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[movies] They’re gonna make a big star out of me (or maybe us)

As previously noted, Waterloo Productions is making a feature-length documentary about me, [info]the_child and the rest of our family on our journey through cancer, life and books. The working title is The Family Lake, and the project is slated for a release in late 2013.

Donnie Reynolds, writer, friend and the man behind Waterloo Productions, came up for JayCon XII. He arrived a day early and stayed for a week, commencing principal photography on the project. Donnie filmed at JayCon and at some of the related events, then in days following, he sat down with me and everyone in my extended family here in Portland for individual or small group interviews. This included [info]the_child, Mother of the Child, [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), the Niece, my dad and (step)mom, and [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom). He was also present for [info]tillyjane‘s trip to the Emergency Room, as well as few other less dramatic life events such as my daughter’s eighth grade graduation.

It was the interviews that were the toughest and most affecting. For me and [info]the_child especially so, I believe. Donnie set up a little studio in the basement of Nuevo Rancho Lake, which he called “the witness chair”.

Witness Chair (c) 2012 Donnie Reynolds and Waterloo Productions

We were each interviewed separately over the course of last week. (This is a documentary, after all, so I do not have review, approval or any control.) He went pretty deep with me, and as I understand things, he went pretty deep with my family members as well. Everyone but me was a little nervous up front, but thoughtful and excited after their interviews.

For my own part, this project is having two significant effects on me thus far. One, it is focusing me on my own narrative. That drives emotional and cognitive reflection for me. Two, Donnie is documenting me and my life in exhaustive detail — he estimates approximately 1,000 hours of footage will be shot to edit down to a roughly 105 minute final cut. This provides a record of me, and of the family, that [info]the_child will always have access to when this disease finally claims my life.

That is an unsurpassed gift he is giving all of us.

It’s very strange, being observed so closely. Strange and rewarding.

More about this as my thoughts develop further.


Photo © 2012 Donnie Reynolds and Waterloo Productions. All rights reserved, reproduced with permission.

[personal|conventions] JayCon. There is too much. Let me sum up.

JayCon XII was certainly the most complicated JayCon ever. I don’t think it was quite the best attended, though we certainly had a full house Saturday at the main event. But things started this past Wednesday on my actual birthday, and officially finished yesterday. Beyond that, there are still residua extending into this week.

In a word: Exhausting.

In a better word: Amazing.

Saturday started with the promised breakfast at Pine State Biscuits. Alan Roberts came by with Victorian largesse and good humor.

Breakfast at Pine State Biscuits
Me, Mrs. [info]bravado111 and [info]bravado111

We then went home and mellowed out for a few hours before proceeding to Flying Pie early for set-up. That would be me, [info]bravado111, Lisa Costello, Gabrielle Harbowy, and Fanny Valentine Darling, plus half of Team E—. There were some small logistical snafus, but we got it rolling in time for the party.

Pizza was provided, of course, by the restaurant. The Lake family’s traditional Mama Dudley cake was provided by my (step)mother, as well as a gift of red velvet cupcakes from Robots Love Cupcakes sent courtesy of Debra Stover, and a delicious selection of brownies provided by Janet Happe Lunde. And people.

Lots and lots of people.

I can’t even begin to name everyone who was there, and am afraid to try. Suffice to say dear friends and new acquaintances alike turned up from afar afield as Maryland, Texas, California and Washington, as well as just down the street here in Portland. Not to mention my family. Epic amounts of pizza were consumed. Gifts were brought. The odder fruits of the basement cleaning expedition were given away by Team E— and [info]mlerules to great merriment and considerable silliness. (We had a raffle, basically.) Photos to come, eventually.

After settling up with the Flying Pie, the remnants of the party decamped to McMenamin’s Barley Mill, specifically their new outdoor seating area, for tater tots, scooby snacks and strong drink.

Sunday morning the last few stragglers managed breakfast at The Original Hotcake House. In the afternoon, I switched gears and attended [info]the_child‘s eighth grade class wrap party along with her own self and Mother of the Child. This was a lot of fun. There was a tiki bar involved. (I took leftover birthday dessert.)

Lisa Costello is visiting for a few more days, as is friend and filmmaker Donnie Reynolds. I will be spending some more time with my injured friend this week as well, before decamping for the Locus Awards on Friday.

It’s been a brilliant weekend, fulfilling and profoundly exhausting. I’m very pleased and proud to have all my friends here. You guys are awesome.

Thank you, every one.


Photo © 2012 Alan Roberts. Used with permission.

[personal] JayCon XII and beyond…

…wow. I am exhausted. Yesterday was wonderful from the moment I woke up until when the lights finally went out. But even I can be oversocialized, and I think maybe I hit my limit. My profound thanks to so many people who went to so much trouble to make my birthday party an amazing, wonderful success.

I have one more post-JayCon event this morning, and a class party for [info]the_child this afternoon. That’s all I’m doing today.

