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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-13 07:01
Subject: [writing|cancer] Catching up and overshooting
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Tags:books, cancer, conventions, food, friends, health, personal, writing

Yesterday as advertised, [info]the_child and I had dinner with [info]autopope and [info]feorag. [info]feorag had found a vegan-friendly pizza place here in Portland that was new to me, Sizzle Pie. [info]the_child and I split a non-vegan pie, and I must say it was one of the better pizzas I’ve eaten.

Afterwards we popped over to Powell’s, stopping to take a picture of Charlie and his name on the marquee.

Charlie Stross at Powell's in Portland

(Pardon the crappy lighting.)

The writer who’d been tapped to introduce [info]autopope had fallen ill, so I was tapped at the last minute to bring him on. Which was fun. He read hilariously from Rule 34, then answered some questions, but I pooped out hard during the Q&A and so had to go home.

I did manage to get 2,800 words on Sunspin between the end of Day Jobbery and leaving for dinner, so I’m back on that horse and feeling good about things. Today I’ll be working on Sunspin some more, plus a small nonfiction project, plus some more edits to the Hugo script.

The overshoot, of course, was me wearing out so badly last night. By the time we left Powell’s, my entire incision was aching with a dull pressure. I got home, took some Tylenol and pretty much stumbled into bed to sleep 8.5 hours. These last few days I’ve been doing more —being social, running errands, going out in the evening — and it really has taken a toll on me. All of which underscores why I am renting a scooter at Worldcon, for all that such a move feels like a real blow to my pride. I’m just not all here yet.

But the important parts are.


Photo © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-08-13 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think renting the scooter is a very good idea. The scooter is a tool that will help you extend the length of your ability to be part of and enjoy Worldcon. And, in my mind, this is a temporary need. I believe that next year, at Chicon, you won't need the scooter. I could be wrong, but if you find the scooter helps keep you from wearing out faster and you do need it, then use the tool! Do you still use a pencil to write your books? Do you still use a typewriter? Or are you using a tool that helps you write and edit your books easier and faster so it takes less time and less effort and you can be more productive? Does that make you feel bad that you aren't using a pencil or typewriter?
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2011-08-13 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the intro! And sorry to hear about the pain -- the scooter for worldcon sounds like a really good idea, under the circumstances.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-13 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was great to see you guys. Fly safe home. (And thanks for the restaurant recco...)
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User: elizaeffect
Date: 2011-08-13 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
aaaaahhhh Powell's is so great. I've only been once but I still remember the experience. <3<3<3
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2011-08-13 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The writer who’d been tapped to introduce autopope had fallen ill

You need some irony tags for this one :)

A Scooter in Reno could be fun.
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Jennifer Brozek
User: jennifer_brozek
Date: 2011-08-13 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It'll be easier to find you!

And hitch a ride. :)

*hugs*
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-08-13 17:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The scooter is going to help you do all the things you want to. I sympathize with how it makes you feel, absolutely. At the same time, I look forward to seeing you scoot about, all Hawaiian clad, able to do what you want when you want. There must be some sort of metrics you can track with the scooter use to determine what you can and can't do as a result of its use.
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2011-08-13 17:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was SO glad to have a scooter at Noreascon 4. Better to be able to concentrate on the important stuff.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-08-13 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>I must say it was one of the better pizzas I’ve eaten<<

This begs for more details. As I believe it's all about the crust, I hope that was a high point.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-13 18:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very good crust and sauce, decent cheese, adequate-to-decent toppings. But the whole combination of flavors came together quite well.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-08-13 18:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are amazing in every way.
Have a lovely time in Reno.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2011-08-13 19:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Use the scooter, I'd say. I don't think my masculine pride was particularly dented by having to use a wheelchair last September. I needed it. I'm still using a walking stick (my balance is shot, plus I have unrelated back problems that are getting annoying). It's about conserving energy, which is more important than pride. I think your shifgrethor will not be damaged.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-08-13 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Scooters are fun, you can "accidentally" run over certain people and blame it on the fact that they dont have brakes.
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triskelmoon: nerd
User: triskelmoon
Date: 2011-08-13 19:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:nerd
It was awesome to see you, although I'm still shocked (SHOCKED) that there is no nation of Bukkake to visit.

Hearing autopope read was hilarious and will infect my future readings of his works.

Scooter sounds both reasonable and luxurious. But I'm known as a lazy hedonist.
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Jeff
User: jeffreyab
Date: 2011-08-13 20:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A scooter is a great idea, think of it as a shuttle from place to place.

You can drag race the other scooter drivers.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-08-13 22:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's a RESOUNDING Yea vote for the shuttle. My late husband only broke down and rented one one time - we were at the Sonora Desert Museum outside Tucson - and he didn't say it but I knew his pride was hurting him mightily - to which, if he HAD said anything, I would have had NO sympathy. You men and your pride - that afternoon remains one of my most treasured memories because I could actually enjoy the place WITH him for once. And only that one time. What good did his pride do him all those other times? It certainly did me no good.

So, yeah, get a snappy pennant and drive that sucker like a maniac, and have a great time. Fuck pride.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-08-13 22:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Excuse me: Scooter. Not shuttle, scooter. The shuttle's what you'll drive around on Mars in. :^)
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-08-14 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We must come up with a more personal name for jaylake's scooter than "scooter." Jay-about? Lake-link? Silver?
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