It must be the season or something. I’m back off to NIH on Tuesday for surgery followed by some extensive and fairly brutal immunotherapy. As recently discussed, this is a very expensive process for me and my family. Not the treatments themselves, which are covered by NIH at no cost to me, but the expense of having my caregivers in Maryland for five weeks while I am being treated. Not to mention the expense already incurred during our two-week visit for enrollment.
Premiums are still being organized. There has been some excellent generosity from various donors, and I’ve put a dozen copies of The January Machine in myself. Hopefully by Monday that will all be up on the fundraising site.
I have very mixed feelings about tapping the generosity of my friends and fans again, but this is where we are. Still fighting for my life, slowly losing, but trying everything we can.
Do you support diversity in science fiction and fantasy? If so, you will want to know that two publicist, Ellen B. Wright (with Orbit) and Faye Bi (with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) will be running the NYC Marathon to raise money to start a Diverse Worlds Grant, administered by the Speculative Literature Foundation, aimed at helping writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing.
If you are ever in New York City, the KGB reading series started by Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel is a fantasic destination; it’s held in a cozy environment with good people and is a great way to spend some time.
Author and Hugo Award-winning fan writer Jim C. Hines, he of the Women and Fantasy Covers post, is at it again…only this time in the name of charity.
Jim has launched an annual fundraiser to benefit the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. What he’s offering is brand new cover poses like the one above. The more that’s donated, the more he’ll do. John Scalzi is in on this and figures into the tiered poses.
Check out Jim’s post Cover Posing for a Good Cause for more information.