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[cancer|repost] JayWake, in which I host my own funeral – LAST DAY TO RSVP

ETA: Today is the last day to RSVP for a seat at the catered dinner which is part of JayWake. If you’re interested in coming and have not yet responded, please see below.

Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Date/Time:
Saturday, July 27, 6:PM – ?

Location:
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

We are also deeply grateful to Tom Doherty and Tor Books for their very generous support of JayWake,

We are arranging for a group rate for out-of-town guests at the Holiday Inn. Please email tammyjoy6@gmail.com for information on the hotel.

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

Roast:
The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com for information on being a scheduled speaker.

Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book
The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She’s looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:

Our friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.

Please contribute if you can.

Donations:
We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you’d like to donate in another way.

T-Shirts:
T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you’d like to order one.

Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to jaywakereg@gmail.com or at the Facebook event.

Clockwork Departure
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.

Questions? Email jaywake.questions@gmail.com.

This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.

[links] Link salad likes bacon and eggs

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thon, Review the third: Escapement

Waterloo Productions is pleased to announce an advanced screening of their documentary Lakeside

AISFP 216 – Chicon 7 “Moral Ambiguity in Science Fiction” with Charles Stross, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Lissa Price and Bryan Thomas Schmidt — A podcast from last year’s Worldcon, including yours truly.

Fancy-pants — Ah, Clarion West.

The man behind the great Dickens and Dostoevsky hoax — Huh. (Via [info]danjite.)

Language Turned Convict — Cryptolects. Cool. This is terrific reading for people interested in world-building. (Via David Goldman.)

Know Your Giant Monsters!

A Digital Diaper for Tracking Children’s HealthDiapers have traditionally had one primary sensor — the baby inside them, who cries when wet &#mdash; but a company hopes to have its product collect data for a doctor. (Via Dad.)

Genetics Are Awesome, Photographer Explores Resemblance in Family Members — This is both fascinating and unnerving. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Gay dogs prefer Ideal — Ah, context.

Alternative InputsUK artist Ryan Jordan led a workshop earlier this summer in Montréal, building musical instruments out of geological circuit boards, an experiment in terrestrial instrumentation he calls “Derelict Electronics.”

Watch a Levitating Magnet Sail Around a Möbius Strip! — Because SCIENCE!!! This is sooooo cool.

Pictures: The Story Behind Sun Dogs, Penitent Ice, and More — Penitent snow? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

NASA’s next Mars rover to prep for sample returns, human explorationSet to launch in 2020, it will look for past life and collect souvenirs.

The Deep Blue Color of an Alien World — This is so damned cool.

As ice melts, glass sponges invade Antarctica — Man, those whacky liberals will do anything to perpetuate their global warming hoax.

Nurses Explain the Healthcare Law in 90 Seconds

An Evangelical Intellectual Takes On Same-Sex Marriage, Grasps at Straw Men — Not sure what’s intellectual about this exercise in self-valorizing bigotry, but then the entire case against gay marriage is nothing but self-valorizing bigotry, so I shouldn’t be surprised. The idiocy starts with the declaration that marriage has been “always and everywhere” defined as between a man and a woman. Um, not in my Bible. Nor in Utah, that bastion of Mormon Proposition 8 bigotry. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Siege by Taliban Strains Pakistani Girls’ Schools — This is what happens when you have religious law mixed with civil law. The American right with their obsessive meddling in education and women’s health is much, much closer to Sharia Law than any of their paranoid fantasies about secular liberals.

Satan was pro-choice, religious right claimsI’ve often felt that the people who most embody Satan’s values are the haters on the religious right. Ah, the conservative mind. Rational. Measured. Closed. Bugfuck. How does a sane human being come up with this crap?

The CIA And A Secret Vacuum Cleaner — Because freedom! This is freaking weird.

How a 30-year-old lawyer exposed NSA mass surveillance of Americans—in 1975Project SHAMROCK allowed the NSA to intercept telegrams sent by US citizens. (Via David Goldman.)

Southern Republican governors discover hurricanes, decide sequestration is bad — Like I keep saying, no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Not even conservatives.

