Monthly Archives: February 2009

second thought of the day

“The silence I’m talking about, the silence we as writers must have to be productive, is silence inside ourselves. That silence travels anywhere. We carry it with us as if it were a private retreat in the mountains nestled next to a crystalline, ice-cold lake, surrounded by forests and pervaded by peace. And this silence is hard to find and hard to hold. It is as elusive as a rainbow, as easily shattered as sugar glass, as rare as a white stag, as skittish as a wild colt. A single worry about an unpaid bill or an appointment with a dentist or a remembered argument can destroy this silence for an hour or a day, and no amount of gritting teeth and frowing at monitor with fingers poised on keyboard will lure it back.”
(Holly Lisle, on finding silence)

Coding is much the same, even when you wish very much that it weren’t.

thought of the day

“Readers swallow these inconsistencies because people are also adaptable, and if you’re already suspending your disbelief to allow magic, it’s not too hard to stretch it a little further and believe that an Empire could stand unchanged for five thousand years. But when you make a reader do that, you’re cheating them, and your story, out of a world of depth. This doesn’t mean you can’t have ancient Empires in your novel to great effect, it just means that you have to make them real, and you do that by letting people be people.”
(Rachel Aaron, on building worlds)

thought of the day

“The result is a state of still restlessness; of calm excitement. I laugh out loud simply because I can.”
(kifudancer, doing it correctly)

quote of the day

“Science is not like religion; it’s not about finding true doctrines. It’s about demolishing wrong ones. Ideas are two a penny; it’s the efficient destruction of error that leads us to truth. And we really need such a method. The truths at the heart of Newtonian mechanics, evolution, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and bioinformatics are often so counterintuitive and disturbing that we only accept them when absolutely every other possibility has been shot down in flames. To understand the mechanism, you first have to burn away the myth.”
(Ross Anderson, Cambridge – the Unauthorised History)