Well, I revised…

Well, I revised "Savariian and the Aliens", which I've been putting off for forever, and sent it off to Asimov's this morning. I'm thinking of revising "Twern, the Gardener" next. Why the sudden spate of fiction writing and revising? Why, because I have 3 academic papers to write in the next week and a half, of course. Doesn't that make sense to you? It makes sense to my subconscious, clearly, even if my conscious mind thinks my subconscious ought to get its priorities straight.

I took a break from any kind of writing for a while to read some Martin Amis, who I haven't read before. Duncan had suggested him as a possible BW author -- he's certainly a good writer, in that flip, sharp, cynical sort of way. Though I suspect there may be some heart to him as well. I'm reading The Rachel Papers, which reminds me quite a bit of Hanif Kurieshi's The Buddha of Suburbia. I suppose there are some obvious parallels. Both very good books, though. (Presuming the Amis maintains its current high performance). In any case, because it's for BW, part of my brain counts it as working and thus lets me temporarily off the paper-writing hook. Not sure how long that'll last though -- I appear to be drawn back compulsively to my computer. Though e-mail is a good distraction from paper-writing too, as is updating my journal. I did so well when I went to Borders yesterday, but the buses don't run today, and I don't really feel like either a long walk or taking a cab. What I may do is go get lunch at Cucina and set up there for a few hours. They close at 3 p.m. on Sundays, but I could theoretically have a nice solid chunk of working between noon and 3. Hmm...we'll see. If I bribe myself with one of their yummy sandwiches, that might work. (I wish that I could use exercise as a motivator instead of food -- wouldn't that be great? Like -- "Write this paper, and I'll let you go work out at the gym! Won't that be fun?" Hah!)

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