Recommended Writers’ Resource: 1100 free online courses from top universities at Open Culture

I’ve come across a cool resource for science fiction writers of free online courses by top universities. This is a list of 1100 free online courses from top universities at Open Culture. I’ve got my eye on some scientific courses that should help my efforts to write credible science fiction stories. Most come in the way of downloadable video and audio lectures. I plan to work my way down the list as an investment in my writing that won’t cost me a fortune, and reviewing them should be a worthwhile New Year’s Resolution for me in 2015.

Further information about ebook piracy and protecting copyright from Writers Weekly

Angela Hoy of BookLocker.com, WritersWeekly.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com newest Writer’s Weekly edition printed a letter as a follow up to last week’s Is That Free Ebook Site REALLY Violating Your Copyright? Maybe Not… article. Two further resources were listed for those of us that want more information about ebook piracy and copyright issues: The Authors Against E-book Theft yahoo group and copyright articles on the Adventures in Writing blog.

Fourth publishing credit overall! Second publishing credit this year!

I just got an email saying that an anthology is interested in my short story An Offering of Oiènkwáon: we. It’ll be my fourth publishing credit for my overall writing career and the second one that I’ve managed to get this year!

Not only am I happy to have another publishing credit I’m proud at this sign of growth in my writing. I also worked with the anthology’s editor to bring it up to par, and am glad I was able to learn from the experience.

Encouraging News for Writers Fearing Ebook Piracy of their Work

Angela Hoy of BookLocker.com, WritersWeekly.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com wrote an article called Is That Free Ebook Site REALLY Violating Your Copyright? Maybe Not... that says a good number of the websites offering pirated ebooks as free downloads are actually trying to infect computers with viruses, and most times they don't even have the ebook they promise after all, and even if your book is downloaded the person downloading it gets a virus for their pains. As someone considering indie publishing I find this both encouraging and funny!

Speech Recognition Software as a Writing Tool

It may be a throwback to older times but I prefer to write out my stories in longhand. I already spend most of my workday at a computer and I couldn’t keep up my weekly writing quota up if I had to do all my composing at my home computer. Using longhand is my strategy for fighting fatigue, eyestrain, and carpel tunnel syndrome. I meet my quota easily and the longhand notes minimize the time I have to spend at the computer but I still have the job of typing it in. I was thinking that dictating my quota into the computer would increase my productivity.

I also thought that dictating my stories into the computer may also work as good practice for dramatic readings if and when I’m asked to read my work for a podcast or public appearance.

There are programs available for this but I found out that current MS Windows operating systems already have a speech recognition program installed as an accessibility tool for their customers. My first experiments with this feature were disappointing, but it occurred to me I may get better results if I bought myself a better quality headphone/microphone set

I don’t know if this investment will pay off, but speech recognition software may still be a worthwhile writing tool. I hope that the program that comes with my current system does the trick, but I may have to try other software if it doesn’t.

Update: The experiment was unsuccessful. The Windows speech recognition program keeps mishearing what I say when I try to dictate to it or give commands. A better speech recognition program might work but would probably cost more than I’m willing to spend.