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This is a good day

Look what the UPS guy just dropped off!

(That’s my phone screen reflected in the cover, so technically this is one of those infinity images…)

Yes, I finally have my author copies of Arachne’s Crime! Now I can confirm the page numbers on my annotations, so expect a major website update very soon.

Also today, I finally got my manuscript delivery advance for my next Star Trek novel, which hopefully will be announced before much longer. Once again, I managed to get an advance just in the nick of time before I ran out of money to pay my bills. And this really should be the last time I get that close to the brink, because I’m already working on that other big project I’ve been hinting at, which should be announced later this month. That project, along with my other various, increasingly diverse sources of writing income, should bring me enough over the next year to pay off my debts at last. Beyond that, my long-term goal will be to keep earning enough to accumulate some real savings for the future, and I hope I can continue to gain Patreon subscribers and novel buyers to help me out with that. But I can finally be confident that I’ve broken the cycle of climbing a little way up from the brink and then sliding back again.

Also today, I got a book sent to me as a gift from my cousin, a Harley Quinn graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki, who’s new to me but whom I’ve heard good things about. I’m glad my cousin texted me to remind me, since I was distracted by the whole Arachne thing, and by trying to get my selfie to work. (My new phone is very hard to keep a grip on when it’s out of its makeshift case. Why do they make these things so slippery? Probably to make more money selling phone cases.)

And of course, today is the day the Electoral College makes it official, and the day people start receiving the first COVID vaccines. So it feels like today — Monday, December 14, 2020 — is the official beginning of the end of the bad times, although climbing back up will still take time and work, both for me and for the country.

  1. December 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Her She-hulk run was great.

    Don’t knock cases, my mobile is nearlly fiive years old and looks like ir’s new.

    • December 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      I’m not knocking cases, I’m knocking the difficulty of holding the phone without one. It wasn’t a problem with my old Galaxy Mini, but this one’s longer and heavier, and the case is much slicker, though that’s probably because it hasn’t accumulated any surface wear.

      Sometimes it strikes me how odd it is that these devices designed to be handheld are so poorly shaped for holding in the hands. I understand the need for a flat screen, but maybe a more rounded body behind the screen would be more ergonomic. Or at least some kind of fold-out handle.

      • December 15, 2020 at 5:12 am

        True that. And adding cases to the already unwieldily huge ‘phones being knocked out at the moment would probably be impractical.

    • December 14, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Oh, I just realized, I did read Tamaki’s SHE-HULK run back in October. I didn’t place the name.

  2. December 14, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    So glad they arrived in good order! Ours just got here today as well. Just got back from the post office, in fact, from shipping a bunch of backer rewards 🙂 Getting there!

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