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[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.

[conventions] Announcing JayCon XII

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.

[personal|writing] Updatery and revisions

Yesterday I hied me off to check on the venue for JayCon. The date will be June 9th, 2012, and I’m still confirming the logistical details. Watch this space for a full announcement soon.

After that, I went to Fireside Writers, which met this week at a place called The Hazel Room. There I spent 2.25 hours booting up the revisions to Sunspin. I am into the project now, and making progress, though I’m already running into some fairly serious “kill your darlings” issues. I also confess to being daunted by the scale of my ambitions and the scope of the changes my agent and first readers want to see. That won’t stop me, of course.

Then I went to OMSI Science Pub, for the first time in months. This week the topic was urban landslides and forensic geology, which given the location of Nuevo Rancho Lake would require a major seismic event before they became a personal issue for me, but still fascinating. The speaker was energetically entertaining, and the slides were pretty cool. Fun to be out among friends, having my brain stretched.

It’s kind of like being a real boy again. And tomorrow I’m off to Epic Confusion, which is also likely to make me feel like a real boy. (Due to travel and so forth, expect light and/or irregular blogging service through the weekend.)

Damn is it nice waking up from chemo and getting out in the world.

[personal] So you say it’s your birthday, plus steampunky goodness

Well, yesterday was my actual birthday. I turned 47. To celebrate, I spent the day in Seattle at the home of noted urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts.

The Pittses brought me over to the University District for a very nice dinner with 25 or so of my closest friends at the Big Time Brew Pub, after which we all trooped over (in my case, very slowly) to University Books for a reading and discussion of Jeff VanderMeer’s new opus The Steampunk Bible.

Cherie Priest, Libby Bulloff and I were the representative steampunks, and there were a good 50 or 60 people in attendance. The event went very well indeed, and at the end there was birthday cake.

Linda Deneroff very kindly took over my camera during the event, but I haven’t had time or energy to upload the photos yet, so look for some photoblogging over the next few days.

All in all, the movable feast that is JayCon and my birthday was excellent. I received close to a thousand happy birthday messages yesterday via Facebook, blog comments and email from friends and fans around the world. You guys are amazing. It was like a fountain of love and affection and goodwill. Thank you. Stretching from my visitors last week through my Friday pre-party for my fly-in JayCon guests through JayCon itself and a quiet evening event to the Sunday brunch to yesterday’s actual birthday, it’s been an intense, highly rewarding celebration. My birthday season will wrap with a family dinner Thursday night with my brother, who’s flying into town that day.

This is a tough, tough year for me. The energy of these past days will be a huge part of carrying myself forward through the medical hell to come. I can never thank all of you enough, but these words will have to do.

Thank you.

Now go read a book or something.

[links] Link salad knows it’s time, sees the sign

Making Light reminds us that the Viable Paradise application window is closing — If you’re interested, get those manuscripts in.

A French review of Jade (neé Green en Anglais) — It seems rather favorable. (The review is below the book description.)

A reader reacts to my novel Rocket Science — He likes it.

@chivalrybean with a JayCon report — A nice write-up.

Pride and Prejudice — Ta-Nehisi Coates on V.S. Naipaul and learning from writers we can’t agree with. We don’t get to choose our teachers. If you’re going to be an artist, or a thinker, or even a full person, you better be able to make yourself into something more than the shadow of someone else’s bankrupt philosophies. You better be more than an obvious and predictable reaction. A difficult topic, and one our own field has in the past few years largely failed to handle with any nuance or wisdom.

Lucas imprisoned while an impostor made the prequels. — Hahahahahah.

A Last Landing for Space Shuttle Endeavour — Another stunning photo from APOD.

Making Work — Slacktivist Fred Clark with more on unemployment in America.

The Palinization of America — Yeah, well. Welcome to Republican America.

Palin Says She Didn’t Err on Paul Revere — Apparently the Palin followers are in a Wiki edit war on the Paul Revere page. Conservatives, now literally rewriting history to match their counterfactual fixations. And you guy wonder why us in the reality-based community think you’re nuts? (Thanks to my Dad.)

