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From the BLog - For the Tech of it: Software (Desktop)

I use a lot of software, but very little of it is specifically aimed at my writing. I use Photoshop Elements and iMovie and Hype and Numbers on a semi-regular basis, for example, but not to create fiction. So I’m going to limit myself to those apps that I use specifically for writing when on my iMac. There are surprisingly few.

scrivener_iconScrivener: This is the big one, the app where most of my work gets…

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For the Tech of It Addendum: Backup

In the post on backing up, I forgot to mention one crucial factor:

You must occasionally test your backups!

Every now and then, try to pull a file from your backups. Restore a couple of things you deleted a while back. Just to make sure everything is working. Computers are machines and machines fail — there is a chance your backup will become corrupt or otherwise borked. (One more reason to have…

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For the Tech of It: Backup

When I was a kid, I sat dutifully at my desk every day, pounding away at my Atari 800XL computer to craft short stories, comic book scripts, and even a novel.

For reasons I don’t recall, all of my computer equipment was plugged into an outlet controlled by my bedroom light switch. Most likely, that was the nearest and most readily available outlet, usable without resorting to a web of extension…

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Boy Toy by Barry Lyga


Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened. If only he knew what the truth was..

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QuestionThis question comes from a member/audience of dentedlives: Are you planning on doing another short story to forward the release of blood of my blood, as you did the other books? And are you going to release the first 120 pgs of Blood of my Blood, too? Either way: we're very excited to read the book. Based on the experts and stuff, we can tell it'll be good. :) Answer

Good question!

Yes, there will be another short story. To go with the Jazz and Connie prequels, there will be a Howie prequel. It will be titled “Blood Boy.” It’ll be out before September 9.

The publisher makes the decision about how much a preview to release, so I don’t have an answer to your second question. Sorry!