745 reputation
714
bio website SQLServerCentral.com
location Denver, CO
age 47
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen Jul 18 '13 at 21:39
I am the editor of SQLServerCentral and a longtime DBA.

Jun
22
comment Is there any tool which points out the common mistakes in a piece of writing?
I turn this on to check things, but use judgment to "ignore" most of the suggestions. It's not great, but once in awhile it catches something I've missed.
Jun
22
comment Can I release material related to a work and maintain my rights before publishing?
Is this material you own copyright for?
Jun
22
comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
Agree. laptops tend to be small and underpowered, with similar battery life, or larger and no batter. Laptops are also not always convenient on the go. I use the iPad in places where I'd never pull out a laptop.
Mar
22
comment Waiting for response to full MS
Excellent point about things being lost. you never know if an email arrives until someone responds.
Mar
22
comment Waiting for response to full MS
Did you email or snail mail it?
Dec
10
comment How long can a writer expect to write before publishing his/her first novel?
Are you asking for fiction? Or something else? I think there are different ways to publish.
Dec
8
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
Good comments. I'd think the interest in another novel, or in your writing, might help you get another deal. I think publishing is changing as well, and what used to be the rule, might not be the rule anymore.
Dec
6
comment Self Editing tips/tricks
Do you mean read the words backwards or read the last sentence, then the next to last, etc.?
Dec
6
comment How to name the characters of your story?
I've believed this about many logos/titles/names in the past. If it's good, then it's fine. If it's not a good company/product/story, it doesn't matter what it is named.
Dec
1
comment Is there a special software for writers?
Added a few notes
Nov
29
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
I'm not sure I completely agree, but you can definitely get better at your craft with practice, and revision.
Nov
26
comment How to vary writing style?
I like this, though I caution you on writing too much as you speak. It will read funny as well. There's a balance needed.
Nov
19
comment Writing discipline
Interesting. What do you do during the 2 minutes? Is there a timer involved?
Nov
19
comment Writing discipline
This is key for me. don't open a browser, no email, no Twitter/FB
Nov
19
comment Writing discipline
I often go to a Starbucks/Borders/B&N, get a cup of coffee, sometimes use headphones, but just be around white noise of people and then go heads down.
Nov
19
comment Writing discipline
I think this is great. Build a habit and structure. I tend to write after lunch for my job. Get admin stuff done early, write in the afternoon.
Nov
19
comment Self Editing tips/tricks
Thanks, if I can get more than 2 days ahead, I have tried this and it has helped.
Nov
19
comment Self Editing tips/tricks
The schedule prevents me from getting timely feedback from others. Also, it's a burden on others, so I was hoping for other ideas. The self recording is interesting.
Nov
19
comment Self Editing tips/tricks
Nice idea, I'll try this. I do a podcast as well, so I "re-read" this on a teleprompter twice (practice/live) and that has helped.