100 Stories for Haiti

Author Greg McQueen is putting his time where is heart is and leading a project called 100 Stories for Haiti. It is a book project whose sales proceeds (as an eBook and a paperback) will go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti. I stumbled across this project on John Scalzi’s blog on Monday (the original due date for the stories) and just had to start writing. There is something wonderful about …

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The Wonders of “Avatar”

I saw Avatar a few weeks ago and left the theater feeling something I hadn’t felt at the movies in a while: Awe. The immersive quality of the experience made me feel like a boy again (and that  in itself was worth the price of admission). The NY Times nailed it in their review of the movie: Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when …

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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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Burning Down the House

Today a house in my neighborhood was used as a live test for local fire crews. It is not often (as in never) that you know when a house is going to burn, and can enjoy the destruction in a guilt-free way. The Highlands Fire District has been planing this since July and went to extraordinary measures to make this a useful and safe event (from road closures, asbestos removal, weakening the roof so it …

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Does School Kill Creativity?

This TED talk by Ken Robinson from 2006 is about creativity, how to nurture it and what our school system does to it. Insightful. Very Funny   Some great quotes from the talk: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original.” “We stigmatize mistakes.” “We are educating people out of the creative capacities” “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we get educated …

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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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How Bad Do You Want It?

After 17 years, 138 rejections and 870,000 words Brad Torgersen finally made his first pro fiction sale. I guess he wanted it bad, I guess you gotta want it bad. Check out his post for more details. Think he had to do all that writing? (See my last post with my thoughts on the whys of pursing your art.) Wow, 138 rejections. Wow. Congradulations Brad.

The Arts Are a Job Too

I gotta admit it, the arts are like a siren to me. The romance of being an actor (did tons of that in high school), a artist (a video called LightTones), a photographer (here are some recent ones), or a writer just gets me. No, it is not enough to be wildly creative, as I am in my programming day-job, I wanna be cut loose with my muse, damn the income, hoping that “if you …

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