Amanda Hackwith

Wrangler of words.

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Grief as a Superpower

“So how are you feeling?” my CBT coach asked, studying me with a careful smile that was calibrated to be both neutral and sympathetic.

My only answer was a rough sigh. Bleary eyed from lack of sleep and tears. “That’s a big question today,” I said.

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Viable Paradise review: Horrors and Feels

Last week I attended Viable Paradise, a workshop for writers of science fiction and fantasy held each year in Martha’s Vineyard. Part of the research before applying to Viable Paradise included the inevitable googling for alumni and reviews. Viable Paradise’s reputation was generally glowing, but one theme that popped up over and over again and dominated reviews was the sense of community and friendship.… Read more.

 

Pre-order and Sneak Peek at ERROR: Kappa Not Found

Happy book news. Untethered: A Magic iPhone anthology  is available for pre-orders today and the very first story is ERROR: Kappa Not Found, my very first anthology sale. To celebrate, I got some backstory and a free sneak peek at ERROR: Kappa Not Found.Read more.

 

Livestock Radio

A little flash fiction on podcasting the apocalypse and what actually living with vampires might look like if they forewent secret societies and took the bureaucratic approach.

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Hellhound Valentine : A Hell’s Librarian short story

An almost-too late Valentine’s story set in the Hell’s Librarian universe. Wherein we find out how Hell celebrates Valentine’s Day, what gifts demons give, and the adhesive powers of Hellhound saliva. Set prior to the events of Hell’s Librarian (not yet released).Read more.

 

Free story: Watchmen and Bullies

A flash fiction bit about a school for those who train to fight monsters, and the one student who trains to fight the fighters. Which came from the thought, “What if useless sidekicks actually had ulterior motives and training?” …and how much high school sucks.Read more.

 

Free story: The Gifts of Ravens

A free story for you today!

A news story made the rounds on social media a few months ago, about a girl who regularly fed crows and the crows, in return, brought her little trinkets as gifts. So I wondered, what would happen if those crows were ravens?… Read more.

 

Page Tables Save the Day

This post was anonymously written as part of Blog Secret Santa. There’s a list of all Secret Santa posts, including one written by Amanda, on Santa’s list of 2014 gift posts.

Recently, I was asked to work a group of academics who wanted to create a website to showcase their research.… Read more.

 

Don’t worry, this is the hardest part.

I’m here to tell you this. Don’t worry, this is the hardest part.… Read more.

 

Character Sketch: Meeting Hell’s Librarian

In between working on my current novel, I’ve taken breaks by writing character sketches and scenes for other stories I want to explore one day. One of those is the idea of a librarian in the afterlife, charged with the care of all the creative works that never got written, painted, or otherwise created–the banished, unwritten works that never made it into the world.Read more.

 

Flash Fiction Challenge: Spammerpunk Horror

Chuck Wendig posted a flash fiction challenge on his blog to write a horror(ish) short story in the framework of spam email. I immediately loved the idea and I don’t write much horror so it was a fun change of pace.
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OCFD: Living with Dead Characters

Our Crappy First Draft is part of an on-going series where I’m revising the first urban fantasy novel I wrote when I was nineteen. Read the archives to catch up, and then let me know what you think of our progress so far!
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OCFD: Dealing with Generic Bad Asses and Chatty Narrators

Our Crappy First Draft is part of an on-going series where I’m revising the first urban fantasy novel I wrote when I was nineteen. Read the archives to catch up, and then let me know what you think of our progress so far!
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Our Crappy First Draft: Revising A Novel

Everyone, they say, has a book in them, maybe several. And maybe you’re like me, and that first book decided to come out when you were a clueless nineteen-year-old college student with a penchant for gritty urban fantasy and a lax understanding of characterization.… Read more.

 

Advice for New Designers: Interviews with Designers at Adobe Typekit, Lyft, and More

As part of my work at InVision App, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a number of designers for our “A Look Inside Design” series. Talking to smart designers has revitalized some of my own creative projects–and it turns out I really love interviews too.… Read more.

 

18 Easy Steps to be a Cool Girl in Tech

  1. Smile.
  2. Accept that the gender segmentation in hot companies just happens to be accident, not culture.
  3. Hold no voiced opinion on what occurs in conferences, elevators, court rooms, or board rooms.
  4. Just to be safe, hold no voiced opinion on the industry in general.
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What We Should Have Learned in College

This article previously appeared on the Tuts+ blog last year. Since the Tuts+ team is retiring the blog in it’s current form, I asked for permission to republish some of my favorite articles that I wrote during my tenure. Hope you enjoy!

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Only the Educated are Free

This article previously appeared on the Tuts+ blog last year. Since the Tuts+ team is retiring the blog in it’s current form, I asked for permission to republish some of my favorite articles that I wrote during my tenure. Hope you enjoy!

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The Feels Audit for Content Strategy

Last month, I started work on a new project at Stash Rewards. What’s made this project interesting for me was the fact that most of the plan hinges on content and community growing in a new industry that’s rather new and alien to me, your average web nerd.Read more.

 

Freelance Confidential now $8 on Amazon Kindle

The publisher of my first two books, Rockable Press, has decided to stop selling their books outside of the Tuts+ Premium membership library (both Rockable and Tuts+ are owned by parent company, Envato). That means that Web Design Confidential will be going out of print and the eBook edition will only be available as part of the Tuts+ Premium membership (starting July 1st).… Read more.

 

Creating Consistent Content in Remote Teams

Here’s what I learned about remote content production.

I’ve worked with Envato for four years and done the most challenging, inspiring work in my entire career—all while being remote. I’m the biggest proponent of remote work and collaborating on remote teams that you’ll find.… Read more.

 

Celebrating Your Dumb Decisions

Upon graduating from college, I was cursed with a fantastic job. It was with a prestigious Fortune 500 company. Not only that, it was with a successful, altruistic well respected company who’s ambitions and works I respected. It was a posh gig with creative work, regular hours, job security, and that most rare of creatures, a fully funded pension.… Read more.

 

Using Flickr to Inspire Writing

[quote]See a story, write a story.[/quote]

Bloggers love Flickr. What’s not to love? An endless wealth of amazing photographers, many of whom allow Creative Commons use on their photos? When I need a good featured image for a blog post, I usually end up on Flickr, searching for Creative Commons licensed good stuff.… Read more.

 

Review: Amazon Paperwhite Kindle improves on a good thing

[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]The Paperwhite is a device that’s obviously a love letter to readers.[/quote]

I’m going to admit that I’m old school. Though I’m usually an early adopter for gadgets, but being a heavy reader, it took me a long time to be willing to adopt a e-reader as a primary reading device.… Read more.

 

Make Good Mistakes

It’s only fair to warn you that this space is going to get a bit unruly for the next few months. It’s been entirely too safe around here, and in order to stretch my writing chops a bit more, I’m going to try out a few writing experiments here on my site.… Read more.

 

Articles on Tuts+ Premium

I’m in the midst of revamping my personal site here, reworking the dusty parts and getting into a regular writing groove again. In the mean time, I’ve been writing over at Tuts+ Premium where I am Producer for creative courses. Feel free to read my bits and leave a comment!… Read more.