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About mtdecker

Just your average writer- which is to say, I have a full-time job developing and testing software.

Book Review – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Author Randall Munroe Title: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Pages: 320 Formats: Trade Paper, Kindle and Audible Availability: Amazon  Website: XKCD.COM Book Blurb From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Author Jim Butcher Title: The Aeronaut’s Windlass Pages: 640 Formats: Trade Paper, Kindle and Nook, Audio Book Availability: Amazon, Barnes and Noble Website: Jim Butcher Book Blurb Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

The point where I realize that my book review format is definitely skewed towards fiction and decide to ignore it and keep the format anyway. Author: Various Editors: George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Title: Dangerous Women Pages: 784 Formats: Trade Paper, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg

The point where I realize that my book review format is definitely skewed towards fiction and decide to ignore it and keep the format anyway. Author Simon Pegg Title: Nerd Do Well Pages: 368 Formats: Trade Paper, Kindle, Audio Book Availability: Amazon Website: Peggster … Continue reading

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Book Review – Working for Bigfoot

Author: Jim Butcher Title: Working for Bigfoot Pages: 163 Formats: Hardback, Paperback, Kindle, Audio Book Availability: Amazon Website: Jim Butcher Book Blurb: Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an edit: Less might not be more, but sometimes it’s better

This week’s Flash Friday prompt inspiration was “Pilgrim’s Progress” and the Elements that were given almost wrote the story in my head… only with 100 words +/- 1.. I had my work cut out for me. The first draft started out nicely: Good … Continue reading

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Welcome to the insanity that is: NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again: friends vanish for long stretches of time and start obsessing about word counts and write-ins, all in the name of NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who haven’t heard about it, November is National Novel … Continue reading

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