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Ten Gifts Not to Get Your Non-Geeky Spouse

Posted by: on December 21, 2011 at 9:30 am
Ten Gifts Not to Get Your Non-Geeky Spouse

As Christmas is around the corner, I thought it only appropriate to do a list for those who do not have geeky spouses on what not to get them for Christmas. So ladies and gentlemen if you considered some of these thing for your spouse, I suggest you just get them a gift card. Read the rest of this article…

Scrivener-Mac Version Review

Posted by: on December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am
Scrivener-Mac Version Review

This software is awesome. Scrivener is an all-in-one draft program for writing, not just novels, but also screen plays. You’re able to organize in your way, keep track of your drafts, and it has Project Templates and Document Templates that you can create yourself. Scrivener’s goal isn’t to take place of your word processing program, but to help you break down your project into workable chunks. It’s a good combination of Yarny and Growly Notes (or OneNote if you are on Windows), plus a ton of extra features. Read the rest of this article…

A Spouse’s Response to Skyrim

Posted by: on November 11, 2011 at 11:40 am
A Spouse’s Response to Skyrim

I’m a woman and I do game, a little, but The Elder Scrolls is my husband’s thing. So let me tell you how I prepared for this release.
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National Novel Writing Month: Week Two

Posted by: on November 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm
National Novel Writing Month: Week Two
As Week one comes to an end, you should be weighing in at just over 8,000 words. You’re probably feeling pretty good, thinking that you can indeed do this. It doesn’t seem so hard! Then Week 2 comes. The sleep deprivation hits, you realize that you made a critical error in the beginning of the novel, and your characters are fighting for the spotlight. Well people, keep on trucking. Week two is known for “The Slump.” The slump is that point where nothing is working, or there’s a giant inconsistency, or you just hate the story and want to throw it out. Don’t.
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National Novel Writing Month: Join the Insanity

Posted by: on November 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm
National Novel Writing Month: Join the Insanity
Last night at midnight, the clattering of computer keyboards and the furious scribbling of pens could be heard around the world. Thousands of stories and novels were born, and with so many births comes noise. You may have been wondering: What the Hell is that noise!? Read the rest of this article…

750 Words: Brain Dumping Program

Posted by: on October 27, 2011 at 11:21 am
750 Words: Brain Dumping Program

Like to write? Don’t want or need a fancy program, just need a place to clear you mind and dump your brain? Well, 750words.com will let you do just that. It’s a free program that is cloud based and allows you to sign in with your Google, Facebook, Yahoo, or openID, so you don’t have to keep track of another user name and password. How does this differ from just using a word processing program? You don’t have to worry about balancing different documents or programs all the time, it automatically saves, and it keeps track of writing statistics for you. Some of them are practical, like how long it took you to write 750 words, how many words per a minute you write, total time that it took you to reach, and how many times you got distracted. Some of them are just kind of fun, a parental rating, how you’re feeling, what you’re concerned about and others.

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MC Hammer and his Wiredoo

Posted by: on October 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm
MC Hammer and his Wiredoo

MC Hammer has decided that he wants his own search engine. Wiredoo is still in the making, and hasn’t been released in beta, but come on, really? He claims that it will be greater than Google in every way, including not only searching for relevant results, but also suggesting related searches. Wait…doesn’t Google already do that? Search engines such as Bing have already tried to out do Google. Any one remember Lycos.com? Or Ask.com? Hell, barely anyone uses the Yahoo or AOL search engines anymore.

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Review: Once Upon a Time Pilot- Minimal Spoilers

Posted by: on October 24, 2011 at 8:00 am
Review: Once Upon a Time Pilot- Minimal Spoilers

Once Upon A Time, there was a world of fairy tales that was cursed into a world where happily ever after did not exist. That world is our world. That is the premises of the new ABC show Once Upon a Time. Starting out with the ending of the known tale of Snow White and moving forward to where the witch makes her threat at the wedding of Snow White and Prince Charming (yes, those are their names as of now). Think the opening scene of Sleeping Beauty and you’ve got the right idea. The show bounces between two realms, the Fairy Tale world and our world. Read the rest of this article…

Yarny Review: Not a Tangled Mess

Posted by: on October 22, 2011 at 11:31 am
Yarny Review: Not a Tangled Mess

Yarny is the best of many worlds for writers. I stumbled upon this program when looking at the list of companies that sponsor the annual writing event of National Novel Writing Month (lovingly called NaNoWriMo). I was looking for something that mixed the functionality of Growly Notes, Google Documents, and a regular word processor, but I wanted something that wasn’t distracting. Yes, I’m picky when it comes to my writing programs, which is why I rarely stick with one.

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Need Text-to-speech? Our Natural Reader Review

Posted by: on October 3, 2011 at 10:05 am
Need Text-to-speech? Our Natural Reader Review


Natural Reader is a free program that will read chunks of text out loud. I stumbled upon this program when browsing a writing forum that was talking about reading your work out loud, I thought it would be interesting to try and I was right. I don’t really expect much from a free version, except maybe the basic features, which this one does have, but I do expected it to work well.

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