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Book Marketing and Artificial Popularity

I try not to do this and I know I do it more than I should, but I’m gonna talk about books I haven’t read. That’s right, it’s Shade time. Have you ever picked up a book that was super popular and tried to read it and found out that it was just awful? I’m […]

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Trashy Romance and Ballet

In the last few weeks, I have lost myself in a library of trashy Avengers fanfiction (I know, I need Jesus). I’m not talking digging through every piece of Science Bros fiction on AO3. I don’t have a ship, I have an armada. I’ll ship Loki with Tony, Bruce/Hulk, Steve, Darcy, and any and all […]

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What is Art

When you breathe, you take in oxygen put out by plants. It is a collaborative effort by all the plants to provide oxygen to the animals. As a single person, you take in some part of the collaborative effort of those plants and you change it inside you and breathe out carbon dioxide, which joins […]

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To Blog Post or Not To Blog Post?

I believe that writers have a responsibility to share their truth and life experiences with their readers. Herman Melville wrote long sections of whaling history into Moby Dick and James Joyce made inside jokes in dead languages. Nowadays, we tend to write blogs, which leaves our works open for only the truly relevant information. But […]

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A Career in Two Parts

Lately, I’ve stopped thinking of my writing career and my web development career as two different careers. I’m starting to think of them as a single career with two different parts that are often intertwined. Every website I build has little bits of information built in for me to use. I know more about eye […]

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Master of None

My parents can attest that I’ve had the drive to write since I was very small. But that wasn’t the only drive I had, even back then. My first book was about bunnies and was written and drawn on construction paper then stapled together and hidden away in my mom’s underwear drawer for 20+ years. […]

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The Work/Social Media Balance

I sometimes worry about the day when I’ll work for a company that does not know about hootsuite because they will surely fire me for being on social media all day. The fact is, however, that my twitter will probably be posting links to cool articles for a couple days after I die. My Tumblr […]

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Try for Success, But Not Too Much Success

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen two of my favorite authors come under fire for being too successful in the Young Adult Literature genre. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars (which destroyed me) and J. K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter (which raised me) have both been told that their success […]

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Write What You Know When You Don’t Know Shit

I am a writer who doesn’t know shit. I’ve never been out of Texas. I haven’t even been in the best parts of Texas. I get up, go to work, go home, go to sleep. I’m the most boring person I think anyone could ever meet. I’m so boring, in fact, that I have to […]

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New Website Design

I’m sure it’s been noticed that my site is changing. Well, I thought I’d take a few minutes to go over the process here and the reasons for the changes. It’s like a case study but more shoujo! First off, the Name. I realized that no one googles Sheena Bandy unless they already know about […]

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