Profiled in the local paper

Christine Des Garennes of the New-Gazette did a profile on me and my writing for Wise Bread.  It made the front page! Checks and Balances: Living large on a smaller budget.

Although some of his blog posts are practical, such as “how to make sourdough bread and save a buck on every loaf,” Brewer’s “central shtick,” as he put it, is all about doing what you love.

Ask yourself, are you working a job just to earn enough money to support your lifestyle?

“If you live frugally enough, you can change your work based on what you want to do,” Brewer said. After your family, he said, there is nothing “that has such an importance on whether or not you’re happy than your work.”

[Updated 29 May 2009:  It used to be that the News-Gazette closed articles behind a pay wall after a week, but as of today the link seems to still be working.]

An Education of Scars

“An Education of Scars” is up at Futurismic edited by Christopher East (fiction editor) and Paul Raven (publisher and editor-in-chief).

An Education of Scars” is up at Futurismic edited by Christopher East (fiction editor) and Paul Raven (publisher and editor-in-chief).

Her gown left her shoulders bare. Her skin was pale, translucent. She had no freckles, as if she had never gone out in the sun. Her lips were colored a shade of red that seemed odd for a red-head to wear, until I noticed that it was the same angry red as her scars.

Translated into Turkish

It seems that someone translated my Wise Bread post The line between frugal and crazy into Turkish:

http://www.tutumluol.com/tutumlu-ile-cimri-arasindaki-ince-cizgi/

I’m  kind of chuffed about this–translating a whole article is a lot of work; I’m pleased that there’s someone out there who thought this article was worth the trouble.  I hope it’s a good translation–it’s kind of hard to tell, based on the Google translation:

Nature of diseased condition that does not bring happiness. At this point the question must be asked is: Does it make you happy to make thrifty behavior? In this way, make you happy is to live a frugal man, you are normal and others that it does not matter what you think. For example, to use bicycles for transportation or walk to me very happy.

Clarion Workshop for 2009

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop

Through March 1st, Clarion is taking applications for its 2009 workshop.

If you’re working seriously on the craft of writing science fiction or fantasy stories, seriously consider whether you can  shake loose six weeks to attend.

I attended Clarion in 2001.  I kept a journal of my six weeks at Clarion, so I won’t bother trying to describe all the things I learned or how much fun I had, except to say that it was a lot.  If you want to learn more, follow that link, or send me some email–I’d be glad to answer questions.

On setting things straight

One of my fellow Wise Bread writers, Catherine Shaffer, is somewhat troubled by the fact that so much of what Google returns when she googles her own name is unreasonable criticism of one article that she wrote long ago.

She knows as well as I do that it does little good to try to argue with your critics. Trying to thread a path between doing that and doing nothing, she’s written a post where she tries to lay out her case at full length, unrestricted by word limit she had in the original article. I’m pleased to put whatever Google Juice I’ve got toward her effort to set the record straight–the link above goes to her post.

Esperantistoj–legu mian Esperantan hejmpaĝon.

An hour before sunset at Kaufman Lake
Philip Brewer (photo by Jackie Brewer)

I write science fiction and fantasy stories.

I also write about money. If you’re interested in “living large on a small budget,” you can read my personal finance and frugality blog at Wise Bread.

I went to Clarion, the science fiction and fantasy writers’ workshop, in the summer of 2001. I learned a lot and I had a great time. I’ve written a lot about Clarion in my Clarion Journal.

I speak Esperanto and write in that language as well.  If you speak Esperanto, you can read my Esperanto-language blog at Esperanto-USA.  Whether you speak Esperanto or not, if you’re in the area and are interested, please come to the meetings of the East-Central Illinois Esperanto Club.  For more information about my Esperanto activities, see my Esperanto website.

Two nice mentions

I picked up two nice mentions for Wise Bread articles.

Lifehacker, in a piece by Jason Fitzpatrick, linked to my most recent post, Plan for your wants, in an article that they called Plan for your wants to make budgeting enjoyable.

And, in a piece by Farhad Manjoo, Slate included my post Not the sort of person who (along with mentions for Wise Bread in general and my personal site) among The best Web sites to help you scrimp through the recession.