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[links] Link salad looks for the fireworks and tequila

Publishers Weekly reviews my forthcoming collection from Subterranean Press, The Sky That Wraps — They liked it.

Elizabeth Bear with an amazing meditation on SF

Officer K Kong — This post from James Gurney is funny in a very clever way. I do so love creative people.

The Twittering Classes

Homeopathy Made SimpleHomeopathy is dangerous, mostly because it lures people away from real medicine. But it’s also dangerous because it promotes magical thinking, which eats away at all of reality.

Ship Tracks in the North Pacific — I had no idea marine traffic generated cloud building.

Australia’s new Prime Minister on religion and politics“I am not going to pretend a faith I don’t feel. And for people of faith the greatest compliment I could pay to them is to respect their genuinely held beliefs and not to engage in some pretence about mine. I think it’s not the right thing.”

?otD: How do you celebrate your nation’s birthday?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (decent but interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: 229.0
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Ringworld by Larry Niven

[links] Link salad has chemo head

Announcing New Collections by Jay Lake and Philip Jose FarmerSubterranean Press speaks.

Yesterday I Twittersnarked David Lynch’s Dune — Click the link above, but you’ll have to scroll down and view older tweets. I may stick this into a blog post of its own later.

Augmented Reality Maps — A TED talk video. (Via .)

Sex-change surgery and universal grammar — A Language Log entry of interest to those concerned with gender reassignment, law and language.

How do you regulate Wu? — Ben Goldacre on regulating the dangers of alternative medicine.

Far-Right John Birch Society 2010 — A discussion of current conservative politics, and the John Birch Society’s co-sponsorship of the CPAC conference. [The founder of the society] had called President Dwight D. Eisenhower a “conscious, dedicated agent of the communist conspiracy” and that the U.S. government was “under operational control of the Communist party.” Sound familiar? Substitute “socialism” and/or “terrorism” and you have the daily Republican talking points on Obama. Buckley argued that such paranoid rantings had no place in the conservative movement or the Republican party. Back when conservatives had principles, maybe.

Joe Stack Hailed as Hero in American ‘Patriot’ Resurgence — Let’s see, are the Patriots socialist? No. Liberals? No. Progressives? No. Centrists? No. Who could this be celebrating a murderous act of domestic terrorism committed by an angry white male? Wait, wait, I know! Conservatives!

Man who crashed plane into Austin IRS building part of decades-long line of tax protestershis views on taxation follow a long line of protesters who believe tax laws don’t apply to them. Yet amazingly even tax protestors use roads and bridges, call 9-11, enjoy the benefits of national defense and public health. Which are otherwise paid for by the Libertarian fairies? Always a good reason to commit murder, that.

Conservative Is Not Opposite Liberal: That’s Totalitarianism — Timothy Ferris with an interesting article on classical definitions. I am however suspicous of anyone who creates false equivalency by claiming Bill Maher is the progressive’s Glenn Beck. Beck’s marketshare and mindshare is 10X, possibly 100X Maher’s, and Maher isn’t exactly at the core of liberal-progressive thought, unlike Beck’s second-only-to-Limbaugh place in the conservative dialectic.

Hold Onto Your Underwear: This Is Not a National EmergencyUnder the circumstances, you would never know that Americans living in the United States were in vanishingly little danger from terrorism, but in significant danger driving to the mall; or that alcohol, tobacco, E. coli bacteria, fire, domestic abuse, murder, and the weather present the sort of potentially fatal problems that might be worth worrying about, or even changing your behavior over, or perhaps investing some money in. Um, yeah. But political pants-wetting wins more GOP votes.

?otD: Ever play chemo side effecs bingo?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes
Body movement: (forthcoming suburban walk)
Hours slept: 9.75
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 7/10
Currently reading: [between books]

[personal] Obligatory year in review post for 2009

Writing and Publishing

(All figures subject to some revision, due to the vagaries of both record-keeping and publishing.)

