Web Site Crash Course

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Want to amp up your web design skills for a better WordPress site? Even a little HTML and CSS knowledge can elevate your site above generic and give it some pizzazz. I know enough to have taken the 2012 theme and make it my own. I would love to learn more, which is why I eagerly grabbed Robin Nixon’s Crash Course books. Four are being offered free for the Kindle on Amazon. These books are usually $9.99 each, so this is a huge freebie. It’s also a limited time offer, so don’t wait.

I make no guarantees on something remaining free. Be sure to check the price before you hit the 1-Click button.

  HTML & HTML5 Crash Course by Robin Nixon
Whether you are a professional or amateur web developer you need all the HTML5 tools in your kit, and this book from the author of the best-selling Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaSript, is the fastest and easiest way there is to learn HTML5. HTML5 is the future of HTML and all developers need to get up-to-speed with what it offers, including audio and video, without using a plug-in, and a canvas area with professional tools for creating paths, lines, curves, shapes, fills, gradients, patterns, text and more.

  CSS & CSS3 Crash Course by Robin Nixon
From the author of the top-selling book “Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript”, and the popular “Robin Nixon’s HTML5 Crash Course”, this new CSS & CSS 3 course teaches you everything you need to know about the web layout language, all the way from the basics, up to advanced features such as animations, transformations, shadows, web font management and much, much more. Everything is clearly explained with plenty of examples and figures, and you will absolutely find this one of the easiest courses you have ever taken. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll completely understand CSS and CSS3, and be fully confident of how to use it to make really impressive and dynamic web pages.

  JavaScript Crash Course by Robin Nixon
If you know HTML and/or CSS and want to take your skills to the next level, or even if you are a complete web novice, you really need to learn JavaScript. Not only is it the language behind the smooth and dynamic operation of Web 2.0 websites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, but in conjunction with HTML5 it’s also the standard means Microsoft supports for creating Windows 8 apps – JavaScript is definitely the future for Windows! So, whether you want to simply add a little functionality to your website, such as smooth menus that pop up and down, image transition effects, user-friendly form handling and verification, or anything else that’s more than a simple, flat HTML/CSS design, JavaScript is the way to go.

  PHP Crash Course by Robin Nixon
If you know HTML and/or CSS and want to take your skills to the next level, or even if you are a complete web novice, you really need to learn PHP. Not only is it available free either pre-installed or ready-to-install on almost all web servers, it’s also extremely fast and flexible too. Long gone are the days when you had to compile unwieldy C programs in order to add dynamic functionality to websites, because PHP provides everything you need with simple commands you embed in your web pages (in much the same way you do with JavaScript). What’s more, PHP is easy. If you’ve ever tried to learn it and been put off by a plethora of jargon and technical mumbo-jumbo then you’re in for a real treat, because Robin Nixon’s Crash Courses have helped tens of thousands of people learn the new skills they need.

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These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

A Grimm Monday

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I must be in a grim mood today, to judge by my Kindle choices. This may be because I saw a commercial for one of my favorite TV shows, Grimm. It returns on August 13. Can’t wait! So much love for Monroe. In honor of that, I picked up a free copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It’s been awhile since I wandered that scary, fairy tale world.

In keeping with the grim nature of things, I also picked up a true crime book about Britain’s underworld youth gangs. It’s more of a reference and possible story inspiration book for me.

Not for free, but certainly quite grim, are the Hangman’s Daughter novels by Oliver Pötzsch, a German author whose books are being translated into English. The first two books are being offered at a substantial discount and you can pre-order the third book at a bargain price as well. I picked up the first two books.

To lighten things up, I’ve also include a free guide for plotting your novel. Looks like it has lots of great information for transitioning an idea into an actual story.

And speaking of stories, I did enter my short story, “Many Mansions” in the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. The deadline is tomorrow, July 31, and they do accept online entries, so check it out!

  Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became popular. They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as “Rumpelstiltskin”(German: Rumpelstilzchen), “Snow White”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Rapunzel”, “Cinderella”(German: Aschenputtel), “Hansel and Gretel(German: Hänsel und Gretel)”, and “The Frog Prince”(German: Der Froschkonig).

  Young Guns by Steve Hackman
When student Steve Hackman was imprisoned for drug-dealing, he found himself surrounded be this new breed of gangbanger. He seized the opportunity to delve into their dangerous world and find out the truth about their lives. With first-hand research and interviews, he chronicles the current generation of violent crews, from major conurbations such as London, Manchester and Glasgow, to smaller towns and cities such as Halifax, Lancaster and Preston. With accounts of the lawless exploits of mobs such as the Fire Town Crew, the Fallowfield Man Dem, the Demolition Crew, the Burger Bar Boys and the terrifying Shielders, YOUNG GUNS is a shocking journey into the stark reality of gang life today.

