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
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
This is the fun part: building your page. It’s quite exciting, and I hope you have fun building your page. Like all other hobbies, if you want to make money from them you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and do some paperwork before sharing your page with the world. Continue reading
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.
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.
In all of human history there is probably no better time to be a writer than now. The Internet has smashed through the floodgates, and stigma over self-publishing is letting up quite a bit as new and respected writers are making names for themselves.
For this blog post I’ll go over some examples of big writers I’ve seen utilize the Internet to build a following. Although there are certainly more (and equally talented) indie writers I’ve highlighted these three case studies to demonstrate different methods for building a fanbase.