Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: July 2012

Last year, when I was laid up with foot surgery, I really caught up on my reading. For the last few months though, I haven’t been able to do much reading, but I haven’t completely been able to stop the books (and periodicals) from coming in. I also haven’t been able to stop my wife from reading, so there are probably a ton of books on my wife’s Kindle that I haven’t… Read More

My wife and I took the kids over to Vashon Island today for their first ferry ride and a little exploring. We all loved the island, and halfway through the trip, my kids were asking if they could move there. Perhaps someday. I’d love to have a water view out my office window, a place to ride bikes and to walk on the beach. If I could be sure neither of us… Read More

This year is my first federal election since I became a US Citizen in May of 2011. Last year I voted in the local elections for the first time. Voting in local elections is a little bit easier. You read the bios in the Voter’s Pamphlet, read the local newspaper, and read the city newsletter, and you get a pretty good idea of what’s going on. But in the State and Federal… Read More

2094 Watts on a the meter a couple of minutes ago. A minute before that it was at 2099, which is the highest I’ve seen it thus far. It could have been higher, but I haven’t been standing by it all day long. There is a monitoring system available for it, but that runs about $600. Seems a little high. Anyway, so far today, it’s generated 9.4 kWh. Not bad for something… Read More

Those of you who have been following this blog for the last few months, know that I have been unable to read much of anything lately due to issues caused by my bout with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Those of you who have read this blog for the last couple of years, know that I am also a huge fan of John Scalzi’s writing. So when Scalzi released his latest book, Redshirts: A Novel… Read More

This is the first time in the last 4 years that I am not attending the Annual PNWA Conference in Seattle. The PNWA Conference in 2009 was my first, and it truly launched me on the path to becoming a professional author. I mean, I had written a couple of novels by then, but they were bad novels. I had no idea of how the publishing world worked, nor did I know… Read More

The good news about recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome is, well, recovering. The bad news is that my NetFlix queue is now growing again instead of shrinking. For some people, that would be okay, but dang it, I had a GOAL! And not reaching that goal feels a little like failure. I’ve actually watched very few movies in the last month or so, choosing instead to watch TV shows (most of them good),… Read More

In honor of officially having the net and production meters installed for my solar panels today, thus integrating said panels into the country’s electrical grid so I can now supply you with the electricity you need to view my blog on a daily basis, I’ve decided to give you all a musical treat. Enjoy!

Five months. It seems hard to believe it’s been five months. Shortly after I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and I was worried that it would be years before I got better, one of my former coworkers told me on Facebook that they knew someone with GBS who was pretty-much back to normal in six months. That gave me hope that I would be able to resume a normal life within a… Read More