In our last episode, we’d just boarded the ferry from North Sydney, NS to Port aux Basques, NL. To jog your memory, this is a seven-hour trip, which we elected to do overnight. Although the ferry is remarkably well appointed and comfortable, I elected to sleep on the floor in front of our seats. Hey, everyone else was doing it, so I just stretched out in a small nest of clothing. It was pretty painless for me. Mary, of course, had a worse time of it since she not only had to watch over a badly injured man, but the car deck was full of rowdy (and possibly infected) people who were desperately trying to make it to the upper levels.
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The *beta* version of eclecdec is now available in the Windows Store at this link:
It’s more or less a “closed” beta, in that it requires the above direct link to access it.
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I was going to wait until part 2 of the backstory before writing and posting this, but enough people have raised questions about “the man” that I thought it might be worth a separate post.
I met the man in Corner Brook, NL. Or at least, I met the person who inspired him. I was sitting outside the hotel on some concrete retaining wall doing what I do best (sitting and smoking), watching the traffic and happenings on the street, when an older (say, 40’s) man carrying a duffle bag walked by on the other side of the street. He spotted me, put down the duffle bag and walked across the street. He was neat and well-groomed and clean but, let’s say, a bit travelworn.
Continue reading “End Plan – About the Man and Why He Doesn’t Have a Name”
Although almost no one has asked me about the backstory for End Plan, I thought I’d put it together anyway – mostly as notes to my future-self but, hey, just in case anyone was curious.
End Plan is an unabashedly Canadian novel. The places and people are as real (or in some cases as real-feeling) as I could get through travel, observation and conversation. Quite a lot of the time, it felt pretty real to me as I overlaid a vacation with a very thin layer of alternate reality.
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My first novel is now available for Kindle: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XFNPN3G
I elected to use KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) to publish it for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that I believe that it contributes to the democratization of writing/publishing and is therefore A Good Thing for Humanity.
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The first time I tried to do a Release build of my UWP application, I thought that Visual Studio had hung in some horrible loop, pegging the CPU. After all, it takes seconds to perform a debug build, surely if the release build wasn’t done in, say, a couple of minutes, something was broken, right?
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One of the big advantages we .NET developers have is the plethora of UI controls that are available to us. Granted that it seems that these controls, in general, rarely do everything we need them to, but most provide extensibility through XAML templates and styles and allow us to tweak them to our needs.
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Several years ago, my wife Wendy and I embarked, with friends, on a road trip to Labrador (a round trip distance for us of approximately 3000 km). Being that I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I brought along my very expensive MacBook Pro. You know, in case the urge and opportunity arose.
Continue reading “And so we begin”