Tips and Tricks: Form Autofill

When you fill in personal information on a web form, the Silk browser will prompt you to save the information to a profile on your Kindle. The next time you start to fill out web form, your Kindle will suggest a profile by showing you information in a text box. Tap the profile and the rest of the form will be filled out automatically.

You can view and edit your Autofill profiles at any time by going to your Silk Browser settings. This feature can be used to create additional profiles.

If you don’t want to save personal information on your Kindle, you can turn off the prompt by disabling Form Autofill in the Silk Browser settings. Also, this feature won’t work on any website where the publisher has disabled Form Autofill.

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Back on the Injured List

This is going to another quick update. As the title says, I’m back on the injured list. I managed to hurt my right shoulder a few weeks back. The pain had gotten bad enough for me to see a doctor. After a few x-rays, he thinks I either have tendonitis or a tear in my rotator cuff. He gave me a cortisone shot and told me to take it easy for the next week. If my shoulder is still bothering me, I have to go back in for an MRI. After that, we’ll see how things pan.

In other news, today is Free Comic Book Day. A lot of comic book stores will be hosting special events and giveaways. I would be down at Midtown Comics but I have a date with an ice pack.

Have a good day.

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Tips and Tricks: Change Your Display Sleep Setting

To save power, your Kindle will go into sleep mode after a specified period of time. Depending on what you’re using your Kindle for, you might want to change this setting. To do so, go to your Settings then the Display & Sounds menu. You can change the Display Sleep timer to whatever you want.

I usually have this set to 15 minutes. If I’m using my Kindle to listen to music or watch a movie, I change this setting to Never then change it back when I’m done. This is also handy for those times when I need to download a large file, sync a lot of content, or for applications that take a long time to update.

When using this option, it’s important to either change your timer when you no longer need it or place your Kindle in stand by mode otherwise the device will stay on and drain the battery.

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Quick Update

I’m going to be honest. I’ve been at a loss as to what to post. There hasn’t been a lot going on with me. It would be easy to talk about my latest book, The Crown and the Ring, but that kind of thing gets old. I figure anyone who visits here on a regular basis already has a copy of the book or plan to do so. For those of you who have already gotten a copy of it, I hope you’re enjoying it. If so, please share and retweet about my book or leave a review. As much as I want to sell a lot of copies of my book and be successful, I don’t want to spam or badger people about my books.

On the writing front, I’ve been working on The Court of the Two Sisters and the final part to Crossroads. I finished both of the stories last year. They need some work before they’re ready for publication. With any luck, I’ll publish both of them in May.

In other news, I’m gearing up for a trip to Chicago. A lot of details are still up in the air. If the stars align, I’ll be in town for C2E2 and stick around for Free Comic Day.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a good weekend.


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KDP Tips and Tricks: Previewing Your eBooks

How the interior of your book looks is as important as its cover. Some readers will put aside a book that has poor formatting because they either find it too difficult to read or it’s hard on the eyes.

The conversion process used by KDP might make changes to your ebook’s format. Always preview your ebooks once they are uploaded. The online preview took is useful but it might not catch everything. If you can, download a copy of your ebook and look at it on your Kindle or whatever ereader you use. In that way, you can make sure things like your table of contents and any links inside of your ebook work.


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The Crown and the Ring

It’s taken me a while to finish this and I’m quite proud of the results. The Crown and the Ring is finally available on Amazon.

His name is Danr and magic is his birthright.

With the giants on the move, he embarks on a dangerous quest to recover a relic from the last age. Accompanied by a priestess and her paladins, he has the chance to claim a prize he has sought for generations but at what price?


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Tips and Tricks: eBook Management

If you’re like me, you have a lot of ebooks on your Kindle. Some of them might be in different formats or from sites other than Amazon. There are a lot of tools to help you manage your ebook library. You might want to convert ebooks brought on older devices or other operating systems so you acn read them on your Kindle. Some even let you edit and create ebooks.

I use calibre to manage my library of ebooks. It’s a a free and open source program with a lot of useful features.


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