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You Speak, the Dragon Listens (Sometimes)

I’ve been experimenting with Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS, or Dragon), v. 11.5, for a while now. (And yes, it’s entirely appropriate that this is the Year of the Dragon, and that I was born in a year of the Dragon; feels good!) Overall I like the software, but there are plenty of quirks and oddities. […]

Think Global, Blog Local…

One of the attractions of blogging is the potential to reach viewers around the world. (And if my friend Tom’s blog is any indication, that reach isn’t limited to this planet.) After you write for a few years, though, you realize, there are many opportunities to inform readers close to home, and these options are […]

Urbanspoon Rankings: Settling In…

I’ve been linking my restaurant reviews to Urbanspoon for a long while now. I’ve managed to attain quite a high ranking on the Austin (Central Texas) blogs list with them too, more through perseverance than anything else.  Recently the ranking has reached #5 occasionally, as the “votes” (visits to websites) come in. I’m certainly in […]

A Year of Seamless Blogging

I’ve been blogging a whole year, continuously, here on the Chile Underground. At least one post each day! Amazing. I said I could do it, but there were times….

How much blogging is that? Counting tomorrow’s post (and I’ve got it drafted, so I don’t really need to cross my fingers) it’s 450 posts in a […]

New Site Up! (Arguably It’s About Food, Someday)

Okay, it’s not anything to do with food, unless I write a mystery that involves cooking. (Now there’s an idea; hmmm…) No, this is the newest, and soon to be the best, boutique site about novel writing on the whole InterTubes: The Accidental Novelist. The plan is for plenty of blog posts, of course. […]

The CU Rolls Along: 1,100 Posts and Counting

It’s a good thing that there are automated counters in the background on here. If someone had told me we’d gone past 1100 posts I’d have laughed. Or cried, depending on how much I believed you. (If it had been one of the Elves telling me, I’d have fired them for taunting management. Wait; […]

Not Well; Not Well at All…

Okay, it’s time to call in the doctors. Or maybe the coroner. I’ll even entertain a motion to get a shot or two. Man, this illness has really put me down! I hate being miserable. Nothing tastes good. Food doesn’t taste at all, hardly. some of the medicine’s got flavor, if you can call […]

Chile Underground Reaches Major Milestone; Media in Awe…

This week the Chile Underground, your favorite place to read about zesty food, cooking adventures, occasional travel and unsurpassed levity, passed a major milestone. In fact, even if you’ve been following along at home you likely missed it. So I’ll point it out to you, just to be on the safe side:

We reached 1,000 […]