June 1st, 2010


[links] Link salad mistakes a '73 Pinto for a starship

The entire text of my Sunspin story "Permanent Fatal Errors" is now up in four parts — If you like, check out the anthology it comes from, Fermi paradox-themed Is Anybody Out There? from DAW.

Wolfram Alpha Finds iPad Niche — The iPad 3G is settling nicely into my home. I need to write another review soon. It is a hell of a fine e-reader.

Archive Gallery: 138 Years of Quirky Inventions from the Pages of PopSci — Weird and whacky. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

USS Wasp (CV-7) — Is that really "Doc" Savage on the flight line?

Squash and Stretch — A golf ball in extremis, courtesy of art physics guru James Gurney.

Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion — A relatively dispassionate analysis of the Israeli mess over the weekend. It would be nice to see our government respond to an ally's military murder of unarmed civilians.

?otD: Have you ever seen a UFO?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] Another week, a bit of retrospect

Slept very solid last night, which makes up for the difficulty of the previous night. Lorazepam really is my friend, and my GI is more-or-less back under control. The new side effect of foot spasms continues intermittently. shelly_rae thinks it's because I'm not walking enough. I used to be a 10,000 steps a day kind of guy. I'm probably doing 500 steps a day right now.

Feeling fairly stable this morning, medically and emotionally, especially with tillyjane a/k/a my mom out of the hospital again and on track for a diagnosis that may help close out her pain and difficulties of the past months. I have a therapist appointment tomorrow, calendula_witch arrives, mikigarrison leaves, kenscholes drops in for a visit. Such a day. Thursday we go in for the needle to be set and to have the bloodwork done, calendula_witch meets unfettered with her contractors and an empty house, shelly_rae arrives, and my parents take us out for an early birthday dinner, assuming my energy holds up. Friday, of course, is infusion session eleven of twelve.

In case you missed it with the holiday weekend, I made a couple of major cancer-related posts that may be of interest:

Pain, discomfort and the discontents of the insulted bodyjlake.com | LiveJournal ]

On hope, some thoughts to balance painjlake.com | LiveJournal ]

If I ever make a book out of the last two years' blog trace of my cancer experiences, I expect these two in some further-edited form may well be the anchor essays.

Anyway, today seems okay for me. I hope it's okay for the people who love me.


[process] The fine art of rejections

mikigarrison and I were discussed rejectomancy this afternoon, which prompted me to dig into my own blog archives for material on the fine art of rejections. Apropos of that, see the following:

Rejection, Acceptance and Publication — A discussion of what we as writers do and do not have control of.

Musing on Rejection — My theory about the levels of editorial response. The quality of rejection is not strained.

A few comments on acceptances and rejections — A more recent post on my personal rejection history.

Presented for your reading pleasure. I personally prefer to view rejections as the cost of doing business, rather than taking them as personal slights, or assuming some form of conspiratorial exclusion. But that's just me, and I do treasure my sanity.

Feel free to share your thoughts in comments.