Getting home from Omaha yesterday was an epic effort, but I made it. My luggage did not. My irreplaceable Mongolian camel fur hat apparently did not, though there's some hope I absent mindedly packed it into my luggage (which I never do on purpose).
I had five different flight itineraries yesterday. That is to say, at different points in the process, I was booked on five different flights out of Omaha before I finally managed to leave. American cancelled my original route through DFW on Sunday, the day before I was to fly, due to extreme weather in DFW more or less crashing their operations. I was rescheduled to a Monday flight through ORD.
When I got to the airport in Omaha early, they rescheduled me again at the check-in desk to an earlier flight through ORD, to help me make my connection to PDX. That flight began posting later and later, until was both later than the flight that came after it which I had been previously scheduled on, and late enough to make me miss my connection at ORD. It was also clear the later flight was going to be postponed.
I went to the American Airlines counter agent and said, "Look, I'm a terminal cancer patient. I have two oncology appointments tomorrow. I have to get home tonight. Can you reschedule me through Denver on another airline, since both Dallas and Chicago are such a mess?"
They're not really supposed to do that when they still have available seats in their own system, but he poked around and was very helpful, placing me on a set of Frontier Airlines flights that went OMA-DEN, then DEN-PDX. Since I'd already checked in, he called down to the American baggage room and had my bag transferred to Frontier.
The earlier Frontier flight was full, so I wasn't leaving til that evening. Then Lisa Costello texted me that the evening flight had posted a two-hour delay, which would again make me miss my PDX connection, stranding me in DEN. I went up to the Frontier gate agent and told him the same thing I'd told the American agent. He put me on stand-by, then got me on the plane in their 'stretch seating', which is what Frontier has instead of First Class. I'm pretty sure they're not really supposed to do that, either, especially since I wasn't even a Frontier customer in the first place.
I finally got on a plane leaving Omaha, my fifth scheduled flight out. I have no idea what happened to my bag at that point. My connection in Denver going to Portland was almost two hours late, but I got out of Denver and home last night. Frontier has no idea where my bag is, because I do not have a Frontier Airlines bag check tag, due to the interairline transfer back in Omaha, and they can't trace it through the American Airlines bag check tag. We're hoping it came in overnight from Omaha via Denver, but given the other delays, it may still be languishing in Omaha or in Denver. As me getting home was the critical issue, I am not grumpy about this. I would like to see my bag again sooner or later.
At any rate, on a day when well over a 1,000 flights were cancelled, thanks to the flexibility of two gate agents, one for American Airlines and one for Frontier Airlines, I got home. My first oncology appointment is at 8 am this morning, my second is this afternoon. I will make them.
So my thanks to both airlines.
Now I'm off this morning for some bloodwork preparatory to tomorrow's monthly consultation with my medical oncologist. This afternoon I have a screening and intake appointment for one of the clinical trials I am trying to engage with. Overnight has brought the Portland area radically unseasonal snow and ice, which will make getting around today a lot more exciting than it should be.
But I'm here, and I can make it in to my appointments. Thank you American, and thank you Frontier.
I have received coloring books from Ellen Million and the Digger omnibus from Ursula Vernon/Sofawolf Press! I’m going to have to get good colored pencils for the coloring books, which have finely detailed images that you can’t go at with a crayon. :)
Awww! The Fantastrix coloring book’s second page is Roses, the illustration Ellen did for my YA novel RIGHT ANGLES TO FAIRYLAND. How cool, I get to color it! :)
Bahaha. Ursula’s dedication in DIGGER is, “For Catie, a fellow member of the “just one more project!” club!” *laughs*
There are goodies in the Digger package that I swear I had no idea I was getting. A t-shirt, magnets, stuff like that. I vaguely recalled the lapel pins. :) Actually, I’d forgotten the wee prints from Ellen’s too, so it’s all full of unexpected stuff. Christmas surprise!
Speaking of Kickstarters, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s THE DRAGON, THE WITCH & THE RAILROAD is only a few hundred dollars from funding! I’d dearly love to see it click over today and start heading for some of the bonus rewards! *cheers it on*!
(x-posted from The Essential Kit)
So I had a post burbling today on George Zimmerman’s girlfriend – who, after she called 911 to say that George Zimmerman had stuck a gun in her face, recanted and dropped the charges. And I was writing a post about abusers, and how people are manipulated by abusers, and how the stress of breaking free of an abusive relationship and having everyone knowing what a mess you’re in often makes people want to drop everything and revert back to those simpler days when they didn’t have to self-identify to all their loved ones as “an abused person.”
