Freelance Writer: Borders

I’m sorry to see the end of Borders.  When I lived in Oklahoma, I looked forward to my bi-weekly Atomik Pop-and-Borders trip.   I bought tons of books, drank a lot of hot chai, and learned so much (as I said, I bought a lot of books there). When I moved to Portland, I shopped more often at Powells, but I …

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The Novel

I have a guest post up at Natalia Sylvester‘s blog about the long, sometimes-humorous, sometimes-frustrating journey of my current Work in Progress, a galaxy-spinning novel that combines science fiction, mythology, and anything else rattling around inside my brain. I’m not big on setting up counters on word counts or progress meters or anything like that.  But  at the end of …

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Here are a list of agencies helping people survive the disaster (earthquake/tsunami/radiation) in Japan: Network for Good I always donate to the following: Mercy Corps Oxfam Red Cross

Pawn Stars

When I was a kid, my Mom and I passed a pawn store in my hometown.  I asked her what a pawn store did.  She told me.   I could tell she didn’t think that the concept of a pawn store was fair – giving up a beloved item for a fraction of its worth and then having to pay back …

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Note on Blog Updates

My blog updates were pretty scatter-shot last year.  To remedy that, I plan to alternate between personal topics and more business/writing-related topics like my upcoming blog post on Local and Non-local Writing Clients.  I’ll most likely preface these posts or bracket them with a label. Also, I know that my current comment system is not the most convenient (comments are …

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Island Time

I meant to write about my vacation a couple of months ago, but since the year is winding down, I thought I’d put this up now.  We all could use a dose (or a memory) of sunshine, after all, 😉 As an adult, vacations have always been strange for me.  (Every kid loves vacations!) As a Portland freelance writer, vacations …

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The Great Buffy Re-Watch

My brain must be working through something. Or I’ve been hit by late-90s nostalgia. Or I’ve just missed good storytelling on television. Whatever the reason, I’ve recently become addicted to Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  If you’re unfamiliar, the show is about a teenage girl (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who becomes The Slayer, a chosen one destined to fight demons in all …

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November Rain

Hi all, hope everyone’s been well. Apologies on the lack of content here. I often have multiple ideas for blog posts and then run out of time to actually write them, haha. I think I’ll take a day and write a bunch and then post them at regular intervals. I’ve been working on four jobs for November, all different types …

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William Gibson Redux

I got an e-mail today from KQED, a PBS affiliate in San Francisco, telling me about William Gibson reading an excerpt from Zero History at their studio. I thought you all might be interested:

Writing Projects

Happy October!  The awesome harvest moon is behind us, we’ve discovered a “Goldilocks planet,” and all those blaring ads on t.v. tell us that mid-terms are only a month away! I’ve been busy working on some freelance writing and editing projects (including a cool website content project) for my Portland clients. I also have a guest blog post at Martin …

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Me and William Gibson

Many of us never meet the living authors who influence us. I met William Gibson, twice, before reading one word he had written. I’d known about William Gibson since the late 80s.  Cyberpunk, which WG helped pioneer, is a gritty, snarly, neon-in-rain, dystopian genre.   I was more of a Star Wars kind of kid.  Any time I’d mention that I …

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