Joe Orozco's Blog

One day I will go into the office because I want to, and not because I need to. This is the story of my journey to that point, along with all the lessons I wish I could have told my younger self to get there a little faster. Comments and guest posts are always welcomed.

Gator

Gator, Noble Guide and Companion

Honestly, I was not fully convinced I’d get a guide dog until I actually set foot on The Seeing Eye campus. Now don’t take that personally. I was worried about getting a bad match or a great match with a fruity name like Squiggles or Pumpkin or some such nonsense you sometimes see come out of guide dog schools, and was I really ready for the responsibilities of a trained dog? I think I also feared becoming one of those obsessed guide dog owners who sign their e-mails with their dogs’ names.

Braille Literacy: Not the Last Resort

A world without print is unimaginable. Yet, that is the reality that faces the growing number of blind and visually impaired population in America, perhaps the world. Far be it from me to strike an alarmist tone, but Braille is the only concrete access blind people have to the written word. Sadly, our educational system is slowly making Braille a thing of the past.

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Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (2011)
Binding: Hardcover, 384 pages

I've discovered I can read and listen to books far quicker than I can review them. Eventually I may go back and cover some of the books that have not made it here, but The Hunger Games was a series that more than deserved a few observations, especially given the highly anticipated movie release.

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Mind you, I don't think the following will be of much interest to non-Stephen King fans.

Image of 11/22/63: A Novel
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner (2011)
Binding: Hardcover, 849 pages

Why Carbonite?

Every good writer should try to stay ahead of the inevitable glitches that plague technology. The most dramatic of these can be the loss of one's hard drive, and to lose one's data without a backup system means you're probably glad to be up a creek without a paddle, because otherwise you would be wise to use that paddle upside your silly skull for not listening when people told you to keep a backup.

Demotivational Slogans

Okay, so these are actually demotivational posters, but as I only gave you the text here, I hope you won't mind the more accurate label. Thanks to A.Z. for passing this along, and for the complete list of posters with images go here. These were my favorites:

Acquisition

The discovery that you're no longer a big fish in a small pond, or even a small fish in a big pond, but a small fish in a big fish.

Adaptation

The bad news is robots can do your job now. The good news is we're now hiring robot repair technicians. The worse news is we're working on robot-fixing robots- and we do not anticipate any further good news.

Review: Dragon Reborn

I began reading The Wheel of Time earlier this year on a recommendation from a friend who shared my respect for The Sword of Truth series. I say "respect" because my friend and I agreed the series was good enough to reread certain portions but not so good that it could be deemed a classic. Inserting one's political and religious views into one's work of fiction is fine, but not so fine when these take on rambling monologues of the kind that detract from the general feel and pace of the plot. More on this in a different post.

Review: The Good House

Image of The Good House: A Novel
Author: Tananarive Due
Publisher: Atria (2003)
Binding: Hardcover, 496 pages

I'd been craving some good horror recently and not that sci-fi, thriller wanna-be horror, but good traditional horror of the things that go bump in the night variety. I was perusing Audible, naturally looking for the longest books in stock to make my credits worth it, and I came across an author who was said to be the equal of Stephen King. Well, that clinched it for me.

Drupal and Other Introductory Remarks

If every great journey begins with the first step, then my first step in getting serious about my writing has been one heck of a leap. Just setting up this website has been something of an undertaking. No, it’s not where I want it to be, and it will continue to evolve in the coming months, but for the moment it is at least tangible proof that I really am going to maintain a blog and eventually have it serve as the central point for my published works, which I suppose is an ambition for which I now have public accountability. If I don’t meet my goal, you’re free to call me a weenie.

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