Monthly Archives: May 2010

Writing mode and immediate plans

I’m back in pure writing mode. I wrote around 5k words today, on a holiday. 2k were ideas from a notebook typed and redone on the computer. The other 3k were original. And it’s a great feeling. I’m working on … Continue reading

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Use Google alerts to check yourself

If you aren’t familiar with Google Alerts, get on it! As a writer, it’s invaluable to have something like this. In fact, most people already do something similar. In the LA Times, they point out: “It’s a necessary effort to … Continue reading

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Free ebooks with physical book

I saw a post on the Kindle forums asking “Will Amazon offer free to Kindle users, the hardcovers they have purchased?” and the obvious answer is no, since it’s not Amazon’s decision. Books you buy are not just the words … Continue reading

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40000 book downloads, kinda

A while ago, a major torrent site for P2P downloads went legal. Removed all infringing content and only hosts, currently, user-created, original, and usually independent work. That is Mininova.org. They went from being one of the most trafficked sites in … Continue reading

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Give children complicated devices

Does everything need to be simple enough for a child or a grandmother to use? Most things have a place. I’m sure there is a place for simple items. A needed one, that well-serves many. But more recently there is … Continue reading

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Spam good?

I have to wonder: does getting spam comments mean anything good? Obviously, the comments themselves are annoying to deal with. See them, read for a second and then get infuriated that they are there, and then delete them. But wait… … Continue reading

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Indirect communication has benefits

There always seems to be an argument over whether electronic communications are good or bad for our communication skills with other people. I’m going to ignore that debate for this, and talk about something else. The benefit to not seeing, … Continue reading

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Review: A Miracle of Rare Design

I’ve finished 3 books in 4 days. Interesting. Anyways: I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this. It’s a sci-fi work by Mike Resnick – this is the first work of his I’ve read. I got this for a … Continue reading

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Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

I read this book starting last night, ending this afternoon. It was fun, emotional, and a tear-jerker. And I couldn’t put it down. Whether you think it’s good or not, your cup of tea or not (and it certainly isn’t … Continue reading

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Review: The Name of the Rose

Yes, it is ironic I’m writing a review just a few days after expressing concern about low-rated reviews from “outsider” critics. To follow-up, most of what I meant was of critics of one type of art trying to impose their … Continue reading

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