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Writing Goals 3/29/15  to 4/4/15

That's three weeks in a row now that I've hit all my writing goals. Maybe it's time to push a little harder:

 *   Write Dragon Hoard Part 10
 *   Write Part 1 of Vilde and the Sword of Ice
 *   Finish typo stomping round and send ZombieMart to Beta Readers
 *   Write Dragon Hoard Part 11
 *   Write Part 2 of Vilde and the Sword of Ice

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Your Daily Dose of Fiction: Pathfinder Tales: The Gem by Gary Kloster  - http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/v5748dyo5lhaw?The-Gem

Paizo have started a new Pathfinder Tales serial on their blog and that seemed like the perfect bit of #DailyFiction  to share.

Pathfinder Tales: The Gem by Gary Kloster
Genre: Fantasy Serial

Outside, the children of Thirty Trees laughed and their parents talked, monkeys chattered in the canopy and birds sang to the morning sun. But inside the little house that Jiri shared with Oza, the only sound that mattered was the muted clicks of the clay pots her teacher was packing into his bag.

"They think I'll burn the village down." Jiri swung her feet and her hammock stirred beneath her, an unsteady motion that matched her mood.

"They don't think that." Oza, shaman of Thirty Trees, pulled the ties of his bag tight. "Well, not all of them."

"Most of them." Jiri's feet kicked too hard, and her hammock tipped. Used to its treachery, she dropped out before it could dump her. "They don't trust me. They only made me a Mosa because you wanted them to, and they love you. But I'm not you, Oza."

Read the rest of the story... http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/v5748dyo5lhaw?The-Gem
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This book defies genre conventions in a number of ways.  It does feature a young man who turns out to be critically important to the future of a fantasy land. But the thing is that Maia, the eponymous Goblin Emperor is not special. In fact he is…
This book defies genre conven­tions in a number of ways.  It does feature a young man who turns out to be crit­i­cally impor­tant to the future of a fantasy land. But the thing is that Maia, the epony­mous Goblin Emperor is not special. In fact he is excep­tional in his ordinariness. The story is also strangely lacking in … Continue reading Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison →
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This is currently my treadmill book. So, 30 to 60 minutes a day, depending on weather. I'm a third of the way through and I'm immersed in the story. 
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A good example of how cut off from reality and self referential the tech press are.

A situation that I'm certain is amplified by the fact they all follow each other on social media.
About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past we...
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They are both methods of live streaming video from your phone +Craig Hatler (thus probably of great interest to techie bloggers and podcasters).

They're not the first to do it, but seem to have addressed most of the pain points to make it easy.
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So much love. ♥

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As it is April 2nd in many parts of the world now, I thought I'd share this with you all to help get you started with some real info before people start bombarding you with "diagnosis rates" and such.
Allow me to share with you a few things that you might not know about autistics for Autism Awareness Day
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Damn, my Twitter feed is even preachier than my G+ stream.

It's not that I disagree with the sentiments (well most of them at least) but I'm so tired of the lecturing tone everywhere in social media.
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I'm an incredibly progressive person, but even I'm getting tired of the constant barrage of 'you have to act this way' 
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I have had at least one episode of Gotham sitting in my Hulu queue since Christmas and at points it has been as many as 4. This is a sure sign that I'm not really enjoying the show (I'm all caught up on Arrow, Flash and Agents of SHIELD by comparison).

It's not that I dislike it. In fact, while I'm watching it, I quite enjoy it. I just don't have the urge to turn it on in the first place.

I'm not sure why.
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I don't generally fall behind unless it's something I'm watching with my wife (in which case it's coordinating so we're both in the mood to watch at the same time).

My time is limited enough that I don't really need filler shows. Unless there's unusual stuff going on, I'm either going to watch it weekly or not watch.

I stopped watching Sleepy Hollow this year when I realized I had fallen 6 episodes behind and obviously just wasn't that interested.
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Okay, so Netflix's Daredevil series releases on April 10th right?

Obviously I'm going to watch it. However, it turns out I have something that resembles a life which means I can't watch more than 1-2 episodes a night at most.

The key questions then are as follows:

*  How many episodes should I watch before reviewing?
*  Should I do separate reviews for every episode?
*  How quickly do I have to get a review up before people stop caring?
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I'd say a review at 25, 50, and 100% of season completion.  Given that I don't know anyone without a 3-4 month backlog on Netflix, I would say review within 1 month to be early (but not earliest) reviewer for maximum SEO.
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April Fools fuckery... Leave my stream.
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I'm mostly ignoring everyone today; business as usual for me. You can come visit my stream, or just give me a hug. Either or is fine.
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Good advice and something I struggle with.

My final draft involves removing words.
 
