April 7th, 2008

Steampunk Nayad #1

My Info Page Quotes: the Repository of Wisdom

(That title sounds like a movie proposal that didn't quite make it, no?)

It is my policy that my user info page shouldn't be dreadfully long to scroll through, so I'm going to take to keeping three quotes at a time there, and moving old ones to this entry as I add new ones. I'll link to this page from there so that you, dear reader, can find the list any old time, and everyone will live happily ever after in the Land of Well-Organized LiveJournals...

*ahem* Anyway, the quotes:

"...fiction teaches us to be human. For me, a good fantasy story does that -- the story is not just about the action, the running around waving swords or spells or magic flutes, but about the human experience, about what happens when we love something too much, too little, or too differently..." - Cat Rambo

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." - Calvin Coolidge

"The most successful networkers don’t 'network.' It’s an odious term. The most successful networkers ignore the grasping patheticness of the term altogether. Rather, they talk. They laugh. They share the moment, and enjoy other people’s company; are generous with other people and help them celebrate their successes, rather than asking to scrape up against that success so some of it might crumble off on them. It works the same online and off." - John Scalzi

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

"Put more of yourself on the line. When in doubt, write something more personal, dangerous and painful and full of personal energy." - Sean Stewart

"All fantasy screenplays must have a metaphor or else they inevitably run off the rails." - Todd Alcott
Steampunk Nayad #1

Nayad's Favorite Books

Updated September 28, 2010

Novels & Novellas:
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl
Kage Baker - The Company novels; The Empress of Mars
Elizabeth Bear - The Jenny Casey trilogy; New Amsterdam
James Blaylock - The Last Coin; All the Bells on Earth; The Knights of the Cornerstone
Gary A. Braunbeck - In Silent Graves; Mr. Hands
Emma Bull - Territory
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess
Orson Scott Card - Lost Boys; Ender's Game
Jonathan Carroll - The Ghost in Love
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Justin Cronin - The Passage
Charles de Lint - Memory & Dream
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince
Philip K. Dick - Martian Time-Slip; Ubik
Cory Doctorow - Little Brother; Makers
Theodore Dreiser - Sister Carrie
Carol Emshwiller - The Secret City
Jeffrey Ford - The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque; The Shadow Year
Neil Gaiman - Coraline; The Graveyard Book
William Goldman - The Princess Bride
Daryl Gregory - Pandemonium
Ken Grimwood - Replay
Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House
Ellen Klages - The Green Glass Sea; White Sands, Red Menace
Dean Koontz - Lightning
Jennifer McMahon - Island of Lost Girls
China Miéville - The City & The City
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife
Chuck Pahlaniuk - Diary
David R. Palmer - Emergence
Tim Powers - The Anubis Gates; A Soul in a Bottle; Last Call; Expiration Date; Three Days to Never
Cherie Priest - Boneshaker
Mary Doria Russell - The Sparrow
John Scalzi - The God Engines
Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age
Caroline Stevermer - A College of Magics
Theodore Sturgeon - More Than Human; The Synthetic Man (AKA The Dreaming Jewels)
John Varley - The Golden Globe; Steel Beach
Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
Connie Willis - Bellwether; Doomsday Book; Blackout

Story Collections:
Daniel Abraham - Leviathan Wept and Other Stories
Kage Baker - Mother Aegypt; Dark Mondays
James Blaylock - Thirteen Phantasms; In for a Penny
Jeffrey Ford - The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories; The Empire of Ice Cream
Pam Houston - Waltzing the Cat
Henry James - The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction
Ellen Klages - Portable Childhoods
Nancy Kress - The Aliens of Earth
Kelly Link - Pretty Monsters; Magic for Beginners
Sarah Monette - The Bone Key
Holly Phillips - In the Palace of Repose
Tim Powers - Strange Itineraries
Ken Scholes - Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys
Connie Willis - The Winds of Marble Arch

Anthologies:
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume One - Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2006 - Rich Horton, ed.
The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams, ed.
Wastelands - John Joseph Adams, ed.

Nonfiction:
Charlotte Joko Beck - Everyday Zen
Anne Bernays & Pamela Painter - What If?
Gary A. Braunbeck - Fear in a Handful of Dust
Orson Scott Card - Characters & Viewpoint
Malcolm Gladwell - The Tipping Point; Outliers
Stephen King - On Writing
Damon Knight - Creating Short Fiction
Anne Lamott - Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions
Noah Lukeman - The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
Robert McKee - Story
Ken Rand - The 10% Solution; From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds
Heather Sellers - Page After Page; Chapter After Chapter
Lawrence Shainberg - Ambivalent Zen: One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path
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Progress report

70 Days of Sweat, Day Thirty-Eight: 1000 words.

Total: 31,100 words.

Current short story ("Healing Stone Springs"): 4,700 words.

In other news: It seems that I ought to read "The Song of Ice and Fire" books. I'll put them on the list, but it will be a while before it happens. Lately I've been reading almost nothing but short stories, in support of my quest to grok that form in a complex, multilayered, intuition-based, hard-core, metaphysical and total self-mind-warpification of epic proportions. I'll let you know how I get on with that.

Fitness report: Gym day! I went on the elliptical machine for an hour on the "Interval" setting, level 4, plus 10 minutes each of warm-up and cool-down.