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lulu partners with intrepid media
this is what intrepid media is built for
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
6.9.09 • CLASSIC

World Domination! Maybe that's a little too much. Massive outright dominance of the secondary publishing market? You bet! Celebrate with me. Today marks the official launch of the partnership between Intrepid Media and Lulu. Help us welcome them by going to lulu.intrepidmedia.com and registering with them. Then, if you have it in you, write a blockbuster novel or a hands-on guide to getting rich or your memoirs and then publish it and sell a million copies. It won't cost you a thing. This is

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what it feels like for an author
notes from the far side of publication
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
8.3.11 • CLASSIC

First of all, it's all unexpected. All of it. Because you don't know what's going to happen, there are all these years of dreams and anticipation and wondering leading up to having your book published, and there's the day you hold your book in your hands for the first time and that is a great day, it is an awesome day, it's just like you pictured it, it's amazing, but then there's the day after that and the day after that and the day after after. And they all bring something new. There's the d

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a cup o' kindness? not quite yet.
scold lang syne: a frustrating year
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
12.9.09 • CLASSIC

In precisely 40,988 minutes from this writing it will be 2010. I've done the math. And by "done the math," I mean "checked an online countdown clock and took their word for it." In layman's terms, that's 2,459,288 seconds. And for those who can't count that high, I'll round down and say it's already 2010. Yeah, that doesn't help anyone. However, when the date does roll around, I do celebrate New Year's in fashion most typical -- by drinking too much and high-fiving total strangers.

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my mother's daughter
reflecting on one day and two lifetimes
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
5.8.09 • CLASSIC

We walk the edge of the ocean, just beyond where the waves trickle and die against the sand. There are thick beach towels wrapped around each of our waists; actually, mine is around my waist and hers is cinched up higher. We both wear navy blue tank suits, and we both have dark wet hair, totally different shades when dry, but now, pushed back from our foreheads by salt water and a sprinkling of sand, it looks the same. We are the same. Once, we were so different. Worlds apart. But the olde

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superbland?
we don't need some other hero
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
4.6.11 • CLASSIC

In a pattern that is so common it's now merely referred to as "summer," another crop of superhero movies will be sprouting up over the next few months. And regardless of whether they clean up (Captain America) or don't (Thor), more are on their way -- including new installments for the three most famous: Spider-Man, Batman and Superman. A few years ago I wrote a column about Superman's most recent attempt to reclaim his spot as the most super-heroic of all the superheroes. It didn't q

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portrait of an artist: gayle lynds
spying on the world
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
3.29.10 • CLASSIC

It’s no secret: award-winning author Gayle Lynds loves a little cloak and dagger. She’s even written novels under a pseudonym (but if we told you the name, we'd have to...well, you know). Millions of readers around the world follow the twists and turns of her female protagonists as they flip over the mossy rocks of international espionage. Lynds is one of few women writing this genre. In fact, when she pitched her first novel, Masquerade, in the early 1990s, one publisher rejected it, saying,

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the don of slurs
another talk radio legend goes too far
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
4.13.07 • CLASSIC

It was just a game. A championship game, but still, just a game. The fate had been long decided and the victor -- Tennessee’s storied women’s team -- and their victim, their counterparts from Rutgers, had returned to their respective campuses to commemorate their successful seasons. The sudden act of bigotry came without warning, without provocation, as sudden acts of bigotry usually do. Another group of white dudes primarily acclaimed for saying any crazy thing that enters their heads. In the

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thank you sir, may i have another?
justification for inebriation
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
9.19.07 • CLASSIC

I just watched the second seasons of the Showtime series Weeds on DVD. For those not familiar, the show revolves around the fetching Mary-Louise Parker (whom I affectionately refer to as "MLP") playing a mother who, following her husband's death, resorts to marijuana sales in order to maintain her upper-middle class lifestyle for herself and her children. The second season features MLP's character moving beyond sales into production. As part of this process, she attends the "Mohasky Cup" to

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i am totally special and unique.
just like you.
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
9.24.08 • CLASSIC

I think I might have hit my head. I haven't noticed any unexplainable bruises or swelling. There's no memory loss. I didn't recently wake up in a tub full of ice missing a kidney or two. But something has changed. I'm missing something that used to be a huge part of my life: My dream world. It's been a really long time since I spent some alone time in my own head, just sorting through my own thoughts. I should do it fairly often, since knowing oneself is a good way to stay grounded.

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oh, she didn't again
cringing at britney spears' vma performance
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: pop culture
9.14.07 • CLASSIC

A few days ago on September 9th, my friend Rudy asked me to watch MTV's annual Video Music Awards broadcast with him. Though I usually ignore MTV in favor of watching "Top Chef" reruns and videos on YouTube without being pestered by Kristin Cavallari, I agreed to check it out: Britney Spears was to be its opening act. At nine o'clock that evening, Rudy and I plopped down on my couch to see Britney perform her new single "Gimme More." We thought she would deliver a hot, VMA-fabulous performanc

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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how to be on the internet
your guide to not being a total douchebag
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
4.17.09 • CLASSIC

You are a creator. You spend time organizing the inner workings of your mind into detailed output for the consumption and enjoyment of others. In your dreams of success, your work is out in the world for everybody to see and appreciate. Your name is on everybody's lips and pounded out on everyone's keyboard. Harsh reality: Your work will be criticized; some people will not like it. It's a fact of life. Even the most successful people have detractors. Sometimes, they are people with leg

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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socialgeist
slimed by digital ectoplasm
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
3.14.12 • CLASSIC

Man, I've worked with some really fantastic people. People I'm proud to call friends 20 years later; folks I hope to know for many years to come. Others, despite our natural chemistry and the sharing of a thousand pizzas and coffees and cigarettes (I've since quit), I keep only in my memory, for whatever inexplicable reasons people have for maintaining distance in the face of friendship.

But then sometimes – and it's a fortunate rarity – there are people I just want to forget completely. Inevitable adversaries that've had such an ill effect on my psyche, I not only want them out of my life, I want any residual smears of negative energy they’ve left in my airspace GONE. FOREVER. The idea that they might irrevocably occupy some part of my brain is not only depressing, it’s offensive. All I want is for their memory to just...peter away, down the drain of my subconscious, and with any luck...poof! Gone.

“TOO BAD!” say Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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