I've lately been thinking that I should upload something on the Smashwords that all the kids are talking about. This is a site that facilitates e-publishing. You upload a file formatted in the necessary way and soon your book is for sale on Amazon, Apple's iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and so forth. It seems like … Continue reading To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish: The Answer’s as Clear as Either Way
There's been a lot of media coverage of Garrison Keillor's comments on retirement this week, so it seemed like a good time to share my Keillor story. I started listening to him in seventh grade or so. That was back when he still did a morning show during the week in addition to the Saturday … Continue reading My Job Interview with Garrison Keillor
One expects a certain amount of puffery in ads, of course, but there's a line between puffery and physically impossible bullshit, if I may use the technical term. Lately I became aware of a company called Phiten, and its claims about their product Aqua-Titaniumtm: In nature, titanium is not a soluble material. However, by utilizing the high-intensity Phild Process, Phiten … Continue reading Plus, it gets you free cable . . . in your head!
In a previous post, "The Long, Strange Voyage of a Novella from Pitch to Publication", I mentioned cutting a scene while revising the opening of my Star Trek: Myriad Universes novella Honor in the Night . . . at least eventually. The inimitable Bill Leisner had given me some great notes on the manuscript when I … Continue reading Cutting What Needs to be Cut: A Deleted Scene from Honor in the Night