January 6th

Yesterday I got a third newsletter story done (“Quicksand”), so now I’m set through the February 8th issue. Today I reached the halfway point on my secret screenplay project.

I also got the gas fireplace in the new house to work. I’d messed with it before and couldn’t get it to light, and I wasn’t keen on the idea of blowing up the house, so I didn’t rush to return to the task. But today I was successful! Not as impressive as starting fire by rubbing two sticks together, or with flint and tinder, but nevertheless a decent accomplishment for somebody as incompetent as me.

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