Stories I Love: February 2018

A lot of good stories that I read don’t make it onto this list. Some very good stories. This is not “stories I like,” these are the stories that hit all the right notes, immerse me in their world, possess me until they’re done, and end in a resounding way. Here’s a few things that kept some of the good ones from making it on this list (cataloged here as a reminder to myself and …

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Stories I Love: January 2018

There are two things writers must do a lot of: Write Read Simple, right? I write some on a daily basis, I am also regularly reading fiction, but I have long known I’ve been deficient in my short story reading. I read short stories from lots of sources, but not enough. So for 2018 I have challenged myself to read 365 short stories, preferably from markets I submit stories to. This will be entertaining and …

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What is the future of eBooks?

Author JA Konrath has done a lot of thinking and writing on eBooks (not to mention making money selling them). If you are interested, check out his recent posts on the subject: E-Volution: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2009/11/e-volution.html. While I don’t agree with the time-frame (tech always seems to evolve slower than expected), it is an interesting take on what the future of eBooks might be like. JA Konrath’s 2010 Ebook Predictions: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2009/12/ja-konraths-2010-ebook-predictions.html. My own thoughts are: Blame the …

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Out With Kindle for PC In With Kindle for iPhone

I blogged previously about Sampling Books with Kindle for PC, this is a brief follow-up. I am no longer using Kindle for PC. The problem is I don’t like to read on my PC. I spend all day at it working, and the last thing I want to do is read a book on it. While I had great expectations, it didn’t work out they way I thought it would. But, something else has worked …

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Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”

I read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother a few weekends ago, and I loved it. I think it’s a good book, let me explain why. Doctorow recently wrote about how sci-fi is really about the present and not about the future on his blog (http://craphound.com/?p=2391 ) Mary Shelley wasn’t worried about reanimated corpses stalking Europe, but by casting a technological innovation in the starring role of Frankenstein, she was able to tap into present-day fears about …

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Sampling Books with Kindle for PC

I just downloaded Kindle for PC, and am reading the sample chapters from Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. This is going to change the way (or change back to the pre-internet way) I shop for books. If there is a Kindle version of a book I think I might want to buy, I will be downloading the sample and finding out if I really like. (The two people I know that own Kindles listed this …

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