Just started cleaning up my flower beds. Hope I’m able to get fresh mulch this year, as well as the lumber to build the 8ft-long flower planter I’ve been wanting for a couple years.

Chris Kuell

I just found out why I hadn’t heard back from Chris Kuell, Breath & Shadow’s Editor in Chief, on an article I sent him in January. Chris has seen more of my work than any other editor, and he always responded within a month. He told me once that it should never take him more than a month to get back to me on a submission.

We’ve exchanged many messages over the years and found out a lot about each other. We both loved sports and music, and that was what we talked about most. I finally broke into Breath & Shadow last year with my article about Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe and the Super Bowl halftime show. Shortly after that article was published, I sold another article to them, “Walking With Cerebral Palsy”.

On my birthday last year, he sent me a fiction story he’d written that had to do Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a few months back, he was telling me about his book “Morris” that just came out. I think it’s a collection of stories about Rock n Roll. It’s next on my to-read list. I thought I would have read it while he was still well and alive.

Baseball and Stuff

Reds just beat Dodgers. Earlier, Mets lost to Astros. There’s more baseball games on, but I gotta turn the TV off and get back to work. As much as I want to watch all these games, I need to limit it to just my top teams, namely the Detroit Tigers for MLB, and the other Detroit teams for the other sports, as well as the Michigan Wolverines.

In Baseball, there are teams I love, teams I like, teams I don’t like and teams I hate. Someday, I oughta list out which teams are under which category.

Probably going to turn the Red Wings on at 7. Might or might not actually sit in front of the TV and watch the game.

I’m hungry. Going to make hamburgers. Hope I don’t burn them like I did last time. By the way, production has been moving steadily. Getting work into novels and short stories every day.

Covid 5

I’m just realizing that I barely have a sense of smell. It’s been like this since the beginning, I just didn’t think about it until now. I would really like to have that back in time for Thanksgiving, though I’m probably going to be spending Thanksgiving alone. I don’t think I’m going to be cleared by next week.

Covid 4

According to my test results last night, I’m still Covid positive. But I’m feeling much better now. Still coughing, but not as much. My throat is still a little sore, but no where near as bad as it was. I ran out of medicine yesterday, but I don’t think I need it anymore.

I’m slowly getting back on track.

Covid 3

People who think Covid is “just the flu” are fucking morons. This isn’t “just the flu”, this isn’t “just” anything. This shit is monstrous and unlike any flu I’ve ever experienced.

Covid 2

I think I was in elementary school the last time I had a sore throat this bad. Every time I cough, it feels like my spine is going to snap in half or my brain is going to smash through my skull. There is a slight tightness in my chest. My breathing is fine, but I can see how this could be deadly for someone who has health issues.

My vision is especially weak right now, and I feel sleepiness, though I spent the last two days in bed sleeping. Tylenol took away the headache, and the dizziness seems to have mostly subsided.

I probably caught it when I shopped at Kroger Monday. I hope no one gets sick because of me.