Why We Still Can’t Quit F. Scott Fitzgerald

Interesting look at F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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It’s been almost a century since a 23-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald penned “The I.O.U.,” a short story that pokes fun at the publishing industry’s obsession with sensation over substance. But until now, you couldn’t read it; it was among Fitzgerald’s still-unpublished papers. Last week, the long-lost story appeared in The New Yorker, another chapter in what the magazine calls its “imperfect romance” with the author. In 1925, Fitzgerald was “was a little too famous to appear often in its upstart pages,” though they were able to snag two poems and three “humorous short stories” before he died in 1940.

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Final Chapter of the Clovel Sword Chronicles Finished

It’s been quiet on my blog site recently since I was finishing up Book 3 of the Clovel Sword Chronicles.  The great news (well, from my perspective anyway) is that Downfall of the Gods is finally available.  For those who have read the first 2 books, this closes out all of the loose ends along with the fate of Urith on the end of his quest for the Skool.  Links are below.  Please share the news and thanks for all of the support from my followers.

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Trials and Tribulations with Software – Or, How I Weened Myself from Microsoft

It’s finally occurred! I finally broke free!

No, it has nothing to do with writing, yet everything to do with the process of putting words on paper. Or, at least, putting words into a digital file. But first a quick background, I’ve done IT work for over 20 years, so I’ve grown up through the DOS days when Wordperfect was king on the desktop before following everyone else to the Windows/Office world. That said, I know how to build out hardware/software and make it work. I don’t get too upset when the equipment eventually fails.

Then, my motherboard on a laptop died a couple of weeks ago, right after I finished my latest book. Now, I have a spare laptop, so I’m thinking, no problem, I’ll just pop in the hard drive and finish off the uploads. No need to rebuild the world. After a few updates to the drivers for the new laptop, things are working. Now I can finish off my work in MS Word.

Wrong! Microsoft and it’s archaic licensing stood in the way. Same software, same hard drive, but I’m a bad boy. I need to re-activate the Win7 software because I’m using an old/new motherboard. Ok, let’s spend some extra time getting validation done. Not a problem, until I find out that after multiple attempts through the online system, it won’t activate. After trying to re-install the OS and using the new key code, I attempt to try using the phone system, and it tells me it has an error and to wait for a person.

Wrong! By this time, I’m fed up with the whole concept of needing to get someone’s approval to use the software I paid for when I bought the laptop. Realizing everything has been backed up to a spare drive, I pull out the trusty Ubuntu 16 DVD which I’ve been tinkering around with for about a year and overwrite Windows 7 OS. I also got rid of the Office 365 which I pay for monthly, etc.). Within a couple of hours, I have full replacements for all of the MS stuff. Better yet, it’s free. Although, if I like it I can get support for a nominal fee. No need for a stupid license based upon some ideas when the desktop tech was just getting going. Now, it’s just replacing other laptops in the home.

I’m free at last!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shield of Skool by Gordon Brewer

Shield of Skool

by Gordon Brewer

Giveaway ends March 10, 2017.

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It Took a While – Infinite Loop is Published

After a hard drive crash and much gnashing of teeth, my new paranormal mystery is now available. For those who like old mystery movies, this may be the book for you. It contains a little film noir style within a supernatural setting where lies, greed, and betrayal bring out the best or worst in each character.

While the plot is a far cry from my last three books, I found this story easier to write in character development and plotting. However, the need for hints and red herrings necessary in the work made things difficult for me since I tend to write in a ‘stream of conscious’ style. Forced to retrace ground which I believed already covered, the mystery genre hopefully taught me to be a better storyteller. Download a sample (or better yet, the full story) and let me know.

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Preview of new book – Infinite Loop

Warren is dead.

And he is beginning to wonder how many ways one guy can die.  At this point he is becoming convinced he will spend an eternity as the murder victim in an eerie film world purgatory.  Condemned to play the unfortunate dead character inside a multitude of black and white mysteries, he awakes playing the role of rich playboy aboard a tramp steamer returning from Cuba during the 1930s.  When the ship docks in Boston, Warren is a wanted man, just one step away from the gallows.  In a world already engraved into celluloid by long dead writers, the fugitive must adapt to the time period while trying to find the real murderer.

Can Warren save his soul from the Infinite Loop?

A new supernatural murder mystery from the creator of the Clovel Sword Chronicles.  Expected release date January 29, 2017

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Barnes & Noble Offering 15% off BN.com on Cyber Monday – DBW

Give the gift of a book to your friends and family this Christmas.

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I’ll even plug my own stories on this site.
PLUS ONLY 2 Days left for this giveaway on Goodreads….

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Shield of Skool by Gordon Brewer

Shield of Skool

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Giveaway ends November 30, 2016.

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More Independent Booksellers Are Getting Into the Publishing Business

A quick read about nuances occurring within the small booksellers and indie side of publishing.  Makes me think we should have a small new and used book store which serves coffee and has access to a book printing machine.  Not sure how those margins will work.

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