Baron Frosti Interview Jaylee James Part 1

I interview author Jaylee James! Please visit er website jayleejames.com. Visit er current LGBTQ flash fiction project at Spectrum Lit. Connect with er on twitter.

I am always looking for folks to interview. If you are an author doing interesting things, email me at contact@baronfrosti.com. You can also get with me on twitter and facebook. Make my day by leaving a review on iTunes. To find out more, visit baronfrosti.com.

 

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AlphaSmart Neo

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I am upping my writing game by rewinding back to the aughts! I bought myself an AlphaSmart. I got it used for cheap online. These devices are dummy word processing tools that have no internet and limited functionality. The screen is tiny so you cannot self-edit while you type. It does have a built-in thesaurus which is cool. It runs on regular AA batteries which last years. It cannot do anything but let you type away with no distractions. It can hold something like 200 pages – more than I can type in one sitting. When you are done with whatever you are working on, you plug the device into your laptop via usb and spit what you’ve typed into your Scrivener project.

The dummy keyboards were designed to be used in schools to teach typing. The company has long discontinued the tool but so many of them were floating around that they are easy to find online for cheap. They are also fairly light and indestructible. Their use has garnered a cult following with writers and journalists for the ability to write with no distractions from email or social media. I’ve been playing with it all day and it does have a certain early, simple and focused technology feel. Dare I say, charm? Like an old flip phone, or palm pilot.

It of course didn’t come with an instruction manual, so I had to research how to get it humming. Here are some handy commands that are good to know!

CTRL> T = Thesaurus
CTRL> W = Word count
CTRL> S = Save file
CTRL> O = Open file
CTRL> D = Delete file
CTRL> H = Help
CTRL> ALT OPTION> CMD> F = Change font size
CTRL> CMD> B = Check battery
ALT OPTION> CMD> S = Change send speed
Applets> Control Panel> Enter> Two Button On Option

Baron Frosti 31 Interview Shane Morton Part 2

I interview author Shane Morton! Please visit his website shanekmorton.com. Visit the Shane Morton Author Page to find all his books.

I am always looking for folks to interview. If you are an author doing interesting things, email me at contact@baronfrosti.com. You can also get with me on twitter and facebook. Make my day by leaving a review on iTunes. To find out more, visit baronfrosti.com.

 

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Grounded

Aw shucks! The bad news is that I didn’t win the queerscifi.com 2017 Flash Fiction Contest. The good news is that I can now share my entry with you here! The theme of this year’s contest was “renewal” and entries needed to be 300 words or less. My entry is exactly 300 words. I trimmed and trimmed and trimmed! I hope you like it. Shoot me an email and let me know!

Grounded

It was cold. Robert had to conserve energy. The solar cells at ground level above were failing. The gray bunker walls became damp when the temperature dropped too low. He kept the LED lights on high in every room. They didn’t take much power, and the stark, white light kept the ghosts at bay. He’d often catch fleeting glimpses of David in the shadows. Half awake. Half asleep. The images were more like stains on his memory than real hallucinations.

All he had left were memories now. David’s laugh, the noisy way he ate, his warm touch. Robert often woke with a start from the emptiness in his bed. David had left the bunker several months ago. They’d argued for weeks about it. David was convinced. The danger must have passed. Two years had gone by. The bunker had no windows. They had to explore, find others. Robert contemplated locking him in, denying him food, threatening him. In the end, he bowed his head and wept. David packed gear and safety equipment and left through the airlock. Robert remained behind. Safe. Quiet. Alone.

He sank into a depression. He didn’t shave, bathe, or change his clothes for a week or more. He couldn’t eat. Slowly hunger and his eventual disgust with himself sparked his will to live. He again found a daily routine.

Robert spent much of his time doing chores, exercising, and finding creative ways to prepare dull rations. He escaped to faraway places through his books. He liked to drink tea while he read. Hot tea in a large clear glass mug. He was browsing the books when the clanking knock came from the airlock tunnel. He was so startled that he dropped the mug. It shattered sending a spray of glass and tea across his feet.

“David?”

Baron Frosti 30 Interview Shane Morton Part 1

I interview author Shane Morton! Please visit his website shanekmorton.com. Visit the Shane Morton Author Page to find all his books. His latest release Private Waterloos is now available!

I am always looking for folks to interview. If you are an author doing interesting things, email me at contact@baronfrosti.com. You can also get with me on twitter and facebook. Make my day by leaving a review on iTunes. To find out more, visit baronfrosti.com.

 

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Baron Frosti 29 Kate Pavelle Part 2

I interview author Kate Pavelle! Please visit her website katepavelle.com. Visit the Kate Pavelle Author Page to find all her books. The first book in her Disorderly Elements Series: Like A Rock

can be found under her pen name Olivette Devaux.

I am always looking for folks to interview. If you are an author doing interesting things, email me at contact@baronfrosti.com. You can also get with me on twitter and facebook. Make my day by leaving a review on iTunes. To find out more, visit baronfrosti.com.

 

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