Category Archives: BUILDING MY WEBSITE

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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My Kindle Direct Publishing Experience:Part II_ Wrestling With Manuscript Manipulations.

  Image by Pixabay modified by Stephen Key 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 _Starting From Scratch” shows  how I took my first steps. What Do You Mean I Am Outdated? Since I had been writing and publishing to my blog for a year and a half, I should have had the confidence to submit my finished manuscript to the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site. I didn’t! By spending […]

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My Kindle Direct Publishing Experience: Part I _Starting From Scratch

Image by Stephen Key with backdrop from Pixabay First Step: Choosing A Platform With my manuscript ready to publish, I went on the Internet to learn about Kindle Direct Publishing (aka: KDP). After doing research about which publishing platform to use, it was obvious that KDP controlled over 90% of the market. And the platform was not only free to use and prepare your manuscript in, it also provided me with a free ISBN number. An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, […]

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The Excalibur 5000

This poem was created as a response to a writing assignment given by the moderator in the Writer’s Group my wife and I belong to in the town we live near. I am printing it here as part of my ongoing support of my category LEARNING TO WRITE FILES. Since writing is a major part of my life now, I have chosen to publish it here. The theme is as follows:”How Do You Feel About a computer grading your essay.” Man vs. Machine Me: Good morning Mr. […]

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A Town Without Sugar

Writers Group Essay No.2 This poem was created as a response to a writing assignment given by the moderator in the Writer’s Group my wife and I belong to in the town we live near. I am printing it here as part of my ongoing support of my category LEARNING TO WRITE FILES. Since writing is a major part of my life now, I have chosen to publish it here. The theme is as follows: “A Town Without Sugar.” As I stated in my first essay, I […]

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