Tinderbox v Evernote

In nearly any recent discussion about writing tools, Evernote will inevitably come up. So it’s worth discussing the plusses and minuses of Evernote, and why you still might want to use Tinderbox, particularly in the context of novelish worldbuilding. This posting is a work-in-progress. Please share your thoughts and experiences with Evernote and Tinderbox in the comment section, and I will update the information as we go. Evernote is...

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Read Deception Fault for free

For a limited time, the story Deception Fault is free in the Amazon Kindle store. Go check it out. The Comp-Sci-Fi series celebrates the ideas and personalities of the of the computer age. These short stories can be read in any order. You can always find them by searching “comp sci fi” on Amazon. Besides this limited offer, you can pick up Ritchie Boss: Private Investigator Manager (a sequel to Deception Fault) for free, and The...

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Why Tinderbox?

I’m putting together a series of blog postings on Eastgate’s amazing power tool, Tinderbox. I’ll cover the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in great detail, from the perspective of a writer/worldbuilder. But I’ll start with the ‘why’ in the form of a practical example. A friend recently asked me about a tool for outlining and list tracking. I immediately suggested Tinderbox, but the reaction was,...

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Announcing Comp-Sci-Fi and Deception Fault

I’m happy to announce a new series of loosely-connected short stories under the banner Comp-Sci-Fi. Deception Fault is the next story in the cycle. Go check it out–it’s in the top 25 and climbing the Kindle Short Reads chart as of this posting. It’s a tribute to Alan Turing, but not in the way you might expect. Chronologically, this story is a prequel in the Comp-Sci-Fi series. Comp-Sci is, of course, slang for Computer...

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XML in fiction

The release of Ritchie Boss led to some discussion on twitter of the use of XML in fiction. Not that I need to tell you all, but XML is a kind of markup that gets sprinkled around textual content, <example>like this</example>. The slash on the latter angle-bracketed-term indicates a “closing tag” and balances out the opening tag. When everything balances, plus follows a few other rules, it is said to be well-formed. So,...

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Website relaunch

In the next few days or weeks, expect to see some changes here. The website refresh might break some URLs (but we’ll try not to!) so consider yourself warned. If you see an error message, try going to the root of the site and navigating from there. And please email me with any error messages, even minor ones. Thanks!

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Whirlwind daze

So, day 1 as a free listing. The book spent a chunk the day in the #1 best seller position for short (= 30 minute) reads in Science Fiction and Fantasy. It’s also done well on the lists for Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cyberpunk, and (oddly to me) Literature and Fiction. This is very good. In particular, it makes it more likely that the algorithms will grab hold of it and keep it visible to more readers. I’m immensely thankful...

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