2020 is coming to a close–for many of us, it’s been a long year.
This year I published various pieces, including a story for an anthology called Exchange Students that led to me–and one of my characters–getting interviewed. I’m editing a book that’s nearly finished; copy edited some books; and am looking to get a book that’s out of print republished. My writing appeared on half of the 10-most-visited websites in America! (OK, I’m cheating there–those include Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter…).
As of this writing, the second draft of a GURPS roleplaying book about elves that I queried about doing in mid 2019 was accepted and is awaiting peer review in January 2021. Then I’ll write a final draft, and hopefully the book will be published some time in 2021. (These things take time.)
The day after the deadline for the above book’s first draft, my doctor sent me to the emergency room. I had open-heart surgery, had follow-ups with an in-person X-ray and a virtual visit with the surgeon, but am now back to normal (whatever that is).
Tragically, my writer and artist friend Michael Viviano aka Kilmore, who helped with the elves book, got COVID-19 and didn’t survive. It appears he tried following proper guidelines–but someone who didn’t know they had the virus did not.
I sent in my third suggested change to a definition in Merriam-Webster; while my first two suggested changes had been accepted, I’m waiting to hear on the third (“blue moon“).
On animal news, I had a curious kitten get its head stuck in a jar; fortunately, people at the veterinarian’s office got it out. My next-door neighbors still have four legs and say “moo;” but now some of them moved in. I saw a large raccoon procuring food for three smaller raccoons–from my cat food bin. And I found something oddly appropriate in the burn barrel where I set paper and cardboard trash on fire–a fire ant mound.
I’ve attended more conventions this year than ever–online, that is. And I went to my first online graduation, and my first online wedding. A two-year class action suit where my potential award was up to $600 finally concluded. The result: I got a check for $8.34. Woo hoo!
Happy Christmas, Merry Chanukah, Nice Kwanzaa, Cool Yule, Fine Winter/Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!
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Graphics by Alden Loveshade.