Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Early Thanksgiving

I have a lot to be thankful for today. I'm finally (almost completely) over the nasty colds that have been plaguing me—I've had two in the past month. I'm getting caught up on National Novel Writing Month, though I'm writing a mixture of a novel and two short stories.

I'm feeling well enough to exercise again, although I'm doing only two miles of Leslie Sansone's WalkSlim: 3 Fast Miles, which is my favorite exercise DVD. Still that's up from one mile, so it's progress. And I certainly need to exercise. Randall Garrett once complained that the IRS wouldn't let him deduct "the two necessities of a writer's life" — alcohol and cigarettes. For me it's Diet Coke and chocolate, which are not exactly slimming, and it's hard to explain to a guy why you can't give up chocolate. I've tried. I used to give up chocolate for Lent, until I discovered that See's Candies thinks that the Easter season runs through Lent and ends on Easter Sunday, instead of beginning on Easter Sunday and running for another five weeks or so. If I want Easter candy, I have to get it during Lent.

SWORD & SORCERESS 26 is now up on Amazon, both as a trade paperback and for Kindle. I don't know about Nook; last time I looked they had volumes 22, 23, and 24, but not 25, which came out last year. I'm glad I have a Kindle.

There are a lot of other things I'm thankful for: my family and friends, my church community, a roof over my head and enough money to keep it there. I know that I'm better off than many people in the world, which is why I give as generously as I can to charities that help others make their lives better.

Thanksgiving Day may be ten days away, but it's never to early to give thanks.