Last week I got a sore throat. I kept waiting for it to turn into a cold, but it didn't. It just stayed a sore throat with occasional other symptoms. It got better for a while, then worse. Finally I saw a doctor yesterday and, yes, I have Strep. And it's every bit as fun as it was last time I had it, as a teenager.

For the most part I have spent the last week not talking, as it just really hurts to do so. I managed to marshall my resources and speak through it Monday at our gig at Kitsap Regional Library. And I will doubtless do so again on Friday in Detroit, but we are also turning over more of the talk to Gene. I first started doing this talk by myself and it is in some sense still "my" talk. We've been meaning to change this, and necessity is the mother of invention.

I am such a talker that going without speaking has been very interesting. For one thing I find I'm blogging more - I guess I need an outlet. But mostly it's revelatory to go through the day saying as little as possible, and occasionally relying on sign language (everyone in our family knows a little bit). I am always one for the clever quip, and I've learned that the world doesn't end when I don't make them. Crazy.

Anyway, I've started on Penicillin, so this whispering nightmare will soon end.

Our next appearances


Apr 2 - 6, 2018 Dallas, TX
TXLA 2018 (Library COMIC booth 2632) (Gene)

May 11, 2018 Oceanside, CA
Oceanside Public Library Staff Day (Gene)

June 22 - 25, 2018 New Orleans, LA
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth 450) (Gene)

October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)


Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)

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