New Rain City Incident

The Pirate King

The Pirate King skates off the wall and into the gritty gravel of Seattle side streets.
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A new story in the Rain City series:
More thrills, misadventures, and fumbling toward love among people whose work drives their heart’s desire.

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From Jugum, 2015 …

The Sky High RoadMoses Howard: The Sky High Road

An insightful adventure story in contemporary Uganda, when a 17-year-old soccer player is kidnapped by the Lord’s Liberation Army.

Opera_Logo-2014.C.160pxE.Enrique Prado: New Opera en Espanol titles

Bizet: Carmen
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Mozart: La Flauta Magica
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Verdi: Aida, Nabucco, Otello, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschere

Crux LunataE.A. Stewart: Crux Lunata, Book 3 in the Accidental Heretics series

Continuing the adventure deep in the spice-and-intrigue world of southern Europe during the Crusader era. Plus short stories such as Pèire and Miquel Go to Sea
(Yeah, that’s me, the author) Continue reading

We Are All Content Providers Now

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.

Photo of Lascaux painting by Prof saxx from wikipediaA 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” by Moses Howard

The Sky High RoadJugum Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Sky High Road by Moses L. Howard.

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.

A first-look edition is now available for Amazon Kindle. Note: You can read The Sky High Road now in your browser without a Kindle device. Search “Kindle Cloud Reader” on Amazon.

The print edition of The Sky High Road will be available in early June. To find news about the print edition, see  http://jugumpress.com/moseshoward
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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

DIY Tricks for Writers

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

Author as Publisher: Planning Tasks [MS Word]
Author as Publisher: Market Planning Tasks [MS Word]

Book Scheme in a Spreadsheet
dramatic arc

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

Quick-n-Dirty Audience Needs Analysis for Tech-Comms

ThinkingMy post in the Managing Up series offers quick tips for how to do a quick audience needs analysis when you don’t have good info from product managers: “Who Are You? Who? Who?”

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.