July 16th, 2004

Death by Dehydration

that's the preliminary autopsy result on the woman who died several days ago in the Grand Canyon.

Her name was Margaret Bradley, age 24. She was attending medical school at the University of Chicago, and she was a very fast long distance runner.

It's still vague, in the news stories, exactly what happened. She had a male running companion, and they were running down into the canyon to some kind of ranch at the bottom. But they got separated and he headed back up. What's that about?

But the real question is: what was she thinking? She's an experienced runner and a medical student no less. She must have known something about dehydration. The news story says that they "tested their limits." They sure did.

You can read about poor Margaret Bradley here:


Rhyme of the day is taking a break. It's too sad for a funny rhyme, but I'm not actually sad enough to do something truly solemn. Maybe it's because I lost a daughter myself, and I'm thinking about her poor parents, but the whole thing is bad.

Unholy Quest at Amazon

So I've got my novel, Unholy Quest, showing up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble now. It's cool but not quite supercool, because they don't yet have pictures of the book or any info on it. Well, one step at a time. This whole digital self-publishing thing has been quite the trial-and-error learning process for me.

I ordered a sample copy from both vendors to test the process. Amazon's copy arrived today. They won the race.

Lulu's hardcopy price is $3 lower than Amazon's, but they charge $1.50 more for shipping and handling, so the net difference between Lulu and Amazon was about a buck fifty. If you bought something else at Amazon and nudged the total over 25 dollars, Amazon would actually be cheaper and faster.

On the other hand, Lulu does have the downloadable version. I guess that's the ultimate in quick delivery, and it's cheaper too.

Rhyme of the day:

My book is on

Lulu page:

Amazon page:

Barnes and Noble page:

(I used tinyurl.com to turn long url's into tiny url's so they would fit neatly here. It's a great free service.)