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A Stroll Through Newport, Rhode Island

I had the opportunity to take a stroll through Newport, Rhode Island. It reminds me of similar maritime locales such as Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. This place features old and beautiful houses, estates, a historic city center and a multitude of shops. On the periphery you can find Naval Station Newport and Fort Adams, the later which I visited.

Here are some shots I took from my little jaunt, which I felt may inspire the imagination of others. While there are several from Fort Adams, the rest can be found in or around the city itself. I only wish I had been here during tourist season!

Wealthy Older People are More Likely to Pirate Ebooks

The general perception about pirating is done by younger people. The idea being is that they do not have the means to afford the content. This population group tends to be more attuned to technology and has more time to go through the trouble of pirating it.

A recent study with results shown on torrentfreak.com seems to break that wide open:

  • 47% of those who pirate eBooks are within the 30-44 year old bracket;
  • 70% have post secondary; and
  • 65% make over 60,000$ a year.

In other words, people who are most likely capable of paying for an eBook are those who pirate it.

Now they also state that roughly 25% of pirating is essentially swapping books with friends. This could be a carry over from the print world, were friends/family would often swap books instead of each buying their own copy.

While this article does not talk about, the age bracket may have something to do with people getting older. In the 2000s a lot of people were pirating games, music and other content because they could not afford it. Now they are older and have enough money to afford buying the content, however the habit is ingrained. Its seen as a norm with no ethical or moral ramifications attached to it.

A Quick Read Through the After Effects

I just finished off a book by Stephanie Wood titled the After Effects. Since I enjoyed reading its predecessor Aegean Sun: Room 101, the temptation was too great to see what happened to some of the characters!

Where Aegean Sun: Room 101 had a certain voyeuristic quality. So far that the reader could only view to the events occurring in one room; this sequel breaks out of the mould and does an excellent job of breaking from its predecessor’s shadow.

This sequel aims to close the loop on stories which had occurred previously. It was wonderful to see what effects their time abroad had on these characters. Some relationships grew closer, some were created, and others were blown apart.

While there are some stories from Aegean Sun: Room 101 that had no closure such as Jill and Mike’s scare with cancer. Or what happened to Laura and Suzi after their trip, the stories Stephanie Wood choose to pursue were well worth the read!

Overall this novel is a light quick read, which left me glad that I could consume it one go!

A Quick Read Through Aegean Sun: Room 101

I just finished off a book by Stephanie Wood titled Aegean Sun: Room 101. I came across this series of books when she posted — I don’t write like other writers, but it’s all write! — which delved on writing styles. Stephanie and I seem to have similar styles so I picked up quite copy.

Stephanie sums it up from the start. These individually crafted stories are echoes from the past, memories of events that took place in a fairly regular and nondescript room.

It was a light read, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I could easily dedicate scraps of time to it without getting lost. Nonetheless I had no desire to put the story down unless life insisted on it.

I felt a connection to the characters, simply by reading about their thoughts and emotions. There were also several scenes which were eerily familiar, bur that only made it more enticing.

This in turn, this left me wondering what happened to them after they left. So I am very tempted to pick up the sequel and find out!

Introducing the Hotel Cover

When Revision 5 was introduced, it brought about a new cover design, which  featured a speakeasy.  The speakeasy was iconic for the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, at least in the United Stated and seemed to be a good fit.

A reader proposed that I use an actual hotel to create the cover.  This idea has merit since the Grand features separate stories that have a common era, theme and location. The Grand is the focal points for all the stories, so it makes sense to pursue that idea.

Fortunately, I had the chance to visit la Ville de Québec which features one of the Railway Grand hotels found through Canada. I used Chateau Frontenac as a base, threw in a backdrop of the Rockies and added a skull rendition that I got from pixabay.com.  The latter was listed is Public Domain, whereas the former where both my shots.

The font itself is YoungSerif found on the fontlibrary.org.  It seems to complement the overall feel of the cover and has an agreeable copyright.

Overall, I think I may have found my eventual release cover.  What do you think?