Just a brief update, this week, with my apologies: life still refuses to calm down around my little Burrow ... I'm heading south to Connecticut tomorrow. Normally, I'd be ecstatic to see the area which inspired Aviario again, but this trip is for the memorial service of a dear, loving, and wonderful cousin who lost a long, hard, fight with cancer. Being able to be with family, even for a day or two, should help ... and of course, a few pictures of the area for the Aviario Travel Guide might come back with me, too. I'm discovering more and more that I have to make my own happy moments.
I have my first Indie Book Review of the year lined up: the first book of The Letter Mage, by Alexandra Penn! It looks like an amazing read, and I have a review copy in hand which I'm looking forward to digging into. Fantasy, magic, space, and some wonderful LGBTQ representation? It sounds like everything I enjoy reading, and more. I can't wait to let you all know how it is!
My final note for this week is a bit of a somber one, as well ... normally, I only promote my books here on my website, and am more apt to nudge you toward my Patreon for crowdfunding, but two days ago, one of our lovely cats got suddenly ill. I've set up a YouCaring fundraiser for her ER vet bills and any procedures she may require ... Even if you can't afford to chip in, I would appreciate it very much if you could help spread the word. The kindness of strangers over the last 24 hours since I opened the fundraiser is astounding: a person I don't know from Adam donated $200. Knowing that there are other kind hearts out there in the world gives me so much hope: not just for Bella, but for our world and our future.
You can see the fundraiser, share, or donate @ YouCaring: Help Us Fix Bella's Belly.
Next week, I will have better news: good news, and progress, and wonderful things to share with you all... even though I'm admittedly saying so under sheer force of will. I can't give up on any of this: it's not even close to a choice. I love you all, and I'll see you next week.
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