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Oh Hey, Remember Me?

Hi! This is Sonya Mann, a person who writes on the internet. I run a cyberpunk newsletter called Exolymph and used to publish a zine called Balm Digest. I’m reintroducing myself because I haven’t sent anything to this email list in a while, and you might have forgotten me.

I’m trying to professionalize my web presence, and part of that is having a grownup email list that I update more often. I will experiment a bit, but going forward my newsletter will probably work like this: 1) update on my doings, then 2) links to the best business articles I read that month.

If that doesn’t sound like something you want to receive, please feel free to unsubscribe. But I hope you’ll scroll down to get a taste first, because you might actually be interested!

What I’ve Been Up To

Over the past few months I’ve been writing a lot. The highlights are an essay for Ribbonfarm on my Grand Theory of Cyberpunk and several articles about the startup world for Mattermark. I also wrote about my beloved web host Nearly Free Speech for WinningWP. And of course I’ve been chugging along with Exolymph!

Other Stuff You Should Read

Pick and choose among these; only click on the links that truly intrigue you.

Casey Handmer has a futuristic resume: “I did a PhD on gravitational waves at Caltech [and] I’m the levitation engineer at Hyperloop One, where we’re building high speed vacuum trains.” He wrote about the credibility issues that the Mars colonization effort has created for itself. Hype needs to be managed!

All the mini case studies on Indie Hackers are fascinating for a voyeuristic wantrepreneur like myself, but Instapainting was a particularly good idea. The world is full of niche businesses that never would have occurred to me. I’m jealous that I didn’t come up with this one!

Wendi Murdoch’s career shows the power of both nepotism and charm.

“Americans will shell out a record-breaking $8.4 billion on Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations this year” and this guy is poised to profit. All about the world of producing and selling schlocky Halloween costumes.

Tyra Banks founded a makeup company that is essentially a multilevel marketing scheme, but doesn’t want you to call it that. (They never do.) Again, hype needs to be managed!

Okay, that’s it. Let me know what you think by replying to this email. Or don’t — it’s up to you.


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