March 30th, 2010


[links] Link salad has a book release

PINION by Jay Lake My new novel Pinion Powell's | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] is out today. Have you bought yours?

Globish: the worldwide dialect of the third millennium — An interesting article with some serious flaws. For one thing, don't trust anyone who says something like: "The language they spoke was a highly simplified form of English, without grammar or structure, but perfectly comprehensible, to them and to me." Every language has grammar. Period. By definition. That statement smacks of 19th century Eurocentric pseudoscience. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

Land Smugglers — Apparently you can steal anything.

Socialism? Not Quite, Say the Socialists — An actual Socialist on HCR. Confidential to GOP in America: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

GOP on recess appointments: Ignore that we used to like them!Although President Bush used the recess appointment a full 179 times in his two terms, that's not the point, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, who called this "yet another episode of choosing a partisan path despite bipartisan opposition." Of this kind of move, chips in Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., "It has to be done very sparingly." Ah, the memory hole, a Republican's best friend.

The Right: Constantly On The Wrong Side Of HistoryThey were wrong about Social Security. They were wrong on integrating the military forces under President Truman. They were wrong about McCarthyism in the early 1950's. They were wrong about passing civil rights legislation in the 1960's. They were wrong on Medicare. They were wrong about women rights. They were wrong about 'trickle down economics.' They were wrong about tax breaks for the rich. They were wrong about the war in Iraq. They were wrong about climate change. They were wrong about LGBT rights and they are wrong about healthcare reform. Um, yeah.

In the faces of Tea Party shouters, images of hate and historyThe mobs of yesteryear were on the wrong side of history. Tea Party supporters and their right-wing fellow travelers are on the wrong side now. It shows up in their faces.

Irrational Tribalism — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the Palinites, asking many of the same questions I do. Mostly summed as "Wha...?"

GOP: Before the Mandate Before They Were Against It — Just another baldface Republican lie about HCR. Once again, the memory hole is a Republican's best friend.

?otD: Have you ordered Pinion yet?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo)
Body movement: 30 second stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (extreme fatigue)
Currently reading: [between books]


[cancer] Yesterday sucked

Well, that was the hardest Monday I've had yet. The extreme fatigue of the weekend (a whole new order of magnitude of an already existing, severe problem0 translated into a miserable Monday. I wound up taking time off the Day Jobbe despite my best intentions. Spent much of the day sitting or lying down, went to bed quite early armed with Lorazepam. So far I feel ok today, but, wow...

I hope like blazes that the next rounds of infusion don't follow this pattern. I am giving credence to shelly_rae's theory that last week's cold wipe me out so that I didn't have even my minimal reserves to cope with chemo. I just hadn't realized how much further I could sink.

calendula_witch and shelly_rae had a good weekend. Emotionally, mine wasn't bad, beyond the hideous fatigue. They got a lot done. Last night calendula_witch presented me with a hilarious gift that I understand desperance and klwilliams helped her with. You guys get up to a lot down there in San Francisco, don't you?

I am cancelling all my social plans this week except Thursday's reading at Powell's Cedar Hills for Pinion. This means missing kateyule's birthday party, the Fireside Writers Group, a couple of lunches and a dinner. But it's perfectly clear to me that I need to maximize my rest right now. And given that I lost my tax prep weekend to the cold a week and a half ago, I need some mental and physical energy for it this coming weekend.

Still, I'm amazed at how bad yesterday was for me. This stuff keeps reaching new lows. If I were a praying man, I'd be on my knees begging for strength in the next go-round.

Meanwhile, shelly_rae departed yesterday afternoon. calendula_witch leaves today. I will be home alone a while. This is probably good for my resting state, but my heart is always happier in company.


[personal] It never rains but it pours around here

Mother of the Child is in the ER with serious but non-life threatening issues. the_child is at a lacrosse game, and I don't know when she'll be home. I am exhausted and immunocompromised, and cannot spend too much time hanging around the hospital, so my dad, who has a bad cold, is covering the ER right now while mom (who also has a cold) is here with me waiting for the_child to get home. It is getting dark, so I can't drive, but Mother of the Child is now sedated, and I'm the only one who can give consent for treatment over at the hospital. Plus I'm about an hour from my nightly passing out due to chemo fatigue.

May I have a hearty "argh frick" from the audience?

[personal] More medical crap

Mother of the Child's treatment course continues non-obvious, though we do have a firm diagnosis. Doctors at hospital A want to transfer Mother of the Child to hospital B, as her ER admit is related to a complication from a minor surgery this morning at hospital B. Hospital B has agreed to accept her, but apparently this is very complex. I am fading fast due to chemo fatigue. the_child is taking things badly, and staying with a friend tonight. My family is on deck and covering, but this is getting difficult and painful. Probably no updates til tomorrow.