Many thanks for Nice Distinctions 30, and seeing it’s Friday, I will try my best for a somewhat coherent letter of comment, distracted by the sight of a long weekend here.
Expanded universe…many years ago, I was a member of the Star Trek Welcommittee, operated by the long gone and much missed Shirley Maijewski. My job with the Welcommittee was to keep track of all the professionally published ST books available, and create a list of them for the Welcommittee’s regular Directory. When Shirley shut down the STW, my list was the biggest part of the Directory. With the Trek universe so greatly Expanded, I have no idea how many books there out there, and I am sincerely glad I don’t keep that list any more.
I have been trying to find copy editing work here, but without success. There aren’t any local publishers who need them, and I am sure that if any copy editors around leave their jobs for one reason or another, the job disappears, and isn’t filled.
A local friend is exploring her bisexuality, and is enjoying a boyfriend and girlfriend, with everything that such a relationship entails. She is also expressing some guilt about it, will one partner become jealous of the other, will friends understand, etc. We’ve tried our best to be supportive of her choices, that they are hers to make, and we will be friends with all. A few more self-esteem exercises, and I think she will be all right. She is horrified by what is happening in Washington, and is also concerned by demonstrations happening in her native Romania.
Management Science is an oxymoron, and many bosses I’ve had are oxy-morons, air-breathing idiots. I can’t say anything others haven’t already said, but I have to wonder if brain cells shut down when you somehow get into even lower or middle management?
Speaking of brain cells shutting down…more nonsense about the dangers of vaccines? Who is leading the charge of the stupid, the Marching Morons, in America? My reaction to most newscasts these days is a facepalm and the rolling of the eyes.
The list of the passed. Like in the comprehensive lists every month in Ansible, it gets depressing every time I see it. Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds was a real shock, and I miss Stephanie Clarkson, who lived in Toronto for a while. I would definitely describe Leonard Cohen as a poet and novelist, but I know few who would describe him as a singer. Most compared him to a croaking frog, Cohen included.
As you say, time for more pleasant things. Thank you for this issue, and 31 will be soon, I hope?