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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


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Shannon Muir writes New Pulp and genre fiction with an emphasis on action/adventure, crime, and mystery. Learn more about her and her books at her website. 

On Failure

I tried very hard to become a computer programmer. With the change and growth in media, I wanted to be able to program in order to build not only my own sites, but my own mobile applications and more. Because I grew up in a tech savvy household - my father worked with computers for the Navy and later with a community college - the concepts didn't intimidate me.

I'd also worked testing web sites from the perspective of what experience would be like for users and making sure there were no issues, and did basic coding for my personal web sites. With those elements, I believed I had a firm foundation to make the next steps. Even though I got a rocky start, ultimately I ended up getting an "A" in four courses I took through a reputable university Extension program, so I moved on to an intermediate class and applied for the related certificate, but quickly found the work too complicated. My instructor even contacted the head of the program to refund my money (though not at my request); personally I'm a believer in trying and failing.

I went several years until I found an opportunity to take those same credits I earned and use them as elective credit for a General Business Certificate with a Marketing emphasis, focusing on courses that deal with Digital Marketing. Two classes are left and right now I have a 3.96 GPA. What I'm learning will better help me market myself as a writer in the long run. I think the takeaway from all this is look at every "failure" and see where it can become something that comes to "fruition" instead.

Ghost of the Airwaves 
From Pro Se Productions’ Single Shot line comes a tale of mystery and murder set against the backdrop of the Golden Age of Radio! Through this stand alone digital single short story, Author Shannon Muir introduces the world to Ghost of the Airwaves! 

Ghost of the Airwaves is the suspenseful tale of radio actress Abigail Hanson, whose husband died under mysterious circumstances. Everyone believes the culprit is caught until a mysterious typed letter from "Ghost of the Airwaves" comes through her mail slot. Abigail becomes determined to find out who killed her husband and uses her own observant eye to help coax the police along. But, as she delves deeper into the mystery, Abigail may learn she should have stayed behind the microphone…to stay alive! 

1 comment:

Angela Adams said...

I understand very little about computers. At times, I miss my old electric typewriter.