The Liars Diary

January 29, 2008

There is an exciting trade paperback out there called “The Liars Diary” by Paltry Francis and you might want to pick up a copy. Here’s an excellent review from Alternative Read.

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Browncoat LARP!

January 27, 2008

As a long-time member of the SCA and a big fan of Science Fiction and the media work of Joss Whedon, I am really happy to see a weekend Live Action Role Play (LARP) based on the Firefly/Serenity Universe. Here’s the post and I wish the promoters all the best of luck!

BigDangLarp

Keep it shiney, people!

On a Roll

January 23, 2008

Yesterday, I put down a bit more than 3500 words on Guardian Noon. A couple of little plot twists occurred to me that I hope will surprise and amuse my readers.

My friends at, An Alternative Read got the top listing as a Review Site.

Congratulations… Way to GO!!!

Alternate Read!

Progress and an Excerpt

January 21, 2008

Over the last day or so, I’ve generated another four thousand plus words in the Guardian Noon segment of the new novel. Part of it takes place at an SCA event called Gulf Wars that takes place, each year, in Lumberton, Mississippi. After all the events during the day, much of the populace likes to relax around a campfire, play drums and enjoy the belly dancers. That is where we start this, brief excerpt.

They started to pick up the beat a little and the women, now warm, tossed their cloaks aside. Each of them was wearing some variation of the standard belly dancer’s costume. This consisted of a brightly colored bra and panty set that had been covered in beadwork and fringe of various styles., a jingling coin girdle, soft shoes and zills, or finger cymbals. They danced in a circle, in front of the drummers and when Betty finally came around and was standing in front of Ron, she spun around, swirled the cloak aside and let it fly into a pile by his chair. He almost lost the beat when he saw her. She was wearing her Felicia costume and dancing with the same wild abandon as the other dancers. The only concessions she had given to the dance were a pair of zills and a glittering coin girdle. After two more tunes, all the dancers had a thin sheen of sweat that made them glow in the candle and fireplace light. When the last whispers of drum had faded away, Betty dropped to all fours, crouched with her head bowed and caught her breath. A few moments passed and she looked up, locked eyes with Ron and started, ever so slowly, crawling on all fours, never losing track of his eyes, until she was kneeling, between his legs. She put her hands on his upper thighs and smiled up at him.

“For more than a year, you have been avoiding being alone with me by using the excuse I was underage. My eighteenth birthday was two weeks ago, so that is no longer a consideration, sir. Understood?”

Back On a Roll Again!

January 19, 2008

I’ve finally broke out of the lazy streak and am writing again. I managed another 3K words yesterday.

What about you guys? Any neat new creative works in the mill?

My First Review!

January 17, 2008

As many of you know, I’m a night owl and sleep during the day. It has been dreary, gray and snowing here most of the day and I was feeling ‘blah’ when I went to bed.

What a wonderful surprise when I woke up!

I just got my first review of my trilogy of short tales, ‘Time for Clocks and Demons‘, published by Dark Eden Press.

It got a score of 4.75 out of 5 and this author is doing a very undignified Happy Dance!

Night Owl Romance Top Pick!

Some of the comments…

“The stories are intense and highly erotic.”

“The tone of each story exhibits very different master/submissive interplay making the set masterful.”

Now THIS is discouraging!

January 16, 2008

In an article on the New York Times, Steven Jobs was referring to the Amazon Kindle when he said:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

The full interview is an interesting read.

What do you think? Have you asked your friends and co-workers to tell you about the last novel they read?

New Computer!

January 8, 2008

After the bills were paid, I figured it was time for a belated present to myself. My current computer is a six year old model and although I’ve updated it with lots of hard drive space and memory, there are some obvious problems.

So, on Friday, I ordered parts to build myself a new system. The dude in brown is supposed to deliver the boxes today!

Now, I can tell from the ways your eyes are glazing over, that the rest of this may not be your cup of tea. But just for the rest of the geeks in the crowd, this is what my new system is going to look like:

  • AMD 64bit Dual Core CPU  2.1Ghz
  • ASUSMotherboard
  • 2Gb of RAM
  • 500watt power supply
  • 500Gb SATA hard drive
  • 500Gb IDE hard drive

It will be running Kubuntu Linux 7.10 with my usual suite of open source applications.

More on eInk Technology

January 5, 2008

Here is a really good article on eInk that includes an interview with the inventor. One of the closing comments is:

I like to tell people that the holy grail of e-paper will be embodied as a cylindrical tube, about 1 centimeter in diameter and 15 to 20 centimeters long, that a person can comfortably carry in his or her pocket. The tube will contain a tightly rolled sheet of e-paper that can be spooled out of a slit in the tube as a flat sheet, for reading, and stored again at the touch of a button. Information will be downloaded—there will be simple user interface—from an overhead satellite, a cell phone network, or an internal memory chip. This document reader will be used for e-mail, the Internet, books downloaded from a global digital library that is currently under construction, technical manuals, newspapers (perhaps in larger format), magazines, and so forth, anywhere on the planet. It will cost less than $100, and nearly everyone will have one!”  – Nicholas K. Sheridon