Fact is, I haven’t had much of anything to write about.
Now, a few things. On the personal front, I’m having cataract surgery on the fifth for the right eye, and two weeks later on the left. My current vision acuity is less than optimum, to put it mildly. My wife is going to have to drive me back home after the surgeries and after the follow-up visits. I don’t think she’ll like it, but there’s not much choice.
I hate using up vacation hours for medical procedures, but, again, there’s really no choice.
When my very heavy grandson was here he must have shifted his weight while sitting on the toilet and broke off one of the two hinges for the seat and top. He didn’t mention it of course…but I’ve continued to use it until I shifted my weight a little and broke off the other side. The problem now is that I can’t get the bolts out of the toilet so I can put on another seat. One side you can’t even see and only reach left-handed because it’s so close to the shelving on the wall. The other side can be reached, but the one-winged nut is really married to the plastic bolt. I turn the nut and the bolt turns with it.
Wait, it gets better.
When I was first trying to get that bolt to move at all, I tried whacking it with a hammer. I missed and put a hole in the side of the bowl, which spewed water when it flushed. I can say that Flex Tape works. The hole is no longer a problem, but we’ll have to replace the whole toilet eventually. I’m still using the broken seat. As long as I don’t shift around on it, it’s fine.
To add to the troubles, my pickup won’t start and we don’t think it’s the battery, but it’s in the driveway and I can’t even get it to a mechanic. They’ll have to come and get it.
2021 did not end on a high note for us, and so 2022 isn’t starting out great either.
On the reading front, I’ve finished another couple of Dean Koontz books and working on a third. The two are Saint Odd, the final book in his Odd Thomas Series, and an anthology of novels, novelettes, and short stories titled Strange Highways. I’m currently starting on a vey long novel of Koontz’s titled False Memory.
Besides the books I read about eighteen comic strips every day, plus editorial cartoons now and then. I also read a story from Daily Science Fiction every week day. If you like fantasy and s.f., particularly written in a literary style, you'll like it. It can be delivered free to your email box every weekday. I read all offerings of Page and Spine every week. I urge you all to read their new issue every Friday. The new stories and poetry and essays will only be available for another five months. Then the archives will stay available for another year.
Speaking of Page and Spine, my short story, “Just Deserts” is published right now, in this issue, in the Outta This World tab. I’ve also submitted a sort of farewell essay for the magazine which may or may not be published sometime near their final issue in May.
I’ve also suffered two rejections, one of a short story and another for Saving Atlantis.
And that’s about it. Even after two months, just not a lot to report.
I hope you all have a great 2022. And as often as possible, please read.