Monday Links and News – 11.25.2013

Blogging about our Disney World honeymoon continues. It will make for many, many posts, as I shot a bunch of photos and have plenty of stories to share. Hooray, photos! Stories! In writing news, I’m hard at work on the fifth edit of my Riddle of the White Gun novel. I decided I wanted another pass at the story (came up with some tweaks and new ideas), and I will finally start sending out queries to agents and soon. Novels are easy–query letters are difficult.

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Monday Links and News – 11.18.2013

I began blogging out our Disney World honeymoon. Plenty of photos for me to wade through, that’s for sure. I only (only) shot between 5 and 7 gigabytes of photos (RAW not JPEG, so that amount is actually less than you might think).

Here’s a photo of me on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ready for action with my Canon Rebel T2i and my 55-250mm telephoto lens.

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Crocagators! Photo by Disney.

The Canon 55-250mm is a decent telephoto lens, especially for beginners. It has the Image Stabilizer feature, which helps when you are really zoomed in on a subject–although nothing beats a tripod or a monopod. I couldn’t bring a tripod or a monopod on the Wild Africa Trek, so the Image Stabilizer came in handy.

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Hippo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by me. Shot with my 55-250mm lens.

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Monday Links and News – 11.11.2013

I know I haven’t updated here in a few weeks, but I had a good reason: I was on my honeymoon, yo. Walt Disney World, to be specific. I’ll be blogging about the trip over on Clattertron (here’s the first post), and posting photos. I might put up some photos here too. WE’LL SEE. The honeymoon kept me busy for a couple weeks, and I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things regarding blogging and comics.

Speaking of comics, I applied for a table at the Michigan State University Comics Forum in February. Space is limited, so entries are juried. Wish me luck. Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) is the Guest of Honor and the keynote speaker–I can’t wait! I’ll be there, even if I don’t get a table. Last year’s Comics Forum was a blast, and I really enjoyed the keynote address by Guest of Honor Nick Bertozzi.

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Monday Links and News – 10.21.2013

A big Thank You to the Michigan Library Association crew for asking me to host their first ever Ignite MLA event this past Thursday. I’m glad I had a few stand-up comedy shows before this gig to warm up a bit. There wasn’t too much pressure on me though, as I wasn’t giving a tightly-timed presentation, and telling librarian jokes (“I love librarians. Some of my smartest and best looking friends are librarians. And I’m not just saying that because their checks cleared this morning.”)

Speaking of stand-up, I might be off the stage for a bit, we’ll see though. It all depends on how my schedule mixes with show nights. I’ll say this, after two stand-up sets, a WordPress workshop, and emceeing Ignite MLA, I’ll be thankful for a break. I enjoy speaking and performing at events, but they do tire me out (in a good way).

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Monday Links and News – 10.14.2013

As I posted a few days ago, I installed a new theme and tweaked a few other parts of the site. I’m not 100% done yet, but I will be soon (or at least ‘done enough’). It never hurts to shake things up design-wise every so often (or in this case, every  two-three years).

I performed a seven minute set of stand-up comedy at The Firm in downtown Lansing on Friday night. There was a great turnout and a great selection of comics, both local and from out of town. I only used a little bit of my set from last Sunday’s Church of Comedy, and I felt the majority of it went over well.

My method for writing my stand-up bits is similar to writing a blog post, really. I write about 100 words per minute I will be on stage (usually a little under, but it is close), and I mainly just write stories or scenes. For example, my stand-up routine for Friday was just under 700 words, broken up between a few different bits. Each bit had its own theme or focus. Then, I typed up a page with each section’s main theme and bullet points of jokes or lines, in case I forget.

I don’t know when I will get to perform stand-up again, but I am having fun so far. Three sets, and two in the past week.

Speaking of performing, on Oct. 17th (this Thursday) I’m emceeing the Michigan Library Association Ignite Event here in Lansing (downtown at the Lansing Center). I should treat that as a stand-up bit and write up some jokes–library jokes though. Hmm. Moby Dick is a great source for jokes, I’m sure.

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