A Letter to a Dispirited Writer Friend of Mine


Honest advice for all writers.

Andrew Joyce

You were one of first bloggers to let me promote my first book on your blog and I have never forgotten that. I’m sorry to hear that you think self publishing sucks. But if you have the time, I’m gonna tell you a few things. So here goes.

You say you queried twenty-five agents. Well, I queried 3,000! Ten hours a day, seven days a week it was go through the lists, get their emails, cut and paste my letter, and then send it out. One full year!!!

I was pushing my first book, a 164,000 word mess. It was a good story, but I had no concept of proper editing. Anyway, I was told time and time again that anything over 80,000 words for a first time author was heresy. Finally, I got pissed off and sat down and wrote an 80,000 novel just as a big FU. Then…

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The Colour of Life – The Nuns at the Glue Pot – 1946 by Geoff Cronin


Gentle, smart sisters!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

The Nuns At The Glue Pot 1946 by Geoff Cronin

It was five o’clock in the afternoon on the 16th of July 1946. The sky was dark and thunder rumbled intermittently. The rain came down like stair-rods and steam was rising from the warm road. I roused my three friends and we went downstairs for a drink before tea.

Being billeted over a pub wasn’t such a bad idea on a day like this, especially in a seaside village. We were playing in a dance band in the local hall for the season – we were the dance-band – and we would start work about eight o’clock.

The pub was known locally as “The Glue Pot” and as the evening wore on and people ventured out after the rain and made their way towards the dance hall which would be packed with holiday makers. Right now, there were only two…

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Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users


Important information about KDP Print versus CreateSpace.

Diane Tibert

The first news I heard about KDP Print was in an email from Amazon on February 15th. Since then, I’ve read articles, blog posts and comments about it and watched the praise given by Amazon for this service dwindle quickly.

In the email, Amazon announced they were making print book publishing easier for writers. They stated, “KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties, so you don’t have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.”

That’s what CreateSpace does. Sort of. I believe CreateSpace takes the cost of the printing of the book from the sale price, then takes a cut of the royalties. Until I see the numbers and do the math, I am unsure which service will offer a better financial deal for authors.

The message also stated, “It also enables you to receive consolidated royalty payments for paperback and…

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Notes from a small dog – Foul baggage


She’s such a sad little sweetie!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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I know the score… I know the signs… there’s no way she’ll decieve me,

She’s running round and packing bags, which means she’s going to leave me.

She wanders way too often for my liking, I must say,

Sometimes she’s hardly here for long before she’s on her way.

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“But, girlie, I must go to work, to earn our daily bread.”

I wish that she’d stay home and  just play ball with me instead.

“We cannot,” she will frown and say, “do everything we please.

Unless I go to work, there’ll be no tennis balls or cheese.”

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Well, okay then, that part I get…I don’t mind telling you

I’ll let her off for working, ’cause it covers chicken too.

But what about the times she loads the bags into the car?

You don’t need tons of suitcases if you’re not going far…

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“I never take more…

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

ANIMAL KINGDOM


The Neighborhood

ANIMAL KINGDOM

I know not with what weapons
World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought
with sticks and stones.
– Albert Einstein

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What the World Needs Now
covered by Kasia Socha

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ANIMAL KINGDOM
written & edited by Kendall F. Person

All was quiet on that final night. The once busy streets were now completely deserted as everyone took cover in anticipation of what the next day would bring. The stillness of the air gave the furry creatures an eerie feeling as they scampered to take cover and prepare for the unknown. But even the beast had to choose sides. The snakes, jackals and hyenas headed for the darkness as the dogs, horses and gorillas galloped toward the light. World war was upon us and there was no middle ground.

The doors to the barn opened, sending a burst of light outward, lighting up the black sky…

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Music that means something – Day 5 – Joni Mitchell


About a time and a song I remember fondly.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Joni Mitchell wasn’t at Woodstock and neither was I. She missed it because of a TV appearance, I missed it by being born about a decade too late and on the wrong continent. But I remember vividly watching it on the news and realising, without understanding, that somehow, I was watching the world change.

Those changes were echoed in the charts. Dinner-suited crooners shared the airwaves with long hair, flowers and psychedelia. There is always a constant shift from past to present going on, but usually they slide into each other quietly… I wonder if there was ever a time when the contrast was so stark? It was, said the songs, because …

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius

I had to…

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