Monday, January 23, 2012

The Price of Time: N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin (author of The Inheritance Trilogy) writes here about managing her time and how having a dishwasher buys her the space to write:
I’ve mentioned this before, but I have two full-time jobs. This is partly by choice, because I actually enjoy my non-writing career, and partly out of necessity, since I don’t make quite enough money at either my non-writing career or via writing to let one or the other go. (It’s not just money. Being a full-time writer means paying $400/month for health insurance, versus $40/month via my day job. But you get the idea.) People ask me all the time how I do it, and I’m always a little perplexed by the question. I don’t have children, for one thing; any writer who does that and a day job deserves your awe, not me. I actually have a day job; I spent awhile without one a couple of years back, and that was no fun at all. Still, not gonna lie; it’s tough sometimes, juggling two demanding careers.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Scott Lynch on SOPA/PIPA

Mr Scott Lynch has written down some words regarding his thoughts on the SOPA/PIPA legislation:
These bills are an existential threat to what I'm doing at this very moment, writing this little piece and preparing to post it, along with some links, all the while NOT having to fear that my entire online presence will be blotted out in response, by someone acting on misinformation or in sheer bad faith, using extrajudicial powers that short-circuit all due process. 

These bills would strangle innovation, freeze free and open political communication, and destroy every common online space currently used to exchange communication ranging from casual chat to critical, life-saving information. They would crush the internet as we know it and savage the globally uplifting online economy. 

My books are published by a subsidiary of the forces currently pushing PIPA/SOPA. Any filmed adaptation of my books would be made by a subsidiary of these forces. They are my present and (hopefully) future employers, and they are cutting their own throats by supporting this nonsense. They are attacking me; they are attempting to curtail my freedom of expression, my ability to offer my work in a public medium, and your ability to get your hands on it. Hell, your ability to even discuss it. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Scott Lynch Update

Over on the Gollancz blog there's an update on Scott Lynch's much-anticipated, much-delayed Republic of Thieves:
Well, the months have rolled around faster than anyone could quite credit and we find ourselves in 2012 and still without that final confirmed delivery of the completed draft of Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves. Sadly those who expressed their doubts have been proved right and we’re now forced to move the likely date for Scott’s publication into the Autumn of this year. 
Scott is still facing up to his issues and we’re still having to face up to the wait for his book. I know which I’d rather be dealing with. 
So, we send our apologies to you and our very best wishes to Scott. Thank you, on his behalf, for bearing with us. And in the meantime, of course, (and to take some of the pressure of Scott) there are plenty of other wonderful books to be reading until The Republic of Thieves does make its appearance.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pat Rothfuss on Resolutions

Beardy Patrick Rothfuss has written down his thoughts on New Years Resolutions and a bunch of other stuff, then beamed the words into the world:
When I look at things with the clarity of hindsight, it’s blindingly obvious what the end result of all this is: I’m suffering from a rather specialized sort of social isolation. The sort of isolation where I can go online at any point and interact with 10,000 people.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Winds of Winter - Sample Chapter

George Martin has posted a sample chapter from The Winds of Winter, Book 6 of A Song of Ice and Fire, which can be found here.  Normally, I'd post a chunk on this page but since the sample contains spoilers for Book 5 I don't want your eyes to get inadvertently infected.  Instead, here's a picture of Jon Snow.  Happy 2012!