Starting a New Chapter

I’d like to share a little video with you, if I may…

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 was my last day at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fabled “Day Job” that has sustained me for just over nine years. For a long time the books have been earning more money than the day job, but stubbornness, paranoia, and inertia had conspired to keep me doing IT for HBCBSNJ, on behalf of IBM, via ICS. (Far too many acronyms in that job.) Well, not any more. Now I’m an author and nothing else. God willing, I’ll stay that way for the rest of my days, or at least a good long while. In about a week I’m going to work out a routine that should keep my nose to the grindstone enough to take full advantage of the extra hours I’ve freed up, while still giving me the time to do a load of things I used to dismiss as impossible. I’ve got a lot of fun new projects right around the corner, and some old projects that went away due to lack of time are going to come back.

It’s an exciting time, and I have all of you to thank.

Seriously, you made this possible. You are the ones who are keeping me fed. You are paying my bills. Every day that I wake up and do what I choose and what I love is because of you. I cannot thank you enough, and I’ll do my very best to prove to you that your support has not been misplaced. Now I have just one more favor to ask, but I assure you, it’ll be worth your while.

If you’re visiting this site, you’re interested in knowing what I’m doing. And now that I’m relying entirely on the books to keep my head above water, it behooves me to make sure that you know whenever I’ve done something that you might like. To that end, I’ve instituted the Newsletter Perk system. Here’s the deal, on my contact page (or right here) you’ll find a signup for my newsletter. Anyone who signs up from now on is going to get a perk, something non-subscribers don’t have access to. Every now and then I’ll swap out the perk for something new, moving the old one out for the rest of the world to see. So if you are signed up, you’ll get to see lots of stuff that other people will have to wait for. And we’re not talking little things. Here’s a glimpse at the first perk:

Not even done, and still gorgeous
Not even done, and still gorgeous

That’s the work in progress of a desktop wallpaper by the cover artist, the one and only Nick Deligaris. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get the finished version of this background right now in a variety of sizes. You see how detailed Myranda is? In the finished version, everybody looks that good. And all you have to do is sign up to get the updates you were already interested in. Win win!

Now, if you decide you don’t want another email in your mailbox every time I’ve got something new, that’s fine. You can always visit the site or go to any of my many social network pages. You’ll eventually get every perk the newsletter folks get, just a little bit later.

Once again, I thank you. My life is changed in a way I’d never imagined possible, and you did it. Now to get started on that next chapter…


  1. Scratching out the “IBM” in my career profile three months ago was the best move I have made in 10 years. Granted, it wasn’t to pursue my dream, but it went a long way toward making life much more enjoyable! Congratulations on the new transition!

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