- 08/12/2016Exploring Further working on my writing!
Follow my journey!Sushmita Thakare Jain the Raconteur! (sush_t27) - Wattpadwww.wattpad.com Wattpad - Stories You'll Love I'm a Work Enthusiast, Looking and Searching for what Life has new to Offer and have a unquenchable self-belief that every...
- Producer02/12/2016The Indigena There are many places in Mexico that are beautiful, but tragically there are also things that would turn your emotions into an explosive volcanic eruption of complete anger! The government officials and residents of Mexico walk by these things daily...
Comments02/12/2016 #1 AnonymousThank you @FancyJ London for sharing some of your heart in witnessing life's harsh realities. It opens our eyes to other realities that could inspire positive change. Governments cannot be relied upon whereas the people are the true agents of change. Stay passionate, be bold - one person can start a movement. Every human being has intrinsic value.
- Producer28/11/2016Regarding Vanity PublishingToday's reflection concern something I (re)discovered when moving to England.Vanity publishing. In French we don't use the translation of vanity, (and it made sounds it very polite) "publication à compte d'auteur"meaning publication on author's...
Comments29/11/2016 #6 Camille Mari#4 I'm sorry about what happened with your dad's book. Your dad's publisher is the kind I don't like so much. I noticed on the Amazon page there is no Kindle version for your dad's book, which is very strange because it should be available (and or part of the contract), and cost no more money for you. I help authors with self-publishing and sometimes it can sound like a nightmare too, but it still cheaper and the way you want. Drop me an email if you need help with something.
#5 I agree. Self-publishing can be done very well and have a professional touch now.29/11/2016 #5 Phillip HubbellSelf publishing has come a long way since the days when authors had to print a bunch of books and store them in a garage. Print on Demand means that if someone orders a book from Amazon, Apple, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Nobel as examples they print one book and send it to the customer. Books are also available as eBooks in all these places and registered with Ingram Wholesalers. The editing is your task, the cover can be done professionally and the marketing is whatever you put into it. The standard publishers are great if you are a celebrity or a famous media personality.29/11/2016 #4 Harvey LloydGreat post. Anyone who is considering publishing a book either self or otherwise should consider your thoughts. My dad had a burning desire to take a story he had written into a published book. (https://www.amazon.com/Man-Called-Jesus-Thomas-Lloyd/dp/1939930448/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480437576&sr=8-1&keywords=a+man+called+jesus). He is retired and my brother and i decided this would be a great project for him. We funded the book through a regional publisher who we felt would add a personal touch with dad. It cost us about 8,000 US to get the box of 50 books and all the other bells and whistles.
My brother who is not as flexible as myself in communications had a nightmare with some of the online self-publishers. They pushed a lot of hope and dream but in the fine print the costs were astronomical. If the hope and dream part did come true the contract basically had you making money after the first million in sales.
Your advice is prudent and food for thought. Self-publishing is a learning adventure. Well worth the money we spent. All three of us learned a lot about publishing. I sense that i could evaluate the process with a little more wisdom now.29/11/2016 #2 Lisa GallagherYou just gave me a great idea @Camille Mari! We are making homemade gifts for Christmas this year in honor of my mom (who was a very artsy/crafty woman. She made homemade gifts for all the adults over the last 15 years or so. I think I may print off stories I've written about her over the past 2 years, put them in a nice binder with a cover (collage of entire family on cover) and that will be my gift! Thank you for this.
- Producer29/11/2016Trust Your Senses - Embodied Wisdom - has arrived! @deborahlangeThe books have arrived!I am feeling very happy.In fact - I am estactic!I hope my book will dancing its' way to book shelves around the world very soon! Thank-you Ali Anani and Graham Edwards for reading prior to publication and giving me some...
