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Books read in 2019

62. Witchmark, C.L. Polk
61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Books read in 2019

61. Death at Victoria Dock, Kerry Greenwood
60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Update the Sixth

So, yesterday, Steve and I took our planned excursion to the Festival of Trees, me on my shiny blue scooter and Steve doing the driving and the heavy lifting.  The entrance to ELM (formerly the VFW Hall), site of the Festival, has a lovely, lovely ramp, and I scooted right on up to the doors, which!

. . .open out, and no push-button in sight.  Oops.

Steve had gone to park the car, and I was considering turning the scooter around to meet him at the end of the ramp (thereby clearing the entrance door for the able-bodied) when a very nice lady, who was exiting the facility by the other door, saw and instantly understood my problem, said, “Let me open that for you!” and did, so that got worked out.

I scooted into the lobby and the ticket seller called out, “Hey, nice rig!” and we talked scooters vs wheelchairs, and one hand brake vs two until Steve arrived, paid our way in, and we went into the big room.

There were two ticket-takers at station.  One said, “I know you didn’t do this to get attention, but that’s a really nice scooter.”  The other asked me to ring the scooter’s bell for him, which I did, explaining about the cats, who no longer really regard the scooter, or the bell, as having anything to do with them — and then we were in!

I bought my tickets and scooted off to consider decorated trees and the gifts under each.  I try not to bid on tree-packages that were clearly put together with children in mind, though I was very, very tempted by the unicorn/mermaid package, which included a wooden rocking unicorn, a fairy tent, and unicorn/mermaid ornaments on the tree.  Sprite would’ve loved it.

Anyhow, most of my tickets went to packages offering three days at this or that lodge, or cooking utensils, electric “wood stoves,” season tickets to the Opera House, and like that.

When I was done, I sat myself down in one of the chairs up front, people-watched, and talked with the neighbors as they came by.  One lady let me know that she had used to play “Beano” (the Maine equivalent of Bingo, and they let people who aren’t Catholic play), when the building was the VFW Hall, and years ago.  “People still smoked inside then,” she said, “and there was this blue haze, and the caller’s voice coming out of it.  There was a guy who sold ham sandwiches — they were very plain; just butter on bread, and a piece of ham, and they tasted so good!”

I love talking to the neighbors.

Anyway, Steve having finished his communing with the trees, we got back in the car and headed out for a ride.  I had in mind a long, looooooonnnnnnggggg ride, because I’ve been stuck in the house since the rocks cooled.  Unfortunately, that turned out to be a case of the brain being willing, but the body saying, You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me, and we wandered home after a shortish ride, having taken on-board a Subway flatbread sammich for lunch.

Back home, we each ate our half-sammich, and then finished reading Welcome to Temptation (Jennifer Crusie) to each other, and then, what the heck, we said, and watched “Kinky Boots” (again).

Truly, it was a Very Fine Writers’ Day Off.

Today, I have work to do — no really.  I finished reading Trader’s Leap.  I am therefore on-deck to take my swing at a blurb (Steve has taken his swing and a very fine effort it is. Usually, these things wind up being part of this one, part of that one, and part of what the House has to say, so once again we see that writing is a Science.  Ahem.)

After the blurb, since I did just finish reading Trader’s Leap, Steve and I need to talk about the difficulties with the script mentioned by Madame the Publisher, so — revisions in future!  What fun.

In the meantime, I’m a little wrung out from all of yesterday’s excitement, and a nap has been penciled into the afternoon schedule.

For those who come here for publication news:  Accepting the Lance, the 22nd novel of the Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, owner-operators, will be published on December 3.  That’s, like, ten days from now.

There is a short story, “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom,” posted on Baen.com to tide you over.  The story is free for everyone to read, but!  It will be taken down in mid-December when another story, by another Baen author will be posted.  The story is on the front page, but you need to scroll down to find it*.

Also, the new mass market edition of Carpe Diem — the third Liaden book ever written — will be released  on February 25, 2020.

Trader’s Leap is, I believe, scheduled for publication around this time, next year.

One more thing, and I’ll let y’all go:  I had been going to title this blog post “My Ramblin’ Boy,” for obvious reasons.  I had always thought this song was old, old, really old, because I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the words.  But!  Peter Seeger lets us know that it was written by Tom Paxton (who subsequently recorded in on the album “Ramblin’ Boy,” in 1964). So!  This song was written in my lifetime; simple math tells us that I was twelve the first time I heard it.

Here’s your link.

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*For those who are tired of hearing me say this:  there are many people who miss this point, about scrolling down, and for some reason they write to us to complain that the story isn’t there, after all.  My patience is a Very Limited Commodity, therefore the oft-repeated instruction.

