Monthly Archives: January 2012

Featured quote

“Writing itself is one of the great, free human activities.  There is scope for individuality, and elation, and discovery.  In writing, for the person who follows with trust and forgiveness what occurs to him, the world remains always ready and deep, an inexhaustible environment, with the combined vividness of an actuality and flexibility of a dream.  Working back and forth… (more…)


A heartfelt thank-you

At this point, dear reader, I really have to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of Hilda – Dragon Master. I am not a Stephen King, or a Dan Brown of Da Vinci Code fame, but the number of books that you, dear readers, have bought since it came out on January 5th has impressed… (more…)


Indie Promotion

Dear reader, And again we arrived on Monday. May I present to you – today’s Indie Promotion: Sadie’s Song by Linda Hall Ebook Short Description: This book opens with the disappearance of nine-year-old Ally Buckley, a circumstance which bears too much resemblance to another recent and chilling event. Fear spreads throughout the New England fishing village of Coffins Reach and the… (more…)


Book review – The Map of Time

Title: The Map of Time Author: Felix. J. Parma Genre: Steampunk fantasy Rating:  The Map of Time is a very special book. At first it pulled me in, as the story was very intriguing. Then I wondered why the story went on and on about a person. I was not sure in what way this contributed to the book –… (more…)


Eschew Surplusage

A few of Mark Twain’s rules for writing: A tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere. The episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it. The personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from… (more…)


10 writing rules to break

Dear reader, IO9, a wonderful site (in my humble opinion) on all things scifi and fantasy, has unleashed a list of 10 rules they would like writers of science fiction and fantasy to break more often. No third-person omniscient No prologues Avoid infodumps Fantasy novels have to be series instead of standalones No portal fantasy (= gateways between worlds) No… (more…)


101 American History Fun Facts

For when you feel like something fun: 101 American History Fun Facts by Julia Hutchins. $0.99 from Smashwords.com “101 American History Fun Facts” is an ebook filled with over 100 facts from American history. Amaze your friends, amuse your family! Never be without a fun fact to share at your next party!


E-reader lookup

Dear reader, Do you know how it feels when you have to crawl all over the internet to find information on one specific topic that can be presented in multiple ways? Well, this happened to the creator of ereaderlookup.com. This person became, as he put it, frustrated that there is no website that has all the ereaders in one place,… (more…)


Punctuation

Oh yes, I may already hear you think “what is this?”, dear reader. But not to worry, I shall try to keep this as entertaining as possible. In how many ways can punctuation be abused? Many and more, I am convinced. The over-use or total lack of periods and commas is something I don’t really appreciate. And I assume that… (more…)


Writer’s Café – The Floating Card Editor

Dear reader, fellow-user of Writer’s Café or person who is looking for good software for writers, Today I want to give you a look at a nice feature of Writer’s Café called the Floating Card Editor. It is, in short, known as the FCE in Writer’s Café. The Floating Card Editor is a separate window which shows only the basics… (more…)