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Chris Brecheen
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Big dork. Loves English. Writes a lot. Reads more.
Big dork. Loves English. Writes a lot. Reads more.

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This is Part 3 of a multi-part article from a few years back that I rescued from the blog where it was originally published, and I’m jumping right in from Part 2 without recap.

Come see what skylines and determinism (and pineapple on pizza) have to do with "good" art and video games.
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We're wrapping up the admin end of the 2018 year here with our Best of posts. So come see a 2 year old rerun kick all the ass and find out my most amusing "Aren't you the Writing About Writing guy?" story.

Ten Flavors of Gamergate Fail
"You Live in a Bubble" (Social Justice Bard)
20 Questions (Meta)
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What is the best science fiction book (or series) written in the last ten years?

We're going back to some of our most popular polls of the past few years, but this time we're doing it with lots more voters (and we'll be keeping the results on display.)

Remember to put your nominations on the web page (not here on social media) if you want them to count.
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My income is down. It's down by a little over $70 from where it was in November. Percentage wise, this is normal (if a TINY bit high)--I usually struggle until March just to get back to where I was before Thanksgiving. Folks redo their budgets before and after the holidays, and I get that I'm not always the highest of priorities. I even had someone send me a lovely note that they were among furloughed federal workers and their $5 contribution would be back as soon as they were back to work and recovered from the shutdown.

The reason I'm able to do as much as I do is patrons, and if I were ever able to do more, that would be because of patrons too.

It's okay if that is only a small ongoing contribution. I love my bigger donors, but over half of what I make each month is dependent on the fate of fewer than a dozen people. A renegotiated contract in the Midwest, and suddenly I'm out almost a tenth of my income. What I could really use is a strong bedrock of $1, $3, and $5 donations (each with its own reward tier) to help when life happens to those very generous folks. Plus of course every tier has its own rewards.

And you get that warm and fuzzy feeling that you're supporting an indie, non-traditional artist.

And if an ongoing contribution doesn't work, you can always make a one time donation at paypal.me/WritingAboutWriting

As always, these posts get very little engagement on their own. So if you have no money, but want to help, please give this post a comment, or a +1. I'm going to keep going until the plug is pulled here...
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If you learn one thing from this blog, let it be....well, let it be that you should write every day if you want to be a paid writer. But if you learn TWO things, let the second be that controlling the narrative is true power, possibly greater power than splitting the atom or splicing genes. The ability to say who is right and who is wrong and whose story we will not even listen to is the power to take a species of storytellers and exert the ultimate social control over them.

The Republicans DESPERATELY (and urgently as their numbers slip every day) want to paint this shutdown as just a simple negotiation gone wrong...
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Before we move forth to our 2019 polls and a whole new dimension of our polling here at Writing About Writing, let me thank everyone for participating in an incredible year of diverse polls.

What's new? Once upon a time we did our polls and that was that. You could dig through the archives and look them up or wait for them to come around again.

NOT ANYMORE!
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The results are in! Best Genre Fiction written by a woman or person of color or member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

From your nominations and seconds to the final results.
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What is the BEST Genre Fiction (Non-SF/F/Horror) written by a woman, a person of color, or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community?

Please follow this link if you're wondering why this poll has some particular limitations. This is the last of our diverse polls.

Your very super lastly last chance to vote on this poll before the results go up this weekend.
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Just a reminder, while this isn’t a “what does it all mean?” post analyzing the plot of B.I., I cannot avoid some spoilers. I also have some mild Inception spoilers, so if you haven’t seen that yet, go find out why all the critics were wetting themselves in 2010. I’m going to hit the ground running from Part One without any recap, so please check that out before digging in here if you haven’t already.



In order to haughtily declare that something "isn't art," it's important that we all have a working definition of what art ACTUALLY IS that goes beyond "What I like is art" and "What I don't like isn't."
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What is the best genre book (or series) [not Sci Fi/Fantasy/or Horror] written by a woman or POC or member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Please follow this link if you're wondering why this poll has some particular limitations.

This post should have gone up yesterday, but I didn't get in until late. We've only got a few days left and this is the VERY LAST of our year of diverse polls.
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