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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-06 08:55
Subject: [conventions] Rain Forest Writers Village Day 2
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Tags:books, calendula, cancer, cars, conventions, personal, shellyrae, washington, writing
Life in the rain forest continues apace. As shelly_rae pointed out, I'm farther from the infusion than I've ever been, due to the skip week. Some issues, like nonstop fatigue, still pertain. Other side effects have grown mild or disappeared. It's a vacation from hell, basically.

Worked again yesterday, as I don't have any paid time off left that I haven't already budgeted for other purposes such as chemo and the Australia/New Zealand trip. That went well enough. At 3 pm, right after quitting time, I led a session on Writing Through Adversity. That seemed to go over fairly good order. A nap, dinner later, then a book party in the lounge. I stayed up very late for me, almost til 9 pm. That was rough.

Various bits of good news in my inbox lately, most of it not yet announceable, but I'm happy. I am also officially car shopping to replace the current Genre car due to some unavoidable issues that are not worth fixing. Looking at rather used BMW convertibles at the moment.

This morning I was up stupid early, even with the late bedtime, so I had a nice long Skype with shelly_rae. We've managed to miss each other a lot lately due to an infelicity of scheduling, so it was good to catch up. Then back to oh-so-gently pry calendula_witch from her dreams of houses and my anger, after which we essayed one of the trails here, complete with several hundred feet of elevation. I fell twice, overextending my back the second time. This is very unlike me, which tells me I need to stay on better surfaces until I recover my kinesthetic sense in, oh, July or August.

I have also determined that I am planning to keep my head shaven or nearly so until post-chemo, because I want to get a scalp tattoo. I can't do the needles-and-blood thing before then. Tattoo will be a 3" or 4" biohazard symbol, with "FUCK CANCER". Because it will always be there, even after I have waist-length blonde hair again someday.

Meanwhile, it's time to write. Are you writing today?

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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-03-06 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
a scalp tattoo

my friend MonkeyBoy got chinese characters for "Survivor" on his noggin, but I really think it says "this end up" ..

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-03-06 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just so you should be aware, Jay: in the gay community, a biohazard tattoo indicates you're HIV+, and has become associated with barebacking.

Personally, I'd like a tattoo on the back of my neck, yellow with a black outline, something official-looking that reads "Neural Interface Goes Here."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-06 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's worth knowing. Hopefully the 'fuck cancer' will clear up any misconceptions.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2010-03-07 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm pretty sure it will. Most of the viewers won't be in the gay community, after all.
Mr Yuck could be an entertaining choice, though.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-03-06 17:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Do you know a good, trustworthy BMW mechanic?

Off the top of my head, I would both ask your local wrench what ragtops he recommends and also check Consumer's Reports for reliability reports on used convertibles.

I am not up on such things currently, but would have previously put BMW low on my list due to repair cost, perhaps instead favoring the VW Beetle, Toyota Solara, Volvo C70, Saab 9-3 and depending on your level of investment, Lexus.

Do NOT buy any Mercedes made between 1989-2001 or any Audi, ever. Just sayin'.

As for the skull tattoo, always picture how it would look under 55% hair loss of an older Jay Lake with natural thinning. Besides, you didn't have brain cancer... don't you want to put the tattoo closest to the cancer site? ;)

Edited at 2010-03-06 05:47 pm (UTC)
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-03-06 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would second this recommendation, fervently, having BTDT. It's one reason why I plan to be driving Subarus from now until forever. 130k miles on this one, and it still drives and handles like a well-broken in new car, with no body suckage and nothing falling off.

That said, I still have dreams about driving a classic Porsche 911 convertible...a white one, that can handle snow and mountains.
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Leah Cutter: Writing
User: lrcutter
Date: 2010-03-06 18:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Am just heading out for breakfast and writing. I hope you continue to have a vacation from hell, and that it lasts as long as it can.

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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-03-06 18:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am writing today! First time in a while. Woke with a story idea, which was lovely -- that hasn't happened for a long time.

My energy has taken a serious uptick in the past few weeks. I once again feel like someone who could hold down a full-time job. Can't tell you what a relief that is. It's been years.

Not sure if the burst of creativity comes from more energy, or from sun and springtime. I'll take it, either way.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-03-06 19:49 (UTC)
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I am not writing today. I am grading. This is never fun.

I like the idea of the tattoo. In you're place, though, I'd go for a radiation symbol, not a biohazard one.
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Max Kaehn: Game
User: slothman
Date: 2010-03-06 20:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good tattoo idea, though I imagine it might lead to you needing to wear a hat indoors in some social venues.

Writing today: putting together the scenario for tonight’s game. One of the arts of the game master is giving the impression that you already have the whole world worked out while you’re actually painting in the details just as people walk around the corner, like in the classic Looney Tunes cartoons that broke the fourth wall.
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User: spir123
Date: 2010-03-06 21:37 (UTC)
Subject: Vacation from hell.
jay, Bill and I spent some wonderful time where you are now, before he had his open heart surgeery and before his Alzheimer's and Lymphoma and before his hip replacement surgery. On march 25, he will be 89 years old or young, depending how you look at it. I am blessed because he still can call me by name, but is a tease and pretnds he does not know who I am, sometimes. But when i ask him what my name is, he reponds Bonnie Jean Norman. I stll make far too many typos, especially when I am in a hurry. Since I was a WElfare Assistance Worker, it galls sme to have to apply for Medicaid, but that is the only way I can live. I was a stay at home preacher's wife and mother for too many years. Only was covered by PERs for 17 years. Eventually, when Bill is not longer on this earth, my income will go up a lot, because his pension is set up for me to receive 70%of it, but while he is alive, nada. His care costs almost $4000 a month and he needs it all including the Aid and Attenance he gets from Vets. This leaves me up a creek without a paddle. He does hae some savings, but my son will not share with me. Obviously we do not see eye to eye. He is the Pete Norman on Facebook, a math teacher, and a guitar player muscian. He recently divorced and has three teen aged children, so his life is complicated. Jay, your last blog encouraged me. I appreciatae your friendship. After I preached last week, i did receive a lot of positive feedback, even though I did not feel like I did an adequate job. May your life e blessed. Bonnie
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Erin Cashier
User: therinth
Date: 2010-03-08 11:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love the tattoo idea :D
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