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Trying times, to be certain. We now hang our masks up with our keys so that both are ready to go when we’re heading outside. Most everyone is conscious, and some are even crazy-aware, of social distancing. Last night, on a walk with the family, I watched a lady a good hundred yards from us, stop and wait until we’d passed by before she continued her own walk.
Of course, we often see people walking—on the other side of the street—with no face masks. So far, everyone close to us has remained safe and well. Here’s hoping you and yours have too.
On the other side of things, I promised a bit of exciting news, and so here it is direct from the Independent Publisher Book Awards:
Congratulations on being a medalist in the 2020 IPPY Awards!
Yes, you are an IPPY medalist and you are a very big deal! We truly appreciate your participation, your patience with our delayed judging schedule, and especially your talent and commitment to independent publishing.
The Clockwork Detective won a bronze medal in the Science Fiction category! Not just a virtual bronze medal, but there’s an actual, physical medal that I’m required by law to wear around my neck everywhere I go. Well, maybe not by law, but I’m strongly considering including it in any formal attire!
The only downside—and it’s minor to be certain—is that the awards ceremony at the annual Book Expo in New York, has been cancelled. There will be a virtual ceremony, and of course the medals are all being shipped out to the winners, so there’s that. At any other time, this would have been an excellent excuse to take a small vacation to New York.
I suppose I can just watch some Woody Allen instead.
What’s your good news this week, month, year?
Tell us in the comments below!