It’s snowing here, but, then, it’s snowing everywhere. The weatherbeans are calling fourteen inches on tomorrow’s storm. I guess there’s an inch, inch-and-a-half down now from today’s little effort; fluffy enough that I could sweep what was there away when I got home, and not have to worry about going back out, oh, now to do some more.
The day-job having no snow policy for staff saving, “Come to work, tho’ Hell should bar the way,” I’ll be depending on Wiser Heads for tomorrow’s plan of action. If the state police say that only essential personnel should risk their necks in the weather, I will be listening to the nice policeman. And, no, so not essential personnel.
In the meantime, though I meant to get on with “Intelligent Design” — of which more later — this evening, instead I wound up balancing the checkbook, doing some odds and ends of SRM bookkeeping, and dealing with the mail.
Ah, the mail! Among other items of interest, today’s mail brought a 1099-Misc from Fictionwise for my sales through them last year, totaling a whopping $156.48. Not going to Vegas on that.
Also of note was the arrival of the W2 from the day-job, which confirms that income from writing (we’re just counting my half, here, right? That’s fair, innit?) outstripped income from Honest Labor last year. This year, I fear there will be No Contest. I’ve already had to take so many days without pay, and with the upfront for three novels due in, not to mention the Odd and Unexpected bits of money that wander in from time to time — well. It wouldn’t be sporting.
The highlight of the day’s mail, however, was — Mr. Timpani, if you would?
The highlight of today’s mail, I say, was the contract for “Intelligent Design.” And now?
Now it can be told — “Intelligent Design” has been commissioned by Baen and will be appearing on the front page of the Baen website as a free! story! in the merry monthe of mid-July. And, what’s even cooler, than, yanno, a free Liaden story?
There’s a free story up there right now, by Larry Correia, and there’ll be another one, come mid-February, by another Baen author. So what you really want to do? Is bookmark this page, so you won’t miss out on any great free stories from Baen authors.
I think that catches everybody up on the excitement here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory. Everybody stay safe, stay warm, and be careful.