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September 10, 2014

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

February 18, 2014

Until We Meet Again.

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November 19, 2013

Women in Science Fiction, a Guest Post from Ian Sales

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Women in SF, a Guest Post by Ian Sales

Ian Sales is a writer, reviewer and the curator of SF Mistressworks. He has been published in a number of magazines and original anthologies. He won the 2012 British Science Fiction Association Award for his hard sf novella Adrift on the Sea of Rains, the first book of the Apollo Quartet. It was also a finalist for the 2012 Sidewise Award. The second book of the quartet, The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself, was published in January 2013, and the third, Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above, was published in November 2013. He can be found at

During the 1950s, Margaret St Clair published almost eighty stories, all in major sf magazine titles. Some might know her 1963 novel, Sign of the Labrys, although it has never been reprinted. Marta Randall’s…

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October 23, 2013

The Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend 2013

On Saturday, October 19th, I had the pleasure to attend the 14th Annual Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend presented by the readingdiva2013Reading Divas Book Club of Bowie, Maryland.  It was an amazing experience that I would recommend to readers and authors. While I can’t attest to what the panels will be next year, rest assured that if it’s a topic your interested in learning more about then you want to be there. Unlike much larger book conferences this event provides an intimate opportunity for leisurely networking while learning about books and the publishing industry with book lovers, readers, authors, editors, and publishers.

Overall, Saturday was a great experience that I am so happy that I took the chance on. I found the event through Eventbrite with just a regular search for reading. It sounded interesting but more importantly it was an event close to my home that would be attended by people like me, readers! I didn’t attend the Friday evening event, but if it was anything like Saturday a good time was had by all. I didn’t attend the morning Zumba or meditation session because well it was just way too early for me, 7:30am, but I heard everyone enjoyed it.  Saturday consisted of two sets of two panels in the morning and a full lunch with keynote speakers in the afternoon.

The panelists were extremely knowledgeable, open to sharing, and entertaining.  I attended two panels “So you want to be a published writer” and “The art of writing a good book review.” The later was the 9:30am discussion with two blogger, author, and reviewers Norwood Holland and Jacki Lawson of Street Soul Sister Book Club. They had some great information to impart on everything from structuring a review to where you should reshondaandvictoriapost and contacting authors.  The lessons I took home were to publish to Amazon and Goodreads, don’t be afraid to contact an author, and be kind. The second panel I attended on being a published writer provided a wealth of knowledge about marketing. The panel consisted of author B. Swangin Webster published by Intrigue Publications, Monica Mathis-Stowe a self-publisher, and Tamika Newhouse, CEO of Delphine Publications. The most important take away for me was once you put your name on that book you are a small business owner. This isn’t “Field of Dreams” where if you built it they will come. This is real life publish it then hustle to make sales.

The afternoon festivities were entertaining. Book groups from around the region strutted their stuff in their best group uniform to music for the honor of the “Best Dressed Club.”  The keynote speakers were Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher-Murray authors of Sinners and Saints. The ladies are hilarious. I have rarely had so much fun listening to two authors talk about their book, working together, and their personal relationship. I had never heard of either lady but now I’m curious to learn more about what they write and to see if that wit and charm radiates from the page. Luckily for me I was able to snag a free copy of Sinner and Saints from the table giveaway.

The Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend started in 2008 as a celebration for the RReadingdivaseading Divas’ Book Club 10th Anniversary. The Divas gather once a month at a member’s house to discuss that month’s book selection. They like to encourage emerging and established authors and will sometimes invite them to discussions. The Divas are open to all genres. When they are not meeting locally you can find them traveling to meet other book clubs, publishing, and literary events in the region.

September 2, 2013

Bloggers Like Me: Experience DMV


Saturday, August 31, 2013

@ The 201 Bar

Finding The 201 Bar was pretty easy. I had never been there but from what I could tell by the map, it was a straight shot from the Union Station metro. Of course, everything went fine at first, I got to the blue line station and only had to wait less than 6 minutes. I got to the red line transfer and only had to wait 4 minutes. For anyone familiar with the Washington Area Metro system on a Sunday, you know this is pretty amazing. Google maps and I have had several fights before so I was ready for it to be indecisive and slow and it was. But I prevailed with only a five minute rant at the lack of signage on Massachusetts Ave in front of Union Station and arrived on time!

When I arrived I was warmly greeted by our hostesses Karen and Whitney.  Three well dressed women were sitting at one table carrying on a lively conversation. I’ll admit in a black top and shorts I felt confident leaving the house, but upon seeing them I felt out of my fashion league. Thankfully, the ladies (Demetrice from Impr4less, Antionette from, and Jonna from Naturally Glam) were nice and made it easy to relax. There were 17 female bloggers from as far away as Delaware and North Carolina. Blogger topics covered everything from fitness, hair, lifestyle, fashion, relationships, and aromatherapy.  These ladies were dressed to impress and I was impressed.

Blogger Like Me: Experience DMV image courtesy of BLM

Blogger Like Me: Experience DMV image courtesy of BLM

The objective of the Bloggers Like Me: Experience workshop was to give bloggers the opportunity to come together to network and build our brand.  And that is exactly what we did, even though the workshop only lasted a couple of hours it was completely worth it. The main presentation was given by Arsha of She is a dynamic and informed speaker, which I would highly recommend for anyone in the blogosphere.

There were four main take-a-ways for me.

1. If you’re not building your brand someone else is. Arsha shared five steps for building your personal brand that used popular product and personality brands to demonstrate the different types.

2. Branding is connected to how people feel about you when they think of you. So the questions becomes how do I want people to feel about me when they think of A.E. Hellar?

3. It’s important to have relevant and distinctive content. Don’t just fill your blog with posts to have stuff there. There is nothing worse than wasting your reader’s time with irrelevant information. Their time is important so respect it.

4. As a blogger it’s important to not just build you network with bloggers but also the business community. Businesses grow not just by connecting with other businesses, but consumers who are willing to pay for their services.

I have no doubt that by connecting with BLM, I now have the resources I need to take my blog and career to the next level.

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