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My liver biopsy was clean — An amazing round of comments from you guys. Thank you, everyone. This is a hard road, and the journey is by no means over, but it just got a lot shorter and easier.

The Death of the Book has Been Greatly ExaggeratedWhy are tech pundits so eager to announce that the Ebook is taking over? Besides, it was only a flesh wound…

deus ex cerebrumScience In My Fiction on the roots and roles of religion.

Divided Minds, Specious SoulsThe experience of a unified mind and the possibility of an everlasting soul are connected. And there is scant evidence to support the existence of either.

Palin and Foreign Policy — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the questionable foreign policy insights of the woman who can see Russia.

?otD: Do you know why sometimes you get frightened?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (post-op haze)
Body movement: Brief suburban walking (post-op haze)
Hours slept: 3.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday’s chemo/postiop stress index: 6/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh

[links] Link salad has a devil set aside for you

Art for my forthcoming Realms of Fantasy story, “The Fall of the Moon”

Random House chief sees bright but worrisome future for e-books — Excuse me, I gotta wear shades.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: Bismillah or… Mitch Miller? — Lady Mondegreen strikes again.

The Sarcastic Fringehead — This appears to be the real name of a real fish, though I still suspect an Internet prank. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Imaging Giants and Dwarfs — More on brown dwarfs from Centauri Dreams.

The Planet and the Radio DishAPOD with a very curious image, indeed.

Reason To Workout WIN — Hahahah.

The GOP’s New Tax Cut HypocrisyFive years ago, Republicans backed tax cuts—but said deficits didn’t matter. Today, they say deficits are all that matters, but still like tax cuts.

?otD: Will you be back this time tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 242.8 (yikes!)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently (re)reading: Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh

[links] Link salad mutters gabba gabba hey

Punking Fiction Part 1: Steampunk Reading List — A rather nifty overview.

E-Books Rock, But Will They Rule? — More industry analysis. (Thanks to .)

very kindly picks up my note about The Specific Gravity of Grief

The Pleasures of Imagination — A rather nifty article on imaginary friends, fiction and more. (Thanks to .)

“USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) tests her washdown system during sea trials off the Virginia Capes, June 24, 1998” — rathr strange photo of an aircraft carrier from x planes.

Cancer guardian found playing a role in sex — (Thanks to .)

Genetic Testing Can Change BehaviorPreliminary evidence suggests people respond more strongly to genetic risk. Slightly misleading headline, interesting story.

‘Roman gladiators’ link to York skeleton find — Ah, history.

Has life on Titan been discovered? No. — Evidence, proof and exobiology from our friends at Centauri Dreams.

On the Sanctity of Marriage — Ta-Nehisi Coates with a heart-rending letter between former slaves spouses in the post-Civil War era.

Texas textbooks and the truth about the ConfederacyTexas is right: We should teach kids about Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy. But let’s tell the whole story. Speaking of political and racial idiocy…

?otD: Would you have your genome sequenced? Why or why not?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: none (irregular hypnagogic state for about nine hours)
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.2
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 9/10 (on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad sings never never on a Sunday

Open vs. Closed: Google Takes on Amazon and Apple in e-Books — More on the eBook wars.

Science fiction and me — An interesting essay touching on futurism, gender and skin color in SF. (Via here.)

Second Gay Escort Claims Sexual Encounter With George Rekers — As said to me, when will he be returning to Uganda for his execution? I suspect that the usual conservative rubric of “consequences for thee but not for me” applies here in full force. They are all about principled consistency, after all.

Here’s The Official Catalogue Of Sins, From The Family Research Council — Oddly, I don’t remember any of these in my readings of the Bible. Even more oddly, most of these are things the conservative movement already does with happy enthusiasm. I especially like “Greedily seek entitlements & largess of big government despite cost to children”. Does this means all good Christians will be giving up Social Security, Medicare, the home mortgage interest deduction and farm supports? Or does “greedily” only apply to entitlements for non-Christians, especially brown-skinned Catholics?

