Being Held Ransom

Me:  Can you come look at this?  It’s locked up my computer.  I’ve done warm and cold boots three times now and it comes back to this same screen. Hubby:  Is your virus protection on? Me:  Yes – and it just did an update an hour ago. Hubby:  (taking off glasses, rubbing forehead, and then…

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Technology Used in Making Videos

Here is part 3 of my series on making videos to extend your author brand.  If you missed the first two parts, you can find them at http://yvonnekohano.com/interesting-overlaps-in-my-life/ (part 1) and http://yvonnekohano.com/more-on-creating-videos/ (part 2). ———— The technologies I’ve used to create my videos are resident within my computer or smartphone.  I use my laptop or…

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More on Creating Videos

Last week, I wrote about the overlaps in different facets of my life particularly around the use of videos to extend brands (http://yvonnekohano.com/interesting-overlaps-in-my-life/).  Here’s more along the same thread. Things I’ve learned about being a ‘talking head’: Make sure the background behind your head is clear of clutter and anything embarrassing. Focus on your head…

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Interesting Overlaps in My Life

There are interesting overlaps in my life these days.  I’m a certified Master Gardener, and as you can imagine, composting is a major topic of discussion for MGs and the public we train.  On that writing side, I work on MG stories for local publications, and sometimes I find my inspiration in the fiction I’m…

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Roxy vs. The Rattler – There are Story Ideas in Everything

Roxy the retriever/hound mix loves snakes.  Specifically, she loves to grab them and whip them around in a frenzy of figure eights, beating them on the ground until pieces start flying off.  Of the snake, that is. Hopefully she’s now decided this is a bad idea.  She tangled with one Friday night and got bit…

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What Makes a Thriller Great?

I’ve been attending ThrillerFest 2013 in New York City.  This first part, CraftFest, offers sessions on the craft of writing thrillers, mysteries and suspense, and my head is spinning from everything I’m learning! This topic is just one example.  Today I attended a session presented by Andrew Kaplan on what makes a thriller great.  According…

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