July 27th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Sunday

lonfiction has posted a pocket review of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] — I think he liked it. I hope he likes Escapement, too.

Random House tries to change the definition of “out of print” — And here you have a reason why authors might need to be very wary of e-books. (From a mailing list.)

barthanderson on sissy farmers — He’s making a point about the costs of energy in food production which I’ve long wondered about from an essentially naive point of view, given that I have no domain knowledge about farming or the food production process.

Scrivener’s Error on military affairs — He’s touching on both gays in the military and the tail-vs-teeth argument. If you’re interested in the politics of the military, this is good meat.

Votes per person — More political geekery from The Edge of the American West. Nothing partisan here either way, just a comment on the distribution of senators, representatives and electors across the general population. (And yes, I know this points to some extremely partisan issues, but the post is about the data, not the underlying process of apportionment.)

A review of a new book on climate change — This is from Daily Kos, so if you think of that site as the Great Orange Satan, the review won’t hold any water, but for those of us in the reality-based community it’s interesting reading.

Time in saddle: 10 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 247.0
Currently reading: Green by Jay Lake

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[personal] Updatery of the highest order

I’m home alone all day today. This is my last quiet day before bugging out for LaunchPad and Denvention this coming Wednesday, so it’s time for bill paying, paperwork, pre-packing, book shipping and miscellaneous related tasks which need to be done soon and won’t get done if I don’t do them today.

I’m pushing needed revisions on Green and “In the Forests of the Night” off until I’ve met all those nonwriting related program activity requirements (well, some of them are WRPAs). Still, I don’t expect this to be a difficult day. And since I’m not actively writing, I’m running the extended edition DVDs of Lord of the Rings as my audiovisual wallpaper, at least while I’m in the living room.

Might be more blogging later. I need to promote the Steampunk Abecedary, at a minimum. But for now, I am being virtuous and attending to the business of my one-person household.

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


[conventions] WorldCon schedule

Friday, August 8th

11:30 am — To be Announced: we pick the panel, audience picks the topic
I am moderating Greg Bear, Connie Willis and Chris Garcia. This will be a drop-down laff riot.

1:00 pm — The History of the Campbell Award
I am moderating with Dr. Schmidt. Which mostly means he will talk, I think, since his experience of this history is all first hand. I really hope Chris Garcia and Jim van Pelt can be there, because they’ll get bumped onto the panel if they show up.

5:30 pm — Sidewise Awards
Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] is up for this award, though I am highly doubtful of my odds given the excellent competition.

10:00 pm — Match Game SF
kevinstandlee will be running this hilarious topical remake. I will present for the first round only, with some of my books on tap as prizes.

Saturday, August 9th

9:00 am — Strolling With the Stars
Me, Frank Wu and Stu Segal, I believe. Though if I’m up rattling around, I’m likely to appear on other days.

5:30 pm — Hugo Reception and Ceremony
I will be making a very special announcement at the reception, and I believe I will be presenting the Campbell Tiara at the ceremony, though I have not yet confirmed this.

Sunday, August 10th

11:30 am — Making a living telling lies

Miscellaneous notes…

  • I am arriving Wednesday afternoon from LaunchPad and flying out Sunday evening.
  • All my dinner slots are spoken for, so if you want to meet up, catch me for breakfast, lunch or bar time.
  • I’m supposedly involved in a couple of publication panels covering specific anthologies, but this has not yet been confirmed.
  • There is a joint Buckell-Lake-Rosenbaum-Strange Horizons party in the SFWA suite, I believe Saturday afternoon. Borderlands Books will have stock to purchase, and Toby will be doing stand-up comedy. I’ll confirm time and location when I know them.
  • Failing all else, I’m likely to be in the bar, whichever bar seems most likely.

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


[child] The trials of being a parent

This is a despatch from the Department of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

the_child and her mother recently argued about whether or not the_child should be allowed the watch/listen to Hannah Montana. The disagreement was on aesthetic grounds rather than matters of principle. This kid had Talking Heads and Annie Lenox as her cradle music, after all.

I pointed out to the_child that she didn’t have to like the same things her parents did. I pointed out to her mother that this fight would only end in tears, and Hannah Montana was reasonable enough a form of rebellion.

I am now being treated to a Hannah Montana movie for my sins. On the other hand, the teacher in the frametale sitcom looks a lot like Chris Garcia, so all is not lost.

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


[cancer] The gifts of cancer

By and large, I am much better these days. The antibiotic course has been effective, within the context of the usual unpleasantnesses. The surgical seam is nicely healed, though I feel it when I am very tired. I haven’t been aware of the internal seam in a while.

Still, I stop and think about this often. Sometimes for a moment, sometimes for quite a while. And today I realized cancer has given me a number of gifts.

I am far more in touch with my body these days than ever before. (You! In the back! Quit snickering! This is a family blog.) My comprehension of the immediate and longer term consequences of things like dietary choices, activity choices, resting time and so forth is much stronger than before. My recent cholesterol workup was the best I’ve ever had. I weigh less than I have since I left college.

I am much more thoughtful about how I spend my time. I’m a lot more ruthless in declining events, opportunities, even people. This feels selfish to me, but it also feels like much better self-care.

I am much more careful with how I spend my energy. I take more breaks, more downtime, am not trying to paint my schedule wall-to-wall.

Even better, I’m pretty sure I’ve got enough of a handle on those issues not to go back to my old defaults. At the least, I’m going to work at it.

I wouldn’t wish my path to these gifts on anyone, but they’re clearly things I needed to hear and understand. Cancer brought me to my knees and bent to my ear and whispered to me that I should be mindful of what I spent my life on. And so I am trying to be.

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