An insightful adventure story in contemporary Uganda, when a 17-year-old soccer player is kidnapped by the Lord’s Liberation Army.
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Mozart: La Flauta Magica
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Verdi: Aida, Nabucco, Otello, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschere
Continuing the adventure deep in the spice-and-intrigue world of southern Europe during the Crusader era.
(Yeah, that’s me, the author) Continue reading
My final “Managing Up” post for Steyer Associates offers an abbreviated look at earlier trends in technical communications. Here’s a longer medication of being in the trenches over some of the most life-changing technical advances in the past quarter century.
A decade out of college, I first asserted in a job interview that I was a writer. Previously, my job roles had included editing—for solar designers, conservation policy advocates, and a couple of dyslexic physicists. During that “editorial” apprenticeship, I typically tossed 90 percent of what I received and rewrote it. That made me a writer, correct?
I faked my way through that interview and went to work for a local power utility, where I learned the basics of tech writing, before the profession had degree programs or professional associations.
The tech writing basics? Forget what your English teacher said: There is no practical use for creative, complex sentence structures in tech writing: Continue reading
The Sky High Road is a coming-of-age story for readers in grades 7–12, young adults, and all readers interested in the coming-of-age challenges for educated adolescents in 21st century African villages.
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About The Sky High Road
A footballer faces crushing odds—against the Lord’s Liberation Army!
How to keep hope kindled for a brighter future?
Jason, a 17-year-old soccer player in a Ugandan village, is worried about his O-levels and grieving his father’s death from AIDS. His grandmother sends Jason and his sister Katura on a journey to her home village. That unwanted chore turns to catastrophe when they are enslaved as child-soldiers in the Lord’s Liberation Army. Continue reading
My blog post, 5 Pet Tricks with Spreadsheets, suggests some tricks for project tracking for tech-comms professionals. For balance, here are some pet tricks for fiction writers:
“Author as Publisher” Task Lists
Whether part of an initial plan or in the middle of an attempt to untangle spaghetti 2/3s through the draft, you can you a spreadsheet to map the plot points, action, character development, time scale, and so on.
Here’s an example of how I analyzed plot and pacing problems during an early draft of Artemis in the Desert (if you haven’t read the book, this example doesn’t contain spoilers). The top row maps chapters against traditional beat sheet goals for plot and pacing. Continue reading
These tips work for assignments to document a small tool or app when you receive only a broad-brush statement about the target audience for the software.
My basic guess? For these kinds of (typically free) tools and apps, there’s something out there that’s similar. You can pretty easily find out who uses such software and identify the nature of common problems.