The Tea Party Tries to Outrun Race — Right. Like me trying to outrun being a white male.

On Illegal People…and Forgetful Ones: Reflections on Race, Nation and Immigration — History, and the new Arizona law.

?otD: What would you add to the FRC’s list of sins? I’m thinking bigotry disguised as piety, myself.

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo)
Body movement: Forthcoming brief suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.5 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10 (infusion day)
Currently (re)reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wants a Red Bull Party in politics

with a review of my novella “Chain of Fools” among other stories

Innsmouth Free Press reviews Dark Faith — They really liked my story in that volume, “Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes”.

The free music mirage — A fascinating essay on “music wants to be free”, which has strong parallels for online fiction and in particular, ebooks. (Via Cheryl Morgan.)

The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn — Very early color photos from around the world.

Neanderthal Genome Rewrites Human EvolutionGenetic evidence suggests there’s a little Neanderthal in all of us. No one knows what’s it like to be the sad man behind Neanderthal eyes.

The Sex And Oil Scandals Of The Minerals Management Service — Those scandals would be under the Bush administration, meaning these guys were appointees and hires from the party of family values. Loves me that justly-famed Republican principled consistency.

Abortion veto choice is defining, or redefining, moment for Charlie Crist“Even though I’m pro-life I don’t want to impose my will on others.” Wow. I have never heard a conservative politician say that. Generally conservatives are all about imposing their will on others — persecuting gays and pregnant women, giving private religious beliefs the force of law for the population as whole, eliminating assistance for those in need, etc. are all clearly-stated core values of the conservative movement. Assuming Crist doesn’t do a Limbaugh walk-back in the next day or two, I am provisionally impressed.

It’s Not That You’re Racist… — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the conservative “outrage” over Obama’s use of the term “tea bagger”, and comparisons conservatives are making to the N-word. “Tea bagger” would be a term that the Tea Party came up with to describe themselves, and that some of their leadership is still using. (Unlike, say, “libtard”, which I was recently called for using the Tea Party’s own term to refer to them. No liberal came up with “libtard”, and no liberal ever used it.) This reminds me of how the Republicans tried to pin their own term “nuclear option” on the Democrats during the filibuster kerfuffle a few years ago when the phrase polled badly. They’re now trying to pin the Tea Party’s own term “tea bagger” on liberal critics. Your Liberal Media is of course giving them voice without actually, well, fact checking or anything.

?otD: Tea or coffee?

Writing time yesterday: 1 hour (revisions)
Body movement: n/a (off schedule as we prep for chemo infusion)
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (off schedule as we prep for chemo infusion)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is subterranean homesick

reports on our yesterday

In the weekend reacharound, I comment on the customer service failings of the Apple Tunes Store and of US Bank — A hassle but not hard to switch banks. Awfully hard to get from under iTunes, given my hardware profiles.

B&N Searches Bring Up E-books First Today — Andrew Wheeler with things that make you go “hmmm.”

The View from The View, or: the Baobab PerspectiveStrange Maps wtih a curious view of New York City.

Deciphering the Rising SunLanguage Log on military linguistics in WWII and in Mr. Bush’s War.

?otD: Do you need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo brain)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.8 ( changed the batteries)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10 (fatigue, on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: Thud! by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad slumbers beneath an Icelandic glacier

SF Site reviews The Book of Dreams — With an amusing take on my story “Testaments”.

Check out the Dark Faith cover — My story “Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes” is in that volume.

Goods/Not GoodsScrivener’s Error on content, reacting to an interesting guest post on Charlie Stross’ blog. This is pretty heavy duty stuff, but well worth your time to peruse. A much deeper, more theoretical approach to the same problem I’m trying to address with my (somewhat) practical questions about whether books are licenses or products.

