so my head has been deeply under water, largely the product of turning a 60K square foot warehouse into a 60K square foot retail store...

It was a clear reminder to me of why I have ALWAYS avoided retail in the past.

The rescue dog that I was musing about several weeks ago has settled in nicely and learned the local rules. His original owners had warned me that he might "come around" when groomed -- but even this is fading as he learned that even blurried eyed humans only halfway through their coffee don't hurt you with a brush if they know what they are doing. So other than a really heavy ball habit he has learned to like it here.

I think [ profile] matociquala might steal him someday if we don't watch out.

Anyway, I would like to make a shameless plug for a relatively new writer friend of mine, both new friend and new writer --

Jake Bell is a fellow out Arizona way that I learned of from a good friend of mine at Amazon. Or perhaps a better way to put it is he learned of me when he was job-hunting with the hydra that is Scholastic Book Fairs.

I failed at getting him "in" to our Florida headquarters (the position he was applying for got filled internally) but I got the chance to get to know him a bit in order to feel on the up and up recommending him.

Now, he has an agent and a graphic novel under what appears to be serious consideration at a couple different publishers.

You can get a glimpse of the main characters in him (hopefully) upcoming novel at

Okay, so its a handful of a web address, but the book is a fist full of laughs from what bits I've seen.

So, if you like graphic novels, check out the character briefs, then stop by his blog at and leave some sarcastic musings on his blog. Or link back to either site if you are feeling generous and want to help a brother out by making him more "real" to the virtual world.

Hugs to everyone out at Cons everywhere.....



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