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!

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.

Stay, Go, Take a Nap... What Next?

This post is about more serious stuff, so if you want something light, just watch me get soaked in ice water. Still here, or came back after the video? Great! (Or, crazy you, you missed your chance to escape.) A little over a week ago I settled on the opinion that I was just wasting my time trying to achieve any relevant success with my books and other creative works, and as a result I decided to unpublish my books, remove my other creative efforts from the Web, and stop creating new works. The only exception I planned to make was leaving my content on free-content sites like morgueFile.com (photos) and freesound.org (recordings). This was a dark moment for me and in general I did not plan to share it with others. I didn't want to go out with a bang, I just wanted to "fade out" (at least in terms of my creative works online). However, things didn't quite go as planned, and this blog post explains how things have gone so far and what my current thoughts are.

This New Realm is Wonderful

If you've noticed the Project Wonderful ads on my site (mostly on the left side, although there's also a banner on the ROT13 / ROT47 encoder/decoder), you'll have a pretty good idea what "Wonderful" in the title of this blog post refers to. It's not just about putting some ad boxes on my site, though. The more important thing is that I've found that I can use Project Wonderful to get more exposure for my books at very little cost, or no cost at all. Writers who don't need to worry about reaching more readers are almost certainly not reading my blog, so if you're a writer reading this blog, you should take a look at Project Wonderful also.

Five Skills You Need as an Indie Author

I may not be a household name yet, and you might not have read all of my books, but I have been publishing digital content for over 20 years, and I've learned a few things along the way. In this post I will share with you five skills that you will need to be an indie author. To be clear, when I say "indie author" I mean an author who is primarily responsible for not only the writing of a book but also the editing, publishing, and marketing of the book, even if parts of the process are handled by another party (e.g., a small publisher, or a big publisher who doesn't want to bother promoting your book).

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