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You know, when Beowulf hops into the car with us, he doesn't care where we're going, or how long it'll take to get there. He just knows that he's with his humans, and as long as he'd with us everything will be okay. That's why I love that photo at the top of this newsletter. He's poked his head as far forward as he can get, just to stay close as we travel.
I don't have a whole lot to report, so just for a change I'll try to keep this short. The only real changes writing-wise is that I'm 25,000 words into a new, and very fun, novel--and I sold a short story, yay!

Some say selling a short story isn't as big of a deal as it used to be. There aren't nearly as many print magazines, and those that do exist are printing less fiction -- there are periodical (little magazine joke, there) predictions that short stories will go away forever, but readers and markets cling on.

If that's so, then shouldn't I be even prouder to have finally sold one to an actual (if online) magazine? Fewer markets, as many or more eager writers as ever--I beat the odds!

You can read all about it, including why it feels like the end of a very long journey, on my blog here:
You have to find those moments of celebration, when dark clouds always seem to be gathering. In the case of this photo they're gathering over Albion, Indiana.
You have to look for that good stuff, when so many around you (and the entire news media) always seem to focus on the bad stuff:

We're heading toward another recession, which is well evident to anyone who follows these things and will be plain to everyone by the end of next year. The economy goes up and down in more or less regular cycles, and although the actions of governments can tweak it a little, (and way less than candidates claim), they can't do much to stop those cycles.

Despite my suggestion of a law to criminalize any campaigning prior to the year of an election, the infighting and name calling that we've all come to expect is well under way. And that's the most I'm going to say about it before Indiana nears the May primaries.

And finally, autumn is here. Now, the first half of Fall really isn't that bad, usually. The second half sucks, and is followed closely by a season that REALLY sucks.

(By the way, it looks like the first day of autumn here in northern Indiana will be accompanied by a change from usually warm, summer weather to wet, cool weather of the type we get in--autumn. It's amazingly unusual for a seasonal change to come along with an actual weather change, even a temporary one.)

It's easy to turn negative in the face of all that, and as a person who gets wintertime depression anyway, I need all the help I can get. That's why it's so important to accentuate the positive, as the old song goes, even if you have to go out and search for the positive.

So yeah, a short story sale is a good thing, and I need the good. I'll also try to write a lot as winter approaches, since writing cheers me up. I'll read fun books, watch sitcoms, and make bad puns. And if I do get into a bad mood ... I'll try not to expose it to others.

Why? Because what's the point of bringing everyone else down? The only thing worse than feeling negative is inflicting your negativity on others. Try to be upbeat, and maybe you'll bring up the mood of others, and that should help your mood.

In other words, try not to be the person who everyone else is glad to see leave the room.
And do things that cheer you up. Be around animals, for instance. I'm not sure I was helping the horse's mood, but it sure made me feel better to be around him. (This was where my wife works, at the Pokagon State Park Saddle Barn.)
Hopefully I'll have more writing related news to bring you later. And hopefully it'll be good news!
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