LIST OF MY TOP READS OF 2017

Hi, everyone! I’m back for my annual Best Reads post. Although I’m retired, I wanted to come back to write this, at least one last time. I may not write anymore, but I still love to read. On that subject, I just got myself a Kindle Paperwhite 3 for Christmas. I’ve had the Paperwhite 1 since the year it was released. Needless to say, I kept it a long time. I hesitated to upgrade because I didn’t think it would be worth it. Now that I have the 3, I am amazed by how much better the screen is. For one, the light looks less like light, if you can picture what that looks like. The result is a whiter, more paper-like look. I really wish I’d upgraded earlier!
I thought I wouldn’t upgrade until the Paperwhite got a color screen. That seems a long way off, though. I think all the Paperwhite 4 will have new is waterproofing and a slightly better processor. Anyway, I’ll get on with my list. I’m starting at #12, and go down to my #1 read. These are closer choices than in previous lists, though. It was a bit hard to pick ones over others; #12 isn’t necessarily worse than the rest, for instance. Here it is:
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MY BEST READS OF THE YEAR, 4th EDITION

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Another year is almost at an end. This just doesn’t cease to amaze me, though with less intensity. When it’s the start of the year I can’t wait for it to end. Then when the year ends, I wish it lasted longer. Part of the reason is that I wish I could accomplish more. In 2016, I’ve published no more novels. My last one was In A Greater Reality, back in November ’15. This year, I canceled a project I was working on, so that slowed me down. Now I’m writing a new sci-fi novel I’m very excited about.
As 2016 is the fourth year I’m tracking my books finished in Goodreads, I finished less new books. I’ve been instead re-reading old ones. Three years is, well, pretty long to go without revisiting novels I liked in the past. So once again, the pool to choose my best reads from is smaller. That means that this year, the list will be 10 books long. As usual, I include a star rating and a short summary of the books chosen. I’ll start at 10 and go down until reaching my #1 read of the year. Without further ado:
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COMING SOON: MY NEXT STANDALONE NOVEL

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Good morning! Today, it’s my pleasure to reveal the first information about the book I’ve been working on. This one has been really great fun to write. I find technology fascinating, and there’s a lot of it in my new book. One piece of tech in particular has a key role to play. It’s pretty exciting, so I’m going to reveal it later. Continue reading

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REVISE YOUR BOOK

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Most people who are considering writing a novel believe the actual writing part is the hardest. They often lose motivation before even finishing the first draft. I don’t want to scare anyone, but the hardest part isn’t sitting down and churning words out. The real work comes in turning those words into a book people would want to read. No writer should show a first draft to anyone, maybe not even their spouse. The dog (or cat) should be fine. 😛 Continue reading

KEEP GOING AT NANOWRIMO WITH DISTRACTION-FREE TOOLS

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Hello, people! We’re already in the second week of November. Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is the time of the year when myriads of budding writers around the world set out to write at least 50K words in a month. It sounds daunting, and it is…for a beginner. I wonder how many writers give up before the month is over. Continue reading

THE BEST SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS

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POST UPDATED ON 4/11/15 WITH RECENT INFORMATION ON MICROSOFT ONENOTE

These days, writers aspiring for publication arguably have it easier than decades before. Technology has improved many areas of our lives. I’m not old enough to remember a time when typewriters were common. I wonder how people back then made do with those. Writing a novel manuscript on a typewriter, to me, is much like doing it by hand. You cannot go back and correct mistakes. Well, you can if you have correction fluid, but it’s not as convenient as a word processor. You can copy, paste, and change text without ending up with a mess. It’s considerably easier, but I don’t take it for granted. Continue reading

WHY I WRITE AND CHOSE TO SELF-PUBLISH

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These are probably the best times in which writers could be living. That’s not to say all of the centuries before weren’t as good. Look at what we’ve got: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Fleming’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, among other marvelous works. What I’m referring to is the self-publishing revolution that’s still ongoing. I guess many writers who wished to break into print years ago now wish they were alive today. Self-publishing wasn’t exactly impossible in previous centuries, but never has it been as easy as it is today. And the bad stigma associated with it took time to fade. Continue reading