July 26th, 2010


[links] Link salad returns from the coast, flies to Omaha

Jerry Gordon reviews Dark Faith at SF Signal — He liked my story.

Realms of Fantasy, October, 2010 — Look, it's me!

John Scalzi on mid-career advice — From the department of recursive auto-linking.

Digital Tools for Making Brilliant MistakesImperfections attract, or at least that must be the guiding belief behind a new digital camera described on an e-commerce site as producing "a soft, out-of-focus feel that brings back the feeling of your old Super 8mm home movies." (Thanks to my Dad.)

Transgender(ed) — Grammatical arguments about identity and labeling.

World's Best Preserved Crater Found Using Google Earth — This is cool.

BP's tree fell on my lawn — Roger Ebert on corporate shielding from accountability.

?otD: Did you miss me yesterday?

Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (travel day from Writers Weekend)
Body movement: Airport walking
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 236.0 (yikes!)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert


[travel] Up, up and away

Finally back on the road for business again, for the first time since last October. Chemotherapy really does interfere with life. I have discovered this morning that wearing gloves and a hat into the security line trips some TSA protocol regarding pat-downs. Apparently peripheral neuropathy is a threat to air travel.

Omaha today, dinner tonight with garyomaha and elusivem, assuming the flight is on time and I haven't hit the wall somewhere along the way. I'm in all-day meetings at the Day Jobbe Tuesday and Wednesday. They've reorganized the company, moved offices and had a fair amount of personnel changes since the last time I was there, so this ought to be interesting. Omaha Beach Party will be Tuesday instead of Thursday this week due to further work commitments.

Friday I fly to Seattle instead of Portland, so's I can attend the last Clarion West party. calendula_witch will meet me there, then we'll head back to Portland Saturday morning.

Next week: New Jersey, via Philadelphia.


[cancer] Progriss Riport

I pro'd at Writer's Weekend this past weekend, along with the inestimable davidlevine. I also walked on the beach, hot tubbed, partied, drank (a few sips), chatted, and whatnotted at great length. By Saturday I was a wreck — exhausted and worn — and completely failed at partying Saturday night. I spent Sunday being tired but not wrecked.

So all in all, I consider this past weekend a raging success. As I said to calendula_witch last night, I had more energy than I expected to, but less than I wanted. I think I'll take that.

The open issues around the forthcoming treatment plan on my liver lesion are never far from my mind, but I have managed not to dwell on the horrifying likelihood of another six months of chemo. For now, I will enjoy such freedom as post-chemo recovery permits me.

For this, I am happy. Meanwhile, more Endurance.