June 9th, 2013


[links] Link salad wakes up way too early

Science fiction star Jay Lake keeps writing as cancer closes in — Jeff Baker at The Oregonian interviews me again.

Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables — In which the reviewer rather liked my novelette, "You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens".

"The Stars Do Not Lie", by Jay Lake — A positive review of my multiply nominated novella.

Landays — A fascinating essay on women's culture and poetry in Afghanistan. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

How Not to Be Alone

The Insanity VirusSchizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA. (Via Lisa Costello.)

World's roundest object — A funny science geek video. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Bayes’ theorem: Its triumphs and discontentsLessons learned from 250 years of a famous statistical theorem.

Our One-Continent World: Pangea — Mapping political geography onto paleogeology.

QotD?: What time of the morning seems reasonable to you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (revisions to "Rock of Ages")
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (exercise room was occupied)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornadoes for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett


[photos] My Omaha birthday party

Some photos from my Omaha birthday party on 6/6, the actual date of my birthday. A mix of my writer friends and my work friends there. Everyone involved swears that the clowns were a completely random element.



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Me and Lisa Costello

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and T. Rotundo.

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[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, birthday weekend edition


The Oregonian is running another interview with me today, entirely about my cancer experience. This piece by reported Jeff Baker is a followup to a profile they ran last year. It's interesting to me to read about myself from a distinctly journalistic perspective. The coverage is friendly and sympathetic.

Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book

The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She's looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:
ur friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.

Please contribute if you can.

Forthcoming Events

'Tis the season and whatnot. JayFest is this coming Thursday at Powell's Books Cedar Hills location. That's a group signing and book fair featuring a dozen Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors. The book fair will run from 6 to 9 pm, with the group signing at 7 to 8 pm. I will be there, with various friends and family in tow.

Then this coming Saturday is JayCon XIII [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], my big, public birthday party. This will be at the Flying Pie on SE Stark Street in Portland. There is a good chance this is the last JayCon ever with me in attendance, and certainly the last one where I'll be fully on my game socially and emotionally, so if you've ever been tempted, now's your big chance.

And of course, JayWake is coming up July 27th, because if I can't enjoy my own damned funeral, who can? There are guests coming in from all over. I'd love for you to be one of them.

Hand-Foot Syndrome

In the department of less fun things, my hand-foot syndrome is rapidly becoming even more annoying. This is of course a side effect of the Regorafenib I am currently taking in an attempt to slow my tumor growth. My feet ache and sting progressively more as the day goes by. Eventually I reach the point where I can walk only with substantial pain. At first they would ease up overnight as I slept, but these past two mornings, I've woken up still in pain. My hands are having equivalent problems. This makes many simple tasks and household chores rather difficult. Not to mention the whole business is distracting. We see one of the oncologists tomorrow to talk about the side effects and their management. I'll also be having bloodwork done, as this medicine is a liver antagonist, and the liver is of course the part of my body which is under the heaviest assault from my cancer.

The To-Do List

Remember my enormous to-do list [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]? I continue to work my way through it. I'll post a more detailed update in the next week or so, but suffice to say that this week forthcoming I have in addition to my oncology appointment also meetings with an attorney, an accountant and a financial planner. Plenty going on. I need to do it now, because the illness will likely slow me down soon enough.