Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: November 2012

I rarely pick up books based on reviews I read in magazines. I usually rely on word of mouth, Twitter, a trip through a book store, or my wife pushing a book in front of me and saying “You should read this.” But a few weeks ago, as I was sitting in a doctor’s office (again), waiting (again), I opened a magazine, and flipped to its section of book reviews. At the… Read More

I’ve found myself listening to the local ‘modern music’ station more and more lately. Perhaps I’ve gotten bored of the same-old-same-old I’ve been listening to for so long, or maybe pop music is just getting better again. Anyway, I realize this tune came out a couple of years ago, but I heard it on the radio twice today, and now it’s stuck in my head. So now, it’ll be stuck in yours… Read More

In part 1 of this series, I covered games I played on a Commodore 64, Amiga and at the arcade. Part 2 is devoted to those games I have played on the PC. By and large, the games I have played the most on the PC have been strategy games, but there is one, huge exception—the final entry in my list below: Outpost – This game involved loading a spaceship, picking a… Read More

Last week, after a long day of writing and reading, I settled in on the couch to veg. I didn’t really have anything I felt like watching on TV, and my eyes just couldn’t handle the strain of further reading. So I opened up one of the cabinets under my TV, and I started rummaging through my video game collection to see if I had anything sedate enough not to scorch my… Read More

What happens when you die? In Neal Shusterman’s Everlost, if you’re an adult, and you know where you are going, you get there. If you’re a child, and either don’t know where you are going, or somehow get bumped off track on the way there, you end up in Everlost—a place where the souls of children children drift and slowly forget who they were. Everlost is the first book in the Skinjacker… Read More

My wife’s grandmother sent my wife this book a couple of weeks ago. My wife read it in a day, and then passed it to me and said “You should read this book.” See, my wife’s grandmother is also grandmother to writer Carley Moore, who is thanked in the acknowledgements of The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George, who is Carley’s very good friend. And grandmothers, you know, will pass… Read More

In a year where a lot has gone wrong, I am still thankful for what I have: a fantastic family, great friends, few financial worries, and a little success in my writing. 2012 has been a year of disaster and triumph for me personally, and I am not kidding when I say I have spent time just being glad I am still here to be thankful for anything. But I thought I’d… Read More

So I’ve been doing a little research about Facebook Pages, and I’ve figured out that only about 16% of the people who have ‘Liked’ my page actually see the updates when I post them. As I understand it, Facebook filters the broadcast of my updates to only those people who have ever clicked on a previous entry, and then occasionally to other people who ‘Like’ the page. To me, that kind of… Read More

About five weeks ago, I tripped and hurt my right foot. I had x-rays done the next day, and nothing really showed up. We thought it might be a sprain. Last week, with the pain still bad enough that I couldn’t walk barefoot across a wood floor, or walk to the mailbox with a shoe on, we did another set of x-rays. Those were also inconclusive. Fearing I had torn the flexor… Read More

So yes, I’ve gone three whole days without a blog post. But I’ve been busy. First, I’ve been cruising along in my latest book, passing the 32000 word mark this morning. On Friday, I wrote nearly 3900, and I was completely blitzed after that. That exhaustion, combined with a couple of bad nights of sleep in a row, led to me not writing anything yesterday. The story is going well, and I’m… Read More