Comments30/11/2016 #26 Deb Lange#25 Yes @Tausif Mundrawala, most people do not know there is a disconnect. No-one is going around saying, 'I am disconnected from my body" . they are going around saying, "I am anxious, I am overwhelmed, i am busy, I can't find peace or happiness or my creativity." When we connect we can find peace in our body and mind, happiness in the simplest moments, creativity emerges and we can be the calm centre amidst the storm.29/11/2016 #22 Deb LangeYes @Tausif Mundrawala #19 all of our senses are working even if we do not notice and sense them as we have become so preoccupied with thinking rationally and with words. when we pay atttention to the other ways our bodies are making sense of the world we can integrate this knowledge with our thinking and generate better ideas, solutions, actions and be more aligned between what we think and say and what our body does. making the connection opens us to new knowledge that is waiting in the wings.29/11/2016 #20 Mohammed SultanI have read many books by writers I have never seen or known,but when it comes from you It becomes one of the most gratifying things I have ever sensed.One sometimes hear of a writer being a picture of events I have never encountered ,but you give me the sense of being the complete picture of all of us on Linked in and beBee. What a risen from your senses must be honored@Deb Lange.29/11/2016 #19 Tausif MundrawalaSenses play a prominent role in expressing our feelings and leading us towards our destiny which is bound to happen as per Almighty's wish. But we need to be self-aware and should be active enough to understand those senses in us. I wish you luck for your future endeavors, Deb Lange.
- 29/11/2016The Gift of Choice with Bonnie Groessl : Guest Eileen Doyon – “YOUR story told by YOU!”thegiftofchoice.libsyn.com Today, guest and author, Eileen Doyon shares how everyday people are given the opportunity to write a story and be an author in a book. Anyone can apply to share their story in her series, Unforgettable Faces and Stories. This can provide a healing...
- Producer27/11/2016Stop Worrying About Being Published.“I’m still in the middle of writing my collection of short stories, but I’m wondering which is better, getting an agent or self-publishing.” Someone’s comment in a writer’s group.Last week I joined an online writer’s forum, figuring I should...
Comments30/11/2016 #43 Robert Cormack#42 I'm sure instant gratification plays a role. We see movies were people write a book and ten minutes later (with a few dissolves), they're famous authors living in splendor. This is like couples thinking they're as funny together as Mork and Mindy. We lose a sense of reality and, therefore, expect this instant gratification. The whole idea of music and movies you can download in a minute, it all plays to the same theme, and it's reducing so much of the artistic quality. An artist friend of mine is quite proud of the fact that she produces a painting a day. My mother, an artist, produced maybe two paintings a year. Four of them hang in my house. I never grow tired of them (and not because they're my mother's). She spent the time learning, studying and perfecting. That's what you add to basic talent. Maybe we'll saturate the market with bad work. Let's hope that's when we change.30/11/2016 #42 Zacharias VoulgarisI agree. Perhaps today's instant gratification mentality that plagues the world has something to do with this publishing frenzy. Also, the academic community's requirements don't help the situation either (publish or perish). Still, once the market gets saturated with low quality books, I'm sure we're going to see a change in perspective. Everyone can publish something nowadays; getting others to read and re-read what you've published is another story...30/11/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht#40 @Robert Cormack --lately I wonder if now...he lives on the bus...btw...he played here in Baton Rouge last month (a few days after learning that he'd won the Nobel)...and he played guitar again (on two songs!)...I haven't seen him play the guitar live since a show in Maryland in about 2004...30/11/2016 #40 Robert Cormack#39 There's actually some controversy over whether Grossman owned Big Pink or he'd bought it for Dyan in his capacity as business manager. In any event, Dylan admitted spending more time at Big Pink than he did at his own home (not far away). As the kids came, and his motorcycle accident, Dylan spent more time at his own home (which went on for many years).27/11/2016 #31 Robert Cormack#20 Yes, the "Basement Tapes" were never something Dylan wanted distributed. In fact, they sat in someone's garage in Woodstock for many years. The loose quality of Dylan's and The Band's work allows a certain amount of leeway when listening. There's an interesting version of "You Ain't Going' Nowhere," that's worth a listen, also "Wheels on Fire." Robbie, in particular, learned a lot from Dylan, particularly on the lyrics side. There was so much creativity going on back then in The Pink House (Dylan was actually the landlord).27/11/2016 #25 Jim MurrayThanks. Now you know why I give my ebook away for free. Nobody messes with it but me. I'm with @Phil Friedman here. There is a very small percentage of all the work that gets published that produces enough revenue for the author to derive anything remotely resembling an income from it. The authors who are lucky enough to make it, are literally driven by an ungodly amount of ambition. On the one hand I admire it. On the other I can't help but believe that for most, it's an exercise in self-delusion. If your book sold, I'm happy for you. If you're living off the proceeds you're in the 1% club.27/11/2016 #24 Phil Friedman#19 #18 This raises an important point about objectives, don't you think? If a writer's objective in writing and publishing a novel is to gain literary recognition, then however long that takes is worth it, or at least is what it is. But if a writer writes to generate income, then I suggest to you that one might want to re-assess book writing and publishing in the context of contemporary digital publishing.
