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How to Accept Submissions

One of the other major facets of starting a literary magazine is the receiving and sorting of submissions. There is no way anybody would send me, a nobody, a printed submission in this day and age, so I’m not going to bother with a physical slush pile. As I’ve looked around, there are a few […]

Short Story Contracts

I’m pretty comfortable with the technical portions of publishing, prepping files and the like. One part of the process I know very little about is the legal side. And I figure if I decide to do this thing, I’d better do it right. So over the past little while, I’ve been reading up on author […]

The Economics of Starting a Literary Journal

I’m still considering launching a fiction ‘zine. I spent several hours over the past few days considering what it would really cost to do it right. I built myself a spreadsheet with every variable I can think of to see at what point it could become profitable. Here’s my projections as to what this would really take.

Then you can’t vote for her, either.

Politics. If you don’t like them, don’t read this post. I am going to rant for a minute. And let me get one thing out of the way- I am not planning on voting for Trump. I disagree with many of his stated policies. I find his personality grating. Do not mistake what I am […]

Announcement: Learning (Game) Programming in Scratch

Over the past year and a half, I’ve been volunteering, teaching a programming class at a local elementary school. I’ve been using scratch to teach, as it’s easy to get something fun done fast for the kids. I created a curriculum for the class that mostly consists of video tutorials the kids can follow along […]

What to Give When The Invitation Says “No Gifts Please”

Dear Friend and/or Loved One, I know the invitation said, “No Gifts, Please!!” This is not a gift. You will know why in a moment. This quarter was new back in 1976. It was minted in Denver, after which it was machined-packaged and shipped to a bank in Ada, Oklahoma. The bank was destroyed by […]

Internet Famous

Occasionally I am stricken with the urge to write bad poetry. *Now with audio!*

What Makes a Man a Man?

Is it purely a biological function, or should it be something more?

The PUA and my Daughters

Pick up artists are jerks.

The State is our Church

We treat the government like a religion. We might as well own up to it.

The Most Important Survival Skill

Seriously, learn it or die.

The Real Election Winner

You’ll never guess who it was. From way back in 2012.

Ghost Stories

I remember eight or ten years ago there was the “Ghost in a Jar” phenomenon. If you don’t know what that was all about, I’ll give you a synopsis. A guy screen-named teajay101 posted an add on Ebay, saying that he was selling a “Ghost in a Jar”, and in the description he told the […]

A Bulletproof Plan To Preserve Gun Rights

Sorry about the bad pun.

4 Lies your Parents told you about the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse

Sorry you had to hear this from me.

Building a (Programming) Computer Lab with Edubuntu

I’ll be teaching a programming class at a local school again this year, and for *reasons* I had to rebuild their computer lab. The school had a bunch of donated equipment, but no really nice computers. Last year I set up the lab with an edubuntu server and a bunch of thin clients. When there […]

Some of my Favorite Procedural Tropes

I don’t know why I like these shows so much. I just do.

*Sigh* Yet Another Attempted Scam

So I’ve given up on implementing a couple of projects. Not ones that I’ve mentioned here. Other stuff. I got domains for them a long time ago. Now, I can either let the domains expire, or I can try to sell the domains. I figure, “What the heck? Why not try to sell them?” So […]

How to Combine wav/mp3 Files (Using free tools)

I know that this is random, but I came upon this problem for a project at work. Googling it led me to a bunch of commercial solutions and non-useful resources. I wanted at least one useful article to have a chance in the search engines. Here was my Problem I have many directories of wav […]

Five Ways to Plan a Story

NaNoWriMo is upon us again. I don’t think I’ll be trying to hammer out a novel, but maybe I’ll finish up that kid’s book I’ve been sitting on. As I’ve been planning my next project, I’ve been thinking (again) about the various storytelling frameworks that I’ve come across. Many of these contain similar concepts, but […]

Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part V

Edit 8/15/2012 – This is now available collected into a single ebook for your kindle. Only a buck. Version Control for Authors Here it is, the final installment of this series about Version Control, and how authors can use it. Part I: What is Version Control and Why Should Authors care? Part II: Getting Started […]

Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part IV

Edit 8/15/2012 – This is now available collected into a single ebook for your kindle. Only a buck. Version Control for Authors Continuing the series talking about Version Control, and how authors can use it. It’s a big enough subject that I felt it best to split it into five uneven parts. I’ll update these […]

Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part III

Edit 8/15/2012 – This is now available collected into a single ebook for your kindle. Only a buck. Version Control for Authors Continuing the series talking about Version Control, and how authors can use it. It’s a big enough subject that I felt it best to split it into five uneven parts. I’ll update these […]

Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part II

Edit 8/15/2012 – This is now available collected into a single ebook for your kindle. Only a buck. Version Control for Authors Continuing the series talking about Version Control, and how authors can use it. It’s a big enough subject that I felt it best to split it into five uneven parts. I’ll update these […]

Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part I

Here it is, my long promised article on Version Control. It’s a big enough subject that I felt it best to split it into five uneven parts. I’ll update these to be links as each part is posted. Edit 8/15/2012 – This is now available collected into a single ebook for your kindle. Only a […]

Using Pandoc to Build Your ePub eBook

Here’s how to produce a good looking epub file of your work. 1 – Download and install Pandoc First off, go download and install pandoc. Pandoc is a command-line tool used to convert ebooks files from one format to another. It is the heart of my little self publishing program, SPAB!. For fiction, the easiest […]

How I Survived The Loss Of My Son

A Father’s Thoughts Today is the second anniversary of my son’s death. It was the most painful experience I have ever been through. Spencer had been growing in my wife’s belly for eight and a half months. Everything had been perfect. He was healthy, my wife was healthy, everything was great. And then it all […]

Book Trailers, Shmook Trailers: 8 Examples to Get you Thinking

I’ve been wanting to make a video trailer for Oasis for a long time now, and by golly, I’m going to do it, just you wait. Anyway, I’ve been gathering ideas, and I figured I’d share. So I’ve dug around and found a few book trailer examples, both good and bad, from effects-laden groovyness to […]

Filedby.com – A New Marketing Tool For Authors

I’m always looking for new ways to get my name out there and get folks to read my fiction. Sometimes I don’t have to look too hard though – the information just finds it’s way to me. A representative of a new website named FiledBy.com emailed me and gave me a quick rundown of their […]

The Ultimate Fiction Writing Online Study Course

Purpose Now that Oasis is “in the can” I’ve been turning back to writing, which I’ve been missing. I’ve been reviewing and reading up on a bunch of techniques and ideas. I figured I’d organize and share a bunch of stuff that has really helped me in my quest to become an excellent writer of […]

Choosing a “free” POD publisher: Lulu vs Createspace

A while ago I wrote about Choosing a Cheap Self Publishing Solution. Some things have changed, and now I’d like to do a more in-depth review of what I think are currently your best options. If you’re just trying to publish your book without a lot of hassle or expense, you pretty much have two […]

The Free Self Publishing Toolbox

Last Christmas, I worked up files to self-publish a novel my father had written while he was in college. I ended up making a softcover to test the concept and a hardcover to make it nice and pretty. I used Lulu.com as the POD publisher, and I used several free tools to design the text […]

How to talk to a parent that has lost a child.

Today (October 15th) is pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day. Yes, I know it’s a long and kind of dumb sounding name, but I believe it’s an important concept. Keeping that in mind, I thought today would be a good day to share same ideas that everyone should know about talking to folks that are […]

Does Self-Publishing Make “Real” Publishing Impossible?

I’ve been thinking of self-publishing my novel Oasis once I get the edits done. One of the questions I have to ask myself is “If I self publish Oasis, am I ruining my chances of getting published by a ‘real’ publisher?” I suspect that a lot of writers have wondered similar things about their fiction […]

Why write at all?

I recently came across an article called 5 Reasons why you don’t need to write a book. The article seems to be written for folks who want to write non-fiction, but I think it still raises some interesting questions. Most who write non-fiction are trying to make money, gain authority, or kick-start a speaking carrier. […]

Techniques Of The Selling Writer – Review

A long, long time ago I mentioned that I had purchased three books on writing. This was the third. I just forgot about writing this review. I learned about Techniques of the Selling Writer from Randy Ingermanson’s “Writing The Perfect Scene,” which happens to be a great introduction to many of the topics covered in […]

Choosing A Cheap Self Publishing Solution

As many of you know, unless something really strange happens (like a publishing contract falling from the sky) I’ll be self-publishing Oasis after I get it done and clean it up a little. Because I don’t have extra money to burn, I’m limiting my self-publishing choices to printers that do not require any setup fees. […]