The plan for my holiday stories is to write one story for each day, focusing on a little-known holiday and a different (though recurring) set of characters each time. They’re supposed to all take place in 2023, and be released in 2024.

Unfortunately, for one of the stories, I looked at the wrong year on checkiday.com and the story for “National Clean Off Your Desk Day” is one day offset.


Yes, I know, I could just go back and move it to a different day, but at this point I’m in the middle of writing the March stories. I don’t want to go back and have to tinker around. This is what happens when you pick a day that’s “the second Monday of the month” instead of “January 9”. I didn’t make that mistake any other time, but I did make it once, and now I have to deal with it.

Instead of making a bunch of changes, or removing the story altogether (it’s a good story), I’m just going to put an author’s note at the end. Sort of a mea culpa.

I’m sure no one would know that I made a mistake — I mean, who’s going to check every single day? I’m not planning to include links to them (though that may change). But I know I made the mistake, and it would bother me if I didn’t admit it.

Oh, and if you want to read a little of the story, I posted it last month.

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