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Just Stick It In November 22, 2010

Posted by bobv451 in conventions, e-books, nostalgia, VIPub, web & computers, writing.

And I’m not referring to the TSA agent’s blue-gloved hand. No, this is better. Lots better. At World Fantasy Convention I received two different and extraordinarily useful flash drives.

The first from Andrea Howe is a compendium of grammar tips

Lots of the explanations come from the Facebook postings Andrea does but many are brand new. Sure, you can look this stuff up yourself but sometimes it is hard to figure out exactly what your problem is. This is an easy to search drive chock-ful of useful info.

The other flash drive from Mike Stackpole is more ambitious in presentation and contains the text of many of his Secrets newsletters plus the entire text from Mike’s 21 Days to A Novel, as well as other lengthy essays on characterization, world building and being a (profitable) writer in today’s world. All very useful and it comes in a ballpoint pen. And, as Ron Popeil used to say, but wait, there’s more. A laser is also included in the cap, but this device quickly drains of power after only two or three pounces from the cat. A small price to pay for the huge amount of useful info in the USB drive.

I was just talking with Lana Proctor about copyright hassles and were waxing nostalgic about the days when books sent on floppies were limited to 138k (for the Apple ][e and hardly more than that for the early PC floppies. The 360k ones (?) were a breakthrough and the 720k hard-cased one were even better. Now 3gig flash drives are the same price as the 250meg ones a year or two ago. Storage is cheap. But as always, content is king. What you put on it matters more than the medium.

Back to work. Doest thou likewise.



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