For example, about three years ago, I published an eBook that I give out free (well, not exactly free, but in exchange for an email address to build my prospect list for my consulting business). I submitted the eBook to multiple industry-specific editors for review and received very strong reviews and notices in a dozen legitimate publications, both trade and consumer. Distribution is now passed 5,000 (PDF) copies sent out by email in answer to requests. No direct revenue, but I can attribute at least three solid consulting contracts, worth tens of thousands of dollars, to prospects reading and liking the eBook. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/ten-golden-rules-for-successful-yacht-build-projects )
More recently, I wrote an eBook for hire for a management systems software firm, which they use to build their own prospect list, in an extreme example of "content marketing". In this case, the work did not generate anywhere near the same revenue, but -- and this is important, I think -- in one fell swoop, it generated more than some authors make on a published "book" and with less than one tenth the time and labor input. ( http://tinyurl.com/zsjt9n9 ).
So, what I am saying is, the issue of book writing and publishing is at the same time more complicated and less complicated than some would have us believe. If writing and publishing a book is a purely business decision based on ROI, that is one thing. But if about something else, like literary achievement, quite another. Cheers!
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- Producer24/11/2016The writer in me Today's reflectionI never saw myself as a writer. I mean, I write stuff but am I a writer ? I suppose. Writing in English is a huge challenge for me (I'll blog about that someday), but I'm writing every single day in order to improve my writing...
Comments28/11/2016 #20 Renée CormierKeep writing, Camille. I came to your post looking for inspiration. I started to write a post about my sister who committed suicide, and deleted the whole thing because it was too depressing and too personal. Sometimes that's the writing process. We start, hate it, start again, look for inspiration, write something else, edit, post it, etc. It is highly commendable that you try to write in English. I used to teach English as a Second Language and I can tell you that writing is the most difficult skill to acquire. You're doing great. Good for you!27/11/2016 #17 CityVP Manjit#15 I have done very little writing with a pen and paper - so whatever I write is simply a flow of my thinking at the time I write. My interest is the mediums on either side of how I engage my own thinking. On the one hand I actually want to get back to writing by hand but that demands a time consuming physical reality, but I also want to explore what dimension technologies add, because the very use of technologies changes how we relate to writing. In this regard it is fascinating about both sides of writing with pen and writing with an app. That is the personal awareness that has opened up to me here which adds to what I call my gray wisdom.27/11/2016 #14 Ken BoddieMy advice, for what it's worth, Camille, is to forget labels and rules and get the words out there. Mix it up and experiment. Find who you are and not what the world thinks. There are those who write but shouldn't and there are those who don't but should. If you can and should, then your passion will tell you and will remind you repeatedly.27/11/2016 #13 CityVP ManjitUntil I read this, I never considered writing software as a necessary thing. I always assumed that if one develops a natural flow for writing that this is a sufficient baseline. The chief reason I have ignored this developing market for writing technologies is that I have not considered entering the realm of professional writing. Having looked at one review site http://authorunlimited.com/best-writing-software/ at Author Unlimited, I can see how technology helps industrialize a writer. I can see how it helps the technical construct of writing a novel, never mind the stupendous motivation/dedication/sacrifice required to write a book.
