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A Personal Loss

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020 in Blog Posts, Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

A Personal Loss

I write this in a state of shock. My partner for just over a year, John, passed away last night or early this morning (the cause is still to be determined. I believe he went in his sleep). He had recently moved to live with family in another state while preparing to apply to graduate schools. We’d been planning for me to make a long visit later in July. I can only take things one day at a time. Today, it’s a comfort to remember the good times. Among many other things, John was a...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers: the Ebook

Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Blog Posts, Publications, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

First, I’d like to thank my mom and dad. In all seriousness, they raised me to be frugal, or at least to focus on value rather than flashiness when making purchasing decisions, and to save money whenever I could, whether it was in a piggy bank or a CD. Then I became a freelancer, and I had to be frugal by necessity. I’ve developed habits to make frugality more automatic, and I’ve learned ever more tips and methods to save on expenses or to earn extra income. Some of them I...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 3: Payment Methods

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 3: Payment Methods

Bank accounts, credit cards, Paypal—it seems being a modern economic agent means all these different options coming out of your ears. In this third section of my money management series, I’ll go over different accounts I have and how I use them, both to get paid and to pay others. Cash and ATM This is actually the last part of my expense budget in Mint, its own line item. I assign myself a certain amount per month that I can take out as cash and use however I want. These cash...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2.5: Expenses, Continued

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

This is part 2.5 rather than 3 because all my discussion of expenses had been intended for one post. However, I turned out to have a lot to say about coupons and grocery savings. So let’s pick up where we left off. But first, I wanted to share a relevant read from this week: Kickstarter’s Happening newsletter included a link to The Creative Independent’s Guide for Financial Survival During the COVID Crisis. It’s by a financial planner who offers in-depth advice based on...

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Welcome 2018! (What I read in 2017 and where you can find me this year)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

During the fresh, can-do spirit of the beginning of a new year, it seems like a good time to have another swing at writing for this blog! As I expected last year, blogging hasn’t been my biggest priority, though I’m glad I was able to get some book reviews and publication announcements in last year. So what HAVE I been doing? Fair question! Two big things, mostly: reading, and being paid for reading. (That is, copyediting. And also writing, of course!) 2017 was the first year I...

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“Of the Generation” in Heroic Fantasy Anthology from Flame Tree Publishing

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

“Of the Generation” in Heroic Fantasy Anthology from Flame Tree Publishing

Flame Tree Publishing has posted the Tables of Contents for its new Gothic Fantasy anthologies: Time Travel and Heroic Fantasy. It’s pretty unreal to be on the same list as the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The full ToC for Heroic Fantasy is: A Matter of Interpretation by M. Elizabeth Ticknor Burned Away by Kate O’Connor Dragon and Wolf by Zach Chapman Erzabet and the Gladiators by Susan Murrie Macdonald Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land by Michael Haynes Laya by Voss...

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The Big List of Writing Writing Resources, Part One

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

You can write your story with nothing but a reasonably flat surface and something that leaves a mark, but it’s a lot easier when you have the right tools. Happily, there are a lot of useful resources out there. Here are some of my favorites. I encountered a few while writing The Starter Guide for Professional Writers (about which I have exciting news: revisions and expansions are underway for a second edition! The past two years have seen some interesting changes in the publishing...

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“The Grace of Turning Back” at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized |

“The Grace of Turning Back,” the final story of the Curse-Strewn World sequence, appears in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #179, which can be read on the BCS website or in the Kindle store. The Tynesi merchants, who traded everything from the silver rice of Timru and perfume leaves from Simrandu to chips of ivory off the Keld’s temples, had a term for a particular sort of improvidence: to throw money, time, or strength into seeing to completion a bargain they had...

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Common edits to improve your writing

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A lot of editing and rewriting involves relatively minor mechanical and technical changes. A lot. Not that I’m complaining; making these simple changes is a routine part of my work, and if nothing else it keeps me steadily employed. Many of them are changes I make to my own writing on a second draft! However, I thought it’d be helpful to share my “greatest hits”: the advice I give most often, and make use of most often when revising my own work. If you can apply this...

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“For Lost Time” up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lose no time in going to check out the latest installment in Across the Curse-Strewn World, a short story sequence following the wizard Aniver and his friend Semira’s quest to rescue his home city, which has somehow become lost in time. Their discoveries in the terrifying library of Arisbat have pointed Aniver and Semira in the right direction, but what a direction it is–the source of the blight that struck Nurathaipolis appears to have come from the Kingdom of the Dead....

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