Dear Representative Crenshaw,
In the wake of the Orlando mass-shooting event on the weekend of June 12th, I would like to talk to you about gun violence.
The spate of gun violence in this country has reached unimaginable levels in recent years. The advent of machine guns, assault rifles and other firearms with large magazine capacities has given perpetrators of domestic violence, gang violence, and domestic terrorism the ability to kill large numbers of American citizens in short timeframes. The fact that fifty people died this past weekend and fifty-three were wounded before the police had time to respond is unacceptible.
Consider too how you might feel if it had been a Jacksonville venue filled with your constituents: people you represent, people who voted for you. Would you not be angry at how something like this could happen in your district?
As my representative to Congress, it is your responsibility to protect me, my family and friends, and all of your constituients from the biggest health crisis the United States is currently experiencing. Please sponsor or back a bill restricting the sale of guns with large capacity magazines, that includes background checks, requirements for mental health exams, and precludes the sale of guns to criminals and people convincted of domestic violence crimes.
Even though our philosphies regarding health-care, poverty, and equality policies may differ, surely even you can see how dangerous it is to allow just anyone to purchase a gun with which (s)he can kill scores of people in the time it takes someone to dial 911. This is a matter of life and death. Please treat the matter with the seriousness it requires. Please show that you accept the responsibility you assumed when you took your oath of office and protect the people depending on you.
Sponsor a bill for gun control. Our lives depend on it.Sincerely,
- Current Location:Florida
- Current Mood: determined
It posted two days ago, so I'm a little behind on the notification. I hope you will stop by and take a gander at it. And, if you're feeling charitable, please stop by the forum boards and join the discussion about the article. I would really love to hear from you.
- Current Location:homework
- Current Mood: happy
As panel moderator, I've decided to post the panel questions in their entirety. Please, feel free to ask questions here. I'm going to ask the panel participants to stop by and give their own thoughts on these questions.
Introduction & What prompted your journey into being a short fiction author?
Starting the story: Why and how do we write the short story? Are there certain things (like submission calls) that prompt particular stories?
How do you determine if your short fiction should be a series or bunch of stand alone pieces?
Perfecting the story: At what point is it ready to sell to a publisher or self-publish?
The fear of beta readers: What can they do for you and is it worth the risk that one of them might "steal" your story?
Finding a Home:
Looking for the publisher: How do you determine what markets to approach and how to upsell your fiction?
Why choose a magazine over an anthology or vice versa? Consider the pros and cons of what rights are taken and for how long, royalty division, flat fee payments.
At what point does self-publishing vs. getting someone else to publish enter the picture?
Let's briefly discuss first publishing rights: See Neil Clarke's discussion at https://www.goodread...80-first-rightsfor where I'm heading.
Marketing / Sales:
Once published: How do you market & sell to the readers?
How does short fiction fit into the digital publishing world?
What is the one thing most writers don't take into consideration when marketing / selling their work?
What's the best piece of advice you can give a new writer looking to break into short fiction?
For those who attended, I am terribly sorry we didn't get as much time as we really needed for this panel. I should have started off asking what people wanted to hear most about before launching into these questions. Next time, I will. Promise.
Anyway, please... ask away. What do you want to know about the whole thing? Which question interests you the most?
- Current Location:dreaming
- Current Mood:It's morning. Why is it morning?
I might as well do that update before installing all my programs and such. I'm debating on a terabyte sized solid state drive for this puppy. Then I could duel boot between Windows 10 pro and Windows 7 business, set up my windows VMs and SQL Server for testing clusters and such. I've been wanting something powerful enough for HyperV or VMWare.
Anyone have suggestions for SSDs or virtual machine software?
