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Maryan Pelland
Works at Ontext
Attended NIU, U of I
Lives in Northern IL
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Ceramic artist Terry Cervantes has a brilliant idea. She makes lovely little cups for wedding favors. Personalized. Read about it in our free blog section of Handbuilders Monthly. http://handbuildersmonthly.com/make-clay-wedding-favors/
Newsletter for pottery hand builders, clay makers, potters, and ceramics students
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Working in clay. I think Steve Hansen said, and I'm paraphrasing: Don't try to invent a brand new form. Perfect the ones that please you and do them as well as you possibly care. There's nothing new under the sun.
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This disc sculpture is part of a collection by Gary Carstens. The pieces are from about 8" diameter to 24". They're handbuilt with two disks cut from paper clay slabs, then set in a concave mold to create volume. He puts the two discs together as front and back or the view, then carves from a stencil he makes. He forms the edges, decorates the surface thoughtfully with deflocculated clay, and wood fires. They're amazing to look at and to touch. The second image is one he shot years ago and uses to inspire his tree sculptures. Gary is a member of the TwetnyDirtyHands.com pottery tour.
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If you want to learn pottery techniques but have no time for brick and mortar classes, explore this. We like it. http://teachinart.com/index.html
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I have all the work I've done for the last two months finished and fired now. Here's an example. We'll talk about the blue and whites in our June issue of HandbuildersMonthly.com in June.
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Here's work from a potter who is helping me with an article for the July HandbuildersMonthly.com — I love the organic character of her rock bowls and containers. Visit her website to see her amazing rock poo;s that actually look like little lagoons.
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I could be wrong, but I think this is done by wrapping slab strips around a balloon. In any case, it's really a nice piece. 'Vortex' ~ by Michael Eden
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We met potter Gary Carstens of Mississippi Mud Studios in Dubuque, Iowa, and of TwentyDirtyHands pottery tour. He was fun to talk with and his ceramic art is completely unique, original, and engaging.
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New issue is live on line!.There are terrific how to articles. Shawna Mayo Barnes is our featured artist. We tapped into secrets from a Raku Master. We've got the skinny on National Clay Week. (you'll be shocked!) In fact, here's a FREE SNEAK PREVIEW of our prize-winning content — http://handbuildersmonthly.com
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You get a FREE SNEAK PREVIEW of our coming June issue of Handbuilders Monthly! find out why there are two versions of National Clay Week. Don't forget to subscribe to Handbuilders Monthly.
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I broke my butter dish. Think I'll make a few of these. Do you have a butter dish you like a lot, that you make over and over?
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Occupation
developmental editor and author mentor, ghostwriter
Skills
Book development, self publishing, POD, author coaching, developmental editing, ghostwriting, web enhancement, content expert,
Employment
  • Ontext
    Author mentor/owner, 2002 - present
    I bust my derierre helping authors succeed in today's publishing and helping non-authors and non writers get their brilliant ideas into books.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Northern IL
Previously
Chicago and the Midwest - Chicago,Tampa,Biloxi,Greece,Italy,Spain.Yugoslavia,Wisconsin,Minnesota
Story
Tagline
Mentor, muse, and resource for authors, writers, non-writers, and ghostwriters
Introduction
I help authors, writers, ghostwriters, and self publishers make sense of the complications in our 21st Century book industry, with emphasis on ebooks of all kinds. You can see my home on the Web at OnText.com and discover the Your Life Story project or tweet me - @mkpelland. Everyone has a book in their head or heart - let's find it!
Bragging rights
World's first digital grandparent. Three decades book industry experience. Twelve books, even more ebooks. Nearly 1k bylines in major publications. Prize winning authors in my stable of clients. I've almost found the definitive secret to e publishing photography-rich ebooks. Keep watching and I'll show you how.
Education
  • NIU, U of I
    Certified Ghostwriter http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/continuinged/course_listing/programdescription.aspx?Course_ID=38824&course_version=1
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Female
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Koehler, Buczek
Maryan Pelland's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Beautiful Life - My Chrome Theme
www.mychrometheme.com

Add a personal touch to your browser. Create and share custom themes for Google Chrome with your own photos and designs.

LeLivro—the Next Great Thing? Not If Their Contract Scares Writers and A...
ontext.com

I just read a strong recommendation for a new website called LeLivro—a website that wants to change the way ebooks are vended—and I felt lik

End Piracy, Not Liberty – Google
www.google.com

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills bef

Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide
mashable.com

Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. The latest web techno

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
www.foodnetwork.com

Food Network invites you to try this Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe from Ina Garten.

Media Matters for America
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A Progressive Research Center Correcting Right-Wing Lies and Conservative Misinformation in the Media.

