Lincoln City, where WMG is headquartered, keeps making the news lately, but not in the way you want to make the news.

The first time was earlier in this year when a group of racist tourists trapped a Black family (a mom and her kids) on the beach and threatened them and the police protecting them with violence. It took just about every member of our small-town police force to keep that from happening. The family was not physically hurt, but I can only imagine the emotional damage done.

The second time was because of the devastating wildfires.

And the third was because of sheer stupidity. We actually made the NY Post this time, because of an incident at one of our local grocery stores, Mckay’s Market: “Oregon man showing off handgun accidentally shoots himself in groin.” That’s not a good milestone.

At least this time karma was swift and just. But the poor people in McKay’s at the time. I shop there with my daughter (or I did before the pandemic). Jeez.

I need a distraction. And from what I’ve seen of 2020, you’ve probably got your own stories of hatred or tragedy or stupidity or all three that you need distraction from, too.

So, I’m giving you all a gift. It’s one of my favorite stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It involves time travel (who wouldn’t want that ability right now?) and humor and romance. It’s just fun. And of all the irony, it’s called “Present.”

Click here to download the story. I hope it makes you smile. We could all use some of that right now.  

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

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