"Kindness covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."
--Roger Ebert: Life Itself
, quoted here
I'm panicking at the moment because I've just received word that my health insurance is under threat from the U.S. federal shutdown - not till November, but I have surgery coming up on the 21st. I really
don't want to be without health insurance during a post-surgery period.
Of course, I'm only one of millions who are affected by this shutdown; probably some of you are as well. Darn those politicians. Last night I ran across a 2005 quotation by Washington Post
columnist William Raspberry that seems applicable for this situation: "We've come to think that producing winners and losers is the essence not just of politics but also of life. It isn't. Making this country work for everybody is."
I'm also in a panic this week because I have (*checks calendar*) three days in which to entirely declutter the most cluttered room in the house. Saturday a new tenant arrives, and he's going to be in a room that's never been rented before - the room where I've been tossing everything that I needed to sort through. Ouch.
My new writing regime continues to go well. I'm not managing to write every day (I devoted much of September to marketing), but I wrote 21,700 words in September; it's been a year and a half since I wrote over 20,000 words in a month's time. I'm one scene away from finishing a Waterman
novella. Not the next one in the series, alas; my Muse has a habit of bouncing around chronologically. But the novella is in the next volume
of the series, which is close enough.
Other than that, I've been working on updating my upublished-stories-and-story-summaries folder (the one that my literary executors will put on my website if I should suddenly croak, so that you guys won't be screaming, "No-o-o-o! What happens next?"). And I've been putting a little work into e-books, though that's mostly on hold till after my surgery.