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I paint. I write. I enjoy meeting new people on Google+, participating in their conversations and learning what makes them special. Here are the topics about which I post most frequently: Writing, Dig

Occupation: Artist/Illustrator (JLWard Illustration)

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John Ward has been at 6 events

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DL Keur597authors sharing scene snips and free peeks at their work to the general publicJohn Ward's Saturday Scenes begins2014-05-03 09:30:0022  
David Wright983The EVENT IS NOW LIVE ON YOUTUBE. You can watch or comment here: http://youtu.be/hB8sVMPPv9k Sean Platt and David Wright are doing a Hangout with readers to discuss Yesterday's Gone: Season Four on the night of its debut, Monday July 8, 2013. We'll also talk about the upcoming Z 2135, and anything else you want to talk about.  COME BACK HERE ON MONDAY NIGHT 7PM EST FOR A LINK to the hangout. If you want to be part of the hangout, make sure you have a webcam, mic, and headphones. And of course, a Google Plus account. Hangouts are limited to a certain number of people (not sure how many) so it will be a first come first joined sort of basis. Anyone not in the hangout (or who can't join because they don't have a cam or mic or headphones) can still chat with us via the YouTube comments, which we will be monitoring. The hangout will be broadcast on YouTube and will be available to watch later (unless it really sucks or someone gets naked, in which case it won't be).Yesterday's Gone: Season Four Launch Party Hangout with the Authors2013-07-09 01:00:0011  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors158,118Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! This week +John Ward will join us to discuss some of the best new Google+ communities out there for authors. Google+ Communities are a way for people of similar interests to connect and collaborate within Google+. John is the founder of the Writer's Discussion Group, the largest writing focused Google+ Community to date, while Evo and Jeff are moderators for the Digital Publishing community. In 15 minutes, we'll discuss the best writing related communities out there, how to effectively get involved in engage with the people using them, and how to use them as a resource for education and network building. After that we open up the chat to everyone in what we call the "Hangover" at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! Join us then to ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! To join you just need a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer but it's always more fun live. Join us!Books and Beer: Google+ Communities for Authors2013-02-08 03:00:0016  
Fringe +7,233Fringe returns for its 5th and Final Season! If you plan to watch Episode 1: Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 with the rest of us Fringies the night it airs, make sure to mark yourself "yes" as going and share this G+ event with a friend.  Watch Season 4's Episode 19 "Letters of Transit" here: http://www.fox.com/fringe/full-episodes/14534589/letters-of-transit On the Season Premiere Episode of #FRINGE ... The fifth and final season picks up from the ominous events of last season’s “Letters of Transit” episode, in which the year is 2036 and the overpowering Observers rule. The Fringe team – preserved in amber for 20 years - is now a rebel resistance team fighting for freedom. Peter, reunited with his now adult daughter, Etta, sets out to find out what happened to his wife and Etta’s mom – Olivia – as they start their mission to save the world from the Observers.Fringe [Season 5 Premiere] - Transilience Thought Unifier Model-112012-09-29 03:00:001094  
Geek & Sundry1,830,008The Story Board Hangout!2012-09-05 05:00:0057  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors158,118On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @109952403888787261893 and @114714204358609742953  Nathan Lowell and Debora Geary defend their love of unconventional novel creation. Both have received criticism for writing books “where nothing happens”. That’s a rather unfair characterization, but you need to hear what they have to say on the topic. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Rules for Writers, and When You Can Break Them2012-08-31 03:00:0063  

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2015-04-30 00:00:54 (118 comments, 18 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

+Gregory Lynn  Joss Whedon related article here. The interesting take-away, for me, is the stark contrast between the movies that Marvel is releasing compared to the darker tone taken by DC.

Here's a bit from the article:

"...One of the big questions that fans asked after watching Man of Steel was just how many people died as a result of Superman’s megaton battles with other Kryptonians. Combine all that destruction with the paucity of scenes where he actually protects people and an ending where he kills archenemy General Zod and it’s hard to see where director Zack Snyder established the character’s stance on the sanctity of life.

By comparison, the biggest battle scenes in Age of Ultron—directed by Joss Whedon—are rife with moments where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes get people out of harm’s way or deal with the repercussions of their actions have oninnocents. A b... more »

Most reshares: 59

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2015-03-21 03:12:28 (30 comments, 59 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh.

Most plusones: 294

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2015-04-30 00:00:54 (118 comments, 18 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

+Gregory Lynn  Joss Whedon related article here. The interesting take-away, for me, is the stark contrast between the movies that Marvel is releasing compared to the darker tone taken by DC.

Here's a bit from the article:

"...One of the big questions that fans asked after watching Man of Steel was just how many people died as a result of Superman’s megaton battles with other Kryptonians. Combine all that destruction with the paucity of scenes where he actually protects people and an ending where he kills archenemy General Zod and it’s hard to see where director Zack Snyder established the character’s stance on the sanctity of life.

By comparison, the biggest battle scenes in Age of Ultron—directed by Joss Whedon—are rife with moments where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes get people out of harm’s way or deal with the repercussions of their actions have oninnocents. A b... more »

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2015-06-02 01:23:58 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Has Anyone Read Bone?

Would it be appropriate for a seven year old?

Has Anyone Read Bone?

Would it be appropriate for a seven year old?___

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2015-05-31 20:23:05 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We've been cleaning out our garage in preparation for a yard sale. Unboxing years of clothing, examining and sorting them is making me feel like a sartorial archaeologist.

