Last week gohanvox mentioned on Facebook that there was a coupon out there entitling users to get Rush's new album Clockwork Angels from Amazon for free, and I jumped right on that, picking up a PDF of the illustrated booklet along with it also for free. Then on Friday at the PRSFS meeting, Monica McAbee had an advance reader copy of the novel Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson, based on the album. Now, I remember Anderson from before he got sucked into doing a few million novelizations of various TV series and whatnot, and he was a decent writer, so since Monica was giving the book away I glommed onto that too. So far both are enjoyable if not compelling.
On the other hand, Robert Chambers' seminal horror collection The King In Yellow is...not exactly enjoyable, but it's undeniably compelling. I sometimes wonder if it provided part of the influence behind Borges' surreal "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius".
In other news, I picked up the paperwork to appeal the semi-annual denial of financial aid today and expect to have it turned around and resubmitted tomorrow. I don't know if the "bacteria ate my attendance" excuse will work the second time around, but coupled with the spring's futile attempt to pass the CPA exam, it should get me through. Especially since all I have left in the degree program are introductory-level fluff courses (aside from the accursed Intermediate Accounting II, of course*) and maybe a course on social media marketing, to which the instructor e-mailed me an invitation. I could take that online this fall, but I'd rather wait until spring and take it in person, because the instructor is highly entertaining and very easy on the eyes besides.
Also, I turned in the medical information release form to Social Security so they can pore over my VA records and decide whether I deserve disability and/or SSI or not. I have gone from being depressed about this to being resigned.
Also also, I finally beat Bioshock. The end boss dies a lot faster when you're not all jittery and tired.
The last session of Intermediate Sole Proprietorships class is tonight. I think I'll take a nap so I'll be rested up for that.
*I don't need that to take the CPA exam, apparently, but I do need it to get the AA degree.