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Self (Publishing) Help: Do You Need Beta Readers?

  A beta reader, as far as I can glean from the world wide web is a term that originated among fan fiction writers, on forums. Fan fiction writers are people who write in the style of an author they admire, or continue story lines where the author left gaping chasms, or had the nerve […]

Two Weeks to Geek: Librarians are Comics Heroes!

Don’t forget to register online a tHttp://  Only a few days left to take advantage of the March Madness sale! Yesterday, I wrote about resources for writers.  I was thinking specifically about online resources, but as I thought through the post for today, I realized that omitting mention of libraries as a resource is a […]

For Writers and Wannabes and Bloggers, and a Serious Question.

Yesterday I wrote that you have to read in order to be a great writer. It’s true of blogging, too.  I decided about 2 months back that it was time to try to take this blog to the next level. As I began to read about others’ ideas about blogging, things have more-or-less fallen into […]

How To Be a Great Writer

First, a writer should live some life. And I don’t mean the pansy, TV-watching, under-mom-and-dad’s-protective wing sort.  The sort that almost all high school and college kids–and even some grown-ass people with children of their own–are guilty of living. I mean the real stuff: having to go to a horrible job because if you don’t, you don’t […]

Yes, Principal. I do swear in front of my kid. What’s it to you?

How is it possible that some time in the very near past, my unbelievably cool child couldn’t even write her own name? At the present moment, she is so competent that she corrects my pronunciation.  I remember doing this to my mother.  I remember being six, and getting the stick that my mom was some […]

Guest Post: “You’ve survived it again, the Poem says.”

This Post originally appeared in Center for Health Media and Policy out of  Hunter College.  This post is an eloquent meditation on Andrew Merton’s poem, “Coming Out of a Depression.”  Thank you, Joy.  Enjoy, everyone.  Joy Jacobson is the CHMP’s poet-in-residence.  This week Andrew Merton’s first book of poems, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, is […]

Self (Publishing) Help: Grammar and Influence Are Important!

First a quick note: I’m going to relegate fiction sharing to every-other Friday, possibly every third.  Partially because of Stanford’s advice at Pushing Social, and also partially because I’ve got a ton of helpful blog posts brewing, that are of use to you, and sharing Fiction every Friday feels narcissistic to me.   Onward. What […]


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