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If a feature isn’t documented, it doesn’t exist

Owner's manual for a new adjustable bedMy wife and I were shopping for a new adjustable bed. We found the one we wanted and got a demonstration about the importance of technical writing.

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Technology and “adult entertainment”

Booth personnel at the Adult Entertainment Exhibition at the 2009 CESThe following post contains adult themes and links to NSFW content.

When I went to my first CES in 1984, I heard stories of an “Adult Entertainment Pavilion.” I didn’t go because I had booth duty and mixed feelings about “adult entertainment” because of my father. My hornier coworkers came back with excited tales of upcoming video releases and signed photos of their favorite actresses. (Not Stormy Daniels, though. This was before her time.)

It may seem as strange for porn to appear at a technology show as it does now to see it discussed as a political issue. But porn has always driven technology. That’s why it makes an appearance in my novel Amiga.

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Quirks and strange habits of famous writers

Which writer kept rotten apples in his desk drawer? Or cured writer’s block by hanging upside down? Our friends at Custom Writing Service have another fascinating infographic for you.  Read more »

The latest, latest on Amiga

Latest draft of the Amiga coverI admit that I’ve been wishy-washy about how I want to publish Amiga. I believe in independent publishing, but I also seek the validation of being selected by a publisher. So, I submitted Amiga to a publisher. A rejection? OK, I’ll publish it myself. Wait, another publisher is accepting submissions? OK, I’ll submit it to them. No response? Might as well come up with some cover ideas. An agent has reopened for submissions? I’ll try that person. No interest?…

You see my conundrum. Choices can stymie a person, as anyone who’s looked through paint swatches at a hardware store can attest to.

We like to think we have unlimited time to decide, but the past few years have shown us this isn’t true. Circumstances can change in a moment. Opportunities can disappear. Words can be left unsaid, and things remain undone. You can’t wait for things to be perfect. You do the best you can with what you have.

For those reasons, I’ve decided to publish Amiga myself later this year.

What you see in this post is a draft of the front cover. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please reply to the Facebook or Twitter post where you saw this post. For the latest information about Amiga, including how you can download previews when available, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

I look forward to sharing Amiga with you. Thank you for your help and support.

Stoneman Douglas and the importance of teaching public speaking

Emma González speaking at a rally after the Stoneman Douglas shooting

We want to prepare our children to deal with the world — including the worst parts of it. The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were well prepared by their teachers.

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