On Blogging

I have been thinking about creating a post with some tips and tricks for blogging for some time now; though I already made a post regarding the unforeseen consequences of blogging, I wanted to give some advice and examples that have helped me gain the dedicated following I have. When I created my blog 3 years ago, WordPress provided a free e-book that gives tips for starting a blog and gaining traction. I will preface my advice by saying I followed a lot of what the e-book said, especially regarding tags and using SEO to get views and draw an audience to my site. What follows is advice I wish had been shared with me when I was first starting out.

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An Impromptu Blog: Minnesota’s Emerging Writers – I received my copy!

As some of you have seen from my previous blog post, Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction – Out Now!, I am now a published author in a nonfiction anthology! This post is to update and show the actual physical copy that can be ordered here!

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The cover.
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The title and beginning of my essay.
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My author bio.

 

Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

I have some very exciting news to share today (hence the special, second Monday post); last month, I had a piece accepted to be included in the upcoming book, Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

The book will be available to buy through Amazon and Z Publishing’s website on August 21st, but you can pre-order now at this link for a copy. This is the first publication to have accepted my writing, so it would mean the world to me if you bought a copy, or even told a friend who may be interested. Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction contains 19 short works by writers such as myself discussing relevant and poignant topics, with each of us doing our best to seek and realize our truths.

Feel free to check out Z Publishing House’s website for more information and the other books that they have published!

Thank you for reading and enjoy a photo of my cat enjoying the sun!

Hunter on the porch

 

On the Subject of the Discworld Series and Terry Pratchett

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time have probably noticed a pattern of Discworld novels popping up every few reviews, and there is a reason for this. Terry Pratchett has become one of my favorite authors even though I hadn’t even heard of him until four years ago. Perhaps this puts my minimal knowledge of the greater realm of fantasy novels in perspective, but for the others who are ignorant of his existence, Terry Pratchett wrote the Discworld series which totals 41 books and takes place on the Discworld. Though I didn’t realize (or realise) the magic of his prose until relatively recently, his work has come to influence me heavily and I felt compelled to write a piece about how his impact.

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The man himself.

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J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography – Review

J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography, by Humphrey Carpenter

Published in 1977

Pages: 287

Genre: Non-fiction, biography

“It is mid-morning on a spring day in 1967.”

So begins Humphrey Carpenter’s J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography, a look at the man behind one of the most popular fantasy series ever written. What follows is an in-depth study of Tolkien’s life from his birth in South Africa to his death in his beloved English countryside. J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography gives an extraordinary amount of context that explains not only the style in which Tolkien’s stories were written, but the genesis of a brilliant man and the beliefs that shaped him. Continue reading “J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography – Review”