Friday, December 31, 2021
Making money - the sequel
This is probably my last post this year, but who knows what can happen in the next seven hours 😁
So, let's work on the average self-publisher's depression... It's hard to get some hard numbers, so take the next bit with a bag or two of salt.
So here we go...
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Chrome Profiles - Renaming, organizing, migrating, opening pages with specific profiles
TouchPortal 3.0 / OBS / MagicWindow
Friday, December 24, 2021
The Edit Loop
Every writer has a different approach to writing and editing. Every successful writer is probably going to tell you editing is an essential.
Every great writer without the money to afford an editor has to edit him / herself. It is my firm belief that if you don't edit, then you'll get nowhere. Period.
So, here's my current approach, until I'm rich enough to afford a real editor...
Facebook / Messenger Meetings (Dutch)
Corona en kerstdagen...
Wil je mekaar toch een keer zien dan zijn er allerlei oplossingen, zoals mondkapjes, hazmat pakken, buiten blijven... of je gebruikt een App zoals FaceBook (Messenger) of WhatsApp.
In dit voorbeeld: FaceBook (Messenger).
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Things to look for whilst editing your story
You've finished your novel, and now comes the dreaded part... the editing.
Here are some of the things to look out for (not in any particular order)... I'll add links where I touched upon the subject, or found a better explanation elsewhere.
Friday, December 10, 2021
All tensed up today...
I've been trying to find a good explanation to help ease the pain, but thus far I haven't been able to write up some decent explanation, sorry.
Below's the best I could come up with thus far.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Writing - Frequently Asked Questions
Wallpaper - Autumn Fire
This is a digital rendering of an early morning forest, but I can't remember where I found it, only that I like it. Works great on dual monitor setups.
(Click to enlarge.)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
TouchPortal - Traffic Light - Cycling through different pictograms when pressing a button
Here's a little example on how to cycle through different pictos when pressing a button.
Monday, November 1, 2021
Wallpaper - Bamboo
Monday, October 25, 2021
Alex Archer - Rogue Angel 7 - God of Thunder
Simple one shot stories, with sword wielding Anjaa bashing another few heads. I do hope to see some recurring characters, some continuity.
I know. False hope.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
SpaceDesk - Multi Monitor 'on the cheap' using SpaceDesk
Use an old laptop or tablet an additional monitor? Not a problem, and with SpaceDesk you can mix and match iOS, Android, and Windows devices (!).
And best of it all: it is (still) free.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Alex Archer - Rogue Angel 1 - Destiny
Let's start with a spoiler. Anjaa is an historian / archaeologist, orphan, and wielder of Joan d'Arc's sword. So, that out of the way, this is a cheap, one shot, multi-author series which is, frankly, a guilty pleasure as it is entirely brainless. And sometimes that is exactly what the doctor prescribes!
Sunday, October 17, 2021
An introduction to WallX - by video
So I learned OBS (to grab the screen), Magic Window (tracking the mouse pointer in OBS), looked at Stream Decks but opted for Touch Portal, added some features to WallX to simplify the handling and creation of icons, then had to learn how to edit videos in HitFilm Express.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Netflix - Skyline / Beyond Skyline / Skylines
Three 'direct to TV' movies. What can I say... Frank Grillo does his thing, and the monsters are nice. Everything else is meh. Think of it as a B- version of Independence Day, spliced together with a low budget fan-made scifi flick and you know what you're dealing with.
Verdict? Skip it.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
TouchPortal - Quickly converting icons for Touch Portal
WallX v2.42 versus Touch Portal v2.3... A case of AND or OR?
Well, nothing's ever completely done but WallX now runs smoothly and hasn't crashed on me yet. I've worked on importing files / exporting graphics, faster response to user action, and added some fail safe handling when writing files. Either Windows or some virus scanner was blocking my write access now and again. Also removed a bunch of smaller and larger bugs.
But... what has that to do with Touch Portal?
Friday, October 8, 2021
Avoid starting OBS twice
Monday, October 4, 2021
Contour Jog Shuttle Pro / Pro v2 / Express and OBS Studio
Bella Forrest - The Girl Who Dared to Think / ...
Just like Christopher Nuttall, Bella Forrest is sometimes accused of plagiarism. I think that's not entirely fair, because she wrote some interesting stuff, but it's clear that she's sometimes - strongly - 'inspired'.
Then again, it is impossible to write something entirely original, so let's just shrug.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
WallX v2.22 'Newfangled'
But I think it's a good one... No, a great one 😁
WallX is no longer merely a wallpaper manager, it's now also a mini launcher. Why? Well, 'because'... Seriously though, the new version included a systray icon, and I thought it a handy place to store my own custom shortcuts. Which, actually, works. More information or download it here.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Wallpaper - Guildwars 1
If you never played an MMO, then download the (free!) Guild Wars 2, and enjoy!
(Click the image to enlarge.)
Monday, September 27, 2021
Netflix - Pacific Rim - The Black
Remember both Pacific Rim movies? Well, here's an anime series set in the same universe, which isn't that bad. The animation is okay, the monsters are fine... though not exceptional. The story is okay, mostly.