- Current Mood:introspective
Saturday, September 19
9:00 p.m. - Doctor Who - BBC America
Monday, September 21
8:00 p.m. - Gotham - Fox
10:00 p.m. - Castle - ABC
Tuesday, September 22
8:00 p.m. - NCIS - CBS
8:00 p.m. - THE MUPPETS - ABC
9:00 p.m. - NCIS: New Orleans - CBS
Thursday, September 24
8:00 p.m. - HEROES REBORN - NBC
Saturday, September 26
9:30 p.m. - MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - Disney XD
Sunday, September 27
8:00 p.m. - Once Upon A Time - ABC
Tuesday, September 29
9:00 p.m. - Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - ABC
Wednesday, September 30
9:00 p.m. - Criminal Minds - CBS
Thursday, October 1
8:00 p.m. - Bones - Fox
9:00 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow - Fox
Tuesday, October 6
8:00 p.m. - The Flash - the CW
9:00 p.m. - iZombie - the CW
Wednesday, October 7
8:00 p.m. - Arrow - the CW
Monday, October 19
9:00 p.m. - Jane the Virgin - the CW
Monday, October 26
8:30 p.m. - SUPERGIRL - CBS
Sunday, November 1
8:00 p.m. - The Librarians - TNT
Thursday, November 5
10:00 p.m. - Elementary - CBS
Friday, November 20
12:01 p.m. - Jessica Jones - Netflix
? p.m. - The Man In The High Castle - Amazon
- Current Mood: happy
SET GRIPE = ON;
We have to have a zillion screwdrivers in the house and I can't find a single one because he keeps moving them and not putting them back where they belong. Or he does put them where they belong, then moves the toolboxes under or behind things so I still can't find them. Of course I have computer sized screwdrivers at work, locked in my desk, but it never occurred to me to bring them home with me tonight and I forgot to take my laptop into the office today. So it's wait for him to get home or wait until tomorrow to see if I can reseat the keyboard cable correctly. I swear he does this sometimes just to make sure I don't forget that he can occasionally be useful. @=)
SET GRIPE = OFF;
I have been thinking for a while that I needed to get a new laptop. I'd been leaning toward a Surface Pro 3 (512 SS HD) which is 2k plus peripherials (even after yesterday's one day sale). The SO said I should look for something under $600. He decided the tech gods had spoken and convinced me to head out to Woot! where I found a Lenovo Thinkpad E455 with AMD A6-700 2.2 GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and 500 GB SATA. It has a Windows 7 Pro OS (I currently use Business). I suppose I could either ghost over the OS or swap out the hard drives, then update all the drivers. I'm not sure how well that will work given Microsoft's reputation for killing OSes that don't match the hardware they were originally registered with. I guess I'll find out for sure though whether they really do such a thing.
On the other hand, I really really really want to get this up and running for a bit longer. Follower TheWayne suggested I troll Ebay for a parts laptop to see if I can get a new top cover assembly. I might do just do that and end up with more laptops than any one person really needs.
Anyway, girls, just wanted you to know that if I can take a laptop apart and put it back together again, so can you. It's not hard. Just annoying when you lose all the little screws because the canned air was facing the wrong way when you hit the trigger. And while I'm doing hardware repair, I'm also writing fiction and doing up a short SQL Server series on how to create a comic book database for SSC. Because that's just how we women roll.
- Current Mood:ho-hum
Fast forward to this past summer and the heat issue is back, along with an intermittent shutdown / blue screen o' death issue. I do a little research and find out that my fan / grill is probably gunked up with dust and what not. I pull up these instructions to take my laptop apart and what happens?
I break one of the motherboard cables (tiny little thing, the middle one in step 14), leaving part of it behind in the middle board.
So now I have to order parts to get my laptop working again. And I should probably re-goo the heatsink again, just to be safe. Still, there's something to be said for taking apart the hardware and giving it a good cleaning. More people should do such things. It's cheaper than buying a new machine (I hope).
In the meantime, I've ordered some Android root-your-Nook SD cards to "upgrade" my Nook without voiding the warranty. I'm going to test both the N2A and the RootMyNook and see which one I like better. Hopefully this means I can use my Nook as a writing device when I'm traveling, and save myself some weight.
EDIT: Well, CRAP CRAP CRAP. Top cover assemblies are not sold as separate pieces, so it looks like I'm buying a new laptop. In the meantime, there is some hope that the cable I broke was to the mouse touch pad. As I have a USB mouse, I might still be able to salvage this laptop for a bit. So here goes nothing while trying to put it back together.
- Current Mood: blah
Which brings me to:
Da Prompt: What character strengths and virtues does your antagonist and your protagonist ? Below is a list of characteristics. Pick five for each of these characters (only one hero and one villain). Write a scene or short story with these two characters using at least two of the characteristics for both of them. Bonus points if you use all five without getting all "Talking Heads."
