FROZEN DREAMS and TALES FROM THE FERMI RESOLUTION go on Kindle Countdown on October 13th.

FROZEN DREAMS is my first novel (post-apocalyptic fantasy), and TALES FROM THE FERMI RESOLUTION is a collection of short stories, set in the same universe. Starting October 13th the Kindle versions will both be on sale for a week. Tell your friends! Heck, tell your acquaintances, professional colleagues, and people you see on the subway.

In the Mail: Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus (and case).

The case is a kid’s case, but it’s not for my kids: it’s for me. My old Kindle has valiantly kept running, but it’s old enough that the battery requires constant charging. I can almost see the electricity… huh. There’s no good metaphor, there. If your Kindle is leaking electricity you really don’t want to be anywhere near it.

Anyway, this is what the Christmas money bought me. The screen is a little smaller on the Fire HD 8 Plus than my old Kindle but boy is it fast. I possibly should have upgraded last year. I might even use it for more than quick email checking in the morning…

The *next* project.

It’s actually kind of interstitial. I realized that, hey: I have several years’ worth of short stories from my Patreon to draw from. I’ve picked out four of them (total word-count to be around 30-32K), one of which does need to be expanded a little because it could use it. They’re all horror, or at least horror-adjacent, with a common theme. The idea is to edit them some, have people read ’em, edit them some more, then release the four stories as a Kindle-only sampler.

Hopefully, I can get it done by the beginning of September. The only thing is, is this project a $.99 project, or is it a $1.99 one? Four stories, 32K words, remember. My inclination is to go with $.99, but I want people to take them seriously as stories…

Continue reading The *next* project.

My review of the Amazon Fire Phone.

Bottom line is… the Amazon Fire Phone is a phone, sorry. I don’t speak uber-tech, or whatever: I can tell you that the phone is big enough to be able to see things on it; that it recharges pretty quick; that Twitter has been known to freeze more than that it does on my iPod; and that the map function, thankfully, works fine and can get you somewhere else even when you’ve gotten seriously lost. The layout is a lot like the Amazon Kindle Fire itself; it pulled my Kindle books over, no problem.

And, you know, you can make calls on it.

Bottom line is, there are glitches to the thing – I actually largely use it as a phone, because email and Twitter both are still a little hesitant to interface with it – but while it’s not as flashy as an iPhone the Amazon phone is also a danged sight cheaper, while doing the same basic tasks. God knows why I needed yet another electronic gadget to keep me wired, but this one hasn’t made me regret buying it yet. Although, admittedly, I need a cell phone these days anyway (and I don’t like that at all)…

So, I was asked about how I like the Kindle Fire HDX.

The short version is, I like it, but not for the reasons that I thought that I would. I thought that I’d like it for PDFs, but I haven’t gotten the hang of getting them organized yet.  However, the dang thing is incredibly light and I can actually use it to watch movies again.  Although I probably will have to set up a separate Netflix account for it, seeing as I have kids and everything.

So I am well pleased.

It is highly absurd that I can’t register the Kindle and the iPad…

…under the same email address for two separate data plans.  I have no intention of having them share the same data plan, either: the entire point of the Kindle HDX is to still have my own tablet even when one of my children has vultured the iPad.

Ehh.  Just venting.

Anybody got an opinion on Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX?

I’ve been saving up for the last few months to buy one – my children have taken over the iPad, and that is the way of it – and I’m almost there.  Problem is, I’m not sure which is better: the HDX 8.9″ is lighter and has better resolution, but for the prices that I’m looking at I could get double the memory if I went with the regular HD 8.9″. Anybody who’s played with either have an opinion?

I know, I know: First World problems.  Gimme a break: this is the item I hide from my family and use for my own entertainment needs.  Pretty much every other digital device in the house has been colonized by my children: they’re even eying the Chromebook. Continue reading Anybody got an opinion on Kindle Fire HD vs. Kindle Fire HDX?

…Why is The Black Book of Communism not available on the Kindle?

You would think that The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is precisely the sort of book that one would want to have in digital form: easy to hide, easy to transmit, easy to overlook.


Moe Lane

PS: Sorry. I’m doing the monthly “buy stuff for my library” and I was just startled to find that there wasn’t an e-book version.