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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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This will be just a quick recap of what I’ve been working on so far in 2020. I had a goal to finish a short story, and I did it. “It’s a Dirty Job” is a chill science fiction that ended up around 2,500 words. It was intended for my children’s pen name, Lucy D. Ford. Unfortunately, the youth magazines don’t want work over 2,000 words. So it’s on submission under my own name. Poor Lucy will have to wait.

I also began work on my fourth Minstrels of Skaythe novella. The tentative title is Prisoners of the Wailing Tower. So far I’ve got around 1,000 words, which barely puts a toe into it. I’m loving the way the setting has come together, but the POV character is fairly blank. Come on, Alemin, work with me!

When I get home from my day job, I have a little time set aside for video games. My current game is Fallout 76, which was a Christmas gift. My character has emerged after 25 years in a fallout shelter into what was West Virginia. It’s a survival game, so I have to search for food, water and shelter while exploring what happened above ground during the 25 years.

In most of these games, you go around the villages and get quests from people. Here, there are no people left. The only humans are other players, but I prefer a solo game, so I leave them alone. I can follow the story by finding audio tapes and newspapers. I’m enjoying a game that’s less scripted and forces me to think rather than rush into situations. However, my character dies a lot and I can lose some resources I’ve collected. One more thing to plan for in Appalachia.


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