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All Of This And A Bag Of Chips

Well, chips are off the menu and have been for quite a while. Still, January was all that and a figurative bag of chips.

So incredibly evil, these delicious tidbits of evil evilness. *sigh*
So incredibly evil, these delicious tidbits of evil evilness. *sigh*

Photo courtesy of perfectsariah of morguefile.com

I pumped out a lot of work in January, and February is filling up. I’m happy about that–January was all about getting ‘scripts out the door I’d been working on for a while. I’m really excited to see some fabulous fiction hit the ground running, so keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook for shout-outs as they release. I also add them to my sidebar, although the list is getting so long I will most likely try to put together a page just for the editing work.

Being a content editor puts me in an awkward position. Obviously, any review I do could be considered biased, and after thinking long and hard about it, I decided it was a conflict of interest for me to formally review any of my clients. Amazon’s TOS makes it very clear they feel the same way. Especially in the wake of the “sock puppet” kerfluffle, which is nothing new to publishing if you know anything about publishing at all. Evidently Amazon feels writers cannot be readers in certain cases, which sucks. Because of course writers are readers. Or they should be.

It’s a sticky wicket. Let’s just say I don’t take on work I don’t like. I can’t. If I don’t like the story, I won’t be able to do my job. So while I may not formally review books my clients produce, you can bet I love each and every one of them, and I support my peeps with a shout-out on their release day and as time allows. I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to read and review.

Here’s a list of books ready to go or have been recently released:

Jordan L. Hawk will be releasing Hunter of Demons on February 5th. I am so in love with this series!

Ashes and Ice will also be out February 4th by debut author Rochelle Maya Callen. Very exciting!

Sassafras made his debut, by the amazing Patti Larsen, and I have it on good authority Dark Promise will be available in the next week or so.

Just now on the shelves you can find Games of Fate and Prolusio, a fabulous new series from Kris Austen Radcliffe.

There’s a lot more where that came from. Lovely, exciting, haunting, fascinating, tantalizing fiction. WHOOHOOO! And congratulations to all on your releases 🙂

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All that and here’s my bag of chips–if you haven’t heard about Coursera, hie your heinie over there POST HASTE. You will find college courses offered FOR FREE from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. That’s right, you heard me. IN THE WORLD. These are serious, hardcore college courses with all the hard work you’d expect from a quality college course, but for free? Seriously? And from the comfort of your own home? HELL TO THE YEAH.

Have you heard of the University of Michigan? John Hopkins University? Stanford? University of Edinburgh? Princeton University? How about Duke?

It’s an amazing opportunity, and I was like a kid in a candy store. I wanted to sign up for about 32 different courses, but of course that’s not possible because there are still only 24 hours in the day. (SOMEONE NEEDS TO FIX THAT.)

MOAR MOAR MOAR
MOAR MOAR MOAR

*Photo courtesy of octaviolopez at morguefile.com

I’m only taking one at a time, like a sensible person, but I had to stop looking at everything being offered because it’s as addicting as crack. And we all know crack is whack.

So, hello, February! I can see we have a lot to do! BRING IT ON.

Hope your January was productive. Give a shout and let me know what you’ve been up to. Because I’m nosy that way. Heh.

Happy Friday!

Enter Friday

Wow, how did Friday get here so fast? It seems like last I knew it was Monday. Or at least Tuesday morning.

Busy week was busy. And in the ranks of the self-employed, it’s not over yet. However, in my travels I have come across some interesting tidbits I shall now pass along to you.

On Monday, I read this fascinating article on birth control for men. It seems quick, easy, and relatively painless, which is a lot more than I can say about labor and/or getting your tubes tied. Of course, I don’t have balls (at least, not in the physical sense) so I can’t say for sure, but this procedure may also might have the “side-effect” of destroying the HIV virus. WHOA!

Then there was Tuesday, and I posted an amazing article by Timothy Smith regarding social media. It is well worth the read, trust me. Also on Tuesday, which I missed until Thursday, the lovely Patti Larsen had a few things to say about her editor. *Ahem*. That would be me. I’m still blushing 🙂

On Wednesday, my good friend, erotica writer Eden Baylee, had an article published about her recent trip to Gold Clouds Villa in Jamaica. She did such a great job I’m drooling. Especially this time of year, I WANT TO GO THERE. NOW. So beautiful! And the villa is, too. Heh.

Also on Wednesday I came across this information about Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock”, and one of my favorite prints ever. I actually have a print of it framed and hanging in my bedroom. Is it the teddy bear protecting the child from the monster or the other way around? Maybe we’ll find out when The Rock completes his project. Squeee!

Not this rock. The handsome, hunky Rock. With the muscles. Who played the Tooth Fairy. Oh, never mind.
Not this rock. The handsome, hunky Rock. With the muscles. Who played the Tooth Fairy. Oh, never mind.

*Photo courtesy of ameins of morguefile.com

Thursday I saw a post on Facebook from Kathy Frederick which really struck a chord. I mean, I know eventually I’m going to die, like we all are, but due to a recent and minor health disturbance, the question came to my attention–what happens to your computer shiz when you take the Next Step Beyond? Yeah, okay, maybe I should be worrying about what’s on the Other Side and all that, but there’s nothing wrong with taking care of business on THIS side. To that end, Kathy posted a link to help you Get Your Shit Together. Take the time, people. It’s worth it. Once you step across the line, it’s over–and you may have some specific ideas of what to do with the shit you leave behind. If you love the people left alive, don’t leave them with a mess.

Also on Thursday, I talk a little bit about the prep work in my Editing With Netta series. Next week we will discuss story structure. I also took a rare time-out and watched the pilot episode of The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and JAMES FREAKIN’ PUREFOY. Oh holy shazzam! Twisted, demented, cerebral, graphic, and totally mesmerizing, I have found my Next Favorite Show.

And last, but certainly not least, I’ve discovered Coursera and signed up for “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World”. I am so excited! And they’re not playing, y’all. These are actual college courses taught by universities from all over the world. FREE. I’m like a kid in a candy store, and I had to physically restrain myself from signing up for eight different subjects. (One at a time, Netta. These aren’t peanut M&Ms.) What really thrills me is not only the material (Grimm, Stoker, Doctorow, Wells, Poe, etc.) but the fact the students in the class are international, affording a broad perspective I probably wouldn’t experience in a “traditional” college course. Did I say I’m excited? WELL I’M EXCITED! It’s a lot of work, but I think the benefits will be well worth it.

I'm going to need a lot more of THIS.
I’m going to need a lot more of THIS.

*Photo courtesy of jppi of morguefile.com

The plate. SHE IS FULL. And that makes me happy.

So tell me, dear peeps, how did your week go?