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A Gentle Password Reminder

In case you haven’t heard about the Yahoo data breach, there’s been one. A big one.

Whether or not it’s been a while, it’s time to update your passwords. Can’t hurt to do all of them.

One simple trick I use is to incorporate the date in the password either by numbers, letters, or symbols that let me know at a glance when I last changed it. Then all I have to do is update that part of the password for a few changes. Saves having to come up with a new password every single time I change it (considering how often that should be).

Remember: long and nonsensical, containing as many different types of keys as the site allows (not all sites allow symbols, but should).

An Anniversary I Don’t Want to Celebrate

I am my own history buff sometimes, and that means I tend to mark anniversaries and remember what I did on a certain date years before.

For instance, at the end of January ten years ago, I quit the third job I’d worked for over a year (meaning I worked a full and two part time jobs all through 2003—not my third job ever 😉 ).
It was turn down service at the Grand Floridian, if you’re curious (the expensive rooms on the top two floors of the main building).

credit: sanctumsolitude on Flickr cc (cropped)

credit: sanctumsolitude on Flickr cc (cropped)

Two years ago, I finished editing chapter 26. Little did I know it would be the last full chapter of forward motion.

I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then, but it’s still disheartening to realize how much further I have yet to go to get back there.

One day…one day.

Is Free A Price We Can Pay?

This is something I’ve wondered ever since I began downloading Kindle books in early 2010.

As a reader, I think, “Yes!” In 2 years, I’ve downloaded close to 3,000 books and paid for less than 50. Some of these I’d seen in B&N and thought about reading, but not enough to buy. Then publishers started dropping the prices on Amazon to $0.00 for a few days for promotions. I snapped up many this way.

In May of 2011, they allowed short stories into the free book listing and I discovered KND. My downloaded number skyrocketed. Then, in December 2011, Amazon allowed self-pubbed books into their KDP Select program and the numbers went to the moon. I don’t download every book (I try to maintain some standards) and I’m sure a few of the self-pubbed works will not be worth finishing. That’s not to say all self-pubbed books are likely to be terrible, but tons of editing errors do get in the way of my enjoyment of a book. (Emphasis on the word “tons”.)

It should be noted that I am cheap frugal. I do own quite a few paper books, but I would not own nearly this many ebooks if I’d had to pay for them all. And it’s doubtful that I would have actually read through them from the library (even the ones that are available there).

As an author, I cringe.

Chuck Wendig over at did an experiment with one of his ebooks on the Amazon KDP Select program. 5200 of his books went out the door for free during that promotion. I don’t know how that relates to his actual sales numbers, but that’s huge. And I do agree with his assessment that not everyone of those 5200 will actually read his book. Much less leave a review.

Whether or not this is a good idea will also depend on your definition of success as an author.

Life Imitating Art

In the opening scene of my novel, the protagonist and her friend are at a convention selling merchandise – for the protag, her new comic, for the friend, her loads of merch.

IRL, this person has actually done fan art for the story, and it’s one of the reasons I cast her (she’s so great). Megacon ’12 is going on right now, and I found out she is selling this fan art. Now there is talk of splitting a table when I actually have a book to sell…


Funny that a friend of mine also started a blog around this time and for similar reasons. Though I won’t as yet be focusing on self-improvement, I do have plans and will chart my progress here.

In March 2009, I finally decided to put pen to paper for a serious rewrite of my 2004 nano novel. It’s been a long and arduous process, but the results will speak for themselves.

You can read more about it here.