poetry in the CSZ

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:05 am
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My poem "50 Foot," inspired by Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman (1958), is in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Also, CSZ v. 6 n. 4 (2016) is now available for free online; it includes my poem "Una O'Connor unleashes her scream," as well as poetry by [personal profile] sovay and an essay by L. Timmel Duchamp on Chris Kraus's I Love Dick.

The weather in Los Angeles is so humid at the moment, I feel like I must've inadvertently brought it back from Boston with me. I look forward to the return of our customary dry heat.

home from Readercon

Jul. 18th, 2017 02:30 pm
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I got home at midnight last night from the airport. I thoroughly enjoyed Readercon, though the air travel was more grueling than usual. (Virgin America has switched terminals at LAX, which led to gate-related delays in both directions, and when I went to get my bag last night, they had put the bags for five flights on one baggage carousel, creating a mob scene. Then the car I'd booked to take me home didn't show up for quite awhile.) At Readercon I dealt with the usual jetlag, plus some perimenopausal unpleasantness. Nevertheless, I had fun. It was great to see friends (and eat delicious Indian food with friends) and attend panels and readings. My panels ("Hidden Figures" and "Horror Fiction Is Where I Put My Fear (and Lust, and...)") went very well. During the latter panel, I loved hearing Teri Clarke, Darcie Little Badger, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry talk about writing and reading horror. My reading was scheduled during the dinner hour and wasn't as well-attended as the previous year, but it was a lot of fun reading "Don't Look Back."

I only bought one book at the Dealers' Room: So You Want To Be a Robot by A. Merc Rustad, which I'd been looking forward to snagging, but as it does every year, Readercon greatly added to my to-read list. I attended the Shirley Jackson Awards (wearing my The Haunting of Hill House t-shirt) and cheered when The Starlit Wood won for best edited anthology. As always, there wasn't enough time to see everyone and attend everything I would've liked.

Now I am doing laundry and battling Jetlag Part 2. It is good to be home.

Ha ha, the universe fooled me

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:24 pm
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I was supposed to go to the radiation oncologist today so that they could start the scanning process to ensure they know where to aim the radiation, which should start next week. Instead, the oncologist came into the office and explained to me that the margins around the excised tumor are too narrow for comfort. He goes through the medical details. He provides me with a medical paper clearly explaining the situations and what's best. And he says that he recommends another surgery (ANOTHER SURGERY) to go back in there and get better margins. Of course, he says, I can also just do the radiation therapy with an extra boost at the end and then monitor me with mammograms. But he doesn't recommend it.

So I go home, freak out, down a Xanax, take a nap, and then wake up. Because that's how I roll. Then I do a bit of my own research and find out that about 1/3 to 1/2 of women who have lumpectomy have to have a re-excision procedure for this precise reason. I guess you can't actually tell when you're taking out the spot how wide the margins are and only pathology will determine it. And the margin is less than 1 millimeter and the standard is no less than 2 mm. And the risk of recurrence with a narrow margin is twice what it is with a 2 mm margin. It's still a small chance, but I've been operating on the plan of conservative care, since I'm so young (hah!!) that I have much longer for a new and/or invasive cancer to develop. So I should stick with the path I've been on, right?

It's taken me this whole day of sleeping and thinking and reading to wrap my head around this. I am REALLY not happy about another surgery since that raises its own set of risks, but it does seem to be the smart thing to do. Motherfucker. I mean REALLY MOTHERFUCKER.

Anyone want to weigh in? Feel free.

This week in writing, 7/16

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:39 am
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Still not great, but better than last week! 

WIPs currently active: 5

Words written this week: 3,259

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 104, still inching along. I probably just need to hit a scene break soon, but then I’m going to have to figure out what happens next, so…?

Born in the Blood: 821, and it is distinctly possible that every one of them is terrible, but I haven’t figured out how to make them less terrible so for now I’m just going with it.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 490, including realizing that I needed to insert an entire chapter before where I initially started writing. 

All Eternals Deck #2: 598, possibly all getting deleted when I redo the beginning because i figured out that I was doing it wrong…

Slavefic #6: 1,246, DIRELY in need of a POV change. Soon. Yes. 

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More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 15th, 2017 03:18 am
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Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast , Buffy/Faith by [personal profile] beer_good_foamy.

Chapter Sixteen , Chapter Seventeen and Chapter Eighteen of Magister 3 by [personal profile] gilescandy.

Hypable podcast talks Smashed & Lullaby .

Redemptioncast podcast talks Apocalypse Nowish & Habeas Corpses.

HorrorPatch previews Season Eleven, Issue No. Nine . And AtS Season Eleven, Issue No. Seven .
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It's been announced that this Sunday, after the Wimbledon men's championship, the new Doctor will be introduced.

I have the following thoughts:

1) I know, intellectually, that it is time for P Cap and S Moffat to go. But I am not looking forward to Chibnall as show runner, and I am very very worried about who will be the next Doctor.

2) This worry is displacement for larger political and personal worries, I assure you. But still.

3) I DON'T WANT IT TO BE KRIS MARSHALL. He seems like a lovely chap, but NO NO NO.

4) I have a list of white boys I'd like to see as the Doctor, but really, I don't think it's the time.

5) Am sad that Adrian Lester has taken himself out of the running, but then I want him to be Aziraphale in Gaiman's Good Omens miniseries anyway.

6) I will be traveling (back to see my father, who is lingering on despite all odds) during the announcement and that is also stressing me out.

In conclusion, P Cap.

Hugs to all!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 13th, 2017 03:05 am
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[personal profile] elisane reminds of us of Buffyverse authors who have gone big time. And if you know of more, please contact her.

Punk Spike fan art by [profile] rbfvid.

TheMusicInTheDark talks to BtVS writer Rob DesHotel.

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We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.- Tom Stoppard

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All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

We do what we must, and call it by the best names. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something helpless that wants help from us. -Rainer Maria Rilke

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.- Anatole France

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. -Philip K. Dick

It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.-HG Wells.

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