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Publishing Quest » Advanced Bound Manuscripts!
Publishing Quest » Advanced Bound Manuscripts!
I 👏 GOT 👏 MY 👏A 👏B👏Ms👏 aka Advanced Bound Manuscripts! It’s just a very basic, unformatted, uncorrected version of the manuscript (the approved final revision, but it hasn’t been through copyediting or proofreading or pass pages etc. yet), used by me, Agent, and Editor to solicit blurbs from...
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Tactical Bujo » September Goals
Tactical Bujo » September Goals
It’s almost September? Apparently? First up, August recap: ✅ Enjoy Gen ConThis was a really easy goal, obviously. I also can’t believe that was technically only a month ago, it feels like approximately nine years. ❎ Draft ≥30k of The Last Watch #2Technically this is a check, as I’m...
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Writing Quest » Chai Tea & Physics
Writing Quest » Chai Tea & Physics
Having a little theoretical physics with my Starbucks this morning…. *resounding sigh* 🚀⁠⁠This time it’s for the sake of artificial gravity, and weirdly, I’ve only read one paper and I think I pretty much get it (as much as I “get” anything about theoretical physics lol). I might be...
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Shelfie Saturday + Bonus Dogs
Shelfie Saturday + Bonus Dogs
It’s #ShelfieSaturday over on Twitter so figured I’d bring the fun over to Instagram! +Bonus dogs who decided to sit like perfect angels in front of what I was trying to take a picture of, for no apparent reason 🤷‍♀️
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Skyrim #4
Skyrim #4
Okay, I’ve now bought Skyrim for the FOURTH time 😅 This time for the Switch. WHY IS THIS GAME SO GOOD. I can’t count how many times I’ve suffered through this absurdly long intro. But it’s worth it every time. I’m having trouble deciding how to spec this time....
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Gen Con 2019 » Now Cometh the Dark Week
Gen Con 2019 » Now Cometh the Dark Week
Gen Con haul! 🎲 Got some great games, art, and other geeky wonderfulness. The writer’s symposium was fun and informative as always, and got to hang out with my editor again which was super fun! Thanks @gen_con for another amazing year!⁠⁠Now it is The Dark Week, the week during which...
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Gen Con 2019
Gen Con 2019
IT’S GEN CON TIME! 🎲⚔️ For those just tuning in, Gen Con is the, ahem, “Best Four Days in Gaming,” and it’s no lie. It drowns you in dice and RPGs and tabletop games and general geekery and it’s consistently my favorite four days of the year. 🙌 This...
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Tactical Bujo » August Goals
Tactical Bujo » August Goals
It’s August goals time already! ☀️ July recap: ✅ Finish beta for critique partner ✅ Draft ≥30k words for The Last Watch # 2 (current total is 42k!) Shiny New August Goals: ✨ Enjoy Gen Con! ✨ Draft ≥30k words for The Last Watch # 2 Keeping it simple...
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Writing Quest » It’s True, All of It
Writing Quest » It’s True, All of It
This quote has been memed into the ground, but I really connected with it when I first saw it, and I wasn’t totally sure why until just recently. (When I started drafting a new novel! Which is going shockingly well at the moment, knock on wood.) Bottom line is:...
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Writing Quest » Drafting Schedule
Writing Quest » Drafting Schedule
Tomorrow, book 2 drafting begins! ⁠⁠(Also, why can I not draw a straight line? 😞)⁠⁠For those curious, that top box says:⁠91 days / 13 weeks⁠10,000 words/wk⁠~1500 words/day⁠1000 weekday / 2500 weekend day⁠⁠I will in all likelihood not accomplish this, it’s a pretty intense regimen to keep up for three...
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Tactical Bujo » July Goals
Tactical Bujo » July Goals
Uh, it’s July goals time already! What the actual heck! 😳⁠⁠I crushed my June goals so hard I had to come up with new ones mid-month. ⁠⁠~original goals~⁠✅ Finish The Last Watch round 2 revisions!⁠✅ Finish Book 2 synopsis & send to editor⁠✅ Finish current book and read one...
