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New PC Lost Connection

New Windows-based computers will typically begin to look for driver updates once they go online. Since drivers are programs that operate individual components, sometimes Internet connectivity is lost temporarily while network components are updated. The outage usually lasts only a few minutes. Sometimes a reboot is required to finish applying the update and restore the connection. Bottom line: If you seem to suddenly be unable to access the Internet soon after you’ve established connection on a new computer, walk away for a few minutes. When you return, restart the computer (more…)

One Small Scrap

The American Cancer Society hosts the “Great American Smokeout” on the third Thursday each November to encourage smokers to quit. Today is the Great American Smokeout of 2015 and I was invited by a friend to join her blog series, “An Author’s Journey,” to tell a short version of my journey to quit smoking and become a published author. If you are addicted to “tobacco cigarettes,” or if you believe you can put them down whenever you feel like it, I hope you will take a few minutes of your (more…)

Windows 10 DIY Style

I’m sure by now you have probably heard the news. With few exceptions, you can upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC to Windows 10 for free. Due to many differences between Windows 10 and the earlier versions of Windows, I recommend only the most tech-savvy home users attempt this upgrade without assistance. Therefore, until I have scheduled at least one upgrade each Monday through Thursday between now and October 1, the price for EarlsHelpDesk.com upgrade assistance via phone and remote access is only $30. If you still want (more…)

Keys to Life

I am extremely honored to make a guest appearance on the blog of James North with my recollection of a key moment of my life. This is the first time this story has been told publicly. I certainly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. http://jamesnorththrillers.com/keys-to-life-by-earl-chinnici About James North James North is the author of the Vanguard series political/spy thriller novels “Deep Deception” and “The Last Chameleon.” He is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer and consultant to the U.S. Government, political analyst, and also (more…)

Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality

“Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality” by Christi Corbett When I was young, I pictured the location where authors/writers did their work. It was always some variation of the following: The recently showered and fully dressed author/writer pads down a long hallway and opens a door to their own private writing space. Clutching a mug of tea/coffee, the writer sits down at a comfortable chair located behind a highly polished, very organized mahogany desk. There is a wall of books on one wall and a window with a completely astounding view (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)