Monday Links and News – 01.13.2014

The snow began to thaw this week. Barely. Nothing like subzero temperatures to make 30 degrees feel like a heat wave. I miss the sun, but the weather letting me be a hermit is a good thing: I finished a fifth edit of Riddle of the White Gun. Plenty of cuts, especially near the end.

frozen plants

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The easy part, writing the novel, is over. Now begins the hard part: writing query letters for agents. I’m happy with the book, and I should be after working on it for the last five years (off and on–Life happens). Riddle of the White Gun is a good size read at just over 86 thousand words, but nowhere near The Magic of Eyri‘s 147 thousand words.

Right now, I’m going through this list of ‘words every writer should delete.’ It is a handy list, and you don’t realize how often you use some or that until you see them one at a time (thank Batman for the Find command in OpenOffice). I don’t mind editing, and over all the edits of this book, my ability to slash and burn parts of a story has only grown stronger.

As you will read below, I published new post for Magic of Eyri and Ginger and the Geek. Now, if a visitor goes to the front page of either podcast, they will see a post with every episode (plus it let me say, “Hey this podcast is done.”)

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The Magic of Eyri

Ginger and the Geek

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Monday Links and News – 01.06.2014

The storm continues. The crazy snow-beast-from-beyond blankets Michigan with its frozen breath. Yeah, it’s a pain. The photo below is of an earlier storm, and ice storm, but I did get out and shoot some of the snow-aftermath today.

frozen grass

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I spent most of the weekend playing around with Zenfolio (a photo printing and hosting service) and set up my own site. For now, I’m still setting up the site, so it isn’t at 100% just yet–there is a learning curve, especially in regard to file sizes when it comes to printing. I’ll get it all sorted out soon though, as the Snowpocalypse granted me an extra day off work.

I have three Clattertron comics available as prints right now. I’ll get up others soon, now that I have the print size figured out–my comics are anything but typical print sizes. I made today’s comic available as a print, and well as Coffee and How to Make a Cat Bed. I will pick a few other favorites and get them up when I can. I don’t think I’ll make every strip available as a print, but I do say on the homepage, “if you want a print of a specific comic, send me the link.”

I think my focus for the Zenfolio site will also be a holding area for larger versions of the photos I use for blog posts here, Clattertron, and put up on Flickr.

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. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 12.30.2013

The holidays are over.  Want proof the holidays took a lot outta me? I just about fell asleep typing up this post Sunday night–and I put it off until tonight.

yellow pipe frozen photo

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I was busy over the holidays though–and not just with visiting family (and refilling my flask). Worked on novel editing a bunch (just about every day, except Christmas Eve, I think). I also decided to take a stab at selling photo prints through Society6. Setting up my own shop on Society6 was easy enough, and I enjoyed using the site a few weeks ago to buy Stephanie a Christmas gift (this tote bag by Jess fink). So I figured, why not give it a try? I’m still considering using Zenfolio as a way to sell photos too, but it would be more work up front (and there isn’t a reason I can’t try both), while Society6 only took a few minutes.

It is possible I could end up using Zenfolio for photos and Society6 for comic-related swag (and there isn’t a reason I can’t). I don’t have the money, or the time, to handle producing, selling, and shipping swag on my own, so these sites are a good half-way point. For now (yes, I would make much, much more if I did all this on my own). Our wedding photographer uses Zenfolio, and we loved the prints we ordered for Christmas presents–another reason to try it out.

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. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 12.23.2013

Photo: Bells in a gift shop I found near Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

animal kingdom disney

The bells! The bells! Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8

I can’t believe Christmas is here. I remember as a kid, it felt like a dozen years between each Christmas. Now, it feels like a dozen minutes. If you need some super-last-minute gift ideas, I wrote an Amazon Enigmas Christmas Gift Guide, a Geek Christmas Gift Guide, and a Geek Leggings Gift Guide. Because, why not?

Big News! I will be part of Artist’s Alley for the 2014 Michigan State University (MSU) Comics Forum in February. Come visit me, and other comic artists, on Saturday, Feb. 22nd on MSU campus, 11AM to 5PM. I will have Clattertron stuff for sale, likely mini-comics and prints. I will also be selling sketches. I will have more posts about the MSU Comics Forum closer to Feb., both here and on clattertron.com. This is a free event! So there isn’t a reason to swing by if you are around East Lansing.

Fellow animation and Disney geeks: I saw Frozen and loved it, so check it out if you can. Here is my Frozen review.

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Monday Links and News – 12.16.2013

Photo: A sign above a drinking fountain I found near Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

disney's animal kingdom asia

Drink! Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8

I get about one cold a year, and this was the week. Feeling better-ish now, but the week was rough. The upside was, I got plenty of sleep and I finally watched the film Argo. I enjoyed the film, although I know there are plenty of complaints about the actual ‘true’ level of the film–which is something I could care less about. There aren’t any specific requirements for a film to proclaim ‘based on true events.’ Films are entertainment, and entertainment usually means the story, true or not, needs to be entertaining–which means parts of the story need to be ‘punched up’ or altered. Like I said, when I see ‘based on a true story’ at the start of a (non-documentary) film, I disregard the statement. Argo, punched up or not, was a well-made thriller.

Now, if Argo deserved the Oscar for Best Picture, is another story (I didn’t see all of the other nominees).

Speaking of movies, I wrote a new review for Lost Highway (Judge Dredd) and a post about checking out Blu-Ray discs from the library for the Capital Area District Libraries blog (I picked up Argo at the library).

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Lost Highway B-Movie Reviews and Cult Films (as Tiger Sixon)

My’Brary Adventure (Capital Area District Library Blog)

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Daniel J. Hogan’s new blog, with a humor focus, is on clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.