Portal – Chapter 48

The phone rang almost ten times without an answer or voice-mail. Michael was about hangup when he heard the familiar voice on the other side. "Hey, Michael," Net said, his voice difficult to hear by the music behind him. "How's mom?" "She's good but planning on spending her evening with someone else." Net laughed. "She'll cancel them for you. Don't worry. " "That's the thing, I don't want her to. She deserves a life now away from all this." "Understood. There is a reason few Enhanced actually want to join the JTF. Most of the agents are douchebags, real power-tripping dicks. We have  to deal...

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What’s the Point of NaNoWriMo? – A Response

This a response to FridayFlash's guest post, What’s the Point of NaNoWriMo? If you don't like controversial topics, you might want to stop reading now. I'm sure I'll make someone mad.I will never describe myself as a writer. That does not mean that I hate writing (obviously) or my writing is bad (subjective), but I am not a writer. I write as a hobby. I am a multimedia developer. If you don't know what that means, I build things on the computer, primarily learning activities (Adult Learning) over the Internet in computer-based/web-based training (CBT/WBT). Why do I say that I'm a multimedia...

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How to Setup a WordPress Website – Permalinks and Categories

This is a short step but very important to get right before you start releasing chapters.Now that we have our WordPress site setup, we have to think about how we want to organize it. This is important because it will determine how your site appears to visitors and how others can link to you.To view the options, open the Admin section of the site, click Settings - Permalinks. If you leave it as default, you will get something like, http://thepeninthestone.com/?p=123. Frankly, that sucks. The p (means post) is just referencing the post ID but viewers have no idea what to expect on the post or where...

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Portal – Chapter 47

After the best meal he could ever remember at home, Michael picked up the dirty plates and turned on the faucet. As the water came out, his mother rushed over from the table. “You leave those,“ she said, turning off the faucet. Michael and his mother walked to the couch in the living room that looked almost new. Rick was already sitting there, drinking water. “They say it’s a tough program,” stated Rick openly. Michael was trying to keep the details light around his mother. He knew she would worry. “Fighting other Enhanced and the JTF agents.” “It’s tough but not too bad,”...

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Portal – Chapter 46

As the day turned to afternoon, Michael put on the clothes he wore to orientation, noticing the arm holes were tighter and the waist looser. He was more muscular in the shoulders and leaner in torso from the exercise program of the last few weeks and using his powers regularly. He knew he would need to spend some money and buy new clothes that fit his new body shape. After the team returned home from Crawfordsville, the dynamic duo gave the recruits a few days of leave. Agent Prescott and Agent Edwards flew down to Fort Leavenworth to introduce Jet Stream, Mother Nature, and the colony Flyer to their...

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How to Setup a WordPress Website – Installing WordPress Manually (and use WP for free)

Before I explain why I like to install WordPress (WP) manually, I wanted to remind anyone that does not have a WP, you can try it out for free now. Just go to WordPress.com and sign up . You can see all the features and test out if the framework will work for you. Go nuts and break it to your heart's content. Even if you are planning on building your own site, you should still sign up for a free website. Unless you want to spend time setting up PHP and SQL on your local computer as your development (dev) machine, the free account can be your dev site to test most things before it goes live. We've...

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How to Create a WordPress Website – The Beginning

Since the other posts on running a serial WordPress (WP) website were well received, I thought I would start from the beginning. For web-saavy people, this will be basic information. For most, they have no idea how websites work and the process can be difficult the first time. Note: this site is hosted by Arvixe so I'm using them as my example. There are a lot of good alternatives out there with various services and pricing. Shop around. There are two things we need to consider before setting up a WP site:Who do we want to host our website? What will our domain name be?First, WP runs through...

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Portal – Chapter 45

“Score another one for the good guys,” cheered Indianapolis’s most popular newswoman. “Our hunky hero, Justice, along with Team Justice, joined the elite men and women of Bravo Company to take down another colony of law-breakers, this time near Crawfordsville. While Justice cleaned up the criminal Enhanced filth on the ground and Lady Justice took the trash out in the skies, Bravo company successfully assaulted the campsite with minimal casualties to mundanes on either side. The Enhanced criminals terrorizing the colony were arrested and the mundanes living under their tyranny were liberated....

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What is the Posting Schedule? (It is really cold out there.)

I had a comment on my early posting today so I thought I would clarify the schedule.If you haven't guessed, I am in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5). The Enhanced Series updates (AT THE LATEST) are Tuesday evening and Friday morning each week. Usually, I will post Tuesday evening and Thursday evening but it might be earlier in the day. My schedule is timed for the collectors at TuesdaySerial.com and FridayFlash.org. Also, I'm busy reading SuperPowereds updates on Monday and Wednesday evenings.Today, I posted earlier due to the lovely winter weather we are currently experiencing. We received...

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Portal – Chapter 44

Once the site was secured, Net used the camp computer to email spam the entire JTF staff in Indianapolis with instructions to send reinforcements to Crawfordsville. A V-22 Osprey airlifted Trauma, Scimitar, the injured agents and colonists out. A second Osprey with Preacher transported the most seriously injured. Most everyone was quiet on the ride home, even Justice. Agent Edwards noticed he picked the seat directly across from Larson instead of next to Lady Justice. Most of the noise cane from Net listing off the Enhanced, JTF Agents, and mundanes murdered by Mother Nature and Jet Stream...

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