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[personal|events] On the cusp between JayFest and JayCon

Yesterday evening was JayFest. Which we celebrated in style. It was well-attended, and I think some books got sold. No photos yet, on account of continuing computer issues hereabouts, but there will be. Much fun was had by all, and somehow John Pitts wound up with the Genre car afterwards.

Today is kind of a cusp day. Enjoying the company of [info]fjm. John will be by later, and this evening is a loose group dinner for early and pre-JayCon attendees at Cartlandia, my almost-local food cart pod.

Tomorrow, of course, JayCon XIII with all attendant madness. Which is incidentally Joyce Z.’s real birthday, so she’ll be celebrating there as well.

In other news, today is [info]the_child‘s last day of school. Shortly she will be a freshman no more. Another reason to celebrate.

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[events|repost] JayFest sponsored by Powell’s Books

This evening, Powell’s Books will be hosting JayFest, a group signing and book fair in support of the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund in my name.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2013 (two days before JayCon XIII)
TIME: Book fair 6:00-9:00 pm, group signing 7:00-8:00 pm
PLACE: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon

Authors in attendance will include David D. Levine, Phyllis Irene Radford, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, J. A. Pitts, M. K. Hobson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Tina Connolly.

Ten percent of the proceeds for each book sold during the book fair will go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.

Be there or be rectilinear!

Please see http://www.powells.com/events/5348/ for more information and updates.

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[events|repost] JayFest sponsored by Powell’s Books

Mark your calendars! A week from today, Powell’s Books will be hosting JayFest, a group signing and book fair in support of the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund in my name.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2013 (two days before JayCon XIII)
TIME: Book fair 6:00-9:00 pm, group signing 7:00-8:00 pm
PLACE: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon

Authors in attendance will include David D. Levine, Phyllis Irene Radford, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, J. A. Pitts, M. K. Hobson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Tina Connolly.

Ten percent of the proceeds for each book sold during the book fair will go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.

Please see http://www.powells.com/events/5348/ for more information and updates.

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[events] Rio Hondo, day three

More critique yesterday. More food. More fun. My Aunt M—, who lives in Colorado, turned up with pies. @dratz of Waterloo Productions arrived last night to shoot some Lakeside footage here at Rio Hondo.

My METAtropolis: Green Space novella “Rock of Ages” is being critiqued tomorrow. This means I don’t have to do any critical reading today, so I’m cooking momos [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] for tonight’s dinner.

Still struggling a bit with the altitude. Had a terrible night’s sleep last night. I did okay the night before, thanks to my friend Lorazepam, and will probably have to do that again tonight. And I regret not being able to go out hiking here during the day, as my UV issues from Vectibix linger on.

All that being said, I am very glad to be here.

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[events] JayFest sponsored by Powell’s Books

Mark your calendars! Powell’s Books will be hosting JayFest, a group signing and book fair in support of, well, me.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2013 (two days before JayCon XIII)
TIME: Book fair 6:00-9:00 pm, group signing 7:00-8:00 pm
PLACE: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon

Authors in attendance will include David D. Levine, Phyllis Irene Radford, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, J. A. Pitts, M. K. Hobson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Tina Connolly.

Ten percent of the proceeds for each book sold during the book fair will go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.

Please see http://www.powells.com/events/5348/ for more information and updates.

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[cancer|events] Today’s benefit auction at Gaslight Gathering

I am the emcee and auctioneer for today’s benefit auction at Gaslight Gathering. I’ve done this a number of times before, and it’s a role I generally enjoy quite a bit. Given my affinity for being the center of attention, this should surprise precisely no one.

The auction has some very good items in it. All of them are donations. Many are from the originating authors or artists themselves, others are people putting items from their personal collections. Still others are goods or services. A couple of these things have some serious “wow” factor. As the weekend has progressed, I’ve spent time on bid ordering, auction logistics, all the things one thinks about when arranging such an event.

The thing is, the beneficiary of the auction is me. Gaslight Gathering and all these donors are generously raising funds to help me in my struggle with cancer. And that puts me in a curious position. Normally when I’m conducting a charity auction, I spend time talking up the charity, pointing out to people how much their bids will mean, that sort of thing. Except today if I take that approach, I’ll be talking about myself.

Normally I have no troubles talking about myself. Lord knows that’s not an issue. But talking about myself in a fundraising context like this feels inescapably self-serving. As always, I need to be fun, funny and fast-paced — that’s the only way to keep an auction moving along. But it feels so strange.

I am thrilled and pleased beyond measure that Gaslight Gathering is doing this for me. But this will be a very different auction from my usual approach. This produces interesting emotional and social tensions within me.