  Successful Novel Plotting by Jean Saunders
This authoritative guide will help steer new writers through the minefield of the writing process. Using examples from her own work, and that of other top authors, Jean explains how to create memorable characters, generate cliffhangers and keep up a pace that will hook readers. And when you’ve done that, she even gives advice on how to work with publishers and editors to make your novel a best seller.

The following books are NOT FREE but offered at a discount.

  The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
Cost: $3.99
Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman’s Daughter–the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch–a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

  The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch
Cost: $4.99
1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost. Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl; his headstrong daughter, Magdalena; and the town physician’s son team up with the priest’s aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

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Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Weekend Reads and Eats

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Friday afternoon means it’s time to be thinking about the weekend. This is a special weekend since it marks the beginning of the London Olympic games. Some of us will be glued to the screen. Others, not so much. I’m in-between. I like the games, but don’t usually go out of my way to watch. Mind you, we don’t have cable or satellite TV, so we’re relying on what’s available on network TV.

On the eats side, I’ve found a recipe book of healthy snacks and a complete guide to pizza. I don’t really like the title of the snack book. Not everyone has the body type to be skinny and it isn’t a healthy choice for those who don’t. Finding your ideal weight and sticking to it is a better goal, to my mind. However, the cover got me. I would love to make tomato, mozzarella, basil skewers. Great idea! Looks like there are more such recipes inside.

There were actually lots of great free cookbooks today, but even I can’t grab them all. If you want to take a look, you’ll find them here: Best Sellers in Cooking, Food & Wine.

Fiction has been on the sparse side for me lately. I’ve been seeing a lot of books I’ve already got. I did pick up a couple of new books today: a Celtic fantasy novel and a book of apocalyptic short stories of the 2012 variety. Oh, those Mayans. Did they realize they were messing with us? I guess we’ll all find out on December 22. 😉

However you spend your weekend, have a lovely time!

  Through the Door (The Thin Veil) by Jodi McIsaac
Celtic mythology and the modern world collide in Through the Door, the first book in the new urban fantasy series The Thin Veil. Cedar McLeod lives an ordinary but lonely life, raising her six-year-old daughter Eden on her own while trying to balance the demands of her career and the expectations of her mother. Everything seems normal until the day Eden opens her bedroom door and finds herself half a world away – and then goes missing. Suddenly, Cedar realizes her daughter is anything but normal.

  END: An Apocalyptic Anthology
END features stories about the end of the world from indie publishing’s rising stars. The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, and some people believe that heralds apocalypse. What better way to go out than with a collection of shocking, thrilling, and sexy stories?

  Pizza Pie in the Sky: A Complete Guide to Pizza by Cooking Penguin
This cookbook is a complete look at the making of pizza, from dough to finished pie. Focusing on technique and fundamentals, it will teach you how to prepare all of the famous types of pizzas such as hand tossed, deep dish, stuffed crust, calzone, grilled pizza, and dessert pizza to name a few. It also includes the outlines of toppings for some of the more archetypal pies such as the famous “White Pizza” and “Pizza Margherita”.

  Get Skinny Stay Skinny by Cindy Sue
Get rid of the guilt! You can have great snacks and not feel guilty at all. This book contains fun and delicious snacks that are around 100 calories each. You do not have to stop yourself from eating great snacks again. The recipes are easy to make, nutritious and healthy. With this recipe book, you do not have to think about what you can have to eat. The recipes are very appealing and presented well. You can restore your creativity and lose weight. There is a great variety of foods which will satisfy your diet.

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These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Woman Without Her Man is Nothing

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We’re seldom called on our punctuation errors when we text, tweet, status update, email and blog. However, punctuation remains important to comprehension, as shown by the following famous anecdote.

A professor told his students to punctuation this sentence: Woman without her man is nothing. The male students all used this punctuation: Woman, without her man, is nothing. The female students all used this punctuation: Woman: without her, man is nothing.

I still struggle with commas and other types of punctuation. That’s why I was delighted to find a short, simple guide among today’s Amazon freebies. I also found a writer’s guide to the creative process. The two, I think, go hand-in-hand. First, you must have your creative explosions. Sweating the details will hamper you. After the first draft come the revisions, correct punctuation and all the fiddly bits that make for good craft.

  Punctuation: The Shortest, Simplest, Most Lighthearted Guide, Ever by S.J. Sebellin-Ross
The goal was simple: to make punctuation easy. Maybe even fun. And the result is this: the shortest, simplest, most lighthearted guide to punctuation, ever. You’ll learn how to use the punctuation that has confounded you for years: the ellipsis, the semicolon, the double and single quotation marks, all the different dashes and their cousin, the hyphen, and more, including the always troublesome apostrophe. And you’ll learn it with clear and simple explanations. What? No time for even that? No problem — there is also a fantastic cheat sheet when even a few paragraphs of explanation is too much.

