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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-27 08:28
Subject: [personal] What I am thankful for
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Tags:cancer, child, family, personal, writing

I am thankful that I have life. For this, I owe first and foremost my parents. (Plus a few megayears of human evolution and some cultural pressures that brought their lineages together — come on, I am a genre writer.)

I also owe my continued life to lasirenadolce, the ER team at OHSU, and Dr. Herzig, my cancer surgeon, and so I will be eternally thankful to each of them.

I am thankful for all the gifts which cancer has brought me, a malignant Santa Claus come down the chimney of my colon to change my life.

I am thankful for my daughter, who reminds me every day that those megayears of human evolution have a point, which is to create more human evolution, in my case in the form of 90 pounds of emotionally transitioning, off-the-wall, brilliant, beautiful, loving child.

I am thankful for the people I love, and the people who love me. Most of you know who you are.

I am thankful for the fiction I write, those who see fit to publish it, and most especially those who enjoy reading it. Heck, I’m even thankful for those of you who read it and don’t enjoy it.

I am thankful for a good job, a nice house, plenty to eat, decent health, an interesting life, friends both close and distant, and especially you who are reading this today.

Most of all, I am thankful that I have a today. Because without the day, there would be no thanks for me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-11-27 15:44 (UTC)
Subject: Well said, sir.
A resonant, poignant post, to be sure, Jay.

I've enjoyed following your LJ since the beginning of this year; you're among the many folks 'round the LJ that I'm thankful for meeting and learning from as well.

Your candor and transparency regarding both life and writing have been rather enlightening. I never would've found your short works unless, well, I hadn't visited your site at a time when you were posting mostly flash fiction, then found your Clarkesworld offing, then a natural pull toward Mainspring and Escapement.

Mainspring shall be finished today, by the way, but I'll have to trump Escapement with some Anthony Burgess afterwards. It's high time I read Clockwork Orange, so at least the reading's in keeping with a mechanistic metaphor.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-11-27 16:10 (UTC)
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Happy Thanksgiving, fella!
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Christopher Kastensmidt
User: ckastens
Date: 2008-11-27 17:33 (UTC)
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Perfect post. Happy Thanksgiving!
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User: fjm
Date: 2008-11-27 18:53 (UTC)
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-11-27 18:56 (UTC)
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Happy Thanksgiving, Jay! I hope it's not too long before our paths cross again.
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User: melissajm
Date: 2008-11-28 00:41 (UTC)
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Jim Rittenhouse
User: jrittenhouse
Date: 2008-11-28 06:38 (UTC)
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Very nice.
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