Curie Author Showcase (February 16th, 2018)

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  • In spirit of Curie's mission to promote undiscovered but exceptional content, we wish to use this weekly section to provide an author showcase for some of the outstanding authors who received Curie upvotes in past week. Curie curators and reviewers nominate authors for inclusion in this showcase and author approval is sought and attained.

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Featured Author: @brandonsadventur
My Indie Game Post Mortem


Screencap from gameplay

Video games of the "blow up an endless stream of [spaceships/asteroids/whatever]" have a long and illustrious pedigree, from the original 1978 arcade classic Space Invaders right up to Steem's very own @brandonsadventur and his game Final Storm (published on Steam and Itch.io). What makes this post special isn't necessarily the content of the game (although the gameplay video is intense and the game looks like a ton of fun), but rather the insights that @brandonsadventur gained through the process of making it.

Given that Brandon estimates he has, to date, earned a whopping $.01 USD / hour (after expenses) on his time spent on this project you might expect him to be sour on the whole thing. Au contraire, he took it as a learning experience and shares the lessons with us. I believe these lessons have broad applicability to nearly any commercial project, and you would be wise to read this post:
https://steemit.com/business/@brandonsadventur/my-indie-game-post-mortem

@brandonsadventur

Brandon is not just a programmer and game designer; among many other interests and hobbies listed in his introduction post, Brandon is a hobby 3d printer, subsistence gardener and aspiring science fiction novelist as well.
At the end of the day, I want to encourage people to grow, learn and try new things. So many people get stuck in the rat-race of life and feel beaten, defeated, oppressed, and have a hard time seeing a way out. If something I share helps or encourages someone to try new things, explore and enjoy life or better themselves, that will bring me tremendous joy and I will feel like this was a success.

Featured Author: @authorofthings
Unraveling - a weird journey I’m on…

@authorofthings

Not surprisingly, @authorofthings writes things, most often fiction and poetry. She is one of the founders of the Isle of Write on Discord, an inclusive writer's community that "encourages the creative in the creatives, a place with very few rules and a ton of talent" (in her own words). If you are familiar with @authorofthings through her fiction short stories or poetry, our featured post today will be something of a change of pace. It is a raw, unflinching and emotionally honest look at her own life and fears in the face of a possibly cancerous mass recently discovered in her breast: https://steemit.com/busy/@authorofthings/unraveling-a-weird-journey-i-m-on

Fair warning - this post is exquisitely painful to read. I am not ashamed to admit this brought me to tears when I first read it, and again tonight as I type this. Unraveling is never pleasant but sometimes it is necessary - how to get to the core of a matter without unraveling? @authorofthings pulls together many threads here from her life: a grandmother who became a living ghost; a young adulthood spent pushing the limits and tempting fate; a Russian proclivity for fatalism; a newfound fear of heights. Tying these threads together before unraveling the whole knot to lay bare a vulnerable soul for all to see, it feels less like @authorofthings wrote these words and more like they burst out from her in a torrent that could not be contained. These words needed to be written, and they need to be read. This is powerful writing.


Featured Author: @theguymasamato
Project: My Own X-Carve Dust Control System - Done!



GIF created from original render by @theguymasamato - used with permission

I'm a DIY enthusiast and I like building stuff. I work with wood, acrylic, nonferrous metals, pc parts and all different electronic parts.

I will blog about my projects from the beginning (concept) to the end.
These won't be step-by-step tutorials, instead I would show you some projects, to inspire you with your own ideas and give you something to think about.

True to his word, @theguymasamato shared one of his recent projects with us from beginning to end and the results are very inspiring! Our featured post is the 3rd and final post in a series detailing the design and construction of a home-made dust control system for an X-Carve computer controlled carving machine. The first post covered the initial concept design, the second post detailed the construction of the main parts and our featured post is the final steps of painting and assembly:
https://steemit.com/woodworking/@theguymasamato/project-my-own-x-carve-dust-control-system-done

After finally realizing his dream of owning a CNC machine, @theguymasamato realized that his first project with it could be to improve the machine itself with the addition of a dust control system - an expensive accessory on the market, but something that a CNC machine like the X-Carve could actually be used to create!

