Life and Death

What a crazy day. I had seven kids in the house for a while.

Robert’s memorial service was this evening. It was quite a moving ceremony. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone. The cathedral was packed, as if George Bailey himself had left us. At least Robert’s suffering is over. He was two months younger than me.

All the people Art has fired from Oklahoma Shitty University were there and we had a nice reunion. And yes, the soulless one himself was there and made a point of shaking my hand. I did not curse, but I barely looked at him as we shook. The associate chaplain for the university was there, too, and said she had been quite surprised to learn I’d “left” OCU. Yeah.

I got three more freelance assignments today. Two are from OKC Business, which is my usual bi-weekly gig, but the third is a pitch I made to Renaissance Magazine, a publication I wrote for when it began about 10 years ago but haven’t done anything for in a long, long time. More importantly, though, I was asked to submit my resume for consideration for a freelance job with a major corporation. That could be a sweet deal if it comes through.

I forgot to mention this yesterday, but Keith Stokes posted some Conestoga 9 photos online. The link will take you to the only one I’m in. (Hint: I’m the goofy looking one.)

See the new avatar? It’s a detail from the new cover of Shara. Nathan over at Scrybe Press says he’s working very hard to have the new version ready for Horrorfind next month. He also plans to have Seven Days in Benevolence out by early September.

Not all news is good, though. Our 1995 Ford Windstar is about to lose the transmission. It’s got over 150,000 miles on it. It started acting up late last week (well, the tranny; the van has had other, small problem for quite a while). Tonight the headlights on my beat-to-hell 1998 Kia Sephia quit working. Hopefully that’s just a fuse issue. We need a new van. But, like, the dealers want you to have a job before they’ll finance you. What’s up with that?

That’s it for tonight. No writing that counts today. Again. Tomorrow, though. Yes, back to The Puppet King tomorrow.

0 responses to “Life and Death”

  1. Hang in there – hopefully things will get better soon.
    Horrorfind is going to be a well deserved/needed break for you – I personally will not allow you to have any stress that weekend. If you find yourself stressing – come find me – I’ll ply you with liquor and kick you in the rear 😉

    • Ah, I can’t begin to tell you how much I look forward to that weekend. And now, knowing there’s a younger babe ready to ply me with liquor and take care of that kicking fetish I have …
      My travails are damn minor compared to your own, girl. We’ll have to sit in the bar and not think of anything from life outside the con for a while.

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