Thanks and some updates

I have been terribly infrequent with the amount of posts that I put up here, so I’ll forgive you if you forgot I existed. I swear, I’m going to make more of an effort to keep this blog updated.

Some real-life stuff, first. I’d like to thank some people.

I am extremely grateful for all the work done by the EMTs and the Abington Fire Department earlier this year when they responded to an emergency at our house after Catherine had a seizure. Without exception, each person who showed up that day was calm, effective, polite, and skilled at their job. I was impressed by how quickly they showed up after we’d called 911, and even more impressed by the way they handled the situation. Their professionalism and compassion were remarkable, which went a long way toward helping everyone stay calm and letting us know that Catherine was in good hands.

I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t stop for long enough to ask anyone for their name, because I would very much like to thank them and give them the recognition they deserve. Of course, I’m sure that they would say it isn’t necessary—I thanked the driver of the ambulance when we got to the hospital and all he said was, “No problem, we’re just doing our jobs.” It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to hear from a person who spends their days helping others in need, but even still it impressed me. Those people aren’t perfect, they’re human just as much as you and I, but they are real heroes. It’s a shame that we don’t often take more time to recognize the importance of all they do until we’re presented with some dire circumstances in which we need their help.

I also want to thank all of the staff at Brockton Hospital. The level of care that Catherine received there was excellent. I think I speak for both of us when I say that we were very impressed by everyone who worked there. Again, there’s nothing supernatural about what these individuals do, but that doesn’t mean they are not worthy of our thanks and admiration. Every woman and man that I encountered there performed their duties with efficiency, skill, and, most importantly, with genuine interest in the health of their patients. The nurses and doctors were not the only people I came in contact with either: the custodial staff and everyone else that works hard to keep the hospital running smoothly were equally commendable. There were many people that helped Catherine while she was there, but in particular I’d like to thank Usha and Edmundo for their kindness and for all the great work they did.

The uncertainty and terror of those few days were greatly mitigated by the heroic efforts of all those people I just mentioned. I won’t say that they completely changed my view of humanity, as I still see ample evidence of our destructive and senseless nature all around, but they did serve as an important reminder that there is good in our world. The jobs they do are often difficult and thankless, but so many continue to show up for work each day knowing that the work they do is an essential part of our society.

As always, thank you to all the people in my life that continue to believe in me and support me. And thanks to you, whoever you might be, for taking some time to read this!

Looking ahead to what’s coming up here on my blog, I have a couple of stories that are getting closer to completion.

One of these stories, which is tentatively titled A Prelude to Worlds, is something that I should have written a long time ago. Most likely it will be split into at least two parts, but that’s still not definite as of right now. I don’t want to spend a lot of words trying to explain what the story is about (because, hopefully, the story will do that all by itself), but I wanted to give you the basics.

The Prelude will serve as a primer, of sorts, to the shared universe of characters and stories I’ve started building. Rather than sit here and try to flood people’s minds with a bunch of boring descriptions and talk of fictional world-building, all of which would probably be interesting to me and no one else, I’ve decided to show you how it works by telling it to you in the confines of a narrative. I realize that some people reading this might not need any introduction to the idea of a shared universe, since it’s become more common to see this type of unified storytelling in a variety of media. My aim is to do more than just dress up concepts in the form of fiction: I want to introduce some of the most important components of what make up my stories while simultaneously inviting the reader to join in on a fantastical journey that sets the stage for something larger.

I have lots of stories I want to share with you, and the Prelude will be my (admittedly late) intro to how some of those stories fit into a larger tapestry. Of course there is no actual tapestry, so I’ll have to work hard to make sure that my words, whatever form they take, do the work of presenting my vision to you.

That was probably still too many words, and definitely not as effective at conveying my message as the story itself will be, but keep an eye out here. I’d like to finish the first part within the week, and hopefully have it presentable enough soon after so that I can post it here for everyone to read.


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