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bio website jedoliver.com
location Chico, CA
age 37
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
seen Sep 6 at 22:36

I live in California. I write. I game. I cook. And I'm a Dad.

I'm a journalist by trade, and I've worked for one of the the local papers and a now defunct business journal. I've also worked as a typesetter, a graphic artist and was the production manager for an international trade magazine, so I have a pretty good grasp of the printing industry.

In 2007, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home-father. One thing that I promised myself when I made that decision is that I would use my down time to start writing again. Five years and three kids later, and it looks like I can finally fulfill that promise.

Other "accomplishments" of mine:

  • In Kindergarten I wrote a sentence about raccoons that used the words 'nocturnal' and 'diurnal' correctly without any help from anyone.

  • In the fourth grade, I wrote Doctor Who fan fiction.

  • In the eighth grade, I got published for the first time. My short story "The Day the Earth was Disintegrated" was published by The National Junior High School Writer. I got extra credit in my English class and that Friday the whole class got pizza. Somewhat ironically, the only pizza they bought was 'supreme', which I detest, and therefore did not have any pizza.

  • In high school I was the senior editor of the school paper and the yearbook chief.

  • In college I was the first (and perhaps only) student who, as my major changed, went from the Business Manager of the school newspaper, to the Art Director to the Senior Editor.

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, my observations were frequently read on air during "The Cafferty File" on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer".

  • To Be Determined


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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Template for IT technical report?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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Jun
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comment Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
@NeilFein Out of curiosity I found the contest. It is for the Oxford University Press's 2014 Karachi Literature Festival and it is for 2,000-word short stories written by Pakistanis in English. It's a facebook page and there isn't a lot of information there but there is a comments section where questions are being answered by the sponsors.
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed Ways to improve your writing skills
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reviewed No Action Needed Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
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reviewed No Action Needed Is being paid by the word/page making American books longer?
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reviewed No Action Needed Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?
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answered Can a title be copyrighted?
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comment Free stock photos for ebook cover
The use of stock photos for cover design, IMHO, is more on-topic at GraphicDesign.SE. While questions asking for lists of resources are generally off-topic, questions on where to find free/low-cost stock images and the copyright implications of using derivatives (i.e. manipulations) of those images have been asked and answered there.
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reviewed Needs Improvement Is a glossary needed in a novel?
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reviewed Needs Improvement How to advertise a free e-book?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Tenses I should use in a translated-novel
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reviewed Excellent Overuse of bullet points
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reviewed Needs Improvement Improving techniques independently: Description
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reviewed Satisfactory Background speech with foreground dialogue
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reviewed Satisfactory Dealing with potential copyright issues: manga