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Lisa Nicholas
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Hey, everyone, I'm working on an ebook for bloggers who are moving to WordPress (self-hosted) from other platforms (especially Google Blogger). I want this to be as un-geeky as possible, to help people get over the speed bump (AKA "learning curve") many experience when they make this move. I got this idea after helping someone who has spent many years on Blogger & decided to move to WordPress in order to expand her web presence to include an author site (i.e., combo blog & author site).

I'd love to know if any of you have made this move and have advice you would give to others OR to know if you have contemplated such a move but been held back by various worries about the transition. If so, comment below, but also email me at nicholaseditorial [at] gmail [dot] com.
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I can write more later, but I eventually had to get a book from the library and watched some videos on YouTube in order to figure out how to get WordPress working. I'm still tinkering around with it. I wanted to launch my site on the First, but I'm still working on the copy for the site, and trying to draw up a grant proposal for it. So I will have more to write about in a week or two.
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Something new on the Common Prayers blog. This blog (slow getting going, because I've got too many irons in the fire) is intended to be a companion to a prayer manual I hope to publish. I would really love to include as many treasured prayers from the Catholic tradition as possible. You can throw in your two cents by going to the blog, clicking on "Welcome to Common Prayers," and filling in the form with your favorite prayer or devotion.
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I'm reviving my Sancta Futura science fiction blog and moving it off of Blogger. Follow me to SanctaFutura.com, where I'll be revealing all that goes into imagining and writing a future universe, as well as discussing all things speculative. Join me!
This blog has been moved to a shiny new self-hosted site: Please follow me there. Sorry, no intelligent reptilian species will be allo...
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Heads up, all Dallas-area Catholic writers -- meetings at UD resume this Tuesday. This year, the UD meetings will occur twice a month. Read all about it!
The Fall schedule of DFW Catholic Writers meetings at the University of Dallas has been confirmed. This semester the group will meet ...
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Our Dallas Catholic writer meetings have moved! Follow us to our next meeting this Tuesday.
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This is the first blog post on my Mitey Editing site -- it explains what I'm doing and why. The blog itself will focus on teaching self-editing, and perhaps a few other kinds of tips for self-publishers.

If you have questions about editing, especially self-editing, you should leave a comment on the blog post. I'd like to know what people need help with.

(And now I'm wondering why the post excerpt isn't showing up in the link -- anyone have any ideas?)

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Beautifully explained, Lisa. And a wonderful offer I'm sure many will appreciate. 
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I'm going to start writing a new novel soon, an idea I've been developing in my mind (and in my notes) for over a year. Recently I got hold of Shawn Coyne's The Story Grid, which has really set me on fire to get my novel going -- I was interested in his approach to developmental editing, but this book is really aimed at the self-editing writer (every writer should be learn to be a good self-editor!).

If you'd like a fresh approach to plotting a novel, from an experienced and very successful book editor, I really recommend The Story Grid. (If you don't want to buy the book, most of the content is available free on his website, storygrid.com.) The book has a lousy cover IMO, but contains some really excellent info.
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Hey, everybody, I'm gearing up to write a completely new, re-imagined version of the science fiction story I worked on for years (through three complete drafts, and part of a radical rewrite), and I've given the accompanying blog a new home on a self-hosted WordPress site. I'll be writing a lot about all the way my decisions as a writer have been shaping the evolution of this story (as well as discussing science fiction informed by Catholic faith).