  Write Time: Guide to the Creative Process, from Vision through Revision-and Beyond by Kenneth Atchity
In this foundational guide to the writer’s mind and productivity used by thousands of writers worldwide since its original publication, called by The New York Times “the best…book on writing,” Dr. Atchity shows how the detailed steps of the creative process interface with the writer’s greatest asset, time, to provide both creative success and peace of mind.

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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Pinterest, Cookies and Rock and Roll

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I tried Pinterest for a while. It was fun and I liked it well enough, but I didn’t see the point. It seemed like just another online time suck. I didn’t need another activity like that, so I deleted my account. Still, I keep hearing it’s a great for networking and to market yourself, etc. I picked up a freebie that goes into all that. We’ll see if it can renew my interest in Pinterest ;).

I also found a book of vintage cookie recipes that has been blessed with a good review by one of my favorite Amazon cookbook reviewers, Grandma (not my actual grandma). If she likes a book, you know it’s good.

Finally, I found a rock and roll quiz book, with questions like “What is Ozzy Osbourne’s real first name?” and “What was the only Top 10 song Kiss ever scored?” Looks like a great book for a road trip. I’m going to look for some more of these.

  How To Use Pinterest – How To Share Your Ideas, Brand Yourself and Have Fun Playing Around on Pinterest by Josh Loposer and Kate Buck Jr.
Here’s Just a LITTLE of What You’ll Discover… How to optimize your Pinterest account to TRIPLE leverage the power of the site so you get traffic right away (page 3) How to integrate Pinterest inside YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts so your photos appear everywhere (Page 5) The secret “covert” link strategy that makes Pinterest an affiliate marketers’ dream (Page 7) Why Pinterest and Amazon Kindle are a perfect match made to make you money (Page 11)

  Vintage Cookie Recipes by Amy Renee
Learn how to make amazing vintage cookies! Over 25 recipes have been added to this cookbook to help you bring a tasty touch of years past back to your kitchen.

  Rock & Roll Music IQ by C. Dismas Burgess
Each generation has it’s own anthems, superstars, styles and sounds. And they’re all here in this rockin’ new tome from Black Mesa Publishing—Rock & Roll Music IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom. 
With 200 questions and 800 possible answers it has everything from greasers to grungers and vinyl to video.

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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Death and a Short Story Competition

My neighbor, Laura, died on Monday night. She and I are the same age, so it hit home rather hard. It was only a month ago she told me she had cancer. Laura was a warm, lovely person who always asked me about my writing. Her death reminded me that nothing is promised in life. It’s easy to noodle around and write when you feel like it, but your goals won’t be fulfilled unless you make it happen.

So, I spent yesterday polishing a short story for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. The grand prize is fabulous: €2,000 (approx. $2,690), publication in the Irish literary journal, Southword, and a week-long residency at an Irish writer’s and artist’s retreat. The entry fee is €15 (approx. $20) and the deadline for postmarked entries is July 31, 2012.

This is an international competition, so anyone can participate as long as the entry is in English. If you have a story ready, or near ready, consider joining me and honoring Laura by entering this competition.

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

An Irish Novel and Guides to London and Britishness

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Honest, I didn’t plan on collecting Irish novels or London guides. It just happened that way, though some of it certainly has to do with the upcoming Olympic games.

Anyway.

“After the Rising” is about the Irish Civil War of the 1920s and was previously published by Penguin Ireland. I’m going to take this opportunity to shout out a favorite movie about the conflict, “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” It stars one of my favorite actors, Cillian Murphy, so I may be a bit biased, but I think it’s a fabulous movie.

The latest of the London guides I’m listing claims to be designed especially for the Kindle. This certainly adds to its appeal. We’ll see how it stands up to that claim.

Finally, I found a book by a US expat containing explanations of British phrases and colloquialisms. I think this could be useful for writers as well as travelers and potential expats.

  After The Rising by Orna Ross
There are so many reasons to recommend this book. It’s an engrossing page-turner of a family saga, covering three generations. It’s a poignant and unusual love story. The characters are complex, believable, sometimes heartbreaking. If like me you’re woefully ignorant of Irish history, AFTER THE RISING will fill some gaps in your knowledge (though the novel pulls no punches showing the horrors of civil war and the destruction of families and communities. (from an Amazon review by Alba52)

  ONE – TWO- GO London: The Ultimate Guide to London 2012 by Michael Wynn
This book is exclusively written and designed for Kindle. This opened up the opportunity to not only use established techniques like printed maps but also to add some multimedia content and helpful functionality like online maps for easier navigation and videos for each Point of Interest. We give you practical tips on how to go to London, from purchasing a flight ticket, considering the right Hotel and a lot of useful tips on how to get around. We did include all the important malls, landmarks, hotels, bars and clubs.

  An American Guide to Britishness by Alana Muir
An educational and humorous look at life, language and culture in Britain through the eyes of an American who lives in Scotland, sometimes against her will.

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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.