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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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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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Hanging Up My Shingle

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

The semester is almost over, I’m graduating, and I’ve decided to give myself a few more months in D.C. searching for a job in the field. It’s a decision I’m very excited about, but in the meantime it means I’ll be living on my own without a regular paycheck in a not-inexpensive urban environment. To stretch my savings, I’m offering my services as a manuscript doctor, offering developmental critique of novels and short stories. I’ve done critiques for...

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Madwoman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge–the personalities of writing

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Madwoman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge–the personalities of writing

This week my internship brought me to the Writing Staycation at the Writer’s Center of Bethesda, where my supervisor, Zahara Heckscher, is leading a dedicated group of writers on a 9-5 retreat with the goal of sharing ideas, considering mission and goals of writing, and most importantly getting some words down on the page. While I’m there to perform a number of internship duties (the staff at Trader Joe’s are becoming familiar with me) and to assist with the...

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