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Month: October 2012

The Sauder Diaries On Six Sunday – 28 October 2012

Post Views: 303 From “The Sauder Diaries — A Bloodier Rose “: “Good night, Chief. Thank you for the company.” “Quite welcome, sir, and if I might offer some advice? Do not make the mistake of confusing Michael O’Raedy with Captain Blackheart. One is a man with faults and weaknesses, the other is an inherited legend that is supposed to know no bounds in fearlessness and ruthlessness.” Sauder watched the Chief Steward make his way along the port-size breezeway, leaving the very thoughtful young German alone in the Caribbean night. If you’re not familiar with “Six Sentence Sunday”, swing over to http://www.sixsunday.com/ and take a look. Its a great idea; dozens of authors submitting the punchiest six lines out of existing or soon-to-arrive stories. Browse them; see what…

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Twitter/ Facebook Release party for “The Sauder Diaries – A Bloodier Rose”

Post Views: 455 “Set in the summer of 1888, A Bloodier Rose is the second book in The Sauder Diaries series. Picking up where By Any Other Name left off, Hans, Annika and the rest of the crew of the pirate airship “Bloody Rose” are once again called upon by the Allied Empires.  An ancient weather weapon is at risk of falling into the hands of the Russian Empire, and the pirates are on a race against time, traveling from Europe to America then North Africa, to uncover its location and unlock its secrets. “Along the way, the unthinkable happens and Hans Sauder is forced to reconsider his very place within the crew, and the life he has chosen as an airship pirate. The choices he makes, as the Bloody Rose finds…

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Clever Call Recording With Asterisk PBX

Post Views: 2,780 In addition to being an author, I’m also a telecom/ linux geek.  Someone recently posted on “StackOverflow” that they couldn’t find a good “how-to” on call recording for Asterisk PBX systems. I’m not convinced they looked too hard, but I figured it would not take me too long to post one up.  This works with both Asterisk 1.4.x and Asterisk 1.8.x.  YMMV on other revs. Please note that this post is written for someone that has a basic understanding of Asterisk call routing and dial plans.  If you don’t have that, I strongly recommend you take a read of: https://wiki.asterisk.org/wiki/display/AST/Creating+Dialplan+Extensions http://www.asterisk.org/doxygen/trunk/Config_ext.html http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Asterisk+config+extensions.conf So, let’s get started: Add a line like this to your outbound dial route and your inbound dial route: same => n, Macro(do_call_recording|${MACRO_CONTEXT}|${CRS_ID}|Outbound)…

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The Sauder Diaries On Six Sunday – 7 October 2012

Post Views: 180 From “The Sauder Diaries — A Bloodier Rose “: “Beautiful,” Arietta breathed. The vegetation was a full canopy here, with towering palms, massive ferns, brilliant flowering vines, and host of other vegetation in a rainbow of colours. Shafts of sunlight danced a dappled waltz on the leaves and water. “Well,” Blackheart said, breaking the awed quiet. “It would seem we have found what we came searching for.” He led them around the edge of the pond to the door of the alabaster structure. If you’re not familiar with “Six Sentence Sunday”, swing over to http://www.sixsunday.com/ and take a look. Its a great idea; dozens of authors submitting the punchiest six lines out of existing or soon-to-arrive stories. Browse them; see what hooks you. Hit the…

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Coffee Vs Book or Trust vs Risk

Post Views: 382 “A barista spends 3 minutes making you a $6 cup of coffee, you tip her. A writer spends a year writing a book, you complain $4.99 is too high” — Seen On Twitter I saw that tweet go by a couple of days ago, and it tied in neatly with a conversation I was having with a new author that was talking to me about my experiences thus far in this strange adventure. I’ve talked in a previous post about the cost to bring an indie book to market and why the “five buck book” is actually running a loss, not a profit. Here is the rub, though. Your reader doesn’t care. Or at least, doesn’t care -yet-. Your reader, to use a bit of sales…

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