@theguymasamato created 3d renders of his design using Autodesk Fusion 360 software, which enabled him to then create the toolpaths the X-Carve would use to cut out each component piece. These 3d renders also serve as beautiful illustrations for his post, as you can see by the impressive GIF above! In the end the project is a rousing success when comparing the 3d renders with the final product. @theguymasamato has his dust control system in place and we have a really great example of a DIY construction project brought to fruition on the Steem blockchain.

Photo by @theguymasamato - used with permission


Featured Author: @valerie15
My 2018: A Tour Around My Town and A Free Invitation from the Lucky One



Dawn to dusk on Panimahawa Ridge - photos by @valerie15, used with permission

@valerie15

Behind my username @valerie15 is a dreamer, a writer , risk taker and a young woman from the Philippines. Close friends refer to me as "Val" so feel free to use such when interacting with me.

I am a government employee during daytime, a law student at night and a freelance writer during my free time. Pretty occupied, huh? Well, for someone who has a dream, the word rest doesn't exist. It's a matter of learning how to manage one's time and finding joy in everything that you do.

The joy that Val finds in her home province of Bukidnon in the Phillipines is self-evident. It bursts out from every word and picture in this post and will infect you with a desire to travel there and experience this magical place for yourself! Whether it is the drone video footage of a bike ride along Panimahawa Ridge, the photo collage of traditional Bukidnon culture or even the work campus of her employer, @valerie15 finds the beauty around her and has a real gift for sharing it with the world: https://steemit.com/my2018/@valerie15/my-2018-a-tour-around-my-town-and-a-free-invitation-from-the-lucky-one

Working as a government employee and a freelance writer while going to Law School is not a walk in the park. This platform has really showed me that we can be so many things at the same time while not losing grip with life and its intricacies. Thank you all for the continued support! - @valerie15

Featured Author: @yahialababidi
So, You Published A Book—Now, What?

Source - Google
It is not every day I can just type the name of an author featured in one of these showcase posts into Google and a bio springs up fully formed, but such is the case with the inimitable Yahia Lababidi. Of course I know Yahia as much more than a collection of past accomplishments - it is my pleasure to call him a friend and my honor to watch his current work unfold in real time on Steem blockchain. Our featured post is a response to a question posed by fellow Steem user (and freelance philosopher, natch) @nobyeni: "...looking forward if you would write about how to approach that... the hurdle after finding the publisher so to speak ;)"

https://steemit.com/writing/@yahialababidi/so-you-published-a-book-now-what

I realize that what to do after publication might seem like a stretch for writers who are still getting started. But, with the publishing world in a state of transition, it’s never too early to start preparing and modifying expectations. For non-writers reading this post, I think it might be of interest in demystifying the writerly life and, perhaps, busting some myths along the way about books and writers.

Yahia's writing is always full of grace and life, and his command of language is such that he could write about a vacuum cleaner and it would suck you in. In this case however his typically beautiful prose is focused on a subject that will be of great practical interest to anyone who dreams of finally publishing that manuscript. I cannot recommend this post enough to any aspiring writer, or indeed, to anyone who enjoys reading finely crafted words. The post is capped off in splendid fashion with a video of @yahialababidi reading some of his own work at the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, skillfully accompanied on acoustic guitar by Steven Gray, presented as one of the "perk(s) of publishing a book" (being asked to participate in a book festival).



This Curie Author Showcase was written by Curie community representative @carlgnash with input from other Curie curators and reviewers.

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To write and publish my works and be appreciated by my readers is already enough for me. THE CURIE VOTE is something that all Steemians dreamed of getting. Thus, receiving such truly sent me to 9th cloud and boosted my confidence to write more quality articles.

Now, being featured (my name in the Curie page,wow!) for Author Showcase is a whole different kind of euphoria for me.

Thank you so much for your unending support to planktons like me. I am truly honored.

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It was our pleasure @valerie15. You are a great example of someone who came in here and started writing quality blogs and never let up :) Happy to see you getting more eyes on your work. Good luck in law school!

Much love - Carl

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Thank you so much @carlgnash! As much as possible, I really want to give the entire Steemit community quality posts. It's great to be backed up by individuals like you.

Thanks again!

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First off congratulations.
Can I understand how did you manage to grab curie vote ? I know quality is the top priority but is there anything other than quality like using a specific tag which they monitor or participating in a contest or something ?

