky about the hearphones, besides hearing yourself talk through your ears, is that there's a option for "silence" -- which turns off your ears.  Or at least feels like it's turned off your ears.  No input gets through.

In other news, the page proofs for Neogenesis, the twenty-first book in the Liaden Universe®; the eleventh Liaden book we've written for Baen -- landed in my in-box yesterday.  Today, after breakfast, Sprite and I sat down with our red pen and our sticky tabs and went over the front matter and the first 48 pages, which takes us through the first section/chapter.

I will now go on to other things, including working on Fifth of Five, the sequel to Neogenesis and the last book in both the five-book arc beginning with Dragon in Exile, and the last book in the arc begun 29 years ago, in Agent of Change.

Twenty-nine years ago.

Well.  I guess I've earned those purple hairs.

Before anyone asks:  Nope, still don't know when the eArc of Neogenesis will appear at a Baen.com near you.  The last word I had, from two "Baen insiders" (editors, actually, but "Baen insiders" sounds infinitely cooler than "editor") was that the eArc would be available in September.  That is the sum of my knowledge on the subject (honest!).  If you need to know more, you need to write to Baen.

What else?  The fountain pen experiment continues to go well.  I have one pen (out of, er, four?  that escalated quickly) that I'm not really crazy about, but I am declaring success.

So, that seems to be all the news.  Everybody be well.

11.03%
 
48 / 435 pages

 

Icky sticky

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:57 am
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Air temperature 67 F, dew point 65, wind north about 5 mph, scattered fog. The world is not complying with my demands.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 08:24 pm
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Hello darkness, my old friend.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 03:02 pm
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And yet another reminder that I don't understand people . . .

Tuesday floral report

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:36 pm
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Small white asters making snowdrifts beside the road. First milkweed pods splitting open. Oak trees dropping their nasty ball-bearings all over the road.

Little change on the foliage front -- more ash leaves down, more red maples starting to turn, and the wild cucumber vines have started to go yellow in the trees.

Roadkill consisted of another garter snake that has become one with the asphalt.

Damp, still air, got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.26 miles, 1:12:55

Notes from the edge

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:03 am
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No local hurricanes. Jose may brush past us tonight into tomorrow, with high surf and minor coastal flooding but little wind and maybe a bit of rain. Air temperature 62 F and dew point 61, overcast, near calm, some fog. Bike ride after the roads dry off?

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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:31 am
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If it works, don't fuck with it . . .

(remember the mouse-over)

https://xkcd.com/1891/

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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:16 am
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How do you solve a problem like Maria? She has gone major on the Leeward Islands . . .

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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:22 am
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Apparently there was an award show last night that has some people upset. Maybe if you ignore it, it will become irrelevant?

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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:08 am
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Recent projections show Hurricane Jose making a button-hook turn and heading back south. Which makes me wonder, how many of you youngsters have ever seen a button hook?

Gray (one in a continuing series)

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:04 am
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Air temperature 58 F, dew point 57, wind south about 5 mph, patchy fog.

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