Personal Update

So I still haven’t had a chance to watch Episode 2 yet (although I will do so tomorrow I promise). If you’d like to know why I haven’t been posting much this week, I wrote a blog piece at my other place of business.

The TLDR is that I’m back now and normal posting will resume shortly.



16 thoughts on “Personal Update

  1. Evelyn Newman says:

    Great that you’re up for this Steven.

  2. sambocyn says:

    shit. there’s cancer in my family and it sucks.

    despite the severity of amputation, I’m happy about the outcome, must’ve have been very. I hope the cancer hasn’t metastasized or anything, and that there aren’t any more complications. thank you so much for everything you’ve written. for me, asoiaf has two authors: George and you.

    (you were more productive on chemo than i ever am on coffee haha. and now you can block swords with a kick )

  3. fjallstrom says:

    I am sorry to hear about the cancer, glad to hear it is better (though amputation is a rough deal).

    I came across your blog when I dove into the beautiful world of asoiaf-meta in search for distraction. I have an ongoing condition that causes quite a lot of pain and sometimes I need quite a lot of distraction to be able to fall asleep. But it can’t be upsetting and it must be intellectually engaging or it doesn’t work. So my highest praise is that your writing has put me to sleep more than once.

    I hear you about health care. In my own search for treatment I have been very thankful to have been born in a country with public financed health care. One less thing to worry about. But I relate about the frustration of seeing idiotic and evil proposals, in particular when one is to low on energy to even write about it. Looking forward to the post about neoliberalism, I think this recent article – – has a good approach and might be useful.

    Not to worry though, I am now much better than I used to be. One of the things that has made things better for me is running regularly, so I don’t know how I would cope with losing a leg. I hope you get (or already got) a really good prosthetic leg.

    • fjallstrom says:

      Oh, one more thing. You had a Tumblr ask about Machiavelli. I would recommend “The essential writings of Machiavelli” by Peter Constantine. You get a nice translation of The Prince, with enlightening footnotes and you get selected parts of Discourses on Livy and various letters. Gives a much fuller understanding of Machiavelli then just reading The Prince.

  4. I’m hoping for your return to the best of health ± 1 BTK amputation. I’m dreadfully sorry to hear it came to that, though. If there’s anything I can do to be helpful, let me know.

  5. Stannisthemannis says:

    Just wanna say how glad and thankful I am Steven. I’ve learned a great deal about ASOIAF and of course the history by reading your perfect blog..
    Again I’m glad that you’re better now and I do pray to the God for your full and complete recovery.
    God bless you & yours man.

  6. Keith B says:

    It’s good to hear that you’re recovering, unfortunate that your illness wasn’t resolved more agreeably. It seems that you have a way to go yet with the prosthesis and physical therapy. I hope you can fully recover quickly and without further setbacks. Good luck!

  7. thatrabidpotato says:

    Well, uh…. that’s pretty awful. Why didn’t you say something before? I had no idea. I’m glad the worst is over with, I hope everything is better and that you’re able to adjust to the prosthetic as quickly as possible. Praying for you, bro.

  8. apolotresse says:

    Mr. Attewell, I’m very sorry about your leg. I hope is for the best and that you come fully back to your regular life and writing. If it gives you some comfort, I managed to convince the ASOIAF Book Club in DC to restart the series using the RFTIT analyses as companions for the first two books, so you’ll have probably some Kindle purchases for support. Hopefully, RFTIT Vol III (ASoS) will be available by the time we finish going through the first two Volumes. Best wishes!

  9. Big Dave says:

    Sorry to hear about your troubles, but I’m thrilled to see you’re going to be okay and that you appear to be in such positive spirits. Half a leg is a high price to pay for anything, but no price would be too high to keep you breathing, blogging and living life. The prosthetic sounds amazing; I hope that it works out for you. And might I suggest… IRON PATRIOT livery!

  10. Rufus Leek says:

    Sorry to hear about your leg. That’s some scary stuff. I had my own cancer scare 15 years ago but I was lucky enough to get out with only a scar that no one ever sees.

  11. undercat says:

    Hey Steven, you don’t know me from Eve, but I’m genuinely sorry to hear about your cancer, and wish you the best in recovery.

  12. easgrierson says:

    Mother of Pearl! I am so sorry for what you’ve been going through, and so happy you’re well enough to come back.

  13. Sister Winter says:

    Blimey!!! Whilst sorry to hear you’ve been through something so horrible, really pleased that your treatment has been successful and that you’re on the road to recovery at last. Wishing you all the best Steven and looking forward to more of your excellent ASOIAF analysis xxx

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