Interview: Don Day Jr on Hot Air Balloons

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Meteorologist Don Day Jr (right) with the Red Bull Stratos Mission Control team during the 2012 project.

Hot Air Ballooning in Fiction!

Many writers of speculative fiction, while exploring their fantastical and scientific worlds, like to utilize different modes of transportation in their work. Yet even with magical worlds a few hard facts can bring the reader out of the story.

Meteorologist and hot air balloon pilot Don Day is here to talk about weather balloons, space jumps and hot air ballooning in fiction. Specifically, what writers, both realistic fiction and speculative, need to know. Continue reading

Patreon For New Writers

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My Experience

I’m a writer with a day job, and my work experience covers digital marketing for small businesses/non-profits and database management for non-profit organizations. That’s just a fancy way of saying that I help maintain an accurate constituent database and update their Facebook pages.

In fall 2015 I created a Patreon page out of curiosity. As a fundraising platform it was still a new-fangled thing, and I was curious. My creator page did not actually go live with a proper “hard” campaign until January 2017, as several personal things affected my launch. After a soft and hard launch my pledges have stabilized, which allows me to pursue more creative projects I haven’t been able to do before! Continue reading

Author interview: Hanna on hot air balloons

Interview!

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For this post, I’m delighted to feature an interview with Hanna Day, who has been of immense help with blimp-related information. Hanna is a social media consultant for non-profits and small businesses. We met on Scriphophile, which is a workshopping site for writers. Hanna is working on an epic fantasy trilogy, the first novel of which is called The Hymns of Creation.

Caroline: Hanna, can you tell us how you got involved in the world of hot air balloons?

Hanna: Hi Caroline! My aunt and uncle are both hot air balloon pilots, and ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to ride in their balloon. Things never quite worked out until the past two summers, as it was always the wrong weather or the wrong location or not the right time for a flight. Finally, after years of badgering them, I got to fly!

Caroline: I…

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DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT! Hamilton at the Pantages

Having listened to the Hamilton soundtrack multiple times since it was released on NPR in 2015, I was curious about the musical. I happened to be one of those people who read Ron Chernow’s behemoth biography of Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury and one of three authors of The Federalist Papers, way before a musical was ever conceived. The biography was one of many to chose from for a AP Government project back in high school, though at over 800 pages it was quite daunting. Luckily for me I read quickly, and was immediately swept up into Chernow’s gripping biography of a Founding Father I knew very little about. Continue reading

Writers on Patreon: Build Your Database

Repeat after me: your writing is a business.

Your writing is a business.

Feel the need to wash your mouth to get that bitter taste out of your mouth? Good.

Whether or not you like it your writing is a business. Why else are you creating a Patreon page? Now that we have that unpleasant business out of the way I’d like to share some facts from my non-profit experience.

First and foremost you need to build an audience. And just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. One thing you need to understand is that, although you may have hundreds of followers, only a small percentage of those followers will actually become donors.

Why?

Not everyone has the financial freedom to become a Patron to all of their favorite followers, but over time they may be able to. Think long-term.

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