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Greetings, Bearers!

So, my coaching leaves a little to be desired.  But you know what?  My girls had fun, and so did I.  It was quite the learning experience coaching a powder puff team, one that I’ll remember as being a highlight of my time as a teacher.  If you have the means, I highly recommend trying it out.  It’s a blast.

On a sports-related level, it’s also made me appreciate how much work the big guys like Harbaugh, Saban, and Meyer put into their craft.  They have a lot of micro-managing to do as head coaches, even while delegating authority and duties, and it really is a full time job. So, while I’m hardly at their level, I have received a small glimpse of what they do, and perhaps on Saturday afternoons I’ll be a little less quick to snap when a coach makes a decision that brings about a less-than-desirable outcome.  It’s not the same thing seeing the game from the sideline as it is seeing it from the comfort of your armchair at home.

Anyway, I have a little more writing done, and hope to get Surrealities, part 4 out sometime soon, maybe even before Halloween.  And while I did have to sacrifice a bit of effort and attention from working in the Vein, that will no longer be the case.  I’ve missed my adventures with my friends in the Meridian, and need to see how they’re doing.

Not too well, I hope 😀

Anyway, to those of you who are new to my works, let me say hello and a thank you for taking an interest in my stories.  If you’ve liked them, pass the word on to others!

Okay, back to writing.  Or licking my chops for future Michigan football matchups.

Or, maybe both.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

So I’ve been planning on getting things ready for at least two potential releases, and then it happened.

My mouse died.

I have a Mac. I have used a Mac wireless mouse that came with that Mac for not quite four years. I loved that mouse.

And then it died on me. 😦

And while I do know how to do some key commands, I didn’t know all of them, which added to my frustration. PLUS… on top of that, I’ve been going back to school (I’m also a teacher, for those who didn’t know) in order to get ready, which has also been an obstacle to my writing and editing.

Soooooo… finally today I get a new mouse. With a USB cord. Maybe I’ll get myself another wireless mouse in the future, but to now, I’m fine with being tied down (literally) to the computer like this. Not like I need to type from the other side of the room or anything, not yet at least.

And, I can finally show off my profile HERE on the RadCon site, under the “Rising Author Guest of Honor”. I’m quite pleased, and will be there on Saturday and Sunday, on the dates indicated. Count me as happy.

BTW, if my picture happens to break your screen, you have my sympathies 😉

So anyway, I’ll get back to the work, get back to hoping my Michigan Wolverines keep improving (that game against Utah was good, but I don’t just want “good,” I want wins in khakis). Keep an eye out for more information!

And once again, a heartfelt thank you to recent purchasers of my books and stories. If you like what you’ve read, tell somebody else about it!

Okay, back to work, and back to my mouse. With a USB cord. Batteries not included.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m in between work right now.  Helping Mrs. J. Dean out with some work at her place (Well… actually, I’m just keeping her company.  Not much I can do for her that’s hands-on, except distract her by trying to be cute and romantic, and that’s not a good thing to do to a working woman.  Not if you don’t want your fingers broken, at least…).

I wanted to throw out a few comments about Joe Pa and the whole mess at Penn State.  As a football fan, it’s been both fascinating and sad to follow the stories of Paterno and Tressel, seeing their downfalls like this.  While I’m a Wolverine fan and relish beating both the Nittany (Nifty) Lions and the Buckeyes on the field, I don’t take any sort of personal pleasure in either situation, so if you’re a fan of either of these schools, you have my sympathies right now.  This is a mud dragging for your programs, and I don’t wish that on anybody, no matter how much of a rival he or she may be.

The thing that’s most interesting is how one incident in the lives of both of these men has wiped out years (or, in Paterno’s case, multiple decades) of an otherwise solid reputation.  Both of these men garnered personal respect, even outside of their own programs and schools, and had a reputation for being men of staunch character and trustworthy ethics.  But now, all of that has been erased.  I guess the words one of my youth ministers stated many years ago to us in a chapel meeting still hold true: It takes thirty years to build a reputation; it takes thirty seconds to destroy one.

There’s a lesson there, one I don’t need to spell out, and I hope that all of us take it to heart.

In the meantime, while I await the completion of the cover for my short story collection, please continue to enjoy my works, and spread the word about them.  I’ve been encountering new readers here and there, and if you are a new reader, I encourage you to drop me a line letting me know what you think about the stories.  I love hearing from readers, so don’t be bashful!  Write me!

See you in the Vein

J. Dean