My faithful minion Patricia Rogers, who has manned the phones here for lo these several years and done all manner of other things to keep the chaos at bay, took her leave of the office on November 1.
Thankfully, Pat departed for Albuquerque rather than the stratosphere. She has gone to work for James S.A. Corey, made up in equal parts of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Yes, sad to say, she has turned to the Dark Side. But the Dark Side is considerably closer to her house than the Citadel of Wisdom here in Santa Fe; it will save her three hours of commuting every day, so we can't blame her.
But we will miss her.
Lenore Gallegos has taken over most of Pat's duties. Raya remains as well, and from time to time Jo pops in, so I am adequately minioned for the moment. (In other words, DON'T SEND JOB APPLICATIONS, I am not hiring). So long as I keep that skylight closed, they should remain safely stuck to the ceiling, and work will proceed as usual.