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Weird Al, Strings Attached
Weird Al, Strings Attached
Sooooo, this is Weird Al with dancing stormtroopers backed by a symphony orchestra… 😂 The show was GREAT, if it’s coming to your area, I can’t recommend it enough. Nostalgic for sure, and just a really fun time!  
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Writing Quest » Revisions Weekend Incoming
Writing Quest » Revisions Weekend Incoming
Hi, Weekend! I’m very glad to see you right now! Very much in need of some uninterrupted revision time, this week was just one of those weeks 😅 Barring any extenuating circumstances, I should be finishing my second (and hopefully final) round of developmental edits this weekend! 🤞🤞 Then...
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Tactical BuJo » June Goals
Tactical BuJo » June Goals
I can’t believe it’s already June. May went by absurdly fast. 😅 May goals recap: ✅ Chill out and enjoy NY and the NebulasBig ‘ole check! I had such a great time at both events, and learned so much both for day job and writing! ✅ Outline The Last...
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SFWA Nebula Conference 2019
SFWA Nebula Conference 2019
Finally, my thoughts on the 2019 Nebula conference! 😅🚀✨ First off, I just want to shout out the amazing people at SFWA and their volunteers for putting on a great conference. For someone who’s attended many poorly-run events over the years, it was refreshing to walk into one that was...
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Nebula Awards Banquet 2019
Nebula Awards Banquet 2019
Wellllll, I had an amazing first Nebulas experience! Everyone was incredibly nice and welcoming 😊 Much like post-NY just a couple short weeks ago, I’m finding myself super exhausted, but I’ll share all my take-aways once I’ve recovered! 😴
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SFWA Nebulas 2019 Day One
SFWA Nebulas 2019 Day One
Day one of the 2019 SFWA Nebulas Conference was a success! I was warned about the books, but holy crap, so very many books 📚😅 All the panels I attended were really great, especially enjoyed the talk on realistic military in fiction. Looking forward to day 2!
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2019 SFWA Nebula Conference Incoming
2019 SFWA Nebula Conference Incoming
SFWA Nebula Conference incoming! L-minus five days! I’m not panicking! 😅 As a max-level introvert, I’m a bit nervous about all the forthcoming socializing. Howeverrrrr, since it’s my first publishing-related event, I’m *also* super excited to meet industry folks while soaking up some career-related wisdom at the great panels...
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Tactical BuJo » May Goals
Tactical BuJo » May Goals
May goals time! Better late than never 😅   April recap: ✅ Finish The Last Watch revisions (FINALLY! 🎉) ✅ Read one book Yay, I completed all my goals for once!! 😆   Keeping it simple again for May: ✨Chill out and enjoy NYC (✅) and the Nebula conference...
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NYC 2019
NYC 2019
Oh hi there Flatiron! 🚀📚 Had a great work trip to New York City last week. 🗽The Social Media Week conference was great and I learned a ton! I was fortunate to have enough time in the evenings to see a lot of great sites, and had the opportunity...
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Coffee is Gross, Change My Mind
Coffee is Gross, Change My Mind
You guys, it’s my first coffee… ☕️ (Yes, ever.) This is how desperate I am to finish these revisions before I go to NYC… It’s, uh … gross? lol 😅 This thing’s a … “blonde roast with extra almond milk.” I thought it’d be a -little- sweeter but 😬...
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Sneaky Cheese
Sneaky Cheese
… ?? 🤷‍♀️🧀 I have no explanation for this revision note. None at all. Past-me was clearly tired. I literally don’t even know what it means?? There’s no way mentioning cheese, even as a “joke,” makes any sense in that scene! None! 🧀🧀🧀 Uh, so, anyone else ever find...
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Muse, Simulation Theory Tour
Muse, Simulation Theory Tour
Another epic Muse concert Friday in Chicago 🎸🤘 I was going to say “these guys really know how to put on a show” but that’s such a massive understatement. It wasn’t … let’s say as “thematic” as the Drones tour, but the lineup of songs couldn’t have been more...
