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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
3:21 pm
Goodbye to LiveJournal
After thinking about it, I've decided to leave LiveJournal. There's really not much going on here. The majority of people posting anymore are doing the same thing that I do, which is copy from my main blog.
So, if you really want to keep up with what's going on with me, you can read my regular blog at http://jalanerwine.blogspot.com, and you can always keep an eye on my website at http://www.jalanerwine.com...which reminds me, I really need to update my site...

See you on the other sites.
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
7:21 pm
Is there a point to Livejournal anymore?
I'm really starting to wonder if it's worth keeping this Livejournal account active. Very few people still seem to be here, and I get a lot more traffic to my regular blog site than I do here.
So, is there a point?
Monday, March 10th, 2014
11:19 am
The new Cosmos
I watched the new Cosmos series last night. I have to admit that being a huge fan of the original series, I was a bit skeptical about this one. After watching the first episode, I'd have to say that I'm not as skeptical as I was, but I'm also not completely sold on it either. I liked that they made it different enough from the first series that it didn't seem like a rehashing of that series. I also liked that they paid tribute to the original series, especially showing Carl Sagan's planner with the name Neil Tyson on one of the Saturdays...it was a nice way to show some continuity.

Will this show be able to live up to what the original series did? It's hard to say. The original series had a huge impact on a lot of people, especially me. I was only ten at the time, and fascinated by science, so this hit me at the perfect time. That's a little hard for the new series to live up to.

Thinking back to the first series, the first episode was a little slow, just like the new series...more of a tease for both than an actual episode. Suffice it to say that I will tune in next week, and hopefully this one will pull me in like the original did.
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
4:00 pm
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Ten (Human Space)
The Human sector of space has now been charted in the latest installment of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica:

The Humans are the newest species on the celestial block. Some view them as a breath of fresh air, while others view them as being the biggest threat the galaxy has ever seen. Now you can learn about the planets they’ve colonized, the systems that they couldn’t colonize, and the systems that they hope will lead them to galactic colonization (conquest).

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space. The Encyclopedia continues with Sector Ten (Human Space).

Pick up your copy from us at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/ephemeris-encyclopedia-galactica-sector-ten-human-space


Pick up your copy from DriveThruRPG at http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/127192/The-Ephemeris-Encyclopedia-Galactica-Sector-Ten-Human-Space
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
11:11 am
Holy crap! There's a teenager in the house!
My oldest turns 13 today. That's absolutely unbelievable, and something that we're not entirely ready for. We're so proud of the young woman she's becoming, but we hate watching her fall into a lot of the pitfalls that we fell into as teens.

I remember my teen years as a mix of good memories, and truly horrible memories. Being a teenager is never easy, and I think for girls, especially in modern American society, the challenges are one hundred times worse than they are for teenage boys. Still, we're doing everything we can to support her as she grows up, trying to help her avoid the mistakes we made as kids (and often failing miserably.) We hope that she realizes that we will be here for her through the good choices and the bad choices, and we hope that she will come to us, instead of giving into some of the insane things her friends (or boys) might try to talk her into.

Needless to say, the next few years will be interesting...to say the least.

And just in case she's reading this instead of paying attention in class...Happy Birthday, Eryn! I love you.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
1:59 pm
E-book sale
March 2nd through March 8th you can get any of Nomadic Delirium Press's e-book titles for 25% off. Simply go to https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nomadicdelirium and use coupon code REW25. This sale is good all week on any of their titles, and you can use it as many times as you might want to.

This sale includes one of my novels, two of my short story collections, all of the Ephemeris products, and several zines that I edited. Grab them while you can!
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
11:27 am
The stitches are out
Alexis had her stitches removed Friday. There's still a nasty bump by the scar, but the doctor says that's caused by her neck trying to adjust to the hyoid bone being removed, and over time, everything should go back to normal.

Overall, her health is good, and we've had the best outcome we could for. We're just very glad that this ordeal is over, and we hope to never have to go through anything like it again.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
1:03 pm
Friday, February 28th, 2014
10:28 am
The March issue of The Fifth Di...
The March issue of The Fifth Di... is now available. This issue: The Fifth Di… features some of the best science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry. In this issue: Henry Brasater, Wayne Carey, G.O. Clark, and many more.

You can order it from us at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/fifth-di-march-2014/ and if you use coupon code "zines" it will be 20% off.

You can also order a variety of formats from Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/411191.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
2:52 pm
The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica: Sector Nine (Tulmath Space)
The latest supplement in our Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica is now available:

The Tulmath are the most peaceful of the six species, focusing more on trade than on anything else. They may want to dominate the other species economically, but they aren’t usually the type to go for military domination. Now you can learn about the planets they’ve colonized, the systems they struggle to try to control, and the systems that they hope will launch them deeper into space.

The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica will be a multi-volume collection looking at each sector of space. The Encyclopedia continues with Sector Nine (Tulmath Space).

Order from us at: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/ephemeris-encyclopedia-galactica-sector-9-tulmath-space/

Order from DriveThruRPG at:

Monday, February 24th, 2014
8:30 am
A reprint sale
I've sold the reprint rights for my story "Origins" to Tales of the Talisman. It will appear in their Winter issue...not this winter, but next winter. This is a great magazine, and I always love when my work appears here.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
11:30 am
Healthcare in the 21st century
After having two days of watching the American healthcare system in action, I'd have to say that I'm very disappointed. The people who were responsible for Alexis' care were outstanding, some of them even amazing. Everyone did everything they could to make a scared little girl, and her scared parents, as comfortable as they could. The problem was that the hospital was horribly understaffed. The first time she needed pain meds, they didn't have any of them on the floor, so they had to order them from the pharmacy. That took about an hour and a half...which for pain, especially pain in a small child, is completely unacceptable. The other problem was that there weren't enough nurses in her section of the hospital. They were friendly and seemed skilled, but there were too many patients for them, so we had to remind them often of what she needed. In fact, when it was time for us to be discharged, there was actually only one nurse working. The desk was being run by a nurse who was supposed to be on her lunch break, so she was eating and working at the same time.

