Nonfiction


The Perfect Writing Environment

An impossible goal? Maybe. But I don’t think so. I mean, what’s involved here? It should be distraction-free. It should provide potentially inspiring distractions. Writing equipment (phone, laptop, voice recorder, whatever) should be well-suited to the space. Right. No problem. What I’m getting at: for me at least, everything needs to be portable. And swappable!…


Gratuitous Cover Post

Hi! Just putting this up because I like my wife’s new cookbook cover. I’ll be back with my normal post tomorrow morning. At least I think I will. The cover may change a bit, especially that colon…if put up on Amazon that way, it’ll look like a subtitle. But there’s a separate subtitle, with potentially…


Giving away free books? It gets complicated.

Well, let me say this up front: it doesn’t have to be complicated. For instance, I recently pulled Take Back Your Privacy from Amazon’s KDP Select program, and as of yesterday you can get it free via Smashwords. It’ll hit more retailers (update: like Kobo) soon. But, hey, it’s free already. Done! Right? Why’d I…


Site makeover, book reviews for indies, and stuff

Hey y’all! I played around with the website design yesterday. Most of you get these posts via either RSS or email, but if you want to see a pic of me smoking a cigar and looking ridiculous from last Thanksgiving? You can. It’d be more fun to have included more of the pic–there was this…


Contacting me, writing processes, and whatever else I put in

Hi! First off? Some of you like to talk to me by hitting “reply” to my emailed posts. Which is very cool. I like it a bunch. However, if you’re using one of Microsoft’s email services, they don’t like my email server. Which means I can’t send a response via that method. This is an…


Keep getting pulled in. How do I reset my brain? AKA stupid “security” tricks.

Okay. I have what appears to be the flu. It’s inconvenient, as it makes concentrating on a new novel much more difficult. I also can’t do some of the other things I had planned for today. So, instead, I started reading stuff on the internet. Probably a mistake! Here’s Claire Wolfe, who was recently generous…