Specialist Dictionaries

 When writing prose or poetry, most folks are used to the standard dictionaries and encyclopedias. These tools are useful to make sure an author is using a term correctly. When delving into specialist, or niche, subjects, it may be a good idea to check and see if a dictionary or encyclopedia exists to make sure […]

Have You Set Up Your AuthorCentral UK Page Yet?

 You might be surprised to learn your Amazon.com AuthorCentral page does not magically transfer to Amazon.uk. (You do have one in the USA, don’t you?) Using the same email address as the US version, pop on over to AC in the UK: https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/ Why the same address? To save you from forgetting your login information and […]

Amazon.fr KDP Select Contest

 Parlez-vous français? For those that speak or, more importantly, write French, there’s something cool happening over at the Amazon.fr website. On July 1st, Amazon’s French subsidiary announced a new literary program to expand their Kindle Direct Publishing ebook lineup. Self-pubbed books that are in KDP Select over on Amazon.fr are eligible. Ebooks that are downloaded […]

Malcon Denver 2015 Schedule

 Malcon Denver Schedule August 14-16, 2015 Friday 10:00 – 10:50pm in Room One:  Is It True You Always Have Story Ideas? Saturday 11:00 – 11:50am in Room One: Violence and Horror 2:00 – 2:50pm in Room Two: Sympathetic Villains 7:00 – 7:50pm in Room Three: NanoWriMo 9:00 – 9:50pm in Room One: Steampunk in Fiction: Is London […]

Supporting The Passive Voice

 I visit The Passive Voice almost daily to catch up on the latest news, opinions, and gossip. If you’re an indie author or small press and you have links to your books, you can help to support The Passive Voice by adding on a string of characters to your links. The good thing is it […]

Freakend Madness & Pirates, Oh My!

I happened to Google the book Freakend Madness, and received a big surprise. Apparently the book has been pirated and shared all over the place, particularly in China. The interesting thing is that there is currently no eBook version. Someone scanned the book and posted it somewhere — possibly in the eBook pirating lair in […]

USS Gary (FFG-51) Decommissioned

 Announced by the United States Navy: The the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast was decommissioned today after 31 years of service. The USS Gary (FFG-51) had two hangar bays for helicoptors, and that’s where I served on a detachment from HSL-43. We had a couple of Sikorsky Seahawk SH-60B helos. On […]

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 So I’m binge-watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I have to admit I’m really liking the show. I’m up to season two, episode nineteen, and it’s been solidly entertaining for the whole trip (so far!) One of the funny things is there are a couple of folks from Sons of Anarchy showing up as minor […]

Some Miscellaneous Catching-Up

 After a bit of off-line tomfoolery, here’s a bit of catching up for the latest and greatest. I’m back on Facebook. Had too many folks who couldn’t get in touch with me, and I also missed out on a slew of cool projects. Ergo, I’m back on FB, except I won’t spend all day poking […]

Offline on Facebook

 After several medical issues popped up, I found myself behind on several projects. I looked around at my activities and found where I was procrastinating and/or goofing around. The activity that was causing me to lose valuable time was Facebook. Yes, I like fluffy kittens. Yes, I like turtles! I even save some when they’re […]