Conversational Gambits

This is an excerpt from the excellent book Emotional Agility by Susan David, PhD.

She talks about a research project where married couples were studied in their “natural habitat” to understand communication better. Susan lists out the “bids for emotional attention” the study used.…

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Managing Scrivener projects in the cloud with symlinks

Here’s a small tip that might prove helpful to folks trying out the new Scrivener for iOS.


Scrivener now allows syncing between the desktop and Mobile versions. To do this you need a Dropbox account shared across the devices, and in particular, you need to designate one particular folder for sharing projects.…

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Ocular Overload

Continuing my exploration of neurodiversity issues. I challenge you, reader, to see things in a different way than you’re used to seeing.

If you weren’t expecting it and someone started screaming in your ear, how would you react? Most likely, your first instinct would be to turn your head away.…

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Why I put Facebook in the sandbox


This is an update from previous guidance.

If you’re looking for me on Facebook, you’re not going to find much. Social media is great, but Facebook in particular raises a number of concerns for me. Many of my readers and potential readers are on FB, though, so I have a limited presence there.…

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How to help an independent author

Some very sweet readers have asked how best they can help an independent author launching a book, in this case Broken Tablet. Apparently a few folks even refrained from purchasing the book while it was priced at $0.99 because they (correctly!) surmised that I don’t get much from that.…

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How to sound like a Sumerian


For people reading Broken Tablet out loud (including audiobook narrators, hint, hint) here are some guidelines for pronouncing Sumerian words.

Your go-to resource should be the Sumerian Lexicon by the amazing John A. Halloran.

The vowels may be pronounced as follows: a as in fatheru as in pulle as in peg, and i as in hip.

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Micah Joel

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