"Flow" is still the principle reason I write but not as a writer but as a learner. Learner here becomes a euphemism for explorer or wanderer and that leads to this experience called flow, which is simply engaging an experience for the experience of it, rather than engage in effort that has some other goal orientated end. The question this buzz posed in my head is how I would do things differently if I was driven by a professional end-point.
I am far from making writing a professional contribution but it is still an option for me. It is not necessary for me to brand myself as anything including the word "writer" - but at some point I want to begin exploring these writing technologies simply out of curiousity. It is interesting that one writing technology is called "Hemingway" but the writer Hemingway's principle technology seemed to be alcohol and raw emotion - his brilliance was that he was born a literary genius - I have no illusion that using Hemingway technology can turn anyone into a Hemingway (author). It is however a whole new marketing meme to explore.27/11/2016 #9 Phil Friedman#6 Camille and Franci -
Camille, I have written a fair amount, both for pay and for self-satisfaction -- yet never felt fully comfortable calling myself a "writer". To my mind, I am a bundle of ideas and thoughts seeking expression, whereas, rightly or wrongly, I see a writer as a bundle of expression seeking ideas to write about.
I would not place too much emphasis on "writing" software, as that would be to confuse the tools with the artisan. I've never, for example, known a set of chisels and a group of saws to be able, in the hands of a mechanical dolt, to produce a fine cabinet. Yet, I have seen the crudest of tools, in the hands of a true craftsman, produce beautiful cabinetry.
Before writing comes thinking. I believe the fact that you read a lot and enjoy the writing of others is a big step toward being a writer -- if that is truly what you want to be.
Franci, thank you for the call-out and for your very kind words. My best to both of you. And cheers!27/11/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia HoffmanI use Microsoft Word. I’ve used it for years and feel confident in the way it functions.
I don’t consider myself a writer like @Pascal Derrien 🐝, @Dean Owen, @Jim Murray, @Phil Friedman @Renée Cormier @Donna-Luisa Eversley and many of the others that have that special gift of communication. I think of myself as a producer, an entertainer, and a promoter.
The thing is what I write comes from the heart and if I make a difference, then I have accomplished my mission.
So don't give up and keep writing and take time to read some of the work from those I mentioned. You will learn from the best. 😉24/11/2016 #3 Dean OwenI'd be interested in knowing about the different software. I use Word because I don't know any better. It seems fine, but I might be missing out on something. I am using iBooks Author for a novel I am writing. Your English writing seems perfectly fine and a lot better than my French, which, as a Brit, we study for 10 years of so.
- 21/11/2016Honored to have been Paula Slater's featured guest for on an episode of her show “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”
091- Unforgettable Faces & Stories
The loss of family members early in Eileen's life was extremely difficult. Eileen lost her dad to lung cancer and was with him until the end. Eileen had been trying to figure out how to deal with…
STRAIGHTFROMTHEHORSESMOUTHRADIOSHOW.COM|BY PAULA SLATER091- Unforgettable Faces & Storiesbuff.ly The loss of family members early in Eileen's life was extremely difficult. Eileen lost her dad to lung cancer and was with him until the end. Eileen had been trying to figure out how to deal with death. Most people will deal with loss at some...
- 17/11/2016Many people have been asking, “What is the next theme of your book series?” Here you go…Our next theme is…buff.ly So many people have been asking, “What is the next theme of your book series?” Here you go………please watch and see! If you decide that you would like to participate, we will start taking stories...
- 16/11/2016Make your Christmas Gifts Unforgettable with one or all of the six great books in the Unforgettable Faces & Stories series. Find out more and order thru our website,Unforgettable Faces & Storieswww.unforgettablefacesandstories.com Your story told by...
- Producer15/11/2016Is Tolkien Really All That Bad? Alexa Steele's buzz: How to be a better writer by ignoring writing advice confessed: Years before the movies came out someone gifted me a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Intrigued, I sat down to read it that same day.I never finished the first...