Hire a Ghost, But Don’t Pimp the Process |
ontext.com

If you  expend energy and money on a talented, professional ghostwriter to make your book shine, you must have a reason. Ghostwriters — good

Writing jobs people do better than computers – indexing |
ontext.com

A blog called Editorial Inspirations has a terrific post about why a human can create a book index better than a computer can. If you are wr

About Google Play - Google Play Help
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Q: What is Google Play? A: Google Play is a new digital content experience from Google where you can find your favorite music, movies, books

Do Not Get Screwed when You Self Publish Your Book |
ontext.com

Any writer or author researching how to self-publish or print-on-demand or POD a book is bound to end up dazed and confused. If you find you

Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing – which is best for writers? |
ontext.com

Is it better for a writer to shop her book around to traditional publishing houses or to dive in and self-publish or use a publish on demand

Sell Your Writing but Don’t Just Do It for the Money | Ontext ghostwriti...
ontext.com

Part 4 of The Business of Writing — Why writing is better when it's not just for the money. (This is a special guest post by one of our favo

Quick Secrets of How to Get Published ASAP |
ontext.com

The secret to writing success lies partly in having interesting things to write about whenever you need them, but success comes mostly from

Getting One-Up on MS Word 2010: Taming the MSWORD Ribbon |
ontext.com

Get a grip on the MSWord ribbon Some writers and authors using Office 2010, or more specifically, MS Word 2010 or 2007, wrangle with the rib

Easy steps to publish your ebook for Kindle readers | Ontext ghostwritin...
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Don't panic. You wrote your ebook, had the ebook professionally edited, polished the ebook to a gloss and you feel ready to publish that ebo

Selling Your Writing: Taking the Plunge — Preparing to Write Full Time |...
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Part 3 of The Business of Writing – Taking the Plunge — Preparing to Write Full Time. (This is a special guest post by one of our favorite w

What You Must Know About Being or Hiring a Ghostwriter | Ontext ghostwri...
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How do you become an author, freelance writer, or ghostwriter? Sue Everywoman was let go from her legal secretary job after 10 years of loya

Self-Publishing — Making Your Bones |
ontext.com

I guess analogy sort of makes publishing like the mafia. I don't know if I would draw that connection too broadly, but there is this one sim

Business of Writing – How to Make a Living as an Author or Writer |
ontext.com

So You Want to Write for Money? (This is a special guest post by one of our favorite writers. Grant will visit once or twice a month and exp

Very poor pharmacy where they make frequent mistakes and are seldom, if ever, apologetic. They lose our insurance info in their system on the average of once a month. Often, after promising a prescription at a given time, they don't have it ready. Last week, had to go up their three times to get an emergency refill and they couldn't fill it because their computers were down. Instead of admitting the outage had been for several days, they just kept saying, "Stop by later today." Sheesh.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
I'm not a donut fan, but my husband is and he says htis is THE BEST—runs rings (pun intended) around Dunkins. He tells me, when he brings home a little sack of his guilty pleasures, that if traffic is mild, and there's an easy shot at turning into that parking lot, he is incapable of not going in. And my grandkids absolutely light up at the words "Country Donuts." Even the plain, no frills, cake donuts are spactacular.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
three years ago, I posted a kind of negative review, wishing El Burrito would iron out a few problems, AND THEY DID!! This is now our go-to, favorite, anytime restaurant. You'll find us here at least once a week, and, I'm embarrassed to admit, sometimes more often. We bring guests, fmaily, friends, business associates and no one is ever disappointed. This is authentic food prepared by two young men who are formally trained (I'm pretty sure they told us they went to culinary school), What they can;t do with Mexican food just cannot be done! Enchilladas to pine for! A somplimentary soup that warms my heart. Hearty flavors and nothing bland about any of their dishes. They aren't afraid to offer devilishly hot sauces, but will accomodate guests who don't care for fire hot. The wait staff are always polite and willing to do what you want to make your meal a pleasure. Don't miss this place...the lunch specials are $5.00 and you will not leave hungry or unsatisfied. Hmmm...think I better head over there, it's lunchtime. OLD REVIEW — This was, for ages, our favorite place, Mexican or other. Recently, we've observed some staff issues that are causing poor service and a loss of the friendly atmosphere. We seldom stop in any more, but we miss the good food, well prepared. Maybe they'll get it ironed out. (4-5-2013)
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
If you remember the good old days of friendly local cafes where you're greeted by name and fed like a visitor, that's Tony's. The new owners really understand neighborhood business, and they knwo how to cook! Great food, lots of choices. Always fresh and tasty. Not a crabby or cranky person ever works in the place—many of their servers have been there for years. The owners (who bought it about a year ago from Tony) are updating the look, improving the menu, and experiementing with incredibly good desserts. Make this a go-to spot and you'll never be disappointed. We order the meat loaf plate (best meatloaf I have EVER had) and get two or three meals out of it for about $10 (with soup). Oh yeah, the soups are as good as I make at home...and I'm a good cook! Open for breakfast and lunch (till 230 pm) as well as Friday evening fish fry. Don't miss it.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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Best ice cream—ok, custard—around. Smooth, creamy, lots of choices, and generous servings of add-ons and add-ins. Nice people. Fair prices. If you have a chance to orde rone of their featured desserts like key lime pie sundae or carrot cake sundae...DO IT!
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
We've had some really ugly experiences with local banks with an attitude. Then we found USBANK and for over a year have been perfectly pleased. They go out of their way to get things done for customers. Often, if it looks like they can't do what you want, they'll help find a workaround. Staff is almost always sunny and pleasant—in a sincere kind of way. Lots of great banking programs, credit card deals, and account perks. Quick service. We love them. Any complaints? Sure, the branch manager can be very aloof and distant...not a warm, friendly woman. But her staff covers nicely. Easy to avoid her.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The food here is reliable, well-prepared diner style cooking. Portions are enormous and most everything is made to order. Waitstaff are so very pleasant, and they make an effort to get to know you. Family-friendly. We take the grandkids in here and they are always welcomed. Staff speak to the kids like they're people. I never mind running up to Olympic for a quick home cooked meal with no frills and no problems...ever. And their split pea soup? Oh, Mama, sooooo good.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago