January is now halfway through, my health is improving and I am starting work on a number of collaborations.
Which is unusual for me – I’ve always worked best on my own, both in academia and later as a writer. It’s probably because I am not disciplined enough or, as the mantra goes, I am not a good team player.

But let’s talk about it. My record shows I’ve always performed well when working in a team – I could show Hope & Glory as a witness to the fact that I can work on a team all right (the opinion of my long-suffering accomplice, the esteemed Umberto “Beasts & Barbarians” Pignatelli, is not on record). It can be stressful for me, and it forces me out of my habits and comfort zones, but that’s good.

And really, the last time I was accused of not being a good team player it was by a gentleman whose basic proposal was “you write for free, I sell your stories” – on whose team and at what game was I supposed to play?

But anyway, one of the collaborations – the only one I am at liberty of discussing right now – is with my brother Alessandro. After forty-five years, we should have found a way to work together without killing each other.
I hope to have something to show to you by the end of the month–possibly earlier than that to my Patrons.
It will be… interesting.

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