Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Life of Death's Audiobook Release on October 17th!

Great news, a serialized audiobook version of A Life of Death is scheduled for release on October 17th, in time for Halloween. It's done through podiobooks.com where people can listen to it streaming for free or download the episodes to their mp3 players. Check it out on October 17th. Until then, I'd recommend checking out http://www.podiobooks.com. I'm listening to Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine, a fantasy spin on William Shakespeare.

Also, through October the ebook of A Life of Death is on sale for $.99 for the Halloween holiday. Pick up your copy at the link below.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Halloween Blog Hop

Beginning in October, seven other thrilling authors and myself will be guest starring on a variety of blogs, doing interviews, and giving a little insight into our books (not to mention giving away free copies). Check back and visit with each new author as I put them to the question and terrorize them with tricks or treats. I'll be interviewing on other blogs throughout the month of October, and on the 31st, we'll have a real treat.

Here's the schedule of when they will be appearing on this blog:
October
4 – J.L. Murphy (Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption)
8 – Nina Perez (Rebirth: The Twin Prophecies)
11 - Angel Haze (Bloodletter)
13 – Jim Bronyaur (In the Corner)
15 – Nicholas Olivo (Imperium)
20 – Douglas Dorow (The Ninth District)
22 - Lisa McCourt Hollar (Halloween Frights)
25 - Angel Haze (Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch)

And I will interview J.D. Stroube on a yet to be determined date about her book, Caged in Darkness.

To find out more and take a look at these great books, visit the Halloween Blog Hop site at http://angel-haze.blogspot.com/2011/09/halloween-blog-hop.html?showComment=1316925312410#c3976178945594076263


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One-liners 52-55

Here are the last four one-liners for those who enjoy the imaginary story lines surrounding them.

One-liner 52: "This beats front row seats at a Bulls game," shouted Trevor, jerking the saw across Mason's leg with a maniacal grin. #write

One-liner 53: Jessie leaped to her feet shouting, "I second that motion. Abort them all!" The racing crowd turned to stare. #write #prompt

One-liner 54: "A cancer of the heart. That's what she is," Jeff mumbled into the microphone. " And I can't pay to have it removed." #write

One-liner 55: "The scheming plans of mice and men are crap!" shouted Stevenson. "They do more than go awry. They chew your ass off." #write

Remember, if any of these one-liners prompt you to write a story or integrate an idea into a story and overcome writer's block, please use it. If you don't mind giving a shout out on your blog or elsewhere people might find and come to discover their own solution to writer's block, I'd appreciate it.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Thursday, September 15, 2011

One-liners 47-51

Okay, here are the last 5 one-liners for people to think about and help stimulate ideas. Hope people are finding them useful.

One-liners 47-51:

One-liner 47: They say money is the root of all evil, but the perception of self requires ethics to make this judgement. #write #prompt

One-liner 48: It is now said that the dog has been replaced by alcohol as man's best friend. Walk slowly, my friend. #write #prompt

One-liner 49: Police discovered a mammoth skeleton buried in central park next to mobster boss Jimmy Hoffa. What a find. #write #prompt

One-liner 50: "Satellites are there to spy on the butterflies in our stomachs," hissed the woman between the asylum bars. #write #prompt

One-liner 51: "No, sorry. I don't think our father would look kindly upon it," Catelyn whispered. "Our father...?" Talem mumbled. #prompt

Remember, if any of these one-liners prompt you to write a story or integrate an idea into a story and overcome writer's block, please use it. If you don't mind giving a shout out on your blog or elsewhere people might find and come to discover their own solution to writer's block, I'd appreciate it.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Passing of an eBook Legend

Michael Stern Hart, the first producer of ebooks, passed away on September 6, 2011.

It’s a shame to see someone so innovative pass on when they still have such potential to do more for the world. Project Gutenburg was instrumental in revolutionizing ebooks. Hart’s earliest idea of typing the US Declaration of Independence resulted in overloading the online system, but gave birth to Gutenburg’s eventual beginning with the publication of a digital copy of the King James Bible. Since then, his creation has been a guiding light and prime example for volunteers who agreed with Michael’s fundamental beliefs.

While I never knew him personally, the community at large will feel his loss. I’m sure the project, his legacy, will continue on, and I wish his family the best in this time of woe.

His obituary is as follows:

Michael Stern Hart was born in Tacoma, Washington on March 8, 1947. He died on September 6, 2011 in his home in Urbana, Illinois, at the age of 64. His is survived by his mother, Alice, and brother, Bennett. Michael was an Eagle Scout (Urbana Troop 6 and Explorer Post 12), and served in the Army in Korea during the Vietnam era.

