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Larry Kollar
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Attended Michigan Technological University
Lives in Dawsonville, GA
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Tech Tuesday: Distraction-Free for Free
“ I’m a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness. ” — William Gibson, Johnny Mnemonic The writing advice people (and websites) are always harpin...
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Weekend of Woof
Our weekend began well enough, until Mason… shall we say, displayed symptoms of a 24-hour stomach virus starting late Friday evening. The fun went on a little while through the night, then settled down. Saturday went well—Mason bounced right back well befor...
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CreateSpace Cover Calculator (Tech Tuesday)
To be honest, I’m surprised that CreateSpace doesn’t have something like this on their own site already. Any time you want to publish a paperback with CreateSpace, you need to include a cover (or pay them to make one for you). The DIY guidelines include a f...
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The Great Closet Purge of 2016
I’ve been saying for a while now that I need to get clothes I don’t/can’t wear out of the closet to take to Goodwill. Well, today the wife took Mason to see  The Secret Life of Pets , leaving me with Charlie. The baby was ready for his nap, but wasn’t about...
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Lucky 7 (Months)
Hey, put your finger in here… Charlie’s 7 months old today. As you can see, he has been cutting teeth for a while. This of course is accompanied by the usual “chew on anything kind of soft” thing that babies do. If you give him a finger, he’ll s-l-o-w-l-y p...
Hey, put your finger in here… Charlie’s 7 months old today. As you can see, he has been cutting teeth for a while. This of course is accompanied by the usual “chew on anything kind of soft” thing that babies do. If you give h...
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Tech Tuesday: Getting Your Outline into Scrivener (pt 2)
In last week’s post , we saw how you can import an OPML outline directly into Scrivener. For those of us who use an outliner for more than the barest-bones plotting, it’s rather limiting. Fortunately, Scrivener has another way to import. It requires an extr...
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Stomach virus. You don't want it.
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A Titanic Change (#FridayFlash)
"Untergang der Titanic", by Willy Stöwer, from Wikimedia Commons September 11, 1931 There is a running joke about using a time machine to go kill your grandfather. I mean to save mine. April 17, 1912 saw one of the greatest maritime disasters in history. Ev...
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I didn’t know I could get that many clothes in a closet, let alone having some left over!
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Charlie's 7 months old today. He's still really good-natured even though he's cutting all those teeth…
Hey, put your finger in here… Charlie’s 7 months old today. As you can see, he has been cutting teeth for a while. This of course is accompanied by the usual “chew on anything kind of soft” thing that babies do. If you give h...
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If a direct OPML import is too limiting, export to Markdown first.
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Need a laughing baby to brighten your Monday? Heeeeeere's Charlie!

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Technical Writer
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  • ARRIS
    Senior Technical Writer, 1997 - present
  • Scientific-Atlanta
    Contractor Technical Writer, 1994 - 1997
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Dawsonville, GA
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Clarkston, GA - Kentwood, MI - Moline, MI - Allegan, MI
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Writer and middle-aged geek
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What I do isn't necessary what I am.

I've been doing technical writing since 1982. In that time, I got married, raised two kids, and am now raising a grandkid. The latter, family, is what defines me. If my career were my life, many things would be different.

I've always wanted to write stories, but too often found myself doing other things. At some point in the last few years, I got serious about it. In that time, I've written two novels, started a third, and wrote numerous short stories and flash fiction pieces. Many of them can be found on my blog, and I'm in the final few laps of publishing one of my novels, White Pickups.

I'm not all that concerned about "getting published" as eBook outlets now make it possible to bypass the entire query/agent/publisher gauntlet. Yes, doing it yourself is a lot of work — but honestly, the traditional route requires much the same amount (and kinds) of work but without any guarantee of seeing your work on the shelves, actual or virtual. That's not to say I would turn down a traditional book deal if one were offered, but I'm not going to go begging either. In either case, I don't expect to quit my dayjob. It's more important to me that people read and enjoy my stories than having some commercial success.
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Raising the World Cutest Grandkid
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  • Michigan Technological University
    B.A. Technical Communications, 1977 - 1982
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