I like to read old books, really old books. I like to read old stuff that's in the creative common's and it's free online, and I like to listen to books while I drive, and I like to read online, and in print, but what are the differences between these types of publication? I can … Continue reading A Comparison of Print, Digital, and Audio Books.
Everywhere I go online I am asked to leave a comment, click on a like button, fill out a survey, or write a review. I get e-mails after a purchase to please 'Review and give us five stars'. I do give reviews under the best of circumstances but if there are any obstacles, I don't. On … Continue reading Reviews and Feedback
While we were editing the fifth book of Quirni, we ran across a section that made me cry. My heart hurt for Erica and for James, and it made me want to speak out, change it as an author, to fix things for them. Obviously I didn't because that emotional response is important. I have … Continue reading Feelings and Perspective
After parents die, it is the business of children to empty their house. While doing this, my sister found photographs and asked me to go through them with her. Among those we found photos of our mother and my full sister together. Those gave my sister insight into their relationship. Neither of my parents were … Continue reading Photo of Mother
I saw my sister today after nine years. My father died recently which spurred the sudden contact. She waited at the house, the place we grew up, the place my father spent his last days in his pissy clothes, mean and angry at the world. This was the place where I created Quirni. I invented … Continue reading Trust is Grown
I work in a lab with a group of people who represent a varied cross section of personalities, quirks, and origins. The lab itself is one of the more difficult labs in which I have ever worked. The work load is extreme and the people are often so different from me I'm at a loss … Continue reading I’m watching.
Today is a time for joy, the death of my father. I have time off of work, three days, for this. It is a time well earned and one of the good things he has done for me. Speak no ill of the dead, they say. Meh. How can that be when the dead … Continue reading Death Today
There used to be an ad on TV with the catch phrase 'Reading is Fundamental'. I agree. It is fundamental to improving a person's lifestyle. It is also fundamental for improving an author's writing. I'm not talking about reading someone else's work to glean the trends of the day, which is often cited as a reason … Continue reading A Critical Eye
I hated "Of Human Bondage". I like to read classics and usually find myself not only entertained but touched by the books recommended through the ages. I was not entertained when I read "Of Human Bondage". I was frustrated, annoyed, and rolled my eyes so often I got a headache. What I remember most about … Continue reading A Better Story
The names of our books are changing as we edit them. I'm surprised by this. The names had remained the same for so long even though they were, for the most part, working titles. If you look at the photo of my original copies published through Lulu, you will see "The Marrilian" is the only … Continue reading By Any Other Name