Recently, my wife encouraged me to go ahead and get myself a belated holiday present. I’ve been jonesing to try one of the new breed of NUC computers for some time now. An NUC, short for “Next Unit of Computing”, is a small box-shaped computer that often won’t measure more than a few inches across … More New NUC
Ken Bebelle and Julia May Vee have created a blending of history, legend, and language that I’m sure will be recognized as a major work. While the story itself is a rousing sword-and-sorcery adventure, I was greatly impressed with the flow of languages. As someone who speaks Spanish as well as English, I know it … More Review: Ebony Gate
Here in the United States, we are celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I’m going to take a moment to reflect on things I’m thankful for this holiday season. I’m relatively healthy and surrounded by a loving family. I just returned from a ten day vacation where I met a cousin that … More Happy Holidaze!
The Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is an excellent piece of Free and Open Source software, but like most powerful programs, it is complex and can be confusing for the newbie. There are a few features however, that are very useful for the photographer. I’ll describe them here. Export vs Save It is important to … More Simple Photo Editing
I read an interesting post by a fellow author the other day. http://www.10minutenovelists.com/a-writer-and-a-narrator-walk-into-a-bar-separating-from-our-main-character/ I started to think of all my characters and knew I had to interview some of them. This post is the result of the first meeting, with the heroine of my adult pirate adventure, Shibari Sails. When I explained this project, Vanessa … More Meeting in a Bar: Vanessa Fullright
Like many of us, I hate writing a Synopsis for any of my stories. “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” –Gene Fowler After a bit of research on more than a dozen websites, I’ve narrowed it down to a … More How to Synopsis
Everyone has a story. The difference is whether one wishes to take the time and trouble to share their story. At one point or another, every author is approached with some variation of the following… “I’ve got this great idea for a story that is sure to make millions. How about I tell it, you … More You Have a Story?
Foreword by Tome Wilson Tome is the founder of the web’s largest and most active dieselpunk community. The dieselpunks website provides a home for most anyone with an artistic bent that enjoy working the era between the world wars. Tales of the Aether Age by Grant Gardner This is an all-too-short ride through an alternate … More Review: Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase
The convention was a lot of fun. I want to thank Jennifer Morris for putting on a great first-time event. Just in case you think it is all fun and games, this is what a convention looks like three hours before registration. The sun was setting as a bevy of … More Old City, New Blood
A few years back a good friend patiently explained something to me. “There are two parts to becoming a published author. One is the craft of writing and the other is the business of writing. They are two entirely different skillsets.” He was quite right. These days, the business of self publishing not only includes … More An Author’s Journey: Part Five – Self Publishing