I know this can be a weird day in the best of years, and I’m going to keep an open thread running all weekend if people want to stop by and say hello. Comments are open! Tell us your tales of cheer and woe if you like. I’ll check at least a few times a day to clear things out of the spam trap, so if your comment doesn’t post immediately, do not panic.
Flashback to the time my mother-in-law sent me costumes for the cats and I betrayed Daniel:
There is no photo of Henrietta in the costumes, as I like having skin that’s all in one piece, and Daniel’s smartened up enough in the last year I’m going to leave it at one for him.
Blog-wise, I’ve got a search terms post brewing for sometime next week, and some plans for early January when the blog turns ten years old and I revisit some of the very first posts. (TEN. YEARS. HOW?) This month I finalized my book proposal and turned it in to my agent, Suzie Townsend, and her wonderful team Dani and Meredith, who will work their magic on it and submit it to potential publishers in January. (Working title: The Sandwich Means I Love You: Collected Advice From Captain Awkward.) The proposal has taken up most of my brain for a while but there new things leaking out now that it’s done, and this week, I wrote a poem about community theater. I was a prolific teenage poet, but I went on hiatus for about 30 years, and it’s interesting to come back to it after doing film stuff and realize, wait, it’s scenes and images, I might know how to do that.
Today, we’re hanging in there, cooking large batches of potatoes and learning sad Christmas songs on ukulele. We did a family video chat with my relatives last night and we’ll do one with my in-laws today. There will be movies, Bridgerton-watching with Commander Logic (virtually, from our separate households), and no waistbands in sight. Mr. Awkward has some family members and friends who are like family who are between “sick” and “extremely ill” right now, so good thoughts are appreciated.
Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting the site, thank you to the good people who have been here from the start and to the people who stumbled on this place just now and to everyone in between, all along. Sometimes some of you email me to let me know that a post here got you through a hard thing, and I hope you all know that you’re the people who get me through, 1000-fold. I’m wishing you all safety and enough of everything you need and at least a little bit of light. ❤