The Cancer Thing

Here’s the deal: Just Got home from the hospital after major surgery for a tumor. Why didn’t I say anything about this surgery/cancer thing earlier? Well… Frankly, the Internet has a tendency to be invasive, hysterical, and overly “helpful” and that was the last thing I could deal with after the totally out-of-the-blue news that I had a cancer. So I didn’t discuss this in public until now.

What I had: a neuroendocrine tumor of the ileum. Basically a rare tumor in my intestine, found on a routine medical test in mid September–right after DragonCon. It was a slow-growing cancer with a very low-impact which, initially, looked like no big deal. Later it looked much worse, then not so bad, then maybe not so good… so you understand why I didn’t make this public–there was so little that was really easy to understand or explain. Also, after a lot of tests and discussion, it looked as it the whole thing could be resolved with a fairly aggressive surgery and lightweight follow up. Which still appears to be the case.

That doesn’t mean I’m not still a cancer patient–I am. This is something that, even on the best case scenario, will have to be kept an eye on for life. But it’s not going to shorten my life terribly. Survival stats for this form of Neuroendocrine cancer are in decades, not months or years, so when my doctors and I talk, it’s about what may be coming up in 10-20 years and since I’m already 50, this isn’t going to affect me a lot more in the future. I’m pretty much done with the hard part, now that the surgery is over and I’ll be around for a good, long time. There will be follow up, there may be specialized treatment which has a very low impact and isn’t traditional chemo (since this stuff doesn’t respond to traditional methods worth a hoot.) Also, there’s no genetic link or causal trigger for this form of cancer, so it’s not something other people in my family or those I’ve worked with in specific circumstances or lived near have to fear–it’s not caused by radiation or chemicals or weird genetic experiments by clandestine government labs. It just happens. And NEC in all forms makes up only 2% of all cancers diagnosed in the US–of which my particular subtype is slightly less than half, or about 3,600-4,000 total patients in the US right now. There is a more aggressive form of NEC skin cancer that’s pretty terrible and mostly strikes people over 70, but that’s not what I have. I have the very boring, “indolent” variety that lurks about thinking bad thoughts and not doing much about it–like the world’s laziest supervillain.

The only reason this situation became a major surgery was that “Tumore´,” as I like to call it, had been quietly supervillaining away for a while and had sent some troops off to visit my liver, which meant the surgeon had to do some serious combat there and it’ll be a while before I’m really back on my feet. But it appears that we’ve won the major battle. So now I’m going back to take some pain pills, drink a lot of water, and get a nap.

Be well–and see your doctor regularly!

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More Busy-ness

I had a lovely time at WFC and B’con and saw lots of old friends, met some new folks, inflicted myself on a great many people, went to amazing places, eavesdropped on great conversations, chatted up writers, editors, archivists, and museum docents, and slept less than I should have, but more than I wanted. Now I shall make up for all that lost sleep–I shall be having surgery on Wednesday and thus, be absent again for a little while. Be good while I’m gone!

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The Sound of Squeeing….

I’ve just arrived in Long Beach for Bouchercon after a week in Washington DC for World Fantasy Convention to discover…. Oh my *Squeeee*! My book has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding! And look at the company I’m in (Jeaniene Frost, Anne Bishop, Jenn Bennett, C.E. Murphy, Kim Harrison, Stephen Blackmoore, and Jennifer Estep)! *kermitflail* Oh boy! Oh my gosh. (they’re right: it really is a thrill just to be nominated. *squeeee*)

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Wandering after WFC

After WFC, Stina Leicht and I went to look at the Smithsonian and other things around the National Mall in Washington DC. First we were greeted by a horse playing The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (quite well) on electric cello at L’Enfant Metro station. horsecelloDC2014

On the way back to the hotel, we saw the capitol dome–undergoing renovation and looking rather like a Lego construction under its scaffolding–just as the sun started to set.

