Because you all are getting tired of me ranting, and tonight is probably going to be a stressful political one, some links concerning writing which was what this blog was (supposed to be) all about.
Dear Editor, Help, I can't seem to finish my book. As I wind into the third act this is most timely. :) And while they suggest outlining they also remind you, "It's never carved in stone." Beware the tyrany of the outline. And having just written a small twist in Chapter 20 (not big, but for a second it had me saying, "Wait a sec, it's way to late to throw this into the mix" but I kept it in because my subconscious seems to be doing better planning than my conscious brain). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
James Van Pelt on forward progress in novel writing. He also quantitatively defines a Lake Unit of writing. (Grokked, of course, from Jay Lake who, like me, has gotten a little screechy monkey about the health care debate and has decided to take a deep breath and let it out slowly, which is a similar decision I made last night when Bette told me I was getting near apoplectic watching C-SPAN)
Ken McConnell has his new novel, Null_Pointer out at the usual places.
And then a little of what to do once you're done (you know, besides the wild nights of debauchery) from Beneath the Cover, The Writing Heart of a Baboon. Which basically says, "Sell the hell out of it." Well, yeah. (Also grokked from Matt Staggs).