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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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Traveling with Indiana Jones


467243405This week I’ll be spending 52 hours in Lucca, a Medieval city crowded with cosplayers, comic book fans, roleplayers and assorted geeks.
To spend these 2 days and spare change in Lucca, I’ll have to spend 11 hours on different trains.

And while I might certainly slip my old Kindle reader in my bag, I think I’ll go for the old school solution, and pocket a big, fat paperback. Continue reading


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Service Announcement – 72 hours away


berightbackJust a quick note to let you all know that for the next 72 hours I’ll be attending the Lucca Comics & Games convention and fair, as part of the Savage Worlds Italia band of savages.

The Italian edition of the Savage Worlds RPG (that I translated) has won the Game of the Year 2014 award, and I’ll be also presenting a book of mine.
And in case you’re wondering, my book looks like this…

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In these days there will be regularly scheduled posts BUT, being away, I’m not sure I’ll be able to moderate the comments.
Please let this not deter you – have your say the way you feel like.
I’ll go through all waiting comments as soon as I’m back, and I’ll post a reply to all of them.

Thank you.
That’s all.

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Surviving NaNOWriMO – 10 ideas


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So the NaNOWriMo is on.
My compliments and best wishes to all participants.
As I mentioned in the past, I will not be NaNOWriMo-ing this year simply because I’m doing a thorough revision and final draft of a text in 45 days (and as you read this, we are on day 29).

Anyway, I was rather surprised by this whole writing fast/writing good thing I’ve been through.
So far the going has been easier than anticipated – and I’ve been learning a lot of things.

So, why not share them?
I’m probably just re-inventing the wheel, here, but who knows?
Maybe someone out there might find them useful – for their NaNoWriMo marathon or for anything else.

So, here goes… Continue reading


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Playing with the Puppy


Acer-Aspire-One-Netbook1My old netbook has been with me through many years of freelance lecturing and then for four years as a PhD student.
It’s an old Acer Aspire One and it has served well – it gave me problems with its battery and HD, but I was able to solve them pretty easily.
I used to run Linux Mint on it.
Some mishap with my luggage during one of the more recent trips caused the solid-state HD (basically, an USB drive) to finally kick the bucket.
The machine is still working great – but the HD is broken.
Replacing it is beyond my tech skills, and having it replaced by a technician would cost me little less than buying a new netbook.
I can’t afford it at the moment.

And yet, the machine would be pretty damn handy for writing on the road – it was before, it would be great should it be again.
So, I looked around and tried to find a way, at my skill level, to fix it. Continue reading


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And, finally, Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

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