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bio website jedoliver.com
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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


May
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revised Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?
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May
20
answered Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?
May
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revised Where is a good place to find writing prompts?
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May
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awarded  Autobiographer
May
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suggested suggested edit on Where is a good place to find writing prompts?
May
18
answered What is the proper way to add Creative Commons licensing information to a book?
May
18
comment What is the proper way to add Creative Commons licensing information to a book?
Village, could you please confirm that the work you source is in fact under a CC-BY-SA license and not under one of the NC or ND designations? (There are different types of CC licenses which have different rules on use. The link you provide is for a CC-BY-SA which is one of the least restrictive and I'd just like to verify that before answering.)
May
17
comment How to effectively jump from one period of time to another in a short story?
I've also seen a single centered # or * used to indicate a scene change in manuscript format. (Not to be confused with ###, which can indicate the end of the story)
May
16
revised What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
Clarified question title. Addressed punctuation issues. Added tags.
May
16
suggested suggested edit on What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
May
16
comment What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
@JSBᾶngs: We answer questions on printing, publishing and self-publishing all the time. Despite the title, the OP's question, "How do I print just one copy of my book in a format I can take on the bus?" is a valid and important question. I know because when I worked in a print shop, once a month somebody would come in and want us to bind their poetry collection, or 6 copies of grandma's cookbook or have us bind their unpublished novel in leather. Printing just one copy of a book is a problem writers face. This is exactly what we're here for.
May
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revised What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
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answered What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
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awarded  Enthusiast
May
15
comment How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?
George RR Martin employs a similar technique. Each chapter is simply named after the viewpoint character and the action continues to progress from their point of view. Other viewpoint characters will generally be discussed and those events will either be summaries or previews of other events that have been/will be discussed. It keeps the action moving and flowing and keeps you interested in what comes next. Granted, Martin is juggling a lot of stories and it can turn into a hot mess at times but his style is still worth looking at.
May
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answered substitute for however
May
14
accepted Is it more advantageous to have an excerpt or a plot summary critiqued?
May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
@Kris Ask a subjective question, get a subjective answer
May
12
comment Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
+1 for "parenthetical ejaculations of color".
May
12
answered Do parentheses inhibit clarity?