2016-01-10

Launch Pad Fundraiser

Updates
I’ve started a fundraiser on GoFundMe for Launch Pad. For those of you who've been reading my blog on a regular basis, you know I’m a very big supporter of Launch Pad. It has been, without a doubt, one of the best things I’ve attended to help me establish a network of author friends. Launch Pad relies on funding from external organizations such as SFWA and – in the past – NSF and NASA. These funds are becoming more difficult to obtain and I can see a day in the future when Launch Pad will not be able to continue its mission of educating writers, editors, and other media-centric people in the area of astronomy and science. If you have $10.00, $20.00, or more to spare, please consider donating to help support them. Please, help get the word out as well -- post this on your Facebook, on Google+, Twitter, and anywhere else you believe will help. In advance - Thank you!

I managed to avert an expensive disaster last week. My wife's nephew was over for a visit and he likes to drink a lot of milk. I had separated the screen from the keyboard of my Surface Book and set the keyboard down between our two couches. When the nephew left, he put his almost empty glass on the stand -- also between the two couches. About 30 minutes later, my wife bent over to get something out of her purse (also between the couches) and she knocked the glass over. I heard cussing and yelling and when I looked all I saw was my keyboard covered in milk.

There are quite a number of electronics as well as a large battery in the keyboard section and it is also where the charger connects. I grabbed the keyboard, ran it under water for 10 seconds, and turned it on edge. Milky-white water ran from the cooling ports. I flung it around to get as much water out of it as possible and then ran to the bathroom. I fired up the hair dryer and started blowing through the keys as well as every port I could find. That's when I noticed that the cooling fan in the keyboard was running -- I didn't know it had one! The detach light was also lit.

I will shorten this story by saying that I did attach the keyboard and screen and then found I could not detach them because the screen thought it was detached. I also discovered that the charger was not charging either section. I set the entire unit on a heating pad and let it sit all night. Around 0130, I got up and found the computer charging and I could detach the screen. It's been working fine ever since.

I don't recommend running the Surface Book keyboard under water but I thought leaving the milk in there to dry would have been a worse mistake. I was lucky and I'm not about to let that happen again.

I've been doing some editing and revising of Dragonverse Origins as I work my way through the chapters I’ve already written. I am almost to the point of adding new material. I’m hoping to have the first draft of this book finished in another couple of months. I’ll let it sit for a while I work on finishing/editing two short stories and then I'll begin the chore of digging in and editing the manuscript. I really want to get this book done and published by the end of summer so I can begin work on the next Peacekeeper.

Speaking of Peacekeeper, I requested and received new artwork for Peacekeeper 2. I added the wording and uploaded it to Createspace. I passed the artwork around at yesterday's writer's group and everyone loved it. I'll put a picture of it at the end of this post.


I still don't have a solid story yet for the next Peacekeeper. I have some ideas though. A fan requested that I delve more into the Omel and several others have asked for another similar to PK2. I'm not going to start writing though until I have a firm idea of where the story will be taking us. I'll let you know.

Tax season is coming up and next week I will start my short series on reminders for taxes as a self-published author. If you have any specific requests, please let me know. I've sort of run out of topics for self-publishing, so if you have any ideas there, drop me an email. I should also be able to post my annual writer's income documenting how many books I've sold as well as how well I've been doing financially as a self-published author. There are several other writers who do this and I believe it is important that more do so in the future. 

As always, I enjoy hearing from you, please feel free to write me.