Comments16/11/2016 #6 Matt Sweetwood"If you're expecting The Greatest Epic Fantasies Ever Written" - When I first read it I was not.. but then I read it, and read it again and again and read the Silmarillian and have come to realize that Tolkien is not only an amazing writer and genius - but has created English Mythology on his own, has inspired everything Fantasy for almost 75 years now and in fact did write "The Greatest Epic Fantasies Ever Written." In my mind he change my life and is the greatest ever. But then again I was a math major. Buzz On! @Virag Gulyas @Javier beBee @Dean Owen @John White, MBA15/11/2016 #3 Alexa SteeleHi Paul. I happened upon your post in my feed just now and intend to read it in further detail tomorrow. Are you aware that currently tags within posts don't generate a notification? You have to use the comments section to alert someone to your post (and I wouldn't have wanted to miss this 😃)15/11/2016 #2 Paul Kemner#1 I read them back in the late 60's, and again before the movies came out. I liked them, but I was reading a lot of SF and fantasy so they fit in a larger context for me. Some of the imitation Tolkien that came out at the time was really dreadful- taking up any faults that JRRT had, but losing his redeeming qualities. On the plus side, the success in the US at the time helped a lot of forgotten early fantasy to be republished, like the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line of books edited by Lin Carter.
One of the interesting things about LOTR- I think it's the first Hazardous Material Quest. Instead of being a quest to find the Sword of Power or the Sacred Badger Pelt, it was a quest to get rid of something dangerous.15/11/2016 #1 Phillip HubbellI think it was after the third or fourth reading of them that I moved on to his other tales and histories. I had decided I liked them long before the movies. Not a lot of ambiguity about who the good guys are, for the most part. Even the slips in character turn out redeemed in their passing ..save the Stewart of Gondor.
- Producer13/11/2016The Beginning - the Final EpisodeWelcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. This is the final episode and I hope you have enjoyed this fictional series. As I have written at the beginning of each episode: We are each our history and...
Comments15/11/2016 #24 Pamela L. WilliamsThanks one of my very nice writers😊! I'm so glad you like the story. It's been a both fun and challenging! @Paul Walters was the other one! What is it with me and Pauls lately! @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian has been such an inspiration to me for social media and now you two writing rock stars IMHO! #2315/11/2016 #23 Paul KemnerWow- this series is an excellent first fiction! Writing serial stories seems to be a great way to get started- you get feedback and encouragement as you go along, and it's a lot easier to get someone to try a short chapter instead of something that will take weeks to read.
I agree with you that the female warrior and high-elder words would be the ones to keep- they describe important characters. You're using them frequently, so we get a chance to learn them.15/11/2016 #22 Pamela L. Williams#21 I always thought I would love to get an actual Passamaquody tribal member to teach me how to say the words. On the site where I found the words there are pronunciations available, but even still they are extremely difficult to verbalize. You never know exactly how they sound things out. Like German. I sometimes find myself reverting to German pronunciations of certain words that I can tell are of German origin. No I don't speak German but I took so many German grammar classes the pronunciations come easily if the vocabulary does not.!!15/11/2016 #21 Deb Helfrich#20 That's one of those things that someone will either love or hate. I thought it brought so much of the world alive, and you used the parentheses at just the right time. But for a larger audience, I can see it being a stumbling block...there has to be a both/and situation of using the words as enrichment while keeping the readers in the flow of the story. Audio comes to mind..... a short clip of how to say the words might help the sounders-outers in the crowd, for instance.15/11/2016 #20 Pamela L. Williams#19 If I do a rewrite and expand the story I've decided, with the help of some very nice writers whom I turned to for advice, to simplify the use of the words, but there are some I'll keep just because I liked them! Like the word for the high elder and the female warrior. They seemed add 'punch' to the characters. and roles.15/11/2016 #19 Deb Helfrich#15 I did want to report back that I both am glad I binge read the first 9 installments, because it really built a world for me, but that my initial reason, to be able to follow the complex use of names, turned out to not be an issue. You did a great job in keeping the flow of all the new terms easy to remember without the reader needing to generate their own cliff notes.15/11/2016 #17 Pamela L. Williams#12 Well I sent you on a roller coaster ride of emotions on this journey @Donna-Luisa Eversley, I'm so glad it ended with a happy sigh for you. So, how are you feeling about Running Deer now? Go ahead, admit it, maybe we all have the potential to be a bit mean when our heart is broken. We're human, all of us, we all say and do things we wish we could take back. It's about finding the strength to move on, just one step forward.15/11/2016 #16 Pamela L. Williams#14 I thought hard about the ending, even as I was writing the other chapters. I wanted it to end realistically; we all suffer losses and sometimes sacrifices have to be made to move forward in life. As I wrote in my reply to Franci; it ended with hope and dreams for the future. You've been a wonderful fan Fatima! thank you for that, my readers gave me the courage to finish the story.14/11/2016 #14 Fatima WilliamsOMG @Pamela L. Williams I love the ending and it's a perfect end for this drama. I would have loved for them to have met to rekindle the love they had, which was blinded by guilt and revenge nevertheless I love it. Thank you so much for giving us such an entertaining engrossing story that connects to each one of us at a different level.
