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Alaska Related Govdocs: Radioactive Southeast, Aleutian voices, Aleutian Subsistance

My work sometimes brings me into contact with federal publications about Alaska. Some are old and some are new. Here’s a selection of some recent items I’ve run across:

Title Investigations for radioactive deposits in southeastern Alaska /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo63104
Author West, Walter S.(Walter Scott),1912-author.
Published [Washington, D.C.] : United States Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1955.
Series ( Geological Survey bulletin ; 1024-B.)
General Note “This report concerns work done on behalf of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and is published with the permission of the Commission. ”
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 54) and index.
URL http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/b1024B

Title Aleutian voices /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo62606
Published [Washington, D.C.?] : U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 2014-
Publication Dates Began with: Volume 1, no. 1 (2014).
URL http://www.nps.gov/aleu/learn/historyculture/aleuvoices.htm

Title Subsistence study for the North Aleutian Basin /
Internet Access http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo63065
Author Reedy-Maschner, Katherine L.,1975-author.
Published Anchorage, AK : U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Region, 2012.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 226 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps.
Series ( OCS study ; BOEM 2012-109.)
URL http://www.boem.gov/BOEM-Newsroom/Library/Publications/2012/BOEM-2012-109.aspx

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Veterans Get More Choice in Health Care

Am I Eligible?
If you are already enrolled in VA health care, you may be able to receive care from non-VA facilities, instead of waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

You are eligible if any of these situations apply to you:

You have been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care You live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or face one of several excessive travel burdens.

via Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act | About the Program.

If you know a vet whose is more than a 40 mile drive from the nearest VA facility, share this information from the Veterans Administration with them. They MIGHT have other options.

Writer’s Guide: Two More Chapters Finished

This morning I reached 355 resources on my manuscript turned website. I also completed these two chapters:

With these two chapters completed, I only have two resource chapters uncompleted:

To some extent, I’ve left some of the hardest work for last. “Fictional Home and Work Life” is a longish chapter, though much shorter than “Military History.” My manuscript chapter of “Crimes, Criminals, Cops and Crimefighters” did not have the “Representative questions that can be answered with this resource” section in the resources, so I’ll need to revisit the site again. I’ll either determine what questions can be answered with the resource, or discard it as  not useful to writers.

I don’t have a projection on the final number of resources Writer’s Guide to Government Information will eventually have. Looks like we will find out together.

Writer’s Guide: Health chapter completed

Over the New Year’s Holiday I completed the Health Issues and Tragic Complications of my Writer’s Guide to Government Information  manuscript turned website:

I’m now up to 301 posted resources. So I now have the “nice to have” problems of having more resources than I thought. I’ll just keep posting them till I’ve gone through my whole manuscript. Stay tuned!

Writer’s Guide to Gov Info: Weekly Update 12/29/2013

I began the process of converting my 2011 NaNoWriMo writing project into the stand alone website Writer’s Guide to Government Information at http://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com on 12/15/2013. I thought it would help me to stay accountable and on track by offering weekly project updates.

As of Saturday, December 28, I had posted 250 of the approximately 300 resources in my manuscript.

Chapters with all the resources I originally intended to post:

If you visit any resources linked from the pages above, I’d be very grateful if you’d rate them. There is a spot on each entry to rate it from 1 to 5 stars. Please visit the resource first before rating my annotation.

I am currently working on posting resources to the chapter on What If Your Story Isn’t Set on Earth?

Other chapters with more resources yet to be posted:

These chapters currently have a small sample of representative resources.  I’ll probably do the health chapter next as I think it has a number of intriguing resources. The remaining appendices will be done after the chapters are completed.

After the appendices are done, I’ll probably have another look at General History. Aside from the Library of Congress Country studies, there aren’t many resources that predate the 19th Century.

I’m also happy to report that I’ve started to get clickthroughs on the Writer’s Guide site, meaning that people are moving from my resource commentary to the resources themselves.

If you’d like to read about WHY I did this project at all and why it is a website instead of a book, check out the Writer’s Guide About This Site page.

Writer’s Guide to Gov Info – Reason Why I’ve Been Quiet

Hi all,

I haven’t taken another long term break from the blog. I’ve just been busy turning my 2011 NaNoWriMo project into a stand-alone web site.  The site is called Writer’s Guide to Government Information and you can find it at http://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com.  The aim of the site is to show the usefulness of government publications and websites to fiction writers. Background about how the project came to be is on the About This Site page.

So far I’ve posted 70 of approximately 300 resources into the Writer’s Guide, which consists of the following sections:

I’m hoping to get the site fairly finalized in late January/early February, but I think you might start finding items of value now.

Portage Lake Glacier, courtesy of EPA

Administrator Gina McCarthy at Portage Lake Glacier, Alaska

I just noticed that Flickr allows searches by US Government Work in its advanced search. As the USA.gov copyright statement explains, in many cases this means the photo will be freely shareable. Though other rights and laws might apply. The US EPA did not endorse this blog post, by the way.

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