Finances and other stuff

Other than looking for work…for over a year now, I have been looking at alternate methods of generating income.

I wanted to be a writer and that is still on the table. My mind has been fixated on finding income and it has a stranglehold on my creative energies.

“Fear is the mind killer…”

Lately, I have been trying another route. Photography.

I gotten this idea on my Facebook feed. The local news station had a story about selling your photos. One of the sites was Snapwire. Although it was first geared towards users of smartphones and instagram, they branched out and those with cameras and a computer can upload photos for sale. I tried to get accepted and eventually a friend saw my efforts and offered to show me the ropes. Thank you Desmond. It is rather hard, it seems, to make any sale there at Snapwire. I have been a member there for a couple of months now. I only made one sale and it was $1.50.

Hey, it’s a start.

I was using a Canon Powershot A2200 camera. A point and shoot. Still, it is a very nice camera. I wanted something better though and looked online. Found what I wanted. I scrounged up some money, Bless You Mom…and got a used Nikon D3000 on Ebay and eventually got two lenses. First lens was a used Sigma 18mm-50mm lens. It was manual focus only. It was usable but I wanted to get a lens that was auto-focus capable. I soon found a Nikkor 18mm-55mm lens at a local pawn shop. It was used and banged up, but it works.

So I been taking pictures and putting them up online to see how it goes. Crossing my fingers.

Oh, here is “Finances” below. Clicking on it will take you to my Fine Art America Gallery.

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BOOK BOMB! Chaplain’s War by Brad Torgersen

John:

Reblogged which goes to twitter and off to Facebook :) I love daisy-chaining stuff.

Originally posted on Monster Hunter Nation:

Today we are Book Bombing Brad Torgersen’s debut novel, Chaplain’s War.

A chaplain serving in Earth’s space fleet is trapped behind enemy lines where he struggles for both personal survival and humanity’s future.

The mantis cyborgs: insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy.

The Fleet is humanity’s last chance: a multi-world, multi-national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens’ overwhelming technology and firepower. Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life. Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle. What good is a Chaplain’s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all?

More than he thinks. Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis…

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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

John:

Wow. Thanks for sharing this.

Originally posted on Violent metaphors:

Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

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File 770 is mad at me again, so I explain how authors Get Paid

John:

Very interesting. Thanks Larry :)

Originally posted on Monster Hunter Nation:

I got a track back in the comments on this:

http://file770.com/?p=18813 

Glyver has had this weird hate boner for me ever since I meddled in the sainted Hugo process. I can’t imagine why a guy with 28 Hugo nominations would be upset when somebody starts a campaign to get outsiders nominated. Of course, he gets just about everything wrong in his summation of what Sad Puppies is about, but we’re used to that sort of hit and run tactic. At least he didn’t say it was about promoting racism.

I don’t have time to do a proper fisking, but the article is about the latest Vox vs. Scalzi thing, and somehow I got drug into it. Apparently Scalzi got angry on Twitter because people kept telling him I make more money than he does. A. I have no idea if I do or not. B. I don’t really care.

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New From M. B. Weston: “The Survivor” Told on Video

Originally posted on M. B. Weston's Official Website:

At DragonCon, I debuted my new live storytelling session at my reading, where I told (not read) my new short story, “The Witch Hunter,” from the point of view of the main character, who happened to have Alzheimer’s. (Yes, I had to act like an Alzheimer’s patient.) So many people have asked me about where they can find videos of me telling stories since then, and I realized that I debuted my new YouTube channel while everyone was packing and preparing for DragonCon, and several of you didn’t see the updates.

If you missed it, here’s what I’ve been up too. Please check out  my first series of storytelling videos. This series is called “The Survivor,” and I’ve adapted it from my steampunk short story of the same name. (Here’s the link to the book information.) In this tale, an assassin named Angelica Blackmore is assigned to a dangerous…

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Photos of the Day 8-27-2014

Shadow lines

Shadow lines

Rusty light post

Rusty light post

Auto SPKR

Auto SPKR

Skyline

Skyline

No parking

No parking

Window in grey brick wall

Window in grey brick wall

Windows

Windows

The wall

The wall

Hidden

Hidden

Brick and wire

Brick and wire

Reflection

Reflection

Image on hood of car

Image on hood of car

Unknown building - Color

Unknown building – Color

Unknown building - Black and White

Unknown building – Black and White

Tower extended

Tower extended

Tower - Color

Tower – Color

Tower - Black and White

Tower – Black and White

Do not block door

Do not block door

Two sides

Two sides

Broken beer bottle - Black and White

Broken beer bottle – Black and White

Broken beer bottle - color

Broken beer bottle – color

Heavy Paint - Color

Heavy Paint – Color

Heavy Paint - Black and White

Heavy Paint – Black and White

Be Inspired - Color

Be Inspired – Color

Be Inspired - Black and White

Be Inspired – Black and White

Water IV

Water IV

Water III

Water III

Water I - Black and White version

Water I – Black and White version

Water I

Water I

Corner building

Corner building