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 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 Book Reviews / 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

Creating a custom email message for clients to send themselves

Creating a custom email message for clients to send themselves

In working on a client’s mobile website, I needed to make the mobile viewer aware of the coupon available (from the client). Unfortunately, they can’t print the coupon from a mobile phone and I certainly didn’t want to lose this opportunity to promote the client so I needed the viewer to be able to remind him/herself. Voila! Or is that eureka!?! If the viewer could click an image link which would then create an email message which the viewer could send to him/herself. And, wanting to make this process as painless for the viewer as possible, I really, really wanted to include the URL for the promotions page and a message reminding the viewer why they were (had?) sent this message to themselves. Dave Taylor had a great suggestion to deal with this little marketing issue. First, create a standard mailto link: <a href=”mailto:   > </a> I’m not adding in a mailto address as I want the viewer to fill in with their own address Add a subject so the viewer doesn’t think it’s junk mail <a href=”mailto: ?Subject=My Promotions coupon at DR. PLUMBER”> </a> Well, if I got this email I wouldn’t remember why I’d sent it, so we […]

Posted September 27, 2010 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BYOW: Shaped Text in iWeb

BYOW: Shaped Text in iWeb

by Kathy Davie iWeb makes it easy to create shaped paragraphs using the Shapes tool. Double-click your choice of shape onto your webpage. Double-click inside the shape to add your text. Select the text and choose justify so the paragraph follows the shape’s perimeter. This is a good time to choose the color, style, weight and font of the text. The triangular text on the right uses a blank background with no stroke causing the text alone to show.

Posted August 13, 2010 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments