Perseverance, a Good Book, and Telling Stories

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Greetings once again, o erstwhile reader and whatever personage that has somehow discovered this blog. I realized long ago the pure necessity of perseverance in getting projects done, but there still remains to me a not-quite-but-nearly-fatal defect– straying eyes and … Read More

Camp Sabbatical – Writing Again

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Hello. Here I am again. Unfortunately, I have little to report in the way of writing. Last Monday, I took a small hiatus to D-Bar-A Scout Ranch outside of Detroit with my LDS Scout troop, returned on Saturday, and did … Read More

The Going’s Tough, Better Get Going

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Well, another week has gone by, and I’ve tried to keep busy. I experimented with a few different things, feeling my way into a system that works and throwing out what doesn’t. I abandoned the overtly poetic style, and also … Read More

Short-Story Impetus

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Impetus During the school year it was difficult to write (we are now going to a challenging, good academy), but still in three weeks’ time I wrote nearly three short stories. This was part of a deal with my parents for going … Read More

The Prodigal is Back to Work

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Hello once again. After severely neglecting this blog for an unforgivable length of time, the Academy got out for the summer, the track team officially closed their season, and I ran out of excuses. So, here I am again, typin’ … Read More

My Book: Incubator

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I am the oldest in my family, and my parents gave us the challenge to pay for our tuition with our own books. My book is a scifi-fantasy novel tentatively titled Incubator. Book ideas come naturally to me, and have … Read More

Beginnings: Books and Blog

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Hello! I am writing “The Hardstones”, a fantasy novel, and on this blog I will outline my process and how it is coming along. I started this book near the end of 2015, and have gone through a lot of … Read More

Update on the Adventure Story

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Last week I met with Brent Harding, an owner of Rescue 1 Studios, to discuss the book cover for my newest book. He used his iPad (I’m guessing the iPad Pro based on its size) and Apple pencil to sketch … Read More

Rewriting

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The adventure book is progressing.  I now have a complete draft and have been working on re-writing.  My wife’s feedback has been instrumental to making what I hope are improvements. The task of rewriting has been taking longer than I … Read More

Foreshadowing, Character Change, and Contrived Story Points

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I have become a better writer thanks to the skillful teaching of a particular author, who for the purpose of this blog post, shall remain anonymous. Thanks to what I have learned from him, I was able to recognize why … Read More

Expediency vs Living By Correct Principles

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In today’s age of speed and wanting things immediately, we often see political expediency used to justify improper means towards some objective. My thesis today is that doing what is wrong, no matter how noble the reason, is still wrong. … Read More

An Old Idea

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The Idea Last week I wrote about an accountability blog wherein one shares something he has learned and how he acted on that idea. Today I put that idea into practice again, albeit, not with a new idea. No. The … Read More

Accountability Blog – Learning and Acting

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An Idea My sister teaches at Brigham Young University. One of the tasks she assigns her students is to keep an accountability blog. They have to write a post each week describing one thing they’ve learned and how they implemented … Read More

Where Do I Promote My Kindle eBook?

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There are a variety of places that can promote your kindle ebook for you. Here are some that I’ve used. (Use does NOT suggest endorsement). Please share your experience with these sites. (I’ll add more links over time) www.readfree.ly www.pretty-hot.com/submit-your-book … Read More

WordPress White Screen of Death — Again!

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I should have remembered… There was a feature on my WordPress site that wasn’t working properly. I turned off most of the plugins to see if the feature would work, but it didn’t. So, I activated ALL the plugins. Oops. … Read More

1st Book in Adventure Series — Almost Live!

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The first book in my new action adventure series (working title “Working With the Enemy) is approaching its birthdate when it will go live on Amazon for all the world (or at least those with access to kindle books) to … Read More

Spam User Registrations

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I had been experiencing spam user registrations for months in spite of security plugins and the fact that I had marked set my website so that people could not register unless they went through a membership registration. In other words, … Read More

Bulk Deleting Users In WordPress

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When it comes to WordPress, the saying, “There’s an app for that,” becomes “There’s a plugin for that”.  In actuality, there isn’t always a plugin, and even when there is, you don’t always need it.  If you can do something … Read More

Blank Website After Installing and Configuring iThemes Security Plugin

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Today I went to one of my websites and nothing came up. I had a blank white page. On a different computer I tried going directly to a login page, and ended up on a blog post. But I couldn’t … Read More

Product Validation

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In the spirit of the lean startup (as espoused by Steve Blank and others) I have been in the process of product validation (otherwise known as customer discovery). On Tuesday I attended an entrepreneurship group called ELP (Entrepreneur Launch Pad) … Read More

Basic Image Gallery Post

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Image Slider Post

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