Book Review: Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth

Book Review: Scott Westerfeld’s Behemoth

by Kathy Davie Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld Series: Leviathan, 2 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Second in the Leviathan steampunk series for Young Adults. Excellent! I do like how Westerfeld blends our version of history with his version. A very successful series of escapes, revolution, disguises, sabotage, and secrets culminating in a wee bit of disaster for Alek. Leviathan has made it to Constantinople, I mean, Istanbul, and we are treated to a blend of mekaniks and beasties in the Ottoman Empire along with a lot of cloak-and-dagger. Can’t wait to read Goliath, 3. View all my reviews

Posted November 30, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Rob Thurman’s The Grimrose Path

Book Review: Rob Thurman’s The Grimrose Path

by Kathy Davie The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman Series: Trickster, 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Second in the Trickster urban fantasy series. It’s a conundrum. On the one hand, I love discovering an author new to me with a long-established series. On the other hand, once I’ve been through those books, I have to wait for the author to publish the next in the series. This is my problem with Thurman. I’m all caught up and now I have to wait…!!! In Grimrose Path, Thurman has taken us further into the lives of Trixta, Leo, Zeke, Griff, and Eli with a dip into the Viking gods pantheon plus a touch of Greek mythology. With a mix of angels (shades of Thorn St. Croix and the Guild Hunter!) and demons, our naughty trickster can’t resist mixing it up with Cronus using the tools from three different cultures to create an irresistible weapon while pissing off the Lord of Hell. And Zeke, I can’t help but love Zeke for his novel approach to problems, e.g., “‘He’s curled up and I can’t see his d@#k anymore, but I heard a crunch. A nice, loud crunch. Is that enough of a […]

Posted November 30, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Maggie Shayne’s Night’s Edge

Book Review: Maggie Shayne’s Night’s Edge

by Kathy Davie Night’s Edge by Maggie Shayne Series: “Dancers in the Dark” (Sookie Stackhouse, 4.2) My rating: 3 of 5 stars Charlaine Harris‘ “Dancers in the Dark” uses the general world of Sookie Stackhouse as the setting for a romance between a dancing vampire and an abused young woman. The story is good but the writing is juvenile (for Harris). Maggie Shayne did not disappoint; “Her Best Enemy” was cute. This is a sweet, unexpected (on everyone’s part) romance involving mediums, a muckraker, and a serial killer. Barbara Hambly‘s “Someone Else’s Shadow” released a great many unhappy ghosts while saving young women with romance as a very small sidebar. Good writing. View all my reviews

Posted November 27, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: John Ringo’s Sister Time

Book Review: John Ringo’s Sister Time

by Kathy Davie Sister Time by John Ringo Series: Posleen War: Cally’s War, 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Second in the sub series, Cally’s War, which is part of the overall Posleen War military science fiction series. This is so typical of Ringo! Great story with an extremely fitting title. He ties up so many loose ends, fulfills a couple of my fantasies, and then, at the last minute, introduces intriguing little snippets that have me salivating for the next in the series! Great military fiction with lots of espionage activity. The truly fascinating aspect to it all is how Ringo has created an Earth where we’re barely surviving our victory with the twistiness of the Darhel increasingly revealed and yet all those lovely hints on how the humans are overwhelming the tidy running of the universe. In this particular story, it’s seven years after Cally has met up with Stewart and and we discover the results of the fallout from Titan as well as how the Sundays and O’Neals become one Clan. With Cally getting some one-on-one time with her Indowy sister. View all my reviews

Posted November 27, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Create DMG package for client installs

Create DMG package for client installs

God knows, I need to be held by the hand half the time…just think of your poor clients…! Senda Shallow took me by the hand and led me through this process. Now, it’s my turn to help you out. In this article, we’ll go step-by-step to create a DMG file to make it way too easy for your clients to install their new, customized email templates. Start by clicking through: Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility > New Image Decide where you want to save your new DMG file Since this is one of my client instructions, that’s where I’m saving it Figure 1. First step in creating your DMG file is to create a New Image. Set up the DMG: Save As, name this emailTemplateInstall.dmg This will be the name of your DMG Decide where you want to save your new DMG file Since this is one of my client instructions, that’s where I’m saving it Name, name this YOUR Email This is the name of the drive, or, think of it as the package which contains both the emailTemplate file and the alias file which makes this whole process idiot-proof Figure 2. Displays the initial steps […]

Posted November 13, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Create Custom Email Templates in Mail

Create Custom Email Templates in Mail

You must be comfortable with (or willing to learn!) simple HTML and have access to an image-editing software program in order to use this particular method of customizing one of Apple Mail’s existing stationery templates. When contacting publishers or agents, beta readers and more, it can be cool to have email stationery that reflects your new book, new product, new service…whatever you want to share with the world. If you’re using Apple’s Mail program on your Mac, the tutorial that follows will take you step-by-step through the process of making your custom email template. General Instructions for Working with Your New Template You cannot move your new template outside of the Mail environment so nothing you normally do to work with or save a project will function as usual. In general: Open a new Finder window Click through: Finder > Macintosh HD > Library > App Support >Apple > Mail > Stationery > Apple > Contents >Resources > Custom > Contents > Resources Look Inside the Template Folder: Right-click on your newly named email template Open Show Package Contents Displays the content.html and all the supporting foreign folders and images inside your chosen template Figure 1. Displays the path to […]

Posted November 5, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Antonym for the Suck Fairy?

Antonym for the Suck Fairy?

by Kathy Davie Ran across an interesting article at TOR about the Suck Fairy by Jo Walton.  It seems the Suck Fairy bestows a fatal nongift when one rereads a book previously enjoyed and you discover upon the reread that this book actually sucks…! Now, I have had a few of those.  And I’ve also had a few that were the reverse.  The book you read and thought it sucked but then somehow you ended up reading it again…in my case, because I’ve forgotten I had previously read it or I somehow read its sibling in the series queue and wanted to read the whole series “in situ” so to speak. So, what is the antonym for Suck Fairy?  Enlightenment Fairy?  No, too intellectually positive. The obvious is the UnSuck Fairy but so very unpoetic.  Possibly the Ah-Hah Fairy…?  Or, even the Huh? Fairy.  Maybe the Well-Whadda-Ya-Know Fairy…  I dunno…what do you think??

Posted September 28, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments