Friday, August 26, 2016

Damn insurance companies

Those of you that have been reading this blog for a while know that I have a hate/hate relationship with health insurance companies. Well, now they've gone and pissed me off again. Rebecca spent days doing research to try and find a surgeon that might be able to help me with my chronic pain. She finally found one. We got the referral from our doctor. I talked to the surgeon's office, and he decided to send me in for a new CT scan, mostly to see if there had been any change since my last one (which could indicate something very serious.) All was well and good, since they'd already acknowledged that they take our insurance, but when his office called to try to get the CT scan approved, the insurance company informed them that there are two different types of insurance that this company has...the most common one, which the surgeon is in-network for, and the less common one, for which he is out-of-network. I'm sure you can guess which insurance we have...
So, the only way I can get into see this guy is to prove that there's no one in-network who would be capable of doing the surgery...which of course is interesting, since we hadn't even talked about an actual surgery yet. We just wanted to see what kinds of options I might have. So, now it's back to the drawing board as we try to find a surgeon who performs this operation (whatever that operation might be), who accepts our particular insurance, and who works with adults, since the majority of cardio-thoracic surgeons that deal with these kinds of issues work with kids. This will be interesting.
Now, thanks to another screw over by the insurance companies, I have to be in continuing pain, which is getting worse, especially as I'm having to work harder and harder each day at the "real" job. For example, I didn't get much sleep last night because I was so nauseous that I thought I was going to throw up, and it's not because I'm sick, it's just because I'm in so much pain.
So, I would again say that government needs to do something useful (like that ever happens) and reign in the insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical companies, instead of letting these companies set policy for the government.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Would you like to read the new issue of The Martian Wave early?

If you'd like to read the new issue of The Martian Wave early, now's your chance. Although the official release date is September 1st, we're making the e-book version available today through our website.  And instead of paying the normal $3.99 for your issue, you can get it for just $2.99...but this sale is only good until the release date, so you need to order soon. Go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-martian-wave-2016/ and order your copy now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Get the September issue of The Fifth Di... early

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
We're still a week away from the release of the September issue of The Fifth Di..., but you can pick up your e-book version of it right now from our website at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-fifth-di-september-2016/.
Not only can you be one of the first to read it, but you can also pick it up for just $1.49, but this sale ends at the end of the month, so order now.
What's in this issue?
The September 2016 issue of The Fifth Di… features fiction from Robert N. Stephenson, G. O. Clark, Rik Hunik, and Rick Novy.
A woman trapped on a conquered planet spends her days harvesting human blood for her alien conquerors, plotting her escape and eventual revenge. An astronaut goes back in time, and hopes to leave his mark on the future. An acid induced parlor trick leads to the creation of living origami goats that eat paper and become a menace…but not as big of a menace as the predator that’s created to take care of the goats. And finally, a man becomes a butler for an eccentric rich man, but he has no idea just how eccentric the man really is, and then he must figure out how to stop him.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I'm still around

This blog has been very quiet this month. Mostly it's because we've been crazy busy here, and also because many of the posts I've been thinking of have been political rants...and I just don't feel like getting into that right now.
Why have we been so busy? Back to school has been the main reason, and this year Alexis started Kindergarten, meaning that we had three different back to school nights, three different start dates, three different kids to buy clothes and supplies for...in other words, a lot has been going on.  It's impossible to believe that Alexis is actually in Kindergarten now, but I guess that's what happens...kids grow up, whether we want them to or not.
In addition to back to school, Rebecca has been trying to put in some extra hours to try and help us survive financially, and I've been putting in a couple of extra hours, but my hours have been very busy as we head into Halloween, which is the busy season at my "real" job.  And I won't even get into the quality of some of my co-workers...
I've also been getting two zines put together and reading for two anthologies...more on those later.
As far as our health issues, I've been suffering quite a bit more.  Even four hour shifts at the "real" job leave me in excruciating pain. I'm working on setting up an appointment with a surgeon, but they want me to get another CT scan, and I can't say I'm thrilled with the idea of another massive radiation dose, but maybe there's something he can do for me, as the meds don't seem to be doing it for me like they were.  If I take it easy, the pain is manageable, but exertion makes it difficult to do much.
Rebecca is still dealing with her issues, but we do have an appointment with a specialist in early September, but it still will probably take a while to get her meds right, so who knows how long it will take for her to get some relief...hopefully not too long.
Well, that pretty much sums up my recent absence.  You can expect the typical promotional blog posts, as well as the occasional rant as I finally get caught up on everything I need to get done.
Now, I just need to breathe...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Martian Wave: 2016 pre-sale has begun