Top Ten Differences between Mir Hosain Mousavi and Lady Gaga — Ah, culture. For my part, I knew more about Mousavi than Lady Gaga before I read this piece.

Video games can never be art — Roger Ebert argues an interesting (and doubtless unpopular) point.

OK, how do YOU pronounce Eyjafjallajökull?

SMBC explans it all — “Because the Lizard Monkey is displeased” accounts for so much in life. I’m considering adopting that as my standing explanation.

The Bookdocks get right to the point of my post yesterday about conservative magical thinking

The single mother’s manifesto — JK Rowling on welfare, single parenting, and why she pays taxes.

Who will speak for the beleaguered WASP?The Edge of the American West is funny. Oh noes, time for a Tea Party uprising! (For the record, I am as WASP as one can get, minus the Connecticut birth certificate and the trust fund.)

Teacher leaves over evolution flap“I find it hard to believe that in this day and age that a teacher such as myself can be ordered to eliminate the teaching of Darwin’s work and the theory of evolution,” he said. Yes, welcome to the nineteenth century, natural home of Christianist idiots everywhere and the America your Republican Party wants us all to live in.

When Have Republicans Ever Been The “People’s Party”?[W]hen it comes to economic and financial matters the Republican Party is not and really has never been a “People’s Party.” It is a bit unfair to expect the leadership of a party that has traditionally defended corporate and financial interests to support anything that could be considered economic populism. This post is exactly why I like reading Daniel Larison so much. He’s an intellectually honest, thoughtful conservative.

?otD: If this is Saturday, where are we?

Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: forthcoming urban walk
Hours slept: 10.0 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

[publishing] Yet another dip into ebooks and licensing

A long post of my own in response to a very thoughtful comment from here on my ebook post this morning

I sympathize with your annoyance with the more cranky of the e-book aficionados. We’ve run afoul of some of them ourselves.

Yes, I did battle on the Kindle forums for a while. That was rough sledding.

But I counsel you to think long and hard before embracing the notion that books are fundamentally “licenses.” Think about the kind of society we’ll have if nobody actually owns their books.

I may need to choose my words more carefully. Or rethink, yes. Because I do believe that when you buy a book, you own it. DRM causes more problems than it solves from that point of view. But you own the book in the same sense that you own a DVD, or a print of a piece of art. You own the delivery medium, that instance of the channel as it were, but you don’t own the rights to reproduce or distribute it further. That’s what I mean when I say “license”.

This is just as equally true of, for example, owning a Braun toaster. You own that instance of the toaster, and (unlike DRM ebooks) it can’t be legally taken away from you except under rare circumstances, but you don’t own the right to build more Braun toasters. So again, in a sense it’s a license rather than unrestricted ownership. It’s just that very few of us have the capability to reproduce Braun toasters, while anyone who can handle an ebook in the first place has the theoretical capability to reproduce it, and there aren’t too many more steps between owning a print book and reproducing it. That’s a technical limitation, though, more than a philosophical limitation, and with the rise of small scale fabbing and 3D printers, there may well be pirate toasters in a few years.

As someone else pointed out, when Stewart Brand said “information wants to be free,” he wasn’t saying “information ought to be free.” He was pointing out that the cost of replicating information is dropping constantly. This is the same point Cory makes: absent the collapse of civilization, it is never going to get harder to make copies of stuff, only easier.

Agreed and understood. As above, re the Braun toaster.

If we conflate the demanding whiners with the people who are trying to get us to notice the locomotive bearing down on us, we make it less and less likely that we’ll actually get off the tracks in time.

Also agreed. I’m not trying to whine, nor to poke whiners beyond some basic grumbling about civility and assumed motives. I’m trying to understand it. My own position has moved a lot in the past two or three years, and definitely still developing. But the “license” concept is an attempt to address the core value here, which is not the delivery mechanism, but the contents thereof. I’m just not smart enough (yet? ever?) to figure out either how to frame it or how it might be addressed.

