Rob’s Update: Happy Holidays

Week of 16 – 23 December

Greetings all

Tonight, my sweetie, her spawn, and I head down to Mom’s for Christmas.

Last year was Dad’s last Christmas, and this one will be different than any other I’ve known. Oddly, I am looking forward to this one much more than last, though. We knew as we unwrapped presents this was Dad’s last, so driving down I was filled with frustration and sadness. Dad made his passing as easy as we could have hoped, but that didn’t make it fun.

This year, we’ll miss having him around, though man, he told some awkward stories near the end. Talk about having no filter. But he got what he wanted from Santa Claus, enough time to say goodbye but no more than needed so he could be out of his pain.

The negatives of his sickness weighed everything down last year, but this year I’m filled with so much more optimism. I’ve got lots of irons in the fire, and I need to finish some, but it’s awesome that I’m getting asked to write these things. My home life is much more relaxing, at least when the kitten isn’t galumphing around, even though my move is extending to far longer than I hoped. 2018 promises to be one of my best years ever.

I hope all of you get good presents. If you deserve coal, I even hope you get top-flight anthracite.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Quote of the Week

“I’m a physicist, and we have something called Moore’s Law, which says computer power doubles every 18 months. So every Christmas, we more or less assume that our toys and appliances are more or less twice as powerful as the previous Christmas.”
– Michio Kaku

News and Works in Progress

  • A new short story requested to get out quick. I should be done early in January.
  • Brief Is My Flame, in the 30s, even though I’ve been lazy

Recent Blog Posts and Wiki Additions

  • Nothing new to add, but that’s because I’ve been focusing on something else…

Upcoming Events


As you probably already know, Heather Dale is one of my favorite voices. If you have only one album of Christmas songs, my suggestion would be this:

Good King Wenceslaus is on my playlist year round.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell
Author of the Shijuren-series of novels

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