Some Thoughts on “Star-begotten” Chapters 9 & 10

As you can imagine, finishing up the last bit of Star-begotten by H.G. Wells means that all the cards are laid out on the table.  Somehow, through these last two chapters, we finally see what the true symbolic meaning of “Martians” is: the future and future generations.  However, we also see a brief window into the dismissal of the idea that we are held back by our own past.  As per usual, the following is simply my own interpretation of the story.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: 5 Guidelines for Checking Your First Draft

So you’ve done it.  Your first draft of your new novel is done, and you’re ready to embark on the journey of editing.  Maybe it’s your billionth time editing, or maybe you’ve never actually checked your first drafts ever before.  Either way, an arduous journey awaits you, and you’re going to dive in.  Only one problem: where do you even start and how do you actually edit your first draft in a way that can potentially improve it?

You would not be alone asking these questions, as these are issues that plague every author.  Knowing what to look for or what to do when you’re looking at your first draft is difficult at best, especially if it’s not something you usually do.  Thankfully, though, there are some foundations you can adapt to your editing process that will help you fix issues and improve on what you already have.  Today, I would like to share with you my five guidelines where this is concerned, and hopefully these will help ease your own experience with editing your 2nd and beyond drafts.

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Rebel’s 3 Quick Tips for Beginner’s Marketing

It is no secret that marketing is hard.  Particularly for indie creators and small business folk, marketing can seem like an endless sea of jargon that is impossible to delve into with limited funds.  This is not to mention that marketing can be time consuming, which is often why bigger companies have a whole position dedicated to the endeavor.  It can be tireless and tedious, but unfortunately something that has to be done if you want your content or business seen.

What’s worse, however, is that many beginners with marketing hit walls when it comes to improving their marketing skills.  Sure, they’re on social media platforms and are posting frequently about their exciting content and business stuff.  However, nothing seems to be happening except silence and loneliness.  While I don’t have time to offer insight into individual cases, I can give you three quick tips that will hopefully make you think of marketing a bit differently.  If you’re a beginner to marketing, I hope you will take a look, as doing these three basic things will help you improve your strategy over time.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapters 7 & 8

As the story of Star-begotten by H.G. Wells gets closer to the end, more and more negative qualities of humanity come about in both blunt and subtle forms.  Chapters 7 & 8 are no exception, as the idea of Martianization takes hold of the public, and we see the effects the news has on others.  However, these chapters in particular focus on two interesting aspects: our assumption that “rational” people all agree on certain matters, and the effects sensationalizing has on scientific inquiry.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the story and just my opinion.

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RV Tips: Mobile Web Design Basics

If you even do the tiniest amount of research for web design, you’ll see one commonality: everyone emphasizes the importance of making sure your website looks good on phones.  Frankly, this is for good reason.  Most data backed studies show that the majority of users now browse the internet via their phones, not their dedicated desktops.  Having a website that barely functions on a phone guarantees you’re going to lose vital website traffic these days.  Thus, when designing a website and putting said design together, there are several things that should be considered.

Unfortunately, all too often I see some very basic considerations not taken into account.  Otherwise functional and good looking mobile sites are brought down by these basics, and ultimately the entire site becomes a turn-off.  As such, today I would like to take a moment to address these and give a few tips on these basics of which I speak.  If you’re an experienced web designer, this probably isn’t the article for you.  However, if you’re an absolute beginner to mobile design considerations, get comfortable and read on!

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RV Life Tips: Dealing with Bad Sleepy Times

We’ve all been there.  You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time.  You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster.  You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.

Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment.  Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see.  It can be a hard force to combat.  However, it is not impossible.  As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others.  Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps.  Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.

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Some Thoughts on Star-begotten Chapters 5 & 6

This week we continue our journey with Star-begotten by H.G. Wells.  Compared to the previous chapters, this week’s chapters take the ridiculous theory of Martianization and turn it into one that the characters more seriously explore and gather data on.  However, amidst the serious inquiry, we see a mirror held up to three of humanity’s flaws: our bias based on what we know, our tendency to draw conclusions from unscientific methods, and our tendency to see what we want to see.  As per usual, the following post is simply my own opinions, and you’re welcome to draw different conclusions.

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