Publisher's Note

Publisher’s Note: An Essential Celebration

Today, we observe Juneteenth, which has finally become a federal holiday. Like most federal holidays, Juneteenth is officially observed today (Monday) because the holiday fell on a Sunday.
There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth. One of the activities I was personally involved in was a community activity I lobbied for myself.
The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City, of which I’m past-president and a current board member, puts up American flags along the highway on a number of key federal holidays, such as the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.

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Publisher’s Note: Milestones

This is a milestone blog for me. According to my numbering system, this is my 500th blog. That’s a lot of weekly blogs. I hit another milestone last week. On June 8, I hit three years of walking at least 5,000 steps a day. Every single day. Rain or shine. Even in rain...

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Publisher’s Note: License to Learn

I mentioned in last Monday’s blog that I was flying to Vegas, but I didn’t say why. I was there for the Licensing Expo 2022. It was awesome! If you’ve ever wanted to see how you can expand your IP (intellectual property) into new areas, the Licensing Expo is a great place to brainstorm and make deals.
Many people don’t realize that they’re creating IP. The definition of IP is: a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc.
Obviously, we hold a lot of IP at WMG, in our case, in the form of copyrights. But the written word has so much more potential that just sitting on a page.

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Publisher’s Note: In-Flight Entertainment

I flew to Las Vegas yesterday, the first time I’ve been able to return here since the pandemic shut down the world.
And it’s only the second time I’ve flown since the pandemic started. The only other flight I’ve taken was last summer from Portland to Denver. Back then, we were in that blissful reprieve where the vaccines were highly effective against infection and the Delta variant had not yet taken hold.
Even so, it was weird.
Flying is still weird.

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Publisher’s Note: What a Way to Get Started!

Kristine Kathryn Rusch loves to write in series. She says so herself. As her publisher, I keep track of all of her series. That’s no small feat. Some of them are complex, more like series within series. Some of them of more abstract, with a recurring character but not...

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Publisher’s Note: All Kinda of Learning

I’ve been in teaching mode a lot lately. Last week marked the end of the semester at Western Colorado University, where I’m a lecturer in the Publishing Concentration for the Graduate Program in Creative Writing. And, of course, we do all sorts of teaching here at...

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Publisher’s Note: Improvement Projects

We’re in home improvement mode at my house. While I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, for example, we started painting walls.
Our house has a bit of an odd construction. It has a gambrel roof, which you can read all about here (https://worstroom.com/gambrel-roof/). The long and short of things is that this roof style is something not seen much in modern construction, and certainly not often on houses (it’s mostly barns and warehouses).
Adding to this oddity, the house is built into a hill, with the main living areas on the top floor and the bedrooms downstairs in what is technically a daylight basement.

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Publisher’s Note: Getting Down to Basics

We’ve started a new blog/newsletter called Every Day’s a Holiday on Substack, and we’ve had some fun with funky holidays, some of them quite whimsical, but who’s counting, right? We’ve celebrated Everything You Think is Wrong Day, and National Get Over It Day, among...

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Publisher’s Note: Mysterious Circumstances

I hate garage sales. I know many people enjoy them. The mystery of whether that found item is trash or treasure. The adventure of the hunt for great bargains found only at garage sales. The thrill of getting something useful for a steal.
I hate holding garage sales even more than shopping them. But for some mysterious reason, I seem to forget that hatred every decade or so and agree to have one.
This past weekend was one of those lapses.

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Publisher’s Note: Tools of the Trade

We did some minor remodeling last week. At least, it was supposed to be minor. Home improvement project never turn out to be as minor as they should be, I’ve learned. Especially in older homes.
What was supposed to happen was the replacement of our kitchen sink and faucet, as well as the addition of an under-sink water purifier.
That all did happen, but for a while, it looked like we were in for a very expensive complication.
Once the old sink was pulled out, we discovered dry rot in the counter. As we figured out a plan to address that (without replacing the counter), we also discovered that the new sink (despite having the same dimensions as the old sink) didn’t fit into the hole. Different attachment system (who knew?). But that dry rot meant simply cutting a bigger hole was a real challenge. The plumber wasn’t entirely sure what to do (other than get a new counter), so I called in a neighbor friend from down the street who I knew had the tools and carpentry skills to problem-solve. What he didn’t have, it turns out, was the people skills to work with the plumber.

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