I’m sorting out technical issues with my blog today, starting with the terrible curly quotes that had been disfiguring my beautiful internet text. The problem is that I write each post in LibreOffice so I can have a spell checker running as I write. Then, when I’m sure the spelling is okay and I’m happy with what I’ve written, the next step is transferring it to Komodo Edit for turning into a web page. Unfortunately, once uploaded, the curly quotes that LibreOffice inserts in my text always come out as question marks in diamonds on the internet. Turning them off means I can write blog posts with spell checking, and without having to search and replacing the curly quotes before transfering the text to Komodo Edit. I was orried it was going to be tricky, but luckily it was quite easy and I found the answer here.

Then, I thought, as long as I’m sorting out problems, why don’t I fix the biggest issue of all. This is that my site is called Starbright Illustrations, when I am in fact I’m no longer an illustrator but an author. So I decided to buy a new domain name for the site, so the site has the same name as I do just like a proper writer.

I’m basing this on blogs and sits like Patrick Rothfuss’s blog, the site of the mighty Alastair Reynolds, and the writer of the Martian, too.

The old site, Starbright Illustrations was from over a decade ago, when I was primarily an illustrator with a bit of role-playing game design thrown in (you can find my games here). Now I’m primarily a writer, at least outside my day job as an English teacher. I’ve written several books now, including three fantasy books and two sci-fi books. I’m very proud of them and I want to feature them prominently on this new site.

Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy

The first book in the Dark Galaxy Trilogy, always the best place to start, is Galaxy Dog. It’s a little more old-school and fun than a lot of the sci-fi that is around at the moment. It has spaceships, robots, battles, and brave warriors rebelling against an evil empire. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.

This is a universal book link (UBL) and you will be greeted with a page displaying all the places the book is available online. Just select the storefront you prefer and, if you want, also make this your default bookseller. From then on, every time you click a UBL you will be taken directly to the book you are interested in, on the storefront you prefer. The UBL even allows you to go to the Amazon store that matches your region.