We've been cleaning out our garage in preparation for a yard sale. Unboxing years of clothing, examining and sorting them is making me feel like a sartorial archaeologist.___

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2015-05-31 01:24:16 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Anyone Watch Halt and Catch Fire?

I really enjoyed the first season and I'm excited about the series return tomorrow night. Don't get me wrong. The first season had its problems, but it did manage to hit on all of the wonder and excitement about the home computer industry in the 80's. 

Apparently, they've made significant changes to season 2 in an effort to play up the strengths of season 1. I'm really looking forward to the changes. Based off of what I've read in the article, I think they've made some good decisions.

Anyone else watch the show?

Here's the article:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/hard-reboot-the-excellent-season-2-makeover-of-halt-and-catch-fire/

Anyone Watch Halt and Catch Fire?

I really enjoyed the first season and I'm excited about the series return tomorrow night. Don't get me wrong. The first season had its problems, but it did manage to hit on all of the wonder and excitement about the home computer industry in the 80's. 

Apparently, they've made significant changes to season 2 in an effort to play up the strengths of season 1. I'm really looking forward to the changes. Based off of what I've read in the article, I think they've made some good decisions.

Anyone else watch the show?

Here's the article:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/hard-reboot-the-excellent-season-2-makeover-of-halt-and-catch-fire/___

2015-05-26 17:11:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Micro USB Voltage?

Is it the same regardless of charger? Am I safe using any micro USB charger for any device/phone or do I need to stick exclusively with the one from the manufacturer?

Micro USB Voltage?

Is it the same regardless of charger? Am I safe using any micro USB charger for any device/phone or do I need to stick exclusively with the one from the manufacturer?___

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2015-05-25 02:40:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Congrats to +S. A. Hunt It sounds like his well-written series is finally getting the attention it deserves. If you haven't checked it out before, give it a look.

Sam, is this the one that won the award?

#2,318 Paid in Kindle Store
#6 in Steampunk
#57 in Science Fiction

Woah! The first book of the Outlaw King series broke #1,000 rank last night! And it's still just over #2,000 today! This is a record for me, I've never broken #20,000 before. Do me a solid and grab the first two books for the price of one--let's help float this lucky streak a little while longer!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJCLMFU
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QFMMYD8

#scifi   #kindle   #kindleunlimited   #kindledeals  ___Congrats to +S. A. Hunt It sounds like his well-written series is finally getting the attention it deserves. If you haven't checked it out before, give it a look.

Sam, is this the one that won the award?

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2015-05-19 20:54:55 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Car selfie (don't worry. I was parked) for +Rowan Cota.

Car selfie (don't worry. I was parked) for +Rowan Cota.___

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2015-05-06 23:11:41 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

No More Teeny-Tiny Phones!

+Brittany Constable just made a post complaining about the preponderance of 'enormous' phones. As proof, she shows a picture of her hand holding her newly purchased Nexus 6.

I disagree with her. Phones do not need to be smaller. They need to be even larger. As proof, I am posting a picture of my hand holding an iPad Air that is conveniently showing the picture she included in her post.

Here's a link to her post:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrittanyConstable/posts/Pf28tYdV1Gs

No More Teeny-Tiny Phones!

+Brittany Constable just made a post complaining about the preponderance of 'enormous' phones. As proof, she shows a picture of her hand holding her newly purchased Nexus 6.

I disagree with her. Phones do not need to be smaller. They need to be even larger. As proof, I am posting a picture of my hand holding an iPad Air that is conveniently showing the picture she included in her post.

Here's a link to her post:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrittanyConstable/posts/Pf28tYdV1Gs___

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2015-05-06 21:39:02 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Ancient Aliens Drinking Game

I get a kick out of this show, but at times it does become monotonous. One repeated pattern that I have noticed over and over again is how the narrator will ask some hypothetical question that will always begin with some variation of "Could this be aliens?"

The drinking game comes into play for the narrators response which always begins with some form of "Ancient alien theorists say..."

• If you wait for the narrator to answer, "No, this was not aliens," you will never, ever, not even one time take a single drink.

• If you wait for the narrator to answer, "Yes, this was aliens," you'll be passed out drunk in the first five minutes.

Ancient Aliens Drinking Game

I get a kick out of this show, but at times it does become monotonous. One repeated pattern that I have noticed over and over again is how the narrator will ask some hypothetical question that will always begin with some variation of "Could this be aliens?"

The drinking game comes into play for the narrators response which always begins with some form of "Ancient alien theorists say..."

• If you wait for the narrator to answer, "No, this was not aliens," you will never, ever, not even one time take a single drink.

• If you wait for the narrator to answer, "Yes, this was aliens," you'll be passed out drunk in the first five minutes.___

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2015-05-05 22:50:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.___

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2015-05-04 21:45:37 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Check out +Amy Knepper featured on Engadget (bottom left corner in the picture) here:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/04/google-plus-collections-sharing-boards/

Check out +Amy Knepper featured on Engadget (bottom left corner in the picture) here:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/04/google-plus-collections-sharing-boards/___

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2015-04-30 00:00:54 (118 comments, 18 reshares, 294 +1s)Open 

+Gregory Lynn  Joss Whedon related article here. The interesting take-away, for me, is the stark contrast between the movies that Marvel is releasing compared to the darker tone taken by DC.

Here's a bit from the article:

"...One of the big questions that fans asked after watching Man of Steel was just how many people died as a result of Superman’s megaton battles with other Kryptonians. Combine all that destruction with the paucity of scenes where he actually protects people and an ending where he kills archenemy General Zod and it’s hard to see where director Zack Snyder established the character’s stance on the sanctity of life.

