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Jeff Kirvin
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I should have known better. I did this same dance with Google five years ago. I just upgraded my Microsoft Office 365 Personal account to Office 365 Business Premium. And when I say “upgrade,” I mean create a brand new Office 365 Business account and then…
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First off, I admit I haven’t finished reading the new revised edition of Getting Things Done, so this might well be covered there. But after reading up on contexts and perspectives with OmniFocus, I think I’ve finally come up with a framework for contexts…
First off, I admit I haven't finished reading the new revised edition of Getting Things Done, so this might well be covered there. But after reading up on contexts and perspectives with OmniFocus, ...
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Still trying to figure out what services to use with which hardware? Yeah, me too. Google and Apple and Amazon, oh my!
I've come to realize that despite my honeymoon giddiness with the Chromebook, I'm still going to be buying a MacBook Pro as soon as I can afford one (next year? WHEN APES RULE THE EARTH?). As such, my insistence on "Apple hardware, Google productivity and Amazon media" probably needn't be that strict, especially where it doesn't, you know, work. For example, iTunes Radio really is my best streaming audio play. On my iOS devices, it's...
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http://jeff.kirv.in/woyp/2013/10/16/the-prompt-and-why-i-cant-use-omnifocus The Prompt and why I can't use OmniFocus On this week's "The Prompt" on the mighty 5by5 podcast network, Federico Viticci and Mike Hurley discussed using URL schemes to make and use advanced workflows in iOS. It's a great discussion, but what really got me thinking was Ticci pointing out that while Apple talks a big game about this being the "post-PC" e
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Josh and I did another Maximum Geek last night. FU on the A7, Microsoft's waffling tablet strategy, and violent agreement about how the Steam Machine fits into the console market.
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Evernote vs OmniFocus, Pinboard, Day One, Dropbox, Word, Excel… When last we left our intrepid blogger, I was using Evernote for pretty much everything. Despite Evernote’s amazing search and tagging, this got overwhelming. It got harder and harder for me…
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I tried on the Apple Watch. Here's what I thought.

Well, everyone else is doing one of these, so why not. I went to my local Apple Store this morning with my fiancee, and we got to try on Apple Watches to see if we really wanted them after all. I’m really glad I didn’t scrape together the money and…
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Be there or be triangular! Our first Taledancer hangout is tomorrow.

+Kathleen Dale and I will be fielding your questions about what we do and what Taledancer can do for authors who want to self-publish but would rather just write and let professionals handle the rest.
 
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Launch day! Half price sale! Feedback request! And a hangouts question...

Greetings, friends and fellow writing professionals! I'm delighted to announce that today is the launch of Taledancer.com, a brand new novel preparation service. Our goal is to make your book stand above the crowd, leaving creative control in your hands. We're offering full editing, proofreading, cover design and ebook formatting design - everything you need to take your first draft to a finished, ready to self-publish ebook. Until June 8th, everything we offer is on half price, so this is a great time to get involved. 

I'd like to ask for feedback on the website. Is there anything we could have done better? I'm asking especially in the areas of navigability and clarity in terms of showing exactly what we offer. Do the menus make sense?

We're also going to schedule some regular Google+ hangouts. For the first one, we're going to introduce ourselves and our work, and take any questions that might come up - and ask for your feedback. In addition, one random attendee will receive a free book cover design!

To be invited to hangouts, just add the Taledancer Google+ page to your circles!

I'd also like to ask for your feedback regarding hangouts. I'd like to do them at least monthly, about an hour each, and I have some ideas for what their content could be.  We will also archive the recordings on our website, as resources for future authors.

I've listed some of my ideas - tell me what you think of them, and if you have any additional suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Story Brainstorming - Stuck? Crowdsource your ideas alongside a professional story consultant!

Deadly Questions Worldbuilding Workshop - A brutal process that has brought down more than one world in flames, only to rise again, much stronger. Can your world design stand up to editorial logic? Find out.

Deadly Questions Plotting Workshop - Similarly, plot structure is sometimes susceptible to a single, well-aimed interrogative arrow at its weakest point. WIll yours hold up?

Dramatic Blurb Readings - Submit your blurb or other marketing text ahead of time. Hear it read aloud dramatically, then open discussions to how it could be improved.

Dramatic Dialogue Readings - Submit a short piece of dialogue, which we'll use as if it were a script. See if it scans well when you hear it read aloud by other people, then have it discussed with an eye to improvement.

