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The Sound of Philadelphia Fades Out

Voynich Manuscript partially decoded, text is not a hoax, scholar finds — (Via David Goldman.)

The Oscars Have Just Become NSFW. — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)

Martian Sunset

Watch This Fox News Host’s Heartfelt Apology To The Intersex Community — Color me shocked. I’ll be even more shocked if there isn’t either a firing or a hard walkback over this. FOX simply can’t have this kind of empathy and compassion on their airwaves, it utterly undermines their brand management and message consistency.

Legalizing vigilantism — The bullies with their guns are successfully dismantling civil society.

Filthy rich but secretly terrified: Inside the 1 percent’s sore-winner backlash Why are the super-rich whining so much? They rigged the game for themselves, but are terrified of being discovered. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why Republicans Don’t Want to Acknowledge the Falling DeficitThe steep decline of the deficit is not something Republicans really want to talk about, even though their austerity policies were largely responsible for it. If the public really understood how much the deficit has fallen, it would undermine the party’s excuse for opposing every single spending program, exposing the “cost to future generations” as a hyped-up hoax. Mmm, evidence-based thinking for the win, not.

?otD: Did you sleep the sleep of the just?


3/2/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (slightly fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Weight: 233.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block unjustly vilifying Ted Nugent: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[publishing] METAtropolis: Greenspace nominated for an Audie

I am pleased to note that METAtropolis: Greenspace has been nominated for an Audie for best original work. That is the audiobook industry’s highest award, comparable to the Hugo or the Oscar.

This is the category that METAtropolis: Cascadia won several years ago. Edited by me and Ken Scholes, our fabulous stable of writers includes Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder and myself.

Good luck to all of us, and the other nominees.

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[cancer|writing] Another painful thing

As I have frequently commented, the narrative of cancer is a narrative of loss. I haven’t written a word of new fiction since last June. At this point, I don’t expect to ever write again in my life, unless something very good arises out of these NIH studies. So be it. My career continues — Tor is releasing Last Plane to Heaven next September, stories from last year are getting favorable mentions — but it’s definitely deep in the wind-down phase.

What I see right now on blogs and social media are my auctorial friends and colleagues posting year-end reviews of work published in 2013, summaries of work contracted and planned in 2014, travel and convention schedules, and the like. All the usual change-of-the-year stuff we talk about.

I’m not really part of that world any more. I have no more new work contracted, since I can’t produce it. I have no writing goals. I have no convention plans for 2014. Being sick is a full time job, and besides which I don’t have the energy or the money. I expect to pass away next summer anyway, unless that very good something arises. I’m watching the party move on without me.

It’s natural, it’s logical, and it has nothing to do with me except in my own mind. But it’s quite painful at times.

Like I miss so many other things, I miss that part of my life.

Fuck cancer.

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[links] Link salad gets punctured

Fantasy Novels — A reader reacts to, among other books, my novel Green. Very much not with the liking. Hilariously snarky, in fact. I highly approve of this review.

Scrivener’s Error is grumpy about (among other things) the SF/F community’s awards nomination process — A topic on which Generalissimo (ret.) Scalzi was opining yesterday.

Historic, Eccentric Wills Go Online

Kraft says Velveeta running low; fans warn of ‘cheesepocalypse’

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France — Oooh. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Science Behind Ageing Sharks: Study Reveals Great Whites Can Live More Than 70 Years

Will We Find Habitable ‘Super-Earths?’

Search for exomoons turns up fluffy, Earth-sized planetIt’s so fluffy!

No, the Polar Vortex Does Not Disprove Global Warming — Unless you’re blinded by ideology and willful ignorance, of course, in which case the only evidence you’ll accept is negative evidence. Hello, conservative America.

Pastor tries atheism, loses jobs, gains $19,000 — Hmm. I’m not sure this is truly atheism so much as pretending to live as an atheist, but I am still impressed. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Israeli government offers women aged 20 to 33 free abortions — Wonder how that will play on the American Right? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ohio police: Man stopped for speeding had 48 bombs — Hmm. A white conservative patriot with a carload of bombs. Heard this story? What if he’d been a Muslim? Think you would have heard about that? (Via Karen Williams.)

