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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


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reviewed No Action Needed What book review sites allow authors to send a copy of their books for reviews?
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reviewed Leave Open My Reviews for Free Books?
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comment Does writing in a certain mood change how a writer writes?
Related: CogSci.stackexchange.com, a beta site where (according to the faq) "If you have questions about ... Cognitive science, Psychology (e.g., cognitive, social, developmental, biological, applied, clinical, organizational, etc.), Psychiatry, Neuroscience and neurobiology ... then you're in the right place to ask your question." And while I believe that cross-posts are discouraged, if this particular question does not get the kind of answer you're looking for, you might want to consider asking it over there.
May
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comment How to come up with a good title?
@NeilFein while this question is subjective, I believe that it falls into "good" subjective as opposed to "bad" subjective as posited in this old chestnut. The answers are likely to have long answers that have been thought out, based on experience, backed up with references, and constructed in a fair and impartial tone. In fact I believe that making it too much more specific would actually diminish its quality and usefulness significantly; it's the slight vagueness that allows it to be applied to a variety of cases.
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answered How to come up with a good title?
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reviewed No Action Needed Is there a reference for “dumbing down” material?
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reviewed Approve Using a world created by someone else for your own fiction
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reviewed Leave Closed Critique: Make excerpt more visual/flow better
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reviewed No Action Needed Overuse of bullet points
Apr
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reviewed No Action Needed How should I begin my research for my Military Fiction?
Apr
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reviewed No Action Needed Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?
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reviewed No Action Needed How should I begin my research for my Military Fiction?
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reviewed No Action Needed Where is a good place to find writing prompts?
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reviewed No Action Needed Are there any free programs for screen writers
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reviewed Leave Open How should I begin my research for my Military Fiction?
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reviewed No Action Needed How do I organize a massive collection of personal files and writing?
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reviewed No Action Needed How do I create a book on iBookstore without having a Mac?
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revised How do I create a book on iBookstore without having a Mac?
added the word "you", per jwpat7's observation