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I believe using the specific tags in every post is necessary. As for the exact tags to use, you just have to ensure that they are related to your topic. I have also learned that Curie has a number of curators for different niche. Thus, you don't really have to worry which niche to take as long as it is within your interest.

The best tip that I can give you aside from producing quality posts is ENGAGEMENT. Steemit is all about bridging and creating communities after all. Thus, the more interactive you are to the entire community, the more your audience would be able to understand your points, views and perspective.

That's all I can share for now as I am still new to the platform and there are still so much for me to learn;) cheers!

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Yes, that's the thumb rule. Engagement !!

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It is! I checked your profile and I am very impressed with your work. Keep being Steemitly awesome and everything (including Curie vote) will follow. Followed you ;)

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Stay tuned. Friday night is blog night. Eagerly waiting to write down my thoughts. I generally write one meaningful/thoughtful blog per week.
Followed back.

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well you pretty much nailed this :)

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Hi @carlgnash! Thanks again and good day.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Wow congrats!

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Hi @artgirl! Thank you! I hope you have a great day!

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You too! :)

I love waking up to this, dear Carl! The generosity you extend to others, applies to your own urgent, engaging snapshots: “These words needed to be written, and they need to be read. This is powerful writing.” And, this made me smile from ear to ear: “he could write about a vacuum cleaner and it would suck you in.” 😁

Thank you, brother, for your sensitivity and discernment. We are lucky to have you here on Steemit and, I, to call you a Friend!

Congratulations, to all featured 🎉🎊

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Ah ha glad you liked the vacuum cleaner line, as far as I know I made that up originally on the spot last night :) Love you brother

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It’s a zinger, and a fine instance of how the sucking in of readers, begins with a good review ❤️

Thank you for featuring my post here. It is an incredible honor. I hope that the article can help some aspiring game developers on their journey to build something fun. It's also been great to read the feedback and encouragement of the community. Thanks so much.

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It is definitely our pleasure @brandonsadventur, supporting quality authors is literally Curie's raison d'être and you certainly fit the bill! I actually think the general lessons really do apply to nearly any commercial endeavor online. And your game looks really fun, almost makes me wish I hadn't sworn off computer/video gaming :) Looking forward to your upcoming posting, you are an interesting guy! Much love - Carl

Thank you very much.
You doing a great and important job for new members.
Keep it up!
thx

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Looking forward to seeing your next projects unfold on Steem blockchain Marco! Really impressive posting and I sense you have a creative spirit :)

Much love - Carl

What a lovely thing to have woken up to. The care you take with delving in to each work here - it's marvelous to watch. Reading these glimpses so textured, so carefully, finely crafted–what you do here is art, Carl. I'm beyond thrilled (and humbled) to be included, but more so happy to have run into you.

Thank you for all you do @carlgnash

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Aw thanks so much! That is high praise! I have fun writing these but it definitely takes some serious effort, it is nice to have it noticed. I love your writing (definitely a new fan!) so this means a lot to me coming from you. Much love - Carl

This is pretty awesome initiative. Thanks a lot for this. I came here after following @curie since they have liked two or three of my posts.

I'm a relatively new steemian. Opened the account in 2016 and only started posting in 2018. I had no idea of who or what @curie was until I read this post, and doing further research I have found SteemAuto which I also joined and created my own trail!. Thanks! now I see there's something I must be doing right. :)

My posts are about electronic music, music videos and nature photography. All original content. Hope tp contonue bringing quality to Steemit where it truly is appreciated.

Cheers for the great initiative, I also voted Curie as a witness.

Success to everyone here!

@greencross

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Hey so glad you found us, I was lucky enough to stumble across your first post back from a long hiatus and recognize it for what it was - a Dtube / Steem exclusive world premiere of a fantastic music video! Pretty much a curator's dream post to find, really.

I am excited that you are diving into the platform and I hope you stick out what can at times be a rocky beginning as you build up your following here. I checked out your websites and youtube channel / all the artists you work with and I honestly think you could do very well here. I am just hoping that the burgeoning video and audio platforms that are coming to life around Steem blockchain continue to develop their potential, and you know, work better. Lol. Much love - Carl

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Hi Carl! Wow thanks a lot for the nice words, I'm humbled to say the least. Yes I thought it would be a great way to raise awareness about the platform. The artist has a great fan base, and perhaps some steemit users are on it. I'm glad you found the video! Thanks a lot for upvoting the post!.