I wrote twenty pieces of first draft short fiction, totalling 92,100 words. (Some of these were collaborative.) Due to a combination of circumstances, largely involving cancer, I only wrote one complete first draft novel this year, Endurance at 114,500 words — an unusual burst of brevity for me. Extensive revisions or rewrites to Pinion, Heart of the Beast (unfinished collaborative novel with Jeff VanderMeer), The Rockefeller Plot (unfinished collaborative novel with my dad) and Our Lady of the Islands (complete-but-in-revision collaborative novel with .) Also a number of articles, interviews and the usual avalanche of blog postings. Without getting too precise, I probably wrote about 500,000 words this year, which is a very small year from me.

I sold seventeen original short stories. Five of them were written collaboratively with , two more collaboratively with . I also have two forthcoming year’s best appearances for 2009 material, both for “On the Human Plan“, which originally appeared in Lone Star Stories in February of 2009. Those seventeen short fiction acceptances were balanced by twenty-three short fiction rejections. Also had ten reprint sales, including the YB inclusions, most of the rest of audio or foreign rights.

Approximately fifteen short stories of mine were published this year, including a number of the collaborations. I saw exactly three novels published this year: Green (Tor Books; June, 2009), Madness of Flowers (Night Shade Books; October, 2009) and Death of a Starship (MonkeyBrain Books; December, 2009). Contracted two more novels with Tor, Endurance and Kalimpura, which will extend the Green story. Those are my ninth and tenth novel sales. The anthology Other Earths, edited by Nick Gevers and me, also appeared this year, to strong critical reception, as well as the anthology Footprints, edited by Eric Reynolds and me.

Delivered Pinion to Tor (the third Mainspring book), The Sky That Wraps to Subterranean Press and The Specific Gravity of Grief to Fairwood Press. Drafted Endurance (the second Green book) for delivery next spring.

In 2010, I expect to see Pinion published by Tor Books, as well as my collection The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press, and single-title novellas The Specific Gravity of Grief (a cancer tale, from Fairwood Press) and The Baby Killers (high concept steampunk, from PS Publishing).

Attended a number of conventions, the highlights being my Toastmaster gig at World Fantasy in San Jose, and the lovely time we had at WorldCon in Montreal. We do plan to attend WorldCon in Melbourne this coming year, along with the New Zealand national SF convention the weekend prior. Those will be part of my “I survived chemo” celebration.


My relationship with has continued to solidify and blossom. That is a balm to my heart and delight to my life. Many other friendships and relationships have prospered as well, including the discovery (by me) of the delightful , and the ongoing evolution of my long-term friendship with .

Unfortunately, my relationship with cancer has also continued to solidify and blossom. 2008’s colon cancer came back with a lung metastasis, this after significant scares regarding liver and lymph metastates. In November I had a partial thoracectomy to remove a single grape-sized tumor from my left lung, along with a patch of lung tissue the size and shape of a Dorito. In December I had a port implanted in my right chest to facilitate chemotherapy. This coming January, I start a series of twelve infusions of a FOLFOX-Avastin cocktail, a chemotherapy combination with a range of potential side effects that would give anyone pause.

Chemo means my writing life will be pared down through next summer, though by what degree is not obvious. I have only retained two contracted commitments, one a major editing project, the other to revise and deliver Endurance. I’d also like to finish revising Our Lady of the Islands, my collaborate novel project with , so we can go to market with it, as well as make further progress on The Rockefeller Plot, the diplomatic thriller I am writing with my father. Beyond that… With luck, the second half of the year will see me restored to normal production, as I need to draft Kalimpura and I’d like to take a crack at Sunspin.

Hope your year was as happy and productive as mine, and considerably healthier. All the better for the New Year to you and yours.

[personal] Busy life

So, life’s been a little busy on several fronts lately. Just turned in another story for The Sky That Wraps (which makes it a sale in a sense), have to write one more. Finalizing outline on Sekrit Projekt today. Quality time with , my family and K— these last few days. Lunch with today. I’m off to California tomorrow to see , then she and I are flying back together on Friday for JayCon this coming Saturday.

Talk amongst yourselves. Also, treat this as an open question thread. Ask me anything,

[writing] Sekrit Projekt outline done gone wrote

Just wrapped this stage of the Sekrit Projekt at 7,000 words. (That’s about 2,500 for the day.) Off to for evisceration. Hooray for coffee house time.

Next up, the SF novelette I owe to fill out the table of contents on The Sky That Wraps.

Dinner soon with K—, H—, and .