I love MS Word.

This love comes out because I just endured several days of Mac people bashing MS / pc people as if the Apple world is divine. [I’m writing this blog in late June. I had a couple of spare minutes; thought I’d share 😉 Then I thought I’d just put the rant up. Here ya go! ]

Apple world is good. Sometimes it’s even great. Divine? Nyah.
Try 25 years with MS Word.
First “computer” I ever used for word processing had DOS. Remember DOS? DIR to find your files. C: and the blinking cursor on a black screen. Yeah. Those days.

Then came Windows! And the world never looked back.

I’ve used MS Word about 25 years and changed as it changed. Mac, didn’t love so much in the early days. Once I shifted to pc, I never returned to Mac (except for the iPhone, which I hate for its planned obsolescence [which intuitive spelling keeps changing to “insolence”—is that telling me something?] and box-tight control of what it wants me to do.)
Over the years with Microsoft and other electronic devices I learned to avoid the shiny new and wait for later iterations. I avoided Vista and all of its crashes. Since I had to buy a new system around `10, I jumped past that issue. Not having Vista on the system prevented the crashes that most people had with it that continued to 8.
I also learned, from watching people trying to bring work from home, using a home software program that wasn’t compatible with the work software programs as well as listening to people complain, that anything labeled “Home” wasn’t worth the price. I’ve purchased professional- or work-level software from that point.

You get what you pay for. 

Last year, with all the viruses and malware and ransom ware and more that was going on, I took a hard look at keeping my security and programs updated. That’s the primary reason that I subscribed to Windows Office 365. I didn’t want the constant hassle.
I’m not a lover of any big corporate entity. I hate monopolies. I hate algorithms that try to shove me into one box when I’ve got fingers in 10 different ones and toes into a few others. But MS treats its products and customers professionally, and that’s what I want. (And I certainly don’t want any entity adding things I didn’t ask for—the way Apple added that U2 album without my permission to iTunes on my computer.) 
I can make Word and PowerPoint do pretty much everything I ask them to do. It’s easy to flip between the programs using the task bar at the bottom of the screen. I lust after those widescreen monitors that allow two screens (3! even) to be open at once. But I’m too thrifty to add the monitor when my magnified glasses and laptop work fine 
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Remember Windows 3.1.0.2? Loved that program. Loved the mouse interface that beat keyboard commands (CTRL + C). Loved the advent of WYSIWYG printers (what you see is what you get).

Change is always happening. Who said that? Herodotus?

Okay. Rant over. Only it’s more like the homily for the day. 🙂 

The first book in Edie Roones’ epic fantasy Summer Sieges has its anniversary of publication today. It’s also the first book published by Writers Ink Books, and it has a special place in our hearts for leading the way to indie publishing.

I started writing Summer Sieges way back in the 1980s. I had realized the first book that I had written (which eventually became the second book in the Sansward quarternary and transformed through many title iterations to become Autumn Spells) wasn’t the start of the Sansward story, so I backed up and launched with a story of a swordswoman and a man enchanted in the shape of a wolf, trapped for centuries, and both of them have to fight Gitane Witches and the troops of the Overlord Summa.

Summer Sieges began as Castlewarder, became White Sword, Red Death and finally became SSieges when I decided to launch into indie publishing.

I had hoped that updating the book would be merely correcting a few things. Nope. It wasn’t a massive overhaul (the way the third book in the quarternary Winter Sorcery had to be gutted and rewritten and revised and re-considered). I decided to use it as the test for indie publishing while I finished up the third book for the M.A. Lee pseudonym of Regency mysteries with a dash of romance (The Game books: Game of Secrets, Game of Spies, and Game of Hearts).

I started working on it as soon as the teaching year ended. June. July. August. And today, August 30, is its birthday.

I still love this story. Love the start. Love the fight scenes. Love the connection between Beren and Storr. Love so much about this book. Love the ending.

I’d like to come back to Beren and Storr. They keep swirling up opportunities for sequels. I’ve got other books committed, though, so they will have to wait. And simmer. And stew.

As for now, here’s how to get it:

 

Books to Read, Writers to Love

Writer Edie Roones is chattering about the master storyteller Mary Stewart and the importance of re-reading books by favorite authors.

She re-reads a Stewart every year.

This year, she’s on her fifth reading of a beloved book by Stewart.

It’s Nine Coaches Waiting

Read her blog here. (And take a look at three completely different covers for this bestselling books.)

This is not an affiliate link.  I get no money for telling you that this is a great book.  It just is.

The Start of Stewart’s great Merlin trilogy–and the Arthurian quaternary.

Mix historical fact on the Romans in Britain, the Celts, the invasion of the Angles and Saxons, with the myth of Merlin and Arthur, and a great story-teller’s personal spin on the legend, and you have one of the best books ever.