If you are interested in seeing how I approach the creative process, you may like my latest post on worldbuilding (the first of a series on how creative decisions reflect worldview). http://sanctafutura.com/building-the-sancta-futura-universe/
World-building is a key task for any writer of speculative fiction. The writer of realistic fiction has a world ready-made (the real world, in which we all live), and the writer of historical novel…
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No, nothing ready for the public yet. I'm too busy with editing clients right now to get much writing done. :( :)
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Sancta Futura has moved
This blog has been moved to a shiny new self-hosted site: Please follow me there. Sorry, no intelligent reptilian species will be allowed in my imaginary universe. (Reptile by kwayne64 on deviantart.com) The original content (everything you find here) has m...
This blog has been moved to a shiny new self-hosted site: Please follow me there. Sorry, no intelligent reptilian species will be allo...
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Professional editing for indie Catholic authors, at incredibly affordable rates. Why? Read to find out.
Mitey Editing offers professional editing services exclusively to independent Catholic Authors, at exceptionally low rates.
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I'm trying to create a WordPress blog that will automatically pull in my blog posts from half a dozen different blogs (some on WordPress, some not). I can do this by hand -- I don't publish more than once or twice a week, so it's not a big deal -- but I would love to find a plug-in that will do this for me automatically. Does anyone know of such a thing? I've looked at some aggregator plugins, but these seem aimed at bringing in articles on specific topics, from all over the web. That's not what I want -- I want to be able to specify the blogs that get aggregated.

Thanks for any leads or ideas you can offer.
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I'm pretty sure you can do something like with with one of the Jetpack plugin widgets, however this will only work with other Wordpress blogs. Also as mentioned aggregating blog content is a bad idea and very easy to get wrong as far as SEO goes. 
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I've been busy putting websites together, moving most of my stuff into self-hosted Wordpress sites (a couple of blogs will remain on Blogger for the time being). Anyway, I'm trying to knock out all the bugs so that I can get back to writing and editing (although, after all this, I may add website creation as one of my services for authors).

So here's a question for anyone with experience using MailChimp for list-building. On my new Common Prayers website, I embedded a MailChimp form on the Welcome page (created it in MailChimp, not with a plugin). It has collected several signups BUT when I go to the MailChimp site, it does not show any members of the associated list (I entered them manually). Does anyone have any idea what may have gone wrong? +John Paul Wohlscheid, do you know?

BTW, check out the Common Prayers website (just one blog post so far, in addition to the welcome page). This is a blog that will support a book that I intend to put together one of these days. Sign up, and I'll make sure you get on the email list, by hook or by crook.
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I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
Introduction
After years in academics and non-profits, I am now dedicating my time to writing, and helping other writers succeed. I'm currently working on a Catholic science fiction novel (the first of a series) and have a best-selling book on the household use of diatomaceous earth on Amazon.com, as well as maintaining several blogs.

My Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas helped me indulge my love of literature, languages, philosophy, and history, all of which I've had an opportunity to teach at one time or another (currently under the auspices of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization).

For many years, I have sung with the parish choir of St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington, TX, and I have accumulated many years' experience volunteering in charitable outreach to the poor, in adult literacy, at the Arlington Night Shelter, and working with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Evansville, IN, visiting the needy and serving meals at the community soup kitchen.

After years of experience in community service, graphic design, scholarship, and teaching, I've finally returned to my childhood love, writing. I've finally figured out that you really can "have it all," just not all at the same time! Life is good.
Bragging rights
I've published a small book on the household uses of diatomaceous earth (Naturally Healthy Living With Diatomaceous Earth), which is selling well on Amazon.Right now, I'm working on a soft-science scifi novel with Catholic themes: _Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars_. I'm available for all kinds of writing projects, but I prefer long-copy informational writing over copy-writing.
Education
  • University of Dallas
    Ph.D./Literature, M.A./English
  • Rockford College
    B. A., magna cum laude, English & Spanish
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Gender
Female
Other names
L. A. Nicholas, Kit Pascoe
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Work
Occupation
I'm a freelance writer and teacher.
Skills
Writing, teaching, editing
Employment
  • My computer
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - present
    Currently working on a science fiction novel, but available for all kinds of writing jobs!
  • Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization
    Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Dallas
    Adjunct Asst Professor, 2011
  • The University of Southern Indiana
    Instructor, English & Humanities, 2004 - 2009
  • Texas Society of CPAs
    Graphic Designer, 1988 - 1996
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Currently
Garland, TX
Previously
Arlington, TX - Fort Worth, TX - Newburgh, IN - Rockford, IL - Iowa City, IA - Madrid, Spain - Shreveport, LA - Alexandria, LA