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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-03-06 05:39
Subject: [books] Working on Going to Extremes
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Tags:antarctica, books, cancer, health, personal, process, travel, writing
Over the weekend at Rainforest Writers Village, I began working on the book proposal for Going to Extremes. Last night I made some more progress on it. I'm getting pretty excited about it.

Nonfiction is an entirely new direction for me. I've written nineteen first draft novels, but never written nonfiction longer than five or six thousand words. Covering the intersection of cancer, parenting and extreme travel, this book will be part autobiography, part narrative nonfiction, part how-to book on coping with cancer; a hybrid of several nonfiction forms. The challenge of doing this, and the opportunity to talk about my experiences in a coherent framework, will be fantastically interesting.

This project also seems to be a new way for me to approach my cancer and my life experiences with the disease. The fourth anniversary of my initial cancer presentation is coming up next month. (Makes me wonder if I should throw it a birthday party.) That strikes me as momentous for some reason.

I'll be pulling heavily from my blogging for the book. Likewise I plan to interview my doctors and some of my other caregivers, as well as friends and family members. Most especially, [info]the_child. I am feeling very engaged.

Let us hope the book proposal does well out in the big, bad world of publishing.

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User: torreybird
Date: 2012-03-06 14:17 (UTC)
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Best of luck with the non-fiction! Sounds like a fascinating read.

As far as throwing a 4th-year party - if anything, throw one for yourself, with nothing but a big "fuck you" to the cancer. It doesn't deserve a party, but you do. You survived. :-)
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-03-06 14:38 (UTC)
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Ditto on both these things!
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-03-06 15:25 (UTC)
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This sounds like a terrific project, Jay. Is the trip to Antarctica set yet?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-03-06 15:38 (UTC)
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Nope. Among other issues, I don't have any financial resources for it. So it will either be funded from the advance on this book, or from something like a Kickstarter campaign.
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