The pre-sale for the 2016 issue of The Martian Wave has begun.  You can pre-order your print copy from us for just $9 until the release date of September 1st.  The print version of the zine will also be appearing in other on-line markets in the weeks to come.
You can pre-order the e-book version of the zine from just about every on-line source now.  To order your copy, go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tmw.htm and link to the site you want to order from.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Christmas in July at NDP

Taken from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For the rest of July, you can get 25% off your entire order from the Nomadic Delirium Press store.  This is a discount off of any of our e-books or print books.  This includes novels, anthologies, collections, magazines, RPG supplements, and everything else we carry.
Simply go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop and use the coupon code "25off" at checkout.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Martian Wave 2016 cover


Here is the cover for the 2016 issue of The Martian Wave.  Cover "art" is Curiosity on Mars, with cover design by the multi-talented Laura Givens.
Pre-order info will be coming from Nomadic Delirium Press in early August, and the zine will actually be released on September 1st.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Christmas in July at DriveThru

From the Nomadic Delirium Press website:
DriveThruRPG and DriveThruFiction are both having a Christmas in July sale.  You can get 25% off of any of our Ephemeris titles at http://www.drivethrurpg.com/summersale.php?manufacturers_id=2805&filters=0_0_0_0_0_31815#selectpub
And you can get 25% off any of our fiction titles at http://www.drivethrufiction.com/summersale.php?manufacturers_id=2805&filters=0_0_0_0_0_44595#selectpub.  This includes our novels, magazines, anthologies, and collections.
This is a great opportunity to save money on all of our great titles!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pain and illness

An update on the pain front.  I've been back on the meds I'm supposed to be on for just over two months now, but they don't seem to be as effective as they were before I was forced to change to another drug.  I'm still not in as much pain as I am without the meds, but I'm definitely experiencing pain...especially after a day at the "real" job.  I have to push myself so hard there that there are times that I come home and can't sleep because of the pain.  Tylenol has never really done anything for any kind of pain that I have, and I can't take any other pain relievers because they interact badly with my medication.
On the illness front, most of you don't know, but Rebecca has been dealing with a lot of sickness in the time that we've known each other...and before anyone says anything (Spencer), it's not because of being married to me.  Over the years, she's had various things diagnosed, but never anything that actually explains everything that's wrong with her.  Last week, we finally got a diagnosis that makes sense.  She's dealing with a chronic illness that she doesn't want named...and no, it's not cancer, although it does increase her risk of developing cancer.  The illness is something that she will have to deal with for the rest of her life, but at least now that we know what it is, we can hopefully get her on medication that will improve her quality of life.
Suffice it to say, that between the two of us, we will probably have many doctors visits in our future...

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Tales sale!