Colorado Counties Consider Secession Over Gun Laws, Oil Regulations — I think “sore loser” is the term they’re looking for here. The sane portions of America are supposed to suck it up on guns, restricting women’s health and evolution denial because Democracy! But God forbid conservatives live with any liberal-progressive ideas. Like paid vacations, paid sick leave, universal education or any of that other pinko guff.

Google to host fundraiser for gay-hating, climate-denying GOP Sen. Inhofe — Wow, “Don’t be evil” is certainly dead and buried if Google is supporting a revanchist troll like Inhofe.

QotD?: What did you have for breakfast?


7/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[cancer|repost] JayWake, in which I host my own funeral

Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Date/Time:
Saturday, July 27, 6:PM – ?

Location:
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

We are also deeply grateful to Tom Doherty and Tor Books for their very generous support of JayWake.

We are arranging for a group rate for out-of-town guests at the Holiday Inn. Please email tammyjoy6@gmail.com for information on the hotel.

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

Roast:
The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com for information on being a scheduled speaker.

Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book
The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She’s looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:

Our friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.

Please contribute if you can.

Donations:
We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you’d like to donate in another way.

T-Shirts:
T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you’d like to order one.

Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to jaywakereg@gmail.com or at the Facebook event.

Clockwork Departure
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.

Questions? Email jaywake.questions@gmail.com.

This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.

[links] Link salad redacts its title

My Hugo votes 2013, part 1, novellas — Including a tepid review of my nominated novella “The Stars Do Not Lie.”

Tor Books Announces Programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2013 — Including yours truly.

The Mom From ‘The Cat in the Hat’ Finally Speaks — The Man in the Yellow Hat answers. Hahahahaha. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Could Superman Punch Someone Into Space? — Because science! (Via David Goldman.)

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society’s Hidden Social Network

Volkswagen XL1, wheeling a 262-mpg orb: Motoramic Drives — Wow.

Redesigned Window Stops Sound But Not Air

No Place Like Home GPS Shoes — Just click your heels three times… Really.

One grower’s grapes of wrath — The national raisin reserve? Uh, yeah.

The Unsung Heroes of the Crash Landing in San Francisco

The Real Reason Behind Public Smoking Bans — Hmm. Someone has an ax to grind, methinks.

Big Five personality traits — Huh. I never knew this. I’m pretty far along the axis on all five of these.

Federal judge temporarily blocks new Wisconsin abortion law — That’s right. Can’t have the government coming between you and your doctor! Unless you’re a woman, of course.

The lies Christianists tell themselves — In item 2 of this post, Slacktivist Fred Clark takes on the homophobic lying from conservative Christians about the overturn of DOMA. My Bible says quite clearly, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” I guess that Commandment doesn’t count for Christianists talking about gay people or the government or women’s health.

Report: Bin Laden Wore a Cowboy Hat to “Avoid Detection From Above” — Man, I got nothing.

Insurer Refuses To Cover Gun-Carrying Kansas SchoolsAn insurance company based in Iowa has refused to renew coverage for Kansas schools that permit teachers and staff to carry concealed firearms on campus, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday. When conservative craze collides with reality. I’m sure there will soon be a ‘Second Amendment fix’ to insurance regulations to put a stop to the anti-American notion that guns make schools less safe. Because free market!

QotD?: Did you notice the mistake?


7/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is the heavy-handed gent who ran amok in Kent

Reading Notes: “The Stars Do Not Lie” — A mixed review of my Hugo- and Nebula-nominated novella.

2013 stories 151 – 159 — A review of, among other things, my short story “The Future by Degrees”, all from Seeds of Change.

The Lovely Mr. Gaiman — A despatch from Friday night’s Clarion West party.

JayWake Registration OpensFile 770 covers the forthcoming terminal festivities.

I Just Can’t Process My Own Death — Ferrett Steinmetz with some serious thinking about mortality.

The Atlantic In Paris–Dispatch #1 — Ta-Nehisi Coats with an admirable meditation on privilege, luck and going to Paris with his family.

Epic Superhero Art in a Traditional Native American Style — (Thanks to [info]corwynofamber.)

