Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2014

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!

Yours,

Alden Loveshade

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

 

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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11 Responses to Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2014

  1. Tom T. Trucker says:

    You know not all of us read Korean or whatever that is. You want to translate that for Americans?

  2. Christian Andy says:

    It sounds like you have gone through a lot this year. May God bless you in 2015 and the rest of this year.

  3. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    I’m very sorry about your losses. I really look forward to seeing the new books and hope you can use my art. I hope we see you Christmas day!

  4. Fairy Princess Yoshikyoko says:

    I’m sorry about Yahoo and your family. But I know you’re doing great on other writing. And I know which book you’re editing! 😉

  5. Miley Spears says:

    Daddy is so brave and so creative. I love you Daddy! And he’s also my son! <3 😉

  6. Dharma says:

    You’ve had a hard year. I hope your mother and brother are doing better. And you are so quotable!

  7. Hold on Alden! Things will get better! 🙂

  8. Pet Girl says:

    Yahoo should just hire you Alden. You write better than their writers!

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