The Arts Law Centre of Australia is hosting a FREE webinar on everything an author needs to know about e-publishing. It is on TODAY though so get a move on.

Here’s the info:

  • Now, fret not, you do NOT have to be Australian or in Australia to take part.
  • All you have to do is CLICK HERE to register.
  • After registering you should receive a confirmation e-mail with everything you need to know.

But Rebecca, this is such short notice!

I know, I’m sorry. However, they will be holding a repeat webseminar on

June 15th at 11am (AEST).

So really you have no excuse. CLICK HERE to register for this date.

The discussion over publisher-removed articles is of course a discussion over the reliability of archives. We are accustomed to being able to go back to published material long after the fact and to find a stable and accurate record of what was said. Traditionally, libraries have been the guarantors of this process: Preserving many copies, with no legal liability for the content (or at least less than the publisher might have), and with an institutional commitment to permanence and preservation. The “vanishing act” discussion highlights a feature of unreliability of e-archives that depends (1) on the physical malleability of the record and (2) on the slightly lower commitment to full preservation that a publisher might have. It is disturbing, because it is the tip of the iceberg, I think: If for fairly transient reasons, publishers will pull articles, when might not publishers prove unreliable for other reasons?

But the question that follows on this discussion for me is this: If we were to ask that not publishers but authors be the guarantors of permanence, self-publishing or publishing in institutional repositories where the author retains control over the copyright and disposition of his/her material — what protection do we then have to assure us that articles will remain archived, unchanged, in perpetuity? Are there articles I have written that I wouldn’t mind disappearing? Actually, yes. Are there pieces of articles that I would quietly change if I could? Well, interesting thought, sure.

Is it important that the record abide? Then should not all discussions of e-publishing for scholarly purposes include a discussion of preservation that includes not only the physical vulnerability of the media but their psychosocial vulnerability? What guarantors other than libraries do we realistically have?

—  Jim O'Donnell, via email to Liblicense, excerpted in “What is a library anymore, anyway?”
oh, wow

Today is the day it all gets real for me. I’ve finished my novel, which I’ve tentatively titled The Lost King. I can’t believe that I’ve actually finished. I started working on this back when I was still working toward my BA at SFSU. I excited and terrified about what I am about to do next. I’ve have decided that I’m going to e-publish instead of going the traditional route. I’ll be posting through out this whole process. Cross your fingers for me.

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Okay all! This is about my project! In order to get my book off the ground. This is what we are going to do.


1.  1 ISBN numbers for zee book.  ($125)
2.  Epublish software. ($100)
4. Digital art to be used for a cover. ($400)
5.  Promotional artwork ($100)
6.  The opinion of a professional editor. ($200)
7. The opinion of a content editor. ($100)
8. Physical copies of Novella. ($300)
9. Flyers ($60.00)
10. Formatting once over. ($80.00)
11. for shipping fee’s. Paperback is gonna be heavy. ($300.)

and whatever else springs up to get in the way. Shooting for $1,700. Gofundme goes up Aug. 7th. My birthday. Hoping to have this out by December. Listen to me ramble up above!

Researchers publish one of the longest longitudinal studies of cognition in MS

Researchers at Kessler Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic have published one of the longest longitudinal studies of cognition in multiple sclerosis (MS). The article, “Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: An 18-year follow-up study,” was epublished by Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders on April 13, 2014. Results provide insight into the natural evolution of cognitive changes over time, an important consideration for researchers and clinicians. Authors are Lauren B. Strober, PhD, of Kessler Foundation and  Stephen M. Rao, PhD, Jar-Chi Lee, Elizabeth Fisher, PhD, and Richard Rudick, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.

“While cognitive impairment is known to affect 40 to 65% of individuals with MS, few studies have followed the pattern of cognitive decline over time, which is important for understanding long-term care and outcomes associated with MS,” said Dr. Strober, senior research scientist at Kessler Foundation. “Our study was based on a unique sample of 22 patients who underwent neuropsychological testing at entry into the original phase 3 clinical trial of intramuscular interferon beta-1a, and again at 18-year followup.”

At baseline, 9 patients (41%) had cognitive impairment; at 18-year followup, 13 patients (59%), were found to be impaired. Significant declines over time were found in information processing speed, auditory attention, memory, episodic learning and visual construction. Decline was steeper in the unimpaired than in the impaired group, as indicated by the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT).

“These longitudinal data contribute substantially to our knowledge of the course of cognitive decline in MS,” noted John DeLuca, PhD, VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation. “In light of the young age at diagnosis, this perspective is fundamental to the development of rehabilitation strategies that meet the needs of people dealing with the cognitive effects of MS.”

The study was funded by Biogen Idec.

Where I’m strip-tripping this summer

When the kiddos are out of school, I always take them travelling with me and the hubby.  They get quality dad time, and I get to  make some $$$$$$$.  Here’s where I’m going and why:

  • May 18-19: Austin Texas for OSCON convention
  • June 4-10: Las Vegas for InfoComm or San DIego for Sustainable Brands and ePublishing conference (and my kids want to go to the beach)

More added later as we decide where to go.  =)

Are any of you all strip tripping soon?

So we have a very simple technique: You focus on the breath. Be alert and mindful, and stay with the basic technique. When you do that over and over again, the things that are going to come up in the mind will come up, bit by bit, revealing themselves at their own pace.

This is where patience comes into the practice. There are some issues you’d like to have dealt with right away, but they don’t come up. The mind isn’t ready to handle them. So you just chip away at the basic technique.

—  Undirected Insight, November 23, 1995 - Epublished Dhamma Talks 1 - Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

anonymous asked:

I finished the final draft of a story I wrote and will be epublishing it on the 1st. I have a super adorable dog I kove to hold while I sleep and he'll sometimes let me have my face against his back.