Hart was best known for his 1971 invention of electronic books, or eBooks. He founded Project Gutenberg, which is recognized as one of the earliest and longest-lasting online literary projects. He often told this story of how he had the idea for eBooks. He had been granted access to significant computing power at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On July 4 1971, after being inspired by a free printed copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, he decided to type the text into a computer, and to transmit it to other users on the computer network. From this beginning, the digitization and distribution of literature was to be Hart's life's work, spanning over 40 years.

Hart was an ardent technologist and futurist. A lifetime tinkerer, he acquired hands-on expertise with the technologies of the day: radio, hi-fi stereo, video equipment, and of course computers. He constantly looked into the future, to anticipate technological advances. One of his favorite speculations was that someday, everyone would be able to have their own copy of the Project Gutenberg collection or whatever subset desired. This vision came true, thanks to the advent of large inexpensive computer disk drives, and to the ubiquity of portable mobile devices, such as cell phones.

Hart also predicted the enhancement of automatic translation, which would provide all of the world's literature in over a hundred languages. While this goal has not yet been reached, by the time of his death Project Gutenberg hosted eBooks in 60 different languages, and was frequently highlighted as one of the best Internet-based resources.

A lifetime intellectual, Hart was inspired by his parents, both professors at the University of Illinois, to seek truth and to question authority. One of his favorite recent quotes, credited to George Bernard Shaw, is characteristic of his approach to life:

"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable
people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
therefore, depends on unreasonable people."

Michael prided himself on being unreasonable, and only in the later years of life did he mellow sufficiently to occasionally refrain from debate. Yet, his passion for life, and all the things in it, never abated.

Frugal to a fault, Michael glided through life with many possessions and friends, but very few expenses. He used home remedies rather than seeing doctors. He fixed his own house and car. He built many computers, stereos, and other gear, often from discarded components.

Michael S. Hart left a major mark on the world. The invention of eBooks was not simply a technological innovation or precursor to the modern information environment. A more correct understanding is that eBooks are an efficient and effective way of unlimited free distribution of literature. Access to eBooks can thus provide opportunity for increased literacy. Literacy, and the ideas contained in literature, creates opportunity.

In July 2011, Michael wrote these words, which summarize his goals and his lasting legacy: “One thing about eBooks that most people haven't thought much is that eBooks are the very first thing that we're all able to have as much as we want other than air. Think about that for a moment and you realize we are in the right job." He had this advice for those seeking to make literature available to all people, especially children:

"Learning is its own reward. Nothing I can
say is better than that."

Michael is remembered as a dear friend, who sacrificed personal luxury to fight for literacy, and for preservation of public domain rights and resources, towards the greater good.

This obituary is granted to the public domain by its author, Dr. Gregory B. Newby.


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The RIP text I just received about a friend's pet.

After receiving an RIP text message from a friend who recently invested in some new pets, I had to share. Here it is, unabridged. No names have been changed for their safety.

Friend: D Orange Glowfish passed last night, he was flushed by his keeper this morning after being removed from the filter intake. No fish were in attendance for his flushing.

Friend: He is survived by D Blue Glowfish; D Udder Blue Glowfish, D Yellow Glowfish, and 2 Rams.

I have had fish for years and actually helped encourage him to begin his fish friend expedition, so this was somewhat disheartening. However, the delivery of said funeral arrangements for the flushing was too funny to keep to myself. Hope you enjoyed this tidbit of humor from my life.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Okay, here are the last 5 or 6 one-liners for people to think about and help stimulate ideas. Hope people are finding them useful.

One-liners 41-45:

One-liner 41: "Calculate odds before considering ethics," reminded the professor. "Morality isn't the same as intelligence." #write #prompt

One-liner 42: "Transfer the money," muttered Bruce, knuckling his mustache, "or you get to meet Molly." #write #prompt

One-liner 43A: "So many choices and only one mag," muttered the bankrupt stock trader as he sighted his gun."Any volunteers?" #write #prompt

One-liner 43B: "HD has nothing on my invention. In my world, you're the colors. Beat that, you tech savvy bureaucrats!" Tim yelled. #write

One-liner 44: Lucky drunks only remain that way until their memory and conscience catch up with their actions. #write #prompt

One-liner 45: "Ironically, years of education can't replace the lessons life's failures deliver daily," the teacher assured them. #write

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Found a great site for Halloween

For all you ereader types with kindles, I found a great site if you're interested in finding books that will scare you down to your breeches and lift the pantaloons right over your head (I just love that image). It's just in time for Halloween. Visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/122838791117242/?id=198236683577452

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death

Friday, September 2, 2011

Be Scott Nicholson's Agent!

He’s selling books and wants to share some gift cards if you’ll – tweet, share, like, and plus! http://hauntedcomputer.blogspot.com/2011/09/be-nicholsons-agent-200-giveaway-by.html