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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 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.

[travel] My forthcoming schedule, revised

Well, cancer has changed everything. Again. Here’s the balance of my 2011 schedule.


5/1-5/4 Las Vegas, NV for Day Jobbe trade show Will schedule an open dinner if there’s interest

5/5-5/8 Kauai, HI Vacationing with [info]the_child

6/4 Portland, OR for JayCon XI Open party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of my 37th birthday, and my life even under the siege of cancer

6/5-6/7 Seattle, WA for a University Books reading the evening of 6/6 Open event

7/14-7/17 Burlington, MA for Readercon (depending on my surgery schedule) Convention!

7/22-7/24 Portland, OR for PDX GEAR Con (depending on my surgery schedule) Convention!

8/17-8/12 Reno, NV for WorldCon (depending on my surgery schedule) Convention!

[conventions|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

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.

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.

[travel|conventions] Upcoming schedule

Several folks have asked about my upcoming travel schedule, including appearances, availability, and the possibility of open dinners.

As I currently understand it, here’s the balance of my 2011 schedule.

4/3-4/6 Omaha, NE for Day Jobbery Omaha Beach Party Wednesday 4/6, which is an open event; query me for details

4/7-4/10 Austin, TX for the Paradise Lost Writers Conference A dinner with limited open seating Friday 4/8; query me for details

4/19 Portland, OR, for the SFWA Reading Series Open event at McMenamin’s Kennedy School

4/21-4/24 Seattle, WA for Norwescon (Seatac, actually) Convention!

5/1-5/4 Las Vegas, NV for Day Jobbe trade show Will schedule an open dinner if there’s interest

5/9-5/13 Omaha, NE for Day Jobbery (not yet confirmed) Omaha Beach Party Wednesday 5/11, which is an open event; query me for details

5/15-5/23 Taos, NM for Rio Hondo No open events that week

5/27-5/30 Dearborn, MI for World Steam Expo (not yet confirmed) Convention!

6/4 Portland, OR for JayCon XI Open party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of my 37th birthday

6/5-6/7 Seattle, WA for a University Books reading the evening of 6/6 Open event

7/14-7/17 Burlington, MA for Readercon (not yet confirmed) Convention!

7/22-7/24 Portland, OR for PDX GEAR Con Convention!

8/17-8/12 Reno, NV for WorldCon Convention!

9/5-9/12 Chattanooga, TN for a writer’s retreat (not yet confirmed) No open events that week (this may change)

9/16-9/18 Redmond, WA for Foolscap (not yet confirmed) Convention!

10/9-10/15 Martha’s Vineyard, MA for Viable Paradise No open events that week

10/21-10/23 Surrey, BC for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Conference!

10/27-10/30 San Diego, CA for World Fantasy Convention Convention!

11/11-11/13 Portland, OR for OryCon (not yet confirmed) Convention!

Caveats:

  • Everything on the schedule after JayCon XI is subject to cancellation should I go back into cancer treatment based on my April scans
  • There will be trips to Omaha every five to seven weeks
  • There will be additional Day Jobbe trips which I may or may not announce Open Dinners for
  • I may add one or two more conventions to my fall schedule
  • If you’d like me at your event and don’t see it listed here, let me know; I’m happy to discuss the possibility

[conventions|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

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.

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] Save the date for JayCon XI and the upcoming SFWA reading series

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.

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.


In slightly related news, I’ll be part of the inaugural event of the SFWA reading series at McMenamin’s Kennedy School here in Portland, hosted by Brent Weeks, featuring Brent, Kay Kenyon and myself. The event is the evening of Tuesday, April 19th. Mark your calendars, and when we get closer to the date, I’ll have the appropriate links.

[cancer] My state of independence

JayCon X was wonderful. Perhaps sixty people came and went. We ate an alarming amount of pizza. Lots of chattering and visiting and me seeing people I hadn’t seen in months, or in a few cases, a year or more. Also meeting a few new-to-me-in-real-life online friends. Silly gifts were presented, including several vuvuzelas (you know who you are, vuvuzela-givers, and there will be vengeance).