Can you think of any other ideas or workshops you'd like to see in a hangout? Thanks so much for your help!
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http://jeff.kirv.in/woyp/2013/9/12/torn-between-two-iphones Torn Between Two iPhones And feeling like a fool.
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This kind of ham-handed foolishness from suits at Warners is why Marvel is killing it recently and DC can't seem to get their act together. It's shame, as a lot of DC characters are iconic and deserve better than this, but there it is. Somebody looking at a spreadsheet thought this was a good idea.
J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman have announced they'll be leaving as the editorial team on Batwoman, citing DC's editorial interference and in particular, the publisher's refusal to allow characters Kate Kane/Batwoman and her partner Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer marry each other.
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Star Wars in GIF form. Like a platformer. As you do.
 
So I found this on the internet today...

#starwars  
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Information Technology
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  • Carrier West
    Helpdesk, 2010 - 2012
  • Arrow Electronics
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2001
  • United States Air Force (USAF)
    Programmer/Analyst, 1990 - 1996
  • Dish Network
    Helpdesk, 2007 - 2010
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Denver, CO
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Houston, TX - Washington DC - Biloxi MS - Nazareth PA
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A distant chipmunk on the horizon
Introduction
Who is Jeff Kirvin? Why should I care?

I'm an indie writer, tech geek and general comic relief. I might teach you something, I might tell you a cool story, or I might just make you laugh.

A little more, please.

I grew up in Houston, Texas, not entirely on purpose. My dad, a telephone repairman, got me interested in science and technology at an early age (his idol was Albert Einstein), and my mom taught me how to tell stories when I was still in preschool. By the time I was in elementary school, teachers would pull me out of class, take me upstairs to the older kids' classrooms, and I would ad lib fairy tales, complete with morals. I've been a storyteller (and a ham) ever since. And given my interest in SCIENCE, it was probably inevitable than I'd write science fiction.

What books have you written?

My first novel will remain in the mists of digital prehistory, and not linked to here. I sold it to Peanut Press when they were just starting up and needed original content. Eventually they'd sign deals with the big houses and be one of the first ebook retailers, bought out by Palm, then Overdrive, then Fictionwise, then Barnes & Noble. I was early to the party. I do that.

Early in 2011 I published Do Over!, a novella about a 20-something loser who gets the chance to go back in time and relive his senior year in high school. Only to find out that second chances come with a price. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A few months later, I published Revelation, the first book in the Between Heaven and Hell trilogy, itself the first of a trilogy of trilogies comprising the Unification Chronicles. (Yes, it's complicated and epic, and I blame that squarely on George Lucas for twisting my little storytelling mind at an impressionable age.) Revelation is the story of Daniel Cho, a paramedic and former trauma surgeon trying to disappear in Washington DC. One day Daniel sees the impossible: a man impaled on the steering column of his car get up and walk away. Trying to prove his sanity and his innocence (the car also happened to be carrying explosives, and the cops don't believe the driver got up and walked away), Daniel plunges into a conspiracy older than recorded human history: a secret society of immortals is real, and the basis for our myths of angels and demons. Sounds cool, huh? Go buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I'm working on Crusade, the second book in the BHH trilogy, now.

You said you were a tech geek.

Indeed I did and indeed I am. I wrote my first novel longhand in a paper day planner as I was going from appointment to appointment, outprocessing from the Air Force in 1996. To get it into digital form, I later typed all those handwritten pages into my computer. After 80,000 words of that, I thought there had to be a better way. A way to write digitally, but anytime, anywhere.

I found what I was looking for in the original Palm Pilot. I started a web site in 1999 (they were not then called "blogs") called "Writing On Your Palm" to document what I learned about writing with PDAs. Over the years I became recognized as a mobile tech pundit, hosted the 1SRC.com podcast and was a part of Microsoft's Mobius group of tech influencers. I even interviewed to be the Director of Competitive Analysis for PalmSource.

These days, I'm playing with various Android phones and tablets, still trying to find the best ways to write on the go. But I'm also keenly aware that this is a means to an end. My primary focus is fiction (most of the time).

So what's this "distant chipmunk" business?

When I was a kid, as geeks do, I got into Pink Floyd in a big way. But as is often the case with rock and roll, I didn't always hear the lyrics quite right. In this case, I misheard the line from "Comfortably Numb", "A distant ship's smoke on the horizon" as "A distant chipmunk on the horizon". I always loved that mental image, even after finding out what the lyrics actually were. I imagined a grassy hill at sunset, off in the distance. You can just barely make out the silhouette of a chipmunk sitting placidly on the top of the hill, waving. It just stuck with me. Maybe because it's a neat symbol for how I see myself: vaguely ridiculous, friendly, but apart. A distant chipmunk on the horizon.
Bragging rights
I've written and published two novels and a novella, and I'm working on more. I've been an influential voice in mobile technology since the late 90s, and I've worked with Microsoft and Palm.
Education
  • Community College of the Air Force
    Computer Science, 1990 - 1996
  • Nazareth Area Senior High School
    1989
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