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Writing Quest » Genre Woes
Writing Quest » Genre Woes
Nothing like a rainy spring day to sit down and finalize an in-world navigation and ordnance bearing system 🙄 🚀 I really thought I was done with math for this book, but I was so, so wrong. 😅 I managed to work it all out on paper, but kept...
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Tactical BuJo » April Goals
Tactical BuJo » April Goals
Keepin’ it REAL simple this month with goals.⁣ March started out pretty rough. I got behind after traveling and getting sick—I managed to rally, but lost ~10 days of “maximized” work. But I’m not going to be hard on myself—sometimes, you just need to take a break! 😴⁣ Though...
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Anthem Art Book
Anthem Art Book
I looove video game art books, and Anthem’s is 💯💯💯 And a writerly bonus: they’re great as visual inspiration for stories! I’m afraid to look at it too closely (or read the blurbs) since I haven’t made it too far into the game yet. (Made that mistake with the...
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My Day Job
My Day Job
My first attempt at one of those trendy top-down cooking videos ☺️👩‍🍳🥘 There’s a couple things I’d do different next time, but it came together better than I expected. The technique is pretty simple: drown it all in soft light. 💡💡💡 And I just realized I don’t talk much...
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Tactical BuJo » March Goals
Tactical BuJo » March Goals
How is it almost March?? In retrospect, my February goals were a biiiit lofty. 😂   FAILS:⠀ 🚫 I didn’t read ANYTHING. Except a couple chapters of a beta for a CP. 😅⠀ 🚫 I’m not NEARLY done with revisions. *But*, that wasn’t due to a lack of effort,...
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The Wandering Earth
The Wandering Earth
The Wandering Earth movie was … kinda great?? (Spoiler free!) 🎥 Logline, in case you haven’t heard of it yet: “When the sun dies out, the people of Earth build giant thrusters to move the planet out of orbit and sail to a new star system.” (Yes, REALLY.) To...
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Tactical BuJo » February Goals
Tactical BuJo » February Goals
February goals! 🎯 #1should be “don’t freeze to death.” 🥶 Woke up to a balmy –29 this morning. 😪 I set goals every two months, so this is what’s left for my Jan-Feb set! ✅ Bimonthly is just long-term enough for me to adequately plan ahead, but short enough to...
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Query Tips
Query Tips
A query letter can be such a useful tool no matter where you are in your writing journey. Even if you never intend to query agents!⠀ Writing my first query was an epic journey with a huge learning curve. It took dozens of hours of research, scouring the internet...
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Tactical BuJo » Color Blocking
Tactical BuJo » Color Blocking
I’ve been trying out color blocking for my 2019 planner and loving it so far! 📆 At a glance, I can easily see I neglected exercise and reading this week. 🥊📖 Then it’s easy to flip to the next week and make a reminder of what to focus on.💡...
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2019: Making It Go
2019: Making It Go
I cheated and made my “word of the year” a phrase! 🚀 I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation for the first time last year and loved it, so I decided to go with this classic Picard quote. (I seriously considered THERE. ARE. FOUR. LIGHTS. but “Make it so”...
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Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! 🎉 2018 was quite a year, and this #TopNine sums it up pretty well. Signed with my agent, finished drafting an Evil Book that gave me so much hell (and cost so much Starbucks) I didn’t think I would ever beat it, and sold my first...
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Writing Quest » Two Years Ago…
Writing Quest » Two Years Ago…
Two years ago today, I finished the first draft of THE LAST WATCH. ✨🚀 This week, I received my first edit letter, and in just a couple days, I’ll be starting the first round of developmental edits! I’m as excited about this story now as I was when I...
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Achievement Unlocked 2.0!
Achievement Unlocked 2.0!
I’m thrilled to announce Tor Books has acquired my debut novel and its sequel! I’m so incredibly excited and honored to have the chance to work with editor Jen Gunnels and the rest of the Tor team! You may remember this book as THE DIVIDE, but a new title will...
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Happy N7 Day!
Happy N7 Day!
