Category Archives: BUILDING MY WEBSITE

COMMENTARY DILEMMA PART III: NEW SPAM CHECKER INSTALLED

Reidentification of My Followers I have been remiss in posting new blogs of late because the massive revision work and republishing efforts involved with my first two novels, along with the commensurate completion of my latest creation, have all but chewed up the allowable time I had available. In the meantime, through all of that, my daughter, Stephanie, suggested I write a children’s book for my grandsons, Joshua and Daniel. I had started writing the manuscript in spurts, but now can finish and publish it so that […]

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LEARNING TO WRITE: TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Falling Out Of Favor I have recently discovered that my writing skills have been hampered by using one cursed word way too much. It is the glue word “TO”. It has been my easy sentence manipulator and has made my writing talents look less than professional. I have discovered that some sentences written in my previous articles have the word “TO” gluing phrases together as many as 3 or 4 times. That’s almost as bad as using adverbs more than absolutely (adverb) necessary. Let me give you an […]

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MY KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE: PART VI_HEADERS,FOOTERS, & PAGINATION

  Artwork By Stephen J. Key/SJKeyChronicles Frustrations And No Clear Answers When I wrote my third novel, I thought I could save a lot of time and frustration by taking the interior matter of my raw manuscript and just pasting it over the highlighted part of the formatted interior matter of my previously published novel. To a certain extent, this worked fine. The correct margins were maintained and I was able to fixate the chapter titles, sub titles, and quotes in their correct style sets on the […]

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THE E-READER LANDSCAPE: PART II_CONVERTING HARD COPY TO EDOC FORMAT

Plan Set In Motion  In my previous blog, The E-Reader Landscape: Part I_Converting Hard Copy To Edoc Format, I discussed how I wanted to convert a classic novel into my own format for reading it on my iPad. That novel, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, was available online through a website called Project Gutenberg. Their volunteer contributors had Transcripted pages of the original hard copy book, including all the inclusive pictures as well as a photo of the original book cover, and transferred them to an online […]

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THE E-READER LANDSCAPE: PART I_CONVERTING HARD COPY TO PERSONALIZED EDOC FORMAT

Image by permissions from Project Gutenberg My Dilemma The day I decided started a blog I faced a problem. How do I find all the information I require for my research? I don’t like reading hard copy material but do appreciate the fact I can access a lot of the necessary  data I am looking for on the internet. In that regards, I don’t have to buy physical books or wander around the library searching for documentation. However, I realized that if I planned on presenting stories […]

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ELECTRONIC DEVICE DEPENDENCE

My Electronic Cyber Pals Through The Looking Glass I have finally come to the point that I am virtually dependent on my Laptop, Cell Phone, and Tablet Style devices to connect with people, or even other computer systems for that matter, and my dilemma is only getting worse. If I forget to take my cell phone with me when I leave the house, I just turn around and go back and get it as soon as I discover what I had done. Since it is the only […]

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MY KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE: PART V_EDITING YOUR MANUSCRIPT

My First Edit When I did my first edit on FATE STALKS A HERO I:RESURGENCE, I decided to read through the entire manuscript and make corrections as I went along, including rewriting parts that needed it. It’s funny how many issues you discover while plowing through the original rough draft, like grammar mistakes, spelling errors, and the repetitive usage of duplicate words residing close to one another. It’s enough to give your text an amateur feel to it. This is a multi-part series entitled “My Kindle Direct […]

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MY FIRST ENGAGING NOVEL & THE CLIMACTIC SEQUEL PUBLISHED

Reviewing The Inspiration For My Story Line(s) In my previous LEARNING TO WRITE article Learning To Write:My First Novel Part II, I told of how I have always been fascinated by the Navy SEAL Team’s enigmatic aura. When we visited their dedicated Museum in Ft. Pierce, we got to see the Maersk Alabama cargo ship life boat that held the ship’s captain hostage while being driven away by Somali pirates. The movie that depicts the document drama, Captain Phillips, was quite revealing and did incorporate maneuvers by […]

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MY KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE: PART IV_KDP INITIAL STEPS TO GET YOUR DRAFT READY

Getting My Drafts Ready For Edit Since I am sharing tips and tricks here, I must confess that I did not have knowledge of time saving procedures when I wrote the Initial Drafts of both my First novel FATE STALKS A HERO: RESURGENCE and the sequel, FATE STALKS A HERO II:THE FIJI FULCRUM. Since I can’t afford the expense of professional editors and publishers, I have had to incorporate support tools that cost very little or nothing to use. This is a multi-part series entitled “My Kindle […]

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COMMENTARY DILEMMA: PART II_ TRYING TO CONNECT WITH MY FOLLOWERS

Who Are My Followers I have tried to get a profile of my followers and I can’t get a fix on what you like or really want to read about. All comments indicate that you are appreciative of what I have to say, but don’t offer any specifics. If I don’t know what issues you are facing, I can’t really help! When I first started my blog, I decided to write about all the experiences I encountered. From adventurous survival tactics, budgeting money techniques, buying and fixing […]

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