#IndispensableWritingBooks Elements of Style has the best single sentence of writing advice ever

I chose Strunk and White’s Elements of Style to be the first in my series of Indispensable Writing Books just because it has what I think is the single best sentence of writing advice ever given. It’s right there in the table of contents, the title of Part III, Number 13.

Omit needless words.

It sounds too simple to be real advice, and a number of people misconstrue it, but when you understand what it’s saying, it’s tremendous advice.

If you clink on the link in that table of contents, you’ll get the full text of Number 13:

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

The concept of necessary words, and the definition of them as words that tell can be incredibly powerful. If you’re looking at non fiction, the fact of the matter is that clarity is paramount. There’s magic in a simple declarative sentence followed by more simple declarative sentences that take the reader from the introduction to a concept through all the details they need to know.

It’s a little bit different with fiction, because you’re not just trying to solve a problem or educate the reader. You’re trying to characterize your characters. You’re trying to do things with setting and mood and all the other things that go into making a tremendous reading experience.

One might think that omitting needless words means paring down on description and mood and colorful dialogue and all those kinds of fun things.

That’s crap.

Description is necessary. Mood is necessary. Characterization is necessary.

When you’re editing—and that’s when you should be applying this advice—you should be looking at a word or a phrase and asking if that word or phrase is necessary. Some words are necessary just because they’re all the connecty bits that hold the rest of the words together. Some are necessary just because they are the meat of what you’re trying to convey.

And some of them are necessary because they convey mood, or add to the characterization of a character, or any of a bunch of other things.

When you’re looking at a word or phrase to see if it is necessary, you first need to ask yourself if the mood, description, or characterization is necessary, not just in the book, but in that spot in the book. If the answer is no, cut it. If the answer is yes, ask if the words are necessary to convey what you want to convey about mood, theme, character, or whatever, and if not, cut them out and find better words.

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I chose Strunk and White's Elements of Style to be the first in my series of Indispensable Writing Books just because it has what I think is the single best sentence of writing advice ever given. It's right there in the table of contents, the title of Part III, Number 13. Omit needless words.
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So now I have two reviews to write and I haven't managed to post a #DailyFiction .

But I'm tired so I doubt I'll do anything else productive today. That's the problem with getting up before 5am, by this point in the day you're done.
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It's a Gaelic spelling of Ewan. Phonetically you would say you-an.


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Born in Scotland, living in the United States. Two sons. One wife. Two sisters. I have opinions on everything and a store of largely useless knowledge that I like to share with as many people as possible.

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Good kind of weirdo and freak - Krystal Heather 9/29/11, Three versions of awesome - Marc Jansen 10/12/11, You are officially awesome - Antimony L. 11/12/11, Is generally a bad influence on me - Steven Spence 2/07/12, A hemi-demi-semi-God! - Ted Ewen 2/17/12
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    Subcontract Administrator, 2012 - present
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    Director of Operations, 2010 - 2012
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    Business Unit Manager, 2004 - 2010
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Public - 10 months ago
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Having twins makes for challenging birthdays. So this year we decided to take advantage of one of the birthday packages that Pump It Up offers and the experience was great. For those who aren't familiar they're an indoor kids activity playground (bouncy slides, bouncy obstacle courses, bouncy bouncers!). We got a 90 minute package for 15 kids and pretty much the only thing we had to do was bring the cake (or cupcakes in our case). The friendly staff helped us bring the cupcakes in from the car and helped keep the boys occupied since we arrived a good 20 minutes early. When our timeslot came, not all of the guests had arrived, but we were able to go in and spend the time with the boys while the staff again handled the later arrivals, right down to making sure the presents were taken care of. We chose a Superhero theme package so the boys got to pick their superhero names and engage in some other games. Of course all the equipment was popular. One of my sons has aspergers and when the excitement got to much and he had a melt down, the staff handled it wonderfully. They stayed calm, checked with us to see if we needed any help and made sure that we felt no pressure. Basically he was able to expend his tantrum in the safety of one of the pieces of equipment and once he was back in control, out he came to join the rest of the group. The last half hour of the party was in one of their party rooms where two blow-up "thrones" had been set up for the birthday boys to sit in (wearing capes, masks and blow up crowns no less). This was popular of course. And once again we didn't have to do anything. The staff set out the food, made sure the kids had what they need and tidied up afterwards. All in all a great party for the boys and their friends and no stress for us.
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Public - a year ago
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
No frills service and food. Good value and large portions.
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I've always liked this park for its size and variety. But since the county took it over there's been a significant improvement in the play areas for children with all new equipment installed.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Great theater. Comfortable seats, lots of leg room, easy to see over the other customers. Food is decent. Ticket prices are surprisingly low.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago