Journal of a Pandemic Year: Part Thirty-Five

Dear Readers,

I hope you are all well or well enough. First, I have a few updates on the book. I have taken delivery of the book trailer! I cannot show it to you just yet, as we are holding it to release on the day the book is available for pre-order. And, friends, that should be soon as well! This coming week, I will get to see an actual printed proof from the publisher. This is basically what the book will look like physically and I will have to go through it to make any last minute edits (of which there will hopefully be none). After that, it’ll be set up for pre-orders! I am hoping that this will be some time within the next few weeks. I know many of my readers here have followed this journey from the day I wrote the first word, followed me through multiple drafts, editing, submission, and now, soon, publication! The encouragement and support I have received from all of you has kept me going through bouts of self doubt and those days when I wondered if writing the book was worth it. No matter how well it sells (or doesn’t sell), I can stand here today and say, “Hell yes it was worth it!” And I have all of you to thank for that.

If you haven’t caught it yet, head over to the Old Flames tab here and listen to me talk firefighting and writing with my fellow firefighter/author Greg Renz. You can find out more about him and his novel Beneath the Flames here. It was nice to spend a morning swapping stories with him.

The semester marches on towards its inevitable conclusion. I’m teaching online during the Summer 1 semester, which is a slight break with how I usually do it, since I typically teach Summer 2. I’m actually okay with this since it lets me be online instead of in person, though we will (allegedly) be back to full face to face instruction with no social distancing and no masks in August. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about that, even though I am fully vaccinated. Part of me thinks that putting 35 adults in a classroom with no masks and no requirement to have been vaccinated is just asking for problems. But a lot can change between now and August. If anything, 2020 taught us how quickly things can change.

Baseball is in full swing. The Red Sox started off positively putrid, losing their first three games, but have roared back with a vengeance. Anastasia and I have had fun listening to all their games on the radio. My wife is the commissioner of the family/friend fantasy baseball league and I have to endure her giving me hourly updates on the progress of her players. My fantasy team is solidly average, which suits me just fine. The past few days I have been suffering from a very stiff neck which has necessitated the use of ice packs and heating pads (on a rotating basis) and some extra medication. Hopefully it will start to ease up soon as it makes it difficult for me to be on the computer or do much of anything.

Until next time, friends, take care of yourselves. And each other.


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