It's been a roller coaster fall beginning with a camper trip out of state that was quite relaxing despite returning home to snow on the ground and winter temperatures. Then, the week after we got back, my mother had a stroke. She died and was buried just days before Thanksgiving. Then there was emptying her house . . . amazing what a person collects after 84 years of life. Sadly it makes for a subdued Christmas spirit.
Yet, there was a bright spot--I received notice that my short story had passed the second round of reading at Andromeda Spaceways and was now in the queue, meaning I have 1 chance in 3 of them publishing it within the next three months.