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Paul and Dan on Deep Work (2/4)

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss Books of Hours and manga, the law librarian, being part of a community, Dan’s communication class, hitting your thumb with a hammer, and horses in New York.

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Junction is on sale

Here’s something splendid: Junction (my specbio scifi mystery novel) is on sale from the 18th to the 23rd. Get the ebook version for just $0.99. (picture credit goes to Franz Anthony )

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Video: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss negative reviews, St. Augustine’s “Tolle Lege” moment, Ric Furrer’s Viking sword forging, the Monastic Practice, and solitude. Stay tuned for Dan’s rebuttal next week.

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December Newsletter: The River Toenail

Become my patron and get newsletters one week earlier. In my dream, I was peeling layers of the nail of my left pinkie toe. The nail had flared out from the small digit into a palm-shaped platter, which was worrying. … Continue reading

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Flights of Foundry Specbio panel

This is the video of the specbio panel I moderated last year at Flights of Foundry. I’m a little slow getting started, but my guests had some excellent things to say, so  please skip ahead a few minutes and hear … Continue reading

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Interview with Sea Lion Press

Gary Oswald of alternate history publisher Sea Lion Press asked me some very good interview questions, and I think I answered them well. We talk about the “difference problem,” the “reality doesn’t have to make sense” problem and the joy … Continue reading

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November Newsletter: The Scarf

I fell through the door with a sense of desperation. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong back there in the building, just my office with my computer on the big table and my backpack and slightly uncomfortable chair. I had sat … Continue reading

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Giant Mouse

I made a challenge for the participants in the Build a Better Monster workshop: make a mouse the size of an elephant. In my original sketch I gave it a long mobile tail (moving the elephant’s trunk onto its bottom), … Continue reading

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Building a Better Monster 1/4

This is part 1 of a speculative biology workshop I gave to Amber Royer’s Saturday Nite Write group. We had a great time with the first exercise: what would a mouse look like if it was the size of an … Continue reading

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Fishes out of Water

Some experiments with walking fishes. Start with a fish (0) – this one is a teleost. Note the pectoral fins are right above (dorsal of) the pelvic fins. The first tetrapods (1) evolved from lobe-finned fishes with the pelvic fins … Continue reading

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