publishing experience

It’s tempting to keep the computer running late and promise yourself an extra 30 minutes of bed rest in the morning. It’s tempting to do it again the next night, too. But sleep inevitably loses out to getting up early for school or work.

There’s a simple way to combat this: End all artificial lights at night for at least a weekend and drench your eyes in natural morning light, says Kenneth Wright, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and senior author on a study on resetting sleep cycles. The most straightforward way of doing this is to forbid any electronics on a camping trip.

In the study, published Thursday in Current Biology, Wright reports on the latest of a series of experiments where he sent people out camping in Colorado parks to reset their biological clocks. Small groups of people set out for a week during the summer, an experiment published in Current Biology in 2013.

This most recent study shows the results of camping a week in winter and once over a winter weekend. Others stayed at home to live their life. Along with sleep, Wright kept track of people’s circadian rhythms by measuring their levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates wakefulness and sleep.

Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

Photo: Christopher Kimmel/Aurora Open/Getty Images

Writing up an experimental procedure

This is my write up of a simple experimental procedure to produce furoin in the style which the Journal of the Chemical Society (JCS) would publish its works. 

3-benzyl-5-(2-hydroxyethyl)-4-methyl-1,3-thiazolium chloride (0.67 g, 2.5 mmol) dissolved in absolute ethanol (15 cm3) was kept under a  N2 atmosphere. Triethylamine (2.1 cm3, 0.015 mol) was added to the mixture, then 2-furanaldehyde (4.2 cm3, 0.05 mol) was added dropwise over 6 min. The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature and monitored using TLC (eluent 1:1 Et2O: light petroleum), visualised by UV light then 2,4-DNP. After 24 h, 2-furanaldehyde (Rf = 0.48) was not detected in the reaction mixture. The mixture was cooled at 0°C to form crystals which were dried and washed with ice cold absolute ethanol (3 x 2 mL). A solution of CH3OH (40 mL) with 3 drops of acetone at 80°C was used for recrystallization to produce furoin crystals as a sandy yellow crystalline solid (3.767 g, 78 %); (Rf = 0.29); mp = 134-137 °C (from CH3OH/acetone); (solid state IR using ATR attachment)/ cm-1 3409(OH), 3127(CH), 3963 (CH), 1674(CO).

Key things to note:

-Space between numbers and its units
-Report any analytical data such as Rf values
-Specify quantity, duration and reaction conditions
-Do not include glassware and equipment unless it is unique
-Include enough details so that another scientist can duplicate the reaction
-Always report what your product looked like

Send me any MBTI type

and I’ll detail these things:

If I have met anyone of this type:
1. Have I met anyone of this type?
2. Do I have any Tumblr friends/faves of this type?
3. What type of relationship do/did we have, or how well do/did we know each other?
4. First impressions?
5. Positive impressions?
6. Negative impressions?
7. Stuff I’ve always wanted to do with this type?

If I haven’t:
1. Would I want to meet/get to know this type? 
2. General impressions?
3. What do I imagine our relationship would be like? How well would we get along? 
4. Stuff I’ve always wanted to do with this type?

(Based on the lovely isfjwallflower​‘s and entp-ramblings‘s posts here and here ^_^)

anonymous asked:

hi carrie!! early happy new year (or late? idk what time zone you're in) i was wondering if you could give me some advice about getting things published? i've kind of made it my mission in 2017 to finally start writing a book since i've wanted to for years. obviously i wouldn't really expect it to actually be good enough to be published but on the off chance i manage to writ something semi good, could you let me know a little of the process of publishing etc or your experience with it? thanks :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you lovely anon! first of all this is a great mission and i’m very excited for you!  ❤ ❤ ❤

first, write your book. finish it, finish it, finish it. you can do it and i believe in you! and if you’ve wanted to for years you definitely have a story and you want to tell it and you should GO FOR IT. 

okay, your book is done. format your manuscript. depending on where you are sending it to, some people will have specific rules like what font size to use, how big your margins are, etc, so look out for those.

some ideas:

okay who do you send it to? decide whether you want to get an agent or to query unagented. there are publishing houses that accept unagented manuscripts, but either way you’re going to have to write a query letter and a synopsis, which might be harder than writing the book itself.

