Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I realized that one reason I haven't made many posts to this blog is that I object to writing "for free."
- The best blogging techniques.
- How to get traffic to your blog.
- How to turn your blog into money.
I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I know it's politically incorrect, but when I was growing up, my Austrian father (who sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger) would occasionally impersonate Adolf Hitler. He would froth at the mouth, girate his hands in the air and begin a tirade in German, but then he'd always burst out laughing.
To watch these Hitleresque renditions as a kid was the funniest thing.
So when I came across the above video, it took me back to those happy days of Nazi-parody.
I was pleased to see that I'm not the only one who can see the lighter side of Hitler's public performances.
Monday, July 28, 2008
by Jane Schauer
As a new publisher I thought I would mark my publishing debut by having a stand at this year’s BookExpo America. It is the second largest annual trade book show in the world (Frankfurt is the largest) and I thought readers might be interested in knowing about it.
The main activities at the very well organised show were:
- publishers and writers displaying their works in exhibition halls
- talks and book signings given by famous writers
- expert panels conducting education seminars on the publishing trade
- networking and rights selling
If you are interested in the show and are wondering about costs, this year they were in US dollars:
- to be an attendee for 3 days (including education seminars) was $225 (cheaper day only tickets were available)
- to be an exhibitor with a provided stand in the independent publisher’s row $2,810 or in the writer’s row $ 1,697
- to display books in the New Titles Show Case was $210 per title (you don’t need to attend the show to display books and you can also send your books to other book shows for cheaper costs)
I recently attended the AODC 2008 conference on the Gold Coast, which by the way, is a great place for a conference for the early morning walks along the beach.
The presentation I most wanted to hear was called 'Estimating Documentation Projects' by Stewart Walker.
I was interested in this topic because many of the projects I have worked on have the notorious habit of 'scope-creep,' whereby the project gets bigger and bigger, but the deadline doesn't move!
Stewart's talk combined two methods that are commonly employed by project managers in documentation projects: the cradle to grave metrics model advocated by JoAnn Hackos in her book Managing Your Documentation Projects, and the bottom-up, task by task method that makes it easier to manage the work on a day-by-day basis.
The beauty of this approach is that you get the benefits of both, which I hadn't considered before.
A fellow technical writer, Sarah Maddox, wrote copious notes at the conference and posted them on her blog for us all to see: http://ffeathers.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/aodc-in-conclusion/
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
What the heck?
I looked at my blog and saw that I completely missed posting an entry at all in February.
I know I've been busy - I can tell from that frantic nervous feeling I have deep down in my gut.
I did do an online writing course, which had some interesting concepts that I found helpful as a writer, but that's something I might talk about at another time.
What I want to say right now is that I had a great couple of days preparing for a lunch meeting with my writer-friend.
I had to have something ready for him to review, and I can honestly say, that if we didn't have our meeting scheduled, there's NO WAY I would have written the article that I wanted to do.
It's a lesson I keep having to re-learn: unless I set a definite deadline to complete a writing project, it won't get done. It will just sit there in the 'to do list' of my mind, creating clutter and frustration. Then that vision is tagged with the cliche, 'I'll get around to it some day.'
SOME DAY NEVER HAPPENS.
I know this ABSOLUTELY from bitter experience.
There's no point beating myself up about it, about how poor my self-discipline is, or how scattered my mind gets.
Without a deadline, any writing project is meaningless.
My fortnightly meetings with my friend reminds me of the joy I have when I sit down to write creatively. He gives me the gift of connecting with that ineffable 'something' that sends electricity through my body when I write, like I'm a kid again and I'm just SO DAMN EXCITED.
I too often forget that feeling.
So my writing-buddy is one of the best gifts I have.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I've started a separate blog which will track my progress to achieve physical fitness this year: Martial Arts Fitness.
Let's see how I go!