But that’s a high-wire post, there. Slip a bit to one side and you’re making it seem like Zimmerman’s somehow justified. Slip a little to the other side and you’re implying that the abuse is all the victim’s fault, and a little more gumption would have gotten them out of any bad situation.
Slip a little to yet another side and people are going to miss this very fine distinction that while I understand all the good reasons someone has not to report an abuser, and that I would never blame you if you didn’t want to go through this frustrating and oft-unfruitful bureaucratic PR nightmare, it’s still better if enough people can fight past the system to put assholes like this away. And they’ll accuse me of victim-blaming, when what I’m trying to do is generate sympathy for the terrible plight a victim is in.
And no matter what I did, the comments would be filled with hateful stuff from people who make snap-judgments, saying things like, “Well, why the hell was she dating Zimmerman in the first place? What a dumb bitch!” Which would hurt my heart, because my first instinct is to always go, “There but for the grace of God go I.” And others would debate all the facts of the Zimmerman abuse case, which would require me to come rapidly up to speed on how all this works so I could be sure I was correct.
And everyone would make everything seem simple: When you’re abused, here’s what you do, and if you don’t do it, you’re stupid! When you’re dealing with the cops, here’s what you do, there’s only one right way! And I’d be fighting both sides in an attempt to argue, once again, that the world is full of moral complexities, and goddammit your need to convert a million shades of gray into black and white is not helping.
Between all the flame wars I would need to quash and the danger that someone would misinterpret me, I think of all the effort this blog post would take me. And I’ve got a big project at work to do, and not enough time to manage comments, and so I put this post on the backburner and see if one day I feel it’s worth the energy it would take to shape and manage it properly.
This happens about three times a week.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/359548.h
Wyrm Publishing has released CLARKESWORLD: YEAR FIVE in ePub and MOBI/Kindle editions. Trade paperback is coming later this month.
Since 2006, Clarkesworld Magazine has been entertaining science fiction and fantasy fans with their brand of unique science fiction and fantasy stories. Collected here are all of the original stories this Hugo Award-winning magazine published during their fifth year. Included in this volume are twenty-four stories by visionary writers of short fiction, including Ken Liu, Nnedi Okorafor, Robert Reed, N.K. Jemisin, Yoon Ha Lee, E. Lily Yu, and more!
Introduction by Neil Clarke
Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee
Perfect Lies by Gwendolyn Clare
Tying Knots by Ken Liu
Seeing by Genevieve Valentine
Salvaging Gods by Jacques Barcia
Laying the Ghost by Eric Brown
The Children of Main Street by A. C. Wise
Diving After the Moon by Rachel Swirsky
Three Oranges by D. Elizabeth Wasden
Matchmaker by Erin M. Hartshorn
Trickster by Mari Ness
The Book of Phoenix (Excerpted from The Great Book) by Nnedi Okorafor
The Architect of Heaven by Jason K. Chapman
Frozen Voice by An Owomoyela
Trois morceaux en forme de mechanika by Gord Sellar
Pack by Robert Reed
Semiramis by Genevieve Valentine
Whose Face This Is I Do Not Know by Cat Rambo
The Taxidermist's Other Wife by Kelly Barnhill
On the Banks of the River Lex by N. K. Jemisin
Signals in the Deep by Greg Mellor
The Fish of Lijiang by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu
Clarkesworld Citizens - Official Census
Trade Paperback Coming Soon
EBook Edition Now Available at:
Here’s what my friends at the Clayton fund have to say about themselves:
The Clayton Memorial Medical Fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest deal with the financial burden of medical emergencies. Even with insurance, co-pays can quickly add up to thousands of dollars, and over the past few years, we have faced a heavy draw on our money. The Fund is now down to a few thousand dollars.
The Clayton Fund was founded seventeen years ago by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) in response to the illness of Portland writer Jo Clayton. Our initial money came from a national campaign by writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy to help Jo and other writers. The Fund has since assisted many writers in the region deal with medical and dental emergencies.
As part of OSFCI, the Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and often qualify for matching donations from employers.
Donations can be made using PayPal through the Fund's Web site (http://www.osfci.org/clayton) or mailed to:
Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
Please be sure to include full contact information so we can mail you a letter acknowledging your donation.
