Business Musing: Writing in the 21st Century (Part Two)

The other day, I was reading a friend’s Facebook post about writing, when another writer popped up in the comments. Comment Writer, whom I have known for thirty years and whom I do not have a good opinion of, began their comment on self-publishing with “The only way to make money as a writer in today’s environment is…” Immediately, my fingers lifted off the keyboard. […]

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Business Musings: Entertainment in the 21st Century (Part One)

One of my routes on my morning runs each week takes me past a small independent high-end movie theater, privately owned. It has a full restaurant, a beautiful bar, a space that can be rented for civic events, and six small theaters with extremely comfortable chairs. In the Before times, as one reporter likes to call everything pre-Covid, the theater had a wait-staff that would […]

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Business Musings: Framing The Pandemic (A Process Blog)

A post has gone viral on Facebook recently to note the six-month mark of the pandemic. At six months, Aisha Ahmad, the author of the post (which I can link to thanks to one of my Patreon supporters who found it for me), says it’s okay if we’ve hit an emotional wall. In fact, it’s normal on long difficult things. I read that, made a […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2020

I read a lot in September, but some of it was in manuscript for the fantasy study-along. I am putting all of this up late, because I got behind making note of things. I also started two different novels and quit. One was just plain boring. I kept forgetting what was happening. Another was offensive from the second chapter forward, and I decided to stop […]

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Business Musings: Comfort

I’ve been rage donating all weekend. Yeah, it’s a thing. And this time, the jukebox in my head has been playing Bananarama’s 1984 hit “Cruel Summer” on an endless loop in my head. You don’t need me to regurgitate the events of the last few weeks, or maybe you do, because some of you will read this about 10 days after I write it, and […]

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Business Musings: Reclaiming The Future

There’s something hopeful about going to school. School is about the future, no matter what your age. There’s a sense that you’re studying something because you’ll need it at some point. Or you’ll need the degree, and since you need the degree, you need to take these five classes whether you want to or not. Sure, there’s the day-to-day drudgery of class, online or in […]

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Business Musings: On Fire

The sunsets and sunrises have been spectacularly beautiful here in Las Vegas for the past three weeks or so—when we’ve had sunsets and sunrises. The smoke from the California wildfires has been incredibly thick, putting a haze on everything. But it gives us blood-red sunrises and sunsets, and occasionally some lovely clouds that will reflect pink and purple. Our air quality has ranged from annoying […]

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Business Musings: Trainwreck Fall Edition

I adore a good gothic and a somewhat creepy novel (but not too creepy, mind you), so in June, when a reliable friend recommended Simone St. James’s The Sun Down Motel, I ordered a copy immediately, and read it the moment it arrived. Loved it. It’s in my recommended reading list for July. As soon as I finished, I ordered a copy for my sister, […]

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2020

Finished up lots of editing because I have a busy fall, and my time will be limited. So my reading time was limited to about an hour a day, plus what I could grab out of the slower moments. I read too much news, as well, which didn’t do me a lot of favors. I think I superstitiously believe that if I consume enough news, […]

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Business Musings: Getting Lots Done (A Process Blog)

I decided to take another Spanish class this fall. I had been on the fence about taking any classes this fall, because of COVID and the election and some massive deadlines that I have. Plus, I’m teaching as well, so I’m exceedingly busy. After two frustrating random conversations, one as I tried to tell someone about a problem I’d seen, and the other as I […]

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