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Posts made in March, 2013

Making Promotional Bookmarks–from Postcards!– on VistaPrint

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Making Promotional Bookmarks–from Postcards!– on VistaPrint

Before visiting WisCon last year, I printed a set of 400 bookmarks to distribute promoting my work (including my ebook Aqua Vitae). The bookmarks were designed by a friend, the multitalented Matthew Luckow,¬†and printed using VistaPrint.   Side A shows a crop of Aqua Vitae’s cover, with a narrow cream-colored border that isn’t¬†revealed in this image. The back side has a logline/description, reviewer quote, and link to the book’s page on WolfSinger’s site. In the end...

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Farewell, I’m off to Ghana!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tomorrow morning I meet with the rest of my class for a last-minute orientation and packing of certain supplies, and then in the afternoon we head to Baltimore Washington International Airport, from there to JFK in New York, and from thence to Accra, where we’ll arrive early Thursday. Making this my last blog post for some time. I hasten to point out that they do have internet access in Ghana. The country as a whole is completely into the 21st century, and they have more cell phones than...

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Heads-up to my email contacts

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This morning I logged into my Yahoo! account to see 45 autoreplies and failure notices…for emails I hadn’t sent. Yes, I’ve been hacked. I think I recognize the particular method of hacking, as I’ve been receiving those spam email messages (titled, as it happens “message” in the subject bar) for a week or so now from another friend’s account. I thought I’d taken care to avoid clicking anything inside them, but, well. I’ve changed my password...

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Spring Break

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spring Break

I’ve returned home to Wisconsin for one last visit with my family and to get ready for the trip to Ghana! My mother and I spent yesterday running errands and picking up supplies. The above isn’t everything we’ve got, but it’s a good start. I’m especially pleased with the knee-length, flowing & cool, olive-colored skirt. It’s modest for any events and speakers we’ll be visiting in more conservative communities, but also rather pretty and it feels...

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Progress Update and How To Write A Lot

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the sweetest perks of my internship is waivers for classes at the Writers Center of Bethesda. Today I attended the evocatively titled “How to Write A Lot”. The gist of the advice was simple–set deadlines, outline first, do not revise or reread on your first draft, write every day, keep your fingers moving (no staring blankly at an equally blank page or screen)–and there were some nifty tips I hadn’t heard before, like using Pavlovian conditioning to make...

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Challenge Accepted: The RPG-style To-Do List

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, a friend pointed me to GetYeDone.com, an interactive, fantasy game style online to-do list. You start by signing up and preparing a character sheet, complete with race, class, and skills/attributes. Then you launch your quest: whether it’s schoolwork, housekeeping, finding a job or managing the workload you already have, now you can get your daily dose of accomplishment! In each quest you can list a gathering of tasks (quests themselves can be grouped in meta...

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Last weekend for Ghanaian Microloans Campaign!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our IndieGoGo Campaign to raise funding for a project providing microloans to women in 5 rural villages in Ghana, for which I’ve pledge & provided a free short story, is in its final days. It closes to contributions at midnight, March 4th. My student group will continue to accept funds for this project through PayPal, but this is your last chance to give and earn mementos of the trip and the impact of your contribution in exchange! If you can afford to give any amount at this time,...

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Is Malaria really that bad?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today I visited Capitol Travel Medicine of Arlington, Virginia to get my immunizations ready for the trip to Ghana. I’m giving the full name because you can consider this post a wholehearted endorsement; they were very pleasant and extremely helpful. Yellow Fever shots aren’t the most painful thing in the world–mine ended with small welt and a lingering medicinal sting, the kind that reassuringly reminds you that you’ve just had a weakened but potentially deadly virus...

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