Grump Central Archive: Week of 25 October 2020

Saturday, 31 October 2020

It hit the freezing mark last night, and I wasn't prepared to make a fire, so it got rather chilly around here—the heat pump was at its limit.

Friday, 30 October 2020

The world is becoming increasingly passive-aggressive. After hosting my websites for nearly 15 years, my web host has discontinued all hosting packages that support multiple domains; to continue with them, I'd be forced to purchase an individual package for each domain I manage (about a dozen), which would be insanely costly. I asked them what incentive I had to stay with them; no answer. So, it looks as though I'll be going through the painfully tedious process of migrating to a new host over the next three weeks; please bear with me during any brief outages that may occur as a consequence.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Still nothing.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

I'm emotionally empty today.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Sometimes it takes just a random little message to turn your day/week/month around. The following is just such an example:

David, I was looking through your wonderful Avengers website the other day, and I stumbled across your house in the woods blogs. The location looks idyllic and I am in awe of your carpentry, electric etc skills, never mind the wonderful vision you had. [But] I was also very sad to see your grim health news.

It was thirteen years ago when I first contacted you about The Avengers. Without your beautiful site and words, I would never have become a writer/editor of 20+ books. You were the inspiration... Thank you for being the main creative foundation.

I hope you can enjoy some wonderful "moments of being," surrounded by nature, over the weeks, months or even years ahead.


Rodney is the son of Roger Marshall, a noteworthy writer for the original television series. Rodney dedicated his first book on the series, Subversive Champagne: Beyond Genre in The Avengers, in part to me, which was extraordinarily touching. When I asked Rodney for permission to reproduce his email, he graciously agreed and followed up with—

Discovering your Avengers website came at a very important and difficult moment for me and it is not an exaggeration to say that without it and its contents I would never have started writing. I was hoping that one day we could meet but even if that seems unlikely you made a big difference to my writing life. Your comments both about The Avengers and your own life touched me deeply. My clichéd ideas about a "cabin in the woods" have been changed by reading your own powerful and painful story.

Thank you so very much, Rodney. You've helped restore my faith in humanity.

Monday, 26 October 2020

I need to look back on better days, because yesterday was emotionally far more brutal than I could have ever imagined. And so today's image is from this day in 2013, when I was full of hopes and dreams about a beautiful new future, free of the painful struggle that was to come.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

The crisis, alas, has not abated, and is now spiraling down into a black pit that threatens friendships as well as the emotional health of several people, myself included.

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