June 5th, 2010

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[links] Link salad is offended by Surfing Samurai Robots

On Measuring The Specific Gravity of Grief — GeekDad reviews my new single-title novella at Wired.com. A thoughtful, interesting review. If you're interested, you can buy the book here from Fairwood Press.

Zombies, Steampunk, or Historical Fantasy - Help Me Pick the Next Novel to Read — This may be the funniest pre-review of one of my books I've ever received. Pinion is the conclusion of a trilogy that sounds fantastic to me. But I don't want to read the first two books; their existence offends me. Huh?

Ozymandias — Art guru James Gurney with a very cool post about one of his Dinotopia paintings.

Complex Reactions on TitanCentauri Dreams on the increasingly real possibilities of life on Titan.

A Softer World on honesty, empathy and tact — Ah, the marvels of Internet discourse.

SMBC explains the Prisoner's Dilemma

Non Sequitur is hilariously political

It Will Happen AgainBush admits torturing KSM and says he'd do it again. Gee, what a shock.

Hatch's Partisan Military Service Bill — This just in: Republican senator caught out in mendacious hypocrisy. But I repeat myself. (Source is Rachel Maddow, in case you think she's a liberal hack not worth watching. A well-sourced liberal hack, admittedly.)

?otD: Does the existence of any particular book offend you?



6/5/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: Short suburban walk later (on the pump)
Hours slept: 8.5 (badly interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 9/10 (on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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[books] A bit more on The Specific Gravity of Grief, and where I'd like see it go

As I said in Link Salad this morning, The Specific Gravity of Grief was reviewed by GeekDad at Wired.com. It's a thoughtful, interesting take on the book, which I'm always grateful for.

I have a long term ambition for this book, which is to have copies make their way into oncologist's offices and infusion centers around the country. I don't feel a need to make any money off that process, which will push the price down, or possibly lead to some fund-raising as well to place copies very cheaply.

However, for any of that to happen, we need to sell through the 250-unit limited edition printing that Fairwood Press has put out. The wired.com review will help, as will forthcoming reviews. But one of the best things you could do for me and my cancer is spread the word, so people who are interested know about the book and can consider purchasing it. If we can sell through this printing, Fairwood Press will do a cheaper trade paperback edition, which I will work to drive the price down as far as possible on.

Take a minute and go read GeekDad's review. If you're interested, or know people who might be, spread the word. The book is available here from Fairwood Press. If you've already done so, thank you for supporting this project.
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[photos] Infusion session eleven, day one

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Ah, chemo.

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Dad and Mark Ferrari

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Passed out on Oxaliplatin. A lot less fun than it looks.

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You never know who you're going to meet in the infusion center. This is either a triumph of marketing or misplaced gender bending humor. Or both.

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Passed out at home. For those times when passing out in the infusion center just isn't enough.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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