September 23rd, 2012


[links] Link salad blunders into Sunday

Jay Lake’s Process of Writing Non-Fiction Book Bought

Popular Atomics: Periodic Table Is New Touchstone of Geek Chic Chemical Elements Are All the Rage; 'Breaking Bad' and Daniel Radcliffe Attest. (Via David Goldman.)

The Great New England Vampire PanicTwo hundred years after the Salem witch trials, farmers became convinced that their relatives were returning from the grave to feed on the living. More here: Meet the Real-Life Vampires of New England and Abroad</em> (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Top Ten ways Corporate Food is Making us Fat and threatening our Food Supplies — Juan Cole is talking about the producer end, not the fast food end.

Overdue Link Sausages of Confidential OriginScrivener's Error on a number of interesting political and publishing issues, but most notably the election of judges.

Obama Administration’s Achievements (Thus Far) — Compare this to the GOP's number one legislative priority, "to make Obama a one term president." Or 33 votes in the House to repeal Health Care Reform. What has the GOP done for you lately except say "No"? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Let My People Vote — Sarah Silverman on the Republican fraud of voter id requirements.

Voting Wrongs"I believe that the wrongdoing we are seeing in this election is more menacing even than what went on then. [During] Watergate... the president and his aides attempted to interfere with the nominating process of the opposition party. But the current voting rights issue is even more serious: it's a coordinated attempt by a political party to fix the result of a presidential election by restricting the opportunities of members of the opposition party's constituency--most notably blacks--to exercise a Constitutional right. This is the worst thing that has happened to our democratic election system since the late nineteenth century, when legislatures in southern states systematically negated the voting rights blacks had won in the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution." (Via [info]ulfhirtha.)

Bill Clinton: I don't know if Hillary will run in '16 — She must be so tired.

Amid GOP unease, Romney turns eye to swing states

Mitt Romney Is Driving The GOP To Pieces: Countdown Day 46 — America should be so lucky.

Blahs And Browns To Form Scary Legion Of America Doom — Mitt Romney and the soft bigotry of bigotry.

Romney: U.S. ‘middle income’ is $200K to $250K per year — This man is very confused. And he wants to be your president. The U.S. census bureau reported on Thursday that the U.S. median annual household income in 2011 was $50,054 — that is, half of American households make about $50,000 or less.

?otD: What is this Sunday you speak of?

Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0 hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 12.5 (solid, with napping)
Weight: 234.4
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[cancer] Chemo session one, day three (series three)

Antineoplastic drugs

Day three dawns. Day two including visits from Team E— and [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), as well as [info]the_child making an early experience. Ace Jordyn and the distaff half of Team E— went linen shopping for the wonderful new bed that Lisa Costello bought us, then we all watched Chicken Runimdb ] after dinner, which was silly fun.

Yesterday was pretty uneventful, in terms of side effects. The first stirring of peripheral neuropathy, in that I developed a spiky lump in my throat while drinking cold water. No more cold for me. Also, episodic hiccups through much of the evening which were not related to food intake or gulping air, and not amenable to my usual highly effective hiccup cure.

One thing which has already become an issue is calcium intolerance. I'm on an antibiotic called Doxycycline hyclate, which I will be using twice daily through this chemo series on order to cope with the significant dermal side effects of the Vectibix which is anchoring my chemotherapy treatments riding on the FOLFOX substrate. Vectibix can produce a severe rash and acne, which is significantly exacerbated by sun exposure. The Doxycycline is prescribed to deal with that. Likewise, the Doxycycline also is sensitive to sun exposure. Also, the Hydrocortisone 1% cream to deal with rashes on a topical basis.

As it happens, calcium is a Doxycycline binder. This means I can have no dairy within two hours before or after taking the meds. Either I eat breakfast and dinner dairy-free, or I have a separate non-dairy snack later to take the antibiotic with. Not all that difficult to deal with, but a bit inconvenient considering my eating habits. Combine this with the chemo-induced cyclical lactose intolerance I have historically experienced, and I suspect my love affair with cheese is going on an extended hiatus.

Likewise, no more driving in the car with the top down for me. Long sleeves, a hat and heavy sunscreen are strong recommended for any outings.

No milk? No sunlight? I'm turning into a vampire!

Ah, the manifold benefits of chemo.

Now I have to find a source of unfortified almond milk if I still want to enjoy breakfast cereal.

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[sale] Catching up to a couple of things

Apocalypse Ink Productions has bought a book from me on writing process. This is an edited summation of my various process posts from my blog over the years, with some additional new material from me.

My steampunk short story "Grindstone" has been accepted for Airships and Automatons, ed. Charles P. Zaglanis, from White Cat Publications. This is a moody apocalyptic piece set in a literally atmospheric world of floating islands.

I have also sold several reprints, one collaboratively with [info]kenscholes, to Wildside Press.