At Home

by wjw on July 10, 2024

Kathy’s twice tested clean for COVID, so I said farewell to the Los Lunas Days Inn, and headed for home.

We celebrated with margaritas. Now I’m doing laundry.

A Day Among Others

by wjw on July 3, 2024

This morning Kathy tested positive for COVID.

I reacted bravely by fleeing for my life to a nearby hotel.

I Cannot Walk

by wjw on July 2, 2024

Oh, I can lurch. And shuffle. And I can dodder and shamble. I’m very good at hobbling. I limp, and I’m getting to be an expert at tottering.

But walk normally? Not so much.

The last month hasn’t been good to me, locomotion-wise. My knees, both of them, have taken up collapsing, fortunately not at the same time. So far I haven’t actually fallen, but I’ve come very close. The collapses are unpredictable, but I’ve learned to recognize the signs and if I can shift my weight to my other leg, I can abort the whatever-it-is.

There is a lot of pain associated with these collapses. I’ve had pain in my legs ever since my hip surgery in 2019, and sometimes it’s intense and sometimes it isn’t, but the leg pain has ramped up just in the last couple weeks, and now it’s so intense that I have trouble sleeping.

And yes, I’m seeing doctors, or at any rate I have appointments with doctors, all but one in the future, because you can’t just see a doctor in New Mexico, you have to book weeks or months ahead of time. In a couple weeks one of my knees will get scanned, and that might reveal something.

But I’m only getting one knee scanned, not both. Because if I had two knees scanned, the insurance company would assume it’s fraud and refuse to pay.

But still our politicians insist we have the best medical system in the world. (Until you get sick, of course.)

We’ve canceled our trip to Scotland for adventure and Worldcon, because there’s not a lot of point in traveling all the way to another continent if you can’t walk.

So basically I can devote the next four or five months to healing, assuming my knees want to heal. We’ll see.

In more encouraging news, I finally have my eye surgery scheduled for the end of next month. Maybe after that, I’ll be able to see more out of my left eye than a kaleidoscopic blur.

My eighth decade is not beginning well.


by wjw on June 29, 2024

Just a reminder to you all that The Accidental War, Fleet Elements, and Imperium Restored will be available on Kindle Unlimited only through tomorrow, June 30. If you haven’t got your books yet, this is the time!

Blowing Up

by wjw on June 12, 2024

Taos Toolbox is three-quarters done, and a fine Toolbox it is. Every one of the participants is talented, and every one can have some kind of writing career if they want one.

Over the weekend I blew up my left knee, by walking in a straight line on a sidewalk. I would have fallen had not Nancy grabbed me by one side and I grabbed a lamp on the other. I did not “do anything to myself,” I have reached the age when these things just happen to me of their own accord.

I spent part of a day at an Urgent Care, where I got an X-ray that failed to show any problem— which I could have told them. (My leg problems are nerves and muscle, not bone.) I ended up with a prescription for steroids, but I was already walking better. I’m doing fine now, though staircases are still painful. I’m using a cane, but it’s a reminder not to do anything dumb.

We’ve had inspiration talks from James S.A. Corey and Jeffe Kennedy, and tomorrow we’ll see Diana Rowland’s Traveling Corpse Show. I hope I don’t identify.

We Conquer KU

May 23, 2024

The Accidental War, Fleet Elements, and Imperium Restored are now available (for free, I believe) on Kindle Unlimited through the end of June. Because it’s the publisher arranging this— as opposed to a mere mortal like myself— the books are also available as regular ebooks on Amazon, and are also available on all other platforms. […]

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I Don My Divine Aspect

May 21, 2024
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Cured Meats

May 20, 2024

I’ve been at the Truchas Peaks Place the last week, at the Rio Hondo workshop with a group of my friends. For our first meal I provided a 16-pound Serrano ham complete with carving stand. The ham had been shipped from Iberia after spending 14 months curing in a Spanish cave. Here’s what it looked […]

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New Wheels

May 9, 2024

So after seven years with a Subaru WRX, I’ve gone and bought a new WRX. Upgunned with a 2.2-liter boxer engine that wouldn’t be complete without a ginormous turbocharger sitting on it. My old car was in good shape, and a used WRX is always in demand, so I got a very nice price for […]

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Pig and Veg

April 27, 2024

We’re in a campaign to empty out the chest freezer, which contains a lot of stuff that I don’t remember buying, and the result for tonight was this pork loin roast cooked with potatoes, carrots, and onions. You could think of it as a one-pot meal if it weren’t for the fact that it’s in […]

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