Category Archives: BUILDING MY WEBSITE

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 And Footers And 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

First Steps 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 format […]

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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 to start a blog I faced a problem. How do I find all the information I am looking for via the internet. I don’t like reading hard copy material because I have become addicted to easy internet access to whatever I am looking for without having to buy books or go to the library for documentation. If I want to present stories about information that is difficult to find for you the reader to glean […]

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Electronic Device Dependence

My Electronic Cyber Pals Through The Looking Glass I have finally come to the point I am virtually dependent on my Laptop, Cell Phone, and Tablet Style devices to connect with people or other computer systems, for that matter. 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. Since it is the only way I can reach the outside world with my actual voice (sans face to face contact), I feel […]

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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:RESURGENCE, I decided to read through the whole manuscript and make corrections as I went along, including rewriting parts that needed it. It’s funny how when you go back over an original rough draft, grammar issues, spelling errors, and repetitive usage of the same word all pop out at you. This is a multi-part series entitled “My Kindle Direct Publishing Experience”. The first blog in the series “My Kindle Direct Publishing Experience: Part I […]

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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 in my life . From life adventures, budgeting money, buying and fixing […]

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My Kindle Direct Publishing Experience: Part III Kindle Publication Basic Formatting Do’s And Don’ts

Writing My Manuscript For FATE STALKS A HERO I I wrote a previous blog stating that I had to upgrade my MS WORD software from MS WORD 7 to MS WORD 10 or better because I could not use the Kindle Direct Publishing Add-In software to my WORD program unless I did so. So I upgraded to MS OFFICE 2019 by purchasing a download ‘KEY’ from a reliable vendor and got the whole package because I use MS EXCEL also. This is a multi-part series entitled “My […]

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