Never Enough

Blog Post No. 478

giphy-1I’m off from the day job again for pandemic reasons and while it’s mostly a good thing (both having time off and not being at risk with omicron running wild) I’m also not making any money. You’d think that with this sudden time off, I’d be writing up a storm or getting way ahead on edits for the new novella, Snow from a Distant Sky. Unfortunately, edits grind to a halt when you have to wait on people to get back to you with their beta reads. As for writing, I’m still struggling with short stories as a whole and I still haven’t cracked the ability to write while in the middle of an edit. Continue reading “Never Enough”

New Monitor

Blog Post No. 477

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASeveral years ago, I noticed a dead pixel on my laptop screen. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was there or not, but after some very simple tests, I was certain. Thankfully, my laptop was still under warranty. Since it’s a MacBook, I had to bring it in to an authorized repair place. The closest Apple store (in my country (there’s a closer one over the border) is two hours away, but there was a place in my city that was authorized to make apple repairs. I took my laptop in and they replaced the screen at no cost to me. Continue reading “New Monitor”

Nine Years of Posts – 2021 in Review

Blog Post No. 476

200I’m not alone in thinking that 2020 was a strange year (it totally was) but 2021 was something else entirely. I’ve tried to limit the amount that I write about the pandemic (especially as a main topic of a blog post) but it’s crept into my posts more and more. The reality is that we’re still in the middle of a deadly disease sweeping the globe and in August, I had to go back to the Day Job. As you can imagine, I wasn’t super stoked about going back (most due to the risks). I did have half the year to keep acting like a full time author, though. Continue reading “Nine Years of Posts – 2021 in Review”

2022

Blog Post No. 475

giphyThis is it. The last post of the year. As any readers who have followed me for a while know, I reserve this space for looking forward to what next year may hold. There are usually a lot of hopeful expectations that don’t always turn out, but I’d like to think that over the course of writing this blog, I’ve made real progress. As for predictions, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I missed the mark when I guessed what 2020 would hold and even when we were mid pandemic, I was way too optimistic for 2021. Not in terms of writing or productivity (I’ll get into looking back in January when I reach the new year mark from when I started this blog). Continue reading “2022”

Holiday Season

Blog Post No. 474

presentsIt’s hard to not write a post about the holidays, especially since this post is coming out just days before Christmas (which is the holiday I celebrate each year). Writing a seasonal post is becoming a bit of a tradition (like my little birthday and yearly look forward and back posts). I try to keep things interesting, especially with repeat type posts like this one. There is only so much to say about the end of the year holidays and I may have said it all, already. But, let’s see if I have anything new to add. Continue reading “Holiday Season”

Turntable Troubles – Part Two

Blog Post No. 473

20211122_185759This is the second of a two part blog post. You should probably start with the first one, but I’m not your supervisor. I left off having ordered a turntable that originally went with the old stereo system that my brother had given me years ago. Though, things don’t always go as planned.

The first turntable came from Salt Lake City. I looked like it was in good shape in the add and while it was a little pricey for a used turntable (mostly due to shipping) it wasn’t unreasonable. Unfortunately, it never arrived. I tried to contact the seller, but didn’t get a reply. Thankfully, after an email, ebay refunded my money. I spent a little time looking in places other than ebay, but the few that I had found were far away and most people weren’t interested in shipping them. Continue reading “Turntable Troubles – Part Two”

Turntable Troubles – Part One

Blog Post No. 472

20190618_220506Just a note before you start in on this meaty post. I wrote this behemoth and actually cut it down some, but it was still super long. Rather than cut more, I thought it may be fun to try doing a rare multi-part post. This one should only be two parts, so I’m not getting carried away, yet.

Over the last five or so years, I’ve looked at some of the odd things I’ve wanted (like an old stereo and a MiniDisc player) and decided to get one thing a year for myself around my birthday. I don’t do it every year, especially since I can’t always find what I’m looking for and when it comes to old electronics, it pays to be patient. This is the story of the last present I got for myself. Continue reading “Turntable Troubles – Part One”

On fire

Blog Post No. 471

nba-jamBeing on fire is a weird metaphor. (Though not any weirder than all the other cliché metaphors). It can mean good, like in NBA Jam when your player literally catches on fire when you play well (or I guess in every day life when a normal person is doing well in consecutive tasks). On the other hand, fire is bad. Things on fire burn and turn to ash. Right now I’m kind of feeling both meanings of the phrase. Continue reading “On fire”

Bowling Ball and Pinhead

Blog Post No. 470

20211104_121451Most of the artists I know don’t have a ton of extra scratch to pay for things. Sometimes when you’re making, say, a book, you need things like good looking covers. How does an artist pay for a good looking cover when they don’t have enough money to get a kindergartner to finger paint for them? That’s right, they trade for it. I was lucky enough to find someone to trade with in Glen Hawkes. He did the covers for Broadcast Wasteland, Break/Interrupt, and is working on the cover for the upcoming Snow From a Distant Sky. He’s not only a talented painter, he’s a skilled graphic designer, so he knows how to make a cover.

Continue reading “Bowling Ball and Pinhead”

Update: Snow From a Distant Sky

Blog Post No. 469

giphy-1My main project at the moment is editing the fifth novella in the Synthetic Albatross Series, Snow From a Distant Sky. Like the last two books Broadcast Wasteland and Break/Interrupt, I wrote the first draft in a mad sprint. Broadcast was started in September but seeing as it went long, I bumped Break up to August. (It ran even longer, so it was good that I gave it the extra month). This time, I actually managed to get the first draft of Snow in before the end of August and I somehow kept it from ballooning out of control. Continue reading “Update: Snow From a Distant Sky”