October 2013

You Are Not Responsible for Your Family

Let's clear up from the top that when I refer to family, I don't mean your spouse and children. It's difficult for me to understand men and women who just walk out. I'm talking about siblings; cousins twice removed, and yes, sometimes even parents. Eventually you hit a point where you have to realize you cannot be held responsible for someone else's mistakes when you have so much to learn from the ones you create all on your own.

Should Fiction Writers be Blogging?

Every now and then, like every other week, I work myself into a tizzy over whether or not maintaining this blog is worth the hassle. No, this is not a pity party, just a glimpse into my tortured literary soul. An author needs to write. That's the bread and butter of his success, but these days it's equally important to build a platform.

Secure Data on the Open Web

Have you ever needed to transmit passwords or other sensitive data via a secure electronic channel? There are at least three services that will let you do so via a secure site. At its simplest, you would:

  • Visit the page and enter your data.
  • Copy the URL.
  • Send the URL to your intended recipient.

Depending on the service, the message will self-destruct after it's been accessed. The message will only be available for a limited time based on your choosing.