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Quite boring, really. Have faffed about with computers since the mid-80s, have worked as a network engineer, unix sysadmin and (occasionally) developer.

Jun
30
answered Do published authors have rights to use their own book cover images?
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
28
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
@Derfder While not an exhaustive list, there may be some information to be gleaned from sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/vanity
Sep
10
answered How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Feb
3
comment LaTex vs. Word vs. etc
It is definitely possible to convert LaTeX to an assortment of other formats.
Jan
20
comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
Charles Stross has written two novels using second-person perspective ('Halting State' and 'Rule 34') and (at least IMHO) managed to make it work.
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Oct
14
comment Less universe-specific synonyms for “squib”?
I could've sworn that in special effects, a squib is a small bag of fake blood, with a small charge underneath, set off by a supervisor during the filming, usually used to mimic gunshot hits. Looking at Wikipedia, it does indeed seem to be an actual, exploding, small charge.
Oct
6
answered Is there any good time-line software out there?
Oct
6
answered Author's notes: yay or nay?
Aug
22
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
@Jürgen A. Erhard - I can't speak for German, but the Swedish word "förlag" (cognate to "Verlag") does indeed have a connotation of advancing money (or, rather, pay for the initial publishing run).
Jul
28
comment Best e-book formatting process?
I use LaTeX for (almost) all of my writing. Since I am a fan of using \include statements to structure my longer works (essentially one file per chapter), I ended up rolling some code to emit 9among other formats) EPUB files.
Jul
28
answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Jul
14
comment How do I better handle my nameless main character when trying to retain mystery?
One way to (possibly) inject a sense of mystery and an air of "I am private in nature" in a first-person POV would be for each person to refer to the character by a different name.
Apr
11
awarded  Commentator
Apr
11
comment What's a clear way to simulate web text in a story?
It depends on what effect you're going for, it'd certainly be a stylistic clue to "short communication, without due care and attention".
Mar
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
24
answered What's the best way to show a foreign language in a manuscript?
Feb
23
awarded  Critic