Using QGIS (for map creation) and GIMP (for image editing), I created this flag map for Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories. Users with little or no GIS or graphic editing experience can complete this project by following this tutorial that I wrote. See it here.
I enjoy helping newcomers to operate GIS tools like a pro. Making difficult GIS concepts intelligible to new users is a challenge that I am happy to accept. I created this tutorial to show users how to take publicly available GIS about seafloor depths to create statistics for 1/2 degree grid cells in a particular area of interest. Click here to view.
In the life of an author, rejection is ever-present. No amount of blood, sweat, and tears can prevent it. Learning to embrace, instead of fear, rejection is one of the best psychological changes a writer can make. I wrote the article Rejected? Five ways to Overcome the Sting for the Mr. Valentine blog, which is aimed specifically at science fiction romance writers.
Before all else, our brains want to keep us safe. As a consequence, we are wired for negativity. But it is important to challenge our negative thoughts. Not all of them are valid. And many of those thoughts stop us before we even attempt something new. I wrote Five Ways to Take Control of Negative Thoughts for Mr. Valentine’s blog, to inspire writers to develop a more positive attitude and deal with challenges more successfully.