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[travel|conventions] Forthcoming event and convention schedule

Due to the unexpected moderation in my chemo series this spring, I am once more able to travel and attend public functions. As a result, here is my forthcoming schedule of events, conventions and public appearances. As always, these dates are contingent on my ongoing health status. I hope to remain healthy through the summer, but except for Worldcon, I’m not planning anything past June at this point. Also note there will probably be an Open Dinner in Houston, TX in the next week or so.

[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XIII

Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don’t plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We’re partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again and again.

If you can read this, you’re invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Also, if you’re coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.

[conventions] Announcing JayCon XIII

Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don’t plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We’re partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again and again.

If you can read this, you’re invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Also, if you’re coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.

[conventions|cancer] Seeing Worldcon through the eyes of cancer

Chicon 7 was by almost any measure a successful experience for me. Lovely food was to be had. I caught up with old friends and made some new ones. I sustained a moderately full programming load with no difficulty, and had a lot of fun. I was interviewed for two podcasts, and gave well over a hundred autographs. Several rounds of writing and publishing business were conducted. I was invited to participate in the Hugo awards ceremony in my informal capacity as spokesmodel for the Campbell Award Regalia, and had a terrific time hearing thousands of people cheer my name as I made a brief stage appearance to crown E. Lily Yu. I never wiped out physically or socially, and the emotional stresses of cancer were largely kept under control, with a little help from my friends. I even managed to walk every day.

All in all, quite the satisfactory experience.

At the same time, by Sunday afternoon, I felt as if my head had been pounded into concrete. By Monday morning, I didn’t really have the heart to face anyone or anything.

As I’ve said before, the current round of cancer will not be the one that kills me. I don’t have a terminal diagnosis. I’m certainly not dying now. But it points toward overwhelming odds that I have a handful of years left. One fairly reasonable course forward from here has me never fully out of treatment again, depending on the speed and intensity of future metastasis development. Almost all of the forward paths have me spending more than half of what remains of my life very ill from either treatment or end-of-life decline.

As it happens, I was rather ill at both of the Worldcons prior to this one, in Reno and in Melbourne. There’s a perfectly good chance I’ll never make another Worldcon, depending on the treatment cycles of my cancer.

I was saying good-bye. And a hell of a lot of people were saying good-bye to me.

There were occasions where I explicitly acknowledged this. As I commented more than once, if we still beat this thing, then four or five years from now we’ll all be sitting around laughing about what an idiot I was to be in such a panic back in 2012. That’s one of those little bits of magic spell we pass socially to remove some of the awkwardness of being the ghost at the feast.

There were also occasions where the hard reality intruded brutally. On Sunday, I had an hour-long meeting with Lynne Thomas, of Northern Illinois University, who is my archivist. We explicitly discussed end-of-life and posthumous issues. I asked her a lot of questions about transition planning, about confidentiality, about how the archive would intersect with my literary estate. We got into topics such as the terms-of-service on my social media accounts and whether and how the library would have legal access to those accounts after my death. We talked a lot about how the archive will intersect with the interests of [info]the_child. She took home action items for herself, her technical team and her legal team, as I am essentially a test case for a number of issues. I took home corresponding action items, albeit somewhat less bedeviling.

Not long thereafter, I had an hour-long meeting meeting with my agent Jennifer Jackson. Again, we explicitly discussed end-of-life and posthumous issues. Literary executorship, contracts, a whole range of topics were covered. This includes discussion of my death book project. Again, I took home a number of further action items.

An hour or two after that, at my reading I read my short story, “The Cancer Catechism”, which will be in Dark Faith 2. It’s a brutal story. Reading it, I grew angrier and angrier. The audience seemed overwhelmed as well.

Walking out of that reading was the point at which I felt like my head had been pounded into concrete.

This is hard. Damned hard. It colors everything I do, everything I think about, what everyone says to me., what everyone around me does. Hard, and overwhelming.

[conventions] Worldcon, day four

Again with the morning walk yesterday. That was nice. Once I got sorted out for the day, I had breakfast with Hugo award winner Lynne Thomas, who in her official capacity at Northern Illinois University is also my archivist. We talked about end of life and posthumous issues around my archives, with a lot of focus on electronic and Internet material. Not long after that, I met with my agent for a fairly similar conversation about my projects in progress and what might or might not come next.

I had a last minute invitation to be a guest on the SF Squeecast live recording session. Among other things, we discussed the movie Rubberimdb ], and I told the bear joke. (Which I originally got from Lynn Flewelling.)