By comparison, the biggest battle scenes in Age of Ultron—directed by Joss Whedon—are rife with moments where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes get people out of harm’s way or deal with the repercussions of their actions have oninnocents. A b... more »

+Gregory Lynn  Joss Whedon related article here. The interesting take-away, for me, is the stark contrast between the movies that Marvel is releasing compared to the darker tone taken by DC.

Here's a bit from the article:

"...One of the big questions that fans asked after watching Man of Steel was just how many people died as a result of Superman’s megaton battles with other Kryptonians. Combine all that destruction with the paucity of scenes where he actually protects people and an ending where he kills archenemy General Zod and it’s hard to see where director Zack Snyder established the character’s stance on the sanctity of life.

By comparison, the biggest battle scenes in Age of Ultron—directed by Joss Whedon—are rife with moments where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes get people out of harm’s way or deal with the repercussions of their actions have on innocents. A building about to come down? Iron Man scans it for life signs. Hulk goes apeshit in a heavily populated area? Banner wallows in guilt and shame. The one scene where it looks like a hero explicitly ends a bad guy’s life? Director Joss Whedon cuts away from the deed, leaving it ambiguous as to what actually happens. Killing isn’t cool in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s a very un-Marvel place to wind up..."___

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2015-04-15 22:19:44 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

This is funny. They superimposed fitness and exercise quotes over pictures of drunk people.

This is funny. They superimposed fitness and exercise quotes over pictures of drunk people.___

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2015-04-13 23:11:19 (8 comments, 23 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

This is hilarious.

This is hilarious.___

2015-04-08 00:39:11 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Writing Progress: Update

Sunday: Chapter 1
Monday: Chapter 2
Tuesday: eh... I'm working on it. 

Writing Progress: Update

Sunday: Chapter 1
Monday: Chapter 2
Tuesday: eh... I'm working on it. ___

2015-04-07 11:10:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I hate when I go to watch a 1 minute video and discover that 38 seconds of that minute is promo trying to get me to subscribe to the YouTube channel.

I hate when I go to watch a 1 minute video and discover that 38 seconds of that minute is promo trying to get me to subscribe to the YouTube channel.___

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2015-04-02 20:56:54 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Absolutely!

I would totally buy this K-9 that you can control with a smartphone app for 100 dollars. No question about it. I would have so much fun driving this around my house and reciting Tom Baker's old lines.

But, I'm married...

Here's a link to the post where I found this:

http://toybox.io9.com/doctor-whos-k-9-controlled-by-your-smartphone-is-the-1695035161/

Absolutely!

I would totally buy this K-9 that you can control with a smartphone app for 100 dollars. No question about it. I would have so much fun driving this around my house and reciting Tom Baker's old lines.

But, I'm married...

Here's a link to the post where I found this:

http://toybox.io9.com/doctor-whos-k-9-controlled-by-your-smartphone-is-the-1695035161/___

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2015-03-29 00:45:45 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Really Great Collection of Dune Artwork at the Link

Sam Weber is the artist. He did these for a special printing of Dune for the Folio Society.

Sam's website: http://sampaints.com/

Link to the paintings:

http://io9.com/could-this-be-the-most-radiant-collection-of-dune-art-e-1693993134

Really Great Collection of Dune Artwork at the Link

Sam Weber is the artist. He did these for a special printing of Dune for the Folio Society.

Sam's website: http://sampaints.com/

Link to the paintings:

http://io9.com/could-this-be-the-most-radiant-collection-of-dune-art-e-1693993134___

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2015-03-27 14:56:45 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Happy Much? Doesn't it seem like if you were going to design a logo for your business that is meant to appeal to children that you would use a happy smiley face instead of the bored and irritated looking face that they've chosen?

Happy Much? Doesn't it seem like if you were going to design a logo for your business that is meant to appeal to children that you would use a happy smiley face instead of the bored and irritated looking face that they've chosen?___

2015-03-26 17:44:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Beta Readers?

+Eoghann Irving is looking for beta readers for his zombie themed urban fantasy story about a wizard living in modern day West Virginia. If that seems like the kind of thing that would interest you, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

So I've actually achieved all but one of my writing goals already this week. The only one left is the thorny issue of Beta Readers.

I have posted ZombieMart in its second draft from on Amazon's WriteOn platform and am getting some valuable feedback there but it's not quite the same as a full read through.

The problem is I'm mostly interested in story/character feedback rather than copy editing (useful as that can be with all the typos I make) and what I'm offering in return for that is.... absolutely nothing.

Finding people willing to take that deal who also are a good match is... challenging.

Since this one's a short story I could probably skip a step, but I'd just end up with the same problem for Dragon Hoard___Beta Readers?

+Eoghann Irving is looking for beta readers for his zombie themed urban fantasy story about a wizard living in modern day West Virginia. If that seems like the kind of thing that would interest you, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

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2015-03-25 17:59:12 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

These chips are pretty good.

These chips are pretty good.___

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2015-03-24 18:45:32 (19 comments, 13 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Egyptian D20

This is a twenty-sided die from the Ptolemaic period of Egypt. Very cool.

Here's the article about it:

http://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-d20-die-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-time/

Egyptian D20

This is a twenty-sided die from the Ptolemaic period of Egypt. Very cool.