I’ll be donating from my surplusage from this year’s fund raising for my benefit. If you’ve got a few extra bucks this season looking for a tax deduction, why not join me? It’s an excellent cause helping writers who often have run out of financial lifelines. It's an organization that has been of great help to me personally. That's two fantastic reasons right there.
Photo © 2012, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Mars lake 'much like early Earth' — The ancient lake environment found in Mars' Gale Crater could have supported microbes called chemolithoautotrophs - if they had been present. Remember when the question of whether there had ever been open water on Mars was highly debatable? I love science.
“Its (sic) not bigorty (sic), its (sic) biology” — Ah, conservatives. Incompetent as well as bigoted.
Oregon Campaign For Gay Marriage Hits Signature Goal — Another breath of sanity against the winds of conservative religious bigotry.
The NSA Has Been Spying On World Of Warcraft — Wow, do I feel safer. And this without Moat GunZ!!!™ even.
South Carolina Sheriff Deletes Facebook Post About Refusing To Lower Flags For Mandela — Huh. Wonder why he backed down. It’s not like Republican officials in the American south ever pay any kind of penalty for their racism. The opposite, really.
There’s Now A Coloring Book To Teach Your Children To Love Ted Cruz — Wow. Just wow. I guess stunting their children’s (and everyone else’s children’s) minds with evolution denial and a refusal to teach critical thinking isn’t good enough for conservatives. Now this cult of personality shit?
Washington Doomsday Prophecy — Hahahah.
Republican to-do list — Hahahah. Yeah.
No soul-searching for Virginia GOP after losses — Mullins mocked post-election analysis that said Cuccinelli was too conservative for a changing state. “This is false narrative by false prophets,” he said. Because, uh, yeah. You know what? Keep it up, GOP. Your Angry White Men are dying out, and pretty much everyone who isn’t an older white man or a member of some deeply politicized church is soooo done with you. All the better for the entire country, your party members included, if you hurtle into irrelevancy guns ablazing.
The Punishment Cure — Now, the G.O.P.’s desire to punish the unemployed doesn’t arise solely from bad economics; it’s part of a general pattern of afflicting the afflicted while comforting the comfortable (no to food stamps, yes to farm subsidies). That’s actually an excellent précis of most of the Republican party platform. Which arises logically enough from their Angry White Men strategy, itself an impassioned, no-compromise defense of established privilege (or at least perception of established privilege), proudly and self-consciously at the expense of the rights and opportunities of others. (Not to mention more subtly at the expense of their own rights and opportunities.)
?otD: Got oncology?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
The chickadees and goldfinches will probably have a few choice words to offer about my efforts . . .
- Mon, 14:03: Back to the spice mines of Kessel #MondayWars
- Mon, 14:09: Invitation to Holiday Party? Check. Remembered to wear pants? Check.
- Mon, 14:42: I only watch samurai movies with super white protagonists or else I won't be able to identify with them! *headdesk*
- Mon, 16:10: I wonder which of my Random Houser side compatriots of PRH I will see at the holiday shindig tonight....
- Mon, 16:52: RT @PerigeeBooks: Friends don't let friends bang cows. Check out these hilarious takes on mythology: http://t.co/45Wl7IO1Vj #ZeusGrantsStup…
- Tue, 01:25: I am Random Penguined out
- Tue, 08:26: Nothing sobers you up from a holiday party like baby's 1st emergency room visit... Ben's fine, getting breathing treatment for RSV #hello3am
- Tue, 09:58: Almost home from the ER! Whee!
Busy couple of days around here! We had inn guests over the weekend, a very nice couple who didn’t complain about the cold weather at all. Also we both got a lot of work done; I finished a huge freelance job (got it out the door today), and have picked up a new client, which is awesome.And, a long-lost friend from Days of Yore sent me a VERY nice email yesterday, to which I responded at length today–hopefully not TOO much length. It feels very good to reconnect with her.
Mark and I also spent some time working on the Preliminary Wedding Guest List Including Everyone We Know Or Have Ever Known Ever. Yes, this will have to be whittled down…it’s far too many hundreds of people. But! I believe we have a wedding venue, and therefore a date. We’re awaiting final confirmation, but it’s looking good.
The next step will be to firm up the wedding party itself. We’ve got some interesting and unusual choices there, I think.
Weather-wise, it’s supposed to warm up enough to snow tomorrow. That should be exciting!
