March 25th, 2011


[links] Link salad is lonely out in space

Biomedical news in brief — Brief, interesting qquibs about autism and cancer, among another things.

The Bowery: 1905 — Mmm, trains.

The Future of Air Travel — Ca. 1910, at any rate.

Criggo on helicopter tours — What a business model! The flight is free, but the landings cost extra.

WAG RageLanguage Log on some peculiarities of British sport culture.

Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It's the Only Choice

Media Coverage of the Fukishima Nuclear Reactor Crisis

The Ego Advantage — David Brooks of The New York Times on Qadaffi's decades-long grip on power.

Who's in hell? Pastor's book sparks eternal debate — Nice religion you people have there. Proud of it, are you?

Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged 'False Flag' Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions — Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Smaller government, smaller dreams, smaller peopleWe seem to have become a small-minded people obsessed with smaller government, smaller visions, smaller aspirations — a crimped, cramped people from whom it seems unimaginable to expect or ask for this kind of hard work and investment and long-term foresight. Regardless of their own rhetoric, that is observably the conservative vision in a nutshell. "To each their own, and those who don't have enough deserve what they didn't get." One of the most important reasons that I'm a liberal-progressive is that I profoundly oppose the divisive closing of the American spirit that the GOP has been driving us towards all my lifetime.

?otD: Is Mars cold as hell?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.4
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts


[writing] Sunspin progress redux

2,500 more words on Sunspin last night. I finished section two (of three) of book one, Calamity of So Long a Life. That makes 71,500 words on this section and 131,200 words overall. So I'm pretty much on track for wordcount.

Starting today, I will drag back through this section, do some line editing and rewriting. Some time next week it will go off to first readers. At that point, I'll do some revising and updating on the outline. Then a week or so away from Sunspin while I bat cleanup on some short fiction invitations and generally ratkill writing/career stuff that's been awaiting my attention.

After that, I'll probably move into revising Kalimpura, because it's due to Tor in June, and I don't really have time to write the next tranche of Calamity beforehand.

So Sunspin will be in the drawer a bit before going on. Ah, life. I'm fairly pleased with the project thus far.

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[personal|cancer] The good news and the bad

Just lately, I've been sleeping less. It's been about a week, which doesn't exactly count as a long-term trend, but I tend to be pretty in touch with my physiology and this is becoming noticeable.

Not coincidentally, just lately I've had a lot more energy. That started a week or so before the Florida trip, and has really amped up since. I have a powerful sense of life change in progress.

All of which is to say, I think I've torn off another veil of the cancer/chemo recovery process. Just in time to have my next round of tests in about four more weeks. At least I'm back now. We'll see what these transitions actually mean. I have my hopes.

On the other side, my friend in the hospital with the cancer similar to mine has taken a turn decidedly for the worse, despite the recent optimism. This is about him, not me, so if you're the type to manifest or pray, spare a few for E.H. He needs them.

For my own part, I confess I keep thinking, "My cancer, my chemo, this could be me."

Life giveth, and life taketh away. Jay liveth.