Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

Maxxum 7DIf you’re a bit more serious about your digital photography, you probably want something that puts all of your camera’s manual controls right at your fingertips, like the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. This impressively large, traditional-looking digital SLR lays it all out, with a profusion of dials, knobs, and buttons for controlling shooting modes, white balance, flash and exposure compensation, and more.… Read the rest

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

Writing advice from Cory.

Sci fi author and EFF publicist Cory Doctorow (see my 2003 interview with him) has some good advice on writing. “Every morning I get up and I spend half an hour writing 250 words on the novel and a year later I have a book.” Plus three rules of thumb for novel writing:

“… at every turn of the book your protagonist has to try and solve a problem and that problem has to get worse through no fault of his own.”

“Think of any story, any narrative, as a journey during which someone’s emotional state changes.”

And, “… a story has some emotional impact on the reader.… Read the rest

Writing advice from Cory.