Steve Umstead

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Name: Steve Umstead
Date registered: December 17, 2012


Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling. Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.

Latest posts

  1. Have to share a most excellent review… — November 27, 2013
  2. Finally got around to watching Pacific Rim. My thoughts…meh… — October 13, 2013
  3. And just like that, I’ve been put in my place. Another new Chromebook announced, and it’s…what I expected. — October 10, 2013
  4. So much for upgrading to a new Chromebook after a year. Very disappointed in the new model… — October 9, 2013
  5. My first impressions of iOS 7…and please keep in mind I don’t do impressions. — September 19, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Are books worth more than gas station coffee? — 40 comments
  2. Typos, spelling errors, plot holes, oh my! Gabriel’s Redemption takes two shots to the chin — 40 comments
  3. My thoughts on the impersonal side of Twitter — 39 comments
  4. Using profanity in writing – is it necessary, or even missed? — 33 comments
  5. The Taleist survey is out: “Half of self-pub authors earn less than $500″. I ask, so what? — 32 comments

Author's posts listings

Nov 27

Have to share a most excellent review…

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I don’t often post these (but when I do, I prefer Dos…ah, never mind). Had to share a really complimentary review of the Gabriel trilogy I just saw on Amazon. Yes, it’s a bit of crowing, but I’ll take the heat. I’m flattered and humbled, and gosh darn it, proud of my editing. (A little …

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Oct 13

Finally got around to watching Pacific Rim. My thoughts…meh…


Okay, when commercials for Pacific Rim first hit the airwaves, I thought it looked silly (I was probably right, but I’m getting ahead of myself). It kinda looked like Transformers meets Cloverfield meets Independence Day (I was very right, but again I’m getting ahead of myself).  I resigned myself to not watching it, but then …

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Oct 10

And just like that, I’ve been put in my place. Another new Chromebook announced, and it’s…what I expected.

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Patience has never been my strong suit, I’ll be the first to admit. So when HP announced the new Chromebook for 2013 this week, I was underwhelmed, to say the least. How could they possibly release an all-new device with last year’s tech and still call it new, plus at a higher price point? I …

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Oct 09

So much for upgrading to a new Chromebook after a year. Very disappointed in the new model…


I must say, I’m very disappointed in the new Chromebook announcement this week. I’ve owned the Samsung Series 3 since last fall and love it, but was hoping in a year they’d come out with one a bit more powerful with some extra doo-dads. And when I heard the rumors a few weeks ago, I was psyched. …

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Sep 19

My first impressions of iOS 7…and please keep in mind I don’t do impressions.


I don’t often do product reviews – never actually, since an ill-fated Nook review where I was testing out posting a WordPress video and found myself turning Nook pages on-camera to some nice laughs – but I figured I’d sit down and write up my initial thoughts on the all-new, latest-and-greatest thing since sliced bread: …

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Sep 12

My little announcement regarding “publishing” and “contract”


Here’s my teaser tweet from last night: I've got a little announcement I'll, uh, announce tomorrow. It has to do with 2 of the following 3 words: publishing contract killer — Steve Umstead (@SteveUmstead) September 11, 2013 While “contract killer” would make for a very interesting announcement, it’s not that. As a friend pointed out online, I’ve already …

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Sep 07

Finally found the Holy Grail of writing in Google Docs on the Chromebook…

My writing buddy...

I’ve been using Google Docs on my Chromebook for writing since, oh, day one. Day one of my Chromebook days, that is. My tech ADHD always has me jumping around from device to device, from app to app, but I do try to do nothing but write on the Chromebook so that somewhere deep inside …

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Jun 26

Wow…my 13 year old is boarding a plane tomorrow with the Philly Boys Choir…to PARIS.


Hard to believe, but the day is finally here. Two years ago when my son Evan was accepted into the Philadelphia Boys Choir as a cadet, we knew each summer the choir traveled to some amazing destinations. Just in the past few years they’ve gone to China, the Baltic states, the Grand Canyon; they’ve sung …

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Apr 24

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment performs…INSIDE the Rock


An absolutely stunning show last night in Gibraltar. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment performed in St. Michael’s Cave INSIDE the Rock, surrounded by stalagtites, stalagmites, and dripping water through the limestone above. Easily the highlight of the trip so far. Just…stunning. Hope my quick iPhone pics do it justice.

Apr 19

First time traveling without a Mac. My plan is as follows:


Those of you who “know” me (inasmuch as anyone knows anyone online – I could be an 85 year old great-grandmother of seven, for all you really know), know that I’ve been a diehard Mac/iDevice user for quite some time. And while that’s still the case (I live in, and will always live in, a …

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Apr 17

Welcoming back Robert Swartwood to the Author’s Cafe with his new release, Walk The Sky (and a book giveaway)

How about a little Western to spice up your work week? I’m happy to “reintroduce” a good friend who has been here before (though before I had that cool little bookstore/cafe image above), Robert Swartwood. Author of horror, suspense, and thrillers (including one of my favorite reads, No Shelter, with the butt-kicking Holly Lin) has …

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Apr 11

My son and Philadelphia Boys Choir are performing at Carnegie Hall today. Yes, THAT CARNEGIE HALL


UPDATE: Photo (actual one, not the stock photo of a piano I found on Google) at the bottom! Another in a long line of Proud Dad posts. My son is boarding the bus, along with 60+ other Red Blazered young men, on their way to Carnegie Hall for a performance today. (Before you ask, yes …

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Apr 08

Kicking off “Author’s Cafe” on the blog with an interview with Leah Petersen, author of Cascade Effect


I’m proud to introduce a good friend (though that may be presumptuous of me – she may hate my guts for all I know…) I’ve had the rare privilege of meeting in person. Yes, real flesh and bones in a world of bits and bytes. Leah Petersen is a talented author, an outspoken supporter of …

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Apr 06

And NOW baseball season has begun (a Proud Dad post)


Thought I’d put up a quick post about the true start of baseball season for me: my son Evan’s opening day. (Plus I wanted to try the WordPress app on the phone). I hustled him out of his Philadelphia Boys Choir practice (yes, another Proud Dad plug) just in time for the game. His pitching …

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Apr 06

My TweetDeck filters – some sanity and organization reclaimed


Though I bounce between TweetDeck, HootSuite, and even the Twitter app on my desktop, some new filters I’ve implemented on TweetDeck (not available on the other two) have made it much easier for me to stay sane and clean up my lists. Without further ado: I’ve eliminated most of the #ff listings on Fridays (though …

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