A true Rain or Shine
I am still working on that long news post, but it'll be a while yet. So I just wanted to make a quick note that we're having an unplanned skip day, due to the fact that Hurricane Michael's path took it directly over Lillian's home town of Williamsburg, Virginia. She and her husband and kids are fine, in the "physically intact" sense of the word, but they were without power for days and are still without internet.
Remember when everybody was complaining about all the bad news in 2016? That's kind of been our 2018. (Erfworld actually had a great 2016. I remember feeling guilty about it.) I'd estimate we've had more tough stuff happen to Team Erfworld members and their families in the last 12 months than we did in the first 10 years. Car accidents, medical diagnoses, sudden financial burdens, operations...it's not even our first hurricane.
I really can't share that stuff, the way we shared Linda's cancer journey. But I wanted to let you know that 1. It's still raining pretty hard over here, 2. We're gonna be okay. All seven of us are hanging together and powering through it (including Lillian, now that she has power again), and 3. Even if you don't know everything that's been going on, your support through this whole rotten year has meant everything to us. You are the reason we're going to be okay.
"Shine" is coming. Today, more rain.
Reading this I am just glad that weather is kind of tame where I live (so far that is).
As for the not shared stuff, all I can say is spend your time with your loved ones. Today. They might not be there tomorrow. (Rob and Linda know this by now, its more of a message for everyone else who might not have realized it yet.)
Heck, I thought about the no power situation some more and found out that I could not even really remember the last time we lost power, must have been over a decade. And then it was out of order for hours at most, not days. I cannot even imagine what it is like to have no power for days. And then I remind myself that there are people living on this planet that have no power, ever. Geez...
My sister and her hubby live in Mexico Beach. On Monday, they'd boarded up their home and planned to stay put but on Tuesday, when Michael turned into a Category 3, they decided to bug out. Thank goodness. After some anxious days, they found that their home was still standing with no major structural damage. We are all so grateful. Of course no one can estimate when the basic necessities of power and water will be back, but they're "camping out" in their home and volunteering to help rebuild the community.
@kaosxi, there was a news update about some kind of new law in the USA which had to do with taxes where new functionality is needed for the shop. As far as I know there is work in progress. I assume the shop will be up in a while, after all Rob plans to sell the new books 3 and book 4 somehow. Once they are finished off course.
@Cheez - it was one of the bright spots for us as well. :-)
@Kaosxi - Bandaid is correct. We are in the process of upgrading the store. But we also had to move. Since our previous warehouse did not provide fulfillment (that was my job up until my diagnosis) we needed to also move all of our inventory (which is almost finished) to a fulfillment center. We need to be sure our inventory is accounted for and ready to go before we reopen the store.