June 30th, 2010


[links] Link salad meets the Big Calm

The Witch Strikes Back — Nnedi Okorafor on writing about sensitive topics, in this case, female genital mutilation. The specific topic is important and difficult, but I was also struck by the broader application of this comment: First of all, I speak about what I choose to speak about. Let’s see you try to stop me. Secondly, if writers only wrote about what they’d experienced, then few people would write about wizards and unicorns. I wish more people in our genre community understood these points.

Where are all the female skeptics at? — In many ways, this same could have been written about female sf writers. (Snurched from Pharyngula.)

Washing the numbers, selling the model — Science, journalism and suppressed data.

The Psychology of Touch

How Russian spies infiltrated suburban AmericaCarefully-crafted American normality shattered with the arrest of 11 people on charges of being part of deep cover espionage ring.

Some Republicans think that repealing health reform is a winning campaign issuePromising to take away people's access to health care might not prove as popular as they thought. Um, yeah. That.

Haley Barbour's lack of preparation now causing problems — Mississippi Republican governor mocks oil spill worries until oil hits Mississippi beaches, now asks for help. That's what I call leadership.

Conservatives Against Journalism — A fascinating little squib. I don't find myself possessed of much sympathy for the author and his complaints, however.

Weigel, WaPo, and the Tracy-Flickization of Public Life — This isn't the core point being made here, but I was struck by this comment: Memo to my friends on the right: If you bristle at being stereotyped as an undifferentiated bloc of racists and crude blowhards, maybe you shouldn't take automatic umbrage when someone points out particular individuals who are. Much of the rest of the column echoes my recent remarks about being a public person [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Sharron Angle's Fringe Third Party Sponsored Virulently Anti-Gay Flier In '90s — This is part of why so many of us see conservatives as "an undifferentiated bloc of racists and crude blowhards," as mentioned in the previous item. Some of your candidates for national office are unrepentant lunatics. This is who you pick to represent you, your public face.

?otD: Have you left your soul there, down by the sea?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 226.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert


[cancer] All is quiet on the Southern front

Much better day yesterday, after I finally listened to calendula_witch's wise counsel and took an Imodium. As she and shelly_rae too well know, I am occasionally an idiot about meds. I also enjoyed more mental alertness yesterday, at least through early afternoon, than I've experienced in ages. Later in the day was rough, as I was extremely fatigued after my energy curve crashed, and my chest scars were unusually painful.

Watching calendula_witch do her thing this week has been kind of amazing. She's running about like a running thing, prepping Witchnest Manor for livability, doing essential errands for both her and me, keeping up with all the minutiae of life, and somehow finding time to do five loads of laundry and bake banana bread. So many of my needs and deeds have been spread out among a wide network of supporters and caregivers, but with many of my people out of town this past week, it's almost all been concentrated on calendula_witch. Who has been magnificent.

Meanwhile, bright forces gather for JayCon X this Saturday. shelly_rae arrives Friday, myriad other folks Saturday, for our 2 pm start over at the Flying Pie. I'm excited, and a little worried about my own ability to cope. But I am feeling better, and I'll be very careful of my energy later this week.

I am starting to see better terrain for my body and my mind and my spirit, and oh, goodness, is that a welcome change.


[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 this coming Saturday.) Come help me celebrate both my birthday and my successful completion of six months of chemotherapy in late June. If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

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
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.


[cancer|personal] For one brief, shining moment, I was myself

Very briefly this morning, while talking to calendula_witch as she woke up, I was myself. My old self, with energy and motion and that slight edge of mania my near-and-dear have come to know and love over the years. It lasted literally two minutes, but that's the first time in months I've felt the light rising up from within.

Look out. I am coming back.