July 11th, 2010


[links] Link salad remembers spine-tingling railway sleepers

Big Painting Sale — Terry Windling is having a painting sale to help a relative meet medical costs. Check it, boost the signal. (Via shelly_rae.)

More on fried olives (for those who are following the saga)garyomaha with more on the fried olives made by shelly_rae.

The milkman cometh — Back to the days of future past?

Trains And Railways Extravaganza, Part 2Dark Roasted Blend with some distinctly curious railroad images. A must-read for steampunks and railfans.

Time to Wake Up, Sleeper Spy — Can you ever really go home?

The Liberal Dilemma and Conservative Conflictjoshenglish takes on some cultural and political tropes. I largely agree with him.

The Poor Always PayAn Asian bank for low-income women is out to teach Wall Street a lesson. Those conservatives who think the poor are just lazy (there are a few in my extended family with that opinion) ought to try it for a while. Not college-student poor, but true poverty.

?otD: Would you, could you on a train?

Writing time yesterday: 2 hours (2,500 new words, plus extensive WRPA)
Body movement: stationary bike ride to come
Hours slept: 8.5 (decent)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert


[cancer] Life, ftw

Big day yesterday, in small ways. As calendula_witch hath posted, lots happened. We both wrote, 2,500 words plus a bunch of research and editing on the Sekrit Projekt in my case. Errands were run, and some fun stuff visited. I even managed the stairs at Rocky Butte, which was, frankly, a stone bitch. But the view, ah the view. Gyros and kalamari for lunch at Foti's Greek Deli, then I made prosciutto, pancetta and manchego sub sandwiches for dinner, with steamed vegetables and the mighty Burgerville Walla Walla onion rings for sides.

Other than the profound post-prandial exhaustion, it was like a normal person day. And I fell asleep early. On the other hand, this is first day since last October or so where I didn't wear long sleeves.

Life, ftw.


[writing] Sometimes I am a monster

Well, the dam has definitely broken. Apparently Fred has a lot to say.

Today I spent four and a quarter hours on writing and writing-related program activities. I revised a short story, then marketed the revisions. I revised another short story and returned it to calendula_witch for another reading. I did some research for the Sekrit Projekt. I wrote 6,000 new words on the Sekrit Projekt, bring current wordcount to 13,400, with a projected final wordcount of 20,000. A double Lake and change.

Also went to lunch with calendula_witch and the_child (which was ill-conceived, as we had to put up with a brewpub full of World Cup fans armed with vuvuzelas), spent some time at the Powell's mothership signing books and buying other books, and spent some time in an Oriental rug store watching calendula_witch shop.

The only reason I stopped writing for the day is that I'm tired, not because the tap ran dry. I have missed this sense of flow so much. God, it's so good to be laying down words.


[photos] The Niece and the Child at Oaks Park

Yesterday my sister and The Niece and the_child took a little excursion to Oaks Park, our local classic-style amusement park. Photos were taken...

Oaks Amusement Park

Niece & Child



What's your speed... 72 MPH!

Note the_child's 72 mph fastball in that last shot. She's twelve, plays lacrosse and basketball, doesn't even know how to pitch. She just threw it.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

All photos © 2010 M. Lake. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.