August 28th seems like a long long time ago. That was the day I left downtown from PAX and then out of my control ended up spending three weeks completely unplugged from work and focused on Remy. It seems like six months ago.
The good news is that ever so slowly and ever so slightly, Remington is improving. He started out by making a few platelets, getting him out of the uncontrolled hemorrhage scenario. Today he’s got more white blood cells than he has before. He’s at home alert and bright and active. He’s not in any pain or anything, and the doctors feel he’s doing well enough clinically to increase one of his treatments to speed up his recovery. He doesn’t even appear now to know that he’s sick, which is a huge leap from where he was two weeks ago.
Rochelle and I however are exhausted. But our friends and family both local and on the Internet have really been what’s kept us going. Anything could still happen to Remy, so we’re cautious about the fact he’s far from out of the woods. But the support has helped.
People have asked how they can donate to help Remington. When I first started getting this request on Twitter I couldn’t really process it. It never occurred to me that people would be so unbelievably generous to want to donate.
One of the things being completely unplugged from work let me do was think a lot, and work on my audio book. I only just got back into work a couple of days ago and digging through the mountain of email took a day and a half by itself. But now that he’s a little better and I can incorporate some work back in, I’m making the push to finish the audio book.
I wrote in the first blog post about Remy being sick that Rochelle and I are fortunate enough to be able to afford his treatment, but that being such a first world thing that I would commit to spending an equal amount on a charity of my choice.
I’m very pleased to announce that the audio version of my book, A Microsoft Life will most likely be available in mid October. 100% of the proceeds from the audiobook at least until the first of the year will go to two very important things. Half the proceeds from the audiobook will go to Remington’s treatment. The other half will go to Child’s Play. I’ve already been in contact with the folks at Child’s Play and they are really excited to be a part of this.
Those of you who have already purchased the book version might ask yourself why you should buy the audio version? (By the way the title of the audiobook is “A Microsoft Life: The Audiobook Expanded Edition with Bonus Material and Surprises (Abridged)” because I did leave out some chapters it made no sense to record.)
Well in addition to me performing the chapters from my book, a special e-copy of the book, scans of the cover that was in development, original music, all new bonus chapters and some pictures of Remington with his thanks, I can *promise* you that if you are a fan of w00tstock type activities, some very special guests have lent their time to the book.
I can’t say anything else just yet. The price should be somewhere around 15 dollars or less, and the delivery format will be a .zip file with all the goodies and the audio done in 192k MP3. I don’t know if I will be able to break out the Child’s Play amount to be tax deductible due to how I plan to deliver the audiobook, but I will try and keep people apprised of running totals here on the page. Hey if it becomes a big enough deal I would love to present Child’s Play with one of those big oversized checks at the dinner in December!
So there you go. For those who wish to donate to Remington’s treatment you will soon be able to do that AND donate to Child’s Play AND get yourself a nifty audio book with some special guests and fun!
I will announce more details very soon!