09 November 2014

Alliteration Ink Presents: The Kickstarter for NOT OUR KIND: TALES OF (NOT) BELONGING

Alliteration Ink Introduces Not Our Kind:  Tales of (Not) Belonging

This Kickstarter is to fund a genre-defying diverse collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories of cultures, their problems, and seeing life from a new point of view.  It's edited by Nayad Monroe, who previously edited the critically acclaimed What Fates Impose.

When you talk about outsiders, it's easy to think about that sense of isolation when you're not one of the "popular kids" in high school, when you're the new person on the job, when you stand out in a bad way.

But there's more than that.

There's the sense of wonder at a new, alien place. There's seeing everything you know through a new, different point of view.

These stories defy expectations and easy genre boundaries.

But if you want that sense of wonder and amazement when you first encountered speculative fiction, that idea that there is something different, something more just around the corner, just out of sight, that sense of coming home to the unfamiliar, then this is the book you want to read.

In twenty-four hours, we're over 15% of the way to our first goal - and future goals include more stories through an open call for submissions!

You can back the project at http://bit.ly/kicknotourkind and get this book - and some pretty spiffy extra backer rewards - for yourself!

Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging - New Fiction Stories -- Kicktraq Mini

16 October 2014

See me at the Northwest Ohio Writers Forum THIS SATURDAY

I'll be giving a presentation at the NWOWF this Saturday in Toledo, Ohio!

Writing a Kicking Query Letter with editor Steven Saus

Saturday, October 18, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Sanger Branch, 3030 West Central, Toledo

Join us to find out what it really takes to get an editor's attention! Steven Saus will be with us to talk about what makes a query letter stand out and how to give your boring business-y letter some kick without resorting to over the top gimmicks. Steven is the owner/editor of Alliteration Ink, a small press that focuses on anthologies and collections.

14 October 2014

HOWTO Get Custom Icons With Each New XTerm Terminal Window

Use Xterm? Want to have custom icons for each instance like this?

Here's how you do it:

1. Alias xterm to

xterm -e "xicons.sh;bash"

Save the script below into your $PATH somewhere (and make it executable):

# icon from http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/17547/48/prompt_terminal_icon
# xseticon from http://www.leonerd.org.uk/code/xseticon/
# Solutions from
# http://superuser.com/questions/363614/leave-xterm-open-after-task-is-complete
# http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/3197/how-to-identify-which-xterm-a-shell-or-process-is-running-in
# http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/16774/how-to-assign-an-icon-to-a-program-in-openbox

running=$(ps aux | grep "xterm" | grep -v "grep" | grep -c "xterm")

if [ "$running" -gt "7" ];then

snark=$(echo $WINDOWID)
xseticon -id $snark /home/MYUSERNAME/.icons/terms/terminal_prompt$running.png
wmctrl -i -r "$snark" -T "xterm"

And get the icons from here:
http://imgur.com/a/5Q9dn#0 Note that the filenames should be terminal_prompt0.png, terminal_prompt1.png, and so on.