January 5th, 2012


I believe in vogons

If you'd asked me two months ago what the worst thing about unemployment would be, I may have answered with 'economic uncertainty', 'shame', or 'lack of health insurance'.

After a month of unemployment, I can honestly say the worst part is the paperwork. I've lost track of how many forms I've had to fill out.

The latest one, unemployment insurance on a medical loan I took out in 2008, is a blessing in disguise – if that disguise was put together by the Weta makeup department. I'm pretty sure goblins are involved. Or at the very least, vogons.

Since I didn't work for my last employer for a full 12 months, the insurance company, in its infinite wisdom, requires the employer before that to fill out a page as well. I don't understand the purpose, but if I want my insurance benefit, I better put on my big boy panties and get it done.

An interesting, if only tangentially related tidbit. I used to take Zoloft on a regular basis for the past year or so. Since I've been jobless, I came off it and I actually don't need it at all. Coincidence? I think not.

I think I may be on to something, but I need a little help finding the perfect day job for me. Don't worry, the novels are still being written. Terra Paradox is coming along nicely, with great feedback from my Super Secret Posse of Beta Readers. I still need to finish the first draft and then go back for some serious editing, but I think we can expect completion within a couple of months.


New Year Fantasy Book Roundup!

2011 sucked in so many ways, but for one area: new books to read! After getting a Kindle last Christmas, I began collecting more and more new books to read, since I no longer had to worry about shelf space. Here, in no particular order, are the four books of 2011 that stuck most with me. In no particular order, and with the warning that I probably forgot another gem or two along the way – my brain holds nothing – here are the most memorable books of 2011, followed by the most anticipated fantasy books of 2012! If you click on the book covers and purchase them through Amazon.com you also help me keep this site going!


The Dark Wife, by Sarah Diemer

"Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth," begins the Amazon.com product description. This novel, by indie writer Sarah Diemer, was my first encounter with this fabulous, sparkly author.

The book retells the story of Persephone and Hades, with one vital 'correction': Hades was a goddess, not a god. Life as a goddess isn't all it's cracked up to be for Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who is little more than a pawn in the power-plays of the Olympians. When she meets Hades, she decides that she has a choice on how to live her life. But will her choice set her free or destroy her love?

You have to read to find out!

I also highly recommend the other books by Sarah, which you can see at her website: oceanid.org.

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