Here's the article about it:

http://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-d20-die-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-time/___

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2015-03-24 12:30:22 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Jane Friedman has written a great article that lists here Five Philosophies for Social Media. She has some great thoughts. Click through to read the full article, but here are her bullet points:

1. Social media represents your community, not a marketing bullhorn.
2. Social media is creative work.
3. Enjoy yourself first.
4. The more engaged readers you have, the more freedom you have.
5. The rules are exactly what you make them.

I've given you the highlights, but don't be satisfied with this alone. Read her post because she links to profiles of people doing this well, gives examples and and to a related article that may interest many people. That article is titled How to Avoid the "Extra" Work of Social Media.

+Jane Friedman has written a great article that lists here Five Philosophies for Social Media. She has some great thoughts. Click through to read the full article, but here are her bullet points:

1. Social media represents your community, not a marketing bullhorn.
2. Social media is creative work.
3. Enjoy yourself first.
4. The more engaged readers you have, the more freedom you have.
5. The rules are exactly what you make them.

I've given you the highlights, but don't be satisfied with this alone. Read her post because she links to profiles of people doing this well, gives examples and and to a related article that may interest many people. That article is titled How to Avoid the "Extra" Work of Social Media.___

2015-03-23 17:46:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hey +Demian Farnworth since when is 4 minutes equal to 12 minutes 26 seconds? I'm just teasing you. I'm enjoying your show.

Hey +Demian Farnworth since when is 4 minutes equal to 12 minutes 26 seconds? I'm just teasing you. I'm enjoying your show.___

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2015-03-23 16:29:58 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

My Little Death Dealer

I don't know who the artist is, but this is pretty amazing.

+G. Sowul was able to find the artist. It's a person on DeviantArt going by the name of Zedew. You can see their page here:

http://zedew.deviantart.com/

My Little Death Dealer

I don't know who the artist is, but this is pretty amazing.

+G. Sowul was able to find the artist. It's a person on DeviantArt going by the name of Zedew. You can see their page here:

http://zedew.deviantart.com/___

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2015-03-21 15:48:16 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Writers: Should You Put Puzzles in Your Books?

The creators of the TV show Archer have hidden a big Easter Egg in plain site. The puzzle led to other puzzles eventually leading to the personal website for one of the characters in the show which is filled with... you guessed it. More puzzles.

LOST may have been the first show to do this on a wide scale. I was never into all of the puzzle solving like some people were, but I did follow those who were and spent a decent amount of time on various forums reading all of the different theories.

This is something that could be done for free (if you are comfortable using free resources) or for low cost if you're willing to purchase a domain and pay for hosting costs. It could be a way to get people to start talking about your books and to increase interest or it could be that no one would ever notice.

Is this... more »

Writers: Should You Put Puzzles in Your Books?

The creators of the TV show Archer have hidden a big Easter Egg in plain site. The puzzle led to other puzzles eventually leading to the personal website for one of the characters in the show which is filled with... you guessed it. More puzzles.

LOST may have been the first show to do this on a wide scale. I was never into all of the puzzle solving like some people were, but I did follow those who were and spent a decent amount of time on various forums reading all of the different theories.

This is something that could be done for free (if you are comfortable using free resources) or for low cost if you're willing to purchase a domain and pay for hosting costs. It could be a way to get people to start talking about your books and to increase interest or it could be that no one would ever notice.

Is this something writers could (or should) do in their books? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic. *What do you folks think?*___

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2015-03-21 03:12:28 (30 comments, 59 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh.

This made me laugh.___

2015-03-19 16:12:26 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

USB is backwards compatible, right? If so, why do people keep including older versions of the ports on new machines? Why do I see docking stations that have 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports? Why not make them all USB 3.0?

Am I missing something here? Other than saving money, is there some technical reason why this is a good idea?

USB is backwards compatible, right? If so, why do people keep including older versions of the ports on new machines? Why do I see docking stations that have 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports? Why not make them all USB 3.0?

Am I missing something here? Other than saving money, is there some technical reason why this is a good idea?___

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2015-03-19 03:34:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Spreading the Word

+Mike Spinak is in the last 3 hours of his IndieGoGo campaign devoted to helping fund a new book about The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals.

Mike is a talented photographer and a great writer. If this project interests you, take a look, but do it fast. The clock is ticking.

Spreading the Word

+Mike Spinak is in the last 3 hours of his IndieGoGo campaign devoted to helping fund a new book about The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals.

Mike is a talented photographer and a great writer. If this project interests you, take a look, but do it fast. The clock is ticking.___

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2015-03-19 02:48:32 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Made me think of +Amy Knepper. Not sure why.

Made me think of +Amy Knepper. Not sure why.___

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2015-03-17 02:32:53 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I have never seen +Curt Thompson rave about a book like he does in the post below. His comments really make me want to read +Daniel Swensen's book.

Have you read +Daniel Swensen 's novel, Orison, yet?

If you like an original take on classic fantasy, you really should give it a shot. Daniel pulls off a few tricks that I thought were near impossible to hook a jaded old fantasy fan like me.

He makes me like dragons. Well, no, actually he makes me scared spitless of ever encountering one of his dragons. Taking them from overgrown lizards with a jewelry fetish to unknowable, cthuloid, god-like beings from beyond our reality is an inspired literary conceit. 

I could draw some similarities here. I could say that it has a fascinating amount of world-building with a hint of Steven Erikson. I could say that the character interactions and the low-born protagonists remind me the best of Scott Lynch. I could say that the way his pacing works, weaving his character's stories in and out of one another, towards that final, glorious ending is a lot like Neil Stephenson. 

But I won't, because above and beyond all else, Orison is unique and so so is Daniel's impeccable storytelling.

