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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-10-16 05:54
Subject: [events] Went to the SFWA Northwest Reading Series last night
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Tags:cancer, events, friends, health, personal, portland, stories, writing
I went to the SFWA Northwest Reading Series last night, hosted by Seanan McGuire, and featuring her, me and M.K. Hobson. I was feeling pretty fatigued and bit ill from chemo, so Seanan and series host David Levine kindly rearranged the reading order so I could go first, then head for sleep.

The story I read was "They Are Forgotten Until They Come Again", from the River anthology, edited by Alma Alexander. The audience seemed to like it, but I stumbled home before the Q&A.

I did receive some criticism from several quarters in my personal life about doing this. However, this event will be my last public appearance until at least May of next year. (I may manage an hour or two of informal hanging out in the lobby at OryCon, if that's not a chemo weekend.) My public identity as a writer is important to me, cancer has been stealing it a piece at a time for years. So this was a small chance to be among friends as the expansive person I used to be rather than the diminished person I am once again becoming.

I really want to thank everyone involved in the SFWA Northwest Reading Series for being so patient with me and working to accommodate my needs.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-10-16 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And it was good to see and hear you, albeit briefly.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2012-10-16 13:48 (UTC)
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Dude. You are not a diminished person. Sick, yes. Fatigued, yes. But not diminished.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2012-10-16 13:57 (UTC)
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Sometimes you have to take a defiant stand against whatever Big Bad is currently trying to make you dance like a marionette on strings. And yeah, you have to use common sense in picking those times, but being made to dance is so horrible and demeaning an experience that even a small assertion of humanity and dignity can be necessary.
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shelly_rae
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2012-10-16 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Carpe diem dude. Carpe diem.
Anon
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2012-10-16 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am so very proud of you.
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biomekanic: Lethal lagomorph
User: biomekanic
Date: 2012-10-16 19:08 (UTC)
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Keyword:Lethal lagomorph
It was great to see and hear you last night.

And if you have any need for delivered food, just let me know what you'd like. I have the time, and I certainly enjoy cooking for other people.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-10-16 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you, sir. Plus I still have one of your plates from last year. ;)
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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2012-10-16 20:46 (UTC)
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When you're out of spoons you're out of spoons. And I'm sorry for your spoon shortage. I'm learning I have to limit my social experiences, too. Sucks.
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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2012-10-17 19:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You missed quite a fun Q&A. David Levine covered for you, but his Jay Lake impression wasn't all that good.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-10-17 19:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. Sorry I couldn't stay there.
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