Top Christie aide linked to GWB lane-closing controversy — And people think this guy should be president? He makes Sarah Palin’s corrupt political pettiness during her tenure as governor look like Sunday school.

Christie says he was misled on GWB lane closures — If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Christie is infamous for his hardball vindictiveness and generally abusive approach to people he doesn’t agree with. This is a highly documented, long term character flaw. Who could possibly be fooled by his denials now? Well, other than pretty much every conservative voter in the country, of course. Remember kids, character counts… if you’re a Democrat.

?otD: Got apheresis?


1/9/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (up too early for hotel gym)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[publishing|repost] 2013 bibliography for award consideration

I may have missed one or two things, but here is my 2013 fiction bibliography, for your information, and by request, for award consideration. As my illness slows me down, this grows ever thinner of course. I will amend this list as needed.

Novels

Kalimpura, Tor Books, 2013 — Book three of the Green trilogy

Novellas

Hook Agonistes”, with Seanan McGuire, Subterranean Online, Fall, 2013 — A collaborative story of future human enslavement and an unlikely messiah

Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Prime Books — Horror or contemporary dark fantasy, depending on your perspective

“Rock of Ages”, METAtropolis: Green Space, ed. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Audible.com — Selected by editor Gardner Dozois for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

Novelettes

“You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens”, Clockwork Fairy Tales, ed. Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, ROC — A retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”

A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”, Subterranean Online, Spring, 2013 — A Green story set long after the events of the novels

Short Stories

“King of the Kingless”, Hex in the City, ed. Kerrie L. Hughes, Fiction River — One of my Portland wizards stories

“Spendthrift”, Coins of Chaos, ed. Jennifer Brozek, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing — WWII and zombies in New Guinea

“Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”, That Is Not Dead: Historical Lovecraft, ed. Darrell Schweitzer, PS Publishing — Romans vs Chinese vs Cthulhoid horrors in ancient Samarkand

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[conventions|travel] Home from Worldcon

Lisa Costello and I are home from Worldcon as of late yesterday evening. ([info]the_child and her mother arrive late this coming evening.) Our flights back had some mild logistical hassles, but both legs also included some epic skywatching which more than made up for that. The San Antonio to Dallas flight went through cloud canyons glowing with later afternoon light which were some of the prettiest I have ever seen. We flew between towering anvil clouds, saw thunderheads marching to the horizon, and looked down on the ephemeral kingdoms of the rain. I even spotted a rainbow among the clouds.

I attempted to take photos from the airplane window, but as usual, those things don’t work out very well.

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Near the end of the Dallas to Portland flight, somewhere over eastern Oregon, we watched a distant thunderstorm in the darkness. The starry night glowed above the lightning like God’s spilled jewelbox, and a few orange-tinged towns slept down below, as the cloud banks glowed and flashed and contested among themselves.

The convention was a lot of fun, even within my current mobility and fatigue limitations. I’ve posted about that some, but here’s a few more things, including a wonderful post-Hugo photo of me, Mur Lafferty and [info]the_child by James J. Seals.

Jay Lake, Mur Lafferty and Bronwyn Lake at the Hugos
Photo © 2013 James J. Seals, all rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.

Also, in no particular order of chronology or significance:

  • I did a television interview, though I have no idea when or if it will be broadcast
  • Being thoroughly charmed by Cady Coleman, astronaut, scientist and musician
  • It was great good fun bringing my daughter on stage, and watching her navigate the weekend in general as a young woman of character
  • I am still emotional about the impromptu tribute to me led by Paul Cornell from the stage
  • All my wonderful friends and colleagues, some of whom I saw for moments, and some of whom I spent serious quality time with
  • Some damned fine food and some damned mediocre food
  • The exhibits covering the Campbell Award and my cancer
  • My biggest autographing line ever
  • Being nominated for a Hugo, with that means from readers, friends and fans; and having the privilege of watching Brandon Sanderson take my category

There’s more, lots more, but I’m still a bit muddle headed from the trip. If I saw you there, I’m glad. If I missed you there, I’m sorry. Thank you everyone.


Cloud photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[conventions] Hugos

So yesterday was the Hugos. Not to bury the lede, Brandon Sanderson took my category. No Hugo for me. That leaves me 0-4 on awards this year. It was wonderful all the same.

