Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Want to manage a Family Tree online? Create a map of your ancestors using WordPress? Announcing a new plugin, rootsPersona.

rootsPersona is plugin I wrote to manage and present Genealogy data for a family website run on WordPress. I looked at several options already out there, within WordPress and without, and found nothing to my liking, so I developed this plugin, and found myself very happy with the results. I hope you do too.

rootsPersona creates one or more pages of family history using data imported from a GEDCOM file (version 5.5).

Check it out at

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I miss the bus

When I rode the bus, I got to read. New job, no bus, little reading.

So what am I reading when I do read? Right now, The Scarlett Letter and History of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts by Benjamin Hobart, published in 1866.

(Because its a window into my family's history, that's why!)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's in the Air

OK, so my year of Sci Fi only is over, with only minor transgressions along the way.

As I was writing my 'novel' for 2009 NaNoWriMO, I realized I had never read a romance. So last month I did, just to get a feel for what (some) woman read.

Interesting reading. I chose Nora Roberts (Dance Upon the Air), and I must say, I enjoyed the quality for the writing. The only real difference that jumped out at me in terms of the writing was the plot - it just wasn't the sort of thing I was into. I liked the characters OK, but the conflict wasn't the sort of thing I enjoy.

Which is what I should have expected. There was no reason to expect the writing would be a lower quality. I really did like the characters. It was just not my flavor of story.

The learning continues.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

That was some HARD Science fiction!

I just finished Gregory Benford's 1980 Nebula Winner Timescape. I will review it over at Jupiter Three, but let me just say, it definitely qualifies as Hard Sci Fi.

The author is a physicist, and his handling of the physics of time and space was deep enough to boggle my mind. OK, maybe not a stretch, but still.

The end of the copy I have has an excellent essay by Susan Stone Blackburn entitled Science Meets Literature, which I found to be just as interesting as the book. The essay was published in 1988, and helped me to understand the book after I read it. (Warning - the essay includes spoilers, so don't read it first, no matter how helpful it would be!)

Enough said here; but if you are looking for a good example of Hard Science Fiction, this is an excellent sample!