Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: September 2012

So it’s been a few days since I made the announcement regarding my book deal with HarperCollins Canada for Nowhere Wild. For about an hour after I posted that original blog entry, I had the shakes. My hands wouldn’t stay steady, and I had a hard time talking. The shaking has now gone away, but the excitement is still there. I can’t wait to get back working on that book! I’ve had… Read More

This entry will probably be the most geeky blog entry you will ever see from me on this blog. I used to do stuff like this over on my technical blog, but I’ve pretty much abandoned that site—it’s hard enough to find time to blog in one place, let alone two. But just because this is a geeky entry, doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile for everyone to read. If you have a… Read More

Today, I am very excited that I can finally tell all of you something I’ve had to keep very quiet for the last few weeks. This is a big one, so hold onto your hats! I have a book deal! My agent, Sally Harding, and I, have sold the Canadian English rights to my debut novel, Nowhere Wild, to editor Hadley Dyer at HarperCollins Canada. This is a huge step in my… Read More

Yes, it is. But for good reason. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, I had a second dose of IVIG. Hopefully this will be the last of these treatments for my Guillain-Barre Syndrome that I ever need. Luckily, I had a great set of nurses who came to my house and set up the IV and sat there with me for 6-7 hours each day while I napped and watched TV…. Read More

As the title says, September is CMT Awareness Month. It seems like every month is awareness month for some horrible disease. I can’t (and won’t) write about them all. But this one is special. CMT (or Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease) is, according to “the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy and is found worldwide among all races and ethnic groups. Discovered in 1886 by three physicians, Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie, and Howard Henry Tooth,… Read More

Got this picture from fellow author CC Humphreys today. It’s the new cover for the US Edition of his excellent novel, A Place Called Armageddon. I reviewed the UK Edition last year. If you like historical fiction, this book is a must read. If you look really closely at the back cover, (double-click to enlarge) you’ll see a familiar name. It’s my first appearance in a book like this, and I have… Read More

Well, since my last update, quite a bit has happened, both good and bad. First, the good news. Back when I was diagnosed with GBS, the door was left open just a smidge that this wasn’t GBS, that it might, in fact, be Multiple Sclerosis. This door was left ajar because many of the tests were inconclusive. GBS isn’t one of those diseases where you can pee on a stick and know… Read More

Fresh from our little backyard garden this afternoon. I think we’ll be eating a lot of salads this week.

It’s old, and the clothes are, well, old. But damn, this is guitar at its best.