Now through the end of July you can pick up the e-book versions of any of my "Tales" collections for half price through my website...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The July issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk is here

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
The July issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk has now been released and is available for download for just $1 at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/spaceports-spidersilk-july-2016/.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Tales on Amazon

For some reason, many people still prefer to buy their fiction through Amazon, so here are the links on Amazon for all of my recent "Tales" collections...
Tales of Mars: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533595283
Tales of the Earth and Moon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533642710
Tales of the Solar System https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534636188
Tales of Interstellar Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534666222
Tales of Dystopia https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H2IZF66
Tales of Twisted Realities https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534737332

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Free RPG Day

Saturday, June 18th is Free RPG Day, and Nomadic Delirium Press is offering the digital version of the Ephemeris RPG for free all day.  Go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/ephemeris-a-science-fiction-rpg/ and order your digital copy today!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tales of Twisted Realities

My final "Tales" collection is now available...
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Twisted Realities
Science fiction author J Alan Erwine has always had a twisted view of reality, and now he’s chosen to share that twisted view with his readers.
This collections features stories about an astronaut who has suffered brain damage and can no longer distinguish between the realities in his mind and the realities of the world…a man obsessed with the concept of entropy and what it might be doing to our universe…the last man on Earth trying to cope with his dilemma, but is he really the very last man on Earth…a pothead netrunner who can’t decide what’s more important to him, his pot, or his work…a soldier who is slowly going crazy and is sent to a computer therapist, but which one of them is actually crazy…and parents who hear their child begging to die, and are then shocked when the devil shows up to grant the child his wish.
These six stories will have you questioning what reality is, and what we can possibly do with it.
 http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-twisted-realities/

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tales of Dystopia

My newest "Tales" collection is now available, and I'm sure this one won't surprise anyone...
J Alan Erwine’s Tales of Dystopia brings you six bleak futures that hopefully will never be possible. Are the stories dire predictions, or warnings of futures possible? It’s the author’s sincere hope that none of these stories will be taken as a blueprint for the future, but with the way the world seems to be going…he can’t be too sure…
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-dystopia/

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tales of Interstellar Space

My new "Tales" collection is now available.
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Interstellar Space
Welcome to fifteen stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine. Be prepared to explore a variety of locals throughout interstellar space. You’ll find wars, exploration, aliens, humans struggling to survive…and sometimes failing, and sometimes succeeding…but more than anything, you’ll find yourself questioning what’s possible…
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-interstellar-space/

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tales of the Solar System

My next "Tales" collection is now available:
J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Solar System
Seven stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that look at possible futures for our species throughout the solar system.
Some stories are optimistic, most see us carrying our Earth-bound limitations into the future and out to the planets.
These may be cautionary tales, but no matter what, they’ll leave you feeling that humanity does indeed have a future of exploring our solar system…if we can learn to survive on Earth.
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-the-solar-system/

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Tales of the Earth and the moon

My next "Tales" collection is now available.
This one is J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Earth and Moon
Seven stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that explore the future of both the Earth and the Moon.
Stranded astronauts, intelligent dolphins being used by the government, a soldier struggling with orders he knows he shouldn’t have followed, lovers waiting for the end of the world, politics even dirtier than what we’re seeing in the modern world (maybe), a man resurrected because he wanted to see the future, but now feeling very much alone, and manipulation on the moon.
These are the stories that are waiting for you in this collection.
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-the-earth-and-moon/

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Tales of Mars

A new, three story collection, called J Alan Erwine's Tales of Mars has been released.  This is the first in a series of "collections of tales" that will be coming out from me.  They're basically a grouping of my stories, and they give my readers a chance to read my stories that are related to one another.
So, what is J Alan Erwine's Tales of Mars?
Three stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that are set on the planet Mars.
A soldier set on crushing a rebellion begins to question his own loyalties once he’s captured by the “enemy.”
One woman fights to save microbial life in Valles Marineris.
And a young woman forced into a bad life because of her race suddenly finds herself to have abilities she never could have expected…abilities that might just be able to save her people.
Pick up an e-book copy today at  http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-mars/.  The book will also be available in print very soon from all of the usual sources...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The June issue of The Fifth Di... is here

