Pluses: having a mini-story honoured in the 10th Binnacle Ultra-short competition–'Oxygen' should be published in Binnacle's own distinctive fashion towards the end of this year; the support and encouragement of my Twitter friend @OldeYellerCat; putting the penultimate Iyessi song on my Discord's Child page. Minuses: the illness of a lady who has been a long-suffering, understanding, talented, indomitable, inspiring and fun friend for 30 years. I never was very good at arithmetic, but even though there are more pluses than minuses, when I subtract one from the other the pluses don't seem to count for as much. Get well soon, Mary.