From Sanctuary to Sedona

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, we have been without Internet and TV services for almost a week. The kids survived by watching (over and over again) four of the many dozens of movies for younger viewers that we have collected over the last 20 years. They even learned something new: how to operate a VCR.

I, however, did not do so well. The withdrawal symptoms were acute. Not for the TV, there is currently no football on. But no access to the Internet was worse than being out of coffee. OK, maybe not quite that bad but damn similar.

Sadly, I didn’t use the opportunity to do near the amount of writing I should have. Instead, I remembered (marginally) how to converse and managed to impose a slight bit of organization on some of the boxes of chaos still in the garage from our move a couple of years ago.

It was during that bout of rearranging that I found my copies of the first three volumes of Thieves’ World, original, ACE (now owned by Penguin) paperback editions; purchased nearly 30 years ago for, according to the printing on the spine, $ 2.95US each. ($3.50 Canadian). I had to look twice at the price, first because my eyes aren’t quite what they used to be 30 years ago, and second, paperbacks have been 6 and 7 dollars or more for so long, I couldn’t remember them ever being much less than that. Guess my eyes aren’t the only things that ain’t what they used to be…

With no Internet for a few days, I decided I would revive an old, but lately neglected habit. I decided I was going to sit down and actually read a book. In reality, it ended up being 3 books in 4 days: two that I’d been wanting to read for awhile and the first volume of Thieves’ World for a refresher to that world from long ago that in a long roundabout way gave rise to the underlying concept for these Inn Situ stories.

Scott and I, and potentially a couple of others, are rapidly closing in on 40 stories in this particular collection. Far more than I had ever dreamed of achieving from just the two of us. I cannot speak for Scott, but I can tell you that I have enjoyed the journey thus far immensely. I can also tell you that I don’t think the stories are even remotely close to being done. Although Sedona is not Sanctuary—would not be believable if we were attempting to make it so—Sedona, like Sanctuary is populated with people whose stories need to be told. At least those people that frequent, or pass through our Inn Situ.

[Editor’s Note:]This was originally posted in March of 2013. There are still 4 or 5 posts that I have not been able to recover from the recent server crash, but they will be re-posted when/if they become available.[/Editor’s Note]

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