5 Ways Authors Abuse Their Facebook Profile Privileges

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Today, the fantabulous WANA International Instructor, Lisa Hall-Wilson is here to share to sage advice about Facebook. She knows ALL things about Facebook, which is why she not only teaches for WANA, but she manages our WANA International fan page. We don’t need to pay to promote and Lisa gets MAD traction on our fan page, so she is THE GAL to listen to in these matters.

Also, I have been a victim of many of these “marketing strategies” and they make me see RED. We know you guys are trying hard to be responsible professionals and there is a LOT of bad advice floating around out there. We have all oopsed, so don’t worry. But Lisa is here to set you straight and tell you the WANA Way…which works, btw ;).

Take it away, Lisa!

I feel a bit like the soup nazi with this post – no Facebook…

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How to be a Teen Writer Without Making Me Want to Punch You in the Face

The Little Engine that Couldn't

[Disclaimer: I don’t actually want to punch anyone in the face. At the most I’ll give them a disappointed look and maybe make fun of their shoes.]

I strongly support teenage writers. Most of them are pretty cool, and with some you could just tell they’re going to become famous authors one day. Hell, some of them already are.

Still, when it comes to writing and literature, teenagers are constantly looked down upon. There are some people who immediately stop listening to what you’re saying once they find out your age. This actually happened to me once with another blogger. We were getting along just fine, having a nice conversation about Neil Gaiman, and then she found out I was fifteen and never answered back.

While I’ve never actually heard an adult say, “Oh, you’re just a teen. You can’t write,” or anything as obnoxiously condescending as that, I do…

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On the perils of unrealistic expectations.

To the ladies, and for the gentlemen:

I grew up watching Disney princesses fall in love in 83 minutes. I would dress up in the costumes my parents bought and imagine I was Belle being swept off her feet with promise of everlasting love and an enormous library. I would bury my nose in Little Women and watch the March sisters fall in love one by one. I pretended to be Anne Shirley as I strolled through the field beside my house, waiting for my very own Gilbert Blythe to confess his love.

As I grew older, I traded in my Disney movies and Louisa May Alcott books for romantic comedies, television shows, and romance novels. I let my childhood imaginings morph into adult expectations as I read and watched couple after couple fall in love. Each ending held the promise of my own happily ever after.

Young people today…

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I won’t change for you.

This is perfect.

I never dated in college (or high school…or after college…or ever…) and I assumed that was because something was wrong with me. I was convinced something about me made me undateable, because what other explanation could there be? I watched my friends date nice guys and not so nice guys, and I waited for my turn. I had crushes, of course; there were a few young men who turned my head and brought a little smile to my face. But nothing happened, because nothing ever happened. Not to me.

So it was easy to stand in front of a mirror and tell myself that if parts of me were different then I would find love. I was the common denominator in my non-existent romances, after all. Maybe if I was skinnier or taller or had green eyes then I would find a man. Maybe if I was more of a…

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Spinning straw into gold: thoughts on writing.

This is beautiful. I wonder if this is what I will feel like when I am done.

hannah brencher.


For the last few days, I’ve sat in a dark room giving memories their proper burials.

I can imagine the way the funeral director wrings her hands beneath the hot water faucet as she preps to make settings of “goodbye” for so many. It feels a lot like that; writing a book is like finally saying goodbye to memories and finally having the courage to let go for good as you script just enough to tell your friend over a cup of coffee, “I’ve used up all the words. It’s over now.”

I didn’t imagine writing a book would feel this way. I’m one month into writing a book and I didn’t imagine it would be like this. I’m certain now that I will write a book about writing a book just so I can write the line, “It was the most hauntingly beautiful process I’ve ever experienced, to sit…

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On Kalman and Making Videos

For my last project, I had to make a five minute video(give or take seven seconds) in the style of Maira Kalman. For any of you that do not know, Maira Kalman is an illustrator for kid’s stories. She also has a blog that was the inspiration for the project. (If you want the link, ask in the comments section and I will include the link.) Her style is optimistic and playful, but it does not always seem to make sense. She writes down whatever comes to mind and somehow weaves it all together There is a whole slew of people who have interpreted her style in their own ways, including my teacher.
My job was to determine the rhetoric of a place and interpret that place through Kalman’s style. Being the literary nerd that I am, I chose the library. I have always loved the feel of libraries. They feel like all the centuries of the world in one place.They are worlds in and of themselves and can produce millions of adventures. The books inside are friends when you have none and places to go when you have to stay where you are. It is a history of all subjects. I took a look at the contrast between this historic ideal and certain modern realities, like a coffee shop or DVDs.

This was my first time working with Windows Movie Maker and, since I repel technology, the task was a little bit daunting. My video ended up shakier than I would have liked and I had to reshoot several times because I forgot to shoot my video horizontally. It was a considerable learning experience and I feel like I have learned a lot.  I have now gained valuable insight into how to make videos with original material.

So, do I have any technologically challenged people here, or are y’all all experts that make me want to frown in a corner?