October 28th, 2009


[links] Link salad knows the way to San Jose

My novella "Chain of Stars" is ip in its entirety at Subterranean

Michael Stackpole on Cory Doctorow — Deconstructing ebooks.

Cool Tools: The Geek Atlas — For all your travel needs. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Brewster Rockit on zombies and passwords — Hah!

Animal fat mayonnaise — Ummm... (Thanks to corwynofamber.)

The strangest moments in space launch history

The Cover-Up ContinuesThe New York Times blasts Obama for continuing torture coverups. Come on, Obama. We elected you to be better than the other guy.

?otD: How long have you been away?

Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox


[cancer] Tears fall down like missiles from the skies

What the hell can I say? Cancer sucks. I've been extraordinarily busy, and will continue to be so through the weekend, which is almost certainly a goodness. Sixteen hour workday yesterday (seriously), though scarlettina dropped by for a visit later, so I did get some friend time in. Driving back to Portland today, then hopping a plane for San Jose this afternoon, and on into the madness of World Fantasy, with calendula_witch once more.

Everyone around me is pierced, again. I see it in calendula_witch's eyes, in my parents' faces, in Mother of the Child's voice. I keep apologizing, though for what, I cannot say. I despise being the agent of this terror, bringing it into the camp of my loved ones like a gift horse on Greek-built wheels. Despite my best efforts otherwise, once again I have become a tumor.

I'm not so much with the panic this time, at least not yet. But the Fear is certainly a constant companion right now. Surgery, whatever. This will be a fraction of the trouble of last year's surgery. (Though I hope like hell cancer surgery is not an annual event in my life going forward.) Chemo scares me. The possibility of it being a second cancer scares me.

I thought I was going to write a fairly intelligent post about cancer fear, but I see that I'm just rambling. So, erm, I think I'll go back to being afraid.

And for you arts types, I think I'm going to get a tattoo that says 'CANCER SUCKS'. I'm envisioning it as being like old fashioned typewriter keys, round with letters in the middle, as if sketched in pencil with some cross shading. Anybody got any good photo or image references to art like that?

[conventions] My WFC schedule

It has belatedly occurred to me that my WFC schedule remains yet unposted. Forthwith and anon:

Thursday, October 29th

5:00 pm - Opening ceremonies
8:00 pm - The Google Books Settlement
Later - Aussie Party and Last Drink Bird Head Party

Friday, October 30th

1:00 pm - Garth Nix Interview
8:00 pm - Mass signing
Later - Locus Party

Saturday, October 31st (calendula_witch's birthday!)

Noon - Improv Storytelling
3:30 pm - Reading
Later - Weird Tales Party

Sunday, November 1st

1:00 pm - WFC Banquet

Plus, of course, the usual assortment of shared meals, business meetings, BarCon and tomfoolery. If you want some of my time in a formal sense, let me know and I'll see what I can fit in. Otherwise, find me in the bar or at the parties.