The old saw about it being an honor to be nominated is very true. I was in excellent company. And some real cool things happened. [info]the_child and I were thrilled to give the Campbell tiara to the talented Mur Lafferty. Mur accepted the tiara with grace and wore it with style. Toastmaster Paul Cornell organized an impromptu on-stage tribute to me that made me cry. Odd and funny things happened all day. (For example, misplacing the tiara prior to the ceremony…)

It was a great day and a great weekend for all sorts of reasons. Lisa Costello and I are off for home in a few hours.

I love you all. Thank you.

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[conventions] Still at Lonestarcon 3

Lisa Costello and I are still at Worldcon. [info]the_child and her mother arrived last night. Also, I saw my aunt and uncle and cousin Niki Lake yesterday for my cousin’s birthday. And been having fun hanging out with friends, especially Lezli Robyn. Yesterday she’d lost her voice, so I did her reading for her at her book launch.

Today, panels on the Lakeside movie and cancer, then Hugo rehearsals, then Hugo madness. Tomorrow afternoon we go home.

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[links] Link salad goes to a wedding

Pre-order on the trade paperback of Jay Lake’s Process of Writing is now available

Jay Lake’s Process of Writing 2005-2010 — Minerva Zimmerman of Apocalypse Ink Productions talks about working on my writing book.

“The Stars Do Not Lie” — A positive review of my award-nominated novella.

The Whirling Dingleberry Award — Something I helped create some years ago. Hee. It’s a motorized trophy awarded for wretched excess in stylistic elegance.

US Gained a Decade of Flynn-Effect IQ Points After Adding Iodine To Salt — Because science! (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

First Planet Discovered Orbiting a Brown Dwarf

Projected climate change moves much faster than land vertebrates have evolvedSpecies that survive future warming probably won’t do it by evolving.

Teen Bible Campers Hospitalized After Mixing Fart Spray and Deer Repellent in Prank — (Via [info]danjite.)

I’m The 14-Year-Old Who Wrote The “Jesus Isn’t A Dick So Keep Him Out of My Vagina” Sign In Texas And Was Labeled A “Whore” By Strangers Online — Ah, the compassionate kindness of Bible believing Christians. Love their neighbor-loving Christlike ways. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? — Clearly the Pope is no Christian. Ask any conservative pastor or Catholic bishop or Mormon stake president in America about gays.

Just as We Suspected: Florida Saved Nothing by Drug Testing Welfare Applicants — One of my working definitions of conservatism is the dread fear that someone, somewhere is enjoying an unearned benefit at one’s expense. This law is a perfect example of that kind of thinking. The only public interest it ever served was manufacturing more angry white men. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

The U.S. is Last in Paid Vacation and Holidays — Yes, but investor returns are properly protected, so it’s all good.

Growing Number Of States Are Reporting Lower Than Expected Health Care Premiums — Yes, the liberal disaster that is Obamacare will provide healthcare coverage more people for less money than ever before. How can we bear the shame of such a conservative idea as the individual mandate actually being implemented?

Edward Snowden’s not the story. The fate of the internet is.The press has lost the plot over the Snowden revelations. The fact is that the net is finished as a global network and that US firms’ cloud services cannot be trusted. (Via [info]danjite.)

QotD?: Got cake?


7/29/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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[cancer|personal] The things people say to me

Loose paraphrases of some things people have said to me recently, but not that loose.

“Hey, Jake…” If you want me well-disposed to do anything for you, including simply answering your email, use my actual name. I am not now and have never been “Jake”. It’s the only misuse of my name that actively bothers me, but it does bother me. I think that this version means the writer simply isn’t paying attention, eliding “Jay Lake” into “Jake”. Nothing wrong with Jake as a name, but it’s not my name.

“You’ve done more in your life than most people ever will.” This is apparently supposed to make me feel better about dying decades too soon. Exactly how is this a comfort to me?

“At the end, it will be a relief to let go.” That’s even worse than the one before. Again, why would I want to look forward to that?

“Your Hugo-nominated novella isn’t your best work. You got the nomination out of sympathy.” While that might even be true — How would I know? — and it’s certainly an opinion that some people may hold, what is the point of writing me an earnest letter saying such a thing? How does this improve my life?

There’s more, but you get the idea.

So, yeah. Just saying’.

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