I’m looking for a new position, so I’ve been thinking a lot about my career. I’ve been writing about computer programming for over thirty years! Now with COVID-2019, finding a job has become a real chore. I thought I’d write about it as just one more way to search.Continue reading “Where do I go from here?”
My maternal grandmother would have adored the Harry Potter books. She loved tales of magic, after all. And the idea of owls as a method of communication would have tickled her fancy. But her favorite part of the stories, I know, would have been Harry’s owl, Hedwig.Continue reading “Hedwig is more than an Owl”
It used to be that if you submitted an article, story, book proposal or novel and you hadn’t been rejected, there was still the possibility that the publisher was just running behind. Until you actually got that piece of paper (or email) that said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” there was still a chance. You would check your mail or your email every day and tell yourself, “Well, no news is good news. Maybe I’ll hear next week.”
I am really excited to report that my book, Dreams in Transit, will soon be released through Smashwords. If you have a Kindle or use the Kindle reading app, this isn’t really a big deal. After all, the book has been available for Kindle since I first published it along with the paperback book three years ago. On the other hand, if you have a Nook, Kobo, or like to read books in Apple’s iBook format, you were out of luck until now.
The title is a quote from one of my favorite movies, “Galaxy Quest,” one of the best spoofs and homages to Star Trek that I’ve ever seen. The saying is a bit trite, but maybe it’s time I took it to heart anyway. I’ve known that I want to be a writer since I was seven years old. That’s almost 50 years! And, in some ways I’ve succeeded. I’ve been a [Technical] Writer on and off for the past sixteen years. I’ve made pretty good money at it. But I’ve made only a bit over $100 writing fiction.
Is it a matter of being hypercritical?
I worked for Microsoft in Redmond, WA for a little over four years, first as a contractor and then as a full-time employee. Although I enjoyed my time there, I don’t regret moving back to New York State. The three of us, my husband, my son, and I, missed our family here on the East Coast. Also, by moving back, my son had a chance to get to know his grandfather much better than he would have if we had stayed.
When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. Actually, my oldest memories of “what I want to be when I grow up” involved telling stories. I started reading when I was three or four. I read Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Doolittle, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and books of fairy tales. As I grew up, I broadened my horizons. I read all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. But all that time I dreamed about writing my own stories. I wanted to give back. All those books and stories took me to other worlds, worlds where magic worked, worlds where you never knew what you were going to find around the next corner.
I have not been doing much writing for the past couple of years. I used to write after work, early in the morning, on the weekends, but that time has been completely consumed by school. When I wasn’t working, I was studying, writing papers and applications, and participating online in the classes I took to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.
As of February 10, 2015 I have completed my BS/IT with a concentration in Software Engineering with a GPA of 3.92.
When I started school, my goal was to have a degree to go with the knowledge I already had. Goal attained! Perhaps I could even say, “Goal exceeded!” I learned a lot about the non-programming parts of programming, such as gathering requirements, designing the application, and how the various parts of a software system work together.
Now I don’t know what to do with myself.
I gave myself a week to do nothing. I played video games, read books, watch movies, and generally pampered myself. For the first time in a decade I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep at night. I’ve been eating actual meals instead of grabbing fast food and junk. I am actually beginning to feel like a human being again.
Now it is time to set goals, to find a new direction, and to put my education to good use. As they used to say back in the 70s, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”
What good is copyright if it doesn’t stop people from stealing?
Copyright violation is an awful thing. Someone has taken my book, Dreams in Transit, converted it to a PDF file, and uploaded it to a downloads site for other members to download for free.
How do I know? I have a Google alert defined for my book, Dreams in Transit. Today I got a message with an alert and, when I checked it out, there was a link that turned out to be to a site that is allowing my book to be downloaded for free. I have sent them an email notifying them that it is a copyright violation for them to offer my book for free without my permission. I told them to stop. I doubt it will do much good. Is it worth hiring a lawyer? I’m sure Amazon isn’t going to help.
With the fact that my book has barely sold, I’m wondering how anyone knows about it to be trying to violate my copyright by stealing it.
I will update this post when I see what happens.