Books read in 2019

60. Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Update the Fifth

Since our last episode, the proofs for the new Baen mass market edition of Carpe Diem landed here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  We turned in the correx for that yesterday, and then commenced in to reading Trader’s Leap, which we turned in on October 1, because our input is needed for sell copy.

Today, UPS tells us that they will be delivering nine cases of Accepting the Lance.  Steve and I will be signing and/or personalizing them as quick as we can, and putting them on the bus to Minneapolis, where Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore will do the hard part — that being invoicing and mailing.

The local Festival of Trees will open at the end of the week, and the Plan at this moment is that Steve and me and the knee scooter will View the Trees on Friday.  This depends somewhat on the weather, which has been rainy/icy/snowy by turns.  Friday is supposed to be warm and sunny, so fingers crossed.

In between correcting proofs and reading Trader’s Leap for the first time, I have been working at making friends with my foot.

Yesterday was one month since I had surgery, so recuperation is at more or less the halfway point, and my foot — poor thing.  It is well and truly a Frankenstein Foot, and will not, as I understand it, ever be a Thing of Beauty, except insofar as a Fully Functioning Foot can be said to be Beautiful.  It doesn’t hurt — though it still looks as if it should hurt.  It’s been through a lot, really, and I’ve been taking time to talk to it, and massage it, and reassure it that it will be back at work realsoonnow, better than before!   The swelling’s going down — I can see the shadow of an ankle bone! — so I’m hinting at maybe buying it, and it’s partner, a new pair of shoes for Christmas.  Or even — let’s get crazy!  — boots.

. . .and that’s about all I have to report.

Everybody stay well.

The Yearly Exercise in Futility

For those who wish to know, Lee and Miller, Lee, and Miller have published the following original works in 2019.  They are all eligible for Nebula and Best of Year nominations.

SHORT STORIES
A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Baen.com
The Vestals of Midnight, Sharon Lee, Release the Virgins
Command Decision, Steve Miller, Release the Virgins

NOVELETTES
Dark Secrets, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers, Titan
Fortune’s Favors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 28, Pinbeam Books

NOVELLAS
Shout of Honor, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 29, Pinbeam Books

NOVEL
Accepting the Lance, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Baen

Books read in 2019

59. Rock Hard , Nalini Singh (e)
58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Update the Fourth

It did, indeed, snow overnight on Monday.  The tarps Steve had laid on the ramp worked as intended, and we arrived a little early for my appointment at the surgeon’s office, to find that he was running “about an hour” late.  I had a book, of course, and Steve had his phone, and we were both able to Mostly Ignore the home renovation show on the waiting room television.  Much better than the “news,” though I am occasionally bemused by what people believe is essential in a living space — and how many of them don’t have offices.  What’s with that?

Anyhow — long story short — the pins were eventually extracted.  The first was relatively painless.  The second…the bones in my toe had decided to embrace the second pin as a sister, so that was, um, exciting.  Yeah.  I swear I did try to remember to breathe, but when the surgeon had finished with the second pin, and breathing rather heavily himself, he looked at my face, and said, “A little lightheaded?  Here — I’ll just recline the chair for you, OK?”

Having the pins out is such a relief, I can’t even begin to tell you.  I no longer have to worry that I’m going to snag on something or dislodge or bend the pins.  Ahhhh, freedom.  Plus, yanno, Friday I can take a shower.  Have ordered in marching band for the event.

I now have exercises for moderate-weight-bearing in the center of my foot (not the toes!) to be performed 15 minutes every hour, so that’s fun.

Hopefully, the serious challenges are now behind me; I need to do my exercises, and keep off my foot when not exercising.  Next doctor’s appointment is December 4 (December!), and things ought to be back to what passes for normal around here by the end of the year.

In other news, we received royalties for the German editions of our novels, which was unexpected, but welcome.  I think the total payout covers the cost of the knee scooter.

We have also heard from the Uncle with a list of personalizations for Accepting the Lance.  We’ll get right on that just as soon as the books arrive.

And that’s really all the news that’s fit to print.

Everybody stay happy.

Books read in 2019

58. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
57. Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (Steve read to me)
56. The Spotted Dog, Kerry Greenwood (Corinna Chapman #7) (e)
55. Murder on the Ballart Train, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
54. Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
53. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood (re-read)
52. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
51. Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
50. A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny, read aloud w/ Steve (re-re-re-&c read for both)
49. A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
48. Exit Strategy, Martha Wells (e)
47. Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (e)
46. Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (e)
45. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
44. Air Logic, Laurie J. Marks
43. Water Logic, Laurie J. Marks
42. The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas (e)
41. GuRu, Ru Paul
40. Earth Logic, Laurie J. Marks
39. The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch (e)
38. Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews (e)
37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)