February 9th, 2010


[links] Link salad, mostly publishing edition

I make #1 on a top ten list in Sweden — Ugliest fantasy writers, but I'll take my honors where I find them. (And for the record, I think this is hilarious.)

Kelly McClymer is very smart about ebook inventory costs — In my comments section.

Scrivener's Error on disintermediation, Amazon vs Macmillan and Google Books — Some dense, worthwhile thinking. Go read.

An alternative, very pro-Kindle view of Amazon vs Macmillan — A lot said here, I don't agree with much of it, but worth the read.

On Sleekness — Pablo Defendini (of Tor.com fame) on production techniques, creative destruction, and professional sleekness. Fascinating stuff.

Bookstores may have to turn page — A depressing column about bookstores. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

A writing career becomes harder to scale — An essay in the Los Angeles on what I call psychotic persistence as a critical success factor in writing. In the 20 years that I've been publishing books, I have fared better than most. I sold my first novel while still in graduate school and published six more books, pretty much one every three years, like clockwork. I have made my living as a writer. Obviously not writing in my genre...

British airship R33 in hangar — This photo from x planes has a nicely ominous cast.

An Early Warning System for CancerAutoantibodies could alert doctors to cancer development. A little late for me, but interesting.

Revisionaries: How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks. — More on how conservative, Christianist nonsense enters your child's school, no matter where you live or what the truth actually is.

?otD: Read a good book lately? What format?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (still stuck on chemo head)
Body movement: 60 minute suburabn walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (poorly)
This morning's weigh-in: 224.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently reading: [between books]


[cancer] To sleep, perchance not to sleep

Well, after sleeping over nine hours Sunday night, and a solid hour over lunch Monday, last night I crashed down to six hours. And a fairly crappy six at that.

Sleep is both my greatest ally and my enemy during chemo. I need it badly. When I miss it, I'm worse than miserable. But I've gone from a normal, healthy six hours pre-chemo to eight hours most of the time and nine-to-ten during infusion weekends. In addition to lots of napping, quiet time, and general burnout due excessive exhaustion after about four or five in the afternoon.

As I've written before, this has stolen away all but an hour or two of my discretionary time per day.

Last night I truly felt like sleep was my jailor. Today I feel like it is my robber. I need it to be healthy, I'm not fighting this, but the frustrations of the process are myriad.

Stoopid cancer. Stoopid chemo.

(On the plus side, on account of not sleeping, I was able to get up and walk.)


[cancer] Another day in the trenches

Sleepfail leads to dayfail. Had to leave Day Jobbe a bit early to nap, and my creative brain has remained checked out. On the plus side, lower GI is more-or-less behaving. Nice talks with both calendula_witch and shelly_rae today. I shall see both of them this weekend, to my delight.

Meanwhile, I am using my last handful of neurons to re-re-re-ren-watch the original Star Wars. Sleep soon, then back to Endurance tomorrow, after Day Jobbery.