Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Five more things to delight and entertain. Kids like reading to cats and let’s face it, who wouldn’t? You can buy fonts based on homeless people’s handwriting and help raise money for them at the same time. You can go Urban Surfing in Munich Zero Freitas really likes buying records and I mean really likes buying records Reebok now sells bacon – because even athletes love bacon [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 25th August 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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It’s Sunday so it’s time for this week’s lessons. I have a newsletter and you can sign up here (or in the bar on the right). There’s a Short Fiction Writers Guild and they have a website here. Google have investigated the feasibility of building space elevators and hoverboards and in the process made GoogleX the one place every nerd on the planet wants to work. Carrie Cuinn is giving away digital versions of her collection of short stories but only until the end of the month. The robot apocalypse is nearer than we think. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris was first published on Solitary Mindset on 27th April 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Happy March. Here’s some things I learned last week. I’m doing revision wrong. One of my favourite sessions at last weekend’s WANACon virtual writing conference was Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy’s Simple System to Rock Your Revisions. It made me realise I’ve been mixing up character, structural and line edits. That’s not a smart thing to do because the the broad edits will change so much that the lines you’re editing may well change. Do character and structural edits first. Shero is a word. People use it. Where to get images for this blog. WANACommons is a collection of photos that can be safely used on blogs as long as you give credit. There are some really nice photos, like this Squirrel from tdthread. Posting a Gratuitous Kitten Picture gets hits. I like Meg Myers’ Music. Thanks to John Scalzi I bought both of Meg Myers albums and I really like them. Particularly these songs : When I first heard Tennessee I labelled it as one I was likely to skip over but then I listened to it in the car on the way to work and fell in love with the lyrics. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset … Read More

O Wendig

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If you’re not reading Chuck Wendig’s blog, terribleminds, you should be, especially if you’re a writer or would like to be one. Because: He’s smart He’s funny He posts things like this. His books are pretty damn good as well. [O Wendig by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 24 July 2013]

Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing

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I’ve been listening to the Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing podcast for quite a while now and it’s usually good but the latest episode (168) is one of their best and really struck a chord with me. The podcast covers a mix of publishing chatter and author interviews – they’ve had people like Michael Moorcock, Patrick Rothfuss and Elizabeth Bear on in the past and I’ve discovered a lot of good writers by listening to the show. Each episode is around an hour or so and will usually get me through a visit to the gym quite nicely. Episode 168 features an interview with Jennifer Brozek, Mark Teppo and Mary Robinette Kowal recorded by Sandra Wickham at the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat. There’s lots of talk about the process of writing and some excellent no nonsense advice and I found it very inspiring. Highly recommended.