All good things must come to an end, as difficult as that may be. As you may have heard or read by now, TSTC Publishing is closing down due to budget cuts. Since its establishment in 2004, TSTC Publishing has published around 80 titles, including Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas, Upgrade to Free: The Best Free & Low-Cost Online Tools and Apps, The RV Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing, and the TechCareers series, as well as instructional materials and textbooks.
TSTC Publishing has been dedicated to offering faculty throughout the country the opportunity to initiate and participate in a variety of textbook development projects. TSTC Publishing also offered faculty editorial help and guidance and assistance with materials production, distribution, and sales.
These last few years have been quite the adventure, filled with conferences, social gatherings, book signings, and so much more. We are sad to see this chapter end, but we are excited for the future. We would like to thank all of the authors, freelancers, and interns we have worked with over the years, as well as all of our vendors and customers. Thank you for your time and support.
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I have to admit, I was a little excited a few days ago when I spotted the “Your Pottermore account is ready! Step this way…” email in my inbox. I had all sorts of questions, all kinds of things I was curious about. What kind of content did J. K. Rowling include in Pottermore? What’s excluded? How do you navigate the chapters? What will Olivanders be like? Does the Sorting Hat actually sing? I could go on and on. I was eager to get started.
J. K. Rowling
Image from Pottermore Press Kit
I’m not a Potter-head. Let’s start things off by making that very clear. I do enjoy watching the films from time to time, lately in knitted envy more than anything else. I’ve read up to halfway through book five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. My friends and I did make up paper magic wands for when we saw the last film, but that’s about the maximum geekery I’ve indulged in with Harry Potter.
Two of my bookshelves filled with well-loved books, oddities, and yarn
We’re starting a series of posts to help better introduce the TSTC Publishing team to you. Each post in this series will let them share with you the books they love most and the ones that fill their shelves. They will share their top 10 favorites and the ones they can’t stop re-reading. I hope that from this, you’ll get to know us a little better and share some of your favorites with us as well.
A couple of weeks ago, my younger brother Justin and I packed up the car and drove down to Austin. We were on a mission: to find the Nerdfighteria van and see his favorite author, John Green, and singer, Hank Green. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
At the beginning of each new year, we sit down and make a list of all the things we hope to accomplish. Some of us focus on becoming healthier, others spending more time with the family, and others on straightening out their finances.