A Blog By Tom Hoover

Welcome to My Blog

So. Hey. Welcome! C’mon in, look around, make yourself at home. No shoes on the furniture, though; this stuff isn’t even paid for yet. This is the Why? page, which you’ll cleverly deduce is a combination of news, updates, and a blog.


I never thought I would need open-heart surgery, but I do, and the hospital staff has made pre-surgery scarier and more complex than I ever could have imagined.

Why 2018

I give you the questions that run through my mind while I’m thinking of topics to write in my blog.

Fever Dreams

We all know that driving and operating heavy machinery under the influence are both no-nos. But what about writing under the influence? You be the judge.


We’re almost halfway through January. How many of your New Year’s resolutions have you actually maintained? Against all (computer) odds, I’m 1 for 1.

Inspiration or Not

Creativity and inspiration are essential facets of being an artist. But the two are very different, and the latter isn’t as easy to come by as you might think.

It’s About Time

One of the most important aspects of writing is making time to do it. It truly is an imperative part of the process.

Writing and Rewriting

If the first axiom in writing is to write what you know, the second, sometimes more difficult adage is that writing is rewriting.


As writers, we’ve always been told, write what you know. But sometimes, what I know might be better left unwritten.

Escape from the Hospital

No more doctors! No more nurses! No more “pain management” that feels like torture! I’m making an escape from the hospital, shingles be damned!