• Guest Post: Always Striving by Daniel Ausema

    Turnabout is fair play.  If you read my guest post on his blog, now welcome Daniel’s article about persistence. Always Striving When I hosted Eric’s post on my blog last week, one line jumped out at me: “But it’s also important to know if you don’t stretch your limits, you won’t get better.” That encapsulates my approach to writing (and everything) as well as just about any one sentence could. So I wanted to riff on that for a bit. A big part of my background is in experiential education. We would create experiences for kids that pushed them in one way or another. And if an activity felt too…

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    The Books I Read: March – April 2013

    Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show edited by Glenn Yeffeth Like “The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games Trilogy” edited by Leah Wilson et al., a lot of the essays in this book start getting samey. The power of friendship, sexiness of vampires, who should Buffy be with, wiccan good, love the earth, woman power. It starts feeling like refined versions of online editorials, only by professional authors. And that’s saying something because, unlike most things, I did not lurk on Buffy web sites. I didn’t read the analyses or identify with a main character…

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    CONvergence: The Write-Up, Part 3

    A typical panel room GUESTS I already mentioned Brian Keene, who was drinking in front of everyone and had this great just-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. Don’t know anything that he’s done (I think he’s in comic books), but he’s awesome. I didn’t see much of him though, even though he was the first billed guest of honor. Likewise was Joseph Scrimshaw. I’m not sure what he does, but he was pretty damn funny too. If not for the Vilification Tennis fiasco, I would have had no compunctions about seeing him. Plus I got to see Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy (of MST3K) in odd, brief cameos. And I swear I saw Linkara…

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    CONvergence: The Write-Up, Part 2

    Here’s my sister at the North Star Roller Girl event PANELS I wanted to go to CONvergence 101, but that started too early for me. The earliest I could get there was 5:00 PM, so the first panel I went to was “How to Make a Living as a Creative Person”. It was one of the most useful. I learned a lot about resources available to me, and how some people earn money. I even learned about a site where freelancers can go and bid on jobs. Not sure where it is, but I got to find it. If I’m going to jibber-jabber, I might as well get paid for…

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    CONvergence: The Write-Up, Part 1

    CONvergence is a “spec fic” convention, held in Minnesota in early July. This year, I attended my first. It’s not the first convention I attended. When I went to school in Eau Claire was the first NoBrandCon, put on by the campus’s Anime Appreciation Society. I was a helper in year two and an attendee in year three. The guys who put it on are great, and I had a great time. If not for NoBrandCon, I would have no idea how conventions work, and probably wouldn’t have gone. But that’s a small convention in a small college town. CONvergence is one of the most attended in North America. And…