A New Computer

I finally got a new laptop to replace my dying Alienware M14x laptop. As much as I liked my old laptop, I went through one too many keyboard replacements for my liking. I ended up purchasing an Acer Aspire V15 Nitro. It has the right combination of features that I need for those times when I’m actually working. So far, I’m very happy with my decision. I managed to tranfer all of my document and media files to the new computer. I even managed to find a few stories I thought I had lost or deleted.

Currently, I’m working on Skindancer, the last story in the Tech Noir series, and a followup story to the The Crown and the Ring. The Court of the Two Sisters is still on the backburner. I want to take a break from my Count Albritton series and come back to it with a clear head. I want the last three stories in the series to be the best so I’m taking my time with them. In the meantime, I’ll be posting some more flash fiction and short stories.

Finally, I have tentative plans to attend DragonCon and Hartford Comic Con in September. A lot will depend on what the doctor says about my shoulder when I go to see him next week. Hopefully, I’ll have some good news on that front. Anyway, that’s all for now.

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The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing

This article, by Dean Wesley Smith, makes for some interesting reading. It’s given me a lot to think about especially the part where he talks about the “Life of Copyright”.

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Flash Fiction: The Greater Good

The man in black was no worse for wear. The same could not be said for those who had stood against him. A young man dared to approach him, refusing to look at the dead or acknowledge the cries of the wounded lying in the street.

“That was a lot bloodier than I thought it would be,” he said. “I guess it was all for the greater good.”

The words were enough to make the man in black laugh. It was a cold hollow sound, bordering on madness.

“Don’t be stupid, kid,” he said. “There’s no such thing as the greater good. It’s a lie the weak tell themselves and others to justify their actions.”

“I don’t understand.”

“There’s always another way. It might be more difficult or take a little longer. The price might be higher. There could be more risk involved. Instead, I did what was best for me.”

Confusion gave way to anger. “And to hell with the everyone else?” the young man asked. “I thought you were a hero.”

“Heroes find another way.”

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Flash Fiction: Surrender

So many battles fought. Most of the time, they were for the right reasons. The rest, he doesn’t think about. He went into each one without fear or hesitation. This time, it’s different. His hands shake, making it harder to remove his armor and unbuckle his baldric. The sword falls to the carpeted floor and he kneels. All that’s left is to say are the words but they won’t come. As he struggles to give them voice, she silences him with a smile. “I know,” she says. “I’ve always known.”

With nothing left to say or do, the warrior finally surrenders.

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Flash Fiction: A Friend in Need

Donny was always in trouble. He dreamed big. Like his nose, those dreams were broken time and time again but his spirit remained intact. That was one of the things I liked about my friend. He always bounced back, calling it a minor setback. This time was different. He was in deep with the wrong people. They would make a very messy example of him. Donny deserved better than that. It took me fifteen minutes to get to his house. Three minutes later, his troubles were over. They’ll find his body in the morning.

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Another Quickie

With Memorial Day behind us, I thought it was time for another quick update. I’m still limiting my computer time and doing my best to rest my shoulder. Unfortunately, it’s gotten worse. We’ll see what the doctor says next week when I see him. Smart money says I’ll need surgery. Needless to say, that will throw a kink into my work and convention schedule for the next few weeks as well as my plans to play Witcher 3 nonstop this weekend.

Until I get better, I’ll be around on Twitter. Feel free to ask me anything. You’ll get a straight answer. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like what you hear. I’ll also continue working on the next book and the Court of the Two Sisters. I did take time out to see Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road. Both movies were awesome though I have to give the edge to Mad Max for the nonstop action and positive messages.

Maybe next week I’ll have another Kindle Fire tip and some news. In the meantime, stay safe and take care.

 

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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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