Jun 11 2010

Upcoming Reading / Discussion

The gang at Foolscap have tapped me to start off their summer reading series. Saturday, June 26th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at the Shoreline Library.

Three hours, gang. I’ll read something from the CODEX books (as that’s ostensibly why we’re there), talk about some of the world-building (read geek out about the occult), and I’m sure someone will start a conversation about The Mongoliad, which I’ll indulge as best I can.

As it’s taking place at a library, there won’t be books for sale, but I’m happy to sign anything you bring.

On the Foolscap Convention page, there’s a discussion topic if you want to preload any topic you’d like me to discuss. Otherwise, hopefully I’ll see some of you there.

Jun 08 2010

Subutai in SF

There’s a regular geek-up in San Francisco called Dorkbot, and a couple of the SF-based Subutai officers will be at this week’s meeting on Wednesday (Facebook event listing). They’ll demo The Mongoliad and engage in a little Q & A. For those of you not in SF, we’ve put up a YouTube video of Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear doing the talking head routine about the historical backdrop against which The Mongoliad plays out.

Historical Scope video

For those of you who’ve gone to the Mongoliad website, I’m sure you’ve noticed the header of “Foreworld.” In the YouTube video, Neal–briefly–hints at why such a header exists.

Jun 07 2010

The First Day

Today was my first day of being a full-time writer, and frankly, it was rather mundane. Started clearing my desk and making it a useful workspace. At which point, I realized that all the books on the south side of the room were books I didn’t need that close at hand, and all the books on the north side and west side were the active projects, and so a massive re-organization began. Right now, it’s chaos in here, and I have orange sticky notes on the shelves noting where certain categories are going be filed.

Did the dishes, watched the maintenance guys from Sears come by and service all of our appliances, caught a few episodes of The Venture Bros, and listened to some music. And a podcast (Thelema Now! with William Kiesel, talking about esoteric books, Ouroboros Press, and the Esoteric Book Conference).

Speaking of music, today’s playlist was J. G. Thirlwell’s incidental music for the Venture Bros, Delerium’s Syrophenikan, Caul’s Kairos, and Gitane Demone’s Lullabies for a Troubled World. One of the nice things about working here is that the mood isn’t always Thrash and Noise (aka The White Noise That Drowns Out The Ambient Noise Of The Train).

Caul’s Kairos is a really nice surprise. In the past, Caul has been very ambient–very, very ambient–and this record introduces rhythms and beats. Almost downtempo in their slinkiness. The Caul website has an imbedded player where you can hear the whole record.