Laid Off: Looking Back, Looking Forward

I am a copy editor for branded technical books. I’ve been in my position and loved my work for the past decade. In 2003, I had an internship with my department immediately after I graduated college and was hired straight out of my internship. However, I’ve recently been informed that I will be able to continue at my job potentially up to the end of April.I am getting laid off....more
csrulebreaker Theatre skills: much more practical in the modern business world than at first ...more

Why I’m Excited That My Book Finally Got Bad Reviews

Anything to do with book publishing and promotion is a challenge, whether you’re leaping through the hoops of traditional publishing methods or putting elbow grease into self-publishing. As for me, I took the self-publishing path because it suited my needs. I published early this year on Smashwords, and I followed up by publishing through Amazon in the summer....more
I adore your positive attitude. It is refreshing. I included a link to this post in a recent ...more

Won’t You Come Cosplay with Me at GenCon?

An article in the New York Post that was recently written by Linda Stasi has the cosplay community in an uproar....more

I Respect Gale Anne Hurd...and I Like Her, Too

I almost skipped Gale Anne Hurd’s keynote. It was early Saturday evening, and I was exhausted not only from being on the go but from being on personally. Just before I crashed onto the super-fluffy Sheraton bed, I discovered that Michelle Burke had tweeted me and asked whether I’d be at Gale’s keynote. And because I can’t resist any of my Aussies, I gave up my nap, put on my trusty red fedora, and darted out the hotel room door.I’m so very glad I went....more
It's a hard lesson to learn. We are all raised to be liked! But I do agree that sometimes it's ...more

It's Okay to Want

I recently read Business in Blue Jeans by Susan Baroncini-Moe. It’s a book intended for people who are running a small business or who want to start one. However, I found it also applied very nicely to my own situation as a newly self-published author. Really, it’s a book for dream chasers, not just small businesspeople....more
@Karen Ballum I don't see anything wrong with changing your list. I'm treating my list as though ...more

Hallway Busking at BlogHer ’13 (BuskHer13!)

It’s so easy and tempting to complain about not having a loud enough voice, about not being heard. But the simple fact is that if I haven’t been heard, the only reason is because I haven’t earned it yet. I need to find my voice and find my stage.All the world is a stage. When did I forget that line? Was it somewhere in the past ten years of working in a cubicle? Was it earlier, during college, when I chose to focus my energy behind the stage rather than upon it?...more
Awesome idea!  I'm working on the details now, but hoping to see you "hallway busking" in person!more

Media Magnetism, a Review

Media Magnetism is a compilation of media-related advice by many significant players in the media industry, all brought together by editor Christina Hamlett. This book is for people who are new to dealing with media, and it has some great tips even for those who are more experienced....more

Me and My Steampunk Corset

Blogger’s note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased this item (on sale) as a self-present for my birthday. If this post leads to a sponsorship in the future, weeeell, I don’t think anyone can fault me for that. Someone just had an awesome BlogHer post about body image featured, so maybe my timing here is slightly off, but you know what? My birthday present. My body image. I’m posting it. Because I love corsets! ...more
I commend you on being able to tie the corset on your own! My wedding dress had a corset,and it ...more

I Am a Dreamer. I Am a Warrior.

Nearly two years ago, I set out to chase a dream. Since then, I’ve learned that following a dream isn’t the stuff of romance. It isn’t captured correctly in those many, many beautiful quotes about chasing dreams, those quotes that lift you up and give you warm, fuzzy feelings.“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt“Dreams are the touchstone of our character.” ~ Henry David Thoreau...more
never ever give up :) your book was amazing. you are truly gifted!more

Kiss Chronicles eBook Release

I would like to introduce you to ... no wait, that’s not it. I would like to announce that ... no, ugh, that just sounds wrong. I hereby declare, er, proclaim, um ... well, I didn’t think it could get worse, but it did.Hmm. I hope you’ll excuse me. I’m a fresh new author, and I’m still working on finding just the right way to say that....more
@KarenLynnn THANK YOU! Now that's a righteous echo! And I so hope you enjoy the book.more