Well. It’s been a long week. I… missed some of the events because I spent three days doing taxes (federal and GST/HST) and had to ignore the Internet because anything is more compelling than doing taxes.
I discovered – and of course this makes perfect legal sense – that I can’t contribute to USian political campaigns. US charities will take money.
I have read So. Much. News. So much. I feel somewhat helpless, and I’m wavering between hope and despair, and the despair is the 2016 election all over again. Which, oddly enough, stopped me from getting a single useful word written for three months. (Little whispers: is this enough? Is this finally enough? Will things change? And I remember my mother not understanding my 2016 reaction because… it was America. Surely the things I was terrified of wouldn’t happen? Surely Americans wouldn’t let it happen?)
I have continued to write, with the break for taxes. Which, as far as breaks go, truly sucked. But I’m closing in on the end of the as yet untitled Cast 16, where “closing in on the end” means 30k+ words left to go. I am farther into the West novel, but, well, not closing in on the end, which means … more words to go.
Today’s story is Ghostwood. I had been asked for a story for an anthology edited by Katherine Kerr, and had been thinking of different possible stories, like, say portal fantasy or the sidhe. This is not what happened. As usual, the story, in pdf — which a giant cover again, sorry >.< — is here.
I don’t have buy links on the book page yet, but the book page is up and I’ll add those as they go live today (or tomorrow; I don’t have direct access to Barnes & Noble, so I have to put it up on Smashwords, which then propagates.)
We are all still at home, but I have been going into the bookstore – which is still closed to customer traffic in-store, but is doing both mail order and curb-side pick-up – on Fridays. My long-suffering husband drives me and picks me up, so I don’t have to take the subway; I’m lucky, and know it.
We are both still employed. In Canada, the Trudeau government has continued to take some heat for the lack of checks involved in sending out the CERB money to people who were laid off and completely off work. But… people I know who were laid off and completely without income were getting their cheques in two days. And… this is not happening for many people in the US at the moment — people have been waiting six weeks, seven weeks.
Food banks are overstressed, under supplied, and people who have never ever had to rely on food banks… have to rely on them now. This would be a great time to donate to those immediate necessities, if you, like us, are monetarily less impacted by the various stay-at-home/ workplace closures.
People have occasionally asked if they can send me money as a sign of appreciation for my writing/stories. I have been lucky; no matter how tight our finances have been, I’ve never needed it. But I’d love it if those who can afford it and who have asked over the years could instead donate money to their local food banks. (Yes, italics and boldface. Some of us cannot afford it. At all. And there is no shame in that.)