Yes, I Live on a Ship

Yes, I Live on a Ship

Tweet I guess it’s about time that I explain this a bit more, because I reference it all the time but it’s not exactly a normal thing to just mention off-hand. Living on a ship isn’t necessarily strange in itself, people have done so since some guy figured out that wood floated. What’s odd about my life is that I live on a hospital ship, one that doesn’t sail more than a few weeks out of the year. OK, that didn’t explain much of anything. I’m currently a full-time volunteer with an organization called Mercy Ships. We may be best described as a mobile surgical unit, providing a variety of surgical procedures at no cost to some of the world’s poorest populations. We see some very extreme cases, and it’s a pretty...

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I’m Stranger than Fiction

I’m Stranger than Fiction

Tweet You know those emotional moments that take you by surprise? The ones that come and go and you never let on that they did. You do this because, as we all are, you’re afraid that telling anyone that those emotions just hit you will leave them thinking you’re crazy. Or worse: will leave them laughing. I should know better, but I didn’t let that moment pass tonight. We were watching Stranger than Fiction, in which Harold Crick (played by Will Farrell), an auditor for the IRS, begins hearing a voice narrating every detail of his otherwise mundane life. Certain that he isn’t insane, he pursues the source of the voice fervently when it says that – little does he know – his death is immanent. As it turns out, the voice is that...

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The Hunger Games – Yes, me too

The Hunger Games – Yes, me too

Tweet I finished The Hunger Games trilogy last week, late to the party as usual. It seems like everyone on the ship (yes, I live on a ship) has read the books and is absolutely obsessed with them. The library’s copy of the trilogy hasn’t actually been in the library for months. So I figured I’d skip the queue and download a copy on my Kindle. I’m not into writing book reviews, there are plenty of them out there by more competent critics than me. But I will say that for a young adult fiction I really enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ story. Partly because I can identify with Peeta, I always seem to fall for the girl that’s destined to wreck me, even if only a little. As for the book, it was her complete lack of relational awareness that...

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KDP Select – an Expirement

KDP Select – an Expirement

Tweet For those of you that have yet to hear of it, Amazon has opened a program it’s calling “KDP Select.” KDP standing for “Kindle Direct Publishing.” Basically it translates into this: if you distribute your ebook exclusively with us for 90 days we’ll let you give it away for free over the course of 5 of those days, and we’ll pay you for each time someone borrows your book with our lending program. Initially the thought scared me, Offer my book exclusively with Amazon? Never! But then I realized two things. One: it’s only temporary, I can opt back out after 90 days. Two: No one buys my book for any other e-reader anyways. According to my stats, only 9 people have ever bought my book for the Nook. That’s not...

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