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Book Review: How To Invent Everything

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Stuff 09 January 2019 · 168 views

I've been reading this book my wife got me for Christmas called, "How To Invent Everything ," by Ryan North, and I can't put it down!  It's hilarious and uncanny and so entertaining!
 
It's hard to describe what it is.  It's not a joke book, but more like a history book, or a scientific journal, with a sci-fi twist.  You know, it occur...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXVII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 05 January 2019 · 118 views

To fly ... or to boat ...?  That's a question I have now, based on a dear friend's suggestion.
 
She points out that a boat is too slow, so that perhaps the Evil Snowman could use a different mode of transportation to escape from the North Pole with his loot.  My first reaction to this was ... hmm ... does it really matter?
 
I mean, i...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXVI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 04 January 2019 · 114 views

Wow, still here, huh?  I thought I was done with this thing.  Man, oh, man, was I wrong! :roll:
 
For the past week I not only proofread the book, but have spent a considerable amount of time doing some research on preparing query letters and identifying potential children's book publishers that could be interested in my manuscript.  I...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 31 December 2018 · 116 views

It's been two weeks since I finished writing the story, and I finally took some time to read it start-to-finish and proofread it as a complete work.  I was very pleasantly surprised to discovered that it all flowed nicely, and that it had a very compelling story arc which is easy to follow.  It also surprised me how well the thing works:  i...


CvW Grand Prizes

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, CvW Championship, Stuff 23 December 2018 · 130 views

I just got a notice from the USPS that Fushek 's special Christmas present has been delivered.  I am also packing grips03 's special present to ship early next week.  I can't wait to hear from them what they think.
 
I ran the Carol vs. The World Championship with my wife from 2012 to 2016 as a way to promote the game and foster camarader...


2018: The Year In Review

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Stuff 21 December 2018 · 88 views

As we close the year 2018, I look back at my accomplishments.  For a procrastinator of such high caliber as myself, the list doesn't look too bad.  I did managed to finish some projects, and that is always a good thing.
 
I also started a new blog and kept at it for several months with semi-regular posts.  Not bad at all.
 
Think...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 December 2018 · 148 views

Well, I did it.  I would not have believed it, but I was there, and I saw it, so I know it to be true.  I did it.
 
I finished the story.  Phew!
 
It now stands at a full 15 chapters plus the short epilogue, for a total of 83 pages.  Here are some statistics, straight from the word processor:
Words : 29,615
Pages : 91
Lines :...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 09 December 2018 · 109 views

I just finished writing chapter 14, the penultimate chapter to the story, where the final climactic confrontation between Carol and her foes takes place.  I'm quite happy with it.  I think I need to re-read it a few more times and tighten and polish the narrative a little here and there, but overall, I'm satisfied with how it turned out.
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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 03 December 2018 · 119 views

As I wrap up the ending of the story, it occurred to me that it may be a good idea to offer a brief introduction, like a short blurb describing the world to be found therein.
 
Then I thought it may be even better to offer it as a short letter to the reader, inviting them to believe in the world they were about to enter.  You see, to me, Christm...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 02 December 2018 · 111 views

Uh-oh!  The unthinkable has happened.
 
No, I did not play again with the fonts and the paragraph layout (although I did that last week just to see how it would flow in different formats).
 
Also no, I have not finished the story yet (although that act should not really be unthinkable at this point, having written more than 13 whole chapter...






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