February 18th, 2013


[links] Link salad has been there and done that

Jay Lake, una storia umana — An Italian Web site with a story about me, my writing and my cancer.

Writer from an Other Culture — Karen Lord Is Wise. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Genevieve Valentine - Ten Things You Should Know About "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" — Hahahahaha. (Thanks to [info]bedii.)

The Darwinian Dead — Peter Watts on natural selection and zombie-ism. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Nietzsche Family CircusRandomized pairings of Family Circus cartoons and Friedrich Nietzsche quotes. (Snurched from the Bloggess.)

Society’s key to finding the next Earth: The Ars guide to exoplanetsHave a faster-than-light colony ship? This is what you should know.

Strange damage reports surface after Friday’s Russian meteor explosion

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work — (Via David Goldman.)

Why Gender Equality Stalled

Why Regulating Legal Weapons Purchases Affects the Weapons Criminals Have — Steve Buchheit takes on another self-serving gun culture myth that endangers you, me and everyone.

California Lawmaker Pushing Gun Control Got Death Threat — But guns don't enable violence, no no. Ask any member of the gun culture.

Oscar Pistorius case shows that guns don't belong at homeStats prove that the person most likely to die from your weapon is you or someone you know. Your wife, your child, your partner. Not according to the NRA and the Republican party, which together have successfully banned almost all gun violence research in the US so the myth of home defense can go unchallenged. The conservative mind' favorite tactics when confronted by those liberal "facts" and "data": lie, then deny. The gun culture harms us all.

QotD?: Did you get the t-shirt?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (1.0 hours WRPA, 0.75 working on my collaboration with [info]the_child)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 233.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett


[food|publishing] The archive party

Yesterday we had an archive party. Friends came over to help prep and box the bulk of my paper archives for Lynne Thomas, the curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. This seemed like a good time for food, as well.

Lisa Costello was here, along with Jersey Girl in Portland. Team E— came, as did two other friends. ([info]the_child was off seeing Swan Lake with her mother.) Jersey Girl made bacon explosion, which we supplemented with a cheese board, a salad, and brownies thoughtfully supplied by [info]the_child.

The appetizers

The base of the bacon explosion

Putting down the sausage layer

The complete bacon-sausage roll

The foil comes off before the bacon is finished out

After we ate all that, we played Cards Against Humanity for the better part of an hour, then headed down to the basement for the packing, measuring and weighing.

Packing the archives

We packed, measured and weighed 311 pounds of material to be shipped. As someone pointed out, I got started on my career before most of the editorial side of publishing went digital. I had a footlocker full of rejection letters, and boxes of critiqued and copy edited manuscripts. If I were to get started on a career today, about the only paper ephemera that would exist would be contracts, and even many of those are electronic.

To that end, I am also providing Lynne and NIU with the electronic side of my files. That, however, fits on a portable USB hard drive about the size of a deck of cards. Ah, progress.

At any rate, it's good to be fully engaged with Lynne and NIU. It's good to have those eleven boxes out of the house (and my footlocker emptied). It's good to have taken care of one more darned thing as I journey further along the arc of my cancer.

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[personal] Miscellaneous thises and thats

A bunch of things make a post...

  • Yesterday I agreed to do something very cool in late March, which I'll be able to announce soon. Suffice to say that if you live in the Portland area, mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, March 26th.

  • Likewise, don't forget my Powell's reading on March 8th.

  • Shortly I'll publish a forthcoming events calendar, including my attendance at various cons, a couple of special items, and of course JayCon XIII [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] on June 15th.

  • I still haven't gotten a confirmation of my second opinion appointment on the latest evolution of my cancer. This is growing annoying, as my calendar is filling up. The medical stuff takes absolute priority, but I'd assumed (with good reason) it would happen in the second half of February. After that, the cost to me, both literally and figuratively, of rearranging my schedule becomes higher and higher.

  • My Day Jobbe boss is in town today, so I'll be spending the afternoon and evening with them. This means almost certainly no writing today. I'm basically okay with that, as I just finished drafting "Hook Agonistes", but I am eager to get on to my next couple of projects.

  • Speaking of finishing a manuscript draft, in case you missed it yesterday, here's my assessment of the five emotional stages for writers:

    1. Excitement - "Yay! I can has writing!"
    2. Dedication - "Must keep going, must be a good writer."
    3. Doubt - "Oh, man, this thing is sucking wind. No one will ever buy it or read it."
    4. Denial - "What, me? What story? Nope, no draft here. Just some fooling around. Never mind."
    5. Acceptance - "Yay! I can has writing!"

  • Also, yesterday [info]the_child and her mother went to see Swan Lake. They looked very elegant in their ballet togs.


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