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What’s Happening? Well, there’s COVID-19. Obviously. At the start of this, experts were saying it would go on for two years. I thought, “No way.” Now, I’m not so sure. Too many of my fellow Americans lack the maturity to take a simple measure like wearing masks. The school where I work has the highest number of positive tests in our city. One whole classroom is just back from being quarantined, and another will return next week. The specter draws closer.

What I’m Working On. In the month of November, I finished up a couple of short story submissions for two small press anthologies. Those are submitted and I hope the editors like them. With that handled, I’ve started in on the third draft revisions of Prisoners of the Wailing Tower.

What’s Next? If I feel good about Prisoners after this draft, then my next project will be the fifth Minstrels of Skaythe novella. Then, come January, it will be time to start thinking whether we can have our science fiction convention, SpoCon, in person for 2021. Dare I hope?

Fun and Games. Animal Crossing had some fun special activities around Thanksgiving. That’s a game you can play forever, in a very low-key way. I also got to a good place with Fallout 4 and ended the playthrough with my character and her lover sitting by the fire in the cabin she built. I’ll be finishing out the year with my old favorite, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Normally I am not superstitious, but it really does feel like the year 2020 has been carrying a curse. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this one to be over!


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What’s Happening. School is back in session, and my extended summer break is over. My schedule has been upended, as happens every year. Currently, our district is learning remotely. We are going through many trainings. Some are related to health and safety, while others involve the technology we’re using for the said remote learning.

Wearing a mask for 7 hours straight is a bit of a pain, but not actually difficult. The one little annoyance is that when I take off the masks at the end of the day, they can cause my earrings to fall out. So far I have lost one earring from two different pairs. Clearly, I need to develop a strategy to prevent this.

What I’m Working On. The second draft of Prisoners of the Wailing Tower is complete and off with some beta readers. I am taking the time to spiff up my promotions for all the current novellas in the Minstrels of Skaythe series, in preparation for Plan B (see below).

What’s Next. Rather than push myself to publish Prisoners before it’s truly ready, I’m falling back on Plan B. That is to collect the first three novellas into a printed book, to be released in mid-November. Since the texts are already complete, it should come together fairly easily. Interior text on printed books is more finicky than e-books, but there’s plenty of time. My current task is to select cover art, make the titles, and begin to lay the cover out.

Fun and Games. Animal Crossing goes on. This is a relaxing game without a fixed end point — perfect for when things get tense. I am also beginning a playthrough of Fallout 4, a post-apocalyptic adventure. My husband and son have both started this game but abandoned it. We’ll see if I can last any longer.

This is Labor Day weekend, so I wish you all a relaxing holiday.


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