Thursday, November 29, 2012

Closer and Closer

As I write this, the Mayan calendar is only 23 days from coming to a close. Guess I need to hurry and get those submissions in.

Me with Maria and the grands. Dylan, Daisy, Christal, Joseph, and Candy
November has been a month for family. We've had visits from parents, children, nephews, nieces, grandkids, grandnieces... and lots and lots of friends. It has been a great month, one I'll not soon forget. I learned a lot about how precious our time is with each other.

I have been struggling with a nasty session of gout for the last several days. As I get older, healing takes longer. In the past the gout only had me down for a couple of days. This one is coming up on a week without a sign of slowing. I've heard cherries help. Lord knows aspirin doesn't. They call it the rich man's curse. Wonder which rich man cursed me with it?

The blog tour for Traitor Angel came to a close after a very successful run. I am quite pleased with the response the book got from the reviewers. Many thanks to Seventh Star Press and everyone who participated in the tour. I am very lucky to have connected with a publisher that spends so much energy promoting their authors.

Looking forward to the December release of Dreams of Steam III from Kerlak Publishing which contains my short story The Last Frontier.  No word yet on the release date for the Big Bad Anthology edited by John Hartness. I received a couple of rejection slips, one from Seventh Star Press for their apocalyptic anthology and one from Prime Books for the Aliens: Recent Encounters anthology. I want to thank the editors for their comments in the notes. I will keep their advice in mind in future. Still working on stories for five other anthologies and just sent in a flash fiction piece to Quantum Muse for their consideration.

I won't be posting again until the end of December, so by then we'll know whether this blog will continue. At risk of offending everyone: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah! Remember the reason for the season has nothing to do with Walmart or Zales.

Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry!