If you have a young child, or are around young humans, talk to them, about anything. Colors, sounds, descriptions and actions while playing, anything. Use all your words. My mother did this naturally with the four of us. She was a natural at it. As a result, we all talked to our children. You can't make up this ground later, they need a lot of words all the time from birth all through young years. This article was fascinating and informative and hell, if this helps then you can bet I will talk and play with any baby or young child who will let me. :) Um, not that I don't do that anyway. But now I can tell the puzzled parents why! LOL
It's strange to be home today. Like my mind and body haven't really caught on to the idea that I no longer work at that place. I'm glad I gave myself a few days to get used to it.
I had planned to flush out my system with a 3 day diet routine that I've worked up. It's very effective and I've used it before with no ill effects. I also had planned to go ahead and quit smoking today.
I'm thinking I'm trying to do too much at one time. I do want to quit smoking. I do need to clean my body out. I am also getting ready to be on a new schedule, with new people and places, with all that stress added, and as strange as it sounds I'm stressed to death about having left the job I had.
I'm not sure what to do, really. Maybe I need to just chill out today and let things stay the same. The point of 4 days between jobs was to give me a chance to unwind.
Yes, this sounds like a wiser course of action.
So, then my other plans for today are a massage and a trip to the grocery store! Then, I may be rearranging furniture at home! :)
Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don't plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.
In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because
If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.
Also, if you're coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.
Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
[ Google Maps ]
As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.
Donnie Reynolds (@dratz of Waterloo Productions) left yesterday. He was kind enough to finish cooking my momos Wednesday night when my feet gave out, but more importantly, interviewed me yesterday morning, then filmed the critique session for "Rock of Ages". It was good critique, a combination of solid criticism and some important story points, along with validation that the story was doing enough of what I wanted it to do.
My two regrets here at Rio Hondo are that my feet continue to be troublesome, and that my trailing sun sensitivity issues courtesy of my friend Vectibix have not only prevented me from hiking (which given the state of my feet is probably a bad idea anyway) but even from going outdoors at all. I continue to wrestle with the emotional fallout from the recent diagnosis, but being here at the world's greatest Writer Camp is allowing me to parse it in small bits while immensely enjoying my days.
Oddly, I'm not getting much writing or WRPA done. This done not bother me. I am on vacation, after all. I'm spending hours each day immersed in manuscripts and critique, and hours more in fascinating conversations about everything from Age of Sail combat to social media personae for authors. Not to mention publishing gossip, convention horror stories, plotting sessions and all the other things writers get to talking about when you cram us alone together in a few small rooms for a week.
Meanwhile, a few more photos of the faces of Rio Hondo:
The marmot what hangs out in the lower parking lot — I did not have my 300mm lens on the camera body at the time, unfortunately
Donnie Reynolds prepping the critique shoot
David Levine, of whom I finally got several good shots
Rick Wilbur pretending he doesn't notice the camera
Kim Zimring, reading
Daniel Abraham, reading
Diana Rowland and her Girl Power t-shirt
Jim Kelly going for the high angle shot
Oz Drummond, thoughtful
The entire Rio Hondo crew, thanks to Donnie Reynolds piloting the camera
Photos © 2013 Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Donnie Reynolds
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Donnie Reynolds is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Siderea's round-up on: Fraudulent Generic Medicine (this includes a WIDE variety of antibiotics, psych meds, pain killers, etc); Are your generics by Ranbaxy? Part I and Part II.
Via Malovich: Against Big Bird, The Gods Themselves Contend in Vain. Ha ha ha Sesame Street was cracked. This was canon, folks.
Christopher Lee has put out a second metal album about Charlemagne. It rather sucks but you should watch this video from it just because... well.... Christopher Lee + Metal + Charlemagne. Why not. I did and I don't want to suffer alone.
Via TheTimeSink: UCLA MSW Blog Dropbox of Therapy Books (specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Couples therapy, etc).
Edited to add: A card to send people when *you* are having a breakdown.
Berries, Washington state. Photo © 2008, 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.
Acoustic Levitation — This is seriously cool. (Via
Marketing to the Big Data Inside Us — In your DNA are clues to your health, your ancestry, and maybe even your purchasing preferences.
A molecular window on itch — Researchers discover chemical puppet master behind the need to scratch.
An Interplanetary GPS Using Pulsar Signals — Spacecraft could determine their position anywhere in the solar system to within five kilometres using signals from x-ray pulsars, say astronomers.
New Technique Could Probe Rocky Alien Planet Surfaces
Scientists: Arctic bacteria discovered on Earth may prove life could thrive on Mars
Glow-in-the-dark cockroach among top 10 new species of 2012
White tiger's coat down to one change in a gene
Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies
The Iraq War Wasn’t Inevitable — Nope. It was a trillion dollar war of choice based on knowingly false premises brought to you by leading conservatives. I wish more Republican voters understood those simple facts. But they watch FOX News and listen to Rush Limbaugh, so they never will.
C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift — Hmm...
Ignorance loves company: Four examples — Ignorance loves company. The truly stupid resent those who are not and won’t be satisfied until they’ve burned all the books, torn down the libraries, closed the universities, and made it impossible for anyone else not to share their own proud ignorance. Who could he be talking about? What segment of American culture and politics? I really cannot imagine, can you?
How Van Halen explains Obamacare, salmon regulation and scientific grants — This is why it's important to do nuance. Too bad Republicans have elected political vandals who proudly don't do nuance to dominate the House and derail the Senate. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Toomey's candor sheds light on post-policy party — "There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it." Speaking of the GOP as political vandals. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
President Obama and Counter-Terrorism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
QotD?: How was your dinner last night?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA editing, otherwise on workshop time)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: The Wee, Free Men by Terry Pratchett
"'Joscelin, is love supposed to make you feel like you're sick and dying, and mad enough to hit someone, and drunk with joy, and your heart's a boulder in your chest trying to burst into a thousand pieces, all at once?'
'Mm-hmm.' He finished his ale. 'That would be love.'"
~Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey