My Favorite Freeware, Part 1

  Scribus — Desktop Publishing (http://www.scribus.net/) I mainly use Scribus for the internal layouts of my books.   It handles fonts, kerning, and linespacing quite well.   I also find its built-in PDF conversion options a real bonus since it has lots of output options.   This is especially important for POD distributors … Read more…

An Update and Status Report on The Year of the Red Door

Sometimes, delays can be a plane in the ash. Things are slowly getting back on track with TYOTRD after a long hiatus.    Here’s where things stand, where they are going, and a few of the challenges immediately ahead. ♦   Line-editing is ongoing.   I’ve received the edits for The Bellringer and … Read more…

How Programming Skill Helps Me Be a Better Writer

I’m lucky to know how to program. Years ago, I taught myself how write computer programs that would streamline some tasks in my workplace. Using the basic skills and lessons from that, I continued learning and applying programming to everything from sorting data, to mining data, to building online applications … Read more…