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A Road to Common Lisp / Steve Losh
Some of the most useful stuff here is tribal knowledge like particular libraries.
lisp  programming  learning  history  process  workflow  editors  emacs  vim  inks  libraries 
11 weeks ago by po
Real Live Preacher
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you’re doing, or it comes out flat. You can’t fake your way through this.

Then the weirdest thing happened. I sat down and wrote a story in the third person. I made up a name for the main character, even though it is my story...sort of. The separation felt nice. I tried writing in a bare style, not explaining why things happened, but using simple and stark descriptions of how they happened. Like the gospel of Mark.

It ended up being almost three times as long as my usual stuff, and I was totally engaged in it. It was a waste of time in the sense that I don’t think it fits the book, but it got me over and that's what I needed.

I worked on it a lot yesterday, but put it aside today. I’ll probably clean it up and post it when I’m done writing for the book.

I took a deep breath this morning and pulled out my notes from the night I was with the family when their premature baby died. And suddenly I was there again. There was nothing in the world but me and my keyboard. Only God knows how much I love that feeling.

I am being changed by this process. I don’t know what is happening to me, but I like it.
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february 2018 by po

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