I'm gonna roll a couple things into one post here because I'm pretty busy with the day job, writing (finally!) and reading (thank goodness!). So, here we go.
Today is my parents' 47th wedding anniversary.
This last year may have been the most difficult of their marriage but they're still together, still loving each other. They set great examples of what a marriage really is: lots of work, lots of forgiving, lots of sacrifice and lots and lots of love.
Back in 2002, I made a comic in an effort to take September 11th back for them. I think I was successful and they have a copy of it in their living room. The originals hang in the KU Memorial Union and that makes us all proud. (Forgive the crappy scans.)
As I mentioned above, I'm writing and reading again. I feel great when I write and read and I haven't felt great much of the year. Yeah, it's related to the rough year my parents had but I'm not talking about that here. It's been difficult. The experience of being invited to Kansas City Comicon was the point where I felt like things were finally breaking my way again. I wouldn't trade that for anything.
So I'm working on finishing up Evolver III (the second Evolver book is available here) and doing another revision on my novel, writing a short story for Ed Bickford's Robot Pulp, revisiting a couple of other short stories and just generally WRITING.
I finished a book for the first time in MONTHS last week and started another (Alex Grecian's THE HARVEST MAN and Neil Gaiman's TRIGGER WARNING, respectively.) I'm reading a book a friend has written and have two more to read over and critique. I'm participating in a workshop/critique session this weekend and reading for that. It's a great time and I've got a lot of catching up to do. Can't let myself get overwhelmed though. Just keep swimming, right?
One of the ways I managed to start coming out of the doldrums that consumed me for three quarters of the year was the release of Failure's magnificent The Heart Is A Monster. I've been harping on this all summer so I don't need to continue but it's a great record you might like if you listen to it.
I saw the first night of their first tour in 18 years with my daughter on my Mom's birthday. I saw them six weeks later with my son, which was his first live concert experience. I've never been happier than at those two shows. Failure is one of my daughter's favorite bands, as they're my favorite band. What a great time. I'll remember both shows for the rest of my life for being with my kids.
So I owe the band a great deal of thanks for this summer. You helped me pull out of a serious depression and I got to share you with people I love. I couldn't ask for anything more but you gave us a new album that we all love too. You guys are awesome.
So things are good. Busy. Busy. Busy. The Failure shows really helped bookend the summer session, the KCCC was a wonderful middle section and at the end of all of this I've come out on the other side ready to face whatever the hell is coming next.
Stay with me. I'll update when there's something to tell.
Thanks for reading. I hope you all are well and know that there are people around you who love you. I'm so damned lucky. You are too.