"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."  ~~Benjamin Franklin

Hi all,

I just wanted to make you all aware of my plans/hopes for the next few weeks.  Ideally, the Christmas story will go out in the Dec. 26th newsletter.  But I can't guarantee that.  Unfortunately, with the colder temperatures, my mouse problem has resurfaced.  I feel like I've zeroed in on the root problem and hope to be wrapping that all up very soon.  However, it's taking a lot of time and effort and is pretty exhausting, mentally and physically.  Additionally, I'm having some cognitive issues... likely due to the stress and lack of sleep but also probably related to my epilepsy.  This has mostly manifested in some memory issues.  So that's made writing slow-going because I have to continuously re-read what I wrote to make sure I don't contradict myself or even just entirely repeat a conversation.  Normally, I would just let that story rest and move onto the Christmas story, returning to the other one in the new year.  But this year literally the only idea I have for a Christmas story is a direct sequel to my in-progress story.  So I'm going to keep plugging away on that and then, once finished, I'll move right onto the Christmas story.  I am toying with the idea of releasing all of "A Thousand Years" (not crazy about that title but also can't think of another) in draft form so the Christmas story makes sense but also with the understanding that I'll refine "Years" at a later date.  I don't love that idea but it may come down to it.

If anyone has any interest in reading what I have for "A Thousand Years" which is currently around 190 pages, please let me know.  It would actually really help to know someone was acting as an editor of sorts to help ensure it makes sense with nothing repeated and nothing just left forgotten about and dangling.  To be honest, I think it's just too complicated of a story to be writing right now but when I started it I didn't know the mice would return or that the pandemic would still be such a concern or that other things would be going on in my life.  And I don't mean for this to be all "woe is me!"  It's a stressful time but I'm safe and healthy and so are my loved ones.  I just wanted to offer some explanation of why things may not go as planned this year.  It will kind of break my heart to not keep up the annual Christmas story tradition.  But I keep telling myself that we're meant to feel the Christmas spirit all year round!  So if the Christmas story doesn't show up until February... it's not the end of the world.  Anyway, I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and staying safe and warm!

God bless,

And now to enjoy some games!

Christmas Puzzles Part II

preview132piece"An Angel on the Roof" Andrew
preview120piece"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Trio
preview144piece"The Christmas Watch" Andrew
And a memory game...  Just a heads up that I may not keep this subscription up past the 14 day trial so if you want to play then best to do that within the next couple of weeks since I'm not sure where it goes after the trial.  Thanks!

This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for giving me some escape from the chaos in general and at my house!

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