As I mentioned before, I've moved. My "day job" (yes, I work a very tough day-job that keeps me with an average 10 to 12 hour day) has been particularly rough with several members of our team retiring, resigning or out on medical, which has meant the rest of us were stretched even thinner than usual. Some of you may have noticed that, even though I left the radio show, we (CJ Sage and I) picked up a new editorship with quite a large readership and it has been difficult to get the reins and pull it all into some kind of daily, weekly, monthly routine (which I think we've finally figured out). So DHP and my writing have been a little slow in the going. Now that my major day-job project has been put to bed, I can focus on DHP. So Maggie Smith's Disasterology should be out momentarily. And all the other books should follow shortly. And the entries for the prizes will be finalized. And I'll catch up with it all by summer, I think.
There's been some life issues. The move was not easy, starting with putting our house up for sale last year in May. Lots of problems with the new house. And then my mom "disappeared". She lives in another state and once we found her (she had a minor heart attack, didn't have her cell phone, and didn't wake up for a week), she was in intensive care for a month fighting pneumonia. So things have not gotten off to a good start. But northwest Oregon is beautiful, even with the record storms and we are finally settling in.
And then there was the Facebook identity thing. So they've locked me out of my account, cost me about 5000 contacts with fans, colleagues, old friends, and family. Most of which were contacting me only through FB, so when they pulled the plug on my account, I lost contact with everyone, lost the connection to my groups. I've been super angry with FB, and even though there is an "official" JP Dancing Bear page, I really can't trust FB enough to spend any time there. More to come on this.
So there's all that.
...and back to work I go...