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About heathfodor

  • Birthday 06/21/1974

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    WOT, guitar, hiking, bird watching, coffee, music.

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  1. We arrived in Minneapolis last Monday. The very same day George Floyd was murdered by the cops here. We are trying to navigate the Twin Cities while the country is on fire. The 3rd Precinct Building was burned to the ground not 6 miles from where we are. We are staying across the street from The Mall of America. The Mall should have opened yesterday. Instead, no one knows when it will. I have landed several jobs and one on-going job opportunity in downtown Minneapolis. The main stress in my life is finding an apartment. The natural thought for us was to get the hell out of town as the riots were happening. I think we will stay. We are looking for a one bedroom in the suburbs or in near-by Hudson, Wisconsin. We are looking at moving June 21st. Which is also my birthday. I refuse to give in to despair. Anxiety , depression and anger have filled me up over the past two months. We believed that moving away from Michigan would be better. I hope that it is still going to be better here. I like the scenery. I really like the town of Hudson and the attitude of people there.
  2. Tonight I am leaving a job that I have had for fifteen years. I wish I could say I am emotional about the whole thing. Perhaps I will be. The Coronavirus news is crazy. Every major festival, concert or any place where groups gather is affected. We have a month to visit all of our favorite places in Michigan. I hope all of the places we wanted to visit across the country will re-open. Broadway is closing up until April 12th. Disneyland is closed. It won't be long until every major concert tour is cancelled as the virus has been declared a Pandemic. I find this all frightening. The ecstasy of leaving a job that was merely a job eludes me. It paved the way for me to have a house, raise our daughter and live peacefully by ourselves. It also damaged my body, stressed me out and has felt all-consuming. The people I worked with will be the ones I think of fondly. Sorry, if this is a rambling mess. Kind of mirrors the inside of my head. To bring it back to the Wheel, I relate to these characters in extreme moments of distress. My thoughts go out to anyone reading this blog. I hope you are well and safe. To paraphrase Thom Merrilin - "I could use a strong drink!" “If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips.” The Fires of Heaven
  3. Thanks for the kind words! Cheers!
  4. As I type this, Halloween is ending. It is a cold, rainy/snowy evening for the kids to Trick or Treat in. I am snug and warm in our apartment. Early in the year, we sold our house. It was a crazy 9 month selling process. Halloween (our favorite time of year) was not celebrated. We didn't do any of our traditions. This year I made a list. A list of what orchards to hit, where to get donuts..etc. I think we managed to get through 60% of the list. My wife and I work at the same place. Lots of 10 hour days. It has been a good Halloween season overall. I just get bummed when it ends. National Novel Writing Month is November. I am attempting it for like the 9th time. A straight up whodunnit murder mystery. Should be interesting as always. If anyone wants to try and write a novel (50,000 words) in a month, go to nanowrimo.org for info. I have my own little fantasy story I am writing. Not telling anyone much about it. I am nervous about jinxing the whole thing. My wife doesn't really know too much. All I can say is it's a YA fantasy series. Not grim or gritty. It is probably the one thing I have worked on the longest. All for now. Cheers!
  5. This is my favorite piece of artwork in the world. It was created by Dan dos Santos. He's a wonderful cover artist. He did all the covers to Firefly: leaves on the wind. The works of Patricia Briggs, Diana Rowland and Jim Butcher have all had covers he has provided. I want this as a Giclee. BUT, the price is $350.00! Ah! This was used as the cover to the newer paperback of Fires of Heaven. He needs a cheaper print. ?
  6. It has been about a year since I have read any of these books. I left off on The Great Hunt. That's where I will continue from. Super-exciting time to be a fan of this series. SO much has changed in the last year. We sold our house after a prolonged period of it on the market. It has been a challenge to adjust to a smaller place. We work a lot of hours. Any reading I do I cherish. We have a plant shutdown soon. Can't wait for a vacation. In less than a year we should be travelling. I want to do a travel blog/podcast. It might be about The Wheel of Time in other areas of the country. We plan on hitting all the places we want to see in the country. Would be awesome to attend some WoT-related cons or events. Looking forward to the TV series. Even more so as I see the castings. Should have some thoughts on The Great Hunt in the weeks to come
