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[events] Teaching an online course

On March 26th through March 28th, I will be doing something new for me. I’m co-teaching an online course from Writers Digest University, The First 10 Pages: Science Fiction & Fantasy Boot Camp: 3/26/13 – 3/28/13. This will led by writer (and friend) Phil Athans, with assistance from agent Carlie Webber and myself.

I’ve done a ton of workshopping over the years, and enjoyed it a great deal. I’ve done private critique and mentoring. But I’ve never done online teaching. So this will be a new experience for me. Hopefully a good one for both me and the course participants.

Check it out, if you’re at a career development stage where this might be useful. And if you know anyone who could benefit, pass the word.

[events] The Kalimpura reading

Yesterday’s dinner and reading was a lot of fun. We had a good turnout for the pre-reading meal, about 15 people. Here’s the table full of us, on the McMenamin’s patio:


Going clockwise from the lower left, I think I can capture all these names. [info]mlerules, Debra Stover, Janet Happe Lunde, Brian Hunt, Rachel Sinclair Hunt, the Niece, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), [info]martianmooncrab, Michelle Carlson, Jenna Miller, Stacey Hale Hankins, Jersey Girl in Portland, me, Lisa Costello. [info]delerium3 is taking the picture, and MtnSk8tr is out of the frame.

Also, [info]martianmooncrab gave me this fetching hat:


Which I wore through dinner and partway through the reading.

We had a pretty good turnout at Powell’s. Peter Honingstock did his usual wonderful job of hosting. I tried to shoot some footage for Donnie Reynolds, which resulted in moderate hilarity around adjusting the field expedient camera stand. I spoke briefly about some of the things going on in my writing and personal life, read the very beginning of Kalimpura, then the calming-the-storm scene from the book’s second section, took some Q&A, and a signed a bunch of titles. All in all, it was quite a good evening.

My thanks to everyone who turned up at dinner, and all the more so to everyone who made it to the reading.

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and E. West.

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[events|cancer] In which I am speaking at Portland’s inaugural Nerd Nite

On Tuesday, March 26th, I’ll be part of Portland’s inaugural Nerd Nite. Three short talks by people with knowledge and experience in different aspects of life and science. 7 pm at the Mission Theater in NW Portland.

  • Who Turns You On? with L. Kris Gowen, PhD
  • Predicting the FUTURE! with Anders Liljeholm
  • Cancer, Baby, Won’t You Hurry Up My Chimney Tonight? with Jay Lake

Here’s the description of my talk:

Fantasy and science fiction writer Jay Lake has been living with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer for five years and is considered incurable. He talks about the diagnostic process, the experience of life with the disease, and most importantly (to science geeks), the perils and payoffs of being one of the leading edge patients for whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool.

If you’re in or around the Portland area that day, come on by and listen in! There’s beer and everything.

[events] Went to the SFWA Northwest Reading Series last night

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.

[events] SFWA Northwest Reading Series

This evening, Seanan McGuire is hosting the latest incarnation of the at McMenamin’s Kennedy School in NE Portland. M.K. Hobson and I will be joining her there for a 7 pm start time.

Come a little early, enjoy the food and beer service in the reading room, and hang out with Northwest writers and fans. Plus the Kennedy School itself is worth an hour of your time. Steampunk fans should be sure to check out the Boiler Room Bar.

[events] Talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library

Last night I gave my talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library. That was a lot of fun. People came and went during the course of the event, with perhaps twenty-five total in attendance. The librarian I was working with turned out to be a friend of [info]tillyjane‘s housemate from their college days. Small world, etc.

I don’t usually speak to library audiences, so it was an interesting twist to how I pitched my talk. I did get people to ask some questions, which was good. A young person wanted to know if Green’s leather armor was made from the hide of Endurance. Which was a hell of a good question that I wished I’d thought of when writing the book. (The answer would probably still have been “no”, but it would have been a nuanced, considered “no” instead of an “um…. no”.)

Afterwards while chatting a couple of teenagers hung around without saying much. One of them finally worked up the courage to ask about books and her sister. I won’t get into any more detail than that, but suffice to say the question was sweet and appropriate, and I was able to extend a small kindness that seemed to make several people very happy.

I like meeting people, and I like it even more when I reach them. My thanks to the staff of the Ledding Library for inviting me, and for going out of their way to make me feel welcome.