In the bleak midwinter, etc.
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I first wrote the above passage way back in 2017, and I rediscovered it last month when I started editing the manuscript in question. This particular scene deals with a long-distance relationship that two characters are trying to make work, but obviously the sentiment goes beyond that and is pretty poignant right now during the pandemic.

(Yes, this is the third Kangaroo book, and no, I don't know when it will be finished, much less published. One step at a time.)

As I write this newsletter, the initial doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, and one of our friends, a practicing physician with Kaiser Permanente, is scheduled to get her first jab on Friday. The end is, if not in sight, at least that much closer.

Speaking of which, I'll be taking the next couple of weeks off to... maybe not celebrate, exactly, but certainly to rest, and also reflect on what I've been able to do this year, writing-wise.

2020: What Happened

The big news, I suppose, is the two Serial Box series that I worked on: Malka Older's Ninth Step Station, season 2; and Fran Wilde's Machina, season 1 (featuring robot rescue dog Pseudo, a character who in any other year would have been a huge fan favorite, that's my headcanon).

SB also did an audio reprint of my short story "It's Machine Code."

I had two original short fiction pieces published: "One of Our Angels is Missing" in the Devil's Ways anthology, and "Unwrapping the Moon" on the Toasted Cake podcast. 

I did okay-ish on my commitments to post new stuff every month for my Curious Fictions subscribers and Patreon supporters. Thank you to everyone who's following me on those platforms.

I did less okay on getting another novel finished. (I worked on revising the contemporary fantasy for a while, and have now put it on hold while I deal with Kangaroo.)

We'll do better next year.

What's Next

I hope that you and yours have a safe, comfortable, and reasonably pleasant holiday season (since "happy" seems to be off the table for so many of us). If you have the means, please help others as you can.

Anyway, I'll be mostly offline until January, so don't @ me or anything.

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