I'm glad to be part of this community.

In 2016 I opened the account and the idea was to start posting back then, but got caught up in another projects.

Now I'm looking forward to help the community grow by funneling my original content, the content from my record label, and the content from other sources I manage. Mostly electronic music related content. Hopefully, 16 year experience as music curator will come in handy!.

I'll do my best to bring our newsletter subscribers to Steemit as well, by having more Steemit-Exclusive content from time to time.

Besides this, I'm looking for help to develop ideas I've been putting together for the past three years, that would use many applications in the Steemit ecosystem, and eventually develop our own application.

Would be cool to connect with people with the right skills who are willing to help :)

I have joined the discord channel for SteemAuto, wonder if there's anywhere we could chat?

Cheers and have a great weekend!

@greencross


I got an @curie vote months ago, not too long after I joined...
I think it may have been one of my live performance videos.
I was ecstatic, although I didn't know what it meant then.

I write and share original poetry, stories from my life;
recently, a serial story written by my mother many
years ago and left to me by her. That was
Bittersweet for me, posting such
memories
I still share the occasional video, but I can't get
dtube to work for me Yet, and putting all my
stuff on YouTube isn't quite what I'd like
To do yet.
I hope your curators will 'stumble'
across my page again
once in a while

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Nice to hear from you @jerrytsuseer, and that is a beautifully formatted comment - practically a work of art on its own :) Keep the good posts coming and we will find them. Much love - Carl

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Thank you again Carl (@carlgnash... I just saw your reply about upvote farming on my post)
I used to spend a GREAT deal of time formatting my replies to comments, as well as
My comments on other people posts, in ways like this. I've gotten disheartened
By the lack of response from the general population, and my (comparatively)
Lower payout/return than what I see on other peoples posts. I'm lucky
To get $1.50 per post, but I see others getting $40-$80 per, for what
To me are the same type of writings, same quality. I'm poor, I
Can't afford to invest in forcing my posts into the Trending
Queue, and I don't want any artificial prop-up, I think I do
Write quality stuff, I do try to promote 'the community'
Although I admit I don't go out of my way to the

FEED

To look for other posts to upvote; I dislike the FEED
So I avoid it; I will go to 'my feed' and look for my friends
To upvote, and then only when my vote power is high enough.

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I see this conversation didn't go further.

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Was there something else I was supposed to say or do @steemfluencer?
I almost never post links to my own creations uninvited (spam) so
Otherwise, I thought all that needed to be said had been said.

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I totally agreed, and am keeping an eye on your posting :) Cheers - Carl

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Not actually. Do you belong to the @thewritersclub?

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No @steemfluencer, I've never heard of it. What are its benefits? I grow tired of the time I must spend here chasing links, opening accounts, joining servers etc... I'm about to leave the @minnowsupport group, because of the way they operate now.

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Mhm.. so, @thewritersclub is a wonderful Discord community featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry workshops. You can get your work edited for free. All you do is submit it and wait for other writers to take a look at it and leave their comments.

If you decide to give it a try, I'd be happy to introduce you to the guys. No need to take a quick decision though. I'll be always around.

These are terrific. I really appreciate the quality and diversity of content in the @curie author showcases--it's a chance not just to be involved in building the community, but to engage with genuinely worthwhile content. Kudos to the featured authors, as well, for making content worth showcasing.

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Thanks for this comment, I am glad you noticed the diversity in posting featured. As we nominate and discuss featured authors internally one of our goals is definitely to showcase the diversity in posting that @curie supports. Cheers - Carl

Wow...this is so good. I'm not a very good writer, but these at top notched works. Thanks to @curie for taking the time to scout for such beautiful works and giving the authors the much needed encouragement.

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You are a good writer my friend

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@carlgnash wow.. You think so? Well, at least not so by curie standards, you know. Good authors/writers will always get curated by @curie. I hope that someday my skills will size up with the requirements.

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I have always enjoyed your posting but also had in mind some particularly articulate and well stated comments that you have left here on the @curie blog in the past - you do have a good way with words. Cheers - Carl

Excellent pick as always. I especially thankful for bringing up indie game postmortem post to my attention - some valuable insights in there.

