The Apple Watch seems to be inspiring a lot of uninspired thinking. Things like all the news that fits on the wrist. I for one cannot imagine why I would spend hundreds of dollars so a device can annoy me with yet more notifications. I certainly don’t need to have my work/flow/conversation/meeting/meditation/relaxation interrupted with news about people I don’t know in places I’m not. That crap can wait until I’m ready to lean back and browse the headlines
Following up on my review of three ergonomic keyboards last year, I pass along now Marco Arment’s review of the Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard, which he’s liking. From the features he describes, it sounds similar to theThe Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard I’ve been using, but with some differences, including one that would drive me crazy.
[T]he Ergo Pro’s two halves are physically separate and connected by a cable. This is a mixed bag: it provides flexibility, but it’s also frustratin
Carlyle Clark writes:
Still, at no time was I bored or worried that major conflict would not be forthcoming, in fact the pace of the story mirrored the feel of the times, which was probably and intentional choice by the author. I can’t tell you why I believe that because it would be a spoiler. In fact, revealing any of the interesting things would be spoilers because they are all weaved together to create a strong ending in which Lawrence was deft enough to play off of reader’s expect
Through Goodreads, we’re giving away three copies of Cold Saké hardbacks, signed by Katherine M. Lawrence.
Not all vengeance is exacted by the living.
In 12th-century Japan, Yamabuki, a female samurai 17 years old, travels deep into the Oku wilderness.
Along a lonely road, at a forgotten inn, she seeks shelter, warm food, and cold saké.
But as darkness falls, she ends up fighting for her life . . . and she finds that there are terrible things unde
’Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, a tradition floated by best hopes and intentions for the future … and grounded by the reality that most will fade long before Summer Solstice, some forgotten by the first day of February.
The problem with resolutions is that they are, for the most part, structured as demands upon ourselves. We look at our shortcomings and shake our heads. Dissatisfied with our unworthy ways, we try to parent ourselves into doing
This is a question our culture seems to be still trying to figure out. Yesterday Kate Lawrence explored this question in a blog post about her books’ main character, Yamabuki, a historical woman samurai in 12th-century Japan. Filed under: What others are writing about Tagged: Buddhism, Japan, Onna Begeisha, samurai, Tomoe Gozen, Woman Warrior, Yamabuki
Laura Lis Scott:
Kate blogs here about her main character, Yamabuki, how she’s different from other woman warriors, and how 12th-century Japan isn’t quite like what you’ve seen in most samurai movies.
Originally posted on KateLore:
The Yamabuki series is inspired by a 12th-century woman chronicled in historic writings of the times. It is said Yamabuki was beautiful and that she accompanied Yoshinaka, The Rising Sun General, and Tomoe Gozen, a more famous woman warrior o
Our new title, Cold Blood, by Katherine M. Lawrence, is out on Kindle (and Kindle Unlimited)!
“Ever kill a man?” The fencing master’s eyes searched hers. “I can see you haven’t. That takes cold blood.” Sixteen-year-old Taka Yamabuki, royal by birth, but samurai by training, embarks upon her first mission: to deliver important dispatches to the capital. Untested and traveling alone for the first time in her life, Yamabuki encounters a vivid tapestry of natural beauty, unusual chara
The new Cold Saké cover.
The novelette by Katherine M. Lawrence is available on Kindle now, and will be releasing it in paperback and on other ebook platforms in the coming weeks! Watch this space, or for the first word, sign up for our newsletter.
(Watch this space. A new Yamabuki novella is coming out later today!) Filed under: Cold Blood, Cold Saké, Katherine M. Lawrence Tagged: Amazon, Kindle, Yamabuki
The book will be available on Kindle, hardback and paperback. More info (with links) soon.
Also, we will be releasing Cold Saké in hardback and paper, as well as ePub format.
Both books will be available online and for order from your local bookshop. Filed under: Cold Blood, Cold Saké, Katherine M. Lawrence Tagged: new release
I first came across Lagrangian Points many years ago in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel A Fall of Moondust. It boggled my young mind, picturing satellites orbiting in seemingly static positions around the Moon! Of course, in fact they were orbiting Earth and the Moon, affected by and in balance with both gravitational sources. (This is what the best science fiction does: explore scientific concepts, even in passing, within a fictional story.)
This morning, while
I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year.
Last year, I took some rather timid steps into NaNoWriMo — which is to say I signed up on the site. I didn’t provide a name (Did I want to use a pseudonym?) or project title (Which did I want to write?). I did, however, start writing. I did not reach the officially sanctioned 50,000-word target, but I did put down some 7,000 words or so. And I kept writing, arriving at around 11,000 words by New Year’s Eve.
—By which time I h
Not done done, but done — a “first draft.”
Not an actual first draft — I revised it so many times I lost count — but it’s the first I actually sent to anyone who wasn’t a friend or alpha reader.
Now I wait. And start on the next book, which is going to be something completely different. Different genre. Different “person.” Filed under: writing Tagged: first drafts
This shouldn’t be so hard.
I’ve reached the point where it’s time to compile my manuscript from Scrivener into Word format, in preparation for The Great Editing. Now the Compile part is easy. (Well, I say “easy” in that it’s pretty complicated, but in a Scrivener way, and after you’ve been using Scrivener for a while, well, you eventually become something akin to a taxi driver in London; you eventually learn where those dead-ends and obscure addresses are.)
Dealing with the Wo
What happens to this blog when I die, when I no longer pay the monthly bill? What happens to my emails when my card no longer covers the autopay on the account? What happens to the gigabytes of archives I have tucked away on Dropbox when the account is not renewed? Unless I provide for their continued maintenance in my will—assuming I have any estate that outlives me—they will go away, gone forever.
Even the free services—GMail, Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, T
Update: The novelette is no longer on KU. It’s still available on Kindle, though. As soon as Cold Blood (Kate’s next book) is out, we will be rolling out Cold Sake in paperback, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo. —LS
Have you joined the free trial of Kindle Unlimited? If so, now’s your chance to download and read Katherine M. Lawrence’s novelette for free*!
* Well, it’s “free” during the free trial, and included in the $9.99 Kindle Unlimited subscription meal if you d
We have a few domains currently, and odds are, if you tried one of the others, you were redirected here to our new domain:
WordPress.com (our current host) supposedly redirects all URLs, including the RSS feeds, so feed readers like Feedly may continue to work fine. Our new feed URL is http://tootsweet.ink/feed if you would like to update our entry in your reader of choice. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Feedly, marketing, website, Wordpress
The place: The Facebook website thingie.
The time: A moment of weakness (escaping from my manuscript).
The assignment: “Exercise!!! 250-500-100 words (some kind of narrative). No “to be” verbs!”
The inspiration: This great photo….
My jotted whatnot: Without Sole
Has anyone seen my sneakers? They walked off with my soul, and now I wander the earth, barefoot and in mourning, experiencing a life bereft of meaning.
Who knew shoes could take so
As a writing tool, I love Scrivener. Unfortunately this comes with some hindrances: Scrivener is not a standard format, so you have to compile and export anything you do to to anything with it. Microsoft Word is a standard format in publishing—obviously people in publishing are a bunch of masochists—but Scrivener’s exports to Word are unstyled. Scrivener’s exports to the .mobi format are barely adequate. Scrivener’s exports to the .epub format are famously incompatible with ebook retailer
Sometimes I hate WordPress. I had a post in draft form, half-baked, incomplete, saved as a draft, and somehow, in trying to simply save my latest revisions, I accidentally published it. And being unable to find a way to unpublish it, I deleted it.
The post on print book trim sizes will come soon. But not yet. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: blogging, user interface, Wordpress
Laura Lis Scott:
I never met Jay Lake. I stumbled across Green when it came out in trade paper in 2011, and loved it. Aside from reading the sequels and other books by Jay, I started following his blog.
It was at times heartbreaking to read about his travails with cancer. Yet he was also inspiring with his battling spirit (always with a degree of cheer, even when it must’ve been bravado). When he crowdfunded the sequencing of his genome and registered for NIH drug trials—the NI
Last night, on impulse from a friend’s suggestion, I had the immense pleasure of attending the main concert for this year’s MalherFest. Historically I haven’t been the biggest Mahler aficionado, but last night did about all that’s possible to make me a convert.
The orchestra itself, comprised of mostly local musicians with a few flying in from around the country, was quite wonderful.
When I lived in Chicago, I went several times to hear the Ch
If you're a science fiction fan like I am, here's a new reading list.
Winner: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Nominees: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood) The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review) Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island) A Stranger in O
Piggies are for saving!
My piggy is Instapaper, Pinboard and Evernote, where I bookmark all the things that my ADD head says, “Oh I’ll want to read this later.” But when does later come? I think it’s tomorrow, and when I realize that, I figure heck! What was I worried about? I can look at that tomorrow? So when does tomorrow actually arrive? And then I realize that it never comes. (!!!!!) And so I go look at the content I want in my piggy, and it bleeds in
It's not that we need a second screen, it's that we have an inadequate first screen.
If we're watching a great movie, we're engrossed, swept away. We're not even thinking about the phone in the pocket or purse. We're not wondering what's happening on Facebook or Pinterest. We're not even thinking about that.
That's the point, isn't it?
I confess, I’ve been sucked into the Amazon Subscribe and Save program. I hate having to battle parking lots and fight the crowds at Target just to buy toilet paper and tissues. It’s so much easier to let the regular staples come to me once a month.
I also do the same with miscellaneous other items – books, the odd tool. (Between Netflix and AppleTV, I’ve cut way back on Blu-rays, and 99% of my music purchases are mp3 downloads.)
And now I find I’m living
This video struck me in a profound way.
OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.
Only a few hundred people have been in space, but they share an experience that changed them, changed how they see the world. Maybe we need to send into space more people, from every culture, every nation, so they can bring home what they've seen, what they've experienced – not the technology, but the perspective. The overview effect.
[h/t Upworthy, via Patricia Tallman.]
When Netflix published the entire first season of the Americanized “House of Cards”, it was considered a radical act. Netflix has recognized how people recently have been “indulging” in “binge viewing” of old TV series, opiners said.
At the root of this phrase is a Puritanical attitude that television is supposed to be watched piecemeal, in dribs and drabs. You’re not supposed to watch an entire season at once, you heathen! You’re indulging! You’re binge v
For those who don't know: I served on the DA Board in 2010-2011, and was on the Governance Committee that developed the new structures. Before that I was in the General Assembly. I'm currently on the Advisory Board.
But I share my opinions here as a long-time member of the Drupal community who cares about the future of Drupal. Criteria: more than good intentions
Last year, the Nominating Committee (on which I served) considered many aspects when evaluatin
Okay, so I have to say something about silly things people say, like "myself".
Joe, Nancy and myself drove to the store.
Doesn't that just sound weird? Yet I year people say crap like this all the time. I think they do it because they're lost as to whether to say "I" or "me" in a sentence. Of course, it should be:
Joe, Nancy and I drove to the store.
It's just a longer version of:
I drove to the store.
Switch it aro
7 essential elements to create amazing top 7 lists!
In my years as an interwebs information consumer, I've gleaned great insight into one of the mainstays of online content: The top (n) list.
Here are some essential tips to creating amazing top n lists that will thrill and excite your readers: Pick a number, any number, ideally the one that takes the least amount of work to fulfill. Top 5 foos, Top 100 bars, doesn't matter. If you want to cover, say, onlin
Once upon a time in the Drupalsphere, there was the Image module, which was the preferred image solution for all Drupal sites. It dynamically resized images for display, so you could upload one image and get other sizes. But it was limited to one image per node, which made it hard for situations where you wanted to insert several images into one article. All kinds of workarounds emerged, but it was all a bit kludgey. It was nice to have something, but peop