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It’s been a long week. My kid’s baseball season is finally over.  So now I can get back to finishing my latest novel and attending writer’s group meetings that have probably forgotten that I even exist anymore. I also need to get back to my diet and exercise, before I die. House work and yard work also beckon.

Last week’s post on Scrivener earned me very close to 500 unique views yesterday and made it just about pointless to update my blog, due to the high traffic. But it was fun. I hope some of them fine folks come back.


Following publishing news this week we have the release of the Taleist Self-Publishing Survey. If you have not read this report, and you are a Self-Publisher in any way, you need to read it. I just bought the Kindle version, even though I was supposed to get a free copy for participating in it. That never happened. But the report is very interesting and should help you decide how to proceed with your plans for publishing world dominance. Or whatever it is you are aiming to accomplish.

Speaking of trying to get things done, I’m just finishing up reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I know, I’m probably the last person on Earth to read it. But if you have not, per chance read it. Do.

Reading List

Here’s what is on my Kindle phone device right now. My digital night stand, if you will.

The War of Art, Not a Gold Rush – The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey, Buzz Books 2012: Exclusive Pre-Publication Excerpts from Over 30 New Books, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, Drinking With Dead Woman Writers, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Story Engineering, Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Predators I Have Known, Second Foundation, Understanding Artificial Intelligence, Moral Machines:Teaching Robots Right from Wrong, and Dynamic Characters.

Not much fiction, as I prefer non-fiction when I’m in the middle of a novel. Some of those I’ve already read and just keep them close by for reference.


I continue to purchase my music digitally from Amazon. This week I ordered some Classic Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks (1965-1971) and The Black Keys’ – Rubber Factory.


This week’s best app for Android is the podcast reader – Double Twist. I’ve been using it all week and I love it. What podcasts am I listening to?

ESPN Baseball Today, TWiT, Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ham Nation, MacBreak Weekly, The Self-Publishing Podcast, Tech New Today, This Week in Google, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing and All About Android.


I’ve started using Buffer for automated Twitter posting. I plan on using it to post links to things I like and people I like. Sometimes, I might post about my own stuff. But not so much.

Space X

The first privately funded rocket launched and docked to the ISS this week. How totally awesome was that? Those ISS astronauts had to be cheering for that to succeed, it might be their ticket home someday.

Did I leave anything out? If I did, I’m sure someone will tell me about it.

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