I just got a call from the loverly El Paso Times informing me that they will be publishing my letter to the editor in the next few days. I know it's not like being an actual honest to God author, but it is nice to technically be able to cross that off the list of things to do before I die (i.e. have something I've written get published).
It's made my day so far and I will be going to see The Time Machine in a little while so on the whole the day isn't turning out so bad beyond the big loooming business troubles that have been looming and big for the last few weeks. So on the scale of stress-happiness from 1-10 where I've been at like -50 for the last few weeks, I'm now at a solid -10 which is probably the best I'm likely to be at (short of getting some WPHoCMS) until the business stuff gets worked out.