if you want to get an agent, you’ll have to do research on who would be a good fit for you; look at the type of books they represent, genre etc, other books they’ve sold to publishing houses. an agent is basically a middleperson who will take a cut of your eventual earnings. 

also a lot of agents are on twitter, and a lot of authors on twitter usually in their bios will tell you who they are represented by, and you can follow that agent’s twitter. sometimes there are pitching events where you can try to pitch your book in a tweet, or at least you can intro yourself to the agent this way.

 a query letter is basically 250 words (it quibbles a little depending on what the agent/publishing house once, but it’s usually very short) of why your book is awesome, what it’s about, and why they should pick it. 

a synopsis is a page long (sometimes they will let you have two, but its usually a page) summary of everything that happens in the book, cut and dry, no prose or pretty words here, just tell me everything that happens. 

that’s kind of the nuts and bolts of how to send your stuff in, the basics; just remember to format to the specifications of the publishing house or the agent you’re querying. basically you send them the query, synopsis, and the first 50 pages of your manuscript (depending on what they want), and if they’re interested they’ll reply back asking to see the whole thing.  you can query people with a WIP, but it’s harder since not everyone will want to look at it if they know it’s not done.

also, if you want to self publish, that’s a great route too if you know your audience and can tap into a niche market. you do have to do everything, though, like design the cover and format it for an ebook– there are people you can hire for that if you like, but some advantages of self-publishing includes keeping all the profits for yourself. disadvantages: you have to do all the marketing yourself.

some advice posts on self publishing:

some other good reading pieces:

don’t lose heart– rejection is a part of the process, especially if you’re going the agent/ publishing house route. just because your book isn’t a good fit for that person or publishing house doesn’t mean it’s not good, it means it doesn’t fit with their very specific thing. for example, if you write young adult sci fi adventure novels and you submit to an agent who represents only dark gritty crime thrillers, they’re not going to be able to sell your book. 

find your niche! there are a lot of publishing houses that will post what they’re looking for, too, for example tor this year asked for  fantasy that is based on non-european cultures, which is awesome; there was a three month period where anyone could submit. keep an eye out for publishing houses that you like that will open submissions for a certain time, and be aware of deadlines, because they do sneak up on you. 

also a shout out to interlude press and duet books, because if you write LGBTQ+ genre fiction, their submissions are currently open

all the best of luck to you, and if you have any questions feel free to come back!  ❤ ❤ ❤

anonymous asked:

@ the previous anon: My English teacher says that my writing as improved majorly in two years. She asked me if I have been practising. I had only been reading fics, that's all.

some fanfiction authors are better than published authors. the only reason they’re looked down upon is because it’s extremely rare that a publisher is willing to take a chance on a rookie with no past publishing experience

Open-mindedness needs to stand behind every thought, every action and every conscious effort for change to grow into something better. With this, you will able to change with your surroundings without losing your values or what stands important to you. You will be able to welcome new experiences and understand different approaches to life. You will face challenges or obstacles without self-doubt being the one thing to stand in your way and where risk will overcome the dark clouds of fear. Your strength will blossom. You will have the chance to experience life to the fullest. And maybe life experiences are not what you ever planned them to be, but in the end you accepted those chances and made them your own. Remember this, remember this always. You have what it takes.
—  Joanna Strafford

I was actually thinking of getting into vol//tron before but after that surge of discourse I’m staying tf away from it forever bye

Send me a show/character/pairing & and a theme and I’ll make you a playlist! For example: Rucas+During the Triangle or Riley+Entering Rileytown.

I’ll attempt to tackle anything unless it’s something I don’t watch or it’s a notp. Let’s have a little fun on this Sportsball Sunday. 

Yashisato Ghost!AU

The ideas won’t stopppp (if anyone wants to adopt one, go ahead. I’d appreciate a mention that you got the idea from me, but I threw them out there with the understanding that even that might not happen, so whatever.)

ANYWAY, just imagine a Satoru who, instead of experiencing Revival, can see ghosts. He’s a manga artist who draws the adapted stories of the dead that he meets. Currently, he’s trying to get a story published based on the experiences of a ghost called Kayo, who was murdered in fifth grade back in the 1980′s. Satoru looked at newspapers from that time and found that Kayo’s murder was only the first in a string of three. He keeps trying to tell the story of these three children, but the editors say that something is missing in his work.

