April 1st, 2010


[links] Link salad wakes up in April, wonders what happened

I am reading and signing Pinion at Powell's Cedar Hills tonight

Monitoring Cancer ProgressionBy automating the tracking of tumor cells that circulate in the blood, doctors can see if a cancer treatment is working. A topic of obvious interest to me.

Lifesaving, safe vaccines — Antivaxers are murderous loons. Period. If they're right, their profound selfishness raises protects their own children at the expense of the deaths of others. If they're wrong, theyir profound selfishness endangers their own children as well as others. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Area 51 vets break silence: Sorry, but no space aliens or UFOs — The coverup continues!!!

The Texas School Book Repository — Roger Ebert is eloquent on conservative lunacy and the textbook mess in Texas. Does it make me a liberal if I believe Jefferson has been more central to American history than Calvin? That Lincoln was our greatest president, and Davis not our President at all? That the Theory of Evolution towers with majesty above those who, in some cases, believe the earth may be 10,000 years old, and that men walked the earth with dinosaurs? No, it doesn't make me a liberal. It makes me an educated, rational being. Unfortunately, in some precincts of Texas that may appear to be nearly as bad. I know my apolitical, centrist and conservative friends become frustrated with me when I dismiss conservatism as foolish idiocy, but read this article about duly elected conservative leaders carrying out a conservative agenda, and tell me where I'm wrong. Condfidential to GOP in America: It's hard to take your politics and principles seriously when they come with this baggage.

Militia Draws Distinctions Between Groups — Right. It's so critical to maintain the distinction between one group of heavily-armed anti-government paranoids and another. I forget sometimes.

Independence and Dependence — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on opposition to HCR. ...an example of how short Republican memories are and how stupid mainstream conservative pundits must think their audience is. (Of course, you could say that about almost any GOP political assertion these days.)

?otD: What was your best April Fool's prank ever?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo/streess)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (extreme fatigue)
Currently reading: [between books]


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

I will be reading and signing Pinion tonight, 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|personal] Various updates

Mother of the Child is still in ICU. They're hoping to transfer her today to a general ward. She may come home Saturday. The high-risk aspects seem to be passing, and surgery so far has not been required. the_child came home last night and exhibited coping skills of various constructive sorts. I'll be briefly visiting the hospital later this morning (with my own immune system issues, I can't hang out there), and continuing to track her progress.

Stress has eaten me badly this week. Got a decent amount of sleep last night, at least. Shedding Day seems to be Shedding Week this time, but as one of my classic (pre-cancer) stress responses is significant lower GI disruption, there's no real way to evaluate how much of the ongoing, rather spectacular lower GI distress is chemo side effect and how much of it is life stress.

Of significant irritation is my lack of writing time. Between the emotional stress and the overwhelming fatigue, I just haven't picked up the threads yet this week. This is the first time since post-surgical recovery I've let it stop me cold, and that really makes me unhappy.

On the personal front, I'm receiving an immense amount of support from my family, from calendula_witch and shelly_rae, my friends, Mother of the Child's friends, and so forth. That is gratifying. At the same time, a fair number of people are expressing their support by telling me what I should do, in some cases at length in very strong terms. I'm getting rather tired of being lectured about how I should treat myself, treat my child, eat, sleep, do or don't visit Mother of the Child. Advice and support is very welcome, but I really am a competent adult, even now, and do understand both my strengths and my weaknesses, as well as my risks and obligations.

Still doing the Powell's reading tonight, because, damn it, I am not giving up on my role as a writer. I may not be laying down words this week (and how it hurts to say that) but I will go stand up with my book and talk to whoever shows. Being as how we unknowingly scheduled the reading for the first day of Norwescon, I've already lost a lot of my natural audience, so I expect it to be thin, but I'll be there.