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office: 3 men towed, rode 600-lb. aluminum chickenThree men were arrested Wednesday in Putnam County for stealing a 9-foot-tall chicken statue. (Via [info]danjite.)

Zoologger: Hipster toad has weaponised moustache — Because headlines! (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Agriculture arose in many parts of the Fertile Crescent at once

Improving 3-D Printing by Copying NatureBiomimicry could make the technology safer and better.

First look: Google Glass unboxing, setup, and first impressions — I would love to work with Google Glass, but even if I somehow got hold of it, unless they can be configured with prescription lenses, they’re useless to me. I can’t wear contacts, and I can’t go without vision correction.

Astronomers remain puzzled by mysterious intergalactic radio bursts

Climate Scientist Michael Mann Sums Up the Witch Hunt Against HimBut the “enraging” part is still there—that duly-elected public officials would waste so much time, effort, and tax dollars on witch hunts like these is galling, amplified even more so by the import and stakes involved. If this were a real controversy I would enthusiastically support investigations; but the evidence is in, and it’s clear these attacks are without merit and just politically driven. The GOP battlecry: “Millions for pointless political witch hunts to keep our white, male voters angry; not one cent for social services that might benefit likely Democratic voters!”

New Living Word removed from Louisiana Scholarship Program — Huh. Conservative Christians cheating the government on a wholesale basis. Guess those Commandments about theft and false witness don’t apply when there’s public money to be pocketed. It is obvious from their behavior and rhetoric that to many American Christians the Ten Commandments are not nearly so important as God’s inviolate word on homosexuality, for example. No wonder people think us atheists can’t have a moral compass. Not when we lack this kind of moral leadership.

Sound Familiar?Can we think of some Americans who view secular, rational thinking as contrary to God’s Will? Who seem to be in an extended revolt against modernity? Who have a fixed, rigid notion of how society ought to operate, rooted deeply in an imagined Golden Age? Who want to utilize democratic processes to impose a system that brooks no compromise or “relativistic” adjustments to changing circumstances, but instead reflects an order dictated by natural and divine law, and the nation’s “true” character?

Gay Marriage Stirs Rebellion at Synagogue — Sadly, there are religious bigots everywhere. History is leaving them all behind.

Restrictive law could force most Texas abortion clinics to close — Ask any Republican about Obamacare, and they’ll tell you, “Don’t let the government come between me and my doctor.” I’m so glad to see the Texas GOP is upholding this core conservative value.

For Islamists, Dire Lessons on Politics and Power

Venezuela’s Maduro: Unlike US Asylees, Snowden didn’t Blow anything Up, just said ‘This is not Right’

How the Pentagon Papers Came to Be Published by the Beacon Press, Told by Daniel Ellsberg and Others — Oh, how times have changed. (Via David Goldman.)

A Bad Dream — Charlie Stross on the politics of democracy in the contemporary UK. Fascinating.

QotD?: What have you overheard in Mayfair lately?


7/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[personal|events] Clarion West Party

Last night, Lisa Costello and I attended the Clarion West party for Neil Gaiman. We got to speak to Neil Himself briefly, and at more length to a number of other friends. A good time was had by all.

I have more detailed thoughts about how the experience went from an emotional and life perspective, but must mull them further before I am able to articulate them fully.

Meanwhile, we are off back to the Coast, after breakfast with [info]e_bourne.

[links] Link salad is an effective dentrifice when used under proper supervision

My Convention Harassment Policy Co-Sign Thread — Mr. Scalzi asserts leadership. I co-sign.

Steampunk Watch Part Sculptures by Sue Beatrice — Ooooh. [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister) would love the tiny carousel horse. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

11 Harsh Realities About The World Of Harry PotterWe’re blowing the lid off this totalitarian regime! Once you peel back the layers of child-like wonder, it kind of sucks to be a wizard. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Pacific Ocean Floor Is a Huge Underwater Garbage Dump — Sigh. (Via David Goldman.)

GALEX decommissioned: What happens to abandoned space probes?NASA’s earth-orbiting GALEX was shut down Friday, meaning that the spacecraft will join a long line of space probes sacrificed to the universe. This is a surprisingly poignant piece. (Via David Goldman.)

