HEAR your Document Spoken Did you know how easy it is to have your computer read anything to you? This is known variously as #TTS, Text to Speech, or Speak. This has been a feature in Windows, all versions, for at least 15 years. … Click for more …
In communications theory, a noisy channel never is as bad as a scrambled message. It is your fault if someone get confused or offended because of your incomprehensible postings. Specifically, check out this infographic on making your #email comprehensible. I would add: BEFORE you … Click for more …
I missed Lana Del Rey @LanaDelRey at this weekend’s Austin #SXSW. I was at @WritersLeague workshop. Great music for #amwriting, #amediting my #novel #matryoschka.com Unfortunately, her availability is hampered by #Apple #iTunes. I can’t find it in better outlets. Playlist on Spotify. One piece of advice. Concentration and … Click for more …
Here’s the offer. #retweet, and I’ll enter you into the drawing of 10 ebooks when I publish. Get someone to Like my FB page, Matryoschka Heritage, or subscribe at terrygene.com, you will also be entered. #new #email email@example.com. click to go to the web … Click for more …
Let’s talk about the continuum from #Stubborn to #Stupid For 10 years I’ve had bad shoulders. Hey, I’m getting old, of course I ache. On a hunch, and tired of sleepless nights from the pain, I had X-Rays, and ended up in surgery.
How #niggardly of you. (aka, words don’t mean what you wantthem to mean. Get a dictionary. click for definition.) One of the joys of writing the #Matryoschka Heritage novels is finding the exact word for the situation, motive, and character. Some words arrive full throttle, such as affect and effect, and take over. They both can be nouns or verbs, to the confusion of many a wannabe grammar Nazi and at least three grammar programs I’ve paid to use.
You have entered the #HDZ, Humor-Depletion-Zone. You will not be able to return to #RL real life until 30 days after the #election.
By now, many of you have noticed that I like having fun with TB/HDZ folks. ( #TrueBelievers/Humor Depletion Zone) This season, both ends of the political spectrum seem to have issues with stepping back and laughing. Up to now, by my count, hard Rightists appear to be my fave fun-target, but they, as expected, laugh it off. (most of the time.) I’ve not had similar results on the other end of the TB spectrum.
To avoid falling into bad habits of baiting the most hardcore of the HDZs, I’m temporarily blocking those who are having issues. Nothing personal, just staying out of temptation. The blocks come off in 47 days.
It occurred to me a little self-promotion wouldn’t be a bad thing. So all you #scifi #SFF #litagent here is the #query. ==== If they live separate lives, ALEX MONROE, 24, and SARAH MERK, 18, will die. To survive, they must live as one … Click for more …
Did it. Pulled the trigger. Stomped on the fire. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Where’s the beef. Sorry, a little fun. Made my #amediting schedule of finishing edits of #scifi Matryoschka Sarah, the last set of 2974 line edits to work … Click for more …
I posted the kick-start http://www.syzygy.org/opportunity-to-support-quality-fiction-the-fettered-flame-e-d-e-bell-to-print/ Unfortunately, it didn’t finish, and you have a short term opportunity to get on board with this ambitious book. Of course, each level of support brings more and more goodies. Here it is.
A twist on belly button gazing. Here is a discussion started by mitch haynes, and my mangle of it, while not #amwriting #amediting Matryoschka Heritage Fiction, http://Matryoschka.com
Mitch Haynes >> I’ve always wondered about the backstory of Gilligan’s Island. Why did the professor, Mary-Ann, and Ginger each come alone for the three hour cruise? Why did the Howells have so much luggage and money with them? Was it a poor attempt to flee the country? How come the skipper never checked that day’s weather forecast? What kind of batteries were they using in that radio? This is how my mind works.
That was explained in the final episode. 1. The Howells were Aliens, in skin suits fleeing Men In Black. 2. Ginger was an early model Android. Notice the difficulty in moving and talking. Ginger 2.0 came to the movies as Tomb Raider, Laura Croft. 3. Mary-Ann was a physics prof conducting illicit black hole experiments off shore using tour boats as cheap transport. This black hole created the hurricane and sucked the guts out of all the batteries. Oh, and turned him into a girl with large breasts. 4. The professor was a comedian, down in his luck. He boarded thinking the Minnow was the shuttle to his audition. ‘The Professor’ was one of his on-stage personas. 5. The island was the Pacific back door to the Bermuda Triangle. 6. Skipper was a member of the male equivalent of the “red hat club.’ In this case, the men wear red shirts. It was the red shirt that disrupted Mary-Ann’s experiments. 7. Gilligan. Never existed. He was the other’s mass delusion.n gazing. here is a discussion started by mitch haynes, and my mangle of it, while not finishing Matryoschka Heritage Fiction, http://Matryoschka.com
The authors of #Emotion #Thesarus teamed with #Scrivener folks to create One-Stop-for-Writers. This is a phased roll-out, going officially Live tomorrow, 7 October 2015. I’ll place more info here as I get it. This will be great.
For now, laziness has it’s virtues. To get you started, below is their publicity blub . Stay tuned (aka subscribe) to this blog, and you’ll get my obviously cogent insight as it rolls out.
One Stop For Writers: An Online Library Unlike Any Other
Every once in a while, something comes along that changes things for the better.
And in the world of writers, this is especially welcoming, because we all know just how much sweat, courage and persistence it takes to write a book and then release it into the world.
Today I’m pointing you toward a new website which I hope will help writers brainstorm stronger characters, craft deeper, more compelling plots, and teach us how to be more effective with our description so we draw readers in.
One Stop For Writers is a collaboration between Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, and Lee Powell, creator of Scrivener for Windows. This powerhouse online library is filled with one-of-a-kind descriptive thesaurus collections, tools, tutorials and much more, all geared to provide the resources you need to strengthen your prose and write more efficiently.
Want to check One Stop For Writers out?
Hop on over to Writers Helping Writers for their Launch Week festivities (October 7-14th)! If you know Angela, Lee and Becca already, you probably can guess there will be some great prizes, and probably a bit of paying-it-forward too.
The first book in this series, The Banished Craft, by E.D.E. Bell was a surprise in the landscape of me-too urban/contemporary #fantasy. It plays back to classical high fantasy but with sensitivity to issues we face in the real world. Characters are well drawn, and … Click for more …