Welcome to all 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater February 13, 2012Posted by William Spear in >> Radio Drama.
Tags: cbs, cbs radio theater mystery, cbsrmt, eg marshall
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CBS Radio Mystery Theater (CBSRMT) was my introduction to radio drama. Iin the mid-1970′s, my father was commuting into New York and every now and then I would grudgingly ride up to the station to get him.
One night I happened to tune in E.G. Marshall’s introduction and was intrigued. Here was a format that had disappeared from the dial over a decade earlier. And when the story came on I was entertained. But when Marshall closed the episode with “Pleasant dreams, Hmmm?”, I knew I was hooked. Picking up my father from the train station was never a chore after that.
It is a pleasure to welcome CBS Radio Mystery Theater; Radio Mystery Theater truly is Lit Between the Ears.
Back to the Future – HTML February 8, 2012Posted by William Spear in Uncategorized.
Tags: e-book, html
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Thoroughly immersed in learning the basics of publishing e-books. All signs points to the form as a major component of the future of writing and publishing.
First lesson – go backward and re-visit or learn HTML.
The e-book form relies on HTML. Files sizes are modest and the readers tend not to be blessed with unending storage capacity.
Word processors, while marvelous for the process of creating attractive physical documents, are not so wonderful for the screen. Lots of unneccessary coding gets embedded into the files which adds nothing but overhead.
Consequently, I am rethinking the process of writing. Is a graphical text editor the logical first step for creating e-books? Unqualified maybe.
Lessons, lessons, and more lessons.
First steps – frustrating, but signs of future success February 5, 2012Posted by William Spear in Uncategorized.
Tags: e-books, kindle fire, layout, short story, stage play
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After a fair ammount of frustration, I’ve finally taken a few steps toward understanding the most basic of steps of publishing an e-book for the Kindle Fire. Both were existing scripts and both were different genre.
The first, a short story, was nearly successful the initial time through. Minor changes – spacing between lines and paragraphs most notably – were made to the format imported from my word processor. The output, acceptable to my eye, was shared with friends and colleagues.
The second, a ten-page stage play was neither a direct or immediate success. The format, standard page layout for engaging a cast and crew, did not do well for reading electronically. Although not yet successful, a lesson was learned: different forms on respective printed pages seem to require different characteristics for the Kindle Fire and, presumably, other e-books.
Let the lessons continue.
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