Dateline: August 1, 2016
"Be ruthless about protecting writing days," says J.K. Rowling. Although around Casa McDonald we only have writing hours (and sometimes only minutes), the advice is as clear as a warning klaxon. What we don't protect, we lose.
New in the mail is the latest issue of Asimov's, with my novelette "President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut." It's a tall tale based in part on a special visit to NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building and a trip to Boston (duck boats!). Lots of fun to write and even more fun to share. Also on my shelf is the Polish magazine Nowa Fantastyka, which reprinted my story "Selfie" (which is now my most reprinted story ever) and an envelope from China with another translation. I haven't even opened the envelope yet, I'm so tickled by it.
In the Cats of Lakewood, stray kitty Sheldon is going to the vet every two weeks or so for antibiotics for his stomatitis. Many, many thanks to those who contributed to his care last week. Tomcat Longmire got into a standoff with extremely feral tabby Ghost that I had to break that up this morning. Chai, Tai, their momma and the front yard duo of Silver and Elmo are enjoying lots of wet canned food (and I mean lots) during this summer heat. If you have a spare dollar or two in your wallet to support any of them with a donation (or buy a book!), the colony and I would truly appreciate it.
The end is nearer than we think. The world to come is full of bleak humor, sketchy survivors, and bittersweet nostalgia for what was lost. Indulge your sweet tooth for disaster with this collection of published stories.
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Out of luck and out of money, stranded American pilot Tom Carter desperately wants to go home. On an island floating in space his future hinges on rescuing a runaway sea princess. With the help of a military officer with secrets of her own, Tom just might succeed--or start an interstellar war…
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