Good morning and Happy Boxing Day! I hope that all of you who celebrated yesterday had a wonderful Christmas, and that those of you who celebrate Hanukkah continue to have a wonderful Festival of Lights. For all others in the northern hemisphere, I pray that thou dost celebrate the passing of the solstice and the lengthening of daylight…and in the southern hemisphere, enjoy your summer!
For those of you who choose to celebrate Boxing Day in a twisted and quasi-literal sort of way, I remind you of this: bare-knuckle boxing engenders fewer fatalities than does boxing with gloves, because the latter encourages far more frequent blows to the head, with consequent shaking and damaging of the brain*. Honestly, I doubt there are (m)any who do such a silly thing, and precious few of us, with bizarre senses of humor, who even consider the possibility. Still, just in case, I thought I’d bring it up.
And now, a quick and more or less final reminder: My giveaway of free books (Kindle format) ends with the passing of the year (and, by some reckonings, the decade). By the time my next regular blog post goes out, the offer will be over, so if you want to join the numerous beneficiaries of this giveaway, please, get in touch with me either here in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter, or through some other means that will reach me, and make your request. I will need an email address eventually, to which to deliver the link for your e-book(s), but as long as your request is sent before midnight on December 31st (according to your local time zone) then you will receive your giveaway, even if the email only follows later.
For those of you who are resistant or ambivalent because of the necessary Kindle format, I’ll simply remind you that electronic books are far more ecologically and environmentally friendly than are paper books and other physical printed media (magazines, newspapers, etc.). This is one of the great advantages of modern electronic media, and it is far from the only one. This blog, and squillions like it, is another.
On a related note, I’m “currently” partaking of a book in both Kindle and Audible format (at separate paces), and its subject is the potential sustainability of perhaps the most precious resource of all: the healthy duration of our individual lives. The book is Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To, written by the eminent Harvard biologist David Sinclair, along with Matthew LaPlante. I highly recommend it, and I’ll probably write a review of it on Iterations of Zero once I’ve finished the book in both formats.
Speaking of IoZ, I’ve posted a few things there in the past day or so. The first was a recording of me playing a rather amateurish guitar version of “Greensleeves” aka “What Child is This?” just barely in time for Christmas. The second was a release of two earlier recordings of a sort of karaoke and “duet” of me singing the Radiohead song “Knives Out”. You’re welcome and encouraged to listen to all three recordings, and I’d be happy to receive your feedback. I’m a glutton for punishment, it seems.
Unanimity editing has gotten slightly less than its usual attention of late, partly because I’ve been stricken with a flu-like illness, possibly the actual flu**, and have been relatively miserable for the past six days. I’m on the mend, however, and though not quite back into full boxing form, I’m eager to return to the ring. Other things, such as an office move at my job, about which I was none too happy—but with which I’m becoming more enamored—and just the general schedule derailment caused by a midweek holiday, have also intervened. I did not edit at all yesterday. I was too busy eating.
Nevertheless, the book proceeds more or less steadily, and publication is on the visible horizon, unless I’m falling prey to a metaphorical optical illusion. After that, I mean to finish my novella and then publish it among other stories in Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Then I’m going to be doing something rather more light-hearted than Unanimity, a sort of fable called Neko/Neneko, which I think I’ve mentioned here before. That’s all assuming my plans don’t change, of course. I didn’t have any mice helping me make those plans, so hopefully they won’t gang agley. That’s what the quote by Robert Burns (aka “Robbie”—or perhaps “Rabbi?”) recommends against, isn’t it: men making plans with the help of mice? It was something like that.
In any case, the holiday season is not yet over. A New Year beckons, as does a new decade, and though great Nature recognizes not our arbitrary subdivisions of days and years and centuries and eons, such things matter to humans, of which I am one***. So, enjoy and embrace the time. Make merry (and possibly Pippin); indulge yourselves in ways that don’t cause harm to others or yourselves; and by all means, give yourselves some belated Christmas gifts by requesting a free copy of one or three of my stories. We all need things to which to look forward to bolster our enthusiasm for life, after all.
*It can hurt your hands—a lot—to hit someone in the face with bare knuckles.
**It serves me right for not having gotten my flu shot this year. I can offer no excuses.
***No matter what I or anyone else may occasionally say.