"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
One corner got torn in all the moving around I have done, but the picture was not harmed. Kelly Freas did this portrait of my ex. Kelly and Polly were on a panel with Hank and I. Throughout the panel, Kelly sketched intermittently and grinned at me like a naughty boy. Then he slid this over to me and gave it to me as a present.
I adored working with Kelly when I was an assistant editor at Donning/Starblaze in Virginia. We often had lunch with him and Polly. After Polly died, he married Laura, who was very sweet. Laura did the cover for the anthology I edited in ’93, New Eves. Conventions have never felt the same since he died in ’05. He was 82 years old.
The generation that I grew up idolizing are mostly gone now. There’s a few left. Even some of those who are my age have vanished from this world. It makes me sad and sometimes lonely.
What holds me together now are the younger folks who are all around me. Elaine Daniels is the co-owner of Daverana Enterprises and she has great strength and drive. I admire that. Ali Alfreth is fun and a very good editor. Steven Beeho is an aggravation and a wonderful wit. Girl crazy Bodisaniwi, a DJ for Radio KoL, helps me with translations and my invented languages. He’s amazing. I intend to talk about others who have kept my life bright over the next few weeks.
I’m going on a sentimental journey. I hope you come along for the ride.