I just spoke to Howard today. He's in Mississippi, staying with his sister Mary until November which is when he returns to Austin for eye surgery. He's walking without a walker, no longer using a catheter, and has been going fishing with his brother-in-law. He says he's tired, but this is excellent news. He told me I should let everyone know that he's much better and that he's starting work on a partially written story he owes for an anthology and then will write his blog for Small Beer Press about his lost summer.