Monthly Archives: March 2009

Gotta love those Aussies

They’re way ahead of the game when it comes to helping writers find their way in the digital world. To wit this amazing resource, The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living. Check it out! I’m trying to figure out a way to get my creative life students reading it, as we only have about a month left in the semester. It’s a little late to throw in another whole book. But I don’t want them to miss this, so, somehow. . .

You should see the resources the UK has for it’s writer’s. Nothing about digital writing, but tons of stuff designed to help author’s develop and succeed. I’ve even blogged about it here (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). Why doesn’t the US ever do stuff like this? A question I’ve pondered for years. The UK and AU are far more centralized governments (dare I mention the S word as well?), and I believe that has something to do with it. And far more supportive of the arts in general. But that’s another entry for another time. . .

In other news, it’s spring break here, which means I’m playing catch up to an enormous pile of stuff I’d gotten behind on, (mostly due to all this gallavanting around). Writing project stuff. School stuff. Writing stuff (heavy in revision mode this week; sent out 3 personal essays yesterday, more revision on tap). I’m about half way through my to do list, fitting it in around some delicious family time which has so far included watching Space Chimps (cringe), hosting play dates, re-watching old episodes of The Big Bang Theory, which is quickly becoming a family favorite. Ahead: bowling, visiting the new ice cream shop, the Native American fest. on Saturday and the Art Institute’s Toy’s Designed by Artists exhibit, which is always good for some zany stuff. Also, hopefully, a visit to the new Sephora with some gal pals.

Next week, Writing Project DC Spring Meeting for Program Leaders where I may also be doing some NWP lobbying for the first time ever. That is, if the schedulers at Senators Pryor and Lincoln and Rep. Snyder ever return my faxes, emails, or voice messages. Each obviously fresh out of college staff scheduler has his or her own “preferred method” of scheduling.

Just trying to keep up. Bye y’all,
SV

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Changing times. . .

Nathan Bransford has another post here about the sea changes happening in publishing and why ultimately, this bodes well for writing. Books and their writers will survive.

And if you had any doubts about these sea changes, you must, must check out bookglutton. Even if you don’t have doubts, check it out.

What do you think?

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A Bright Spot in the Magazine World

If magazines are your thing, whether reading them or writing for them, this article on media bistro offers a glimmer of hope.

In some ways, mundanejane said as much when she posted here last month. And she was in the business; she knows her stuff.

FYI, mediabistro.com is a great go to place for all media news–very handy way to stay caught up with the industry.

Posts have been less than frequent, because I have been “covered up” with work as they say here in the Natural state. Hoping to burrow out soon. Spring break is coming. Till then, mediabistro. Check it out.

Bye y’all,
SV

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