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We noted that the capitol reflecting pool is behind the building so the statue of Columbia is facing the other way (toward the Library of Congress), which prompted me to wonder if she was thinking, “Does this building make my butt look big…?”

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Me, Blithering

Oh my gosh… here I am, blithering away about Greywalker and Harper Blaine and things Kat while at DragonCon this year.

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Stuff Continues…

At the moment I’m revising the SF Thriller and I’ve just completed my ridiculously complicated transportation reservations for World Fantasy Convention (in Washington DC) and Bouchercon (in Long Beach) next month. After that, I have some medical stuff to attend to which will take me offline for quite a while starting in late November. With luck and diligence, I’ll finish the revision before the end of the year, but I’m not sure at this point.

Also: I’ll be doing a signing with my friend Dave Morrison and his friend Dave Davies on December 19 at the Barnes and Nobel in Bellevue Washington from 4 pm to… probably 6-ish. Last chance to buy signed Greywalker books before Christmas and meet two really cool new authors! Updates on the medical stuff will come later. Hoping to see some of you at one of these upcoming events!

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The Old Thesaurus

So… I’ve been working on a story that’s set during Prohibition and part of it takes place during World War 1. When I was looking up a word for a friend I realized I had the book and that it’s perfect for the context and content of the period so I got it off the shelf and started browsing through it. It’s worth nothing in dollars, but the information and the presentation are a wealth of wonder. Click the photo or this link to see the Album on Google +.

1924 Thesaurus

The cover of my 1924 Thesaurus

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Schedule Update

Update to my DragonCon Sunday schedule: I’ll be doing two signings back to back!

Title: Supernatural Thrillers: Mystery & Suspense in UF
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin
Description: Authors discuss the importance of the elements of mystery and suspense in their work.

Signing: With J.F. Lewis
Time: Sunday, 12:30 pm, Location: Larry Smith Books, Booth 103

Signing: With Faith Hunter (Whoohoo!)
Time: Sunday, 2 pm, Location: Missing Volume booth 328, 329, 330 in the yellow section on the second floor of the Americasmart

Title: Monster Menagerie: Supernatural Variety in UF
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin
Description: Urban Fantasy features a wide range of supernatural beings, often in the same book. Authors discuss their diverse approaches.

Title: Light in the Darkness: Humor in UF
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin
Description: Authors in the genre often use humor, and this panel of authors will explain why they do so, and what type they employ.

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Praise from the Sci Fi Chick!

Got a nice review of Revenant: “With plenty of suspense, intrigue, adventure and drama – there is plenty of surprise along the way. This was an impressive and satisfying conclusion to a terrific series.” from SciFi Chick.com Thank you!

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Dragon*Con 2014 Schedule

Below is my Dragon*Con schedule (I shall be off getting in trouble on Saturday)

Title: A Magical Place: Setting in UF
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Authors in the genre discuss how setting impacts the world of their stories

Title: Protagonist Professions in UF
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Authors share how the daytime/mundane jobs their characters hold impact their supernatural existence.

Title: Supernatural Thrillers: Mystery & Suspense in UF
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Authors discuss the importance of the elements of mystery and suspense in their work.

Signing: With Faith Hunter (Whoohoo!)
Time: 2 pm, Location: Missing Volume booth 328, 329, 330 in the yellow section on the second floor of the Americasmart

Title: Monster Menagerie: Supernatural Variety in UF
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Urban Fantasy features a wide range of supernatural beings, often in the same book. Authors discuss their diverse approaches.

Title: Light in the Darkness: Humor in UF
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Authors in the genre often use humor, and this panel of authors will explain why they do so, and what type they employ.

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Revenant Reviewed

Oh look: The Reading Cafe has a review of Revenant (and a contest that ends today)! Alas, the poor reviewer had to jump in without having read any of the previous books and still liked it.”…an exciting storyline, with a wonderful heroine.” Not bad at all.

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What’s the Big Idea?

It appears I have a Big idea, care of the very generous John Scalzi.

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