March 17th, 2008


[conventions|personal] Match It for Pratchett

You’ve probably heard that Terry Pratchett has early onset Alzheimer's. One of our most beloved writers is a very angry and frustrated man. As he’s said:
“personally I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance”
Terry has put his money where his mouth is, and donated one million dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.
“funding for [Alzheimer’s] research is three per cent of that which goes to find cancer cures”
Pat Cadigan has started a campaign to match it for Pratchett. The goal is to raise another one million dollars for Alzheimer’s research. To help Terry, and the millions of others who battle this disease.
“the number of people with the disease will double within a generation”
Thanks to lasirenadolce, I am teaming up with the Northwest Science Fiction Society to have a matching funds effort at Norwescon this coming weekend to raise $2,000 for Pat's matching funds campaign. (See my previous comments here.)

That's less than $1 per attendee.

We'll have signage and flyers around the convention directing people to donate at the NWSFS table in the registration area, and we'll be asking the pros to mention the drive in their panels if they feel comfortable doing so. As Pratchett said:
“I’d like a chance to die like my father did — of Cancer, at 86”

My thanks to Michael Ormes, the Northwest Science Fiction Society, and lasirenadolce.


[links] Link salad can't touch that day

Today is the last day to enter the new caption contest — Another ARC of Escapement Amazon ], as well as an gift card, are at stake!

The price of success — A brief rumination (by me) on writer friendships and how they can break.

My story "Mr. Scalpel and Mr. Gloves and the Cancer at the Heart of the World" is up at Revolution SF

Ideas and what to do with them — (Thanks to lt260.)

Latte art — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Christvertising — God bless your brand. (Thanks to Z.)

Organics, Water in Protoplanetary Disk — A little squib for all you hard SF writers out there.

Eliot Spitzer and the Price-Placebo Effect — Is $1,000 an hour for sex worth the money? Hahahahah.

Federal Reserve pumps $30bn into Bear Sterns — Perhaps one of my conservative friends can explain why profits are so thoroughly privatized that tax cuts are always a good idea, but losses are somehow the responsibility of the public sector. This is welfare for the investing classes. What the hell happened to market forces?

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: 281.0
This morning's weigh-in: 278.0
Currently reading: Field of Fire, by James O. Born Powell's | Amazon ]


[writing] Progriss riport

Have been hammering on Green much of the afternoon and evening, mostly hunting down passive voice and writerly tics. Them style-driven line edits can be a bitch. And I know I'll miss stuff even so.

Expect to get to some deep cutting tomorrow at the coffee house, after a trip to my stylist.

And casacorona, I'll quit it with the bright ideas for now. Wouldn't you rather have a book? :D

PS: Yes, I've added a "hair" tag to this post.