Monday, August 22, 2011

Romance Kills Science -- for Women?

So when a girl wants to find herself a romantic partner -- specifically, a male partner -- she becomes less interested in science, technology and math.

Huh. I must be a weirdo, then, because science and math brought me closer to my now husband.

What say you?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kindle Authors: You need 3 Different Author Central Accounts: US, UK, DE

Someone on a thread posted a link to the Author Central account. That made me realize (duh! doh!) that my frustration with being unable to customize for DE (my husband and MIL are fluent German speakers and are offering to translate my description/bio/etc.) is not a function of Amazon, but of my own ignorance!

For anyone else who didn't know this, here are links:

US version
UK version
DE version

If you don't speak or read German (I read enough to find a bathroom, order a beer, or upload a bio and picture), I suggest you have one of the other two versions open in a separate tab, and then toggle between the two pages to make your way through the German site. The interface for the UK version is similar to the DE one (the US version has more features), so that's your best bet for being able to understand the DE version.

I've now updated all three with my bio, Twitter feed, picture, etc. I can't wait to get my German description and bio up -- maybe I'll make a sale, finally, there LOL.

FYI -- hope this helps someone else!

Can you hear me screaming across the globe? Lost work.

I back up my files. I email copies of work to myself. I make duplicates of everything. I really do.

I lost my entire master's thesis a week before it was due, back in 1993. Back then, we used 1.44" disks and a megabyte was BIG. Like, as in, MEGA byte. Now it's a quaint notion that you stack thousands of in a two year old's toy phone so the device can light up and talk and do math.

But in 1993, my life was in that disk, and in the hard drive of the Apple IIe in the grad school office. And, somehow, I lost both.

All I had was a hard copy, well-marked from three different professors' comments. 70+ pages, plus bibliography. All painstakingly written and developed long before it was due.

OCR scanning was miserable, so when the wonderful folks at ITS helped and scanned it, it read like this:

"WH&i~le Sen543ederiiiiio Lumi*&^!!@~noso @rem@~`ins popular !n"

Oh, you get the point. I just retyped and reformatted (1993 software for graphs, tables, and footnotes was archaic) the entire document and got it in at the very, very last minute.

So two days ago, I was working frantically to finish a piece for a contest (The Golden Pen). I'm working on a regency historical (who isn't?) for the contest. Needed 11,000 words or so, plus synopsis. Was down to my final 1,000 words. I'd just finished writing some of the BEST work I've done in ages and hit "save."

Two seconds later, my laptop's battery died.

When I rebooted, it was gone. 0 bytes in file. My software developer husband gave me a highly technical explanation for what had likely happened.

Basically, gnomes ate it.

Well, um, ok. So I'd lose 500 GREAT words, but it wasn't the end of the world...until I learned that my backup system hadn't been working.

And that email I sent myself? It was only the first 5,000 words.

So I've lost 5,000 carefully-honed, beautifully turned words. I know I can "recreate" but it's not the same. And not with a deadline tomorrow.

My message? Back up, back up, back up some more, and don't trust your laptop battery!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Six reviews for Legs on LibraryThing

Nice! If you haven't joined LibraryThing, it's totally worth it as an author and, of course, as a reader! Meet other people who share the same reading interests, get free copies of print and eBooks, and more.