Da List: Creativity, Curiosity, Judgement, Love of Learning, Perspective, Bravery, Perseverance, Honesty, Zest, Love, Kindness, Social Intelligence, Teamwork, Fairness, Leadership, Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, Self-Regulation, Appreciation, Gratitude, Hope, Humor, Spirituality. (Categories and definitions are linked)
Da Note: No wordcount for this one. This exercise is solely to teach yourself about your characters' good points. Why, yes, Virginia. Even villains are allowed to have good qualities. It makes for better bad guys.
Writers are frequently asked the question “Where do you get your ideas?” The question is a hard one to answer because we all find our inspiration in different places. Some people need to be given prompts, little snippets of ideas to spark their imaginations.
With that in mind, I am posting Writing Prompt Wednesdays. The goal is to inspire writers with exercises meant to train their skills and fire up the creative juices. There are rules. Most prompts will have associated word counts or style instructions. These are not meant to restrict the writer, but give the writer a chance to explore different ways of writing.
If you are an author in search of that one juicy idea, I hope these posts help. If you have ideas for writing prompts, please let me know.
1) Anything goes so long as you stick to the spirit of the prompt.
2) I ask that if you do publish something based on one of my prompts, that you post the good news (and the link) in the comments of the prompt that inspired your success. You want other people to help you celebrate, right?
- Current Location:Stone Valley
- Current Mood:introspective.
So I'm putting the call out. If anyone is interested in doing some cover artwork, please let me know. Send me a private message on Live Journal or reply to me on Twitter (If I don't follow you, I will once you tweet me and we can exchange contact information).
Please come prepared with a resume (what work have you done before) and a portfolio (an online website is fine too) including people, objects, and backgrounds. Previous book cover art, if you've done some, is good too. I would definitely like to see some steampunk people and items, but don't forget about other fantasy and science fiction type work since this commission may lead to future projects if I really like your stuff.
One note: I don't mind digital artwork so long as the people look realistic and not plastic / video-gamish.
Two note: If you've never done a commission, but you have a portfolio that you think kicks butt and fulfills my requirements, please contact me anyway. I am willing to give new artists a chance too.
- Current Mood:Let's Get This DONE
To which I cry bullshit.
I agree with the basic premise that women's rights isn't going anywhere until we get buy-in from the boys' club. It is an unfortunate fact of life that just decrying our lack of resources and opportunities will not get us those things until men are willing to fight alongside us. There are just too many male-oriented obstacles in our collective paths. Look at the U.S. Army Rangers, for instance. Women didn't get to go through Ranger school until after a male U.S. President supported the idea of women in combat-related jobs and a male U.S. Defense Secretary told the military to open up Ranger school applications. And even now the two women who graduated this month are going to spend their Army careers sitting around doing non-Ranger jobs until another man (probably a group of generals) says it's okay for the women who passed the training to be allowed in the group itself.
But the point of all-women tech groups and all-women conferences and all-women networking events is not to shut the men out of the process. It is to create a safe space where women can teach themselves and other women how to get into technology and how to fit into a male-dominated field. Technology has far too few women in the industry today. We get called names and lose promotion opportunities when we (doing as the guys do) advance our ideas and assert our ambitions. We don't get hired if we negotiate too hard for our salaries (but the guys do), and we miss out on opportunities if we play the nice girl card. Now, I'm exaggerating a little bit, but the trends are there.
Why shouldn't we have these safe spaces (for a little while at least)? Why shouldn't we take advantage of building our own networks (the Good Ol' Boys certainly have their own) and supporting each other?
On the other hand, we should remember that at the end of the day, we really do need male buy-in to break that glass ceiling. Otherwise all we're doing is singing "Let It Go" at a frozen mountainside with no one around to hear us.
One of many reasons I like the PASS Women in Technology group is that the men are encouraged to join. And several have. They don't see us as anti-male. On the contrary, they want to hear us sing, see us grow, and help make technology a better industry for everyone. So kudos to them!
But to Mr. Rava's point, I still call bullshit.
- Current Mood:slightly annoyed