James was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives in Utah with his wife and 4 kids. He served an LDS mission in Japan and graduated from BYU with a Masters Degree in Accounting.
The 13th Reality
The Journal of Curious Letters
This book sat on my shelves for some time. Something about the cover just didn't appeal to my interest as much other books. However you can't judge a book by its cover.
James Dashner takes the reader on a journey that is unique and appeals to the imagination. While the idea of Quantum Physics has been used in several books, tv-series, and movies, his approach is unique enough to make it stand out against the competition.
Tick is a young boy that eventually teams up with several others to save the Realities from Miss Jane. Miss Jane is the only real drawback to the story in my opinion. However the story was written well enough for me to overlook that aspect of the book. Looking forward to reading subsequent novels in the series.
Forum with Social Network Connectivity
I've finally figured out how to create the UtahWriting.com forum so that you can login with your Facebook or Twitter account. By restricting this from the traditional registration, I will be able to better limit spammers without making it so people have to email me for access to the forum. This way you get instant access to the forum and can avoid all the spam that goes with some forums.
Over the next few weeks I hope to be able to integrate Facebook into UtahWriting.com. With this addition, I would then be able to add function to the Facebook Like feature for use with authors and books, create a forum, and possible a chat area. My intent is to do away with the ning site. Too many passwords and sites can be frustrating and difficult to manage, so I hope to make this as userfriendly as possible without the addition of another password. Another feature I am thinking of adding, is an online university feature for authors that wish to host web classes. Along this same token, critique groups interested in an online environment might be able to use similar features.
Welcome to the first changes to UtahWriting.com. The newest features include several new additions.
- First off is a database to store all the book and author information so that I can more easily maintain the website. While this may not directly affect you as the visitor, it will open up more opportunities to add more authors and more features in the future to better serve the writing community.
- I have also added a RSS tracking system where I will be able to update this website with RSS feeds from authors or aspiring authors that are deemed appropriate - the completed version will soon be available for others.
- Off to the right you'll see the author spotlight. Before I had to manually input this and change it, and there was no history. Now, this will be changed randomly and will be saved so once I put in a review, it will become a permanent part of the random display.
- The conferences also will be easier to maintain and a historical archive has been added to automatically remove the conference from the main screen after the date passes and can then be browsed in the archive section at a later date. This will save me much needed time to work on other issues.