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24 December 2016 @ 05:19 pm
 
Christmas Eve, as a difficult and painful year is ending. Windy here, and chilly for California (my friend Laurie, who grew up in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho in a cabin which was heated only by a wood-stove, sneers at me if I say, "It's cold."). I look forward to a quiet evening watching something simple and pleasant on TV - "American Graffiti," or possibly "Godzilla" - and rising early to do the Family Thing: the first Christmas without my Dad.

I will tender my usual apologies for not being better about posting this year. I feel a bit like I've fallen off the planet, and have not seen nearly as much of my friends as I'd wish, something I'll try to remedy in the new year. I find I'm still not back to 100% of my energy after having pneumonia almost two years ago (my friends who've also done that have warned me this is perfectly usual); I get tired more easily, and am grossly behind on my writing, mostly due to losing the summer to Dad's illness. I don't go back to teaching until February 6, so with luck will catch myself up. I'm pleased - and mildly surprised - that I DID complete a book this year, the World War One Zombie Apocalypse novel "Pale Guardian," (7th in the Asher and Ysidro series) which, people tell me, is already on sale in the U.K., so I'm looking forward to getting copies any time. I also managed to do a couple of novelettes for Amazon, including a Ben January story involving the infamous Moon Hoax of 1837. Again, with luck, I hope to get a couple more up early in the new year.

Many thanks for your patience and support. I wish all my friends here a happy holiday - I would say the cats with you one also, but that would be a lie and you all probably know it. The cats don't give a crap about anything but their dinner. (They'll all spend the day in lock-down tomorrow, and serve them right).

Merry Christmas to all, and to all good-night.
 
 
 
Elizabeth McCoy: 10of30archangelbeth on December 25th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Sleep well!
Sovay: Rotwangsovay on December 25th, 2016 07:17 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to all, and to all good-night.

May it be an easy Christmas for you as well as a merry one. Goodnight!
martianmooncrab: pic#59898509martianmooncrab on December 25th, 2016 10:24 am (UTC)
the ElRey channel has nothing but Godzilla movies all weekend...

yeah, holidays are hard once we know what we are truly missing
eglantine_breglantine_br on December 25th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh, Godzilla sounds good. It has been a crap year in general I think. May the next one be better for all of us... I will look for the WWI zombies. Thank you for the hard work of making us stories.
John Louis: Applause Colbertgrail76 on December 25th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
As long as keep writing the pace is less important.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.