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The Zen of Inbox Zero

What most people don't realize about me is that I'm incredibly organized.  
I have to have a clear and clutter-free desktop (both on my computer and physically) and even my emails have to be cleared from my inbox.

I don't mean deleting them--I mean the zen of having a place for everything and filing it away to its place like you would with your various papers in life and your office.  This has a few benefits to me, and others who subscribe to the philosophy.  First off, to move an email to its corresponding folder means you've dealt with it and if you need to deal with it again later, it is easily found in the folder.  Mind you, using Gmail also has another benefit which is the search utility, but I still like to organize it all into the various folders and sometimes even subfolders because I like knowing... just knowing... where things are.

To open my inbox and only see emails that I haven't dealt with (or none at all) leaves me with this sense of peace that I hav…

Are Credit Checks Legal When Looking For Work?

Short answer: Unfortunately, yes.

Long answer:  This is an area where things get a bit gray.  
Certainly, it seems a strange thing to look at and perhaps it starts to broach a little close to the discrimination based on socio-economic situation and background.

Actually, no, I take that back.
It definitely steps over that line, in my opinion.

While some companies will toe a corporate policy line and plead "risk mitigation" all they want, it still comes down to one word -- Discrimination.  If the reason you have decided not to hire someone is because they owe money to varying places due to being out of work and those bills they had to "let go" for a few months, even a few years (who cares at this point, because the fact is they could not afford to pay them because they didn't have work) and you won't hire them because of it you are assuming that they will not make a good employee based on the fact that they are too poor for your liking.

That is, in my book, disc…

How I figure out pricing for books at cons and shows

I get asked how I can usually (*not always) escape with charging the US price for a book when Chapters and other stores clearly stick closer to the Canadian price for them.  Yes, they do get the same warehouse discount as I do, but they also usually have far more overhead.

Don't get me wrong - there's nothing wrong with buying books from the stores or bowing to their wishes in trying to get your books (if you've been published) into the stores.  The people there are trying to make a living and they've always been great to me.

But the stores don't supply your stock for cons and shows and they aren't usually there to deal your books for you.

Your publisher (or your POD) does supply them, and it the case of a con or show, it's your job to act as both book dealer and author.

Forgive the length of this blog post - I have quite a bit of information to give you and one post to do it in.
But how do you walk that fine balance between giving your readers a reason to …

Stereotypes: Why they're worse than just a sign of lazy writing.

This is a very touchy subject for some people, so as a warning you might find this difficult to read especially if you have fallen prey to stereotyping in your writing.

Full stop here:  We all do it, even when we don't think we are.  It's a matter of fact however that doesn't make it right nor does it mean we should continue.

First, let's take a look at what stereotyping is.
A stereotype is defined as an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic (Miriam Webster Dictionary).  This can be how we see someone of another gender (ie: how men see women or women see men... or even how cisgenders see transgenders and vice versa), what assumptions we make about people of other races, economic situation, where they are from in the world, or where or how they were raised, what faith they are or are not and then assuming how that affects their personalities and choices in life simply based on it.

I'm pretty …