The June issue of The Fifth Di... is here!
Order today at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-fifth-di-june-2016/
Or you can read a sample of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tfdsample.htm
What’s in this issue?
The June issue brings you fiction from Tim McDaniel, Chris Dean, Rik Hunik, Robert N. Stephenson, and Fredrick Obermeyer.
This issue brings you a satirical look at the future of American elections, but just how satirical is it, given modern elections? You also get a man who has never wanted a robot, but now finds himself owning one, with unexpected consequences, a magician searching for a lost item, the return of a warfleet to Earth, but not the Earth they’re expecting, and a man who is contacted by his future son, but he has no way of knowing what this contact will lead to…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Free previews

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
We've created three free e-books that will allow you to preview some of the works we've published so far.  The three titles cover our novels, our collections, and our anthologies.  Each of the free e-books teases you with a few pages from each of our titles.
If you'd like to have a look, head over to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop

Monday, May 23, 2016

Order the June issue of The Fifth Di... early

It’s still more than a week until the release of the new issue of The Fifth Di…, but you can order your copy now.  Order the e-book, and it’s only $1.49 (normally ($1.99), and you can read it immediately.  If you order the print version, your copy will be shipped once the book is released.
Order today at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-fifth-di-june-2016/
Or you can read a sample of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tfdsample.htm
What’s in this issue?
The June issue brings you fiction from Tim McDaniel, Chris Dean, Rik Hunik, Robert N. Stephenson, and Fredrick Obermeyer.
This issue brings you a satirical look at the future of American elections, but just how satirical is it, given modern elections? You also get a man who has never wanted a robot, but now finds himself owning one, with unexpected consequences, a magician searching for a lost item, the return of a warfleet to Earth, but not the Earth they’re expecting, and a man who is contacted by his future son, but he has no way of knowing what this contact will lead to…

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Best of Both Worlds



Alban Lake Publishing and Nomadic Delirium Press are pleased to announce a joint project entitled The Best of Both Worlds.  Picking up where Wondrous Web Worlds left off many years ago, this collection will feature the best fantasy and science fiction short stories from the magazines published by both publishers.
These stories have been selected by Tyree Campbell and J Alan Erwine, and they’ll feature a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy.
Look for The Best of Both Worlds Vol. 1 this fall.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Looking for something to read this weekend?

Almost all of my published stories are available as individual e-books, and you can also pick up many of the books that I've written and edited...as well as some of the magazines I've edited.
So if you need something to read this weekend, head over to http://www.jalanerwine.com/blog/shop and order some e-books today.  You can be reading within seconds!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Back on the meds

Now that we have "real" insurance once again, I went to the doctor earlier this week and he put me back on the meds that actually do something to help with my chronic pain, so hopefully some time in the next week, my pain levels will be back down to a manageable level most of the time.
While dealing with the doctor and the pharmacy, I started thinking about all of the complaints about "Obamacare."  When it went into effect, our insurance rates did go up, but only because we added me to the insurance.  If it had stayed Rebecca and the girls, we would have been paying slightly less.  Now that we're on a new, and slightly better insurance, our rates are even lower.  Not enough to make a huge difference in our financial lives, but when so many people are complaining about their rates skyrocketing, I wanted to make  the point that this isn't necessarily true...people find it easier to complain that say good things.
And as far as the pharmacy costs, on our old insurance, my prescription ran $20-25 a month.  With the new insurance, it's covered 100% by the new insurance...so that's zero out of pocket cost for us.  Maybe some people aren't happy with "Obamacare," but I can at least say that it is helping us...not to mention that under the old insurance rules, I might not have been able to get any coverage, since this is considered a previously existing condition.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Nomadic Delirium Press' May sale

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For the rest of the month of May, you can get 20% off your entire order through our store.  Simply go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop and use the coupon code "may" at checkout.
Maybe you've wanted to pick up one of Tyree Campbell's new books...or maybe you've been highly intrigued by Laura Givens' Crisis Averted...or maybe you'd like to check out one of our anthologies, or a magazine.  The discount applies to both our print and e-book titles, so however you like to read your books, here's your chance.  The discount is good on every title we carry, and it doesn't matter if you order one book, or one hundred, you get 20% off your total.
So, what are you waiting for, follow that link!

This includes several of my titles!