Technology

Amazon Drive was Never What I Hoped For

This morning I awoke to an email from Amazon announcing that it is no longer offering unlimited cloud storage. While this move is unsurprising, the email that delivered the news was off-putting. It was sent in the middle of the night and was tersely worded. It didn’t apologize for the inconvenience of having to move Continue Reading…

Writing

What is Urban Fantasy?

To effectively answer this question, two issues must be addressed: 1. What, in this context, does the word Urban denote? 2. What is the greatest commonality in Urban Fantasy stories? Let’s start with the category’s Wikipedia page. At the time of writing, it contained the following definition: “Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy defined Continue Reading…

WordPress

Introducing the Plan My Novel WordPress Plugin

Just in time for National Novel Writing Month, I’ve released a new WordPress plugin called Plan My Novel. Download it at WordPress.org (or install it from your WordPress dashboard) I won’t reiterate the details available on the plugin’s home page. Instead I’ll briefly touch on the  two motivational ideas behind it. First, I wanted to Continue Reading…

Books

Summer Reading Roundup, 2016 edition

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton        For me this book was not up to Hamilton’s usual high standards. It was way too long (1,120 pages!), too disjointed and the main character was more of a caricature. It was really a 2 star read, but I tacked on another star for its provocative ideas Continue Reading…