So describing how I came up with Steve Jobz PI is like trying to recall the date, time, and place I gave life to my three children. You just can't pinpoint it, now can you? But I do know that Steve and I are good friends, that he's a kid who never grew up, loves his fly fishing, is always unlucky when it comes to love, but has a terrific sense of right vs. wrong and is willing to do the right thing when it comes to fighting crime even if it breaks the law. You see where I'm going with this. The Plumber is his latest and greatest adventure, So what's the scoop? When two people from different communities die on the spot from simply drinking the tap water it has the APD baffled. It means Steve Jobz PI is brought in to solve the dangerous case. Watch out for the bullets.
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Friday, June 2, 2023
What's all this AI Business for Writers?
A.I., at least a sort of dumb version of it, is here in the form of ChatGPT, Bing's new product, and soon to come, Google's new offering. Some writers, or so-called writers, who think now it's finally possible to write 10K books per day using A.I. are delusional and run the risk of ruining whatever career they've built already. But A.I. does have its place as a production tool.
Thursday, June 1, 2023
If there was one thing that bothered me about the traditional publishing system back in the day it was how, as a working fiction writer, I was entirely dependent on it. Even the powers that be, the agents, the publishers, the editors, and yes, even bookstore owners, often treated you like a second-class citizen. Like they were doing you some sort of favor by taking your book on. Now with the new indie, "network society" and independent publishing, the old gatekeepers are dying a slow, smelly death which they brought on all by themselves.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
The Publisher is Dead...Long Live the Publisher
As if I haven't been talking enough about this subject, a buddy of mine just revealed he was offered $30K for his latest novel by, of all platforms, Wattpad. Who would have imagined it just a few years ago?
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Stuff...How Much do You Need????
Lately I've been on a mission to get rid of almost all my stuff. I already have learned to live for months at a time out of backpack, but that's when I'm traveling. But since I'm a writer and almost all my time is spent creating stuff (you know, making shit up for a living), I'm of the mind-set that the simpler the life the better.
Monday, May 29, 2023
Are You a Writer or a Slave?
One of the major reasons I became a freelance writer (and just because I spend 80 percent of my time writing pulp fiction doesn't mean I'm not a freelance writer at heart) is because I didn't want to be a slave to a big business boss, or to a business that I might have called my own, but left me no time to do the things in life that I loved. It makes me wonder why some writers suffer through a system of outdated hurry up and wait traditional publishing in which they have zero control when they don't have to.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Is Your Local and Mainstream Newspaper about to Die Thanks to AI?
According to Breaking Points a new Google -inspired AI will offer real-time, fluid news summaries of just about anything you wish to know. If this is successful, it will eliminate the need for paid subscriptions either to you local paper or even outlets like Forbes or The Wall Street Journal. Also, there's this thing called "The Network Society."
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