Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in review

From a personal standpoint, 2015 was pretty much one for the crapper. The highlights would be Rebecca getting her troublesome gallbladder removed, something that had to be done to keep her alive...but now there seem to be lasting side effects.  Also a highlight would be me getting on medical insurance, since the Affordable Care Act actually made our insurance cheaper.  This allowed me to get on pain medication for the chronic pain that was pretty much destroying my quality of life.  There were other highlights like birthdays and Eryn being named an Aurora Scholar, but for the most part, 2015 sucked.
We had three visits to the ER, one surgery, and one extended hospital stay that even with insurance are costing us thousands of dollars.  We also had the custody battle, which is finally resolved, but that cost us thousands of dollars in legal fees.  Neither one of us makes much at our "real" jobs, so this has put a huge strain on us.  Now as the year comes to a close, we find out that Rebecca's company is being bought out by the end of next year, which means she may be out of a job by this time next year.  There were certainly times this year when the only thing that kept me going were the love of my amazing wife and our wonderful girls.
Professionally, this year was a mixed year.  I actually wrote a few stories, none of which have sold yet.  In a lot of ways, I feel like a new writer starting all over again.  As an editor, I edited a collection called A Robot, a Cyborg, and a Martian Walk into a Space Bar, which has done fairly well.  It's not a bestseller, but we have made money off of the book.  I also edited Quantum Women by Tyree Campbell which came out towards the end of the year.  This year has also seen the growth of The Fifth Di..., a zine which I've edited for more than a decade.  Starting next year, the zine will actually be released in both electronic and print formats.  The coming year will also see the release of a collection by Laura Givens that I'm editing, a novel from Tyree Campbell, and two collections.  In the game design world, I've created several new supplements for the Ephemeris RPG, and there are some exciting new things coming for the game in the next couple of years.
So, out with 2015, and hopefully 2016 will be better...

Spaceports & Spidersilk January 2016

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog...
The new year is almost upon us, and that means it's time for a new issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk...
Spaceports & Spidersilk features some of the best science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry for kids of all ages. The January 2016 issue will take you to places you might never have imagined. It will appeal to your inner child, and hopefully take you back to the places you loved as a child…and if you’re still a child, it will open your imagination to all kinds of new worlds.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Great deals

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press Blog:
There are still a few days left to pick up a PDF version of the January 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk for just 75 cents. You can get your copy at
While you’re at it, you can pick up all four 2015 PDF issues of Spaceports & Spidersilk for just $3 at
And if you’re getting all of that, you might as well grab all four 2015 PDF issues of The Fifth Di… for just $3 at

Saturday, December 26, 2015

It was a good Christmas

Christmas has come and gone, and we actually had a very good Christmas this year.  Given how crappy the year had treated us so far, I was a little worried about the holiday, but things went well...other than Rebecca being sick, which because of all of the hours she's having to put in at work almost seems to be the norm.  The kids didn't get quite as many presents as usual, but they seemed to like them even more than usual.  We all ate too  much, played lots of games, and watched Harry Potter movies all day, so it was a good time.
Later in the night I was giving Eryn drum lessons, while the younger two tried to play with everything, and Rebecca refused to relax.  I kept telling her that I'd take care of the dishes, but she wouldn't listen...
Once the weather warms up, I'll be walking around in my Boba Fett letterman's jacket, and I'm walking around the house now in my R2-D2 slippers.  Most importantly, we enjoyed being together as a family, which is the most important part of the holiday season, no matter what holiday you celebrate.
Now reality has come back.  Rebecca is at work trying not to cough up a lung, and when she gets home, I'll be off to work.  Some things never seem to change.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

No force awakening for me for a while

I've been reading all of the posts from people who have seen the new movie, and if you don't know what movie I'm talking about, then move along, this is not the blog you're looking for.
I can't wait to see the movie, but we will be waiting anyway.  Rebecca deals with PTSD, and we're coming up on the anniversary of the day she was held up at gun point, so needless to say, a large crowd would not be good for her right now. In addition, we haven't been to a movie since that lunatic decided to massacre a bunch of people at the theater down the street from us...the theater where we had our first date. So, that aggravates her PTSD even more, and I won't do that to her...not even for Star Wars.  Yeah, folks, I love her that much!
Some people have asked why don't I just go by myself, but that's not what we do as a family.  We actually enjoy spending time together, so I will wait...probably not patiently...but I will wait nevertheless.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two weeks to go

There are only two weeks left in this miserable year, and I would certainly say that I'm very happy about that.  This year has been awful for our family.  We've had three ER visits, one surgery, and one extended hospital stay, which have all added up to a lot of medical bills, and even with the lower rates we got as a result of the Affordable Care Act, we still owe a lot of people a lot of money.  Add to this the fact that we racked up a lot of legal bills in Rebecca's recent custody battle, and things only get worse.
Even though I only work part time, my hours have fluctuated greatly throughout the year, and even though Rebecca has been putting in an insane number of hours, her company is merging and she could be out of a job by the end of next year.
At the beginning of 2015, we had talked about this being our year. We were going to finish up taking care of outstanding debts, and start putting aside money so that we could get a house in 2016, or maybe 2017, depending on the housing market.  We now find ourselves deeper in debt, and that dream of a house is now on the distant horizon.
So, 2015, you can get out of here as soon as you'd like.  We're done with you...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The NDP fiction bundle

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
DriveThruFiction has a bundle of our fiction titles in PDF format that you can download for just $12.  You get two novels, two anthologies, and four short story collections.  That's more than 300,000 words of fiction for just $12.  Reading through all of this would be a great way to spend your holiday vacations!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Exciting changes coming to The Fifth Di... in 2016

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
We're very excited to announce some changes that will be coming to our long-running zine The Fifth Di... in 2016.
First of all, the zine will still be available as an electronic zine, but it will also be available as a 6X9 print magazine.  Contributors will receive one copy of each.  It's our hope that adding the print format will allow us to eventually add more stories, bring poetry back, and increase our payments for contributors.
Second of all, we've changed our pay rates slightly.  We've lowered them for shorter stories, but increased them for longer stories.
For complete guidelines, please visit

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Fifth Di... 2015 bundle is now available from the Nomadic Delirium Press bookstore

All four 2015 issues of The Fifth Di... can be yours for just $3.  That's more than 40,000 words of fiction for less than the price of most novels...

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Fifth Di... 2015 bundle

Borrowed from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
You can now pick up the PDF version of all four 2015 issues of The Fifth Di... for just $3 from DriveThruFiction at