Archive for the 'Play the Game Existence' Category

Very Quick Update

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

I’m still in the hospital. CAT scans show improvement: the spot(s) on the lung(s) are gradually but steadily getting smaller, which means the presence of a tumor is highly unlikely. I’m probably dealing with a very nasty, very persistent viral or fungal infection. Jim McLauchlin of the HERO INITIATIVE was in LV today and stopped […]

Back in Hospital

Monday, January 21st, 2008

As the latest tactic in my continuing effort not to have lunch with Mark Evanier, I was spirited back to MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas late Saturday night by ambulance, after finding myself unable to breathe very well or even stand up for very long without experiencing dizziness and confusion. Since being back, I’ve had […]


Saturday, January 12th, 2008

I’m still alive, but I’ve been moved to a room in the hospital where the wireless signal is too weak to access the Internet. The room does have a window and a real “Mountain View”, however, and the nurses are taking good care of me. They actually wheeled me back to my old haunts long […]

Al Veoli’s Journal

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Dr. Tu, my pulmonologist, stopped by this morning to look me over and listen to my lungs. They sound better, he says, and the chest x-rays are showing some improvement. They also dialed me back from 60% to 50% pure oxygen through the mask this morning, with no ill effects so far. That, too, is […]

Sympathy Ploy

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Greetings from Mountain View Hospital, Observation Unit, Room 2, in Las Vegas. Mary drove me to the emergency room yesterday, and I was admitted pretty much immediately. My oxygen saturation percentage was in the 70s. (Ninety and above is considered normal.) It had reached the point that walking across a room was leaving me winded. […]


Sunday, January 6th, 2008

…for not posting more regularly. I’ve been sick again, damn it, and very little work is getting done. This may mean that COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY #6 will be late, and that, for scheduling reasons, I won’t be able to write the introduction to Marvel’s Howard the Duck Omnibus edition. I have seldom been so thoroughly […]

With Friends Like These…

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Looking back at ’07, I find the emotion that predominates for me is gratitude. In the main, people were awfully nice to me in 2007, helping me cope with everything from deadline difficulties problems to panic attacks — yes, real ones, brought on by extreme shortness of breath — to, on occasion, maintaining a simple […]


Monday, December 31st, 2007

Doing some hard disk housekeeping, I ran across two WAV files I thought I’d lost years and years ago — my impressions of Destroyer Duck’s “QWAAAGGGH!” and Howard the Duck’s “WAAUUUGH!” exclamations. There’s a good reason to post both of them here, and I’ll be doing that shortly. Meanwhile, in case it escaped your notice […]

Sick Again…

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

It never fails. I’ve got urgent writing to do this weekend, and the diet was starting to work again — so naturally, I come down with something flu-like that floors me utterly and puts me back on 60 mg of prednisone for the next five days. This is the Cosmic Thwart at work. It’s a […]

Interview on PULSE

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Click here. Regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with most of the ideas and opinions expressed, but Jen’s questions did elicit a couple of responses you haven’t heard before. Take a look — and if you’re enjoying COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY, please comment on the article and let Jen’s readers know. Good grief. […]