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Livia Blackburne
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Brain Science for Writers 3/3/2015
" Image-François Pascal Simon Gérard 006 " by François Gérard - Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: To fall in love with anyone, do this. This is a fascinating article on how to generate emotional intimacy between two peo...
"Image-François Pascal Simon Gérard 006" by François Gérard - Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: To fall in love with anyone, do this. This is a fascinating article on how to generate emotional intimacy between two people. The article overstates it a bit ...
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 2/17/2015
Top pick: Rebrand stage fright to overcome it. ADHD and Creativity   via ( Passive Guy ) Beer for Creativity via ( Passive Guy ) The messy minds of creative people. Stiff masks block emotional memories . Do you make facial expressions while writing emotiona...
Top pick: Rebrand stage fright to overcome it. ADHD and Creativity via (Passive Guy) Beer for Creativity via (Passive Guy) The messy minds of creative people. Stiff masks block emotional memories. Do you make facial expressions while writing emotional scenes? Might help you get in the groove.
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My Five Favorite Reads from 2014
Due to DAUGHTER OF DUSK deadline craziness. I'm over a month late for my annual 5 favorite reads post.  But DAUGHTER OF DUSK  is through copy edits now (yay!).  So without further ado... 5. The Hiding Place , by Corrie Ten Boom. As a nonfiction memoir, this...
Due to DAUGHTER OF DUSK deadline craziness. I'm over a month late for my annual 5 favorite reads post. But DAUGHTER OF DUSK is through copy edits now (yay!). So without further ado... 5. The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. As a nonfiction memoir, this is very different from my usual genre ...
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Stacey Jay, Crowdfunding, and the Business of Publishing
So I usually don’t jump in on internet kerfuffles, but  the recent blowup over Stacey Jay’s kick starter really caught my attention.  The short version is that author Stacey Jay started a kickstarter for her next YA novel after her publisher declined to buy...
So I usually don't jump in on internet kerfuffles, but the recent blowup over Stacey Jay's kick starter really caught my attention. The short version is that author Stacey Jay started a kickstarter for her next YA novel after her publisher declined to buy it. She factored in living expenses as ...
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My debut novel Midnight Thief come out with Disney-Hyperion in July 2014. My primary strategy for marketing this novel was to self publish a prequel novella called Poison Dance in September 2013, about 10 months before the novel's release. Now that it's a few months after launch, I'm finally in ...
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Brain Science For Writers Roundup 11/4/2014
Brain Science for Writers Roundup is a periodic feature of relevant psychology articles for writers. Featured: Great article about how diversity makes us smarter and better at our jobs Featured: A fascinating article about the links between smell and emotio...
Brain Science for Writers Roundup is a periodic feature of relevant psychology articles for writers. Featured: Great article about how diversity makes us smarter and better at our jobs. Featured: A fascinating article about the links between smell and emotion. Are you using smell imagery in your ...
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Brain Science for Writers Roudup 2/24/15
" Take a picture with a proud dyslexic " by Project Eye-To-Eye - http://www.flickr.com/photos/62668825@N07/6871550940/sizes/l/ . Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: Dyslexia can deliver benefits . What you like on facebook gives away ...
"Take a picture with a proud dyslexic" by Project Eye-To-Eye - http://www.flickr.com/photos/62668825@N07/6871550940/sizes/l/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: Dyslexia can deliver benefits. What you like on facebook gives away your personality.
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Brain Science for Writers 2/10/15
" Rice Field " by Unknown - USAID Bangladesh . Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Brain Science for Writers is a periodic roundup of neuroscience and psychology articles of interest to writers. Top Pick:  Rice farming might be linked to ho...
"Rice Field" by Unknown - USAID Bangladesh. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Brain Science for Writers is a periodic roundup of neuroscience and psychology articles of interest to writers. Top Pick: Rice farming might be linked to holistic thinking.
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 2/3/15
Brain science for writers is a roundup of psychology and neuroscience articles that might be of interest to writers. Top Pick: Banish procrastination by thinking differently about deadlines. Defined by Brain Injury Twitter rage is linked with heart disease....
Brain science for writers is a roundup of psychology and neuroscience articles that might be of interest to writers. Top Pick: Banish procrastination by thinking differently about deadlines. Defined by Brain Injury · Twitter rage is linked with heart disease. (via Passive Guy) ...
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Brain Science for Writers 12/17/14
" Gray501 ". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick:  The mind-bending effect of feeling two hearts.  Fascinating article about how our sensations of internal organs affect how we process emotions.  (via Linda Poitevin ) Poorer kids m...
"Gray501". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: The mind-bending effect of feeling two hearts. Fascinating article about how our sensations of internal organs affect how we process emotions. (via Linda Poitevin) Poorer kids may be too respectful at school.
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Marketing My Traditionally Pubbed Novel With a Self Pubbed Novella: Lessons and Observations
My debut novel Midnight Thief come out with Disney-Hyperion in July 2014. My primary strategy for marketing this novel was to self publish a prequel novella called Poison Dance in September 2013, about 10 months before the novel’s release. Now that it’s a f...
My debut novel Midnight Thief come out with Disney-Hyperion in July 2014. My primary strategy for marketing this novel was to self publish a prequel novella called Poison Dance in September 2013, about 10 months before the novel's release. Now that it's a few months after launch, I'm finally in ...
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My latest newsletter features a free short story and highlights work by Marissa Meyer, Tess Sharpe, and Christa Desir.
Hello! 2. Upcoming Events in San Diego and Los Angeles 3. Free Short Story: Lord of Time 4. Writer's Corner: Marissa Meyer's Writing Process 5. Book Recommendation: Far From You by Tess Sharpe 6. Behind the Scenes: Talking about James 7. Giveaway: Fault Line by Christa Desir ...
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  • Harvard Unversity
    Research Assistant, 2004 - 2005
  • Sandia Laboratories
    Summer Intern, 1999 - 2002
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Neuroscientist, Writer
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By day I'm a neuroscience graduate student at MIT, conducting research on the neural correlates of reading. On evenings and weekends, I write fantasy stories for young adults.  I write about the intersection of psychology and writing on my blog.
Education
  • MIT
    Cognitive Neuroscience, 2005 - present
  • Albuquerque Academy
    1993 - 2000
  • Harvard University
    Biochemical Sciences, 2000 - 2004