June 19th, 2010


[links] Link salad overhears song from the woods

A reader reviews Pinion — Not so much with the liking.

What steampunk means to me — A commentary. I agree with Callaway; as I've said before I see steampunk as 'skin' or an aesthetic, not a movement qua cyberpunk or New Weird. I wrote "The Baby Killers" in part to address this, to try to reach for steampunk themes. We shall see if I have succeeded.

Human heads found in boxes at Ark. airport — I always wanted to get ahead. (Thanks to shelly_rae.)

The Man In The Iron Mask — Ok, this is very strange. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

Protecting the Lunar Farside — Some crunchy science with SFnal implications from Centauri Dreams.

Death by toxic goose. Amazing waterfowl facts part II — Some weird stuff here.

Burn the scientists![Italian] seismologists are now being indicted and investigated for manslaughter, on account of their failure to warn the population that an earthquake was coming. WTF?

No, Really, Palin Has No Political Future — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison (a self-identified 'paleocon') on Sarah Palin and the politics of the 2012 presidential election.

?otD: Kitchen prose or gutter rhymes?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: n/a
Hours slept: 8.5 (interrupted, nightmares)
This morning's weigh-in: 232.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 9/10 (infusion)
Currently (re)reading: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] Infusion session twelve, day one

Well, that was my last trip to the infusion center for this round of chemo. Due to my decision to keep the port in my chest, I'll be back in there quite a bit in the coming months, but not to be pumped full of cytotoxins and corticosteroids. Thank Ghu.

We had cakes baked by the_child and the Niece (under grandmotherly supervision) to thank the staff, and share with the other patients. Anyone who's ever been to JayCon has probably enjoyed this cake, basically devil's food covered with a thick layer of fudge icing. I brought a card, and copies of The Specific Gravity of Grief for my oncologist and for the reading shelf in the infusion center. The lead PA promptly absconded with that second copy, which made me happy. (My therapist said he'd never read anything like it. I chose to take that as a compliment.) Photos to come once Twitter and I reach detente on the upload process.

The infusion itself was pretty rough by the end, and I'm really wiped out today. During our consultation with the oncologist, we asked a lot of questions. Some of the answers were encouraging, some were damned sobering. I'll make a post about all that in detail once I've had a bit more chance to process, and discuss with calendula_witch and shelly_rae. Let's just say my fears are in no wise laid to rest.

Next steps for me are bloodwork and a CT scan on July 16th, followed by an oncology consultation on July 19th. I'll have a colonoscopy in early August as well. For now, I have another day and a half on the pump, with all the joy and pain that entails.

Chemo bottle ritual for the last time on Sunday.


[conventions|repost] JayCon X

Mark your calendars now. In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon X, my 10th annual 37th birthday party, will be Saturday, July 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. (That's two weeks from today.) Come help me celebrate both my birthday and my successful completion of six months of chemotherapy in late June.

We're partying because I was born, and because I will have beat cancer. Again.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
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As is traditional for JayCon, Paul Carpentier is specifically not invited.