Happy N7 Day everyone! 🚀✨🎮 Mass Effect and all of Bioware’s amazing storytelling has had such a huge impact on my writing. I can’t wait for Anthem, and whatever they come up with next! Where are my fellow @biowarebasegroupies at?! Who’s your favorite companion and why is it Garrus?
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Tactical BuJo » Creative Recharge
Tactical BuJo » Creative Recharge
Working ahead on my bullet journal for November and enjoying this nice weather while it lasts! 🍃🍁🍂🎃 I took the last two-ish weeks off (from writing) to recharge after finishing my third book! Though being lazy has been fun (i.e. drawing a lot & watching Star Trek TNG for...
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Tactical BuJo » The Future is Now
Tactical BuJo » The Future is Now
You guys. I discovered digital bullet journaling. Then I discovered Procreate records a video while you draw. Now I want to do nothing but make writing spreads for the rest of my life. Send help. 😂😅🙃 I NEED MORE IDEAS. What are your favorite writing spreads?! 💜🎉
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Writing Quest » Clawing My Way to the End
Writing Quest » Clawing My Way to the End
It’s the perfect rainy fall day to join #EditThatDraft! 🌧🍁 I’ve only got four chapters left, around 10k words. Hoping to be done by the end of the weekend! 🤞🍀 Though I truly love this story with every fiber of my being, it’s been borderline torturous to write. 😂😭😞...
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Tactical BuJo » Wolves
Tactical BuJo » Wolves
Husband picked my BuJo theme again this month (wolves!) in the spirit of @alphathemovie which is an insanely gorgeous and well-made film. You should definitely check it out on the big screen if you haven’t seen it! 🐺🎥 What’s your bullet journal theme for September?
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Story Aesthetics » Critique Partner Swap
Story Aesthetics » Critique Partner Swap
For today’s #ThursdayAesthetic I swapped with my amazing critique partner T A Chan! Here’s a look at her epic gender-swapped Moby Dick retelling featuring awesome space battles, titanium fist face-punching, and killer biosynthetic whales YEAH YOU HEARD ME RIGHT 🐳🚀⚓️
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Story Aesthetics » Author Inspiration
Story Aesthetics » Author Inspiration
Today’s #ThursdayAesthetictheme is Author Life / Inspiration! To absolutely no one’s surprise, my aesthetic is populated primarily with video games 😊🎮 (BSG made the cut though! #SoSayWeAll) Music is also a huge inspiration! All of my novel ideas have been inspired by songs 🎶
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Gen Con 2018
Gen Con 2018
Our seventh Gen Con in a row is going great! So much fun to be had 🎉 The Writer’s Symposium is rocking it this year too, so many great seminars! 📝 Are there any fun conventions or writerly events you love going to?
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Story Aesthetics » Work in Progress
Story Aesthetics » Work in Progress
Today’s #ThursdayAesthetic theme is WIP! I narrowed it down a bit and focused on one of my MC’s dream sequences. This makes 3 out of 3 MSs where I’ve used dreams to convey backstory and character arc subtext…It might be a crutch, but I kinda don’t care cause I...
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Writing Quest » Fixing Shit
Writing Quest » Fixing Shit
Today’s writing session is subtitled “Fixing Shit” in which I attempt to construct a plan for making the end of this book comprehensible without requiring an advanced degree. Sponsored by Panera. Wish me luckkkk 😩🤔🤷‍♀️ Oh and happy 4th!! 🇺🇸🎉🎇🎆🇺🇸
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Writing Quest » My Go-Bag!
Writing Quest » My Go-Bag!
I’ve been writing away from home a lot lately, so I thought it‘s be fun to share everything I keep in my writing go-bag! ✏️📓💻 💼 What writing necessities do you always keep hand? [[my bag includes: wrist rest, graph notebook, notecards, post-its, mouse & mouse pad, eye drops...