One day, Satoru notices a man asleep at the wheel and saves a young boy from being run over. He ends up in the hospital (like in canon). When he wakes up, he meets a ghost who had died in the hospital in the 1980′s, Yashiro Gaku. They hit it off pretty quickly, Yashiro being the same age as Satoru is now when he died. (A drunk driver had run Yashiro off the side of a bridge into a cold river when he was driving home from his work at the local school. Yashiro went into a coma, but after a year or so, his family took him off life support.) I love this specific detail - so sue me.

And Yashiro strikes up a friendship with Satoru and then they fall in love. Yashiro is so nice. The nicest. He even tells Satoru what he knows about Kayo’s murder. It’s not much, but it helps Satoru understand the attitude and the suspicions of the residents at the time. There seems to be something darker though, hints in all the ghosts’ stories of a looming spectre, a depraved mastermind behind all the confused accounts and contradicting clues. And at the same time, Yashiro’s starting to get more and more possessive, and talking more and more about death…


PRONOUNS: She/her.
SEXUALITY: Ace/Graysexual (Bi-romantic though)
TAKEN OR SINGLE: Happily single


1. I have manic depression.
2. I am a writer/student.
3. I am published.


HOW LONG (MONTHS / YEARS?): 7ish years
PLATFORMS YOU’VE USED: forums and tumblr, some emails here and there.
BEST EXPERIENCE: It’s too hard to choose. 


FEMALE OR MALE: definitely lean towards Female though I can play both


FLUFF, ANGST OR SMUT:  Angst and fluff are cool. I can write smut when I’m feeling experimental, but not on my main blogs.
BEST TIME TO WRITE: Morning and late, late night.
ARE YOU LIKE YOUR MUSE(S): Some of them. On this particular blog (thelastshadhavar) I am most like Autumn/Gemini. I have very little in common with Elmas and Almas. Even Emeril is different from me. On Mylittlecuriosity I would say Rara and Flutters are most likely. I’m something of a mix of the two.
Tagged by/Snagged from: @monstersandmagicians ty!

Tagging: whoever wants to do it but also

@courtcomposer @bookers-pokemon-reserve @musarxm @delightfullyevil/ @semperaliena, @theplottingtrio, @yourethewxrst, @tricks-up-my-sleeve, @cupcakes-and-homicide, @cloudhoppinggriffon/ @yourlocalhooligriff, and so so so so many more!

Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Got Published

Getting published is an experience unlike any other, and although it’s been a rollercoaster ride of awesomeness, there are some rules of the game which I wish I’d known prior to signing on the dotted line.

1. It’s OK to argue with your editor. Encouraged, even. Your editor has one job: to make the story better. Naturally, the author wants this too, which means disagreements are bound to arise. An editor who lets just anything slide isn’t doing their job, but at the same time, the author should have major influence. Arguing means both sides are passionate, and that’s awesome. Think of it as like a stellar collision: when two stars are pulled into each other’s gravitational fields and collide at sufficient speeds, their collective awesomeness coalesces. Out of this exploding nebula of extra-terrestrial excellence, an even brighter, bigger star emerges. Pretty cool, huh?

2. You’re allowed to be embarrassed. It’s a natural reaction to people’s amazement. “You wrote a book?” friends and family exclaim, delighted. You want to refute – less out of modesty than just sheer awkwardness – but they’re having none of it. Everyone is super happy for you, which is nice, of course, but sometimes, their happiness makes you want to curl up under a rock somewhere. Writers are solitary creatures, after all. We dwell in the shadows cast by the light of our computer screens, entertaining ourselves with thoughts of strange and horrible things happening to the people in our heads. (Note: no, we don’t need to be institutionalized.)

3. Marketing is hard… and doesn’t necessarily work. I’m the sort of author who doesn’t mind the odd cover reveal or book tour, but coordinating interviews and guest spots is a mammoth task in itself. And there are no tangible rewards, either, since it’s impossible to know the reasons behind readers purchasing your book. Was it because they liked the cover? Or were they enchanted by the interview in which you gushed about your Celine Dion obsession? Who knows. It’s all part of building your brand, though, which is why I hired a publicist to organize the release day blitz for UNTOUCHABLE.

