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Review: How to Build a Part-Time Social Media Business by Alexis Grant

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I have been reading Alexis Grant's blog for almost two years now and have enjoyed it every step of the way. I believe that I found one of her many popular blog posts making their way around Twitter. At that time, she was taking a year off from journalism to write a travel memoir about her time in Africa and keeping track of her progress. Her blog posts and tweets were ones that I kept an eye out for almost every day that I was online. So, it was no surprise to me when she announced that she was starting a social media business, Socialexis.

A year ago, the idea of becoming a social media freelancer was something that I thought quite intriguing. I have my own little blog and Twitter account, but also handle Facebook and Twitter accounts for a local science fiction and fantasy convention called CoreCon. I talked briefly with Alexis about her new business when thinking of doing it myself,  but decided to remain focused on re-writing my own novel and traveling to Japan for research.

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Ira Glass on Storytelling (Advice to Beginning Writers)

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Sometimes it is good to hear these things from other creative types. They help give me that push and remind me that I am not alone in this journey. There are many struggles, but there is so much heart in this world.

Natasha

Pearls of Wisdom: Article on Revision with Jo Knowles

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I read a lot of articles on writing every week. Actually, every morning I open Twitter and browse over the latest news. I sometimes open up to 10 tabs with the various articles that interest me. I rely a lot on Twitter to provide information about the writing industry than any other social medium. I follow different publications (like @PublishersWeekly), organizations (like @SCBWI), aspiring authors (like @ClaireDawn), upcoming new authors, and current authors (like @cindypon). If you want to see more of who I follow, you can head over to my Twitter page. I would love suggestions on who to follow and feel free to follow me @natashamheck (comment here and I will follow you back).

One of the articles that stuck out to me this week is the interview of Jo Knowles on Kate Messner's website on the subject of revision. I am in the current stage of editing and revising my WIP so this is something I am very much interested in reading about more than ever. There was on particular pearl of w…

Read it Again

I just completed the second read through of my WIP. The first time I read through it was on our trip to Japan. I printed it out in book form so it was easy enough to carry it wherever I pleased.The most interesting places I did editing was at a shrine on the former Imperial grounds in Kyoto, on the train ride to see Mount Fuji, and on the airplane over the Pacific Ocean. I read about the first 100 pages before we returned (jet lag does not help editing, I tell you). Between now and May, it took me to complete the first and now the second reading with more thoughts of rewrite and not just word changes in mind.

This second time around, I tore it apart. There are black marks with tons of notes, crossed out scenes or paragraphs or just words, scarring the pages of this copy. It is actually a good feeling since I know that once I sit down and begin the changes in the file, that I have some idea of what I am doing and am learning more about writing. I am not taking myself too seriously and…

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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"September read often, and liked it best when words did not pretend to be simple, but put on their full armor and rode out with colors flying."-pg.51, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making In my own words: September is a twelve year old girl accepted the offer that the Green Wind had given her to fly off to Fairyland. Little did she know what she would have in store for her. She finds the land in turmoil, the beloved Queen replaced with the nasty Marquess, and herself with only one shoe (which the Green Wind comforts us with . September might not have needed to meet this tyrant, but she took it upon herself to help a witch get her stolen item back. During her adventures, she finds herself in unfortunate situations where she meets the most unusual, sometimes friendly and sometimes not, creatures as September discovers the many corners of Fairyland.
If you haven't read the quote above, go back up there. I will wait. Have you read it? Good. (If you…

Falling behind, stepping forward, or something

I have some blog posts in mind. I have about seven books that I can review when I find the time to make them sound sensible and pretty them up with pictures and links. I have another big blog post in mind that might even include my very first contest. They are all up there in my mind swimming around, waiting for the dam to open.

Right now I am editing. I did my first read through and marked small edits. I was mostly focusing on the plot to figure out what I could do better to tighten it up. Now I am doing the second reading and almost tearing apart every line that I can. I am also marking where I can fix this or that. When I get to it, I plan on posting before and after pictures of what it looks like when I am done with a page.
The black marks are a good thing, if that is believable. It is to create a stronger and more believable story. I am by the seat of my pants writer so I don't expect that everything that I type out on my laptop is shiny. I expect to go back and focus on my …