August Niehaus

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In another lifetime, August was a punk kid running a writing-themed e-zine in 2002 and participating in online survivor writing contests; these days, she’s a punk pseudo-adult with an office job and a studio of her own. Her husband, friends, and job keep her tied to the misty Pacific Northwest of the U.S., and her insatiable love of stringing words together keeps her writing a little bit of everything, every day.

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August Niehaus I roll my eyes at it. Then I start making a list of things I like to write about, like dragons and battling spaceships and deserts. Eventually I…moreI roll my eyes at it. Then I start making a list of things I like to write about, like dragons and battling spaceships and deserts. Eventually I realize there's a lot I could be writing *instead* of whatever's blocking me, and I either hit backspace until I'm back to the good stuff, or I work on something else for a while.(less)
August Niehaus Yes, I am an author! I'm self-published. That was a very conscious decision I made, knowing full well the stigma that might come with it. I followed…moreYes, I am an author! I'm self-published. That was a very conscious decision I made, knowing full well the stigma that might come with it. I followed the industry since about 2003, when ebooks were really becoming a thing, and paid attention to what I would be gaining and losing if I did decide to eschew the agent process and go through with putting my own book out on the market.

So far, it's been very unglamorous. I've sold less than 100 books and no one knows who I am. Ah well! As someone with no real delusion of being a *famous* author, the difference in royalties over my lifetime for being a mid-tier author is worth it for me to be unknown when I only have one book on the market.

As for editors, this is something else I have control over by self-publishing. I have worked with three editors over the course of three books - I paid each of them for their services, and they gave me varying levels of help in whipping my book into shape. One editor gave me 25 typed pages of notes on my plot, characters, and line-by-line grammar; another simply went through and made sure all my typos were in order. They all had a lot of suggestions, some of which were great, and some of which I chose not to take.(less)
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Studiolog: Week of April 29

W O W has it been a long time since the last one of these! Sorry about that, life ran us in circles and it was much more important to spend the time building relationships, our skills, and the studio than it was stopping to write it down.





That said… what have the Shames been up to?!





Jake hard at work on a seeeecret project.



In a word: MUSIC. Ahhhh! Something happened, and every one of us is sudden...

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Description: In a style inspired by Ray Bradbury (who I've been reading a lot of lately), this came from the image of a woman without a head typing at a desk. Flash fiction.
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A stunning book. Children who hear this story will say, "Of course!" because to them it has the simplicity of innocence and the way things ought to be. Adults who hear this story will say, "Ahh. Of course," because to them it doesn't sugar-coat or tr ...more
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Incredibly dull. Maybe underlined two things total. Good thing this was a thrift store book!
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Dr. Seuss
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Dr. Seuss

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Eleanor Roosevelt
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

Frank Zappa
“So many books, so little time.”
Frank Zappa

Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves




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