February 15th, 2012


[links] Link salad phones it in from Denver

Steinbeck vs. Kerouac

Bound, naked in a Subaru: Valentine's Day role-playing ends badly — Ah, Portland. (Via Scrivener's Error, whose mother probably doesn't know he reads these kind of stories.)

Whitney Houston iTunes price hike was a 'mistake', Sony says — Ya think so? Ghouls.

Mooresville’s Shining Example (It’s Not Just About the Laptops) — Digital schooling. (Via my Dad.)

Interactive visualization shows the number of CT and MRI scans performed around the world during a 24-hour period — I'm in there somewhere.

The rock record got a bad rap. Fossil diversity accurately reflects history — Interesting. Warning: facts not valid for the willfully ignorant.

Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones — What could possibly go wrong?

America's Darwin Problem — This. And thank you GOP for stirring this pot while cynically trolling for votes.

A look behind the curtain of the Heartland Institute’s climate change spin — Hard evidence of what we already knew: that climate change denialism is deliberate intellectual fraud for ideological purposes.

Before Karen Met RickThe GOP contender’s hard-core pro-life wife once dated an abortion provider. Nancy Hass on their time together. Uh huh. Every little thing Hillary Clinton ever did in her life was scrutinized by the media, but did you ever hear about the man Laura Bush killed? Or this story? (Via [info]shsilver.)

What, Newt Worry? Gingrich Isn't Going Anywhere — Gawd, I hope not. Newt's the best act since the circus lion at the clowns.

?otd: What do you do in Denver when you're dead?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (new short fiction, some minor revision work)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann


[writing] A little bit of this, a little bit of that

The review I recently wrote of Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamour in Glass has been accepted by the requesting market with modest revisions. (I'm even getting paid!)

My lost colony steampunk religious novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie", has been accepted after a rewrite request by Asimov's.

Yesterday I managed to bang out a 4,200 word first draft of "The Woman Who Shattered the Moon". I had told myself, "4,000 words" before I dove in. Interestingly, I rather disliked the story at first and wondered if I was going to have to ditch it and start over. By the time I was done with draft, I liked it a lot. I'll have it off to the requesting market by next week. Once again, we learn that my writing subconscious is smarter than I am.

Rewrites have been submitted on novelette "You Will Attend While Beauty Awakens", though I don't yet have final editorial response. Over the next day or so I'll fiddle yesterday's short story draft, then send it back in. Plus I expect to be on final revisions to Calamity of So Long A Life by Friday.

Not a bad week so far.

[cancer] So far, not so good

I don't have my CEA levels yet, but the radiology report from Monday's cancer checkup is not encouraging. I quote:
Questionable developing subcentimeter lateral right lobe hepatic lesion to which close attention on follow up suggested.

In plain English, that means I have a small mass in the right side of my liver. I've been down this road before, and I know exactly where it leads.

Now, this isn't conclusive. It could be atypical healing from my last liver resectioning. (Longtime readers may recall that I've had that surgery twice so far.) It could be something else entirely, like the misread steatosis that led to my first liver resectioning. But given that this cancer has metastasized twice since my primary presentation, one of those times in the liver, I am not especially optimistic. The CEA levels will tell us more — if they are elevated, then there's a strong likelihood this is another metastasis. I rather assume I'll be in for a PET scan quite soon to confirm metabolic activity at the site in question.

On the plus side, this likely isn't the one that will kill me. The site should be readily addressable through surgery, so it's not inoperable. If I have to do chemotherapy again, this will be my last course, because there are only three options for my kind of cancer, and I've already run through two of them. That means if it comes back again in another year, I'm in a much worse position.

And on a serious note to anyone reading who is over 50, or has any lower GI irregularities: get yourself a colonoscopy. It's inconvenient, and some people find it embarrassing, but trust me, years of cancer surgery and chemotherapy are a hell of a lot more inconvenient. Go do it. Please.

As for me, I feel very, very discouraged.


[travel|repost] Open dinner in Denver on Thursday, 2/16

Update: The venue will be The Mellow Mushroom at 1201 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202. We'll meet at 6 pm on Thursday, 2/16.

I'll be in Denver this week for Day Jobbery. As it happens I am free there the evening of Thursday, 2/16. So I'm declaring an open dinner. If you'd like to meet up — and it doesn't matter if you're an old friend or we've never met, or somewhere in between — please let me know in comments so I can get a headcount.

See some, all or none of you there!