Socially distanced? Choose Your Price for ‘Hard Reset’ and ‘The Anomaly Problem.’

May you live in interesting times.

-English expression, often mischaracterized as a Chinese curse.

This shit is bananas.

-My brother, via text message.

I made a run to the grocery store for soymilk at 6am, wondering how picked-over the place would be. I needn’t have worried. Soymilk isn’t terribly popular in my area. The attitude among the store’s staff and customers ranged from quiet terror to giddy incredulity, with a few team-members joking about the absurdity and infeasibility (considering their job) of staying six feet from other humans. Neither the staff nor my fellow customers looked particularly happy to see me, invading their space in those narrow aisles and exhaling into the shared atmosphere.

But I don’t wanna run out of soymilk.

You seem like a smart bunch, so I can assume you’ve been paying attention to the news and that you’re all complying with the official guidelines for this COVID-19 thing. Or that you’re trying to, at least. I know it isn’t always possible. It should be, but that’s a topic for another time. For now, let’s just try to make the best of this situation.

This morning’s trip to the grocery store will be the last time I leave the house until the end of the month. Provided I stay healthy, I have plans to fill my time. My house will get some attention, and I’ve always got writing and reading that needs done. For the rest of you, I’ve made both of my sci-fi thrillers—Hard Reset and The Anomaly Problem—available for whatever you want to pay for them through the end of the month until this mess shows signs of going away on Smashwords.

It’s a “choose your price” deal because I want to give people the option of picking them up for free. And it seriously won’t bother me a bit if you select the no-cost option. I figure if there’s something I can offer for the collective good, I should do it. We all need stuff to read, perhaps now more than most times. Knowing that some of you are staying home, playing it safe, and relaxing with one of my books will keep my spirits up.

We’ll get through this.


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