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October 16th, 2008
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Quick question to the silent audience. Have you been enjoying my recent writing? Any feedback? I'm not doing it for the accolades*, but it's nice to hear it's leaving an impression.

* "So why are you doing it?" ... Well, it ain't for the money, and no really I don't write for the egoboo, though it's admittedly a positive factor. The act of creativity itself is the important thing. And sharing it. I could say it's for the practice -- it's like a muscle; you have to stretch it or it atrophies -- but that would only be a partial answer. Closer would be that I feel like writing is something that defines me. It's a way I can be not just another guy whose life is filled with work, friends and video games. Plus I seem to have a knack for distilling life into Story, and I might as well use the darn thing.

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Date:October 16th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
You don't know me from a hole in the ground, but the reason I have your journal friended is because I enjoy reading what you write; the latest stuff is no exception. So yes, you've been making an impression.

I particularly like the depth of character in CSI: Luvine and the articulate satire of the robo-politician piece.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's less "I'm not reading," as "I'm reading and being so stunned by the degree of skill you show that I would feel like the village idiot for offering my comments." You are INTIMIDATINGLY good at writing, and I mean that wholly as a compliment.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
yes, that!
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Date:October 16th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)

The Sample is Insuffficient...

you must write more so that we can make an informed decision.

More seriously, it's good stuff, and there's a dearth of original stuff in the world these days.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)

Re: The Sample is Insufficient...

> there's a dearth of original stuff in the world these days.

That I doubt! But I'm glad you appreciate mine. :)
From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:October 16th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)

*is caught with his head dunked in the bowl of sentence noodles, scarfing them down*

*makes his best pseudo-innocent look*

*adds a little bit of teriyaki sauce*

(It's a little odd for a RoboSenator with "proprietary metrics" to also have its source code published, but perhaps there's a binary-only core part that contains the metrics and only the model-specific parts are published. And one wouldn't expect an arbitrary subset of a manufacturer's FAQ like that to be entirely consistent anyway.)

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Date:October 16th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)

Bonus thought for comment readers!

Via Scalzi, who will forever be known more for Bacon Cat than any of his writing:

Perspective: Nothing you'll ever do will be more popular than that online picture of bacon taped to a cat.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Bonus thought for comment readers!

2 thoughts:

1. I enjoyed the Old Man's War story arc that Scalzi wrote (haven't read Zoe's Tale yet, but I'll wait for the paperback), but yes, Bacon Cat will probably always be his claim to fame (well, infamy at least) -- either that, or his "being poor" piece. When you get down to it, though, OMW is pretty conventional sci-fi writing, very similar to Heinlein.

2. Similarly, I enjoy your writing; although, yours is more unconventional fantasy. Your have the quasi-standard overbearing church in your CSI: Luvine series, but I love the unconventional nature of the criminal investigations, and how they deal with the side effects of the main character's actions, and show how a small group of adventurers can have far reaching consequences beyond the scope of the adventure, unless you have an exceptionally talented DM.

As for the Tomorrowlands writing, I enjoy that somewhat as well, but mostly in a social commentary about discrimination / desire to be understood by the world around you / desire to make a difference mind-set. It reminds me of old school superhero comics-type stories. For that matter, it might make an interesting book now, provided you got a good illustrator to work with you.

Just my $0.02.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I do read and enjoy, even though my comments are at best a minimum.
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Date:October 16th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Just like Goji, your skill impresses me. I feel guilty, actually, for not finding the words to make a good comment (lately words flee me and go hide into dark corners where, I'm sure, they murmur to each other and look at me over their shoulder, giggling); quite often I intend to, and click 'Post comment', and then realize there is truly nothing worthwhile that comes to me. Sometimes I try all the same, sometimes I don't, and in the end I close the window and move on in silence. But the thought is there nonetheless.
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Date:October 17th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I do read and enjoy. I am one of the silent readers. :)
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Date:October 17th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying it. Don't like to comment much because if anything comes to mind, it's pretty inane and on a tangent - yeah, I do sometimes reply with that, and it makes me sound about twelve, but normally I have nothing to contribute.
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