Accept no Imitations

When I began getting messages from friends telling me that my Facebook account had been hacked, I immediately went on Facebook and started looking around. I quickly discovered that someone had set up a Facebook account using my name, my profile picture, and even the same cover image as my real account. They had then started sending friend requests to my friends. Luckily I have some pretty smart friends. Continue reading “Accept no Imitations”

Apparently “No News” is not “Good News”

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.”

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Dreams in Transit, Smashwords Edition

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.

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Attachment Issues

It seems lately that the incidence of virus-laden emails has skyrocketed. I’m referring to unsolicited email messages that include an attachment.

I don’t know if it’s a trend or if I just noticed it, but the spammers who send virus-infected emails have absolutely no creativity. I began to count the subject of these messages when I noticed about 20 emails with the subject “Report” and an attachment. Continue reading “Attachment Issues”

New York State of Health, Affinity Healthcare, and My Health

I’ve written several posts about my problems with New York State of Health and Affinity Health Plan. Today I want to write what I hope will be the last entry in this miserable saga. In a nutshell, I lost my health insurance at the beginning of this year. Whether the fault lies with Affinity or with New York State of Health, my health insurance policy was canceled. The problem is that, once it was canceled, it took six months to get it reinstated.

Yes, you saw that correctly, it took SIX MONTHS!

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Whatever a Spider Can

I came across this little story when I was looking for something else. It was originally submitted to a contest (which it clearly didn’t win!) so I thought I’d share it here. This is not fiction! It actually happened.

My son, Matthew, loves superheroes. Even now, when he is almost twenty, he is crazy about the heroes of both the Marvel and DC universes. Fortunately, Matt still loves this story and sees the humor in it, even now that he is a grown-up or I couldn’t tell it to you. I guess the subtitle should be, “Matt and his (short) Web Swinging Career.

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender

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?

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