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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-16 05:18
Subject: [personal] Doing things in Denver when I'm not dead
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Tags:books, calamity, cancer, colorado, food, funny, health, personal, photos, stories, sunspin, travel, work, writing
ETA: My apologies, the mirror photo was unintentionally revealing, so to speak, which I didn't notice due the dimness of the image. I have corrected it.

The Day Jobbery went well yesterday. I also got some writing time squeezed in. Along the way, [info]markbourne pointed out to me that while I'd just written a short story entitled "The Woman Who Shattered the Moon", he had recently written a short story entitled "The Woman Who Broke the Moon." We exchanged manuscripts, and I believe have agreed our stories actually have nothing in common except for the core plot element of the moon being missing. His is a lovely, refined piece of street level magic realism; mine is a shambling character study in a steampunk world of mad science and political vengeance.

This morning I woke up even earlier than planned, further evidence that my body is getting back on to its normal sleep schedule. Unfortunately, to reach the workout room in this hotel you have to go through the pool enclosure, and the pool doors don't unlock until 5 am. So I layered up with four shirts, a sweater and my trench coat, along with hat and gloves, and went walking on the downtown Denver mall in 26 degree weather. Breezy and very dry. Plus I hadn't brought sweats, so my legs were bare beneath my coat, which made me look like a very cold-resistant flasher on the move.

Incidentally, the bathroom has slightly strange mirror illumination, thusly:

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When I stand in front of it to brush my teeth, shave, whatnot, that square light reflects in my eyes in a very peculiar way. Basically there are two gleaming bright squares exactly bracketing my pupils. It makes me look like a slightly demented cyborg. I tried to capture the look, with partial success:

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More Day Jobbery today, followed by tonight's open dinner at the Mellow Mushroom [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. I think there will be at least four of us there, so come on by if you're in the area. I'll also try to squeeze in some time on gearing up with final last-first reader feedback on Calamity of So Long a Life, Sunspin volume one, which effort will extend over the weekend and likely into next week. And off to Portland again first thing tomorrow morning, with hopefully more writing time on the plane.

I am pretty distressed about the cancer news. I feel like I'm on a roll with my writing, and my personal/social life is pulling together nicely. I just hate, hate, hate the thought of it all screeching to halt for another freaking year. Won't know any more before next week, so I'm just plowing ahead with all the things on my plate, head down and moving fast.

Death is on my heels once more, as he has been these last four years.




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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2012-02-16 14:46 (UTC)
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Ha! To cold-resistant flasher and demented cyborg.

Boo! To cancer.
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2012-02-16 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That eyeball shot looks like you have a plug-in port right there. ::squick::

As for our respective synchronous stories, they should both end up in a theme antho, The Women Who Moon.

Re the cancer stress, ::head down, moving forward, outrun the fucker:: sounds like sound strategy. Hate that you're (understandably) stressed.

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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2012-02-16 15:14 (UTC)
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Perhaps that hotel mirror was really a pathway to an alternate dimension, one of the multiverses, a time machine. I travel a lot, and I've never seen one quite so odd. You are to be congratulated, I guess?

I'm hoping that with your CEA levels where they are, the scan is just a bit of scar tissue; a piece of undigested potato; but the anxiety is terrible. I understand that.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-02-16 15:44 (UTC)
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That catchlight is similar to that thrown by a ringlight: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59571245@N00/2918271384/ (sorry, I don't have an LJ account and I'm not sure if html will work in here). I like ringlight photos myself - that shot is not one of mine, but is a random one from flickr that illustrates the effect nicely - but many people find the catchlights eerie. I suspect this is one of the reasons I like them.

Anyway, a light that is circumvisage (a new word!) provides much flatter, more even lighting than other sorts and is ideal for the application of makeup.
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mlerules: dragon
User: mlerules
Date: 2012-02-16 18:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dragon
Just Keep Plowing...
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-02-16 18:39 (UTC)
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Umm....?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-16 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If that's in reference to the photo, my apologies. I have fixed the problem, which I somehow did not notice on the original post.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2012-02-16 18:43 (UTC)
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WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN CAN NOT BE UNSEEN!

(Also, you win LJ today. LOL.)
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mlerules: hello cthulhu
User: mlerules
Date: 2012-02-16 19:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hello cthulhu
LOL!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-16 20:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, tomorrow's blog post will be interesting. Ah, the perils of photoblogging. :p
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the Fierce: silly face!
User: mtfierce
Date: 2012-02-17 04:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:silly face!
It was awesome to meet you. I was nervous and talked far more than I'd planned. (I listened a lot, too, and in regards to being successful for your self or your stories, I started reading you as a person and *then* read your books. And because I've met you as a person, I will now be *buying* your books, so that's a win, right? [grin])

Edited at 2012-02-17 05:34 am (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-22 04:47 (UTC)
Subject:
Hey, it was fun. Thank you for coming! And enjoy the books...
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