October 7th, 2011


[links] Link salad mulls the weekend

Getting to the Story’s Core[info]jimvanpelt on the process of teasing out a story.

[conspire] OT: On cultivation of survival traits — The mistake that killed Steve Jobs. Evidence-based medicine, people. Evidence-based medicine. (From [info]rinolj.)

[info]danjite with a contrarian view on Steve Jobs — I take his point, but I think he’s deliberately underestimating the role of organizational leadership in a corporate context.

Meteor Shower This Weekend: Space Station at Risk?

12 gorgeous views of Earth from the International Space Station

“Sex At Dawn” — A Portland talk by the author of Sex at Dawn. Definitely go check it out if you’re in or around the Rose City on November 2nd.

Wall Street Journal: neutrinos show climate change isn’t real — The Bad Astronomer on the latest anti-science idiocy from the American Right. Who needs facts, or logic, when you have the Wall Street Journal op-ed page?

Historians say today’s rebukes of presidents have grown more extremeH.W. Brands, professor of history at the University of Texas-Austin and the author of books on several presidents, said he is not aware of “mockery of the president by elected officials” at the frequency that Obama has been getting it. Given that the default Republican position is that Obama was never legitimately elected, this is hardly surprising.

The Weapons That Were Not There — Ah, the Iraq War. Bush’s gift that just keep on giving, and never had a damned thing to do with 9/11 no matter how hard they gamed the intelligence.

How We Got Into The Primary Calendar Mess — And Why We Can’t Get Out

Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ — Only because you were never paying attention to the long con job, people. Ta-Nehisi Coates with more on this.

Best of the Web on Widening Wall Street Protests — I missed yesterday’s Occupy Portland, as going out on damp afternoons doesn’t mix well with chemo fatigue.

The origins of Occupy Wall Street explained — Salon talks to the editor of Adbusters</em> about the practical and philosophical roots of the movement</em>.

?otD: What’s frying today?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 words to finish this short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 218.2
Currently reading: The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod

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[cancer|food] Being BRATy

After the horrid GI issues of a few weeks ago, on medical advice I have been largely on the BRAT diet (plus yogurt). Given that the side effects of my chemotherapy make my gut fairly antagonistic to dietary fiber, among many other issues, this slightly goopy, very boring mess has actually served rather well to stabilize my lower GI.

I know this because every day or two I have something different for lunch, out of sheer unadulterated boredom, and, wham, things fire right up in an ugly way.

I don’t know if it’s the protein or the fat or what, but I pay for stepping outside BRAT, even for something as simple as yesterday’s chicken and salad. I could go on an exclusionary diet and try to sort through it, but in truth, I’ve only got about ten weeks left of this, and it would take me longer than that to properly do the exclusionary work. On the plus side, it’s keeping my weight very flat.

So I have a solution to the lower GI stuff that works, at least for now, and it is boooooooring. But at least I have a solution. It’s funny, what helps and how simple this has been.

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[writing] Catching up with the to-do list

Yesterday my story “You Know What Hunts You”, a Dark Towns story, was accepted by semiprozine The Edge of Propinquity for their final issue. Hooray! Also, I finished the current short story project, “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, which clocked in about 6,500 words, just where I originally expected. I’m pleased about that.

“That Which Rises Ever Upward” was my last piece of committed fiction for this year, in honor of the oncoming right brain shutdown expected from chemotherapy. That doesn’t mean I won’t write more if my brain somehow manages to stay awake a bit longer. It just means I haven’t made any more promises.

I do expect to do some more revision, on “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, and probably on Sunspin and possibly one last light round on Kalimpura. Also I expect to do some more brainstorming and outlining, on the Antarctica project and the collaborative novel outline with J.A. Pitts. Plus some miscellaneous other things.

This is how I cope through the chemo fog and cancer stress. I keep setting goals, making milestones, and doing my best to fulfill them.

And just for reference, my list from a week or so ago, annotated for achievement and expanded for continued goal setting:

  • Transmit Kalimpura to my editor for formal turn-in
  • Respond to an email interview
  • Revise and submit a short story currently in draft (now accepted)
  • Write a committed short story I haven’t yet been able to focus on (finished yesterday, now out with first readers)
  • Doing some editorial work on an anthology proposal
  • Draft a script on metastasis for a science podcast
  • Participate in a podcast interview
  • Make yet further notes on a proposal/outline for a mooted collaborative novel project with urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts
  • Review Sunspin feedback from several of my readers
  • Begin process of collating my last 3.5 years of cancer blogging into a book proposal (index built, proposal awaits)
  • Revisit Antarctica project
  • Some creative/academic critique for a friend

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