More to the point, I was out, about and in one piece. Focused. Alert. Social. Yes, exhausted. Yes, limiting my mobility and activity. Yes, wiped out to the point of immobile later. But out in the world.

The chemically-induced introversion and chronic exhaustion of chemotherapy lifted long enough yesterday for me to see my state of independence. And every step forward is a gain, because even when I backslide, it’s only a little.

Happy Fourth, everyone for whom it is a meaningful holiday. For the rest of you, have a great weekend.

[cancer] Partying like it’s 2010, because who knows what tomorrow brings

shelly_rae is sleeping peacefully as I write this. I’m so glad she’s here. For the first time I’m not on the pump since January. (This would have been an infusion weekend, if I’d had another round.) calendula_witch, jkoke and karawynn were here yesterday sharing a nice Salvadoran dinner from El Palenque with me and the_child. And today, JayCon X.

I’m definitely coming out the other side of chemo. Not that isn’t a long, slow journey, but I can mark my progress almost daily. Last night over dinner I made a horrendously bad, quick-witted, literary dirty joke (well, pun, really). calendula_witch looked at me said, “Yep, you’re back.”

Some of the time, at least.

This party today is important to me. I survived. Again. A disease erupted from within my body, an inner assassin, a genetic error that has tried twice to kill me. I am still here. After leading an eremetic existence for these past months, seeing people I know and love, meeting online friends in person for the first time, and hopefully some totally new folks as well be both a practical reconnection to my social web and something of a ritual for me.

The reality is still pretty rough. Peripheral neuropathy continues to deepen. Fatigue is a constant companion. My GI still fights me more than it really should. But my mind is waking back up. And I feel a bit better every day. A bit more like myself.

We will know on the 19th if there are any further metastases established. We will know in late August if there are further colon polyps or candidate tumors. And we will never truly know if we have succeeded with this treatment, only that we continue not to fail. That’s my best case. But I’m running with it. And today I celebrate.

[conventions|repost] JayCon X is today

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon X, my 10th annual 37th birthday party, is today, Saturday, July 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and my successful completion of six months of chemotherapy in late June. If you can read this, you’re invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

We’re partying because I was born, and because I will have beat cancer. Again.

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] Plans, plans, plans

Well, JayCon X is almost upon us. (That would be tomorrow, for those playing along with the home game version of this blog.) shelly_rae swoops in this evening to celebrate. calendula_witch already has jkoke and karawynn at her house. Many other folks coming in from Washington, California, even Nebraska. Plus all my local friends and family. Promises to be quite a shindig, and my body is delivering sufficient energy and focus for me to enjoy the party, assuming I don’t burn it up today.

Which I won’t.

Day Jobbery first, and soon, after which I’m going to mellow with calendula_witch, jkoke, karawynn and the_child. That means sitting in my Big Chair while they bang around the house and one another.

I did get to see Witchnest Manor yesterday briefly, though most of my visit consisted of taking a nap while calendula_witch consulted with her workiepersons about paint colors and whatnot. It is coming along nicely.

So light socializing today, heavy socializing tomorrow, and more light socializing on Sunday. My plan is to try my hand at writing on Monday (or possibly this weekend if I find a quiet hour and the energy) and see just how awake Fred is. Deadlines postponed by chemo impend.

Next week, a more normal routine. I figure another week and I might be fit to drive a car again, which would be convenient for the ordinary errands of my life. I continue to wake up from chemo fog in so many ways, and I am terribly excited about celebrating that tomorrow with some, all or none of you.

[conventions|repost] JayCon X

Mark your calendars now. In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon X, my 10th annual 37th birthday party, will be Saturday, July 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. (That’s this coming Saturday.) Come help me celebrate both my birthday and my successful completion of six months of chemotherapy in late June. If you can read this, you’re invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

We’re partying because I was born, and because I will have beat cancer. Again.

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.