Linda Zajac:

From: Linda Zajac
September 30, 2012 at 06:54PM

This past week I attended two writing related events.  The first was a marketing seminar called “Crafting a public identity.”  The audience was made of writers, dancers, photographers, artists and actors.  They mentioned putting the basics in place first, things like a website, email, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Check. (and no I’m not interested in Twitter).  I left pondering how to diversify, educate and collaborate.

Yesterday, I went to a writer’s luncheon where they discussed smartest moves and struggles.  Most of those in attendance wrote nonfiction.

I am dismayed at the changes in publishing.  It seems that at this time, when science is getting a bad rap, it’s more important than ever to get the information out there yet there seems to be a dwindling pile of science editors on the trade side of publishing.    

The top photograph was taken on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.  It was a beautiful trail that started with switchbacks down a steep mountainside.  The first couple of miles had almost constant views of the glacier carved valley.  We started too late to hike it all the way down from Glacier Point then ride the shuttle back.  Instead, we hiked to the top of Nevada Falls then back, uphill all the way.

I think the second photo is Vernal Falls.  That is my size 8.5 foot next to a gigantic sequoia pine cone.  Yowzy!  We were at the park within the  Hanta virus timeframe and received an email from Yosemite, but we camped far enough away from the Valley of the Mice for it not to be a concern.


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