It is going to get easier and easier, never harder, to make copies of things. Effective DRM is a technical mirage. What are we going to do about it?

Again, the core value problem applies here. What are people buying/downloading? A delivery format? A story? A fusion of the two and more? For that matter, what value in a perfect copy? It’s the origination of the story that has value, not the reproduction. If, as suggests by way of a thought experiment, we had a state-sponsored arts system and the compensation of content producers were handled outside the commercial processes of licensing and reproduction, this whole debate would have a very different tone.

Sure, lots of whining ninnies with king-sized senses of entitlement say foolish things. But refuting them does nothing to change the material reality we’re up against.

Fair enough.

Nor does asserting the fact that writers ought to be decently compensated. Of course writers ought to be decently compensated. So should janitors, waitresses, and hospital orderlies. Often they’re not. It’s a problem.

Frankly, we’re not decently compensated now. This is not a complaint (nor a jab at your employer and my publisher), just an observation. Jerry Oltion once told me he calculated his lifetime hours against his lifetime earnings, and decided he’d have made more money pulling shifts over McDonald’s over the years. I suspect my own curve is not much better, and won’t be unless I manage to jump much higher up the list some day in terms of my sales numbers.

But there’s a wide gap between “decently compensated” and “uncompensated”. The entitled ninnies seem to view authors as fungible commodities, but as discussed, we can set that aside. By the same token, this isn’t my primary income. I’m more concerned with how we make this work over the long run than I am with maximizing my compensation. Which is to say, I’m more concerned with maximizing my readership while preserving some level of compensation. Because yes, like janitors, waitresses and hospital orderlies, this is work.

A lot of people’s lives were wrecked when containerized shipping eliminated, in just a few years, the need for armies of stevedores and other dock workers. [snip]

I take your point, though there are better analogies. Ebooks don’t eliminate the need for content producers the way containers eliminated the need for stevedores.

Writers are lovely people, but nothing in the rules of the universe exempts them from being similarly flicked aside by the invisible hand.

And here is our first significant point of disagreement. Without writers, or some close equivalent, where does content come from? Individual writers can be flicked aside by the invisible hand — entire genres have been flicked aside. But writers as a class, meaning, content producers, still have a role. And I don’t see the invisible hand eliminating that, any more than I see the invisible hand eliminating iron mines, whatever we choose to do with the iron. Or the stories.

This kind of change isn’t a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just a thing.

As above, I think you’re a little wrong-tracked here. Stevedores were a value-add in the shipping chain, a delivery format, if you will. The product in the containers (or crates) is what matters. And yes, buggy whips gave way to automobiles, but people continue to require transportation. Ice cutters lost out to mechanical refrigeration, but people still need cold. Likewise story content.

[lifted from another comment by you in the same thread:] The real challenge is the competition from ubiquitous free reading matter of all sorts. If we want to survive doing the kind of work we love, we had better stop standing around telling one another how our status as brilliant Creators of Original Material means that everyone should keep giving us money just because we’re brilliant Creators of Original Material and besides authoring is hard.

That may be what I said, but it’s not the point I’m trying to argue. Mea culpa. The point I’m reaching for is that the original material will be created somewhere. Maybe the flaw in my thinking is believing that it has value, as opposed to randomly available ubiquitous free reading matter of all sorts. To me, this is where the editorial proxy comes into play. Speaking loosely, that editorial proxy is how the reading matter gets filtered and selected for value. But it’s that very same editorial proxy that’s being undermined at least as much or more as the auctorial role. Disintermediation has been grinding publishing down for years, as I see it. And there’s a lot of readers, as well as quite a few writers, who seem to like it that way,

Asserting that our work is too valuable and that people ought to pay us better will do exactly as much good as dock workers asserting that the world should just forget about that containerized-shipping idea.

In this, we agree.

You can sneer at the people trying things like selling t-shirts or e-books of their backlist, but at least they’re trying something.