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The SF Squeecast in action

As a result of all this, I never really had lunch, just dropped straight into my reading. I read “The Cancer Catechism”, my story in the new Dark Faith 2 anthology. That was moving and strange to read. Waterloo Productions showed up to film the reading.

I went down to the dealers’ room to sign books at the Fairwood Press booth, then popped back upstairs for my final panel on Stalking the Elusive Story Idea.

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The Story Idea panelists

After that, it was Hugo madness.

I’d found out literally two days ago that I would be presenting the Campbell tiara. I’ve done this before, but had assumed some other arrangement was in play this year. So I did the pre-ceremony walkthrough, then cruised upstairs to tux up. I was also invited to the Hugo reception, which is always fun. (Except that I never really had dinner, either.) Some awesome outfits there, including Seanan McGuire.

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Seanan’s Hugo dress

They were also giving out temporary tattoos of tardises, daleks and Hugo rockets. Jim C. Hines got his as a tramp stamp.

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Jim’s butt

Me, I got a rocket on the forehead.

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Zoom; photo by Sally McLennan

I’d told the artist to make it as obnoxiously colored as possible. I got a sparkly gay pride rocket, basically.

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Me and Heather Shaw comparing rockets, photo by Sally McLennan

The ceremony was as always awesome. I celebrate the winners and commiserate with the losers. Also, I was quite pleased to help give E. Lily Yu her Campbell award. Afterwards, I got a picture of her and some friends and family, partly to show [info]the_child another example of Asian girl power.

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Go Lily!

The Hugo Loser’s Party, and a quick tour of the other parties and bars to say farewell capped off my night.

This morning I went for a walk with Dani Martin.

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Dani, and our view

I’m hanging out a bit more with Sally McLennan before hitting it for the airport and my trip to Baltimore, where Lisa Costello will put up with me all week. So I won’t really have a Worldcon, day five.

It’s been a blast, folks. Thank you everyone.


P.S. — Sorry I failed to tag everyone in the photos, but I am very tight for time as I make this post.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. except as noted.

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[conventions] Worldcon, day three

Yesterday began with my usual morning walk along the lakeside. I then met Janet Freeman-Daily for breakfast, where we mostly talked cancer. After that I was on a fairly insane panel that was round one of a five-part world building workshop.

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Some of my fellow panelists

I bounced from that straight to a photo shoot with Locus photographer Beth Gwinn. We went back to the police car graveyard, which on close inspection proved to be movie cars rather than true police cruisers. Dani Martin came along to be Beth’s minion and lighting grip, and took a few photos with my iPhone.

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Note the roll cage inside; photo by Dani Martin

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Beth shooting me; photo by Dani Martin

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Me and a cop car; photo by Dani Martin

After that, I caught lunch in the neighboring food court with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. I then hied off to a panel on moral ambiguity in SF, with a literally overflow crowd.

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The packed house

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My fellow panelists

Nikki Deasy took me offsite for a nice dinner and some low key conversation.

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Me, with dinner; photo by Nikki Deasy

The evening wound up spending some more time barconning with Sally McLennan, hitting a few parties, then wrapping it up.


P.S. — Sorry I failed to tag everyone in the photos, but I am very tight for time as I make this post.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. except as noted.

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[conventions] Worldcon, day two

Yesterday was more of s blur. I was heavily scheduled from my 6 am walk to my midnight crash-for-sleep. Started out the day on the lakeside with [info]fjm, followed by breakfast and some hang time with Amy Sundberg. That segued into my panel on artistic collaboration. The panel was lightly attended but went quite well.

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My fellow panelists

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The cute little time clock they brought us — every convention ought to do this

After that panel I had lunch with Lezli Robyn and her fiancee J—. We ate at the Elephant & Castle, outside under the El tracks. Hmm. On the other hand, my Yorkshire pudding was pretty good.

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My lunch dates

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My lunch

After that was another good panel, a general discussion of steampunk, with some pretty strong co-panelists and a highly engaged audience in a packed room.

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Some of my co-panelists

I then met up with Patrick Hester and John DeNardo of SF Signal to record a podcast interview. That got a little deep, but was a very good experience. Post-interview, I spent an hour autographing next to the redoubtable Charlie Stross, with some pretty good conversation, and tons of of traffic for me. Tons more for him, of course, which is fun to see.

