I know what you’re thinking…

“Four updates to Accidental Centaurs in two weeks’ time?! Who are you and what have you done with John?!

Okay, maybe not. Nevertheless, that’s the deal. We had an update on Saturday, and there’ll be one next Tuesday (21 March), next Friday (24 March) and the Tuesday after (28 March). That’ll put 16 out of the 24 pages of “Negative Space” in the can… which by my math is 2/3 of way through! Woo!

Stay tuned… Let’s see if I can keep this going. There’s seven pages left to do, which at this pace, will conclude the story on 21 April.

Meet Lauchi

Yesterday, I lost a dear, dear friend, who had succumbed to her long battle with cancer. Lauchi Wooley was 56.

I mention this here because of a gift I gave her just before she passed. Last week, I went to see her for what turned out to be the last time. On a previous hospital visit, I had taken her a handmade card that had cheered her up greatly. However, this time was different. Knowing that she had begun home hospice care, I just didn’t feel funny. I wanted to do something for her, but my customary snark and gallows humor was completely inappropriate for the situation.

Then, I had an idea. A wonderful, glorious, grinchy idea. Lauchi will be in Year Two of Accidental Centaurs.

Meet Lauchi. She is a… well, that’s a spoiler. Let’s just say she’s a cat. Like Patti and Mark, she is a (former) human from Earth, making a transit via the now-working teleporter. She just goes by Lauchi. She won’t tell anyone her full (human) name, which she hates, so she’s just Lauchi. Leave it at that. Don’t push with the cat.

Lauchi will have an important part to play in the Year Two story, so you’ll see a lot of her. She’ll be a lot like the real Lauchi was—strong, kind, gracious and dedicated. You’d have liked my friend, and I know you’ll like this version of her.