link salad catch-up

So the trick with this exercising business, it turns out, is to keep going. I'm still longing for sleep and bed within an hour of finishing the training, but pushing through that is getting easier. Huh. Who knew? The new regime of half-decent food interspersed with truly decent food and proper exercise, however, is wreaking havoc on my skin as it struggles to cope with a new sugar-free equilibrium. I lapsed yesterday and ate cake (too much), and spent the rest of the day rather overheated from too much sugar. What the…?

This morning I also dropped my car off to have the shock absorbers replaced. (Yes, this is something I've known needed fixing since, oh, April…?) Both front and rear are worn down to non-existence. Which, when there are 12 speed-humps on your street, you really get to noticing. So next time you see me, expect me to be minus one valuable organ.

New Links Memorised:

  • Alinta quotes Nelson Mandela on fear
    Go. Read. 'Tis inspirational.
  • Oracne talks about detail and specificity in historical fiction:

    I think that very specificity might have been one of the reasons I was successful at establishing the background. In writing description, almost every commentator ever has lauded the virtues of specificity: not a flower, but a freshly unfurled red tulip as bright as candy.

  • Sherwood Smith responds:

    To which I'd add, the detail also encompasses the characters' reactions.

  • Tobias Buckell on shorthand vs specificity
  • And Bear gets to musing about voice, and style:

    Which is why, oddly enough, the flaws of a writer's style are as important to his success as the triumphs. Because limitations are part of that identifiable identity, too.

    And it's also why "good enough" isn't good enough for a professional artist, and the goal is excellence.

    It's not enough not to do anything wrong. You have to own your art.