Pull up a log by the campfire and enjoy some original creations by Stuart J. Whitmore, including photos, fiction, software, technical solutions, video, and more.

Site Upgrade Complete... sort of?

The main upgrade of this site is now complete, which at least moves the site up to the latest major version of the software I'm using. However, the theme (look & feel) is nowhere near what I want it to be. Please pardon the dust as I work on a new custom theme!

If you're adept at theming Drupal 7 sites and you're feeling generous, I would certainly consider trading theme work for... something? Let me know what you need and I'll see what I can arrange, other than cash. :)

Welcome!

There is a lot to explore here, including original writings and photos, software, and more. Some things here allow comments if you have an account, and you're always welcome to contact me directly in response to what you find here.

If you don't want to browse anonymously and would like an account, let me know. Thanks to site spammers, it's no longer possible to create your own account directly.

As you'll notice, I'm a writer with books available for purchase. You can read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App and buying the Kindle edition is typically much cheaper than a paperback.

Midsummer Goal Assessment

In a post in late January, I set out a number of writing-related goals for this calendar year. Now that we're over halfway through the year, I realized I should revisit that list of goals and assess where I am. Unfortunately, I can't say that I'm happy with my progress, and I realize that I've shifted my focus too much toward marketing existing works (which have never performed well) instead of releasing new works.

Refreshing Two Boys, Two Planets

If you look on the front page of the Video Liberty site you'll probably see a half-banner ad for Two Boys, Two Planets, which appears there via Project Wonderful. Considering that improving my book marketing has been a theme for me this year, and also considering that the sales of my children's book seem to be declining, I decided to put some time and effort into the book. This includes both marketing (such as online ads) and improving the book itself. I set last night as a deadline for myself to have an upgraded version of the Kindle edition uploaded to Amazon KDP, and some struggles with that upgrade process caused this week's blog post to be delayed.

My Beta Reader Told Me Something You Should Know

One of my "beta readers" for the Lesson One: Revolution! sequel (Extra Credit: Loyalty!) brought to my attention something that I should know to improve the story. (Warning: Very minor spoiler ahead.) Unlike an issue of word choice or punctuation (which were also detected), this is something about real life that would be helpful to know for many people, writers and non-writers alike. In the sequel, Dan sustains a serious injury and wants something to help deal with the pain. He has access to some first aid supplies that were in storage, and he opts to take some ibuprofen rather than a much stronger prescription drug because the latter is past its expiration date. That was written from my consumer-level "understanding" of medicine, and it turns out to not be the right choice. I'll fix the story, but read on to see what the right choice would be, and how what I learned from my beta reader could be helpful to you, and to your bank account.

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