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Going Serial, Part II: If You Break It, They Will Come

This was right down my ally. I’m relatively new to WordPress, so I discovered a lot of great blogs about fiction through this post.

The Daily Post

What do Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers, and the stories of Sherlock Holmes have in common? They all started as serialized projects, with installments appearing in magazines on a weekly or monthly basis. Many bloggers are taking a cue from these classics, rediscovering the joys of serial fiction — perhaps you should, too?

In part one of Going Serial, we discussed how having regularly scheduled features on your blog can help boost traffic and reader loyalty, as well as give structure to your own writing habits. Now, just in time for Web Serial Writing Month (aka August), let’s take a closer look at how the same concept can apply to a perennially popular niche: fiction writing. (Non-fiction, memoir, history writers: keep reading! Did you know Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was also first serialized? You’re writing narratives, too!)

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Miss Indie-pendent

Eden Royce - The Dark Geisha

As I sipped my morning coffee last week, I scanned my Facebook news feed. After squeeing over a kitten picture or two, I came across a blog post from author Chuck Wendig (via a post from fellow indie author Dale Eldon) regarding independent bookstores.

The full blog post is here:

I encourage you to read the entire post if you have time. The gist I got from it speaks on promoting your local indie bookstores. This article somehow penetrated my sleep-fogged brain.

As I make an effort to buy the work of independent authors and artists, the post struck a chord with me.  And I realized—to my shock—that I have never shouted about my support for local bookstores.

I read a lot of work by indie authors. (Also I read work from large publishers and the back of cereal boxes. Everything, really.) Since I’ve been published, three bookstores that…

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Eric Whitacre conducts a virtual choir of nearly 6,000

I’ve been a fan of Eric Whitacre for ten years. He is America’s Mozart! Don’t believe me? Get a good pair of headphones on and listen to this! Just in case you didn’t notice, this is his FOURTH Virtual Choir, where he basically crowd sources one of his pieces on YouTube. It’s amazing to listen to, and I’m waiting for Hollywood to get sick of Hans Zimmer and tap this guy.

TED Blog

There are thousands of faces in the skyscraper windows in this anime-inspired 3D music video. Each face is a webcam capture of a singer — 5,905 of them to be exact, from 101 countries across the globe. Their voices have been blended together into a virtual choir by composer Eric Whitacre for his latest composition, “Fly to Paradise.“

[ted_talkteaser id=1110]In 2010, Whitacre merged 185 singers from 12 countries singing via webcam, so that they sounded like they were performing together in one room. At TED2011, he unveiled a new work with a remote choir of 2,000 — and, at TED2013, he conducted a live and virtual choir, singing together in real time. The video above is his latest experiment in musical collaboration, and as Whitacre writes us: “We have taken the style in a bit of a different direction this time, experimenting and stretching our wings.” Fun fact: The…

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