You’ve Written a Book–Now What?

As of this writing, I’m more than 80% of the way through editing a first draft of the book version of this blog. I might finish by the end of the week, which is later than I’d originally hoped, but pretty exciting. Now I’ll be able to get on with the business of trying to sell the book. I have more work ahead, but it’s a different sort, and yes, I’ll be learning and sharing my lessons learned here as I go. Continue reading

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast…

I’ve had managers and coworkers note how quickly I think, work, and crank out prose, even on short notice. Ninety percent of the time, the content is even of high quality and able to be used right out of the gate. However, speed is not always necessary or a virtue. And a speedy writer still leaves a one-in-ten chance that he or she will miss something important. Depending on the work, that’s too much of a margin for error. Continue reading

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Is It Okay to Use “Text Speak” in Your Social Media Postings?

The short version: No.

The long answer: No, but… (read on) Continue reading

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Book Status

Okay, so yes, I was hoping to clear out the first draft of the Heroic Technical Writing book by the end of March. Unfortunately, I did not make that date. The good news is, I’m still working on it, and hope to get a first draft in shape by spring of this year. Want to know more? Read on! Continue reading

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Are You Building Your Network Through Friendships or Transactional Relationships?

We all have some notion of what it means to form a friendship, on or off the job. But what, you might ask, is a “transactional relationship?” That, my friends, is a relationship you cultivate for the sole purpose of hoping to gain some tangible advantage for yourself. When starting a new job, transactional relationships are unavoidable; but it’s been my experience that your long-term success in networking comes from forming actual friendships. The long version of my thoughts can be found below, the short version can be found in the last sentence. Continue reading

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On Travel

I’m flying back today from the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Will resume regular operations Thursday. Have a pleasant week!

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Off to the USASEF

Don’t you love a good acronym? USASEF stands for the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which I will be attending in Washington, DC. I’ll be doing my biennial event support for the Science Cheerleaders. If you’re in town April 7-8, drop by Booth 949!

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