Optical transistor switches states by trapping a single photonWhen switched off, the gate photon can be retrieved, too.

Leaving Las Vegas: How a tiny Chinese enclave is remaking the gambling world and Sin City

Faith-Healing Parents Denied Free Exercise of Religion in Death of Child — That’s the persecution narrative of contemporary American Christians in a nutshell. Profoundly immoral self-valorization.

Cyanide and Happiness recaps the arguments against gay marriage — They make more sense that what I read and hear in the media. Which is to say, not much at all.

How Do You Tell When a Politician is Lying? — I do not find this terribly surprising.

In Oregon, a Demand for Safety, but Not on Their Dime — This is what happens in low-revenue, low-tax jurisdictions. (Via Dad.)

NYT: IRS Scrutiny More Complicated Than Previously Thought — What do you know? Like almost every other conservative outrage, the great Obama IRS scandal turns out to be a nothingburger once the details are scrutinized objectively.

QotD?: Did you brush your teeth this morning?


7/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[travel] Off to the coast

After Lisa Costello finishes her workday, we are lighting out for the Washington coast, to stay with my parents at their beach house on the Long Beach peninsula. We’ll be there about a week, with a side trip to Seattle for this coming Friday’s Clarion West party. I’ll have bandwidth, and so will be blogging and otherwise rattling about online, but this will also be a time for mellowing out and relaxing.

I’m looking forward to it.

[awards|events] The 2013 Locus Awards

Yesterday, Lisa Costello and I attended the Locus Awards. It was exhausting for me, and a lot of fun.

Not to bury the lede, my friend Nancy Kress won the Best Novella category where my story “The Stars Do Not Lie” was nominated. So no Locus Award for me. My heartfelt congratulations to Nancy.

Lisa had asked me the night before how the day was going to go. I said, “Well, the Earth rotates at slightly more than 1,000 miles per hour…” This earned me strong disapproval.

How the day actually went was that we started out having breakfast with Janet Freeman-Daily. She is a fellow writer and a fellow Stage IV cancer patient. We had one of those involved medical conversations that is of interest to no one but the principals, until various other people came along and we migrated to a larger table and more benign topics.

We then spent the morning loitering in the book room and the lobby, as I didn’t have the energy to attend the paneling. The book signing happened, wherein I shared a table with the effervescent and always fascinating Ted Kosmatka and was able to visit with about half of Seattle writerdom and fandom, or so it seemed. The banquet occurred thereafter. Claire Eddy had organized an impromptu lunch table with us, Kristine Scalzi, [info]torreybird and some other delightful folks.

Connie Willis cranked up the ceremony with some wit, some erudition, some recognition of folks in the crowd (including me), and much heckling from Nancy Kress. I wound up in the Hawaiian shirt contest, thanks to Stan Robinson, where I tied for third (I think) in the trivia portion. Various small prizes were handed out. We then proceeded to the awards, where Nancy won our shared category. About then I started musing that I’d wished I had thought to offer be an acceptor for some of the nominees, because then I’d get a chance to go up to the podium for a moment, and fondle an award.

Connie read out the award for Best Fantasy Novel, announced the winner was Charlie Stross for The Apocalypse Codex, then announced that accepting for Charlie would be Jay Lake. She caught the look of shocked surprise on my face, and asked if I’d know I was accepting.

Well, yes. Charlie had asked me a month or two ago. Unfortunately, we both forgot to do anything about an acceptance speech. Then I’d forgotten.

I manned up, stumbled to the podium with my cane in hand. There I confessed to having forgotten all about being Charlie’s acceptor. I offered the audience their choice of an extemporaneous acceptance speech or an interpretive dance.

Dancing ensued.

I shall draw the curtain of good taste over any descriptions thereof.

Later there was hanging out in the lobby, then at a bar, then a lovely dinner at the Palace Kitchen with Greg and Astrid Bear, Claire Eddy, John Pitts, Lisa and myself. A tiny bit of partying followed, and more visiting with many friends, then I stumbled back to the hotel to sleep.

That was my big day at the Locus Awards. It was a lot of fun, but like I said, exhausting.