As previously stated, it’s not my intent to sneer at that. I happen to be competent in both domains myself. But, per my belief that content has value, I place a much higher value on the content I create than on the processes of t-shirt design or format conversion as executed by me. That’s a personal choice, not intended to be a comment on the pursuits of others. But those pursuits do strike me as a distraction from what I do best, and what most other writers do best.

PS: As a point of heuristics, I find it useful, whenever I find myself claiming that I’m “caught in the middle,” to stop and ask myself whether this is actually the case. All too frequently assertions that one is “in the middle” merely reflect the limitations of one’s individual perspective, in which we naturally think of ourselves as being at the center of all things. In fact if writers are “caught” anywhere in this rolling complex of change and argument about change, they’re “caught” in one of the many edges of the problem. Claiming to be “caught in the middle” is really a kind of self-valorization and doesn’t make us or anyone else any smarter about what’s actually going on.

An excellent point, and one I need to think on further. What I had in mind when I said that was the relationship between the author, the publisher and the reader. If one is invested in the current trade model, as both you and I are, then from my point of view as the author, I have almost zero control over marketing, pricing or distribution, except in the sense that I can choose to withdraw my content from my publisher and do something (or nothing) else with it. So when people argue with me about ebook pricing or availability on my titles, all I can do in the current moment, under my current contracts, is point to Tor and say, “Well, talk to them.”

And you’re right, that’s not the middle, that’s an edge condition. At the same time, my name is on the book. My brand. People who aren’t in fandom don’t necessarily even register Tor or Macmillan. So readers hold authors responsible for publisher marketing and pricing decisions. Hence the one-star review problems on Amazon, for example, where readers who haven’t even touched the book are punishing authors for things the authors have no direct and little indirect control over. That puts the author back in the middle between the publisher and the reader, but without the ability to effect change at either end of the transaction.

My point on this is not to launch into a jeremiad or to self-valorize. It’s to say that within the trade publishing model, my choice as low midlist author is essentially binary. I can participate, or I can not participate. I have precious little power to directly influence the terms of the transaction between the publisher and the consumer, nor the packaging and pricing of my books. To get back to my original point, I control the content, but not the delivery channel, or the licensing mechanisms surrounding that delivery channel.

And ultimately that’s what we’re arguing about, collectively. How to manage the delivery channels. As you say, content will come from somewhere, whether or not it’s me personally.

More to think on, more to think on.

[publishing] More on ebooks, pricing and licensing

As I observed recently [ | LiveJournal ], The perennial “ebooks should be free, charging for them is theft” argument is now playing out at

There is a fair amount of supportive commentary there, but also quite a bit of the usual arrogance, ignorance and acrimony about why ebooks should be free. It seems to boil down to the idea that the author/publisher is greedy and doesn’t deserve to be paid twice for the same content. This is closely coupled to the misconception that ebooks obviously don’t cost anything, and therefore charging for them is theft.

As I said before:

When you buy a print book, you aren’t buying the content, you’re buying the edition. Otherwise everybody who bought a hard cover would be entitled to a free paperback, a free audiobook and a free movie ticket if the book were filmed.

This is driving me more and more toward my nascent view that a book (in any format — print, audio, ebook, what have you) is a license, not a product. The story is the product. The format is a delivery channel. The ebook “debate” gets obscured by the long-running and rather sordid experience of the music industry, as well as the whole bit torrent culture of pirate video. I’m also increasingly coming to view “information wants to be free” as a pernicious meme, as it completely devalues the content Producer to the short-term benefit of the content Consumer.

In the long run, would I write even if I weren’t paid? Sure. I did for years before I was paid. But why should my writing, if it has value to readers, be free? The thing I always want to ask ebook activists is whether they’re comfortable with their work product being free, simply because I don’t think I should have to pay for it? Tom Tomorrow touches on this in his cartoon this week.