I am your fan and then your sister. I've loved fiction since I knew how to read and this is going to the grave with me. An absolute entertainer. 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 High five ✋✋✋✋✋✋14/11/2016 #11 Deb HelfrichWow, as far as I am concerned, it is the happiest of endings. Some times we just don't fit somewhere and we would fit perfectly somewhere else. Especially when someone with a very prominent role seems against us.
This was a gift, @Pamela L. Williams View moreWow, as far as I am concerned, it is the happiest of endings. Some times we just don't fit somewhere and we would fit perfectly somewhere else. Especially when someone with a very prominent role seems against us.
This was a gift, @Pamela L. Williams Really and truly a fantastic piece of art. Close13/11/2016 #7 Lisa Gallagher#6 I think I understand your mushy self a bit! Remember, dont lose hope . Its easy to let go of hope when things feel as though they are crumbling around us, thats when we need others as reminders or 'pick me uppers'.. no not drugs (referring to my phrase, uppers') lol, just ways to uplift our spirits!13/11/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams#4 I'm going to show my mushy self again and admit that I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop downtown and cried as I wrote the last few paragraphs of this story. Whether they were tears of happiness that Kisuhs Nicanol and Running Deer found peace or tears of sadness because she had to leave all that she knew is still a question I'm asking myself. What I liked most about the ending was that the high elder, a true leader, was willing to make the sacrifice of banishing his wife if Kisuhs Nicanol chose to stay, that he also realized that if the young warrior was to live life to the fullest she had to make the decision to simply live. As I told you on the phone; I don't understand where this story came from, or why I was driven to write it, but I know it wasn't mine. Live in Peace and Hope my friend.13/11/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams#3 As I told Deb in a comment; not what I would call a 'happy ending' but the best ending that could occur. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made for the betterment of everyone. She now has family and hope, and in the end, isn't that what matters? That after all the trials and tribulations that we all suffer, that there is in the end; hope?
- 08/11/2016Social Media Platform for Storytellerswww.linkedin.com Chad Gundry and Daniel Coburn created BragShare earlier this year. If you are a storyteller such as a brand, author or artist. Bragshare is made just for you. It allows you to share your story...
- Producer07/11/2016Learning to Write“It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read.” Anita Brookner A lot of posts about writing lately. I am afraid that my style of writing isn’t in any way like I speak. I have a face for radio...
Comments08/11/2016 #28 Phil Friedman#27 Actually, Alexa, even more than being opposed to telling other people how to write, I am opposed to counseling people to write at a fifth grade level: ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/hemingway-may-have-advised-to-write-at-a-third-grade-level-but ). Cheers!08/11/2016 #27 Alexa Steele@Phillip Hubbell I can so relate to your statement, "I am afraid that my style of writing isn’t in any way like I speak."
