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Sep 04 2011

Cleaning up around the bloghouse

While this blog does sometimes feel like all cancer, all the time, I do remind myself that one, I get a lot of good feedback on most of the cancer posts, and some of them seem to be actually touching people’s lives in positive ways (and even a couple of times in life-saving ways, a humbling thought indeed).  Two, everything is connected in our lives; you can’t dissect out one thing to talk about and not have it lead to something else similar or related, especially in the case of cancer, which affects everything else in your life and extends out into other lives that touch yours as well, whether you want it to or not.  And three, it’s obvious I’m making effort to not have this space be all about cancer, even though I plan to keep blogging regularly about it, and how it has and does affect me.  I think writing about it matters to me and to others and makes some kind of difference in the world, even if I won’t always see and know what that diffference might be.

Since I’m also a writer and it is a writer’s blog, I’ll be taking the kind suggestions of a few loved ones and cleaning up around the blog a bit, making some organizational changes for better ease of reading and following the various threads.  Those of you here for the Cancer Chronicles might want an easier way to skip the Weekend Links, for example (though most of those are pretty darn cool).  It’s obviously going to be a slow, convalescent work in progress, hampered by a particularly annoying cat, continued exhaustion to the point of sleeping on the computer, and other such things, up to and including attempts to post up some fiction left lying around collecting some dust.  I’ll be deciding what to keep sending out, what to give away for free here, and what to retire as early pre-cancer works made untouchable through time and trauma. Glad to see most of you plan to stick around, but for now I must change dressings and measure fluids and other such exciting post-surgical shenanigans.

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Jul 01 2008

Hit the ground running and don’t look down

Published by under Life,W(h)IP list,Writing

Forget your legs and feet are numb, trust your body is where it is and you’ll find the sensation again.


July is a packed month in an entirely different way from June. No cons, not much leaving the house, but tons of shop work, house work, and most (and best) of all, writing work! I spent 5 hours in work meetings today, largely positive and a good start to a busy and balanced month. We’ve spent probably that much time again talking here at the Dream Cafe about our pet collaborative project this evening, both in and out of the hot tub.

I’m going to attempt to list my works in progress and (very roughly) when they will be done. Once I write the next blog entry I’ll probably move this data to “My Writing” page so I can monitor my progress better. (I also use the submissions tracker over at for a different way of tracking what is out where. What with all the traveling I’m down to barely anything at all circulating for publication. This can’t go on!) Plus I have to learn to balance collaborative and personal projects, lay in those good habits right at the start so I’ll have less integration problems later.

Therefore, in order of when they need to be done…

* a short story for consideration in an anthology due July 31 (already have notes, general ideas of characters and plot, and it’s been cooking for a month in my head. This one will be drafted quite soon.)

* meeting with mom about big brain business fun, preferably first meeting in sometime in July (if Kit and I can gather notes in timely fashion)

* 21st century storytelling paper (collaborating with Kit O’Connell) due September 25 (also need presentation ready)

* story of some length no shorter than a short story but potentially up to novel length, from collaborative project, due at same time as paper (preferably before; looks like I’ll be branching out into learning to write a mystery story. Fun!)

* other diverse collaborative project bits, due same as above two

* magical realism story with the twins, due as soon as it gels enough to write

* Elliot’s story, due as soon as I figure out major structural horribleness

* novel-in-progress, first draft due end of December at latest (I solved the Chapter 7 problem: I’m ignoring it, leaving it in outline form, and moving on to chapter 8. I’ll be wading through with editorial scythe once the draft is done anyway; so far there are about two chapters that approach anything resembling “good”.)

* other sundry projects, both related to the novel and not, due whenever they jump out of my head and onto the page

This doesn’t mention at all the 5 single-spaced pages of poem and story ideas that could demand brain space at any time, nor all the writing ideas I hide in my LJ and forget to tag. I think that should keep me busy for at least a month or two, yes?

Didn’t get to phone or climbing shoe errands today, hopefully tomorrow.

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