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A WriMo Survival Guide

Since we’re closing in on NaNoWriMo in November, we’ll use that event for the purpose of this epic morsel of motivation. However, this works for Camp NaNoWriMo, JulNoWriMo or any writing event. November is approaching faster than winter in a George R. R. Martin novel. With so many new writers participating in NaNoWriMo this year with the wide-eyes and itchy fingers, I wanted to be the first to give you a pre-NaNo pep talk. I bet you’re just filled with giggles at the thought of hammering out that next media blockbuster. Good! Remember those warm fuzzies after the first 10,000 words. By…

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Is Vince McMahon’s WWE too big to fail?

Earlier this week, online media outlets reported World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) placed a bid to purchase its competitor, Impact Ventures, which produces Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). The reports came days after news broke that Billy Corgan, frontman of the rock group Smashing Pumpkins and minority shareholder of TNA was looking to purchase the company outright from majority shareholder, Dixie Carter. Carter, daughter of Panda Energy International owners Robert and Janice Carter, stepped down as President of TNA earlier this year. TNA is set to produce it’s biggest wrestling event of the year, Bound for Glory, on Sunday — think of it…

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A few early freelancing observations

In an earlier post, I wrote about the possibility of taking on a few freelance gigs in 2017. As a trial run, I picked up a client to handle online pc repair and other computer-related. I’ll visit his office when I have hardware I need to install or if remote access isn’t working. The relationship has been great. But, I have been able to make a few observations on what it means to be a tech freelancer. Be prepared receive calls at weird hours. My client and I are on different schedules despite being in the same time zone. There…

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In the beginning

Funny, I don’t think I’ve ever done any worldbuilding in a traditional sense. Sure, I’ve made notes as to geography, weather, langue, etc., but I never took the time to sit and build a fictional world from scratch. I think I want to dig my hands in the dirt and grow a world or two. I reached out to the Twitterverse asking for resources to get started on my quest to become a digital deity. Svetlana Belkin, over at the  Sense of Openness website, pointed me in the direction the worldbuilding forum on the Stack Exchange website. It’s proving to be…

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Branching out into freelancing

From an add jobs standpoint, September has been a good month for writing and non-writing projects. While I would love to freelance full time, it’s nowhere near being a reality. I have too many obligations that require a steady income to fantasy living the hand-to-mouth lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do it more on a part-time basis; that’s my goal for 2017. I want to see if I can earn 10% of my annual income through freelance gigs. If I’m successful, I’ll continue to raise the percentage until I hit the first major goal of 50% earned from…

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