4. Bad reviews aren’t the end of the world. I suppose I can’t really talk. The lowest review I’ve gotten is four stars, though I’m anticipating an end to the streak any day now. Why? Every author – seriously, every single one – gets lacklustre reviews. It’s nothing to be ashamed or upset about. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind bad reviews provided they’re constructive and offer suggestions. As writers, we’re always improving our craft, and reviews allow our most important critics – readers – to help us do just that. Got a bad review and want to feel better about it? Just head over to Goodreads, click on your favourite book and scroll down til you find the inevitable one-star and two-star reviews. It just goes to show that it’s impossible to please absolutely everyone. (Also, whatever you do, never respond to bad reviews. For that matter, don’t even respond to wonderful ones. It’s unprofessional and kind of stalkerish.)

5. It’s OK to be dissatisfied. I used to think getting an acceptance meant a publisher arriving in a helicopter, six-figure contract in hand. Nowadays, I realise how crazy I was. Most writers dream of publication their entire lives, and when it finally happens, it can be depressingly anti-climactic. That’s fine. Just remember to be grateful for the little milestones – like getting to see your cover for the first time. Or hearing the delighted squeals of readers who received an ARC. Or even just noticing a spike in your Amazon rankings. These are things that all authors get to experience, not just the Big Six elite.

And don’t forget: at the end of the day, you have the privilege of calling yourself an author. Embrace it.

Russian soldiers and nurses treat their regimental mascot Vaska the goat during the Brusilov Offensive. This photo was taken by English nurse Florence Farmborough, who served with the Imperial Russian Army throughout the war and kept a diary of her experiences. She published her Russian memorabilia in 1974, titled Nurse at the Russian Front: A Diary 1914-18.

Remember the world doesn’t stop spinning when your life feels like it is collapsing all around you. And that’s the most important lesson to learn. If your perception only allows you to see things in a closed-minded view on the world, then you will never learn anything new. When you won’t allow yourself to be open to new ideas, new experiences or different perspectives, that’s a sad life to live. Remember keep an open mind and you will go far in life, keep parading on and you will find what you are looking for.
Get to know the Mun!


NAME: Matt
SEXUALITY: straight
TAKEN OR SINGLE: single as a pringle


1. I moved to the United States from Poland when I was six.

2. I work as an architect in New York City

3. I’m currently working on a deal with Amazon to publish my stories


HOW LONG (MONTHS / YEARS?):  Umm… Counting that one time 4 years ago… I’d say about a year and a half???

BEST EXPERIENCE:  Finally meeting @curiousxempath in person after being online friends for so bloody long xD


MULTI OR SINGLE:  Single. It’s easier to manage that way


PLOTS OR MEMES: I like writing both :D
LONG OR SHORT REPLIES:  I do both. Sometimes a short response is enough, in my opinion. You never have to match my length. As long as it gets the gears in my head turning, you’re fine.
BEST TIME TO WRITE:  Usually, the later, the better. I’m a night-owl, so I like getting most of my work done in the late hours of the night. There have been times where I’ve worked till sunup…

ARE YOU LIKE YOUR MUSE(S): In some aspects, yes. He’s kind of the adventurous, crazy character that I aspire to be.

Tagged by: @curiousxempath

Tagging:  @accidentprcne @hufflepuff-metamorphmagus @bloody-hell-xo @distrcss @commaxder and anyone else who wants to do it :D

james olsen must be the most under-appreciated and sidelined character i’ve ever witnessed in my years of television watching 

he’s a fundamentally good person who’s a fantastic photographer and journalist, friends with superheroes, and whose family and past we know nothing about. there was so much potential in his character and storylines for this season and to make his only purposes to run catco media in cat’s absence (even though he has no publishing experience) and play at superhero (even though he’s never shown any fighting ability or desire to be a hero in the past) is wasteful, offensive, and flat out bad writing. 

I think the best thing to do for people is to just give them the time and the space to be who they need to be. If we don’t understand something, it may not be because it is wrong, it may only be the fact that you haven’t had a chance to know their experiences, walk their journey or live a day in their shoes. Judging people based on what you think you know is silly. Experience the life you are meant to live, before you give yourself the ability to judge others for just living their own.

Joanna Strafford