November 15

“Writing in Public with Dean Wesley Smith” over at Rocking Self Publishing

A friend pointed this interview out (thanks Ken!). I’m not quite on the Indie bandwagon, nor the biggest fan of Smith’s (more a fan of his wife’s writing). The interview, however, was worth a listen if you’re into that sort of thing (advice from published writers, inside view, etc.).

Dean Wesley Smith has been writing for four decades, has 17 million novels in print, and puts out a monthly magazine containing around 80,000 words of new content just from him. He’s run two publishing companies, runs workshops, and has fully embraced indie publishing.

via Episode # 70 – Writing in Public with Dean Wesley Smith – Rocking Self Publishing.

November 14

My nanowrimo, for you

Today, I hit the 25k word mark. That puts me right on track for finishing by the end of the month. Well, maybe not “finishing,” but hitting the 50k word goal for November for nanowrimo.

Deep down, I know this book isn’t going to be a blockbuster in any sense. It’s fun to write, and it’s great exercise for the mind, but I have no hidden hopes that it will get me published. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to put a copy of the work as I write it out there for folks to read. It’s unedited, uncut, and under developed in parts. I’ve put little (no) effort into posting it, just copy/pastes of existing chapters. All of that disclaimer aside, I’ve put it up on tablo for folks to read if they want. I’m always afraid to share my writing because I see nothing but flaws and weak storytelling. This is an attempt for me to move past that and actually share. Worst case, when I’ve finally improved enough to be publish worthy, you’ll have had access to a trunk novel to compare against.

Anywho, if you missed the link above, you should be able to see it here:

https://tablo.io/michael-cummings/a-mountain-fell-from-heaven

Happy writing!

 

November 11

Customer service isn’t quite dead


This deserves a shout out. Early this summer, I changed jobs, and for the next year will be working from home exclusively. At that point, having a decent pair of bluetooth headphones became somewhat of a necessity. Between daily videoconferences and the need for background noise – or to be able to block out the background – I needed something that was both comfortable for long term wearing, as well as wireless (for minor mobility around the homestead). I’m not a big audiophile, my ears can’t distinguish the nuances of especially high priced headphones versus average headphones. But I do know what comfort is, especially at eight or so hours of use a day.

What I settled on were the Photive BTH3 Bluetooth 4.0 headphones. They were big enough for my big noggin’, the padding around the ears was perfect, all was bliss. They even ended up having better range than I expected for bluetooth. I could walk around most of the house without interruption. Until last night, when I discovered that the microusb port had come loose inside the headset, making them unchargeable. It goes without say, I was distraught. Five months isn’t a long time, especially since this wasn’t a case of abuse. I felt like I’d gotten a good run out of them, but in my dissapointment I posted a review to warn other buyers about the microusb port.

Phone rings this morning – it’s the folks at Photive. They saw my review and are sending me a replacement pair, no charge. While the thought crossed my mind last night to contact them, I decided against it since I’d had them for five months – it isn’t like I have the original packaging still. It’s so easy to be jaded these days, expecting the worst and too easily accepting when something we pay for turns out to be a dud, this was a very pleasant surprise. My new headphones will be here in a few days – yowza!