Oh, I just found that you liked my post so that I clicked on your profile only to find that you are offering this wonderful service to authors. Thank you!

With the speed at which content is being published here on Steemit it can quickly happen that splendid articles with lot of passion and dedication in it get lost in the nowhere, which would be a misery, for in this kind of Art lies the He-Art . So thank you again for your altruistic service!

I get going :)

Upvoted, followed, following featured authors (two of them I already was ;) ), and following trail on Steem Auto! This is awesome thank you :)

Hey! Reading Inna's comment I see that this is @carlgnash, How cool :) Hi Carl!

Making quality contents articles and blogs is not easy. Thank you for your nevery ending support @curie.

semangat yang luar biasa
mohon dukungannya
vote dan ikuti saya, saya yang baru pemula

I will try posting a more quality again, because I know, no matter how small a piece of work, it should be appreciated and appreciated. With this post, writing becomes more excited again.
Thanks @currie has spent time, to find posts that deserve appreciation, in other words "voting" as a reward.

congrats featured authors on #steemit, thanks curie for the appreciations for our authors, it must encourage them to write more.

thank you for sharing @curie

great to know about it.

This is a very good step by @curie for those authors who has intellectual thoughts and writing skills to gain great success at steemit.

How can i get your vote on my post?

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Just keep writing exceptional content, there are a lot of Curie curators out there and if your blogging is high enough quality they will find it. Good luck!

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Thank you dear

Great information @curie. Thank you very much. :)

@curie you are doing a great Job pray my post also will be picked one of this days. thanks

Good day! Hoping I could be featured someday soon too. My tracks posting contents under electronics, robotics and sciences. Gonna be doing my best for this too! Thanks for inspiring and motivating curie community!

Its a great post @curie i just followed and upvoted your post.

Great information @curie. Thank you very much. I am is beginner ini steemit. I hope you always give us some tip and trik for keep motivation for all beginner

I think what @curie is doing is amazing. He's doing exactly what's needed to help newcomers grow. I found out about @curie while watching steemit tips video's and immedeatly visited the page. I'm now a genuine follower and full supporter of the cause here.

One day curie might put me in the spotlights, that's a dream as most claim. But we should be thankfull for every time curie supports someone, these people are all on the same road as us and they actually feel the same hapiness when it happens as we should.

Once again, thank you for your efforts @curie !

curation comes up when people realize that its isnt just about information seeking its also about synchronizing a community, success isnt just about what you accomplished in your life its about what you inspires others to do.

stay blessed and thanks for sharing...

I keep putting my best in my post hoping one day I will be curated by curie

Thanks for helping
Tho it has gotten to me but I hope soon

useful postings, it helps.
regards steemit @suheri91

Always give us the update and information, thats important to know causes make us one step closer to be success in steemit. I followed and upvoted you @curie

Great post, very very nice please upvote and follow me back

&#128160 Cool! This is helpful. Thanks & significant!

The best of the bestest are the one whom curie chooses. Congrats to all for inputting some of the amazing content of Steemit.

Everything in here has been inspiring! So much was learned about travel, design, literature, and more. As a fellow artist, I'm happy to have stumbled into like-minded people. Thank you for curating this! :)

The great post, thanks bro, resteem

I got it yesterday eventhough I'm barely 2 weeks on steemit. Thank you very much! I was so happy. Until now actually. Thank you very much! :-)

I have followed and upvote you as my witness. I support all your programs. Thank You @curie

Thanks @curie! This is an amazing way to promote quality content, thanks for helping the steemit community so much! You have clearly motivated new users to continue adding value to the overall steemit community. It is great to see efforts like this making it possible for people :)

If your at all interested, I post mostly educational science articles related to neuroscience and psychology. You can check out my most recent post here: Molecules to Mental States: Psychological Stress and Cell Death

I'm amazed by all the work of the Curie community, they all (curators, reviewers, etc) manage to find the most exceptional posts in the immense sea that Steemit is, it's such a hard work that deserves all the success that this community currently have.

Very well!! <3

Sukses selalu buat curator @curie ..

Awesome @valerie15 .. well-deserved showcase.. #LODI

Great content! How can I apply to potentially be curated? I would love my art to be at the service of this platofrom 🤓

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