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Japan Day 6: A 700-Year-Old Marketplace

It was a rainy day when we visited Nijo Castle, the Nishiki Market, and the Kit Kat Chocolatory. Luckily, our hostel provided a pile of free umbrellas. I spent the morning copying notes in my Pomera typewriter and spilling a pitcher of water in the common area.

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Sprint 17: When Everything Changed

April was an atypical month that diverged from our plans, but with good reason. Leslie applied to a developer boot camp, Academy Pittsburgh, and was accepted! Meanwhile, I started my first contract gig.

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Japan Day 5: Kimono Selfies at Kiyomizu-dera

Our fifth day was filled with kind people, the historic streets of Kyoto, a temple that was built in the 700s, and a giant rabbit statue. We rounded out the night with a trip to Kyoto Station, my favorite station in all of Japan.

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Sprint 16: Beta Reader Feedback, Mexico, and Pinball

March was a whirlwind. It started with a well-timed trip to Mexico, followed by implementing feedback from nine beta readers, gardening, jury duty, releasing our short story in the Steampunk Fairy Tales collection, and lots of pinball.

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Self Publishing a Collection with other Authors

We recently contributed to the Steampunk Fairy Tales collection, which contains short stories from eight authors. In this article, I reflect on what it takes to go from idea to publication in three months.

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Why Ru Paul’s Drag Race is Good for our Home

Every March, our house becomes nearly spotless. If you think this is the work of spring cleaning, you’re wrong.

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Japan Day 4: Uji, or The First Time Leslie Drank Too Much Tea

Uji is a city in Japan that’s known for its green tea. Japan is a country known for its green tea. As you might imagine, there’s a lot of green tea in Uji. It also happens to be one of my favorite places.

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Curing The “I’ve Read My Manuscript Too Many Times” Blues

We’ve been editing and re-reading our manuscript for days now. Leslie is a machine; she can pour over the same words all day, every day, and make significant improvements. I, however, am weak. I’ve had a hard time contributing lately because all I see are negatives. But, this morning, I found a way to cure it.

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Sprint 15: Being “Funemployed”

February was the first month where both Leslie and I were “funemployed.” Thanks to the extra time, we accomplished far more than any month before.

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The Legend of Korra: A Discovery in Several Ways

Recently, Dave and I started watching a new show: The Legend of Korra. I watched a few episodes of Avatar with my little cousin, and generally enjoyed them. As I’ve seen some funny images from The Legend of Korra over the years, I was geeked to sit down and finally give it a proper watch.

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