Path of Fire Take Two

So we’re a couple of weeks into the Guild Wars 2 expansion Path of Fire now and I have had enough time to do a bit of exploration, acquire all the mounts and even try out a couple of elite specs, the Scourge and the Deadeye. I’ve wandered over all the major zones from the […]

Google Stuff for Authors Revisited

A while back I bought a Chromebook with the intention of giving Google’s Office suite and Chrome OS itself a serious tryout. As an experiment, I attempted to switch over to Google’s software for most of my writing needs. My plan was to use Google Docs and Sheets exclusively for a month or so and […]

On the Path of Fire

Last Friday at around 6pm Prague time, Path of Fire, the latest expansion for Guild Wars 2 went live. As you can probably tell from my use of an exact local time, I was there, en route to the Crystal Desert as fast as my little virtual legs would carry me. What was it like? […]

Torchlight

One side effect of my World of Warcraft addiction is that I don’t find myself playing too many other computer games. Time was when I was a regular PC gamer but once I started spending my free time in Azeroth, I played fewer and fewer other games, and when I did it was usually just to dip […]

Moon+ Reader and Other Stuff

I rarely use anything but a Kindle to read ebooks. When I am compiling my own indie ebooks I look at them in other readers but I usually don’t read for pleasure in anything but Amazon’s eco-system. I own an old Bookeen Cybook which I bought at the end of last decade. I sometimes dig […]

Building A Series Wiki Part Two

Last time, I talked about wanting to create a wiki containing the background information for my long-running Kormak series. I managed to write a thousand words without addressing how you do this. I hope to rectify that this time around. One problem I had was deciding where to start. I was in the middle of […]

Building A Series Wiki

When a series you are writing gets to ten books, you start to run into the limits of the human brain. You forget details of plots, names of minor characters, crucial details of their appearance, the names of some of the places. Actually, you hit those limits long before that, but human laziness tends to […]

Old Computers Made New

I am not sure why but Linux developed into something of an obsession over the past couple of weeks. I could not just stop with installing it on one machine. I decided to stick Linux on my Lenovo 100S. A quick search of the internet will reveal that this is a problematic little laptop to […]

Further Adventures in Linux

Quite unexpectedly I find myself caught up in using Linux again. It all started when I installed Mint on my broken Acer Travelmate last week. I was so impressed by the way things worked that, at the weekend, I dug out an Asus K42 I bought in Singapore about seven years ago and repeated the […]

Google Docs for Novel Writing

For the past ten years or so, I have mostly used Scrivener to write my books. It’s a powerful piece of software that gives you a great deal of control over the structure of any work in progress. It makes backups a breeze and it tracks your daily word count as you write. It can […]

Track What You Write with Writeometer

What gets measured gets done is a truism in management consultancy. I find it to be the case for writing as well. Quantifying when and where as well as how much I have written is something I’ve tried to do ever since I read Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K. I datamine this information to see when and where I am most productive and if there is anything I can do to make myself more so. Writeometer is an app for Android phones that I’ve found useful for this. It keeps track of how many words you write per day.

Dragon For Mac 6 Review

I have tried every incarnation of Mac speech to text software, starting with iListen before it was acquired by Nuance and working my way through DragonDictate and the renamed Dragon Professional Individual for Mac. Every version has ultimately disappointed. When Nuance took over the basic speech recognition engine became the same superb one as used on Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows. Unfortunately, the interface built around it was usually terrible— ugly, buggy and extremely prone to crashing.

First Impressions: Blogo

I am testing a new blogging application called, appropriately enough, Blogo today. It’s a very nice looking piece of Mac software that comes very highly recommended (by Apple no less). I was intrigued enough to take it for a test drive on my MacBook and what you’re reading is the result. Blogo is as easy […]

Improving Writing Workflows

I changed my workflow a lot this year. The most important alteration was that I started using markdown as much as possible. I’ve talked about the advantages before so I won’t go into them again here. I’ll just say that I love the way I can work anywhere on anything when I am using it. […]

Starting A Mailing List

Every writer should have a mailing list. That’s one of those of those bits of advice that you will get sooner or later if you hang around writers’ boards on the internet long enough. It also happens to be true although it took me a long time to realise it. I started my mailing list […]