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Posts made in May, 2013

Blogging from the Home Office

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

It’s very nice to have a room of one’s own, even if that room is really just 185 square feet serving as bedroom, office, and kitchen all at once. I’m not sure how productive I’ve been, but I feel productive because I’m sitting down at the computer at least once an hour to type, revise, or research something. In between I’m reading (but sparingly–I don’t meet the residency requirement for a library card and I don’t have much cash for buying...

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WisCon 37–A Partial Review

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

I was certain I wouldn’t make it to WisCon this year, coming as it did right before my moving trip to Washington, D.C. But with some last-minute crunch and a willingness to run around disoriented (I’ve learned these will get you far in life, or at least lead me very far afield), I made it for at least the weekend and Friday evening. Friday:After hurriedly packing for DC, I stuffed my backpack with my immediate needs for one weekend and set out to brave the Memorial Day weekend...

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Home to Wisconsin and Back to DC

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

I write this from my new laptop, a generous graduation present from my family. Yes, I’ve graduated, and will spen the rest of my life confusing people by telling them I have a (single, not triple) Batchelorate of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Or at least until I get a Master’s. But that’s far off in the future yet. Now begins the job search. I’ll be conducting it in DC, where I’m also working some internships over the summer. I look forward...

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The Plants of Middle-Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation by Dinah Hazell

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Plants of Middle-Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation by Dinah Hazell

What a charming book! Like The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel, this was a find made in the American University library shelves. It stood out not only for the title (of all things it was sub-creation I was drawn to; the concept is Tolkien’s gift to the fantasy genre far more than any number of medieval worlds and elves) but also its soothingly soft green cloth binding with gold letters. Inside, it is gorgeously illustrated with drawings and...

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IndieGoGo Campaign for Self-Publishing a Book on Publishing

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

IndieGoGo Campaign for Self-Publishing a Book on Publishing

Long story short, I’m living off what I earn through my writing right now. This isn’t so bad, except writing income tends to arrive over the course of months, and is less than helpful when you need money right away. So to meet some expenses in the meantime, I’m hiring myself out as a manuscript editor and self-publishing a guidebook for writers who want to get their work into print. The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is a whole-picture handbook that helps you finish your...

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Promoting Your Writing: Now is the Time to Keep the Faith

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

In the story, that is, although it’s completely understandable if you’d rather kneel through a litany of novenas or light candles on the altar of the deity of your choice in hope of landing on the Times Bestseller list. You can’t effectively promote a story you don’t believe in. This is the most important thing to remember once your story is published and it becomes your job to spread the word about it. Driving promotion is the belief that people will buy your...

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On 2500 Word Scenes

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Depending on how you define “work in progress,” I currently have anywhere between 14 and 34 of them. And I expect to finish every last one in due time. Just how I’ll manage this at first seems a mystery of faith, but looking back, I’ve had twenty pots on the broiler for as long as I can remember. It’s not always the same buffet being cooked—I finish one piece and start on the next. For a while I had a rule that I could only count as many WIPs as I had...

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In Which I Indulge A Moment in a Display of Ungodly Power

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello to the reader who found this blog after, Blogger informs me, searching with the keywords “The Xeocin Empire the Halcyon”! I assume you are seeking information about the setting or story, “The Halcyon in Flight,” which appeared in Crossed Genres magazine some time ago. Never fear! It’s still archived, and as for the setting itself (you may have already read this in previous posts) I am revising a novel set in Xeocib with an eye to eventually landing an...

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On IndieGoGo Campaigns

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

On IndieGoGo Campaigns

This week, my student team finished mailing out perks to the sponsors of our IndieGoGo campaign, which raised funds for a community-level organization in rural Ghana to extend microloans and scholarships to local women. We were able to deliver $1,290 to Capacity Rural International during our class visit, over $900 of which came through IndieGoGo. The IndieGoGo campaign actually raised $1,085, but the site takes a fee. Although we knew that going in, there are some other things we discovered...

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