Oh, and for a while yesterday and today, we appeared to be playing Clumsy One-Upsmanship. He turned on the heater only partway (i.e. blowing cold air for hours); I dumped soup all over the floor (and my foot and my pants); he unplugged the bottom of a salt shaker and spilled salt everywhere; I broke a wine glass…I was scared to let him go out and chop wood for the fireplace, but I’m happy to report that the run of mishaps appears to have stopped with the wine glass.
In any event, it’s time for bed. We should be safe there, right?
- Current Location:Orcas Island
- Current Mood: busy
Alas, we are looking at our third year without a Christmas tree, because Vlad and Erzabet are ENORMOUS and still full of kittenish mischief and energy. One of Vlad's current favorite games is a flying leap attack against one of the kitchen chairs. Which then falls over with a thundering clatter, Erzabet runs across the room because she's startled, and then Vlad chases her. Maybe next year we can have a tree again.
I am hoping that tonight's prediction of ZOMG SNOW!!!1! means that my sinuses will stop trying to kill me. I'm on day 4 or 5 of a sinus headache (I've lost track), and I'm at the point of thinking that either trepanation or shooting steam directly into my head might be the only ways to get rid of the pain.
Job hunting is job hunting. I've got some leads, but I also know all HR departments move slower than usual during the holiday season.
I'm vending at Mourning Market this coming Sunday (the 15th)! Bags of Mystery, Elder Goth Surprise Bags, and maybe some other interesting things, depending on how a couple of projects work out. And Jeff (my big brother) will also be at my table, doing tarot card readings. If you're in Seattle on Sunday, please come to El Corazon and say hi!
In the non-entertainment, SF/F news section: GOP men tutored in running against women. I'm in favor of them rethinking their attitudes surrounding female voters, but I can't help feeling this is just a bunch of rats reasoning out the appropriate time to press the lever for the food pellet. It's no more self aware than that. An Interview with a Texas Abortion Doctor who can no longer do his job. From the marketing department: Women are fine with sexist ads (if the product is expensive.) Personally, I don't know I'd go that far--maybe slightly less offended? But whatever. The Most Neurosexist Study of the Year? Brain differences between the sexes? Er... not so much. From the Onion: Deformed Freak Born without Penis. The Onion has been on my shit list for a while, but this article nails it.
- Sun, 12:09: By Being Himself, Tom Daley Sinks Westboro Baptist Church And All His Other Haters http://t.co/FWQDaHze2q
- Sun, 12:10: Obamacare and the Republican party http://t.co/aQBhmKH3l8
- Sun, 12:11: CRAZY RWNJ Gov't will take children away from conservatives, give them to gay people to be used in child pornography. http://t.co/cRtxL5BaI9
- Sun, 12:23: RT @TheChristianLft: Let’s see. Jesus said nothing about homosexuality or abortion, yet these are the all encompassing issues of our... htt…
- Sun, 20:35: RT @140elect: BREAKING: @FoxNews declares war on Pope. http://t.co/ga7HXUDNrU #uniteblue
- Sun, 20:35: RT @Tigerfists88: #ripMadiba (PHOTO) http://t.co/IhecEz1aYH ..#news #p2 #TFB Obama #Mandela #PeoplesChamp.!!☺
- Sun, 20:44: RT @140elect: This is why the Pope scares Republicans: http://t.co/vghS0T7YuC #uniteblue
- Mon, 06:27: RT @amy10506: Why are we not surprised? - Morning Plum: Sequester will be lifted, but unemployed likely to be left behind http://t.co/nWemg…
- Mon, 06:28: Okla. Satanists seek monument by Statehouse steps http://t.co/6O41OQ79rz v @jay_lake Laws protect ALL religions equally.
- Mon, 07:41: RT @thinkprogress Fox guest encourages female host to quit, get married, have babies http://t.co/mRSNkdamGk Good Grief, these guys are nuts!
But I do just want to record this morning's incident, because I don't think it has ever happened to me before. I've been a lucid dreamer all my life, frequently aware that I was dreaming even as I dreamed; the passage from dreaming to waking is frequently marked by a transition from 3-D full-colour all-immersive action to frank narrative, text on a page and my own voice selecting it word by word; there is of course a long history of writers reworking their dreams into fiction; and nevertheless. This was the first time I have ever paused in mid-dream to think, "Y'know, this could surely be worked up into a YA novel..."
