Kind of a long one. Been mucking about with this for a while, hope you like it 🙂
I’m no longer with Blue Cross Blue Shield 🙁
Recently, we lost our biggest contract in Texas — the health contracts for the state’s school districts. There isn’t a hard figure for how much money this will cost us, tens of millions at least.
Overbudget and with everything still a mess with ObamaCare, a sudden flareup of my mother’s medical condition just made things worse. So, I am done now.
I already got another job, working DBA-stuff for a vendor in Verizon’s logistics team , but I don’t have a firm timeline on when I will get back to writing. I hope to just write a bit here and there and have a new chapter out in a month or two.
Took a day off from work and managed to get a chapter out.
Right now things are pretty chaotic and I have no idea when then next one will be pushed out.
So obviously we are off the schedule!
The plan to be able to get some work done by February is obviously bust. That’s because about a day after my last post, we had a nice little round of lay-offs, and then another, and now I’m doing the work of two people and getting buried in additional work.
The good news is that I’m pretty much done with the next chapter of OSABC and the Cerberus Files: Humanity about the SA military. I just need to clean them up this weekend.
I also got a set of absolutely hilarious reviews from some attention whore on FF.net who thinks I or anyone else gives a single flying fuck about his opinions.
I refuse to listen to anyone who has nothing to say. I will pay attention to those comments that have a modicum of intellectual underpinning. So I’ll address the few things he brought up that he clearly misunderstood.
1) Shepard is lesbian: Shepard spent her youth being sexually abused by males. She is bi-sexual and probably was that way at birth, but the events she went through in her early life shaped her as well. I am fully aware that rape does not one make someone a lesbian. However, it will make a person with bisexual tendencies more likely to pursue female rather than male relationships.
2) Hilarious lack of information on the military: I’m a functional paranoid and they let me in. The military (especially in times of war and when recruiting is low) has very low standards for entry. That’s why we have so many issues today with rape, abuses, drug abuse, etc. As to the PT part, there are women TODAY who can do that workout, you idiot.
3) Rape charges: Shepard was (and is) dysfunctional on several levels. Psychologically speaking she was trying to perform role based reclamation, which is unhealthy but hardly unusual for victims of abuse.
I remain amused at the number of people thinking the fact that they can hold an opinion means anyone else is entitled to bother to listen to it, especially when it’s riddled with racist, sexist, bigoted overtones.
And of course, he/she/it calls me out on Christianity, basically saying I can’t be a Christian if I don’t act like the fucking Westboro Baptist Church.
I’ve made progress on all three stories, but nothing ready to publish. Work continues to be nightmarish, as contracts we put on hold for end of year now have to be brought online. Since this is my first year at Blue Cross, I wasn’t expecting a second rush.
Also, my mother’s had some eye surgery needed, so I’ve been tied up with that.
That being said I should have some progress to show this month, at least on OSABC.
Words unneeded. 🙂
End of year for the insurance industry was beyond fucked up this time around, due to both Obamacare’s changes to regulations and the fact that both people and businesses waited until the last minute to do things.
Normally end of year crap wraps up in the first week, but it’s January 18th and I’m still pulling 11 to 14 hour work days. Obviously I haven’t had much time to write and get my head together.
This is not a hiatus, just a slow down due to work. The notes for the next chapter are pretty much complete, I just have to sit down and write it. I’m afraid I don’t have a good ETA on when the next chapter will come out at this time, but I’m HOPING to get something done this weekend. We’ll see.
Erin is working on a second painting, and the third will be along shortly after that.
The completed portrait of Sara Shepard. Click for fullsize image.
I am very impressed with this work, myself.This is the first of a bunch of works I’ve commissioned to illustrate what I’ve been writing. The artist in question is Erin Asplund, who can be found at www.upallnightstudio.com.
Now, here is a question.
Once I’m done with OSABC I , I will be having a hardbound copy created. If there is any interest from anyone else about having a copy, I’d like to know about it. I haven’t decided how to do it, yet, but I am thinking that if anyone wants it, I’d go back, edit it up and polish it, include some notes and designs that never made it to the final draft, include some of the background notes, that sort of thing.
Let me know if it’s a stupid idea.
What race should the Cerberus Files cover after the turians?
End of year and follow-ups have proven to be more exhausting than expected. I’ll probably be back into the swing of things by next week.