September 17th, 2011

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[links] Link salad thinks about life

[info]seanan_mcguire on poverty and books — This is important. Me, I didn’t grow up wealthy, but I certainly did not grow up in poverty either. Middle class white family with some unusual accretions of privilege due to my parents’ career choices. And I went to high school with some of the wealthiest people in the United States, on scholarship. As a result, in my life experience my exposure to wealth and privilege is much broader than my exposure to poverty and need. I certainly live perfectly well now, if still not wealthy by my own lights. So this is all the more important for people like me to read and try to understand.

On Refusing to Straighten Up — Julia Rios at Outer Alliance with a lot more on GLTBQ YA fiction issues, as a followup to recent events.

‘Tatooine’ Alien Planets Should Be Common, Scientists Say

Fingertip Microscope Can Peek Inside a Moving Animal — Think about that headline for a minute.

Eel removed from man’s bladder after entering penis during beauty spa — Gah!

Today I Opened My Last Unemployment CheckAfter 30 months of unemployment, 400 applications, and only three in-person interviews, I stood looking at my last unemployment benefit without a job in sight. I’ve been in this position, during the Bush recession when the bubble burst. I wish the Republicans in congress and their vicious voting base had the empathy and imagination to understand what it means to be unemployed. We might have a very different country even now.

The Ten Happiest Jobs

Free to Die — Paul Krugman on the conservative movement’s bone-deep lack of compassion.

“Let Him Die” — A debate question exposes the incoherence—and cowardice—of the Republican candidates’ opposition to Obamacare. — More on appalling conservative ‘thought’.

Republican Candidates Answer the Question: ‘Do You Really Believe That?’ — An open appeal to the candidates. Do you really believe that it’s appropriate to just let them die? As for my conservative friends, are you still proud of your Republican party?

Rick Perry, Accidental Civics TeacherThe Texas governor might be bad for the GOP and bad for Democrats. But the media relies on his brand of hyperbole to have any sort of public policy debate.

?otD: Have you been poor?


9/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 221.4
Currently reading: Inversions by Iain M. Banks

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[cancer] Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so close to hand

Violent lower GI disturbances most of the day yesterday. I’ll spare you the specifics, but this was one of the worst days of either chemo series. Between that and the continued catastrophic hair loss, I have not been feeling my oats.

I did manage to recover by the evening. Thank Ghu for modern meds. Though they have their price, too.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[writing] Kalimpura proceeds apace

Ahead of pace, no less. Since launching into this revision round, I’ve managed to put in about two hours per day on Kalimpura revisions. I’m currently doing line revisions and small to medium sized rat killing. Once I’m done with this pass, I need to write several new scenes, then I need to deal with a bit of a pacing issue in the middle act. I’m still not sure how I’m going to handle that last, but it will come to me. Then, well, I’m done.

This pace is happily a bit more than I’d originally budgeted, so I’m ahead of schedule. This is good, because in turn it means that given my light schedule this weekend, I can probably have the revisions wrapped before I drop back into chemo at the end of next week.

Which makes me feel a heck of a lot better. My original plan was to have Kalimpura fully revised and back to my editor [info]casacorona by the end of September. Given my chemo schedule, after next Thursday 9/22, the next day I’ll likely be able to write is either 9/27 or 9/28. So being ahead of schedule really means I’m mostly on schedule.

In which case I’ll let everything steep until that week, then hopefully meet my original month-end deadline.

It’s been nice being back inside Green’s head. She’s one of my favorite characters, and she’s a strange one. She’s also been willing to supply both dialog and action where I’ve needed to make changes or expansions to the draft of this her third book. I like that feeling of knowing someone very well.

Kalimpura is my last contracted book about her. I’ve left myself some plot and character hooks to write more, should creative impulse or market demand drive me, but for now I’ll be leaving her behind once this book is done. I’ll miss her. I’d hesitate to call her a friend — and she’d be a terrible friend in real life — but she is a close associate about whom I’ve come to care deeply.

The best thing I can do for Green is finish her book well.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.