Second Lines

Mac Laidlaw now famously quipped that any story could be improved by changing the second line to “And then the murders began.”

I thought it would be fun to test that theory with some short stories from my FREE anthology, Minds and Machines:

Moving the empty containers was far more work than carrying the full ones would be.

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Ready Player Who?

Lots of excitement in the sci-fi world lately. The Ready Player One film is rapidly approaching. The initial images released look very Spielberg. And from everything I’ve heard, the film will be full of easter eggs and clever adaptations to some of the puzzles to make them more suitable for a visual medium.…

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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.

Background:

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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Micah Joel

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