• Short Story Recommendation!


    Coming up next week is a very important vote within the US government. The big “Obamacare” repeal attempt. I admit I’m not the most political person, and currently having private insurance through my husband’s job, it may seem like this vote may not be important to me, but it is. My husband and I, and two of our three children, have preexisting medical conditions. One of my children requires routine medical care, including multiple MRIs each year, and will require this for life. That same child has, in just over three years, required six major surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, tests, and procedures too numerous to count. His bills have exceeded a million dollars. Without our primary insurance and his secondary Medicaid, our family would not have been able to supply him with the medical care it has taken to save his life. Our son currently has great medical coverage, but if this appeal goes through that could change. He might lose the Medicaid that covers the percentage our primary insurance does not cover. Later in his life, he could be excluded from coverage because he has a disease that is no fault of his own or that coverage could be well beyond his means due to rate hikes for those with preexisting conditions. Is the ACA perfect? No. But, the potential devastation that could land upon those of us with preexisting conditions is absurd. 

    A colleague of mine was inspired to write a short story as this vote approaches. He’s a very kind and gentle man who seldom promotes his work as an author. As a fellow human who has at one time or another required medical care, he’s passionate about this repeal and is asking for help spreading the word, hoping his newly released short will help others to understand the need to not support this repeal. John Gregory Hancock is a skilled writer and truly a giving man. DYING AT THE REFLECTING POOL by John Gregory Hancock is a short story of about 23 pages, now available for .99 cents. Please consider reading this gem and leaving an honest review…and please help spread the word. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy his talent!

    From the author:

    I am publishing this short story to heighten awareness of the challenges we face in healthcare.
    If you could do your part, and share this as far and as wide as possible, before Congress votes next week on eliminating healthcare for millions of Americans.

    What the short story is about:
    An inevitable future dystopia where a compassionless nation abandons the sick and dying. Having nowhere else to go, the people gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool to take a final stand.

    This is a touching but harrowing story of a very possible near future. Please purchase, read and share. Remember to review, and by all means post it to any organizations that are fighting for healthcare.

    Those of you that know me, know I’m rarely pushing any of my books because I want them to find their own audience, but this is different. The audience for the book is anyone that is related to or knows anyone with health issues, which is essentially all of us.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    John Gregory Hancock

     

     

  • Embracing the Gray & Aging Gracefully


     

    In life, sometimes it works out best to embrace things. Since I was about sixteen, I’ve been dying my hair. Ginger, blonde, and once an accidental purple that I covered with brown, which turned it black. Almost two years ago I decided to do something drastic. I pulled out my husband’s hair trimmers and buzzed myself to about half an inch. I kept doing that until all trace of dye was gone. While it was fun having short hair, I prefer it longer so am in the middle of growing it out. I knew I had some gray (and have since I was about 20), but decided to embrace whatever gray is there. I have to admit, not dying my hair feels so good! Not only is it easier to manage (seldom any tangles) but it has some awesome shine. While aging has never bothered me (aside from natural aches and pains), I must admit I am LOVING my gray! It’s a pretty white/silver that looks like highlights.

    Our society tends to push “anti-aging” at every turn. On TV, magazines, beauty product ads. The big push seems to go something like: be young, thin, beautiful. What happened to “be you?” Every body is different. From color to size to age to intelligence; there’s beauty in us all. Shouldn’t we each embrace who we are? Growing old is a natural occurrence, and a right each of us has. I figure I’ve earned every single one of these beauties…so why not wear them with pride? Would I go back to my 20’s or 30’s if given a choice? Heck no. Life is good at all stages. 

     

  • WHY ZOMBIES?


    There are many creatures of horror: vampire, werewolf, demon, ghost, incubus, succubus, ghoul, chupacabra, witch, mummy, and the list goes on. So, why did I choose zombies?

    When I was a very young child, I used to sneak down the stairs into the basement of our family home. There, I would turn on the television and watch horror movies while everyone else slept. Each time, I found myself hoping to find a glimpse of the creature that scared me the most. The living dead.  Perhaps they are so frightening because they defy all logic. Maybe it’s because they are ruthless and unable to be reasoned with. Maybe it’s the thought of being eaten alive by something that is very dead…or supposed to be dead (I mean, being eaten alive by anything would be bad enough)

  • Current Work in Progress: ROTTEN


    ROTTEN: book one. It’s well under way, and I’m sure excited about it! ROTTEN will take place in the same world as the Grace Series. Where Grace Lost opens with the rise of the dead, ROTTEN will begin a few hours before the dead first rise. Poppy will witness the sudden turmoil that leads to sickness, which quickly leads to the rise of the dead. She will lose those dear to her early on, and join others as they face a world of horrors. Taking place in Washington State, their paths just might cross with other characters from the Grace Series. 

    When will it be released? My goal is always a bit loose as one of my children has some extra medical needs, but I’m aiming for winter of 2017 or early 2018.