Changes are afoot…

Some of my followers will already know that I have recently moved my email list to MailChimp, moving away from the WordPress engine for this particular feature. At the time I made the move, I had left certain WordPress features active, so my followers who had subscribed via their WordPress accounts could still get notification of my posts. However, recent changes to JetPack (the plugin that controls the WordPress subscription features) has meant that JetPack is now interfering with MailChimp.

These changes are very recent (as in my site saw the updates to JetPack on the April 5th). I had thought that I would be able to keep the notification JetPack features for legacy reasons, but nope…
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When Did Touch Become Non-tactile?

Random thoughts seem to hit me at the oddest of times and the other morning was no different.

My husband’s alarm decided that it wasn’t doing a good enough job in getting my husband’s attention, so it decided to wake me up instead. Yes, this inanimate object has decision making skills. Curse you, Siri. So, there I was groaning internally, barely able to function because I went to bed be way too late (I had finished my manuscript that I was writing though), wondering when the hell my husband was going to turn off his alarm.

After a good solid minute of the disgusting attempt at serenade music—perhaps it was less, but I couldn’t tell—I rolled over to give him a good shove, only to discover that he wasn’t there. He must have been in the shower or in the lounge having his breakfast, but wherever he was, he left his rude phone on the bedside table.

Grunting with effort, I dragged myself across the bed and grabbed his phone expecting to see the same type of thing that my phone does when an alarm goes off—swipe circles. Nope. It turns out that iPhones don’t work the same way Androids do. So, I activated the screen and touched the off button.

Then it hit me. When did Touch become non-tactile?Read More

Manuscript is too long, so split it… NOT!!!

I have lost count of the number of times that someone has told me that I should take my long manuscript and split it into two (or three) and call it done. This particular conversation comes up every single time I mention to anyone how long my manuscript is, and it’s actually not outrageously long — it just happens to be over 100,000 words. But let’s face it, my work is high fantasy, and I would struggle to think of any high fantasy novel that wasn’t over 100,000 words (a high fantasy intended for adult audiences).Read More

Books could almost be immortal

I have seen many debates over that last few years about whether the introduction of the eBook has killed the publishing industry. Many have asked whether books are a thing of the past. It’s a valid question but this is not the first time the question has been asked.

Think about all the old doomsday stories. In many of them, society has been left to flounder and the knowledge of the past is frequently lost. Reading becomes a lost skill or something that only a select few know. Languages evolve and unless certain knowledge is passed down from generation to generation, history becomes this mysterious thing that none of us understand.Read More

Blue Jeans

I’m tall, so why do I have to wear heals with jeans?

It’s an age old complaint: clothing designers don’t make clothes for women. I have no idea who they’re making clothing for, perhaps their boyfriends, but it certainly isn’t the average female.

Sorry guys, but I have bumps and curves and most women I know do. What’s worse, I’m actually tall. Yet, I still have to wear high heals with my jeans, just so they don’t drag on the ground.

The most common complaint that I hear from women is about the length of pants. It’s like the clothing manufacturers seem to think that because you’re a larger woman that you’re not just tall, but you’re very tall.Read More