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My Tab Habit

I have a really bad habit.

I use Firefox for my internet browser…and I do this thing where I leave a bunch of tabs open because there are 1.)stories I want to read 2.) things I want to blog about 3.) reference notes I want to make 4.) stories I want to write or venues to submit to…the list goes on. And so do the tabs. It gets to the point where I’m so incredibly, terribly behind that the tabs — like emails festering in my inbox — start to stress me out when I look at them. So I thought I would share my open tabs with you today so that I might take care of #2 on my list…and then get rid of some stress.

Tab 1: This one’s been up for a while, and I’m embarrassed that I just haven’t taken the time to read it. It’s Ted Kosmatka’s story “In Fall” that recently appeared in Lightspeed Magazine. I met Ted through the Codex Writers Group, and I’ve come to really appreciate his writing. Which is why I clicked on the link in the first place. *sigh* Ted, I promise…I’ll read this. Soon. I encourage any of you who aren’t familiar with Ted to go read it now…if only because you’ll have a chance to make me look bad.

Tab 2: Small Press Paper Golem is opening up to submissions next month for their Cucurbital anthology. Stories must include: a watermelon, a turtle, and a sex worker. Obviously, I’m still stewing on those idea seeds.Feel free to join me.

Tab 3: “The Secret Language of the Fan” — The fabulous Suzanne Lazear hosted this on her STEAMED blog back in…oh my god…January. (I promise I discovered it after that.) In it, Victorian costume expert Karlee Etter explains the various ways that the body language of a fan would be interpreted in Victorian society. TELL me you don’t want to use this in a story? Exactly. Brilliant. And tabbed.

Tab 4: Author Maya Lassiter hosted an interview with me on her “Mayaland” blog in a series called “Why Writers Do What They Do.” In it, I discuss why I don’t believe in Writers Block…despite the fact that I’ve had it once and lived to tell the tale. I might have mentioned this on Facebook and/or Twitter, but Mom doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, so I try to make sure I always stick these very important sorts of things on my blog. Tab.

Tab 5: SF Signal’s “Mind Meld.” Jason Sizemore suggested a Mind Meld topic on Dystopias. Wikipedia defines Dystopia as “an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian” – an idea that if often leveraged in science fiction. So what are some of the best ones to read? A bunch of really cool SF authors answered this question, and I was one of them. (No, my answer was NOT 1984.)

Tab 6: I’m bidding on something on eBay. The auction ends tomorrow. And NO, I’m not going to tell you what this one is, because you might bid against me.

Besides…I know for a fact that you have at least five really cool tabs open on your browser now with stuff you plan on checking out. You’re welcome!

 

 

2 Responses to “My Tab Habit”

  1. Hektor Karl Says:

    Ah, I know this well. The only cure is a slowing computer that punishes you for leaving too many things open at once.

  2. JT Ellison Says:

    Allow me to help, padawan…. Instapaper. It is the best solution EVAH! Find something you want to read? Click the icon and it puts it into your instapaper for access later.

    http://www.instapaper.com

    Readability is good too but costs a bit, though it goes to a great cause. But I have Instapaper set for my RSS feeds, for Tabs, etc. That way, you never accidentlly lose something either, and you can get it on your phone for those on the go moments.

    xoxo

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