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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sarah Rees Brennan, Ilona Andrews.

Interesting things from interesting authors who are intriguing me...

Sarah Rees Brennan

The first is her blog [LJ post from October 2011], the second is her blog plus fiction [post from April 2013].

Sarah's blog mentioned Ilona Andrews and here is the link for that 2011 post, Yet More About Reviews ... which is also about what happens when you become an author and it is all your fault.

Curious?  Go read it and find out what Ilona is talking about.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I made a promise...

Today I promised my state senator that I'd post this.  He is -- in case you're wondering -- a Republican.

So I am.  This is the email that I wrote him today.

The subject line was "Explain why the Medicaid expansion isn't available YET."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Other links of interest.

How to watch "Love, Actually" by Madeline Ashby.

In response to John Green on self-publishing by Kim Curran.

Authors and conventions by Emma Newman.  Lots of great ideas and input here.  Con-runners and attendees both.  8)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Freelance tips: many.

I found these via an artist on tumblr.  I'm sharing them here because freelancers need freelance info.

The Other Side of Freelancing -- this is by an artist, so not all of it is applicable to me.  But Parts 2 through 4 do pertain to my work and to any freelancer's work.

Do attend, I pray you!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Language and writing...

Definitions:  No problem -- an idiom -- and tits up, which in this context was an anachronism.

Meta Monday: Smallclothes.  Which the writer brought up because of history, and yes, GRRM.  Heh.

Recognizing Adjectives (a quiz).

Many helpful links via Ann Leckie, such as how not to cut adjectives and the evils of passive voice.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paranoia when working...

In 2010 I was in the middle of editing a book... and my old desktop PC died.  From malware attacks.

It had survived many moves with me.  [Don't ask how many.]  We'd gone to live in Vegas, my old PC and I, then moved back across country to Michigan.

So today I've done some more research on my current tech problems.  On my new Acer desktop, which I bought in 2010.

I thought this was malware.  Nope; yay!

It may be the hard drive.  Not yay.  Not at all.

OTOH, my marvelous tech adviser at Chicon 7 -- hi, CKD! -- gave me lots of wonderful advice.  One was to get regular backups scheduled to an external hard drive.  I did these things.

This is far better than saving to a flash drive and having to readjust back and forth.  Computers get tetchy about that.

Monday, February 24, 2014

GAD spoilers.

(The links contain the spoilers.)

The Strand Magazine has a lovely piece on the detective of Margery Allingham, who is one of my very favorites of the gentlemen detectives.

The Great Detectives: Albert Campion is full of spoilers.  Do not read it unless you've already read the series.  I enjoyed the piece a lot, but again, I have read all the books many times over.

You could read the first six paragraphs of the essay and not be terribly spoiled -- possibly teased into reading the series that way.

Or into finding the BBC series Campion; it had two seasons and starred Peter Davison of Doctor Who fame.  That's how I discovered Campion myself.  :)  Huzzah for Mystery! on PBS.