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Sorting Out Your Social Media Use During Your Writing Career: Reflections and Tips November 21, 2017

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Some excellent advice in here, and some straight talk about how it works.

The Practice of Creativity

Recently the amazing publicist who works for my publisher, Book Smugglers, asked me to consider using a new social media platform—Instagram. She was putting together a cool campaign on Instagram to promote myself and the other authors with novellas by BSP. Instagram is a social media platform where you can share photos and videos. You can create geotags and hashtags. Instagram is visually driven. The Pew Research Center’s study, conducted a few years ago, notes that it tends to draw in a millennial audience.

And, I should note that the publicist wasn’t adamant that I start using Instagram—she was willing to post my content that I sent her. I’m pretty open to using social media, but I was reticent to add yet one more item on my already densely packed list of social media activities. Still, when your publicist asks you to consider something that they feel will be…

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October Discounts and Events October 3, 2017

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Hey that’s me! Looking forward to our spooky stories night.

Friends' Matters

As an incentive for our members, we are pleased to announce two discounts at local merchants for Friends members only in October.

On Thursday evenings–October 5, 12, and 26–Antonia’s in downtown Hillsborough will offer a 10 percent discount to all diners who present a Friends membership card. And throughout the month, the Hillsborough Wine Company will offer a 15 percent discount on all items except sale items to customers with a Friends membership card. If you have joined or renewed your membership for 2017 but have not received your membership card, contact Susan Vreeland (susanvreeland@gmail.com). Please come out and support these great local businesses all month long.

Also on Friday, October 27, the Friends will host Real-Life Ghost Stories. This special event will be held on the front lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N Churton St, Hillsborough, from 7-8 p.m. Local authors, including John Claude Bemis…

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Las Vegas shooting and mental illness

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Jason's Politics

Now that the shock of Sunday night’s mass shooting is wearing off, the inevitable finger-pointing has begun. As usual, the blame is being laid squarely at the feet of the mentally ill.

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Author Interview: Samantha Bryant October 2, 2017

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Thanks for hosting me for the interview!

Book Squirrel

Interview RedHello and welcome to another Author Interview by Book Squirrel. Today we’re chatting with Samantha Bryant, author of the Menopausal Superheroes series. 

meandbookHi, Samantha. It’s lovely to have you here.

Hi, Book Squirrel. I’ve never chatted with a squirrel before, so I’m excited.

I’m a very exciting squirrel. 

I bet you are.

So tell us, what inspired you to write?

I’ve written nearly as long as I can remember. It probably started with a love of reading, but it was my first grade teacher who put me on the path to becoming an author. As a handwriting exercise, Mrs. Alsdorf had us first graders copy out classic poems in our nicest hand, illustrating them in the margins, and collecting them in a special folder made out of wallpaper scraps.

That was my first encounter with many classic poets: Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, etc. I fell in love with…

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Friend or Foe: A Menopausal Superhero Short Story Collection August 10, 2017

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The All Night Library

Friend Or Foe by Samantha Bryant is a collection of 4 short stories that bridges the gaps in the menopausal superhero novel series. In comics they sometimes have story arcs that last several issues but sometimes they will have a one shot between stories. This book is all about giving you little details that you didn’t get in the novels.

The first story set before book 1 is “Intervention” and it goes back in time to when Patricia and Cindy Lu were friends. You could say it’s an orgin story for Cindy as we see what made her decide to be a mad scientist. In this one you feel sympathy for her but in the future you see her as caring more about science and progress than people. The theme here could be that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. You also see Patricia already acting like…

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Change Of Life August 7, 2017

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w00t! Thanks. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for your time in reading and reviewing. Every review helps!

The All Night Library

The last time we saw the characters of Going Through The Change they were involved in a climactic brawl at the end of a search for answers. Change Of Life by Samantha Bryant begins several months after the events of book one. Patricia who can turn into a lizard like creature is still trying to find her former friend and scientist Cindy Lu who has changed from a 67-year-old woman to a young girl. We also have Leonel who changed from a woman to a man and Jessica who can now fly. They have joined a top-secret organization called The Department and are training to be super spies

Jessica and Leonel believe they are using their powers for something greater and Patricia feels abandoned by them. Things start to get more complicated as Patricia gets kidnapped and the clues to what happened point to a dead man…

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The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment July 19, 2017

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Fascinating read . . .and reads true from my own experience, too.

hypatia dot ca

This post was co-authored by Valerie Aurora and Leigh Honeywell and cross-posted on both of our blogs.

We’re thrilled with the recenttrendtowards sexual harassment in the tech industry having actual consequences – for the perpetrator, not the target, for a change. We decided it was time to write a post explaining what we’ve been calling “the Al Capone Theory of Sexual Harassment.” (We can’t remember which of us came up with the name, Leigh or Valerie, so we’re taking joint credit for it.) We developed the Al Capone Theory over several years of researching and recording racism and sexism in computer security, open source software, venture capital, and other parts of the tech industry. To explain, we’ll need a brief historical detour – stick with us.

As you may already know, Al Capone was a famous Prohibition-era bootlegger who, among other things, ordered murders…

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