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Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:38:32 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2016

In Startling Reversal, Trump Claims Credit for Groping Women

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:13:00 -0500

(image) To the dismay of the Republican leadership but the delight of his core supporters, Donald J. Trump today announced that he had, in fact, sexually assaulted each of the women who has come forward in the last several days. “And not just them, folks,” the Republican nominee for president said, “lots more – a huge number more. We’re talking hundreds – maybe thousands. There’s no way I can keep track.”

Campaign aides contacted by ...

An Interview with Ian Probert, Author of Dangerous (and much more)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:45:51 -0500

(image) Last week I posted a review of Dangerous, the latest book by mutli-genre author Ian Probert, concluding, “The result is a unique combination of themes and insights that does not attempt to reach any pat solution or heart-warming resolution. Instead, we leave the author and the boxers he has profiled the way we found them – damaged by their life experiences and making the best of the hard-won lessons...

Guest Post: Streamlining Your Writing Process with Self-Publishing Tools (by Dave Durden)

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:18:59 -0500

(image) It can be a struggle to reconcile the need to be creative and the need to be disciplined and to set standards when writing a book.  Often, the balance of efficiency and spontaneity will be determined by the circumstances under which we write. Strict deadlines necessitate efficient writing processes, whereas passion projects can operate under a looser timeline. Regardless of your purpose for writing, it is difficult to argue against the benefits of streamlining your self-publishing process and increasing your efficiency. You stand to save time wh...

The Doodlebug War: It’s the Beta Readers Turn Now

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:07:29 -0500

(image) I'm pleased to report that I've finished my last draft of the third book in the Frank Adversego thriller series. It's now in the capable hands of a half dozen Friends of Frank who have kindly agreed to be beta readers. Pre-launch ("beta") readers are a huge asset for to authors, helping them catch not just typos, but all the other sorts of gremlins that can be hard for an author to ferret out and banish because the author has become to immersed in the text to spot them.

Another Expert Weighs in on Election Hacking

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:05:01 -0500

(image) Today the old Gray Lady, the New York Times, no less, weighed in on election hacking in an Op/Ed piece titled The Election Won't be Rigged. But it Could be Hacked. Of course, anyone who's read my second cybersecurity thriller, The Lafayette Campaign, a Tale of Election and Deceptions, already knew that.

The part...

The Hacking of the 2016 Election – Did I Write the Script?

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:42:29 -0500

(image) One of the big political stories this week is that experts believe that Russia has hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers in an effort to help Trump win the presidential election. Today, security expert Bruce Schneier went further, in an editorial in the Washington Post, suggesting that Putin’s next move may be to exploit the woefully inadequate security of US voting machines to hack the election itself.

That’s a warning worth heeding, because the possibility is all too real. So far, though, no one has focused on another vulnerab...

Open Standards, Move Over

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:20:32 -0500

(image) Well, that's a blog title I never expected to use here.

Back in 2003, over 800 blog posts ago, I decided to launch something I called the Standards Blog. Not surprisingly, it focused mostly on the development, implementation and importance of open standards. But I also wrote about other areas of open collaboration, such as open data, open research, and of course, open source software. Over time, there were more and more stories about open source worth writing, as well as pieces on the sometimes tricky intersection of open standards and open source.

Going Wide vs. KDP Exclusivity: What's an Author to do?

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:38:41 -0500

(image) In principle, every author (self published or otherwise) should be in favor of diversity and competition in the book distribution marketplace. The reason? Because competition in any area of commerce fosters continuing innovation, more choices, and more price competition. Unfortunately, sometimes a competitive marketplace turns into a monopolized one. When that happens, idealism may have to take a back seat to pragmatism, and an author may have to just make the best of what she’s got.

Obviously, I’m speaking about Amazon’s extraordinary success in locking...

Guest Post: This Is Why Self-Publishing Authors Should Work With Designers

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:45:20 -0500

This article is by Ellie Martin. You can find Ellie's web site here.

So, How’s That Election Work’n Out for Ya?

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:36:06 -0600

(image) Or so we might hear Sarah Palin taunt a liberal. Just about every other pundit in the media, however, continues to scratch their heads in wonder, asking themselves, “Can this many people really, I mean really, be voting for Donald Trump?!?  Well, if they had taken the time to read a recently released thriller by an unknown political satirist, they’d know that the answer could be, well, maybe not.


As a matter of fact, some journalists have been reading that thriller, and I’ve been giving a string of interviews to foreign ne...

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