Deleyna’s Drift

  • DNS, SPF, DKIM, DMARC and other alphabet soup for Authors

    DNS, SPF, DKIM, DMARC and other alphabet soup for Authors

    Let’s work through the alphabet soup of DNS and make sense of why we need to deal with setting up our newsletter and website systems to help our emails survive.

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  • Changes – Why I Hate Evernote

    Changes – Why I Hate Evernote

    The new owners of Evernote had a chance to build trust. They’ve broken it, losing what I consider to be the most valuable commodity a company has these days.

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  • Winning at Life

    Winning at Life

    I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (when people write a novel in a month) this year. For anyone who knows me well, you know that November is a special month for me. I look forward to NaNo. The comradery, the creativity, the sheer insanity! But this year, I was given the surprise gift of COVID just before…

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  • How to Write Sharable Newsletters Part 2—A Fish Story

    How to Write Sharable Newsletters Part 2—A Fish Story

    In Part 1, we covered why you want a newsletter and some of the key basics of the technology that you need to have in place to collect email addresses and send emails that will reach your readers’ inboxes.

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  • How to Write a Newsletter People Will Actually Share, Part 1

    How to Write a Newsletter People Will Actually Share, Part 1

    There’s a hole in the bucket. When I work with writers on their marketing, everyone has a firm opinion about newsletters. Many authors come to me aggressively denying their need for a newsletter. “You can’t make me do one!” Others say they know they need one, but they don’t know how to start. I’ve watched…

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  • Find Your Digital Organization Style

    Find Your Digital Organization Style

    I created this fun, non-scientific, and possibly wildly inaccurate quiz to help us think about organization. Enjoy! This quiz is part of my new Digital Organization class for Authors:

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  • 9 Magic Ways Collaborative Storytellers Empower Writing

    9 Magic Ways Collaborative Storytellers Empower Writing

    A few years back, I found an online streaming group called the Streampunks. Much like the folks at Critical Role, these are a group of friends broadcasting their role-playing games live in real time (also available via replay on YouTube). This form of collaborative storytelling fascinated me immediately. Imagine writing in front of a crowd and keeping the…

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  • How to Survive the Singularity of Rapid Technological Change

    How to Survive the Singularity of Rapid Technological Change

    Are you feeling any tech stress? I know that I am. Hang with me for a moment, and I promise there is a happy ending to this post. Some things I’ve heard authors say recently: Change is the only constant, it seems. But the problem is: change isn’t a constant. Change is an exponential function!…

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  • All You Need to Know About How to Write with AIs

    All You Need to Know About How to Write with AIs

    Note: as you read this, it is probably already out of date. This technology is changing daily, but I’ve tried to cover the underlying issues and abilities for authors that should give you a stable life raft sailing into the future. ChatGPT, Bard, Sydney… the AIs are here and they’re coming for everyone’s jobs. Or…

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