Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: January 2013

A year ago, we traded in my 2000 Nissan XTerra for a new 2012 Subaru Outback. A year seems to be a perfect time for a quick review of our experience. We’ve put just over 10300 miles on the car in the last year—mainly driving the kids back and forth to school, with a few trips over the mountains to the in-laws. Around town, even when the side streets are a bit… Read More

I thought I’d give a little update on life with my iPhone 5 since we took delivery back at the beginning of the month. I’ll preface these thoughts by saying I spend a lot of time at home these days… working, writing, editing. I get out of the house occasionally to do things with the kids, and occasionally for things like Toastmasters, appointments and meetings. But 90% of my time is spent… Read More

Last Saturday night, I was home, alone, and rather bored. I’ve watched a lot of TV in the past year, and sometimes, you just run out of good stuff to watch. So I saw something on NetFlix Instant watch from my childhood and decided to see if it still held up. Yes, I tried to watch the first episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray…. Read More

When you have twins, sometime you get twice the sugar. And oh yeah, the time…it just flies.

I’ve now written six novels. So far, Nowhere Wild is the only one of those six that I’ve even gotten close to attempting to sell, and it took about twenty full edits of that one before I met with any success. And next week, I start another full edit of it (this time with the help of my editor), to fix some major plot issues. A couple of weeks ago, I got… Read More

Everwild is the second book in the Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman, following Everlost, which I reviewed in November of 2012. It continues the story of the children who, when they die, are diverted from moving to whatever may come, and are stuck in the purgatory of Everlost. In Everwild, the battle with the McGill is over, and Mary Hightower has lost her flock. But she is determined to rebuild it, and… Read More

Not much going on this weekend, but we did have a beautiful sunset. So I thought I’d share.

I got NPR’d this morning. That’s a saying my wife and I have for those times where you sit in your car and listen to the end of the NPR story you’re listening to, even though you’re already where you need to be. It’s not an infrequent thing to have happen to me—I appreciate good journalism. This morning, I sat in my garage, with the engine off, and listened to an NPR… Read More

I’m not anywhere in the place where this song affects me a great deal, but I can easily remember a time when it would have. One of these days I’m going to have to blog about the most important songs of my life. Tonight is not that time.

Yesterday, I posted that we received some new toys—iPhone 5’s, and were about to start setting them up. Here are few quick notes on the phones and our experience: Getting them set up and activated took about an hour and forty five minutes total (per phone, working in parallel). Most of that time was doing the restore and sync from iTunes of our old phones, but I did have to spend about… Read More