Sorry For Any Trouble

Some of you may have had trouble reaching my blog yesterday, getting an “Account Suspended” message when they tried to reach it. I apologize for that! Because of this blog’s success, I had to upgrade to a higher-end server and my website was moved...

Digitizing A 6-Feet-Tall Atlas

Are you looking for an impressive image to add to your blog? All you have to do is Google for it and it appears, as if by magic, on your screen—even if it’s an image taken from a centuries-old book. Spare a thought, however, for the poor people who have been...

Remembering 9/11

I usually don’t speak on this day, preferring to post a simple image to show how I feel. This, I do out of respect. Our of sorrow. Out of a profound lack of words. This year, I’ll only share one thing. The thought that popped into my head the moment I was...

The Land That Time Forgot

You may have noticed I’ve been unusually silent in the past few days. The reason is that I took a much-needed break to a nearby island, Evia. However, it turned out I had accidentally stumbled upon the land that time forgot: no Internet anywhere—including our...

A Moving Passive Voice Update

Most readers of this blog will have noticed the many posts I credit to The Passive Guy (aka PG) and his excellent, free newsletter, which is chock-full of information regarding the publishing industry. Not so many will be aware that my family includes members who are...

Meli: An Obituary

Readers of both this blog and my books will be familiar with our dog of 13 years and beloved family member, Meli. Sadly, Meli has now passed away. On Wednesday we woke up at 2.30 in the morning by what we thought was the wee one whinging. As she is at an age when she...

Help Me Write The Kind Of Posts You Enjoy Reading

With the coming of the new year, I realized I am now entering my fourth year of blogging. In this time, I have published some 800 posts. Some were more successful than others, of course, during my experiments with various formats and topics. As I was looking back and...

Happy Thanksgiving

This has been a wonderful year in many respects, with the new arrival in our life stealing our hearts, even though we barely have the time to enjoy a nice cup of tea anymore. Apart from Mary Natalie, one of my top reasons to be grateful are you – my amazing community...

9 Ways to Find What You’re Looking For on Google

I’ve been using Google since the early 90s, when it was first conceived, and have been using it daily since. And yet, even I didn’t know some the shortcuts found below, brought to us by brightside.me. 1. Either this or that Sometimes we’re not sure of,...