||Martha A. Hood lives in Irvine, California. This is the 25th
issue of TOTU in which her work has appeared. She writes,
"My credits remain the same as last issue, and I continue
to work on the novel. When not writing, I work around the
house, which abounds with termites and dust, as well as
endless possibilities for improvements. I help out at UCI
arboretum, where I am learning binomial taxonomy, which
is surprisingly interesting to me. I also waste time watching
TV and drinking coffee with my friends. 'Personal Jesus'
was (obviously) inspired by the Johnny Cash recording made
right before he left us. My husband, Mike, found the song
online and brought it to my attention. My daughter, Michelle,
found 'Hurt,' a Nine Inch Nails cover from the same album,
America IV—The Man Comes Around. Check it out."