After spending a fair amount of time sewing my dog's Halloween costume*, I was relieved to find that my own was fairly simple to put together. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Wil Wheaton's Non-Judgmental Ninja. It's been a while since I've been this excited about my Halloween character. NJN is pretty awesome. * … Continue Reading ››
There’s an expression I heard (a lot) while I was growing up:
“Name your limitations, and they’re yours.”Now, this is a keen concept: If you argue for why you can’t do this or that, then you can be pretty sure that you’re constructing a box for yourself. It’s right on par with the Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” My mother used to … Continue Reading ››
I like books. I read a lot of them. Not nearly as many as I'd like, though. Anyway, here's the list of books consumed during the month of May.
- Chocolate and Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache That Wouldn't Go Away, by Jennette Fulda (print)
- Damaged, by H.M. Ward (print)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (audiobook … Continue Reading ››
And here’s the list of books I finished reading and/or listening to in April:
- Exile’s Song (A Novel of Darkover), by Marion Zimmer Bradley (ebook)
- We All Fall Down, by Nic Sheff (audiobook read by Charles Carroll)
- Darkover Landfall, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (print)
- Excuses Begone!: lectures, by Wayne Dyer (audiobook)
- Living Well, Dying Well: lecture, by Sogyal Rinpoche (audiobook)
- Caliban’s War, by James S.A. Corey (print)
- Pines, by Blake Crouch … Continue Reading ››
This is another long one, folks. Here’s the TL;DR summary:
- I’m still having headaches; today is day 162. The MRI at least confirms that the pain is real.
- I have been offered no relief for the pain.
- Doctors should treat the patient, not the results of this or that specific test while throwing everything else into someone else’s court.
- I’m more likely to follow the guidance of the dysautonomia specialist … Continue Reading ››
What do you look for in a writing retreat, or a retreat of any kind? I’ve gotten it into my head of late that I’m in serious need of a productive getaway. I’ve caught myself researching various retreat and residency options across the country. There are some really great sites and opportunities out there. But before I begin investing a significant chunk of time in the various application processes—not to mention … Continue Reading ››
One of the cool—and unexpected—results of writing the Valhalla series is that readers and writer friends frequently send me Viking-related photos and news articles of interest. To share my good fortune, here is a sampling of what has been sent my way of late: