Archive for March 2013

Mischief 2.0

March 28, 2013

That’s right, this blog has a new name. It is only one aspect of a wild wave of changes rolling through around here. Stay tuned.

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Panel Schedule for RavenCon

March 28, 2013

I’ve got my final panel schedule for RavenCon, and it’s packed full of cool conversations and events. If you’re not familiar with RavenCon, you should be: it’s one of the best cons on the East Coast, and it’s on my can’t-miss list. This year’s con will be held April 5-7, at the Holiday Inn Koger Center near Richmond, VA (as usual). Here’s a taste of what I’ll be doing:

Friday 4 PM–Another Galactic Empire

Why not republics, democracies and confederacies? Why do we assume that the future government is going to be some autocracy from the past? Is the Galactic Empire more romantic or just easier to write?

Friday 5 PM–Books Without Borders

Discussion of the various ways of publishing available today. Which is right for the beginning writer? And which should an author with publishing credits under his/her belt choose?

Saturday 1 PM–Potions, Poisons and Plots:
Inventive ways to kill a character

How to use science to get rid of those pesky protagonists.

Saturday 4 PM–Social Media for the Introvert

How to promote yourself and your work when you’re hopelessly shy and introverted.

Saturday 6 PM–Launch Party for Fires of the Desert by Leona Wisoker

Party! Book Four in the Children of the Desert series. Free food, coffee, tea, and door prizes!

Sunday 10 AM–Cross-Media Collaboration

Writers working with musicians working with artists working with builders working with filmmakers.

Sunday 11 AM–Naming Names, Titling Titles

Character names and story titles, what makes them memorable? What makes them work for the character or story? When they’re bad, what went wrong? How do you create a good one?

“A taste”, I say, because the panels are only half the fun of a convention. I’ll also be hanging out with friends old and new, listening to other panels, and generally having a blast. This year I’ll be part of a veritable Mercury Retrograde squad: Rachael Murasaki Ish, Jonah Knight, and Leona Wisoker will also be in attendance, as will our Mistress of eBook, Antimatter ePress founder Elizabeth Campbell. I hope you can join us there.

March 25, 2013

You’re welcome.

Michael J Holley - Writer

How to Compile a kindle ebook in scrivenerI’ve been sat like a lemon waiting for Scrivener to come out with an iPad app. This was going to change my world, so I waited. However, it turns out that I was waiting in vain because I can already add/edit my document on the iPad and then just sync it across. Ooh… fancy.

It’s dead easy and if you don’t believe me then just take a look at this from the nice people at Scrivener. (There’s a video at the bottom called Folder Sync) I’m going to run through a very quick step-by-step guide but watch the video if you run in to trouble.

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Sending us mail? Better hold off.

March 20, 2013

In a maneuver no one saw coming, the mailing center to which our USPS mail and packages are delivered quite suddenly shut its doors last week. This being the electronic age, we don’t stop by to pick up the mail daily; our first indication something was wrong came when UPS deliveries we were expecting started bouncing. At this point we have no knowledge of what might be locked away behind that closed door.

So, if you sent us something via USPS, UPS or Fedex recently, be advised that we have not received it. We’re working on getting our hands on those things, but it turns out there are layers of legal nonsense involved at this point. In the meantime, we’re shopping for a new mailing center, but we don’t have an address yet.

Email continues to work, thank goodness. All the email addresses you might need are on the site, here.