And you know what? I’m not going to sell t-shirts or something. I’m not even interested in doing format conversions to sell my backlist online. I’m a writer, damn it. My best and highest value is writing.

It’s insulting and demeaning to be called a liar and a thief by readers who don’t know anything about the processes of publishing, copyright law or professional ebook production, and yet are certain of both their facts and their moral high ground. It’s the Dunning-Kruger effect in full deployment.

I’ve always said the story belongs to the reader. I believe that in the bottom of my heart. Story is not an economic right, however. Buying a hardback then paying for an ebook is no different from buying a hardback then paying for a paperback or an audiobook. But there’s a growing culture online deeply invested in denying that, and they’re very happy to demonize authors as part of their denial.

Note, please, before you comment, that I am not making an argument for any particular price point on ebooks. I am also increasingly coming to favor the idea of bundle pricing, which is in line with my view of books as licenses rather than products. I think ebooks should be cheap, and possibly free if promotional considerations indicate. But that’s a decision for my publishers to make as part of their marketing process, not a natural law of information, nor an entitlement of the reader.

I think the hardest part of this discussion for me personally is getting people, especially the activists, to see how caught in the middle authors are. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been told I should just switch publishers, or force them to change my pricing. That kind of thinking is another example of the profound disinformation and ignorance about the process of publishing, and how it colors the passions of readers.

People want to read. I want them to read. Writing is work, just like plumbing, law, medicine, retail, bus driving, teaching or anything else. Like any work, it should be compensated according to its value. When you want your ebook for free, you’re devaluing writing to nothing.

[links] Link salad doubles down

Hey lookie! The Book of Dreams is available for pre-order — Includes my story “Testaments”.

E-Book DodgeThe New York Times ethicist says: An illegal download is — to use an ugly word — illegal. But in this case, it is not unethical. Wow, thanks for clearing that up. I’m glad a professional ethicist has weighed in. I was so confused about this point. (Thanks to my brother.)

Underground cities, and stranger things — (Via a fairly amusing post from The Edge of the American West.)

An economist’s view of HCR — Hmm. I left a testy comment.

I patent your ass. And your leg. And your nostril. — Ben Goldacre on gene patents.

Where Is the Best Clock in the Universe? — Mmm, pulsars. I wonder how this affects Mainspring.

CNN vs al-Jazeera — Yep. Your liberal media, hard at work. The details here, if you need them. This pretty much says it all: “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle.” Actually, no, it’s our fault for starting a trillion dollar war of choice on false pretenses against a country that wasn’t threatening us.

A Bright Post-Hegemonic Future — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with a fascinating analysis of long term American foreign policy and military posture.

Terreblanche party retracts revenge threatThe party of murdered South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche has withdrawn a threat to take revenge for his death. Conservatives worldwide: staying classy as always.

“No Lie Is Too Low For Them”: What the Terri Schiavo Affair Can Teach Us About Today’s Right-Wing Zealots — Moral leadership, principled consistency, and uncompromising honesty – the American Right. (Via .)

Republicans Fear Undercounting in CensusSome Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures. Hahahahah. Seriously, the conservative meme that the census is unconstitutional only makes sense if you’ve never actually read the Constitution. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. Admittedly, the Constitution uses the word “Enumeration” rather than “Census”, which may confuse those educated from conservative-approved texts, and who confuse their opinions with facts. (And yes, I think everyone should be counted, even people I disagree with. Especially so. Otherwise, it’s not representative democracy.)

Attn Media: “Tea Party” = GOPIt turns out the Tea Partiers are an overwhelmingly conservative bunch of “Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don’t want to identify with the party’s brand.” Also, this just in, sun rises in east.

Tea Party Movement As Popular As Socialism The Percentage of Americans viewing “The Tea Party movement” favorably: 37 percent. The Percentage of Americans with a positive image of “socialism”: 36 percent. Hahahahaha.

?otD: What’s your favorite photo, ever?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]