Last week, I followed the Facebook page of an author I once used to respect. After three days where literally every post - roughly 10-12 - had lengthy screeds against those of differing political persuasion, I dropped him. If he'd been using facts, or talking about the science of the matter, that would have been one thing. Instead, what he wrote was about how the other side was evil for disagreeing with him. Not simply wrong, evil. He also committed every single one of the basic logical f
This nonsense and other similar things have been going around lately. http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2013/11/12/vaccines-a-peek-beneath-the-hood-by-roman-bystrianyk-and-suzanne-humphries-md/ The numbers are accurate as far as 30 seconds of research can tell, but they don't tell the story of *why* the numbers fell before vaccination. This is what is called, "telling the truth, but not all of it." In other words, one of the most effective ways to lie. In fact, public health metho
What Consumers Need To Know About Mortgages (A Guide About What Really Happens From a Mortgage Insider) is now available on Amazon! Kindle edition only $4.99 through February 28th! This book is intended to cut through the nonsense and teach consumers what they need to know to deal with mortgages. What you need to know and how to shop your loan so you end up with the best loan possible at the time, instead of getting stuck with a bad mortgage. There is an entire chapter devoted to h
The first thing to understand is that the entire machine of loans is completely impersonal. I don't mean that you're necessarily just one more cog in the machine to your loan officer, as I can't remember encountering a loan officer who thought like that. But the mechanisms of whether your loan in particular is approved have precisely zero to do with whether you're a good or virtuous person, whether you deserve a chance, or anything other than how well you fit the profile of someone w
Most of my productive writing lately has been a non-fiction book on getting a good mortgage loan and avoiding bad ones. I hope to have that out early in January. I'm still working on a sidelight book on Grace's nephew, though. If you're looking for last minute gifts, a kindle download happens immediately. Any or all of my Rediscovery series works!
I'm trying an experiment. Instead of just one thing at a time, even when my brain plainly is at a temporary impasse point, I'm switching off between the 'natural state humans exploring the Earth neighborhood' story I was working on before I changed to "Working The Trenches. The other item I'm working on is a nonfiction item regarding mortgages. Yesterday, I got something over four thousand words in total - closer to five - and today I'm already over three thousand, instead of poundi
Working the Trenches, the fourth Rediscovery novel is available to purchase in the Amazon store. Still only $2.99 on Kindle! Working The Trenches Graciela Juarez has been an Imperial citizen for several years. She's got a solid marriage into one of the Empire's most important families. The Empire has been very good to her. For her self-respect, she wants to spend some time with her shoulder to the wheels of the Empire. Pulling the cart of Civilization. Working the Trenches of Empir
The files for Working the Trenches have all been uploaded, waiting on approval from Amazon and Create Space. Approximately 96,000 words in length, it's about deciding to spend some time Working the Trenches of civilization....
The Fourth Grace novel, titled "Working the Trenches" is back from the readers, revised, and ready to go text-wise. On the other hand, I'm thus far demonstrating ZERO talent with image manipulation software. I've been trying to make any of four good cover ideas look not completely buffoonish for three weeks. I've got a couple more ideas. Or I could publish with a text-only cover. But I'd rather not.
and you notice something they could do to blow your plotline up, do you 1) Ignore it and hope people don't notice because what you want to do is cool 2) Paper it over with some nonsense nobody is really going to believe and proceed. Because cool or 3) Fix it and come up with something else I was coming to the end of a story I had planned and asked myself, "Why wouldn't one of them just do X?" The challenge is now to come up with something as cool as the original idea.
Dang. Just realized that when I was converting Imperial distances to metric for my first three books, I made a transcription error in one of the most common units. An ifourth is 39.3518 meters, not 35.3518. Oops. Fixing it now for the one I'm working on. Double checked all the other distances - had those correct. Which means it was pure misreading the calculator.
The first Earth explorers story has gotten to a point where what happens next doesn't want to come out right now. Meanwhile the next Grace story, so far untitled, is now willing, so I've switched to that. 15k words or so into it, not slowing down, so this is what I'm working on right now
Trying to write sf about exploring a few nearby stars. Apparently, the mechanics of Tau Ceti are reasonably nailed down, with five planets deduced from data of the star. It had to be a lot easier fictionalizing planets of nearby stars before the bleeping astronomers could actually find them!
What seems to be wanting to come out now - or not wanting to come out least - is a story about Grace's nephew Tony on the first Earth expedition to nearby stars, using borrowed Imperial technology. I also have several other ideas I'm making notes about, at least two of which are completely outside of the Imperial 'universe'