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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Micro-magic (again)

His guitar was
magic. He always found the melodies when he played for someone who was sick.





The iceberg was
magic. Penguins who leapt to the safety of the floating frozen mesa found
themselves in possession of plentiful fish and predator-free seas.





Their entryway rug
was magic. For decades it kept out his professional enemies and her family.





Her bookcase was
magic. Every book she placed on it was riche...

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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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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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