Hey all: it seems the trackbacks/pingbacks aren’t always reliable, so please make sure you leave a comment with a link to your piece so you know I get it (I do appreciate your still linking back here; it helps other folks discover the InMon community).
Computer crisis averted! Well, dealt with. I’m back and running with all the important files intact. I really can’t stress enough how important it is that you back up all your files. Preferably some kind of automatic backup you don’t have to remember to do. I use Evernote (free) for notes and Carbonite (not free, but worth it) for docs and everything else. If it worked for Han Solo, it’ll work for you!
Setting is as necessary as plot and character, but only as far as it influences plot and character, the way the water-starved planet Arrakis affects everything that happens in Dune.
No one reads a book for the scenery; it’s a nice bonus if described artfully, but it’s not what makes us crack the pages.