A full report, hopefully tomorrow. For now, I quiver quietly.

[conventions|repost] JayCon XII is today

This is a final repost

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is today, June 9th, 2012 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.

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

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|personal] JayCon pre-report

Yesterday was a wonderful day.

Lisa Costello visited again, then she and I caught [info]the_child‘s all-school assembly celebrating the eighth and twelfth grade transitions. Then we had lunch with Gabrielle Harbowy, her lovely and talented assistant Fanny Valentine Darling, and Fanny’s child G—. Excellent pizza was consumed at Sizzle Pie. The afternoon brought more folks in to town, culminating in a hilarious extended dinner at Cartlandia with [info]the_child, my extended family, the aforementioneds, [info]bravado111 and his family, [info]mlerules, and Elizabeth Stephan. (I think that’s the full headcount.)

Then there was some teen-aged giggling, followed by late night hot tubbing.

Today, JayCon itself. For now, off to breakfast. See some, all or none of you there.

[conventions|repost] JayCon XII is tomorrow

This is a repost, which I will update one more time tomorrow

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is this coming Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. (That’s tomorrow.) We’re partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer 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.

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.

[personal] The birthday its own self

Yesterday was pretty darned good, if I do say so myself. Among other things, I turned 48. (This is arguable, as I was born in Taiwan, on the other side of the International Date Line, so the actual moment of my birth is I believe sometime late the night of June 5th here in USAnia. Maybe I ought to calculate this some day.)

There was an insane flood of good wishes on Facebook and Twitter all the day long, as well as a ton of emails from friends, family and fans. Thank you so much to everybody. The sheer volume means I can’t respond personally to most of it. But you know what? That’s kind of cool in its way, too.

Beyond that, I had a pretty normal workday. This was punctuated by lunch with the always effervescent [info]kenscholes. He administered my ritual birthday kiss, catching it on his phone cam thusly:

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As Pam Bainbridge-Cowan said on my Facebook comment thread for this photo, “Hell, I never realized just how long Ken’s tongue is!”

After work, @PDXjerseygirl dropped by with a lovely bunch of flowers she’d scored at the Portland Farmer’s Market. It was terrific to see her. Then I hit dinner with my family at the Chart House, whereupon I had a delightful lava cake as my postprandial sugar-carb chaser.

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Then my loving family produced my present.

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Wow.

Yes, that is a genuine Jay Lake bobblehead. Apparently procuring this was a serious comedy of errors. Credit for the idea and managing the execution goes to my brother, Michael Lake. Allegedly more of these can be ordered from the manufacturer, so once I get the details from my brother I’ll post them here in case any of you are feeling especially spendthrift.

After dinner, I took [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) back to the house of my injured friend, where she had already spent the day being a Hero of the Revolution caring for my friend, thus freeing me to enjoy my birthday. Once I’d checked in on my friend (who is having surgery today to deal with her major fracture), I headed out again for my final engagement of the day.

That was a delightful later evening with visiting friend Lisa Costello. We had a very nice time hanging out together. I wasn’t paying attention to the weather when I parked my car, so when I came back out to drive home, I discovered it had rained pretty heavily, and was in fact still raining. There didn’t seem to be much point in putting the top up then, so I drove home with the top down in the rain.

On arriving home, I discovered another lovely bouquet of birthday flowers courtesy of Mother of the Child.

Today workie bits, and [info]the_child returns from her California sojourn. Plus more friend time this evening. Tomorrow the JayCon prefestivies begin, including a food cart cruise and some late night hot tubbing. Saturday, of course, is JayCon XII [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Sunday is the wind-down from JayCon, plus the eight grade end-of-year picnic.

Writing? What writing?


Photos © 2012 Ken Scholes and Mary Elizabeth Lake, reproduced with permission.

Bobblehead photo © 2012 Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XII

This is a repost, which I will roll forward a couple more times before the party this coming weekend

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is this coming Saturday, June 9th, 2012 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.

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.

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|repost] Announcing JayCon XII

This is a repost, which I will roll forward several more times before this party in about three weeks

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 9th, 2012 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.

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

Note that I am announcing this early because people always tell me, “You should have told me sooner!” Except for the people who tell me, “It’s too soon, remind me later.” (Sometimes these are the same people.)

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|repost] Announcing JayCon XII

This is a repost, which I will roll forward about once a month through the spring

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 9th, 2012 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.

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

Note that I am announcing this early because people always tell me, “You should have told me sooner!” Except for the people who tell me, “It’s too soon, remind me later.” (Sometimes these are the same people.)

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|repost] Announcing JayCon XII

This is a repost, which I will roll forward about once a month through the spring

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 9th, 2012 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.

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

Note that I am announcing this early because people always tell me, “You should have told me sooner!” Except for the people who tell me, “It’s too soon, remind me later.” (Sometimes these are the same people.)

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.