Monday, April 27, 2015

ESPN2 airs video game tournament, Heroes of the Dorm, viewers freak out


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Millimeters vs. Inches: Measuring the Difference


Inches are evil. Fractional evil, but pure evil.

OK, the page trim is 5.5 inches in width, the left and right margins are each six-eighths of an inch, and there's a quarter-inch gutter—quick, what is the text width?

On the other hand, if the trim width is 140 millimeters, the right and left margins are 20 millimeters each (140 – 40) and the gutter is set to 6 millimeters—quick, the text width is 94 millimeters. Piece of soup.

It is simple arithmetic versus fractions and decimals, and, well, buy a calculator.

Then you start comparing your document with a pile of open books on your desk, measuring margins, print areas, and such, and you have to stop and study your inch ruler. Are the little lines inside the inch tenths, eighths, or sixteenths of an inch? And if it is either of the latter two, your blood pressure rises as you try actually to use the measurements.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Clouded Ambitions, Far in the Red


Clouded Ambitions is entering its final stages of ink on paper. For me, it isn't the hunt for editing perfection that challenges so much as facing the mounds of red ink that stare back like a bad bank statement, and knowing I have to sort through them and type in changes.

Next comes polishing of page design for print, and then formatting for e-books. Clouded Ambitions will be released this spring in deluxe paperback and popular e-book styles including Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple's iBooks. 

In Clouded Ambitions, Book 2 of the Gourmet Gamer Mysteries, murder again strikes the tech industry, this time in Seattle, where a video game startup is forced to hunt down a murderer using technology, junk food, and an unhealthy ability to sit indefinitely in front of screens and monitors, and never lose the urge to win.


Check out early previews of Clouded Ambitions:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homeowner Thanksgiving, Part IV

From the Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim:

August, 1611. Fortunately, our native brethren again stepped in to save the day this spring, teaching us to fertilize our maize crop using dead fish (they were giggling, so they may have been playing a gag). But now harvest has come and we have corn growing out of our ears!

I'm a little worried about the Indians, however. Apparently their long houses have been overrun by crabgrass, and they seem rather cross about it. The issue came near to violence a fortnight ago, an incident averted only when Elder Schmidt, sitting out back all alone, suddenly and inadvertently invented popcorn, scaring the daylights out of all of us.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Promo!

Holiday Humor Read
Homeowners Are Pilgrims, too!

Hellacious Homeowner: The Saga of Owen Cash 
Welcome to the world of Owen Cash, a man pushed finally to conform with society and pursue his own slice of the Great American Dream: Homeownership. He journeys forth to battle house hunting (kids, go slice that family's tires) mortgage applications (you need an ultrasound of my kidneys?!), and more, all to please family and society and join the ranks of responsible, landed Americans—just at the height of the real estate boom (ka-pow!).

Free 11/29 - 11/30 on Amazon Kindle (& Any Device).

Holiday Mystery Read 
Thanksgiving Weekend Promo


Flying the Coop: The Video game Mystery Novel
A comedy novel that drags the mystery genre into a new setting: the video game industry and the world of venture capital.  In the process it pokes fun at East Coast vs. California outlooks, as well as overpaid politicians, health nuts, and more. Oh, and it tells the suspenseful story of a virtual-world hunt for a very brick-and-mortar murdererRead more.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Homeowner Thanksgiving, Part I

It was my first Thanksgiving as a homeowner when my father gave me the book, The Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim, and I learned about my first ancestor in America, of what really happened at Plymouth Rock. It explains a lot!


Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim


November 25, 1610. With the winter fast approaching here at Plymouth Rock, I fear we may well have left England a tad late in the year. I'm not sure what it is; it may be the snow on the ground and the fact that there isn't a thing to eat, or it may be the way the Indians seem to chuckle when they walk by.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homeowner Thanksgiving, Part II

From the Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim:

December 11, 1610. You know, it turns out crops don't just shoot up out of the ground when planted under several feet of snow. And I wish dearly the Indians would stop grinning.

But we managed to build two log cabins to provide shelter for the winter, one for most of us to sleep in, the other for my mother-in-law, Eldress Ethel, who snores like a warthog giving birth.

Homeowner Thanksgiving, Part III

From the Diary of Elder Owen, Mayflower Pilgrim:

Spring, 1610. I fear we may have brought with us the wrong seeds, for judging by the resulting sprouts, I fail to see any resemblance to wheat, barley, or other oats that should be evident by now.

So I checked the markings on the sacks, and, alas, they say not "Wheat," "Barley," and "Oats" at all, but rather "Crabgrass," "Clover," and "Other Lawn Weeds," and frankly, the evening stew is really suffering in taste and in substance.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flying the Coop on Nook, IBooks

Flying the Coop: The Video Game Mystery Novel is now available on iBooks, Nook, and Smashwords, as well as in paperback and on Kindle.

Flying the Coop: The Video game Mystery Novel
A comedy novel that drags the mystery genre into a new setting: the video game industry and the world of venture capital.  In the process it pokes fun at East Coast vs. California outlooks, as well as overpaid politicians, health nuts, and more. Oh, and it tells the suspenseful story of a virtual-world hunt for a very brick-and-mortar murdererRead more.

Only 99 cents, Thanksgiving Weekend.

Now available on:

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Nook