Because I am easily distracted by shiny things, here is Madigan Mine put through Wordle:

Madigan Mine Wordle

Wordle is an online procrastination tool app that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. Okay, off to do some real work now.


I write like . . .

This bit of frippery has been doing the rounds of the interwebs today and I thought I’d buy in:

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

That’s what happened when I used my novella, “Painlessness” as the comparison text anyway. Which is all very flattering and ego-boosting and warm-fuzzy-making. With Madigan Mine, apparently I’m more like Kurt Vonnegut. Strangely, “We All Fall Down” (a short story which will be published in the next issue of Aurealis) comes up smelling like JK Rowling — with nary a death eater or house elf in sight!

Of course, according to this sample of Chuck Palahniuk’s work, he writes like Stephen King. But that’s okay, because Stephen King writes like Dan Brown. Disappointingly, it seems that Dan Brown just writes likes himself. But Mary Shelley is the new Vladimir Nabokov! Or was the old Vladimir Nabokov. Or whatever. Frankenstein meets Lolita — now that’s a mash-up I’d like to see. It’s got to be better than fricken Little Vampire Women.

Hmm, wonder who Louisa May Alcott writes like . . .

And the world grows ever smaller …

Last night, at a fantastically laid back New Year’s Eve Party, I met a couple who had first met each other at Continuum 3 a couple of years ago. (For those of who don’t know, C3 was a spec fic convention I chaired back in 2005.) He liked Neil Gaiman, she came along for Robin Hobb. And now they now have a baby.

I made a family! How cool is that?

Actually, this is the third couple I know of to come out of C3. Perhaps Continuum should forget about running conventions and start up a match-making agency.

Introverted, new-school Doctor Who fan with leanings toward Farscape and minor Firefly obsession (you can’t stop the signal!!!) seeks extroverted Lord of the Rings afficionado with Harry Potter fixation for cross-genre fun. Must have GSOH and own quidditch kit. Filkers need not apply.

Happy New Year everyone!