#15 @Phil Friedman, I have frequently read the advice that you should write at a 5th-grade level, especially on the Internet because most readers have not advanced beyond that point (sad). But I just can't bring myself to do it! I've installed one of those SEO plugins on my website, and it frequently admonishes me for writing at too advanced of a level - I ignore it. However, when a human proofreader to says "um, what the hell are you trying to say here?" it's time to reevaluate some of my, shall we say, artistic choices.08/11/2016 #25 Phillip HubbellThank everyone for all the verbal traffic. I do agree with @Phil Friedman that in order to reach the widest audience the level of discourse has to be reduced. My father in law, who was a Lutheran Minister used to tell me that in order to reach people, speak slowly, use small words and focus on simple. I'm terrible at that. My purpose for writing this had to do with trying to teach writing. I think you can teach writers to write better but I think trying to teach people who never written anything to write doesn't works so well. Goes back to my Creative Writing course in High School. People took it who had no aptitude or organization in their thoughts thinking it was an easy A....they were wrong.. If started writing little ditties as a child and got better with practice, practice, practice...kind of like playing the piano by ear. Piano players can learn music but people who learn music without musicality don't usually become piano players.08/11/2016 #16 Ben PintoDitto that Aurorasa, What is the word for the chemical reactions that occur in the brains of those with high IQs, and maybe low EQs?
I have noticed that beBee attracts a substantially higher percentage of people with high IQs than other sites. Having found so many faults with my own EQ makes me more aware of those around me. Would we call that "social testosterone" or something else? I don't see any problem with those that think they are smart when in fact they are. Being smarter does not make one a better leader though, and there does appear to be many great thought leaders over at the Dark Side. #1308/11/2016 #15 Phil Friedman#4 Randy, the key is the "wiggle room" word 'solely'. I guess what I'm saying is that if communication is the sole objective --- and I think of communication as having to do with the transference of information --- then one probably ought to write at a 5th grade level. But often part of writing and reading has to do with enjoying the writing and the reading in themselves. For example, I will personally banter with curmudgeons like you or Jim Murray, just for the fun of it, the verbal challenge, the delight of creating a neat pun or turn of phrase. Is that fatuous? I don't know. What do you think? What does Phillip think?08/11/2016 #13 Aurorasa Sima#12 Thank you, @Phil Friedman, for reacting with such greatness to my admittedly provocative comment. That does not apply to just you but mostly all of us: sometimes we "hijack" a comment of someone else when it serves us.
I know ... some of us are a sensitive crowd and I respect you for always being open to learning how your words make someone feel.
I had to stop myself about three times in the last days after being one of the many targets of the recent mass attacks. Just yesterday I deleted "well you typically find leaders on LI" in the last second.08/11/2016 #12 Phil Friedman#8 Aurorasa, I regret engendering in your or anyone else --- if I did --- an "uncomfortable feeling". I generally try not to respond to scurrilous personal attacks from small minded, mean spirited trolls who have stalked me for years. However, sometimes I get fed up and slip. I have deleted my oblique response to the person who, in this case, has once again attacked me personally on Phillip's post.08/11/2016 #10 Ben Pinto#6 great if you to point to these motivations for writing, @Phil Friedman. An example of writing for entertainment is the writing of scripts for theater, television, or movies. I think of the excellent Monty Python 4 minute skit about SPAM.
Little did they know that the impact of this would lead to the computer age use of the word spam. LOL08/11/2016 #8 Aurorasa Sima#4 Is there a word to describe the uncomfortable feeling when two people pretend to talk to you, using you as a buffer to insult each other?
When one is talking against abuse and the other about the right way to communicate it´s a chocolate cookie for the fans of irony.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gpvJxOuDbs08/11/2016 #6 Phil Friedman#4 Randy, not talking about myself. Sometimes, as Milos likes to point out, writing has intrinsic motivation. Or as you can see from some comments in this thread, it's purpose is to project upon others the base motivation of drawing attention to oneself that is clearly demonstrated by the mean spirited commenter who levels the accusation. The same person who arrogantly gives out advice on "proper engagement on social media" but who has a long record of offensive and mean comments all over LI and BeBee.
But that is a digression. To return to point, you are correct that ONE of the core objectives is communication. However, other objectives might include entertainment and amusement, or even just the venting of emotion. Cheers!
- Producer05/11/2016(Copy)editing and the Self-Publishing RevolutionA revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to death between the future and the past. - Fidel Castro, January 5, 1961 Many people believe that writing a book is mystical.Dream on.The key to writing is the willingness to grind,...
