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bio website jedoliver.com
location Chico, CA
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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


Apr
30
comment The ethics of multiple contest submissions
@Standback Short stories may be different beasts and require different skills and approaches, but if your writing sucks at the 5,000 word mark it's certainly not going to improve at the 50,000 mark.
Apr
30
comment How critical is selecting an imprint for a self-published book?
Setting a DBA up is fairly easy, if initially a little confusing. It's all the fun stuff that comes after (keeping accounts separate, yada-yada-yada) that's not. My point is that if the question is 'I'm self-publishing my 1200-page epic adventure Jimmy and the Space Pirates: A Novel. What do I give the publisher as the imprint?' I'm just going to use my name as the imprint. To make it feel more legit, I could set up "Beep Boop Aargh Publishing". But how important is that? Think of the last three books you read: Who was the publisher? It was 3, 4 pages in. Don't know? That's my point. (salt)
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asked The ethics of multiple contest submissions
Apr
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comment How critical is selecting an imprint for a self-published book?
My understanding (which is the grain of salt to take this with) is that the imprint is best thought of as the business name that you want the checks written out to and the name the IRS will see on the 1099 you're going to get (if you make any money, that is). That being said I would probably use my own name unless you want to set up a DBA/other business entity (i.e. Green Space Magic Publishing Co.) and go through the special legal, bureaucratic and accounting headaches that entails. TL;DR Putting it in your name causes fewer headaches but is slightly less professional, if that matters.
Apr
25
comment Creating a compelling story from a prebuilt world
@LaurenIpsum That is the crux of my argument. And if Borgel has created a world that's full and complete and his problem is an embarrassment of riches, then the standard "Hey, Kids! Let's Write!" rules apply: Either start writing until something good pops out or make a plan: hero vanquishes dragon, rescues princess and saves the world from doom or some such scheme. Make sure there are fully faceted characters, obstacles to overcome, etc., etc., etc. Creating a functional epic fantasy world will help solve a lot of hidden structural problems but if you can't write good then nothing will help.
Apr
25
comment Creating a compelling story from a prebuilt world
@NeilFein Further development if needed may delay writing but it may result in better writing. Some people who have an active imagination will in their spare time create an epic fantasy world that includes a map, races, languages, religions, gods, etc. - all the interesting bits. And you can write a pretty good story from that. But if you delve into the DNA of your imaginary world and figure out -everything- history, economics, rules of mystical forces, gov't, and then stress test it to make sure it can handle the pressure of the written word then your fiction will be that much stronger.
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answered Creating a compelling story from a prebuilt world
Apr
23
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
@FumbleFingers: This question was closed as 'off-topic' in the English SE because as it was felt that it didn't meet requirements, but the first bullet point on the faq says that questions on 'usage, word choice, and grammar' are welcomed there. This is most definitely a question of 'usage, word choice, and grammar' and should not have been closed as off topic. It could have been worded better, but the core question: the advantages and proper usage of "without" versus "didn't have" is a question of 'usage, word choice, and grammar' and should be welcome in the English SE and not Writers SE.
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answered How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
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answered What's the difference between academic and journalistic writing?
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