I will, of course, never write it; but it would have been called At the Back of the Sixth Wind, which was what a bell-boy said when he was directing me to a hidden stairwell in a troubled hotel; and what he meant was a door behind the number 6 on a great clockface, and the clock still worked but they had forgotten its purpose and thought it was a malfunctioning wind-gauge, because of course their winds came in a vertical plane, up or down the staircases and lift-shafts.
The latest of the Fiction River anthology series has come out, and I have a short story in this anthology! “Fox and Hound.”
Part of what I wrote for the intro:
“I wrote, and threw out, three other beginnings to this story. The process felt as though I was circling in, getting closer and closer, until I finally had Gou in the train station with his fare beside him. That theme continues throughout the story as well, circling and circling, as Gou tries to corner his prey.”
There will be more NEWS coming in a while.
It’s been a good year. And I’m anticipating that 2014 will rock as well.Crossposted from my website. If you'd like to comment, you can do so here or there.
On Twitter the feeling seems to be in favor of yellows and golds, red, earth tones, and (surprising me) violet/heather.
Kinnaird sounds similar, but I'd think more gold (nobility) & red (b/c, duh, werewolves) is in order
|Jacket Paquin, 1938-1940 Kerry Taylor Auctions|
I have to admit, the first colors that came to mind were purple-grey (heather), brown (wolf fur) and yellow (eyes)
I'm thinking violet for the full moon, gold and green for the heather fields, and red for the blood of fresh prey
Well here we have the MacConnell which could be the line the Maccons were split from...
On Facebook the discussion deviated:
Talia said definitely some hunter green involved...
Becky decided on history:
There are some surprisingly eye bending tartans out there. Some archaeological evidence suggests that the celts have favored bright colors for centuries. Also, it was during Queen Victoria's reign that the Scots got "rehabilitated" into something acceptable and the modern tartans were codified and associated with clans.
|Coat 1960s Timeless Vixen Vintage|
So what do you think?
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|Child Size Plaid Parasol 1920s|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|1840-1845 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Do as I say, not as I do! Anonymous librarians confess to breaking their own rules and a series of guilty pleasures.
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Print Edition Out Now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
El Blog Perdido de Laura (Spanish interview)
Quote of the Day:
And now Chuck is here to fix our new
I have a pretty good idea of some of it. I have a great big life-changing project that I'll start telling you all about in the new year. I have some things in motion that are equally life-changing that I likewise can't talk about online just yet. But it's a good sort of life-changing.
Mostly what I'm doing right now is using this liminal space to evaluate what I want, what I need, and what I am capable of. I have some plans germinating that will make my activism more efficient, for example. And I'm facing the fact that I really have to view everything in terms of efficiency, because I've accepted that my body is less functional than it's been and that it's unlikely to improve much. I have to look at what I'm capable of doing with my current average energy level, so I can be sure to use that energy most effectively. If I do get some radical improvement, great! But it does me no good to be frustrated with myself for not being able to do All The Things All The Time. Better to focus.
So I'm sitting with myself this week, and figuring out what comes next, what 2014 and beyond will look like for me. I feel good about this.
And we get Elayna back on Thursday, for almost a whole month! So much of the rest of December will be sitting with her in much the same way, sorting out all of the freshman-year feels, helping her focus on her goals.
Also baking cookies. There will be lots of baking. :)
Thankfully, Bash is still fine with being a solo cat. He continues to require a lot of attention from his humans, but he isn't yowling for a feline companion. Which is good. That's a thing I don't want to rush into.
So that's where I am.
The hose'll thaw out when the sun gets on it, after noon. Meantime, perhaps I should put on something warmer. *shudders*
- Sun, 14:33: I'm at 7 Stages Theatre - @7stagesatl (Atlanta, GA) http://t.co/PufL7TiWWd
- Sun, 14:33: I'm at Java Lords Coffee (Atlanta, GA) http://t.co/9X9JMh60BD
- Sun, 18:16: Burlesque Christmas Office Party! (at @JohnnysHideaway) http://t.co/QFArcRg0kC
- Sun, 22:09: Photo: Number 3 with a bullet of Fireball! http://t.co/ztlGtx7zCu
- Mon, 08:06: You may be more concerned about everyone else today than you a... More for Aries http://t.co/5im9eMvDPZ
- Mon, 11:20: I'm at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) (Clarkston, GA) http://t.co/mjdvTVcG8T