It's good. Go buy it and read it so we can talk about it. :D___I have never seen +Curt Thompson rave about a book like he does in the post below. His comments really make me want to read +Daniel Swensen's book.

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2015-03-15 15:36:38 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

This is the look I'm rocking today.

This is the look I'm rocking today.___

2015-03-14 17:30:15 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Just started watching the movie John Wick. That has got to be the most adorable puppy I've ever seen. Don't spoil the movie for me. I really am at the beginning. He just got the dog.

Just started watching the movie John Wick. That has got to be the most adorable puppy I've ever seen. Don't spoil the movie for me. I really am at the beginning. He just got the dog.___

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2015-03-11 17:02:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Valentine's Day has passed, but it's never too late to show someone you love them... by doing something that requires the least amount of effort possible.

Valentine's Day has passed, but it's never too late to show someone you love them... by doing something that requires the least amount of effort possible.___

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2015-03-11 00:31:03 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Hey +Bruce R Cordell. I have a complaint about #TheStrangeRPG . I backed the Kickstarter in October of 2013 and I'm still getting rewards. Almost two years later and I'm still getting products.

Okay, so, this really isn't much of a complaint, but I did want to comment that it really is amazing that I'm still getting new products after all this time. You guys deliver a lot of value for 50 dollars. Thanks.

Hey +Bruce R Cordell. I have a complaint about #TheStrangeRPG . I backed the Kickstarter in October of 2013 and I'm still getting rewards. Almost two years later and I'm still getting products.

Okay, so, this really isn't much of a complaint, but I did want to comment that it really is amazing that I'm still getting new products after all this time. You guys deliver a lot of value for 50 dollars. Thanks.___

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2015-03-10 11:44:33 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Linked below is an interesting article that makes two statements and then applies those statements to various Sci-Fi properties. I'd like to know if you agree with the premise and if not, why?

1. Extractive institutions do not encourage technological change and do not lead to economic growth.

2. Inclusive institutions encourage technological change and therefore lead to the economic growth we have seen only recently in human history.

The article goes on:

"...This helps us understand why nations have failed or succeeded in the past. But what about the future?

Discussions of the future are often found in science fiction, and many of these stories envision a future dominated by empires. Consider Star Wars, perhaps the most popular science fiction movie franchise. The essential conflict in these movies is between a rebel alliance and a vast... more »

Linked below is an interesting article that makes two statements and then applies those statements to various Sci-Fi properties. I'd like to know if you agree with the premise and if not, why?

1. Extractive institutions do not encourage technological change and do not lead to economic growth.

2. Inclusive institutions encourage technological change and therefore lead to the economic growth we have seen only recently in human history.

The article goes on:

"...This helps us understand why nations have failed or succeeded in the past. But what about the future?

Discussions of the future are often found in science fiction, and many of these stories envision a future dominated by empires. Consider Star Wars, perhaps the most popular science fiction movie franchise. The essential conflict in these movies is between a rebel alliance and a vast galactic empire.

More serious fans of science fiction are probably drawn to the works of Isaac Asimov or Frank Herbert. In his Foundation series, Asimov describes an empire that has lasted for 12,000 years. Herbert’s classic Dune also envisions an empire, and, through the book’s basic conflict, we see what generally happens when extractive institutions dominate a society. In the story, one aristocratic family battles another for the right to rule and extract resources from the planet Dune. The outcome of the battle topples the empire.

Readers of Why Nations Fail, though, would have to ask: How could the future be dominated by an “empire”? Empires are generally based on extractive institutions; with significant resources generated by members of the society being claimed by the Emperor/Empress and his/her allies (this is explicit in Herbert’s Dune). But, such societies would not generally promote the technological change necessary to settle and connect millions of planets. Perhaps the basic economics behind the stories told in many works of science fiction isn’t quite right..."

To summarize, it seems that the article is saying that capitalist economies (or variations thereof which offer profit motive to the individual) encourage innovation compared to tyrannies that steal the individuals advances but offer them little to nothing in exchange.___

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2015-03-10 11:11:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Masha du Toit have you seen this?

+Masha du Toit have you seen this?___

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2015-03-09 16:36:26 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So You Wanna Be a Writer: Episode 2

+Scott Sigler is back with the second episode of his So You Wanna Be a Writer series. This week's episode isn't sexy. Many writers want whiz bang techniques or the one true answer that will solve all of their problems. This video isn't that.

However, this video is full of basic, obvious advice that many veteran writers will skip over because it's obvious. Shouldn't you know this stuff already? Maybe you should, but just in case you hadn't taken the time to think about it, Scott is here to save you all of the effort.

The great virtue of all of Scott's videos is that he doesn't waste your time. This video is 7 minutes. Watch it and learn some best practice techniques to use to organize and track your research.

So You Wanna Be a Writer: Episode 2

+Scott Sigler is back with the second episode of his So You Wanna Be a Writer series. This week's episode isn't sexy. Many writers want whiz bang techniques or the one true answer that will solve all of their problems. This video isn't that.

However, this video is full of basic, obvious advice that many veteran writers will skip over because it's obvious. Shouldn't you know this stuff already? Maybe you should, but just in case you hadn't taken the time to think about it, Scott is here to save you all of the effort.

The great virtue of all of Scott's videos is that he doesn't waste your time. This video is 7 minutes. Watch it and learn some best practice techniques to use to organize and track your research.___

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2015-03-09 15:13:44 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I wonder what Laika, the company who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, could do with this approach to stop motion.

I wonder what Laika, the company who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, could do with this approach to stop motion.___

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2015-03-09 01:56:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This article is interesting enough that it deserves its click bait headline. Really. These are interesting mysteries. The first one else is my favorite.

This article is interesting enough that it deserves its click bait headline. Really. These are interesting mysteries. The first one else is my favorite.___

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2015-03-08 15:13:21 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Novel Length

The article below raises a good question: how long should a novel be? The author of the article lists several 700+ page titles that he felt could have been stronger titles if they'd been edited down to tell a tighter story. I've read several of the books referenced in the article and agree with many of his observations. 

So, I wanted to ask your opinion. How long is too long?

Novel Length

The article below raises a good question: how long should a novel be? The author of the article lists several 700+ page titles that he felt could have been stronger titles if they'd been edited down to tell a tighter story. I've read several of the books referenced in the article and agree with many of his observations. 

So, I wanted to ask your opinion. How long is too long?___

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2015-03-07 17:04:03 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

This is a story I'm kicking around. Probably still has some rough edges, but it's where things stand right now. I'd love to know if you think it's interesting or if it captures your attention.

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Nate Wilkerson had a favorite spot by the prison yard fence, and that’s where he was when Lowell Fletcher found him. Nate tried to focus all of his attention on the distant mountains, but the smudgy ball of light, known as Millner's Comet, kept catching his eye. The comet hung just above those mountains like the Sword of Damocles. It was a persistent reminder of impending doom. He needed to figure out a way to get over those mountains and back home to his wife and daughter... before the world ended.

Lowell stepped between Nate and the fence. The man’s massive chest blocked Nate’s view of the mountains and the comet.
“Nate,” Lowell said,“Chuy’s r... more »

This is a story I'm kicking around. Probably still has some rough edges, but it's where things stand right now. I'd love to know if you think it's interesting or if it captures your attention.

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Nate Wilkerson had a favorite spot by the prison yard fence, and that’s where he was when Lowell Fletcher found him. Nate tried to focus all of his attention on the distant mountains, but the smudgy ball of light, known as Millner's Comet, kept catching his eye. The comet hung just above those mountains like the Sword of Damocles. It was a persistent reminder of impending doom. He needed to figure out a way to get over those mountains and back home to his wife and daughter... before the world ended.

Lowell stepped between Nate and the fence. The man’s massive chest blocked Nate’s view of the mountains and the comet.
“Nate,” Lowell said, “Chuy’s ready to see you.” He sounded impatient. Maybe a little tired.

Nate leaned over to the side so he could see the light again. “It kinda looks like a star, doesn’t it?”

“Huh?”

“The comet.” Nate pointed up into the sky as he patted Lowell on the shoulder. “It’s like a blurry, moving star. I wonder if Annie has seen it.” That last bit was said in a distracted voice.

“You hearin’ me?” Something in the man’s tone made Nate realize that Lowell’s voice didn’t sound tired. He sounded weary. “Chuy’s ready to see you.”

“Ok, sure.” He motioned for Lowell to lead the way.

Lowell grunted as he stepped around Nate. “You sure you wanna do this? Chuy ain’t in a good mood.” 

“He rarely is, my friend. Rarely is.”

The early morning light had a gray quality to it. Over by the motor pool, the muscleheads lifted weights. A basketball game was going on at the other side of the yard. Chuy Gonzalez held court from his regular seat on top of a picnic table. This was where the deals went down. If you needed something, Chuy was your man. If you needed something done, he could handle that as well, but the prices were higher.

“Nate,” Chuy said. “Lowell tells me you got a problem. What you need?”

Nate traded glances with Lowell. The big man was a friend, but Chuy was his friend’s boss. If push came to shove, Lowell would side with Chuy even if that meant hurting Nate. For the first time, Nate realized that maybe this hadn’t been his best play, but right now it was the only one he had left. 

Nate shrugged his shoulders, let out a sigh and said, “I can’t pay you back.”

Chuy leaned forward. “That so?” he asked quietly.

Nate met the man’s gaze. If this went wrong, he’d never be able to make it home to see his family. “I mean I’m going to pay you back... it’s just I need a different deal. I can’t live up to the one we made..”

“Nate...” Chuy’s voice trailed off as he shook his head back and forth.

“Look, Chuy, I know...”

“No, you don’t know or you wouldn’t come here tryin’ to pull this. I can’t give you a new deal.” Chuy jumped down from the table and shouted, “That doesn’t happen.”

“Wait.” Nate pleaded. “Don’t turn me down so fast. Think about this. You want to get paid, right? Just listen. It doesn’t hurt to listen. Just one minute.”

“Okay, I’ll play along.” Chuy shifted back into his seat on the picnic table. “Yes, I want to get paid.”

“Let me work off my debt. Instead of the cash, let me do something for you.”

“Nate,” Chuy sighed. “You understood the deal when you took it, right?”

“Yes, I knew the terms, but deals change all the time. I mean we’re in prison. How many times you see someone get out of here for good behavior? How many times someone works something out and doesn’t serve their full sentence. It happens all the time because deals change.”

“Yeah, those deals change, but deals with me are different. They don't change. If I start letting people change deals after the fact...” He shook his head. “Who knows where I’ll be? I’m sorry. I just can’t do this.”

Chuy gave Lowell a nod and Lowell took a step forward.

“Wait!” Nate threw his hands up to cover his face. “Let me explain,”
Nate cried. His voice was frantic. Lowell hesitated. At that moment, Nate was glad he’d befriended the mountain of a man because he didn’t think Lowell would have shown the same restraint for someone else.

“If you won’t change the terms, then at least give me some more time. My mom died. She’d been sending me the money I was using to repay you. I need to work something else out. I want to repay you. I just have to figure out how.”

Lowell was inches away from him. His eyes were fixed on Chuy. One wrong word from the boss and Nate would be sprawled out on the dusty ground looking for his teeth. Lowell took a step back and whispered something into Chuy’s ear. Chuy smiled and then laughed.

“Okay, Nate, you want a new deal?” Chuy said.

Chuy’s big smile made Nate nervous. “I don’t want one... but, I need one.”

“Same difference,” Chuy said. “I’m gonna give you a deal, but I want to make sure you really want this first. You’re sure?”

Nate nodded and waited for Chuy to give him the details. Chuy, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have any interest in sharing the information. He nodded at Lowell, got up and walked away.

After Chuy had left, Lowell stepped closer to Nate. He handed him a small plastic baggy. “Don’t get caught with this. If Smoke finds this on you, he’ll kill you for sure or he’ll hurt you so bad that you’ll wish he had. Chuy wants you to take this to Calvin McGee. He’s over in D Block, but you can slip it to him at dinner. You do this and you’ll be square.”

Nate looked at the crumpled up baggy. It held a crudely made shiv. 

“Chuy wants me to kill McGee?”

“That’s the deal.”

“Ah, come on, Lowell, I didn’t agree to murder. That’s not what I had in mind at all. You know me, man. I’m not a killer.”

“I know you came here looking for a new deal. You almost got killed. You’re gonna take this deal and you’re going to see it through.”

“But, it’s murder.”

“What? You thought your new deal was going to be easier than the old deal? What kind of business you think the man’s running?”

“Yeah, but if they catch me, it’ll add who knows how many years to my sentence.”

“So... don’t get caught.”

#SaturdayScenes  ___

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2015-03-07 15:05:13 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In which I wonder what my editor friends think about the rise of the subordinate clause. What say you +Karen Conlin +Ray Vallese +Damian Trasler +MrsA Wiggins?

In which I wonder what my editor friends think about the rise of the subordinate clause. What say you +Karen Conlin +Ray Vallese +Damian Trasler +MrsA Wiggins?___

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2015-03-06 14:29:53 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Wizard of Oz

This is one of those obvious things that's easy to miss. I hadn't actually taken the time to think about this until I heard Seth Godin speak about it.

The entire movie is about a fourteen year old girl in charge. Everywhere she goes, she tells people, Follow me. I'm going to go here and do this. The whole movie is about her making decisions and caring enough to change things.

I think I'm going to put this on endless repeat for my daughters. This decision also carries the unexpected bonus of no longer having to listen to Do Ya Wanna Build a Snowman?

Wizard of Oz

This is one of those obvious things that's easy to miss. I hadn't actually taken the time to think about this until I heard Seth Godin speak about it.

The entire movie is about a fourteen year old girl in charge. Everywhere she goes, she tells people, Follow me. I'm going to go here and do this. The whole movie is about her making decisions and caring enough to change things.

I think I'm going to put this on endless repeat for my daughters. This decision also carries the unexpected bonus of no longer having to listen to Do Ya Wanna Build a Snowman?___

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2015-03-05 13:42:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

+Amanda Rachelle Warren +Natalie Mootz 

+Amanda Rachelle Warren +Natalie Mootz ___

2015-03-04 23:46:23 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Google Streams

Lots of news and rumors flying about the imminent demise of Google+. First came the news that Hangouts and Photos were going to be split off from Google+. Then, there was some corporate restructuring that resulted in Bradley Horowitz making the announcement that he would be heading up the product. In his announcement, he said, "I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!" It remains unclear whether this is a simple re-branding or the first step toward the grave.

Stream products, as best I can figure, are made up of Google News, Blogger and G+. Okay. That makes sense. All of those platforms represent outlets devoted to 'streaming' information to you.

The continued silence from Google execs about exactly what their plans for G+ are combined with all of the news articles being written (once again) saying that theplat... more »

Google Streams

Lots of news and rumors flying about the imminent demise of Google+. First came the news that Hangouts and Photos were going to be split off from Google+. Then, there was some corporate restructuring that resulted in Bradley Horowitz making the announcement that he would be heading up the product. In his announcement, he said, "I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!" It remains unclear whether this is a simple re-branding or the first step toward the grave.

Stream products, as best I can figure, are made up of Google News, Blogger and G+. Okay. That makes sense. All of those platforms represent outlets devoted to 'streaming' information to you.

The continued silence from Google execs about exactly what their plans for G+ are combined with all of the news articles being written (once again) saying that the platform is doomed (once again) has gotten me to thinking about the future here. During the course of those thoughts, I had a crazy idea.

Seriously, it probably is a horrible concept, but I wanted to throw it out there. Tell me if I'm nuts. What if Google merged Blogger and G+ into one platform? Give G+ all of the text formatting, in-line images, and layout control that Blogger offers and make for a more communal environment for bloggers everywhere by incorporating some of the notification and following features that we see in G+. Tying social media aspects more closely to Blogger would hopefully create an ecosystem that fostered comments and discussions on blog posts shared to this network.

What do you folks think? Good idea? Bad idea? Why? What would you like to see happen here?___

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2015-03-02 20:15:36 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

+S. A. Hunt, Novelist have you seen this? Free short story by King.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/09/a-death-stephen-king

+S. A. Hunt, Novelist have you seen this? Free short story by King.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/09/a-death-stephen-king___

2015-02-27 20:21:36 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Are you a middle-aged man? Do you feel lost?

Interesting article about the topic here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11425655/Why-do-so-many-middle-aged-men-feel-so-lost.html

It made me want to do a poll.

Are you a middle-aged man? Do you feel lost?

Interesting article about the topic here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11425655/Why-do-so-many-middle-aged-men-feel-so-lost.html

It made me want to do a poll.___

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2015-02-24 17:28:15 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Virtual Corkboard in Google Draw

If you're a fan of Scrivener's corkboard, but you happen to be stuck on a Chromebook or a machine that doesn't have an installation of Scrivener, here's a workaround that you may consider: Google Draw.

Yesterday, I tried a bunch of different apps that do this same thing. Several of them do this better than Google Draw. I want to say that upfront. There are better ways to do this. Stormboard is one. Twinster is another. There are probably twenty others that I'm forgetting, but if you want to use a solution that is within the Google Apps ecosystem, I believe Google Draw is the way to go.

Google Keep is the other contender. Keep does this more easily, but I don't like the way it presents the cards. I want to be able to see everything at a glance without having to try to figure out the sort order. Google Draw allows... more »

Virtual Corkboard in Google Draw

If you're a fan of Scrivener's corkboard, but you happen to be stuck on a Chromebook or a machine that doesn't have an installation of Scrivener, here's a workaround that you may consider: Google Draw.

Yesterday, I tried a bunch of different apps that do this same thing. Several of them do this better than Google Draw. I want to say that upfront. There are better ways to do this. Stormboard is one. Twinster is another. There are probably twenty others that I'm forgetting, but if you want to use a solution that is within the Google Apps ecosystem, I believe Google Draw is the way to go.

Google Keep is the other contender. Keep does this more easily, but I don't like the way it presents the cards. I want to be able to see everything at a glance without having to try to figure out the sort order. Google Draw allows you to do just that.

You can include any information you want on your cards. I like the information that Blake Snyder lists in his book Save the Cat. I haven't included those fields in the board pictured below because I have no interest in being sued. If you've read the book though, it's easy enough to add those fields.

Download the Template

I've set up the board below as a template. Click the link, make a copy of the file to your Google Drive account and edit to your heart's content. Change the fields, add cards, take away cards... whatever you want to do.

You can grab the template here:

https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1d2-B1JQ_-viaomoNOobnxsr1tdmlLbNSOg6a5X714Ss/edit?usp=sharing

Good luck!


If you missed the first post about how to make Google Docs act like Scrivener, you can find it here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnWard/posts/JJAwpjSZueC___

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2015-02-24 17:06:55 (20 comments, 24 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Making Google Docs Act Like Scrivener

This isn't perfect, but it is a workable system that allows you to organize your story in a similar fashion to the way Scrivener does. It's pretty simple and easy to setup. The key to making it work is documentation.

Here's What I Did:

1. Set up a folder devoted to the book I'm writing.
2. Create a separate document within this folder for each chapter I'll be writing.
3. Create two additional documents (see the arrow that is on the left side of the screen pointing to the many documents). These documents are called Characters and Index.

Characters

This document lists every character in the book, their descriptions and anything I need to know about them. If I come up with a new character while I'm writing, I will add them to this document. If, during the course of... more »

Making Google Docs Act Like Scrivener

This isn't perfect, but it is a workable system that allows you to organize your story in a similar fashion to the way Scrivener does. It's pretty simple and easy to setup. The key to making it work is documentation.

Here's What I Did:

1. Set up a folder devoted to the book I'm writing.
2. Create a separate document within this folder for each chapter I'll be writing.
3. Create two additional documents (see the arrow that is on the left side of the screen pointing to the many documents). These documents are called Characters and Index.

Characters

This document lists every character in the book, their descriptions and anything I need to know about them. If I come up with a new character while I'm writing, I will add them to this document. If, during the course of the story, a character is wounded or changed in some way, I will document the event and the chapter in which it takes place in this document. The more information you list here, the easier your life becomes for those moments when you will inevitably need it. You may even want to copy/paste phrases for important events that you can use to quickly search for if you need to get to a specific location in the document. I don't do that, but I've thought about it.

Index

This second document is the important one. It's basically your entire book in one and two sentences. I will keep this document open while I'm writing the current chapter. It allows me to easily refer back to some past event that happened three chapters earlier or to remember where a specific character is heading if I'm in the middle of edits and can't remember who is doing what three chapters from now. This is a good tool for those times when you are going back through your book and adding the little details that lead up to a big moment or a shocking reveal at the end of the book.

That Second Arrow

If you look on the right side of the screen, you will see an arrow pointing to the right. This is an area where you can add a short description. I use this area to remind me what my goals are for that chapter. You may come up with a better way to use that field. If you do, let me know.

This type of workflow isn't for everyone, but it's the one I use while I'm writing on a Chromebook. If it works for you, great! If not, that's fine too.

There is a second part to this post that deals with setting up virtual index cards. You can find that post here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnWard/posts/L8NMQEcgmW9___

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2015-02-24 04:23:21 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Amazing Photoshop Skills

This is easily some of the best photo editing I've ever seen. Really amazing, sometimes disturbing work. Here's the page on his site devoted to his photo manipulations:

http://calredback.com/creative_edit

Amazing Photoshop Skills

This is easily some of the best photo editing I've ever seen. Really amazing, sometimes disturbing work. Here's the page on his site devoted to his photo manipulations:

http://calredback.com/creative_edit___

Buttons

A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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