In ATL for the Conference on Robot Learning, very tired after a long day, please enjoy this picture of a Page One from Cafe Intermezzo. Actually, today was a really good example of “being where you need to be” … I ran into a fair number of colleagues from Google and beyond just by being out on the town at the right time and the right place, and was also able to help out a fellow who seriously needed some food. And when the evening was ending … three more Google colleagues appeared on the street as I sat down for coffee.
I don’t actually believe we live in a simulation, or in the Secret, or whatever … but if you’re doing the right thing, I find that Providence tends to open the doors for you right when you need it.
P.S. Being in the right place DOESN’T mean you get all your nano wordcount done though. I am making progress on “Blessing of the Prism”, my Neurodiversiverse story, but on Dakota Frost #7 I found myself spending most of my writing time sorting chapters in the big manuscript into sections, as I realized that one of the ungainly sections I didn’t like was actually a coherent start for Dakota Frost #8.
P.P.S. On my blogroll, I saw someone say, “no writing is wasted”, and in a sense the chapters I just saved are not wasted. In another, and I say this as a bloviating maximalist, a big part of writing is selection, and sometimes having too many versions of a thing can make it hard to pick the right one and move on.
Okay, really going to crash this time, peace out.