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If your desktop Mac’s internet connection is super slow for no reason…

… it might be because your iPhone is plugged in and “Personal Hotspot” is enabled.

I’ve been struggling with this one for a few days now — I have great broadband connection in my office but the internet on my desktop computer was super slow. Then I realized it was only happening when my iPhone was plugged in for charging. Most obviously, any site using Youtube wouldn’t fully load. Youtube itself wouldn’t load.

And then I realized I had “Personal Hotspot” activated on my iPhone. (I use the Personal Hotspot setting when out of the office to get an internet connection into my laptop — and sometimes forget to turn it off.)

I deactivated “Personal Hotspot” and internet speed on the desktop returned to normal.

Either the computer got confused with multiple choices for internet access and just bogged down. Or, stupidly, the computer was using the iPhone connection via USB rather than the much better office broadband connection.

Just sharing on the off chance it help someone else!

Tiny Details

Tiny Details: If your WordPress auto-crossposting to Twitter isn’t working…

…it may be because you need to update Jetpack.

I’d actually forgotten how I’d set up crossposting, but it turns out I used the “Publicize” feature under Jetpack. Today crossposting didn’t work. I did some poking around and realized Jetpack had disabled itself and I needed to update it to get it back online.

So there ya go!

Code Monkey Save World Comics Written by Greg Pak Question Time

Working on my Artists Alley banner for the NYCC – please let me know what you think!

Hey, smart people. I’m working on a 24″ x 84″ upright banner to put behind my table in the Artists Alley at this year’s New York Comic-Con. And I could use your feedback! Here’s the work-in-progress. Imagine it in living color behind a bearded dude sitting at a table, and let me know what you think!

Many thanks!

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Question Time

Got non-spoiler-request questions? I’ll try to answer!

Fighting a cold and about to turn in. But if you have non-spoiler-request questions, I’ll try to answer.

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so rudeness, nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Comics Written by Greg Pak FilmHelp: Screenwriting Question Time

Building characters

The great comics writer Gail Simone emailed me and a number of other writers yesterday asking if we had one pointer about building characters for a workshop she was about run in Norway. Here’s what I sent her:

I try hard, particularly when introducing a character for the first time, to find that one, small, telling action that defines the character for me. Sometimes it’s big and showy, like the Hulk tearing open his own starship in rage at the beginning of “Planet Hulk.” Sometimes it’s small, like Bruce Wayne just sitting there, quietly watching and waiting while Clark Kent yells at some kids who are bullying another kid in a playground at the beginning of “Batman/Superman.” But in some way that initial action encapsulates the big emotional journey the character’s going to be going on during the course of the story. From that very first moment, the character does something that defines him or her and indicates the conflicts and struggles that he or she will face as a result. Once I figure out this moment, I usually have a pretty good grasp on what I’m doing with a character. If I don’t really nail this moment, then I might be in trouble — I might not have done all the work I need to do to really figure out who this character is, what he or she is trying to do, and what he or she is willing to do to get there.

When I reread that this morning, I found myself nodding and committing to work harder to follow my own advice.

This is why your questions about the process of writing are so interesting and helpful to me — they force me to think about what I do and get better at it.

So thanks, Gail — and thanks, everyone who asks these kinds of questions!

Comics Written by Greg Pak Question Time

Taking a break – ask me questions!

About to plunge into the night shift. But if you have questions, I’ll try to answer!

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so rudeness, nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Three quick plugs:

  1. This Wednesday, “Justice League 23.1: Darkseid,” written by me with art by Paulo Siqueira hits stores. The book should be of particular interest to anyone who’s reading “Batman/Superman.” Ask your retailer to hold a copy for you!
  2. Right now Comixology has a 99¢ sale of many of the Hercules books Fred Van Lente and I wrote for Marvel.
  3. If you give to Mrs. Stow’s Donorschoose 4th grade book fund campaign, I’ll send you “Code Monkey Save World” stickers.
Question Time

Taking a quick break – got questions?

About to plunge into the night shift. But if you have questions, I’ll try to answer!

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so rudeness, nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Question Time

It’s 5 pm and I’m taking a break – ask me questions!

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Question Time

Open Thread – Question Time!

Hey, friends. I’m taking a little break, so I’m opening up another thread for Q&A.

As usual, I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted.

Thanks a ton, and fire away!

Question Time

Open thread! Got questions? I’ll try to answer!

Had a lot of fun with this last night, so I figured I’d try it again before plunging into the nightshift.

Ask me questions and I’ll try to answer ‘em!

I’ll just ask everyone to avoid spoilers and to please not pitch projects or stories – I can’t read or respond to those!

Also, life is short, so nastiness or personal attacks against anyone automatically get deleted. But y’all are cool, I know. 😉

Thanks!

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