March 15th, 2010


[links] Link salad wakes up without a needle in its chest

In case you missed it yesterday, my post on Chemo, sex, Viagra and me [ | LiveJournal ]

Culture of CorpulenceAmerican innovations in food, transportation, and technology are threatening to supersize us all.

Giant meat-eating plants prefer to eat tree shrew pooThe largest meat-eating plant in the world is designed not to eat small animals, but small animal poo. You couldn't make this shit up.

Bryan Clift sees a 10 foot penis — Probably it was only six feet.

We Wouldn't Want To Be Simplistic And Naive, Now, Would We? — Daniel Larison on nuance in politics and media, specifically with respect to the Iraq War.

"Jesus was a Nazi. So's your preacher" — Roger Ebert on Glenn Beck. I've always assumed Rush Limbaugh was a rank opportunist who didn't care what damage he did to politics and society so long as he mae his bucks. I am starting to think Beck believes his own crazy, and wants to poison the well of American culture.

?otD: How green is your valley?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (infusion day)
Body movement: 45 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently reading: [between books]


[politics] Your simplified political dictionary

This is your simplified political dictionary for today.

  • If you're pro-life and you support the death penalty, you're not pro-life.

  • If you're pro-life and you support the Iraq War, you're not pro-life.

  • If you're pro-life and you own a handgun, you're not pro-life.

  • If you're fiscally conservative and you vote Republican, you're not fiscally conservative.

  • If you're for family values and you vote Republican, you're not for family values.

  • If you're for limited government and you vote Republican, you're not for limited government.

  • If you're pro-America and you support teach alternatives to evolution, you're not pro-America.

  • If you're anti-tax but you want to be able to call 911 in an emergency, you're not anti-tax.

  • If you're anti-government but you want the potholes filled in the road, you're not anti-government.

  • If you're against government healthcare but are on Medicare, you're not against government healthcare.

  • If you're against single-provider healthcare but are in the VA system, you're not against single-provider healthcare.

  • If you're Christian but you pray for the death of political opponents, you're not Christian.

Intellectual consistency is fun. Try your own examples!


[cancer] Infusion session five, day three, with commentary

This round went a lot easier as well. Certainly the ease was due to skipping a week so I could go to Rainforest Writers Village. Also, a bit smarter about meds — I kept Senekot in the mix over the weekend, and cut the dexamethasone in half from the prescription level. That better addresses the balance of my side effects (no nausea, but excessive lower GI distress) while keeping my head a little clearer. Definitely overdid it on Saturday with the automobile-related errands, but made up for that with a quiescent Sunday, mostly spent watching part of season one of Heroes with shelly_rae. I liked that a whole lot better than I liked Lost. Will watch more of that today, most likely, as right brain won't wake up to writing before tomorrow.

I continue to be frustrated with a number of things about this process, but they are what they are. My ability to read books is completely shot. Well, not completely. I could do that instead of writing, but given my Sekrit Projekt and Endurance deadlines, that's not reasonable. And writing at length is coming easier than reading at length. Still, I'm badly robbing Peter to pay Paul. I think I'll go on a book binge this summer when chemo finally clears my head for good. Also hoping that keeping the dexamethasone down will ease some of the chemohead issues.

shelly_rae leaves tomorrow, then I'm flying solo until both she and calendula_witch return on the 25th for chemo infusion session six of twelve. It will be very nice to have them both here. That also puts me and calendula_witch back on track for the rest of the infusion series, after prior forward planning errors.

Also, for the record, I am selling the old Genre car, a red 2000 Sebring convertible with 100,000 miles on it. If you're a Portlandian and are interested, or know someone who is, let me know. I think it would be a great high school kid car.


[books] Signal boost, Polyphony 7

In 2002, the Polyphony anthology series debuted. Conceived as a short fiction venue for stories that would skate gracefully across the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and literary fiction, it was quickly recognized as the standard bearer for cross genre work. Since then, the series' six volumes have become a vital, unique collection of voices in literature of the fantastic.

Polyphony has been twice nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the stories therein have been featured in several "Year's Best" anthologies, along with garnering accolades from several award judges and committees. Polyphony authors range from multiple-award-winning seasoned writers to the previously unpublished. The series is truly a melodic interweaving of many voices: old and new, speculative and literary, heralded and unknown. Polyphony has not merely crossed literary boundaries, it has reformed and redefined them.

The harsh economic climate threatens to kill this vital series. Wheatland Press is asking for your help.

The authors have graciously made concessions to make Polyphony 7 a reality. They've agreed to a reduced pay rate to see the volume published. Now we need readers.

In order to publish Polyphony 7, Wheatland Press must receive 225 paid pre-orders via the website by March 15, 2010. If the pre-order quantities cannot be met, Polyphony will cease publication. It's that simple. The preorder link is here:

If the preorder number is met, then Polyphony 7 will be published on or about July 1, 2010.*

We have heard from many in the SF/F literary community that Polyphony is a vital part of landscape. We agree, but we cannot continue without your support. We hope that you will support our fine authors and their art by becoming part of the Polyphony community and pre-ordering a copy of Polyphony 7.