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A Life Told Via Facebook Updates

March 22, 2013
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The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer ExtraordinaireThe Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire
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Emily Craven

In the world of social media “status updates” where “friends” can follow your every move, how is Madeline supposed to get out of the hole she’s created?

In Emily Craven‘s novel “The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire” Madeline has achieved her dream – acceptance into world-famous photographer Jason I’Anson’s exclusive college in New York.

Like many people of her generation who travel overseas, she turns to Facebook as a means of passing on news and keeping in touch with family and friends. But her move from sleepy Adelaide to New York City doesn’t exactly turn out as she expected.

From her first meeting with her chain-smoking, club-crazy housemate and his superhero Mexican chameleon, Duncan, she knew she was in for an interesting time.

Add an abusive umbrella, pizza deliveries to porn sets, and being pulled in by the FBI for questioning and things move from the interesting to the ridiculous.

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The Indie Author Life

Emily Craven is also author of a book for writers called “E-Book Revolution.” In a recent post on the book’s companion blog, Em shared ideas on how to balance writing, marketing – and life:

I would work all day on marketing and hate myself for not getting to my writing. Or spend all day writing and kick myself that I did nothing significant to move my ebook further into the conscious mind of teens everywhere. This was how it was for the first month and it did nothing but lower my morale. It was clear that I had to get my goals out of my head, on paper and chunked it into manageable tasks rather than to-do lists. Otherwise I was going to end up with a zero bank balance and an erratic pile of achievements that didn’t build on each other, they just dressed in spandex and looked impressive.

Tony Robbins calls it Chunking, I call it Bagging Idea Vomit. Everything is bigger in our head, filled with a million tasks, but once we start grouping it together it’s manageable.

Read the full blog post here.

And here’s a video Emily posted on how she has managed to increase her productivity, and do more, in less time:

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