Belated announcement: My Stories in Carry The Light 2017

I should have posted this six months ago. Oh well.

In the 2017 San Mateo County Fair Literary Contest, I won first prize for my audio reading of “The Intellecta Rhapsody.” Holly gets into a big argument with her Batman-esque boyfriend’s car during her driving lesson. The background music is The Hungarian Rhapsody, a tune to which Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, and Woody Woodpecker have all danced.

I also won third prize for my short story, “The Lutefisk Door.” My Trumpy villain Billington Stumpfinger builds a nasty wall to trap Super Holly Hansson: the old trap-Batman-and-Superman-in-a-steel-and-kryptonite-vault trick. Can Holly’s boyfriend, Cal “The Intellectual” Critbert, save her before she succumbs to the deadly rays of the green lutefisk?

You can buy the print version of “The Intellecta Rhapsody” and “The Lutefisk Wall” in the book Carry The Light 2017 at Amazon. It has plenty of great stories, essays, and poetry from local writers. But it does not have the audio version of “The Intellect Rhapsody.” You can hear a previous version on a podcast I was on, details here.



The JMSpodcast is up!

me-jmspodcastMy first time on a podcast, here it is on Soundcloud. I start at 37 minutes 12 seconds, where Jorge introduces me with a Swedish accent. The mics had pop filters. The time went fast. I can learn from Jorge. You can too.

Maybe I could have been clearer about my Batman guy, Cal Critbert, becoming lots more human after I made him a Roger Ebert type movie critic. I forgot Sarah Kuhn’s name (she wrote Heroine Complex). I insulted Atlas Shrugged’s John Galt, I never get tired of that! I read The Intellecta Rhapsody (01:19:03) and the end of The Malevolent Mystery Meat (01:31:40) (scroll to a little before the Lone Ranger tag in the text).

Up, up, and a podcast!

jmspodcastSaturday February 2, at noon, I will be on a podcast: by Jorge M. Sanchez. He interviews local writers and artists of all kinds, so I guess that includes me. I think I’ll talk about my writing, Super Holly, and open mics. And I’d like to do a reading or two. I’ll see where Jorge leads, or where I go, or both.

I met Jorge at a recent Red Rock Coffee open mic. He came up to me after my reading and was all fanboy smiles. I guess I did a good job (I wish I could remember what story I read!). We exchanged cards, and he invited me to do a podcast with him. It’s my first. I hope to entertain. And to learn, since I need to start a podcast of my own sometime.

P.S. I just did the podcast with Jorge. When he sends me the links, I will post them. We talked about writing, Holly’s origins, point of view, and other stuff. And I did a couple of readings. We had fun. Stay tuned for tomorrow!

A Winning Friday at MacWorld Expo

CORRECTIONS FIRST. The proper marketing phrase for the Transporter is “On-line but off-cloud.” Your data resides on your Transporter. And your Transporter is in your home, not on the cloud. You can easily access your Transporter data from the web.

macworld-2014-droboI WON I WON I WON!!! I won a Drobo Gen3. Lots of redundantly protected data storage. I don’t expect to win drawings. Heck, I only buy a lottery ticket a few times per decade. The Drobo will be shipped to me. Drobo is a great product for those of us who need to manage large amounts of data. What do I do with this? With great storage, there must also come great responsibility! Cousin Ben had a great idea: rip all my DVDs to it.
macworld-2014-fallon-jonesI met teen author Fallon Jones again at the PhatWare booth (handwriting software for your tablet). Years ago, I ran into a young girl writer at MacWorld, and I bought her vampire novel, Bite Me. Now she’s all grown up at nineteen. Grown up in that she has written a few books, putting old farts like me to shame! I bought her latest book, The Lasarus Serum, off Amazon while talking with her. I love indie author spirit!

I tried the Avegant Glyph mobile personal theater. Reminds me of the 5D glasses that will be in my novel, a totally immersive experience.

Also, you wanna add PCIe cards to your Macintosh, like putting a graphics card on your MacMini? Consider plugging a MaxExpansion cube into your Thunderbolt port.


macworld-bakboneA BakBone to help me hold my iPad during open mic readings. It is a detachable holder for tablets, see how I wear it like a ring? The nice lady towering next to me worked at the booth. She is six feet tall, was even taller in her high heels, and she lifts weights. She told me to feel her bicep. Hard as a rock. I told her about my superheroine Holly, who is also tall, blonde, and strong. I gave her a card, maybe this lady will send me some advice on the perspective of tall women (like if they are asked about basketball).

A Powerocks Magicube 1200 external battery for my iPad, phone, and other USB-powered stuff. More power than my older HyperJuice plug (12,000mAh vs. 10,400mAh) and smaller.

macworld-2014-bluemicA Blue Microphone. I need to start some type of podcast. The Nessie mic has built-in audio processing to give nice public-radio-resonance to your voice, or sharpness to your singing. I tried Nessie at the Blue Microphone booth, could only bring myself to read a paragraph of my novel. There is a difference between performing for a coffee shop crowd and for one saleslady.