  7. I am really digging Dragonmount's new look. Well done, Jason! I hope to post more this year. I continue my belated re-read of the series. Something has been bugging me...How many myrddraal are there running around Randland during The Great Hunt? Hope more information is revealed in the later books. How RJ used the use of rumor to spread information was really outstanding. The frustration the Amyrlin seat must have felt trying to decipher rumor from truth would be immense.
  8. National Novel Writing Month has arrived! I tried, oh Light, I tried to do it again this year. But, I decided I am not a novelist. I think I can conjure up some decent imagery when I get running, but the long form escapes me. Investigative reporting is more my bag. I dig interviews and anecdotes on the creation of things. I have thought of writing a book about Robert Jordan. Daunting. I am giving a New Spring a go. I am supposed to be reading The Great Hunt, it is a small diversion. Back to writing. I think I have to write about something I am passionate about. That is the only way for me. National Novel Writing Month may be just what you need to get your creativity jump-started. go to NaNoWriMo.org for more info.
  9. Hope you all are safe and sound. If you live in Houston, my prayers are with you. Please donate to the Red Cross if you can. Here are some more ways to help. https://www.yahoo.com/news/help-victims-tropical-storm-harvey-212340221.html I hope that everyone stranded can be rescued in the next few hours and not days. I listen to a Legion of Superheroes comic book podcast called Legion of Substitute Podcasters and the guest host was saying that they have only received half of the rain expected. The other half is coming over the course of this whole week. My heart breaks for Houston as I sit here. I wish that there was more that I could do. Be safe.
  10. There are times when we have no choices. In these times, whether it is a job, or a location or a crazy relationship I find sanctuary in books. The pressure and stress can make me feel like a bear with its leg caught in a trap. I would not be able to write in this blog without books. Robert Jordan brought us together. I hope someone can find solace in his words. He writes much clearer and finer than I ever will. The limitations of talent are something I have come to terms with. There ma never be a full novel within me. That's o.k.. I have other avenues to pursue. Have you ever been so wrapped up in the stories that having to stop is gut wrenching? They help us get by. They help me get by. I will look around my workplace during break time or at a coffee shop and I will see everyone absorbed in their phones. I do the same with books. But every time I start reading someone usually has to comment or ask about it. The best thing I can do is just promote the Wot or whatever I am reading. More on my re-read of Great Hunt. Life is better and keeps on getting better.
  11. Part of it is my work environment. But, besides reading Game of Thrones years ago, WoT has drawn me in like nothing before or since.
  12. This summer has been pretty rough. Long long hours at work. Lately, I have felt crushed under the weight of it all. My reading has stalled. It is my own fault. I can't seem to focus on things for very long. Can't wait until the autumn is here. Pumpkins and cider. The crispness in the air and that aura of mystery that seems to fall upon even the most familiar places. Have you found your strength in these stories? I know that I have. I look at Lan and feel inspired. Take the ordeals that the man has gone through and glean inspiration from the character.
  13. I am glad to hear it!! I have watched a lot of clips from past Jordancons. I will have to do that this weekend. My life has been a wreck. More blogging soon.
  14. The image for this entry was painted by the great Don Dos Santos. My favorite favorite WoT artist. This picture of Moiraine is from the trade paperback of Fires of Heaven. I have longed for a print of it, but he only had 100 made recently for $250. Too much for me to spend on one print like that. This is how I see her on my mind. She is one of my favorite characters by far. Jordancon is this weekend!! I hope nothing but great times for all of you who are attending. I am unable to attend this year. Although I am planning on going next year. Harriet McDougal was clearing out her desk and found some signed bookplates of Robert Jordan for the Charity Auction. Good luck bidding! If you want to float one my way for an early birthday present....just saying. How have the Jordancons been in years past? I would love to hear stories. There is nothing cooler than meeting people who geek out about the same things. I recently joined a Jordancon costumers group on Facebook. Amazing amazing work that these folks are doing. I could rock a Gleeman or an Andor guard. Spring is here and winter seems to be kept at bay for now. Spring has come to Fal Dara too in TGH. Also, the Amyrlin Seat has arrived. Geez. I need to really get on with my reading. I have been binge reading X-Men and Legion of Superheroes comics. No longer! Well, it is Latte Wednesday for my wife and I. I know that it is really Tuesday, but when you work nights this is our Wednesday. More tomorrow. I want to discuss some Aes Sedai...
  15. I have a few things on my Kindle like the YA version of Eye of the World From the Two Rivers. I had to have it for the new introduction. Very cool if anyone hasn't read it.
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