Sunday, January 31, 2010


The third draft of Slideways is now complete. I've filled in the plot holes and fixed what I didn't like. It has yet to go through my crack team of beta readers; but, for the most part, THE NOVEL IS FINISHED.

I have two possible goals for February: 1) Write 3 short stories; 2) Get started on novel #2. I'm still high on self-congratulatory praise right now, so I guess I'll decide in the morning.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ebooks and digital ownership UPDATE

I know several of you are interested in hearing about the discussion I led at THATCamp on digital rights and e-book ownership. It was a great discussion and I really want to share what all was said. In going over my notes, I discovered that I have far too much material for a single, readable blog post. I also want to expand on some of the items we discussed in a more thoughtful way.

As such, I've decided to write a series of articles on some of the meandering topics that came up during the talk. I plan to publish these on another website where they'll hopefully attract a bit more attention. I'm exploring one option now, and will let you all know as soon as the first article is available. Thanks for your patience!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LibriVox collection now available

To celebrate my completion of novel draft #2, I bought a decent microphone with the intention of recording for Librivox.

I mentioned LibriVox a little in my last post. It's an awesome project that seeks to take all of the printed material on Project Gutenberg and make it available in freely available audio format. To that end, scads of readers, listeners and editors, all volunteer, put in hours of love to bring these books to you. I participated by reading a short spec fic story, Celebrity, by James McKimmey.

If you'd like to take a listen, you can go download the newest spec fic shorts collection. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It is done!

After numerous trails that led nowhere, false starts and delays, the second draft of Slideways is now complete. There is still much work to be done; I have to clean up references I made to a subplot that ended up not working out, I have to delete a little, add a little, and polish, but for the most part I love it!

There are several other projects I'm impatient to begin work on, but for now I'm going to bask in the completion. As a reward, I'm going to go out and buy myself a nice USB microphone and headset so I can finally start volunteering for LibriVox. But that's all in the future. Now is for the basking.

Many thanks to all my friends and family who shared support, ideas, and an ear for me to whine at. Hopefully soon the fruit of my labors will find a firm to mass produce it, and everyone can enjoy.