Challenge Your Beliefs – Pt. 2

Sometimes you need to challenge a major belief in your writing. Something you hold dear or sacred. This is as much for your personal exploration as to move your story along. These challenges are best framed in your first draft. Later, when re-reading and editing, you can either flesh them out or take what you learned from the exploration and cut them out. I strongly suggest you save them in your snippets directory because you will want to visit them again much later. At some point some interviewer will ask…

Idiot Phones

Marketing spin doctors try to call them “smart” phones, but they really are idiot phones. Just like a pair of fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view of a pickup truck is a pretty good Red Neck marker, one of these phones in the hand of someone is a pretty good idiot marker. Actually, it’s a much better idiot marker than the fuzzy dice since so few Red Necks do the fuzzy dice thing these days. I guess word got around. Yes, I grew up on a farm and live…

Challenge Your Beliefs – Pt. 1

One of the reasons I’m glad I don’t hang out on social media with other writers anymore is I got really tired of noobs popping into the forum and without reading any prior posts start asking the exact same list of questions. How do I drive customers to my Amazon page? How can I get my title into book stores? How can I get recognized as a great writer? Sometimes I bit my tongue, but, sometimes I gave them the answer they needed to hear. If you started on Amazon.com…

Sucky Internet Speeds

Those of you living in major cities rarely have to deal with this topic. Typically you have some unlimited cable connection or near enough to unlimited when it has a limit of something like 150 Gig. The other 80% of the country has to deal with sucky Internet speeds, vicious pricing of plans and draconian data limits. You only have to deal with that if you take a road trip. What brings this to the surface is the fact I’m currently dumping HughesNet Gen4. When I first got Gen4 it…

We Celebrate Independence Day – Not the 4th

Independence Day is what we celebrate, not “The Fourth of July.” This really sticks in my craw. Can’t help it. Perhaps I paid too much attention during history class, maybe I watched too much History Channel back when it was worth watching. It doesn’t matter. Every sale flyer polluting my mail box and every chunk of spam contaminating my inbox around this time spouting “4th of July Sale” just jerks my chain. Retailers so gaga for green backs trample all over this coming holiday. I actually have mixed emotions over…

Why You’re Jeep’s Not Cold Pt. 2

Technically this isn’t a part 2 as it is a follow on to It’s a Jeep thing, but, be that as it may we are calling it part 2 because it is part of the same journey. in that post you learned I picked up a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland which I believed had the infamous blend door problem. It did, but it also had many other HVAC issues, all of which were inside of the housing. Some yutz had been trying to “fix” this with “no money down”…

Chasing Sound

This post is a boiled down version of my side of an email exchange which was had recently. Sorry if it is difficult to follow without all the other players. It should be entertaining enough though. Enjoy! I was in junior college and an IT geek when digital first came out. Myself and friends were _always_ trying to get the same sound from cassette tape as we could from our vynyl. We tried everything. There was a time when the only currency we recognized was a Maxell UDXL-II 90. Gospel…

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