I think I can just sneak this in. Sorry, been writing and studiously not writing, wash, rinse, repeat, all day.
Numbers 2 and 3 of the top 10 things you should know about your own book.
Just like you can't legislate morality (no matter how often conservatives and to a lesser extent liberals try), you can't legislate alternate reality. Here's the thing, North Carolina legislature, so far, all the "worst case scenario" predictions for climate change have not gone far enough to match what is actually happening. So, I have a feeling that your legislating how science can predict sea level rise, while also limiting the "historical lookback" period to the last century is really going to fuck over your planning. You may wish to stick your fingers in your ears and sing "lalalalala", but the rest of us would like to be ready. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)
"The study… surveyed about 400 black and white preadolescent students—aka tweens—in the Midwest over the course of a year. Instead of looking at specific shows, they focused on how much time the kids were spending watching TV, period, and how it impacted their self-esteem. What they found after they'd controlled for age, body image, and baseline self-esteem was that television exposure was responsible for a decrease in self-esteem in both white and black girls and black boys, but it led to an increase in self-esteem in white boys." Well, who woulda thunk it? This is just another example of the privilege that is endemic in society, in case you needed on to prove some point or other. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
Leonard Nimoy gives a commencement speech. Find your bliss, do what scares you, and respect your body (it's part of the creative process). Do miss the quote about the whisper from the God of All Arts (around minute 16). (Grokked from Tor.com)