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A great offer

As you can probably surmise from some of my posts, I'm a bit of a geek. No really, it's true. And as any geek worth their salt, I love a great deal on software, especially good software. That's why I thought I'd pass this info on to you, in case you're interested.

Softpress, the makers of Freeway Express and Pro, are offering a 60% discount on their award winning web design software. That means you can pick up the very useful and versatile Freeway Express 5.5 for the low price of $27.60. That is a truly amazing deal on such a robust piece of software.
I won't go into the technical details of the software now, other than to say it is a page layout style web site designer as opposed to template based programs such as, Rapidweaver or Sandvox. That means you have complete control over the design, but it also means a bit steeper learning curve. In my opinion it's a worthwhile trade off.
I might do a more in-depth review later, but for now, I would strongly urge y…

The heart of Övrigmark


The hidden gems of Googling

It's funny how a quick internet search can lead you to something you probably would have never come across if it hadn't been for the perfect set of circumstances. For instance, I belong to a writing group over at Writer's Village University, where fellow members critique each other's work. Having other writers read, evaluate, and critique your work is invaluable, and in my opinion, a necessity. However, often when I'm critiquing another author's work, I come across something that I think might be wrong, or at least used in the wrong context, but that I can't quite put my finger on. So, naturally, I pop over to Google to do a bit of Googling. I usually just type in the phrase in question and choose from a myriad of results. That's exactly how I found the nifty little site that I wanted to tell you about today.
The only problem is, I forgot the exact phrase that I typed to find it. I was searching for the difference between aisle and isle at the time, be…

The Writer

I just found out that my favorite magazine, the Writer, has opened up free access to all of the subscriber content on their website from May 7th to May 14th. Normally to access the premium content (denoted by a gold letter "S") you would need to be a paid member, but this week you can browse it all. They have fantastic articles for writers of every genre and skill level. They also have a great market section where you can research agents, publishers, magazines, etc. It's an invaluable resource and I highly recommend that you check it out.

By the way, I'm not affiliated with the magazine I just really enjoy the content :) Now quit reading this and go check outthe Writer. Seriously, why are you still here?

Ahoy, matey!

That's pirate for hello. It's also my pathetic attempt at a segue into this week's post. I know this is going to come as a big surprise, but I designed a book cover for another of my very talented writing friends over in Hemingway Hall.

The book is a swashbucklingly (Is that even a word? It is today!) good pirate story with a not so typical main character, Captain Kate. She's an adventurous lass that sets sail on the high seas, guiding her rag-tag band of pirates on many an adventure. mean Cap'n Duffy is a masterful writer who really knows how to lay down a good tale. I'm sure we'll be seeing this one on bookstore shelves in the near future. (Probably quicker than you can shake your cutlass at a hornswagglin' landlubber.)

Here's to you, Captain Kate! Yo Ho Ho! (and a bottle of root is a children's story after all.)


"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."  Henri Nouwen