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Seeking recommendations for cons within a weekend drive of Norfolk VA to check out. Desired qualities: more literary than pop culture (e.g. lots of writing workshops / craft of writing panels, & discussion of written scifi), yet not overwhelmingly old, white, & stodgy. Small enough to feel intimate, but still large enough that we don't see the same panelists saying the same things every year. Bonus: strong science track. Best example so far: Boston's Arisia, which is now too far to drive!

I don't think I ever realized the power of reading one's work aloud until now. In prepping for a con reading this weekend, I practiced reading a WIP out loud, and ended up cutting A THOUSAND USELESS WORDS from it as I went. Rocketed to the top of my list of useful revision tools.

spaghetti code: unstructured, monolithic

lasagna code: stacks with unintentionally repeated functionality

ravioli code: small, self-contained modules

rotini code: huge dependency trees

farfalle code: nice syntax & layout but hard to use

Poll for what I should read for my half hour ish slot at RavenCon this weekend: twitter.com/QuantumCowboy/stat

Argh, this always happens... I have so many ideas for cosplays leading up to a con, but then never actually get around to deciding+executing any of them until the week of, and at that point I just don't want the hassle. Love the idea, but apparently it's too low a priority to actually get done.

Had a 1500 word weekend... Amazing what rest, delightful weather, and a little critique circle peer pressure can do for my word count.

Reading 2001: A Space Oddysey again for the first time since high school, in preparation for a panel at RavenCon next week. Wow. This has a lot more layers than I remembered. I wonder how many other books I read before I was ready to really appreciate them.

Just finished reading my wife's 3rd draft dark fantasy novel... damn. I'm so impressed at how far it's come and excited for this to take the next step. Her writing absolutely blows mine out of the water!

Seeking recommendations for cons within a weekend drive of Norfolk VA to check out. Desired qualities: more literary than pop culture (e.g. lots of writing workshops / craft of writing panels, & discussion of written scifi), yet not overwhelmingly old, white, & stodgy. Small enough to feel intimate, but still large enough that we don't see the same panelists saying the same things every year. Bonus: strong science track. Best example so far: Boston's Arisia, which is now too far to drive!

I can't even begin to say how much I love the sheer cross-conceptual nerdery of this.

Excited for my first con appearance in Virginia! I'll be at RavenCon next weekend in Williamsburg VA on two panels plus a reading. I'll be reading from unpublished work, and I'll have the last of the promo USB drives containing Red Soil Through Our Fingers, an interview by SciFi Policy, two short stories, and other goodies. naratnayake.com/2018/04/my-rav

"Red Soil Through Our Fingers" by Nalin Ratnayake
@quantumcowboy

Loving the characters and Mars from a farmer's perspective.

Does anyone else hear Salt n Pepa play in their head when pushing to a git repo? I might just script that mp3 to play whenever this happens.

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You know it's the right group of friends when going out for pizza and beer rapidly devolves into frequentist vs bayesian statistics, free will, and the fundamental knowability of the universe.

Thank you, authors.

There are too many books out there to read. I cannot keep up.

But I still want you to keep on producing them.

I love looking forward, again and again.

#amreading
#books

"Visions, Ventures, and Escape Velocities" is a collection of short fiction and essays about our shared future in space. | ebook avail for free here: csi.asu.edu/books/vvev/ | My spoiler-free general review is here: naratnayake.com/2018/03/vvev-r | My 6-part (w/spoilers) response is here: naratnayake.com/series/vvev/

Virginia-area and nerds! Today is the last day to get RavenCon memberships before prices increase. | ravencon.com/ | RavenCon will be April 20-22 in Williamsburg. I'll be there on a couple panels and doing a reading from published and unpublished WIP.

Swung by a retirement party yesterday and discovered that a friend's office mate's wife is my office mate. So my friend and I have been office in-laws all this time and never knew it. Family is a funny thing, and it seems work family is no exception.