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Calendar for April through End of May

Event explanations: Unmoderated co-working: Log on and work with other Chez Rambo peeps. You don’t have to be working on writing! Structure is up to the participants. Moderated co-working: Cat or designated other will lead three thirty minute sprints, with … Continue reading

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Classes That Are Coming Up Soon

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Rambo Academy Campus Calendar for March 2021

Zoom links will be available on Patreon, pinned in #localannouncements on the Discord server, and available via the !calendar command on Discord. How do you get access to these events? Details are here, but basically you can subscribe through Patreon … Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up: Valentine Day Events

Class: Different Kinds of Love: Writing Relationships that Aren’t Romantic Next class date: Saturday, February 13, 2021, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time. Instructor: Cat Rambo There are plenty of loves that aren’t romantic in nature, ties of friendship or family. What … Continue reading

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Rambo Academy Campus Calendar for February 2021

Zoom links will be available on Patreon, pinned in #localannouncements on the Discord server, and available via the !calendar command on Discord. How do you get access to these events? Details are here, but basically you can subscribe through Patreon or … Continue reading

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Rambo Academy Certificates

The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers now has a certification program! I wanted students to have a way to represent the work they’ve put into the live classes when applying for jobs, workshops, and other opportunities, and so I’ve put together four categories.
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Writing Steampunk That’s More Than A Glint Of Gears: Resources for Finding the Other In Steampunk and Weird Western

One of my projects this year has been fleshing out the on-demand version of the live class I teach, “Hex Engines & Spell-Slingers: Writing Steampunk and Weird Western.” I recently finished up the project and wanted to share some of … Continue reading

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Playing at Being Motivated: Habitica for Writers

One thing that was fascinating about this year’s Nebulas was the chance to meet so many people in the publishing industry, including a couple of the founders of Habitica.

Habitica is a motivational game. It lets you gamify your daily tasks and to-do list, turning them into challenges you face in the game. As you complete tasks, you gain levels and items in the game, giving you an extra push to get things done. You can also set it up so you lose points for doing things, if there’s habits you want to avoid. There’s a social aspect; you can join parties and guilds in order to share your progress with friends.

I am always on a quest for a method that will help me stay organized. Various systems have come and gone, some more successful than others, and I’ve learned a few things about how to make such systems more effective. As I share how I am using Habitica, I’ll include some insight into how that knowledge shapes that use. I’ve been logging into it consistently for two weeks now, and I believe it’s going to stick, because I’m finding it very effective for a) nudging me to do things, b) helping me remember stuff, and c) motivating me to use free time and options (like snacks) better.
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For Writers: Re-visioning, Rewriting, and Other Forms of Fine-tuning Your Fiction

As with all writing advice, mileage will vary according to the individual. The best thing as a writer that you can do is to pay attention to your own process and make it more effective. Experiment with lots of things, identify the practices that work, and incorporate them into your process. Keep experimenting, mixing things up a little, every once in a while, writing to the sound of whale songs, or dictating while hiking, or using a pen rather than the keyboard — it doesn’t matter what as long as you keep testing things in a way that lets you grow as a writer.
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How to Get Tuckerized In One of My Stories

This month my newsletter subscribers and Patreon supporters have a chance to win a Tuckerization in one of my stories. It’s not too late to get next week’s newsletter with details about how you can enter. If you haven’t heard … Continue reading

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