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BookCon: A How-To.

A How To.

Unlike it’s predecessor, Comic-Con (which is now in its eleventh year), BookCon is a relatively new convention.  Started in 2014, BookCon is run by the same company that runs Comic-Con – ReedPOP – and follows on the heels of BookExpo, the largest and longest running annual book trade fair in America.  But while BookExpo is geared more toward professionals – publishers, writers and educators – BookCon is for the fans.  It hosts Panels, Meet-and-Greets, Giveaways, Autographing sessions and Fan Meet-Ups. Last year, BookCon took place in Chicago and was only one day long, but this year, it was held at the Javits Center in New York, Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd & 4th.  I was lucky enough to attend…

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The Handmaid’s Tale Exposes the Perils of Non-Inclusive Feminism and Racism in America.

The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Margaret Atwood in the Reagan era, has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity due to the visually stunning Hulu series based on the book. Atwood’s book has reaped the rewards of the TV show’s success – making an uncontrolled ascent to the top of the Amazon rankings – as a whole new wave of women and feminists co-opt its ideas and heed the cautionary tales inherent in its narrative.  The renewed interest lies not just in the gorgeous costuming, great cast and grim portrayal of a bleak future, but because the story has real resonance in our modern world.

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How to Write a Blog.

How to write a blog.

It’s easy to feel like you aren’t a real writer when no one can see the fruits of your effort. If you’ve started to cringe when you tell someone, “I’m writing a novel” or you hesitate to call yourself a writer to your friends (because you don’t have any searchable content out in the world), blogging could be for you.  Writers write.  And if you don’t exist as a writer on the Internet, you don’t exist.  Don’t wait until you have a book to build your brand.  Now is the time! Continue reading “How to Write a Blog.”

Would You Believe…Hanson?

Beauty!In December of 2015, I’d just finished my 1-year teaching contract in Japan.  Hungry for adventure, I set off on a one-month sojourn along the eastern Australian coastline with a Scotswoman, a Frenchman and a Canberra-native in a Britz campervan.  (No, this isn’t the start of a joke).  There were all the usual road-trip high-jinks – forgetting to latch the kitchen drawers before hitting the highway, being delayed when our window was shattered by a ride-on mower at a rest stop, dodging the occasional kangaroo crossing the road, jamming the back door when we accidentally shut a sweater in it, battling plague-like proportions of flies and never ending sand, having our drying towels pooped on by a wombat.  You know – the usual things.  #justaustraliathings Continue reading “Would You Believe…Hanson?”

Join My Guild.

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Hey, I’ve got some exciting news! I’ve just joined Patreon! In case you’re wondering, Patreon is a simple way for you to contribute to my work on my first book The Craftworker’s Guild and get cool rewards in return. If you help me build my Guild from the ground up, you’ll unlock exclusive access to my members-only Patreon feed, get sneak peaks of what I’m working on, have access to writing, podcasts, sketches, outlines and a behind-the-scenes window into my writing process.

Find out more here: https://www.patreon.com/Leighhecking

Does 13 Reasons Why Glorify Suicide?

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There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, adapted from a young adult book of the same name by Jay Asher.  Many claim that the show glorifies suicide.  Or that one of its scenes – which shows a girl killing herself in explicit detail – is triggering or informative for those who may be looking to do the same.

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How to Stop Procrastinating. (Pt 2)

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If you missed part one, find it here: Why We Procrastinate (Pt 1)

1. Give Yourself Permission.

When we’re putting things off, often it’s because our conscious and unconscious are in a tug-of-war.  Our conscious is curious, creative, spontaneous, adventurous.  It’s the part of us that is not just living, but alive.  The impulses from our conscious can seem crazy to us at times.  Two months ago, I was hiking through the South of France with my friend, Sarah, and had the sudden desire to take off my boots and feel the ground under my feet.  My unconscious’ initial response was – are you crazy? You could step on something sharp!  Kids go barefoot, not adults.  Where is this even coming from?  

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Why We Procrastinate. (Pt 1)

MAKES (1)We’ve all been there before – when facing a looming deadline for a research paper or work presentation – we somehow find ourselves binge-watching episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix or re-alphabetizing our book shelves.  We have every intention of doing the thing…eventually.  We even set arbitrary deadlines for ourselves: I’ll do it at 11 o’clock.  And when 11 o’clock comes and goes and we still haven’t done the thing, we move the finish line.  I’ll start tomorrow.  I’ll start Monday.  I’ll start the first of May.  I’ll start in the New Year.  In the meantime, we stew in anxiety, guilt and self-hatred.  Why can’t I do the thing?  What’s wrong with me?  Will I ever do the thing?  Can I even do the thing? Continue reading “Why We Procrastinate. (Pt 1)”

SELL OUT: Does Art Suffer from Success?

Sell out - Leighhecking.comWhen I was sixteen, I was a fan of a one-man-band, Dashboard Confessional.  My friends and I traveled miles to tiny clubs all up and down the east coast, stood shivering outside in line in winter in bad neighborhoods, got our ribs bruised up against the partition in mosh pit, covered our backpacks and messenger bags in band pins from Hot Topic, went thirsty or hungry or without sleep – all to hear the soul-bearing lyrics of someone we considered to be a modern day poet. Continue reading “SELL OUT: Does Art Suffer from Success?”