Laptop keyboard failure can get very, very frustrating. Mine’s been limping along, but certain keys began to require very conscious engagement, and I’m a fast touch typer! It’s not an old laptop, and I don’t bash my keys – yes, it’s done a couple novels, a few websites, and plenty of social networking, but keyboards are made for that. However, not this one. So it was time.


I most definitely, by far and away, prefer the feel and dimensions of the previous generation of mac keyboard. It uses a different type of switch that doesn’t pop as much under the fingers, I prefer the approximately 3-micron-greater difference in height profile, approx 1.5-micron-greater spacing between keys, the single micron of space between the key base and the housing plate that makes it much easier to service at home, and even the plastic has better grip texture. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, and plenty of people prefer the new model.

And though I like the original texture, I have myself a new set of (out-of-print/out-of-business) Lazerwood veneer key covers and vinyl letter stickers to help me learn Dvorak typing. At my stage of typing fitness, I’m ready to spend some time changing styles to avoid similar-stress pain. Bonus for switching up motorneural connections adjacent to language processing and ideation. I play like that.

At times along this Bones of Starlight journey, I’ve experienced equipment explosion like never before, I mean next level stuff. It makes me feel like a mayday astronaut shedding shuttle parts during atmospheric re-entry: keep your cool and land this ship! Make it work! I’m just… blazing, apparently. It’s okay. I’m willing to blaze like never before, if that’s what I’m here to do.

My fingers feel very happy with my new-in-box previous-gen keyboard. Thank you for all the support that’s gotten me far enough to burn a laptop keyboard in the middle of the third book of a trilogy.

Upcoming: Ace Comic Con Northeast

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It’ll be a while yet, but I’m on board again with the stellar Ace crew to make a presence in Artist Alley. From the folks behind Wizard World, recently featured in Forbes, Ace Comic Con is top notch fun with people who come from all over to meet the favorites they know and don’t know yet.

Looking forward to seeing Boston again! Great book city.

I remember looking around inside the first of these that I attended, realizing that in that one building we had approximately enough for a movie crew, and it looked like that sort of place, too. And how else are we to find them, the people who could possibly care enough to make a life out of it? This is one way for sure. I’ve made some truly interesting and inspiring friends within this scene over the past year, as it’s appeared around the country. I’m not at every show, but I’ve presented 3 of 4 over the previous year! Good crowd.


Used the entire side of a page to decide on my favored spelling for the name of the dragon Hamurlae, who does not even appear in scene. I thought of over twenty differently viable options for a pronunciation, which made me think more seriously about humanity’s history-long attempt to capture phonemes in writing. I’m not proud, but I am satisfied.


Primal Spiral redesign

Readers who have a paper copy of Bones of Starlight may have noticed the P/S mark upon the spine; and folks who’ve been to a live event I’ve hosted might have seen the name of Primal Spiral. That’s the creative company that hosts the imprint producing CC-BY-NC 4.0 licensed Bones of Starlight, as well as other collaborative and creative endeavors.

It’s getting a portal redesign from LUN Graphics, really looking forward to the magic they bring. For just a brief moment more, you can enjoy the small bundle of outdated postings that cover only a tiny portion of what’s been accomplished, and explore the unadorned face of what’s going to be transformed.