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Rob’s Update: Overtime

Week 20 of 2023

Greetings all

On Wednesday, I made a double trip, meaning I went up to Olathe, filled my car, and came back to Anthony in a day. That’s about 8 hours of driving, plus load time.

It’s notable because that was basically the last time I’ll be at that house after a dozen years.

I’m so glad that we have everything down in Anthony, and that nearly everything is done to make the house sellable. Now all we have to do is unpack and arrange everything.

I started arranging my office today and at some point soon I’ll have my full workspace up and operational. I’ll get back in the normal rhythm of writing and editing on Sunday or Monday.

Man, am I ready for that.

And you know, if I’ve gt a ton of procrasticleaning I’ll need to do to help me take breaks.

This was the final push, so I haven’t even tried to do any real work. Part of that is I’m exhausted. One reason for that fatigue is Two Men and a Truck.

A week ago Wednesday, I was to get another truck from them. I wasn’t entirely pleased with the way they packed the first two trucks, but they certainly worked hard.

The last truck, however, had a crew that didn’t want to do anything. They packed the truck half-full, gave half effort, and in fact only gave me 10 of the 20 hours I paid for. I registered a complaint. The local management gave half attention, and frankly gave me an insulting amount of recompense. I’ll take it, but my advice is never use Two Men and a Truck.

This meant that on Saturday, I was up at 5am. We left from Anthony to Olathe, where we rented a UHaul. Then we spent 5 hours packing it, then drove it back down to Anthony, and unloaded it halfway by 9pm.

Thank goodness we had a couple guys we’ve been paying to help us. We wouldn’t have made it if it hadn’t been for them.

However, we spent about twice on Saturday what Two Men offered us to repay their lack of service, not counting our time. The good news is I got to use my Pennsic Packing Tetris skills.

But if Two Men had done their job, I wouldn’t have had to go to overtime. But we’ve got everything here. Now we have time for me to get back to work.

What I’m Listening To

Playoff hockey. Better yet, overtime playoff hockey. It’s the most exciting and dramatic of all sports in overtime. Only thing more exciting is a Game 7 overtime playoff hockey gae.

Quote of the Week

Wayne Gretzky is one of the commentators during the intermissions, so let’s have a quote from him. It’s relevant to us right now, by the way, because the ethos here is behind our move to Anthony.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

– Wayne Gretzky

Rob’s Riddles

I have a Patreon where I write Old English style riddles and provide snippets of my work. You can find it here: patreon.com/rhodri2112, along with a sample riddle.

I apologize for the hiatus on the move. Back to full speed soon, hopefully next Monday. Thanks for everyone’s patience.

New Mythology Works in Progress

Rob’s Works in Progress

  • Sowing Spring’s Wrath (3,213)
  • Farewell, My Ugly (73,704)
  • Rick Blaine (8,845)
  • The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)

Upcoming Events

New Releases

A new 4HU novel! This one is Companion of Darkness, by Casey Moores. Get it here: amazon.com/dp/B0C4V1Z4LR.

Your pre-release this week is We Dare: Old Age and Treachery, a new MilSF edited by Jamie Ibson. Get it here: amazon.com/dp/B0C5H9HHXT/

Tracked Items

Today’s Weight: 354.2

Updated Word Count: 112,868

Firehall Sagas Archives: 737 entries

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

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe