After having authors and bloggers on the podcast, it’s fun to have someone who’s not only a full-time freelance writer on the show, but also someone who’s dedicated to helping others achieve similar goals – so much so that she not only blogs about making it as a freelance writer, she also runs a paid-membership web site that offers courses and tips on every aspect of the business of freelance writing.
Work-wise, Carol Tice done it all; she worked at a newspaper and as a movie script transcriber before going freelance and managed to blow away her own expectations of success when she started the Freelance Writers Den. On top of all that, she’s a wife and mother of three! Talk about doing it all…
Please listen to this interview, wherein I completely miss the opportunity to quiz Carol about her early work as a song writer (Brill Building Fail!) but find out plenty about what it takes to make it in freelancing.
Although I am 360-less at the moment, I can still find ways to itch my scratch. With thanks to the fine ladies and gentlemen of Bungie, here’s one of them: Halotivational Posters, a site set up (as may be obvious from the title) for the publication of motivational posters created using screengrabs from Halo 3. I nearly wet my pants several times reading it. I’ve learned that all a poster needs is anincomingrocket to set me off.
With less than three days to go until the nationwide premiere (four days ahead of the US! Woo!), a link to the official Australian website of the Transformers movie is long overdue – probably because I only just discovered it. It looks as though I’ll see it twice this weekend – first on Saturday, as part of the “Help Rob Frantically Cling To His Youth While It Lasts” pre-birthday party, then again on Sunday with my young mentee.
While I’m on the topic, here’s a review of the movie written by the lads at computer magazine Atomic. Now, if this film needed savaging, I was fully expecting that the performance-happy nerds at Atomic would provide. Their review, however, manages to ably critique the film whilst giving very little away, and their verdict is “Michael Bay shows the doubters it was in safe hands all along”, giving the film a heartening 8.5 out of 10.
Okay, RPG-related news item the first: Steve Darlington, he who loves Firefly, runs awesome games of Buffy and is currently writing under contract for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay line (bastard), has set himself up a LiveJournal, which he’s called D-Fuses (to which I’ve now created a link in the “Web Logs” box). That in and of itself is noteworthy, but the reason you should absolutely positively get your arse over there and start reading is this post about a very recent game of D&D he played in. Hy-fucking-larious, I tell you. I’m already reconsidering my views on D&D. Steve sums it up perfectly thus:
It’s not just that we’re silly people. It’s that a high magic world like D&D is INHERENTLY silly. I mean, we live in a world where spiderclimb potions are a dime a dozen. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t imagine calvary riding their horses up castle walls.
Oh, and if that post doesn’t make much sense, Steve provides some historical perspective here.
On, a whim, I decided just now to see whether that damned annoying placeholder over on Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds site had been taken off and an actual website been put up in its place. The bastard has had us hanging for at least half a year.