Sarah Palin’s tour a rolling menace — Ah, here’s that common touch for which she is so beloved.

Everything Is Political — Paul Krugman on Republican litmus tests. As usual with Republican ideas, not reality-based.

Our News and their News — Juan Cole with a very thought-provoking comparison of American news and Mideast news. Your Liberal Media my ass.

?otD: How far to the point of know return?


6/7/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (300 words to finish a short piece, plus WRPA)
Body movement: 35-minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

[personal] JayCon XI wrap up

Though today, June 6th, is my actual birthday, JayCon was Saturday. Whew. That was something else. Photos and more observations to follow, surely, but yesterday was intense and rewarding.

I love my friends. In addition to my many local friends, folks came from the UK, Florida, California and Washington to attend JayCon XI. I’m not sure how many people we had, but it was well over 75. Maybe some year I’ll actually do badges. I am so thrilled at everyone who showed up, some from very far away and at great trouble, indeed. Thank you all.

In addition, the first International Fuck Cancer Day generated some solid fundraising for the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund. My profound thanks to Donnie and Julia Reynolds for making that happen. Also thanks to Diana Sherman, Alex Tillson and John Pitts for keeping chemo-fuddled me on track before, during and after JayCon.

A few images: (more…)

[cancer] International Fuck Cancer Day

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Today is International Fuck Cancer Day, overlapping with JayCon XI.

Here in Portland, we’ll be celebrating with life, love and pizza. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, take a moment, or donate a few bucks or an hour of your time, visit a cancer patient, or just pray/meditate/send good energy/hoist a glass.

Life is what you make of it, but it doesn’t have to be all about cancer.


Photo © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[conventions|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XI, my 11th annual 37th birthday party, is tomorrow: Saturday, June 4th, 2011 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 fucking cancer is back, again, and I will beat it, 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.

[cancer] And so it goes

This post-chemo week has been a lot less stressful than the week following session one. That is entirely up to good nausea control. I’m on the new meds (Zyprexa) during the chemo cycle, and I’m being smarter about my eating. I did screw up a little yesterday morning, as I simply wasn’t hungry and thus skimped on breakfast. The several days previously I’d been eating a high-protein breakfast consisting of a one-egg omelet with cheese, olives and bacon. (Ever since cutting way back on the carbs, I’ve been craving protein like a madman.) Yesterday I ate lightly, and spent the morning balancing mild nausea, and once, a severe bout, until I’d gotten stabilized again.

Okay, lesson learned. Egg on the stove shortly from now.

However, for the past two days the lovely and talented [info]zellandyne has been visiting, and she is something of an expert in alternative forms of cookery. We popped by Bob’s Red Mill yesterday — the company outlet and showroom is <5 minutes drive from my house — and scored some almond flour and some coconut flour. Last night Irish soda bread was made. Serious yum. So this morning I'm going to try to whip up some scratch biscuits using a mix of the two flours, to see if I can have something with my egg that doesn't involve wheat flour. Otherwise continuing to struggle with intermittent fatigue, which became overwhelming at a couple of points yesterday. I expect to be fairly perky for the JayCon festivities, which actually begin today with a small gathering before spilling over into the weekend and the week following. Out-of-town friends are arriving today. Tomorrow ought to be quite something. And of course, the hair loss. I've lost more than half my scalp hair in the past two days. My beard is making the old college try as well. I may be bald by the end of the weekend. IMG_1315

It’s a weird feeling, having the hair just come off as I shower, as I brush, as I touch it. There’s something deeply disturbing about that. Yet at the same time, I seem to be accepting this as a part of the chemo process. It hasn’t been emotionally triggering, for example. Though I do very much miss my real hair.

And so it goes.


Photo © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

Creative Commons License

This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

[conventions|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XI, my 11th annual 37th birthday party, is this coming Saturday, June 4th, 2011 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 fucking cancer is back, again, and I will beat it, 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|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

Two weeks from today…

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XI, my 11th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 4th, 2011 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 fucking cancer is back, again, and I will beat it, 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.