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Justine Graykin
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Attended Miskatonic University
Lives in Deerfield, NH, USA
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My Kickstarter has just gone live.  Help me hire a real artist to design the cover art for my new book, due for release in July.  You'll be supporting not just a writer, but an artist, too.
Justine Graykin is raising funds for Cover Art for Justine Graykin's new book, "Awake Chimera" on Kickstarter! Raising funds to hire pro artist Angi Shearstone to create an exceptional cover image for my new SF book, Awake Chimera.
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The April BroadPod is up, featuring Jill Shultz.  She reads from her novel, Angel on the Ropes, which is SF with a Cirque du Soleil spin.  After the reading, she talks about how she researched trapeze, including doing a bit of flying herself.
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At the risk of sounding like a mean-spirited curmudgeon (which has never stopped me before) does anyone else out there feel ambivalent about NaNoWriMo and other gimmicks that encourage people to crank out words?  Do you feel a mild itch of impatience with people who need motivation to write?   The markets are flooded to choking with thousands of books.  Agents, editors and publishers are spammed daily with hundreds of submissions.  The value of the written word, even the competently or even splendidly written word, has been devalued to nothing by the sheer volume of stuff being cranked out.  Do we really need to push people to crank out more? 
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You are absolutely right about the hand-typed ms. slowing things down!  Part of the problem is how easy it is to produce a short story or novel.  Computers and word processing make it a snap to revise and edit.  Electronic submissions mean you can send it off with only a few keystrokes and at no cost to yourself.  And if you get tired of dealing with rejections, well, self-publishing is getting easier and easier, too.  Result?  A mosh pit.  Musical chairs in a football stadium with only three seats.  Many of the big publishing houses refuse to deal with electronic submissions, insisting on snail mailed mss.  This weeds out a lot of the casual submissions.

And yes, I think you are also right about the attitudes of children brought up with "Yes you can!  You are wonderful!"  It's very difficult to criticize this emphasis on self-esteem without sounding like a jerk who hates children.  But the fact is, no, they can't all grow up and achieve their dreams, and encouraging them to dream big ensures that most of them will be in for major disappointments when reality sets in.   In the meantime, being brought up to think they are, for example, talented writers with a unique voice, even if they are only competent writers with an occasional good idea, in other words, not unusual at all, convinces them that they are genius waiting to be discovered. 
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Greetings,
Giving this community a try, not sure if it is a good fit or not.  We'll see.  I am at that awkward stage in a writer's career where I'm earning money regularly from my work, but not nearly enough to make a living, I'm sort of well known in some circles (strangers recognize me in the street and say, "I loved that last piece...") but still mostly obscure.  I have a regular gig as a "free-lance philosopher" writing for a good-sized (for NH) newspaper, several short stories (fiction) published, and a novel (specfic) coming out through an indie publishing house in the fall.  My website gets a decent amount of traffic, but I ain't Scalzi.  I'm including a link to said website for anyone who is curious.
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Let's see, I don't much stick to genres.  For a while I called myself a SciFi writer, but then I got a humorous romantic fantasy novel picked up (that's the one that's coming out in the fall) so I decided I was Speculative Fiction, except that my paying gigs are mostly free-lance non-fiction articles for the newspaper.  And I just submitted a love story to NH Pulp's "Love Free or Die" anthology, and just might turn it into a novel to submit to Quirk Publishing's Love Story contest.  So, yeah.  I give up.  I'm just a writer.
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This is the offensive cover image in question.  What do you think, folks?  Am I being too bleeding-heart liberal white guilt?  Or am I justified  in cringing at the thought of having a story of mine enclosed within this image?
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Stop the destruction of public education.  Opt out of standardized testing.  It is your right, supported by the NEA.
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+Justine Graykin interesting points, in Germany, students are tested on their actual abilities taking into account the entire educational career. Standardized tests (like PISA) are used to identify school systems that work better than others, but not put a stat on a single student. However, teachers in Germany long opposed such nation wide tests as they feared (correctly) that bad schools could now be identified.
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Occupation
Write, mostly, about everything. Articles and essays, short stories and blogs, and a pile of novels. Science and SF are my specialties.
Skills
Maintaining 5 different websites for assorted organizations; meticulous proofreading skills; acting skills contribute to reading aloud with pizazz.
Employment
  • Freelance Philosophy
    Writer, present
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Currently
Deerfield, NH, USA
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Writer and Freelance Philosopher
Introduction
Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity -- well, Science, anyway – and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device.  Author of Archimedes Nesselrode, a book written for adults who are weary of adult books, she produces the monthly BroadPod podcast for Broad Universe.  Under the name "Mel" Graykin, she has a regular feature in the Concord (NH) Monitor. She putters around her home on 50 acres in New Hampshire, occasionally disappearing into the White Mountains with a backpack.
Bragging rights
Gotten a good assortment of short stories published and anthologized, and finally, one of my novels. Also climbed all the mountains in NH over 4000 ft. Getting published regularly and paid for it. Half a century, and it just keeps getting better.
Education
  • Miskatonic University
    Reification and Reanimation, 1978
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Female
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Mel Graykin