I read an interesting blog last night by Beyza Çitak about struggling to learn English (blog link). I can relate. I don’t speak English. I speak American. The “English” speaking world tries to make everyone think that the language spoken by English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Canadians, Aussies, Kiwis, South Africans, Indians, Singaporans, Kenyans, Bermudans, and Americans … Continue reading English as a second language
It’s always weird to see and hear yourself. First of all, there’s the whole “mirror image” thing. Everything seems backwards – hair parted on the wrong side, and so on. Then there’s the “who’s voice is that?” sensation. What I hear coming out of the speaker is not what I sound like to myself when … Continue reading Two podcasts this week!
You should know this already. Prior to attending Hogwarts, when the Dursley's punished Harry Potter, they made him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry's hangout We’re moving. Long tale of woe involving program issues and long delays and innumerable other problems familiar to anyone who has worked on a failed/failing project. So be … Continue reading Cupboard under the stairs
I continue to be amazed at the high quality, highly creative people that my publisher, Inklings Publishing, is calling in to work on my book. Today's shout-out goes to the graphic artist who did all of the promo material. Karina Winbigler is a wizard at this stuff. Check her out on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karinawinbigler/ She's … Continue reading Cool Promo Stuff
Maybe highly experienced/published writers don't get quite the same thrill as I'm experiencing right now. Pre-orders for my book just went live on Amazon, Square, and via the publisher, Inklings Publishing. Here's the link to the Inklings market page: https://www.inklingspublishing.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Te_xsQ3V6yYlCWVeYrN3j3hUXJbPpjWcG_Mj9JYkC-JcJWWgGM19a2Ug First novel If you want a hard copy, and I know that you do, best … Continue reading Hey! I wrote a book.
Sometimes help comes from an unexpected quarter. It’s an old adage that in order to be a better writer, you must read voraciously. I do. Not quite at the level of Maria Popova (https://www.brainpickings.org). But I read a lot. In my entire life, I’ve only re-read a few books: Dune, some W.E.B Griffin stuff, Ready … Continue reading Writing help
A while back, Angie Drymala of Creatrix Chats interviewed me for her podcast. It was not what I expected. I was anticipating some of the standard author questions (and got a few of those) but our conversation ended up being fairly wide ranging over the hour we talked. Here's the link to the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50554875?fbclid=IwAR2RcttxPujvjvziKhOKcIZTOMsq-rBXfho0uKvpEyv9vpspfjFnc7L1UTw … Continue reading Hey! I’m on a podcast.
One of the fictions in Spark is black grass. Black Grass at Spark Current trends in solar use only a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to provide energy. Solar panels (rooftop, satellite, etc.#) use primarily the visible spectrum – red to violet. Rooftop solar panels in Seattle Solar thermal facilities, like Solar Two, use mostly … Continue reading What’s up with Black Grass?