Yes, it’s time once again for what you’ve been waiting for all year: an end of the year letter from me!
This has been another year of ups and downs. My freelance gig writing and taking photos for Yahoo, including Yahoo News and even Yahoo Sports (OK, one article on treading water–hey, I’m a sports writer!), is over. It’s not just me; Yahoo cut their contributor program. I actually sold them an article the very last day they accepted contributor articles. It wasn’t earning me a whole lot of money, but getting lots of little checks was nice, and being able to say I was writing professionally for Yahoo was pretty cool.
But I got some stories and articles published, am beginning to edit a book, and am looking to publish another. And I perhaps reached my solo guerilla editing pinnacle this year. Forget my pointing out errors to megacorporations and the U.S. government. I finally hit the big time: I got a missive from an associate editor at Merriam-Webster that they will review and almost certainly make changes I suggested to a future edition of the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. Compared to that, correcting the IRS is nothing.
More seriously, I lost an uncle and a cousin. My mom had heart surgery twice, but after three months went back home. One of my brothers has been in longer, and right now is in a rehabilitation/nursing home about 500 miles away.
Less seriously, The Loveshade Family was featured as the Ace of Hearts in the Flying Buffalo deck of cards distributed at some of the biggest gaming conventions in America. And I’m finding myself quoted on increasingly divergent websites, ranging from New York University to Daily Inspiration to Grossmont College to Gunlaws.com to Wikiquote.org. I even found myself on one or two Indonesian sites translated into “Kebencian itu seperti api, ia membakar siapa saja yang memegangnya.” Did I say that?
But everything I’ve done this year pales in comparison to one thing: I figured out how to put up a mailbox. Sweet!
Wonderful Christmas, Great Kwanzaa, Merry Chanukah, Happy Yule, Fine Winter/Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!
Any opinion of a member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
Public domain image by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration