Celebrity Philanthropy: the Power of Social Media

For over a decade since I saw Angelina Jolie’s movie Tomb Raider, I’ve followed her work promoting international aid. I’ve always had immense respect for her fight to bring help to those in need. She’s not perfect, of course, but she’s doing something. I’ve never wanted to be an actress, but for a decade I’ve wanted to be like her: using my influence to make a difference, to bring hope.

Several years ago I donated to a fundraiser by one of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the…

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Adventure, Snarky Humor, and Free Stuff

 

Don’t they teach you in Being A Writer 101, don’t quit your day job?

Oops…well, I guess I missed that class, because I just put in my two week notice *pauses to let inner cheering fade*. This is so I can write full time in preparation to publish TWO books April 2016!! And then two more in September, and more every year for the rest of my life.

Yes, it’s a risk. Yes, it’s crazy, bordering on stupid (not quite, I am still working,…

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The Long Road Ahead: Publishers, Editors, and Cover Art

 

I’ve decided to share an in-depth writing update this week (sorry Gizmo, your Thursday News columns aren’t quite up to scratch…no pun intended). I’ve got two big projects going on, both of which are immensely exciting, and I’ve made significant progress this summer getting a grip on where they’re going.

        1. I’m posting an ongoing modern fantasy novella series called Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus – the Lily Singer Adventures. As an archivist, wizard, and introvert, Lily prefers to stick to books,…

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Of Hope and Determination: Writing Fellowships

There’s no way I’ll ever get this fellowship. I’m not good enough. Why even waste the time and effort trying?

Sound familiar? Not just for writing fellowships, but for everything in life we try for (contests, job promotions, auditions, scholarships)? Everybody faces self doubt at some point. For writers, especially in this age of social media and self promotion, it’s a daily reality.

The last two weeks of November, I devoted ever waking minute I wasn’t at work to perfecting two writing fellowships applications: The George Bennett Fellowship in Exeter, NH, and the Fine Arts Fellowship

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