March 25th, 2010


[links] Link salad stood by the water's edge in its dreams

DNA identifies new ancient human dubbed 'X-woman' Scientists have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human through analysis of DNA from a finger bone unearthed in a Siberian cave. The time traveller's wife's wife!

Hostility towards a scientific consensus: A sign of a crank — Sign of a crank, or a Republican.

Kristallnacht, RevisitedMaking Light on the politics of organized window-breaking.

Lying Liberal Liars and their Loathsome LiesThe Edge of the American West on conservative views of history. This stuff would be funny if it weren't going into textbooks to be taught to unsuspecting children. Republicans have successfully identified two minor violations of reconciliation rules in the final piece of the health-care package. The violations will force the Senate to change the reconciliation bill and ship it to the House of Representatives for final passage. The ideologues and dead-enders win a round in their quest to restore pre-existing conditions, lifetime coverage limitations and strip insurance coverage from America's children.

?otD: Have you seen them buried in a sheltered place in this town?

Writing time yesterday: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 8.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]


[personal|cancer] State of the Jay, one day pre-chemo

Not much new to report. The cold is definitely a tail-end charlie, no worse than a mild allergy fit today. This means I can go in for my chemo infusion tomorrow. Need to be health as possible, and well-rested, for that. Been laying low all the same, including another passage of the Lorazepam tango last night. I was up for an hour or so in the middle of the night thanks to my lower GI, but lately that's been more normal than not. For whatever value of "normal" ever pertains to me these day.

I am pleased with the amount of writing I've gotten done lately, including an hour and forty-five minutes' worth yesterday. "The Stars Do Not Lie" will have to go on hiatus while I munge through chemo weekend, but it's got shape, momentum, direction, etc. That's good. Other projects are advancing as well, at varying but appropriate speeds. I think I've got a handle on writing during chemo.

Don't know yet what this weekend's Tweetsnark movie will be. I'll have to figure it out today. Also seeing my therapist today. Not like I have any life issues these days or anything.

Last night, during my awake period, my brain decided to inform me that Jabberwocky can be sung to the tune of "Amazing Grace." (And therefore to "House of the Rising Sun, "Gilligan's Island", etc. Yes, I'm fun at parties.) I decided to test this assertion, for which calendula_witch and shelly_rae should be profoundly grateful they're arriving tonight, because otherwise I might have wound up sleeping in the car. Go ahead. Try it for yourself. No one will mind, I swear.

Also working on a complex post about the logical fallacies I see in political discussion, both on my blog and elsewhere. A lot of false equivalency and "No True Scotsman" arguments from conservatives anxious to distance themselves from the statements of their own leadership, and the behaviors of their activists. Requires more time and attention than I have before Day Jobbery this morning to finish, especially given how much I slept.

I swear, one thing I will embrace the most, post-chemo, is a return to my normal sleep schedule. Gah.

Meanwhile, you may shop as usual. No need to return to your homes.


[repost|books] My one and only public appearance between now and September

I will be reading and signing Pinion on Thursday, April 1st, at 7 pm at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing. This is immediately after its March 30th release date. Thanks to chemo and its discontents, this is my sole promotional event for the book. It's a one-stop book tour!

Except for JayCon X on July 3rd, this will also be my one and only public appearance here in the US prior to the Seattle-area convention Foolscap in the fall.

So if you'd like to get my latest novel hot off the press, listen to me read, or have anything signed, mark your calendars now for April 1st. If you just want to show up and support me in my cancer battle, that would be a delight, too. It would please me to no end to fill the place. I look forward to seeing some, all or none of you there.


[cancer] Counting the heparin injectors

Tomorrow is day one chemo infusion session six of twelve. calendula_witch, shelly_rae and I will head for the clinic around 8 am. By 10:30 or so, assuming no errors (there have been several in the past), I'll be deep in the drug soup.

There's a ritualistic aspect to Thursday evenings, however. That's when I update the side effects log for my oncologist, count the number of pills remaining in my copious medication bottles, and inventory the chemo supplies.

The drugs are obvious enough, they're the helper medications I take to mitigate the side effects of the chemo. Mostly need to make sure I don't run out during the cycle. So I count them out of the bottles, then set up a pill case with the needed doses between now and the beginning of next week.

The supplies are around the unhooking process for the pump. My inventory includes the following:

  • Saline Injector

  • Heparin Injector

  • Detachol

  • Red Caps

  • Alcohol Wipes

  • Aquaguard Dressing

  • Large Gloves

  • Small Gloves

  • Spill Kit

We go through them at different rates. And we need certain levels every time. So one of the first conversations I have on infusion day concerns supply levels and replenishment.

It's so mundane, so clinical, and so strange. Counting the injectors today, it occurred to me how much strangeness one can get used to.


[child] The Child asks for a SF/F reading list

the_child has asked me for a reading list of both middle reader and YA fantasy and science fiction. Obviously I have my ideas, from my childhood or more recent reading, but what would you recommend for her?

Title, author, and a little bit of description would be favorite, and maybe a note on why you like it.

ETA: If you know the_child personally, please do not mention her name in comments. I've worked very hard to preserve her online privacy.