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About Regina

Regina Pickett Garson is a writer, editor and online publisher. A Behavioral Scientist by training, her publishing credits have ranged from the hard, to the social and behavioral sciences, and causes, to the pure creative. Between her currect gig writing politics with the team at Forward Progressive, and her stint as a tech writer/editor for the NASA Ares First Stage Team at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), she is just as likely to write about politics as the inner workings of a rocket. Read more....

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Journey: A Short Story is now out and available for Kindle at Amazon.
-- Nutshell plot: Co-dependency gone seriously awry.

About Writing

One thing I always loved about my older friends and members of the community was that they knew so much, and you could learn things from them. I always looked forward to being that kind of older. It could be I am right near that kind of older, or maybe I just jump started things a little. Such is life. One learns many things in the course of their career, and living too actually. But one thing I have probably been somewhat remiss on is sharing what I have learned about the word smyth business. At times I've blogged about various issues, and I've taught a few classes along the way. My feeling was that it was just about time to do a little sharing on such. I've used this site for years as a kind of portfolio with resumes and such. The reality of a lot of word smything work is that folks are a lot more interested in what you have done than how you write it up on a resume, thus the online portfolio. One day maybe I'll do a blog post on putting one together, but right now I am rearranging, rebranding as it were, digging out some things to share about writing. If you really do want to see how to do an online portfolio, click on the "About" link and click around. There are no directions, it's simply on online writer's portfolio. I'm rearranging, some of the links are dated by now, and I've already changed the front page, but you can get the idea how to put one together. Now on to the other.

Advice to Beginning Writer

The Byline Blues and My Advice to New and Aspiring Writers

Exactly what it says, this probably qualifies under my upcoming Lost Writing series since it was basically in the same stack of variously lost, misplaced, and filed away in a safe place I could not for the life of me remember. It could be that was on purpose. Over the years, I have had a lot of angst about my writing, or maybe more about publishing what I wrote, since when it gets down to writing, I am pretty compulsive. Anyway, I am almost always either writing something, editing something, helping somebody else with their writing, or reading something somebody else has written. I don't even remember how long ago I wrote this essay, but my feelings are still true today. And I think mostly the advice is good. I updated it a little, since if you are in the word business, you never stop learning, never ever. I'd never even heard about trolls when I wrote it. I have now. Oh well. It is what it is. If you write long enough, sooner or later, you too are going to get a case of The Byline Blues....

My Blog

As folks who know me are well aware, it is no secret I am Southern. I love the South. It is my home and I am proud of it. I do know we have certain attitudes though, and we are not without blemish. This blog post was a long time coming. It had its genesis in a Southern Sociology class I audited years ago, something about our local gossip and skeletons in the closet of the South. Read: Gossip, the divided South and closets full of skeletons with missing keys

Forward Progressives

It's an online political rag and things do get lively. Although I have spent much of my life writing and involved in various activist causes, for most of that time, I have also, or perhaps as much as possible, tended to avoid writing directly about political hot button issues. I am over it. Although seeing as one of my early beefs with such was being expected to toe a political line, when it came to such, I was a lost cause. I am completely capable of having folks on both sides mad at me. Needless to say, when confronted with the possibility of writing for a political rag, I stepped carefully, but I did finally step, and one of my first questions, when then confronted with the notion that I too would now be working with an editor, on a political rag "oh my," had to do with the expectations as to expounding a prescribed editorial point of view. With the word "Progressive" in the title, there is obviously a slant. Nope, no expectations, no prescribed point of view, the editor merely cleans up the grammar, and comes up with some major dynamite headlines. Pretty cool pictures too. And as to the point of view, I have never worked with a more diverse group of people in my life. We are all very different. Everybody has their own opinion. The readers are welcome to join in the comments, and they all have their own opinions too. Check it out, Regina Garson at Forward Progressives.

Magic Stream

Magic Stream is a multi-faceted literary e-zine, mental health, self-help and wellness resource. The primary focus is on personal growth and the universal in human emotion. With a mind/body focus, emotional fitness is approached in much the same way as physical fitness and very frequently in a like manner, since the two are so inextricably related. Among the earliest online self-help resources, I started Magic Stream in 1994. All considered, I was pretty slow bringing the site onto Facebook, but a Magic Stream Community Page is the most recent Magic Stream upgrade. Check it out.

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Space

Despite myself, I can't seem to keep my hands out of space. I've been doing some public relations work with the Star Voyager Group. While I was variously inconvenienced, some of the members of the group got together and wrote a book. I'm not joking, The Star Voyager Roadmap, or How to Develop the Solar System and Beyond: A Roadmap to Interstellar Space is a 100 year practical plan of research and development, working toward interstellar space exploration. I got back just in time to help with the press release. Star Voyager is under the auspices of the Leeward Space Foundation. Their directives are to: raise money, promote space research, finance space missions, support space exploration and colonization and encourage educational programs related to space exploration and astronomy.

Writing a Research Paper Presentation

Recently, I spoke on "Writing a Research Paper" to one of the English Classes at Virginia College. I taught there for right at five years, so it was a lot of fun to go back and visit. Here are copies of my presentation and the handout:

-- PowerPoint Presentation on How to Write a Research Paper.
-- The Research Paper Handout.

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