European Union VAT and my bookstore

For the last couple years I’ve been fairly successful selling my self-published books from my own store at tiltedwindmillpress.com. Recent legislation in the European Union changes this.

The EU has this thing called VAT, or “value-added tax.” It’s a tax that requires all sorts of paperwork. It requires charging tax based on the buyer’s location. . . . → Read More: European Union VAT and my bookstore

Free novella at Amazon

My SF novella Forever Falls is free on Kindle through 11 May 2015 (next Monday).

This book is only available on Kindle right now — I’m trying their Kindle Select program, which supposedly gives additional visibility and promotion. It doesn’t seem to have helped so far. Come 3 June, when the Select enrollment runs out, . . . → Read More: Free novella at Amazon

WordPress versus FreeBSD

I recently migrated my web site to a new FreeBSD install, configured so I could use ZFS boot environments. This upgrade crossed FreeBSD versions (10.0->10.1), filesystems (UFS -> ZFS), and PHP versions (5.5 -> 5.6).

And my WordPress pointy-clicky upgrades stopped working. Every time I ran an upgrade, the web gui hung with:

Updating Plugin . . . → Read More: WordPress versus FreeBSD

Web site rearrangement

In case you’re reading this in reverse order in your RSS feeder: ignore the last couple of posts. It’s content I’m moving from my web page to the blog.

I’ve redesigned and rearranged the fiction section of my web site, so that it more easily answers hard questions like “What have you written?” and “Do . . . → Read More: Web site rearrangement

short story: Wednesday’s Seagulls

Wednesday’s Seagulls

by Michael Warren Lucas

. . . → Read More: short story: Wednesday’s Seagulls

Immortal Clay

I’m writing Immortal Clay, a science fiction series for people who enjoy alien invasion tales like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing.

The first book is now out; the second should be available in late 2015.

. . . → Read More: Immortal Clay

Ignore the next couple of posts

I’m in the midst of rearranging my web site. The nonfiction stuff is pretty well organized, but the fiction really is not.

Most of the fiction can easily be reordered, except for a couple of pages that just won’t fit well anywhere. So I’m putting those pages up as blog posts.

Unfortunately, I can’t cancel . . . → Read More: Ignore the next couple of posts

Tarsnap talk at mug.org, 12 May 2015

I’ll be doing a 20-minute presentation on Tarsnap at the mug.org meeting on 12 May 2015, at the Farmington Hills library.

As you might guess, it’s somewhat based on my Tarsnap book. I only get 20 minutes, so it won’t be a complete overview, but it will get you started.

Assuming all goes well, we’ll . . . → Read More: Tarsnap talk at mug.org, 12 May 2015

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS on pre-order

FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS just went to the FreeBSD developer community for technical review.

I’ve also made it available for pre-order on the Tilted Windmill site.

This is the first of two books on ZFS.

I also plan a 4-book bundle once FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems is done.

FreeBSD and beadm

One of Solaris’ ZFS features is boot environments, where you can install multiple versions of the core operating systems and choose which one to boot into. Boot environments take a lot of the risk out of upgrades; if an upgrade goes bad, you can easily roll back to the previous version.

Boot environments are built . . . → Read More: FreeBSD and beadm