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Writing Quest » Necessary Evils
Writing Quest » Necessary Evils
Had to upgrade to a bigger table at Starbucks this morning so I could spread out all my notes! 💻📓✏️⚔️ This WIP got so complex, I guess I’m kinda sorta outlining the last half now??? It’s taking forever but I’ve never truly outlined before so I’m still figuring out...
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Story Aesthetics » Family
Story Aesthetics » Family
Today’s #ThursdayAesthetic is family! I figured there’d be lots of heartfelt “found family” stuff, so I’m here to bring the mood down with my MMC’s bleak family tree. Sometimes your grandpa’s a ruthless autocrat bent on culling the population to create a master race 🤷‍♀️
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Blackout Poetry (I’m Sorry)
Blackout Poetry (I’m Sorry)
I thought I’d try out some #blackoutpoetry from my ‘completed’ manuscript, The Divide! I’ve never written poetry in my life. I apologize 😂 Shout out to @t.a.chan for randomly selecting the page number! 😆 “heart thrummed with perfect clarity. silence staring into the abyss, piercing through the black in a hollow shell, perfectly...
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Writing Quest » 2018-05-12
Writing Quest » 2018-05-12
Goals for the day: 14,000 loads of laundry, rewrite first chapter from a different POV and not go insane in the process, cuddle all the dogs. 🐶 I will accomplish all this while rocking my new Vault 111 jumpsuit, obviously. Anyone else obsessed with Fallout? 😎💣
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Story Aesthetics » Villain
Story Aesthetics » Villain
It’s #ThursdayAesthetic over on Twitter, and I saw some posts here as well, so figured I’d join in! 😆🎉 Today’s theme is villain/antagonist, so here’s the title character for my sci-fi Phantom of the Opera (as a cyborg army major). He mayyy or may nottt be the bad guy, but let’s...
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Book Review: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Book Review: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again. It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no...
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Spring is Real!
Spring is Real!
SPRING IS REAL I can’t wait till it’s consistent 50s again so I can return to my favorite writing spot outside! 🌷🌳🌼 Anyone else love writing outside? 😎✏️☀️
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Podcast Interview: How Authors Work
Podcast Interview: How Authors Work
Today I wanted to share an interview I did a while back with the awesome folks over at BetaBooks.co on their podcast How Authors Work! Though it was posted it in January, the interview was recorded way back in September, and let me say, since then I’ve learned a...
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Writing Quest » Angel of Drafting
Writing Quest » Angel of Drafting
The perfect excuse to stay in all weekend and write! 😊 (Plus a bonus kitten being helpful 🐈) Any other #Phantom fans out there? This saying’s actually perfect considering the chapter I’m about to start in my sci-fi retelling 😇 Also, revising The Divide to prep for submissions, aka ✂️✂️✂️ Anyone...
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Achievement Unlocked!
Achievement Unlocked!
Guys, this is one of THOSE announcements. Like a singular, anomalous, once-in-a-lifetime kinda thing. ARE YOU EXCITED ME TOO I’m thrilled to announce I’m now represented by the amazing Margaret Bail of Fuse Literary! I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of the Fuse team, and to have...
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Tactical BuJo » March 2017
Tactical BuJo » March 2017
I decided to try a blog/social media page this month — either as a planner or tracker, or more likely a mix of both! How do you #bujo? I also track my word count, but I’m always looking for new ways to use it for writerly things!
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Show Me Your Markers
Show Me Your Markers
#showmeyourmarkers Thanks for tagging me @t.a.chan ! Behold my one and only bookmark since I bought it at Gen Con last year – spaceships from science fiction as constellations! 😆🚀👍🏼 Unfortunately I can’t find the artist’s name ☹️ Currently holding my spot in #Outriders by Jay Posey!
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Demystifying Twitter, Part 1: Basics
Demystifying Twitter, Part 1: Basics
  I keep getting questions from my CPs about Twitter – what’s the deal? How do you use it? What purpose does it serve? And just why? I am very new to the Twitter scene myself, and still figuring things out. But I’ve learned a lot in a short...
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Happy Towel Day 2017!
Happy Towel Day 2017!
  Some favorite quotes: “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” “He felt that...
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