Ben Langhinrichs is a software designer living in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his lovely wife and two cats. All three of their children have left the nest. His first novel, DANGER TASTES DREADFUL, is a middle grade fantasy due out from Clean Reads/Astraea Press in summer 2018. He has also had stories published in many magazines and anthologies, including several published by Pill Hill Press and the Library of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Rich Text 101 was a series of articles about Notes rich text that were originally posted on the Genii Software blog over a period of a few years starting in 2003, although most of the information is still accurate and useful today. Some updates have been made to reflect changes in later versions of IBM Lotus Notes, now IBM Notes 9 Social Edition.
Nate Rocks the World
on July 06, 2011
Nate Rockledge is ten years old, and he has many of the difficulties boys of his age face. His mother is a truly terrible cook. His father reminisces endlessly about past glories. His thirteen year old sister taunts him mercilessly.
But Nate has a secret. Like a fourth grade Walter Mitty, Nate dreams of heroic adventures where he saves the day, and often the life of the cute Madeline who lives across the street, although Nate does.not.like.girls! Unfortunately, after saving the day, he is left with little but the comics he draws and the wish that he could do something real. Little does he know how close the chance for real heroics is.
I love the way the author seamlessly blends Nate's real life and his fantasies of heroism and excitement. Middle grade readers, especially on the younger end, will easily relate to the loose boundaries between real life and fantasy, and will also instantly relate to the real trials and tribulations Nate faces with his family and friends.
I can easily recommend this book for both boys and girls in third through fifth grade. I'm glad to have had a chance to read it.
*A review copy was provided by the author upon my request*
on Sep. 30, 2012
I've known people who have gone through the ordeal of Breast Cancer (and my own father died of bladder cancer in July), and I cannot believe the bravery it must have taken to write these events as they went on. Honestly, I've had some trouble even reading parts that hit too close to home (after my father's experiences)... but then I go back to them and make myself. Raw and powerful, even with the occasional mundane details which remind you that this isn't fiction or stylized, but what you actually went through.
Thank you for publishing this. Best of luck and good health to you.