So, kudos to everyone for taking care of my little girl, but something needs to be done about staffing in hospitals. I realize that a lot of this has to do with the insurance companies, and whether someone thinks Obamacare is the best thing to ever happen, or the worst, I think most people would agree that there is a desperate need for an overhaul of the insurance companies in this country.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
8:32 am
Surgery tomorrow
Tomorrow will be Alexis' surgery. The surgeon, of course, tells us how it's just a very routine and simple surgery, but there's nothing routine or simple about having your three year old operated on. The surgery is expected to take 45-75 minutes, but I can already imagine that that will be the longest 45-75 minutes of our life.

She's expected to stay overnight, but we will hopefully be bringing her home on Thursday. Obviously we will both be staying at the hospital tomorrow night, while the older girls stay with grandma and grandpa.

Even though she's young, she's expressed some fear about the surgery, so we're doing everything we can to keep her mind off of it. Rebecca will be taking five days off, so we can both be here to help her recover. We'll obviously be watching a lot of movies, especially a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...her current favorites.
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
2:36 pm
Why there are no black holes in the EEG
I've had a few people ask me why the volumes of the Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica don't include things like black holes, pulsars, quasars, nebulae, etc. The answer is pretty simple. When we designed the game we wanted it to be as close to hard SF as we could make it. Yes, we did include hyperspace and yes, all of the species are basically at the same technological level, but those were necessary for the game. All of the stars listed in each of the volumes are all actual stars, and we've done our best to use what modern science knows about those systems to create planets that might be realistic. Granted, when we get to the systems that are more than 200 light years away, we're going to have to create some stars because it's a lot harder to see some of those stars (like G and M stars.)

Having said this, as far as science knows, there are no black holes, pulsars, quasars, or nebulae with a couple light years of us...so we didn't include them. We want the game to be as realistic as possible.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
7:30 pm
If only I'd had money
Looking back to late 2012, early 2013, I can honestly say that I wish I'd had money at the time. If I'd had money, I think I would have tried to talk Tyree Campbell into letting me take over Sam's Dot Publishing. It was an amazing small press publisher, and when I see what's happened to it after Tyree left, I'm truly sad.

When I first started working for James Baker at ProMart, Tyree was an unpublished author, and then I picked up his first story, and the rest was history for him. When Jim was sick in the hospital and dying of cancer, he'd really wanted me to take over ProMart, but I wasn't able to because of finances, but luckily Tyree stepped in and took the company to the next level and beyond.

Now, I wish I could have taken over and continued the things that Jim and Tyree started. There would have been a lot of authors and editors who wouldn't have been left hanging.

Still, even if I can't save Sam's Dot (which I still wish I could), I'm going to do the best I can to keep Jim's dream alive at Nomadic Delirium Press.
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
9:07 am
Busy day
Yesterday was quite the busy day. Our middle child, Juliah turned nine, which is almost impossible to believe. When I first met her, she was only two, and now here she is almost a tween. So there was much cleaning, cooking, and baking yesterday...and as I look around the house today...I notice that it's quite trashed. I guess I know what I'll be doing soon...

Yesterday was also Alexis' pre-op appointment. There wasn't much to it. The doctor asked if we had any questions. He explained what was going to happen, and they gave us scrips for antibiotics and pain medication for after her surgery. It's getting closer, and it's getting all too real...
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
9:14 am
EEG Pictures
I've been asked a couple of times why we're using pictures of stars on the covers of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica when there are so many more dramatic images from space that we could use. The simple answer is that each of the stars shown is actually in that sector...

Sector 3 is Miaplacidus

Sector 8 is AU Microscopii

Sector 13 is Zeta Doradus

We're not sure what the star will be for Sector 21 (Arbonix Space), but we wouldn't be surprised if it was Mizar...
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
10:48 am
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
3:37 pm
Really people?
Today was the first day that I've been back at the OfficeMax I worked at since I left a little more than two months ago. I needed ink and paper, and the main reason I went in rather than ordering on-line was because I had cartridges I could recycle, so I could save money.

Before I left, the place was in trouble. Very few people were doing their work including the assistant manager and some of the other supervisors. It always fell on me or the store manager to finish the work they couldn't get done, and when the district manager came in, he ripped into me and the store manager, basically saying it was our fault the store was in such bad shape. This was one of the main reasons I decided to leave, and then when they transferred the store manager, I decided it was definitely time to go. I never had time to do my work, except when he would take things over and let me have the time...I knew without him, I would never get anything done, so I left.

Now I find out that after I left, a lot of the people in the store, including supervisors that I was constantly bailing out threw me under the bus...saying the store was screwed because I didn't do what I was supposed to do. Anyone who knows me knows that this is not who I am. However, here it is more than two months later, and some of the things I was not able to finish, still aren't done.

But, hey, it's not my problem. I never counted those supervisors as my friends, and all I can say is that I'm much happier being gone. I can honestly say that I've never once missed the place, and I certainly won't now.

From now on, I'll be doing my ordering on-line...probably from Staples.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
4:11 pm
EEG Sector 13
Working at home is certainly conducive to getting things done. Today I finished the first draft of the new volume of The Ephemeris Encyclopedia Galactica. This one looks at Sector 13, otherwise known as Culthan space.

It will be a look at just what the mad race is up to in the sector that they'd love to control...
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