If there's anything bad about this one, it's the ease with which the main characters accept they are responsible for murdering a village full of friends and family, that just doesn't sit well with me. Otherwise, it's fine... but only if the story ever finishes in some sequel!
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
GoogleMaps Timeline loses data - Fixed!
If you lose your Google Timeline data for no appearent reason, and you have more than one device, then try the following:
WaitWindow - checking for open and closed windows from a batchfile
Monday, September 20, 2021
GoogleDocs getting slow (lagging when typing and searching)? Blame Grammarly!
Corey J White - Voidwitch series - Killing Gravity / ...
A little trilogy about a paranormally gifted (created?) telekinetic in a far away future. At roughly 220 pages per book these are not very large, but they are easy and entertaining reads.
Verdict: enjoy 'm!
Monday, September 13, 2021
Adam Wright - Harbinger PI 1 - Lost Soul
Another supernatural PI series. How many are there by now? Never enough 😁
Harbinger PI and The Dresden Files have a lot in common though, so much that I sometimes wondered in which universe I was wandering around. Nevertheless, both are quite readable, and original enough to be called original... Euh... Sort of.
Monday, September 6, 2021
(I'll keep moving this post around until most of the links have been repaired. Getting closer...)
Netflix - Jiu Jitsu / Earth Fall (2020)
Sunday, September 5, 2021
WallX v1.93 - multi-monitor wallpaper changer
Who needs this?
Do you use wallpapers? Then you need this 😏
Multi-monitor setup - combining different screen sizes
This post shows different sizes and combinations, to make it easier to find your path to multi-monitor minerva 😄
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Wallpaper - Welcome to the Neighbourhood
Monday, August 30, 2021
Netflix - Alien Warfare (2019)
Should I spend even time on describing this? I actually like the cast, but the aliens are plastic / rubber-suits, and the movie brings absolutely nothing new.
Synopsis: team of four is send into a base where everybody has been blown to dust by an alien weapon (that turns out not to be a weapon). Sigh. Why is anyone spending money on making this, or wasting time watching 'm?
Monday, August 23, 2021
Keith Laumer - Worlds of the Imperium
I got this one bundled together with Marion Zimmer Bradley's Seven from the Stars in an Ace double. I did read this one before (in Dutch), but didn't realize that at first. Either version might have been a rewrite, or my memory simply failed me.
Not that it mattered much, as I like to re-read enjoyable books.
It's the first of Keith Laumer's alternate reality stories, featuring 'Blitho P3' , ehm, sorry, 'Blight Insular III'. (I wonder if Ron Hubbard used that name on purpose.)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tom Gauld knows it all.
Links- His homepage
Monday, August 16, 2021
This is one of those movies that I know I should enjoy, and still I found myself fast forwarding the latter half. That's... sad.
Monday, August 9, 2021
James Gunn - This Fortress World (1955)
Starts like a pulp action story. Stays that way most of the time. Ends a bit too easily. In general I would call it 'Keith Laumer' style.
Monday, August 2, 2021
Netflix - Breach / Anti-Life
I know he does it for the money, but Bruce, please... You can do better.
So, what do we have here? A simple Scifi / Horror cross-over, heavily inspired by Aliens, with a little infusion of Event Horizon.
I'm not impressed. Go see both Aliens and Event Horizon, that's a way better way to spend your precious time. Note: this movie is also known as Anti-Life.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Wallpaper - Censorship
Monday, July 26, 2021
Marion Zimmer Bradley - Seven from the Stars (1961)
More old stuff dating back to the golden era, this is the second part of an Ace 'Double', a pocket containing two novels in one book.
The aliens, so different from humanity at the beginning of the book, blend in a little too easy. The whatever-the-name-enemy from another dimension is not convincing. And the story didn't age very well.
Monday, July 19, 2021
A C Hadfield - Carson Mach
I love my cheap, macho military / action / adventure SF. And because dumb books are easy to digest whilst doing something else I'm more than happy to look the other way.
But... there are limits. Especially when the same mistakes are made over and over again.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Sebastien de Castell - Traitor's Blade / Knight's Shadow
Monday, July 5, 2021
Lindsay Buroker - Dragon Blood Omnibus
There's a whole subset of romance novels in fantasy settings, which all seem to follow a certain pattern. This is one of those.
Sometimes they stand out (Rachel Aaron's DFZ series, for example) and sometimes they are 'pulpish' (like this one). Great if it's your thing, but Lindsay Buroker can do better, as she proved with her Dark Currents series.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Wallpaper - Roadkill Bar & Grill
I edited one of the images I found on https://www.collectedcurios.com/ and modified it a bit to make it a better wallpaper.
More wallpapers (every month a new one), click and scroll down.
(Click on the images themselves to enlarge.)
Monday, June 28, 2021
Helen Harper - Slouch With / Star Witch / Spirit Witch
Monday, June 21, 2021
Tim C. Taylor - Marine Cadet / Indigo Squad / Renegade Legion
Monday, June 14, 2021
Nathan Hystad - Confrontation
Military SF is a guilty pleasure of mine. Let's read another two.
Today, that's Confrontation by Nathan Hystad. Oh dear... (read on)