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Slight improvements

My check for the Hub stories finally came through. It figures that the one time I really needed the check to come sooner, it ended up taking exceptionally long to arrive. Still, the folks at the publisher were helpful and responsive when I asked for an update, so I don’t think there’s anyone to blame; it’s just one of those things. And at least it came before tax day, which is good. And it gives me a bit more of a cushion while I seek out other income. We’re getting closer to the Kickstarter for Among the Wild Cybers — it should be starting around the end of the month and running through May. (The cover art is being worked on now, so it won’t be long before I can show it.) I could still use some more income in the interim to tide me over until it’s done, but at least I have more time to spare now.

I’d all but given up on the check’s arrival yesterday afternoon, because I’d gone out for a walk and seen that the mail carrier was already at our building complex and coming back to his truck, so I figured he’d already delivered the letters and was just finishing up with some package deliveries. But the better part of an hour later, I heard the sound of the mailboxes in the front hall being opened and filled, and when I checked, there was my payment at last. I guess the mailman does packages first and saves letters and such for last — and I guess I underestimated how long it takes to deliver mail to a large apartment complex. If I’d just been more patient, I would’ve saved myself a lot of worry and double-checking.

My hip is also getting better. I had a bit of a resurgence of the pain a couple of days ago, but yesterday I was able to move pretty normally and even go for the aforementioned walk, plus the subsequent walk to the bank to deposit my check. So that’s a relief. And it’s good timing, with the weather around here finally improving.

I’ve been working on a short-short story to submit to one of those anthologies I mentioned last week, but I’m not entirely happy with it yet. There’s too much monologuing from the viewpoint character up front compared to the dialogue/conflict later on, and I’d like to rework it to shift the balance in the other direction, but that might require a wholesale rethinking. And I’m still not sure it’s the best story I can offer. The anthology’s taking submissions throughout the month, so I still have time to try to come up with something better. But it means postponing the other project I had been planning on writing next. Arrgh, I wish I weren’t so slow. I see some of my colleagues on Facebook talking about writing or selling several stories per month, and I envy them.

Oh, one of the rods on the Venetian blinds in my bedroom came loose yesterday. Apparently there’s a plastic clamp that holds the rod on the end piece from the inside, and one of its “legs” broke loose, and I don’t have any superglue to mend it. But some creative use of duct tape provided an inelegant but functional fix. Where would we be without duct tape?

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