Updates a-go-go

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It’s been a while. I apologize. I wasn’t sure how to write this post because it’s been so long. Like that phone call to an old friend you know you need to/want to make, but you just don’t know how to begin. Like your fingers can’t manage to punch in the digits. How does that phone work again? Is this thing on?

Over on a friend’s Patreon, I posted some crazy talk to the effect of “It’s never too late, even if you’re on the off-ramp to the Pearly Gates and St. Peter is waving you to your parking space.”

Hindight reminds me, rather flintily, that sentence is the biggest bunch of horse manure I’ve ever shoveled. But it got me writing this post, didn’t it?

Life Happened

This summer, I had my second bunion surgery and couldn’t get around the house well. I finished writing my first novel enough to send it along on its editorial process. I’ve begun writing the second in the series, as well as the third.

Will our project cat is up walking, playing, and getting into trouble. He’s still on insulin, but his dosage is dropping. He’s still time- and money-consuming, but when he comes to me with that kitty smile and eyes full of love, it’s all worth it.

But we didn’t escape “the down” after all.

A New Feature … Patreon!

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After I shot this video and the Patreon cleared away the “Congrats You Launched” page you see above, I realized most of you who follow this blog on RSS or via email won’t see this until Derby Day, not today, Kentucky Oaks Day.

Oops. Sorry.

Yup. I launched my Patreon page on Kentucky Oaks Day 2019.

Anyway, after years of MacGuyer telling me about Patreon, because he’s a fan of founder Jack Conte’s musical duo Pamplemouse, I finally figured out what I’d like to do with a Patreon page.

To be clear and not cast MacGuyver in an unsupportive light, he wasn’t hinting all that time, but he knew I wanted validation as a writer and artist, plus I dreamed what I did would have enough value for people to pay me for it.

I’d always known I’d launch a page if I could figure out what I could offer.

Why a Patreon page now?

When and Where to Watch the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Plus Update on Post Position Draw

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Ailing–but improving–cats, as well as another deadline or two,  may be occupying my time, but it’s Derby Week.

Which means, it’s the holidays here.

Time for the annual where/when/how to get in the spirit post if you can’t be in Louisville. Or if you’re in Louisville and are allergic to crowds.

Heads Up, the Post Position Draw

The Post Position Draw has been moved from TV to online streaming. Last year, it was on Facebook. This year, it’ll be on the Kentucky Derby website starting at 11 am ET on Tuesday morning.

Derby Weekend

NBC Sports is producing coverage and will offer a live stream on its website.

This article on TechRadar lists where and when to watch if you’re a cord-cutter or you live outside the US.

A note from me

Back in 2009 when I started this tradition of “when and where to watch the Derby,” our options were cable or regular TV.

Also, NBC Sports has a long-term contract for the Triple Crown races, so the outlet covering the races is going to be the same for a long time.

Yet, I’m always amazed at how many people turn to this blog to learn more about when and where to watch. Even now, as blogs receive less traffic and social media rules the internet.

So, thank you for your trust.

And thank you, NBC Sports, for the following graphic, which I helped myself to.

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Kentucky Derby Access
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Kentucky Oaks Race
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Kentucky Derby Prep
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