Post-autographing, Sally McLellan and I went out for a nice dinner and a lakeside carriage ride. That was very lovely, indeed. The evening capped off with a tour of the big pro parties, including a stop to see ThinBot, the bartending robot built by [info]kproche and [info]bovil. Finally, I crashed.

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ThinBot, and a truly wretched photo of the charming and handsome [info]kproche

Today, the schedule is heavier. Expect very light blogging tomorrow.


P.S. — Sorry I failed to tag everyone in the photos, but I am very tight for time as I make this post.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. except as noted.

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[conventions] Worldcon, day one

Yesterday was my only light day here at Chicon 7. I have seven programming items between today and Sunday, every meal booked with someone, a number of non-mealtime meetings, and the Hugo reception and ceremonies to attend. So naturally the day was packed.

I spent much of my day loitering in the lobby of the convention hotel. There’s a point where you can see and be seen by everyone moving between the convention space, the dining/bar space and the East Tower rooms. It’s a good time to catch people.

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[info]kproche and [info]stina_leicht, who accidentally matched

Had a business lunch with [info]klingonguy of the small press Paper Golem. Sally McLennan sat in as well. Then Elizabeth Stephan and I hung a while, before cruising the dealers’ room.

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(Photo by Elizabeth Stephan, © 2012, used with permission.)

The day wound up with a social dinner with [info]klingonguy, Mrs. [info]klingonguy, Dr. Marc Okrand (inventor of the Klingon language), and Sally McLennan. We at a place called q.

I have two words for you: Bacon sausage.

Yes, as in sausage made from bacon.

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I mean, there was other stuff, like some truly world class pork ribs, some darned good brisket, and chocolate mousse on a pretzel crust with salted caramel. And some godawful food pickles. And cornbread. And hush puppies. And chips. But bacon sausage.

Bacon sausage.

By the time we got back to the Hyatt, I was pretty burned out, so I skipped the partying and retired. Hoping I’ll hold up better these next few nights, as today and the days to come are much more scheduled than yesterday was.


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[travel|conventions] Off to Chicago for Worldcon

Thanks to the generosity of several friends, this morning I am off to Chicago for Worldcon. Given the current state of my cancer health, I plan to enjoy this weekend as thoroughly as possible. Next Monday I’m off to Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins second opinion consult.

See some, all or none of you in the Windy City.

[conventions] WorldCon schedule

I will be at WorldCon this year. I’m traveling Wednesday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, so I’ll be around the convention from Thursday to Sunday, plus a bit of Monday morning. Here’s my official schedule thus far:

Friday, August 31st
10:30 am Artistic Collaboration
1:30 pm The Steampunk Genre
4:30 pm Autograph Session

Saturday, September 1st
9:00 am World Building Workshop
1:30 pm Moral Ambiguity in SF

Sunday, September 2nd
10:30 am Committing Series
1:00 pm Reading
3:00 pm Stalking the Elusive Story Idea
TBA Hugo Awards Ceremony

I’m already setting some business meetings and some social commitments. If you’d like catch up to me, please email me privately. Otherwise, I’ll try to be available in whatever bar turns out to be the writerly hangout, as well as the evening pro parties.

[conventions] Cascade Writers, Day 3

Yesterday was the third day of Cascade Writers. A nice morning’s walk, another long critique session, a lunchtime pizza-and-cake birthday party for the Scholes twins, then some writing time on Other Me and an afternoon of one-on-ones with the attendees in my critique session. I bugged out yesterday evening for a while with Amanda Clark to attend a friend’s birthday party, then came back to close out the evening in the Applebee’s bar across the parking lot, where I was apparently neither as mouthy nor as flirty as advertised.

One does so hate to disappoint.

Another short round of critique and discussion this morning, then a group lunch of an unspecified nature, then I am out of here. [info]the_child comes home this afternoon from her latest 100% parent-free out of town adventure, and I haven’t really seen her since last Monday, so that will be good.

Plus more writing, of course.

[conventions] Cascade Writers, Day 2

We just had the second day of Cascade Writers. I worked a full day of Day Jobbery (beginning Quite Early), got a bit of editing in on Other Me, then spent the balance of the afternoon in a long critique session covering four of the seven stories in my teaching section. After that, we had a quick group photo, then [info]casacorona and I caught dinner. I eventually wound up chilling in the lobby with a handful of folks.

In other words, a very busy day.

Up a bit before 5 am today for an hour’s walk, breakfast shortly with Amanda Clark, then a morning of critique, followed by an afternoon of professional one-on-ones, with a Scholes twins birthday part in the nmiddle.

In other words, another very busy day.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.