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[cancer|events] Giving a talk on cancer and genomics at Illumina

Yesterday, thanks to the good offices of Waterloo Production and Gaslight Gathering, I visited Illumina to give my talk about the patient-oriented view of cancer and genomics. I was accompanied by [info]the_child, Lisa Costello and K— from Gaslight Gathering. Waterloo Productions filmed the event.

The lobby of Illumina
The lobby of Illumina

This was an intimidating audience for me. I’m a pretty well-informed layman, but I am definitely a layman. I have a B.A. Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, which is loosely speaking a humanities degree. I have no graduate education. I haven’t darkened the door of science classroom since about 1984. With these credentials, I was talking to an audience of people who work every day on genomics, on whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics. Doctors, scientists, lab techs, marketers, administrators: a whole gamut of people from the world’s leading provider of gene sequencing equipment and services. I knew going in I had to be on my toes to maintain credibility and give them useful value for the hour of time each busy member of my audience was going to invest in me.

Jay talking at Illumina (c) 2013 Waterloo Productions
Jay talking at Illumina © 2013 Waterloo Productions

About 60-80 people attended the talk, by my rough guess. No one walked out in the middle, which to my long experience in public speaking and business presentations definitely represents a win. They were a tough but receptive house with some good questions. (My favorite was one about whether Illumina should be engaged in patient education or provider education, along with a related question about how to go about those efforts.) I learned some interesting thing from the questions and comments, and I think I reached a number of people with the patient perspective on the work they do.

I call it an afternoon well-spent. I daresay the Illumina folks do as well. When Waterloo Productions has the video of the talk edited, I think we’ll publish and promote it. At some point in the near future, I’ll also find a way to publish the slideware.

In addition, I’m trying to line up to do this talk to other audiences, both biomedical and general interest. If you know of any group who would like to hear more, please put me in touch.


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[travel|events] My upcoming appearance schedule, as it stands today

For those playing along with the home game edition of “Where’s Jay”, here’s my current appearance schedule. Subject very much to changes in my health, of course.

Date Event

Tuesday, April 23rd Wordos in Eugene, OR, for a discussion of my Nebula- and Hugo-nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie” (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, May 2nd Speaking at Illumina Corp in San Diego on Whole Genome Sequencing from the patient perspective (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th Guest of Honor at Gaslight Gathering (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Wednesday, May 8th Meeting with my oncologist to discuss current developments, the formal diagnosis and treatment plan

Friday, May 17th through Saturday, May 18th Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA (with both [info]the_child and Jersey Girl in Portland in attendance)

Everything after this point is subject to change depending on the exigencies of cancer treatment per my oncology consultation on May 8th

Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, May 26th Rio Hondo writing retreat in Taos, NM

Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 7th Work trip to Omaha, NE (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Saturday, 15th JayCon XIII [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] here in Portland, OR (with various other festivities TBA around the weekend, pretty much everyone in attendance)

Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th Locus Awards Weekend, Seattle, WA (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, TX (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

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[events] Having fun at Paradise Lost

I’m in San Antonio at Paradise Lost. @dratz drove us down from Austin yesterday, me, Mrs. @dratz and sparCKL. Most of the crew rolled in by early evening, and we had a good (if horridly noisy) dinner at The Esquire in downtown San Antonio. Some great late night talk about cancer, healthcare and publishing. Lots of old friends here and a few new, including disapproving coyote:

Disapproving coyote disapproves

I have a media interview this morning, lunch with @lynnemthomas, and some writign time scheduled for today. There’s a wine and cheese party tomorrow, for which I am the cheese shopper.


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[travel|events] Forthcoming travel and event schedule

Mostly just to have it out there, but also to give people who might want to catch up with me the chance to know where I’ll be, here’s my forthcoming travel and event schedule. As always, this is health permitting, though I should be clear through May regardless. I haven’t made plans past June except tentatively for Worldcon due to the significant uncertainly of my cancer status going forward.

April 10th-14th Paradise Lost, San Antonio, TX (Instructor emeritus)
Week of April 22nd Probably in Grand Rapids, MI a day or two for Day Jobbery, details TBA
May 2nd-May 6th Gaslight Gathering, San Diego, CA (Guest of Honor)
May 17th-May 18th Nebula Awards Weekend, San Jose, CA (Nebula Award nominee)
May 19th-May 26th Rio Hondo Retreat, Taos Ski Valley, NM
June 1st-June 7th Day Jobbery, Omaha, NE
June 15th JayCon XIII, Portland, OR
June 28th-June 30th Locus Awards, Seattle, WA
August 29th-September 3rd LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, TX (Hugo Award nominee and Campbell Award co-presenter)

In most of these cases, I’ll either be at a public event, or host an open dinner. Watch for announcements.

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