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Because I missed NaNoWriMo this year, I decided to set myself a goal of writing 1,000 words per day for January. Any words. Just to get back into the habit of writing. I was always encouraged by the NaNoWriMo Word Count graph, so I made one in Excel and made it available for you. This...
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I woke up yesterday and started my morning ritual of networking for my “Dizzy Sushi” Kickstarter campaign and was flooded with news about the IDF attacks, unemployment rates, further suffering on the East coast, and I thought, How can I ask for pledges for one small book to be published? There are...
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Maybe you've been there: Your Kickstarter campaign to launch your first book is in its final days, and you are hovering around 40% funded. You have a handful of people who have promised to kick in at the end, but it IS the end, and where are they? Pouting over an election outcome? Without...
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A severed finger bleeding on a bed of ice in a waxed paper cup. The image came to mind as I lay on my bed, fully clothed, waiting for the kids to brush their teeth. I wasn't asleep, just exhausted and catching a quick rest before bedtime stories. The finger image held the full gamut of backstory:...
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Here in Santa Fe, you have to have a second (or third) job that supports your art and does good in the world. My daughter calls these "Superhero Jobs." Sometimes the name fits because your first job is working at a newspaper, like Peter Parker and Clark Kent. At my last web-design job,...
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