This morning, as mentioned in my last post, the podiatrist cut a granuloma out of my big toe, where the nail used to be, and cauterized it.  Even with three injections of local anesthetic, it still hurt like a sum*****, particularly when he cauterized the nail bed to control bleeding.

I’m under orders to stay off my feet for a while, and not do anything interesting, exciting or energetic involving my tootsies.  I’ll catch up with blogging again tomorrow morning.



  1. Why do I have the feeling that the next book will have a very graphic enhanced interrogation sequence?

  2. My toes curled under, just thinking about your procedure. Ouch! I certainly hope this is all the torture your doc can devise…

  3. You have my sympathy. I know that when you lose function or experience pain in a part of the body that is otherwise used frequently & without concern, it disrupts almost everything. Broke a toe in 1973 in the Army, and got put in a cast up to my knee. Broke the little finger on my right hand, and had to learn a new way to type. Lost the end joint of my middle finger on rt hand in a fireplace accident six years ago, and I STILL drop things. And with these new dentures, I will have an altogether new appreciation for solid food, if ever I can eat it again.

    Actually, though, that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. I'm reading "The Pride of the Damned," and in this and others you have written, many different classifications of spacecraft are mentioned. As an army guy, I have no prior experience with these. Would it be possible to include a glossary that described the nature of ships you mention?
    For example, I've just read about the discovery of a ship of about a million tons. For the initiated, that may tell them exactly what sort of ship is in that silent orbit, but for me, it's a data point, unrelated to all other data points.
    So, could you include a brief description: scout ship, battleship, drone, destroyer, frigate, corvette, converted freighter, and so on?
    I suppose you could, for those of us who love such things, include an EXHAUSTIVE description of those classes, including nomenclature by the various fleets, but that might take away from turning out the main product, which is something we all want to avoid.

    BTW, I mentioned it in my review of the first two volumes, but THANK YOU for getting Volumes 1,2 & 3 of Cochrane's Company out so rapidly. I find that to be wonderfully satisfying. And I DO believe that you have invented the Space Opera Procedural, until wiser heads convince me otherwise.

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