Comments08/11/2016 #11 Randy KehoGood copyeditors are worth their weight in gold. By the way, how much do you weigh?
Sorry, that was uncalled for, but it felt right at the time. I apologize.
During my stint at a mid-size daily newspaper in the Great Midwest, I was responsible for the obituary page.
Boy, you make a mistake in an obituary and you can expect death threats from caretakers and family alike.
Fortunately, we had a little-old lady who manned the newsroom phone. She looked like your great-grandmother and a bun-headed librarian all rolled into one.
But, she had the keenest eye east of the Mississippi.
I ran everything past her and, as a result, I never published a mistake -- that anyone could definitively pin on me.
I will forever be indebted to her.
- 02/11/2016Thrilled to share a recent interview I did with Cindy Nolte of Fresh Look on Life. Thank you Cindy for the opportunity to share our Unforgettable Faces & Stories mission. Soooooo excited...
Fresh Look on Life Interview
I am so honored and humbled to have had an opportunity to be interviewed by Cindy Nolte of Fresh Look on Life! This interview is for all of YOU that have participated in one of my book series, or …
unforgettablefacesandstories.comFresh Look on Life Interviewunforgettablefacesandstories.com I am so honored and humbled to have had an opportunity to be interviewed by Cindy Nolte of Fresh Look on Life! This interview is for all of YOU that have participated in one of my book series, or...
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- 24/10/2016There are 61 Days till Christmas. Do you have any Fantasy and SciFi readers on your list? Then get them a copy of the "Book of the Way," series by Tony Weaver.
You can get it atAmazon.com: Gods and Monsters The Tale of The Goddess: Book of The Way Book 3 eBook: Tony Weaver: Kindle Storeamzn.to Gods and Monsters The Tale of The Goddess: Book of The Way Book 3 - Kindle edition by Tony Weaver. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading...
- Producer17/10/2016The House Always Wins, Even in Presidential ElectionsThe emergence of independent and libertarian options in the race to the White House has led to confusion and skepticism. However, these options may be the solution that many voters are looking for. In order to gain the Presidency of the United...
- Producer10/10/2016Protagonist Murdered!Caution: Villains Can Kill Your Story!Your main character may survive the bad guy's beating, shooting and stabbing him. But your story can suffer--and die--if you don't know how to pick the right antagonist and how to integrate him into your...
- Producer09/10/2016The Strengthening - Episode 7Welcome to the continuing fictional saga about the life of a young female Indian warrior. The story is told with each episode moving back in time. This backward movement was chosen for a specific purpose to have the reader ask the question; why?...
Comments10/10/2016 #11 Pamela L. Williams#9 Why thank you Ms Williams! I have to admit, this has been fun. Other than school assignments this is the first time I've ever taken a stab a fiction. There is a lot of symbolism in the story that I can relate to my own life. But most important of all it's been fun entertaining everyone.10/10/2016 #9 Fatima WilliamsFantabuloustic story You had me glued in 🤗🤗🤗🤗 absolutely in love with the character. Great story telling. It talks much about how we face adversities in our own life.@Pamela L. Williams View moreFantabuloustic story You had me glued in 🤗🤗🤗🤗 absolutely in love with the character. Great story telling. It talks much about how we face adversities in our own life.@Pamela L. Williams #Yourock Close10/10/2016 #8 Pamela L. Williams#7 Ben, at the end of each episode is a list of the previous episodes in the order in which they should be read. I did that to make it easier or new readers to follow the story line in the order in which I wrote it. Does that help. I can report to the Fiction hive which is not used much. I thought about doing that but hadn't decided.10/10/2016 #7 Ben PintoI think I want to start at the end of this, or should I say the prequel to the beginning or I really don't know. First of all, if this is going backwards will there be a hive, when you are done, Pamela, where you can repost this while story to? Just going to your profile page and looking back to the end, or beginning, brings a bee passing by so many other great articles and themes that it is dizzying.09/10/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams#4 Thanks David. I have considered a screenplay but wouldn't have the first idea how to write one, so a collaboration would work for me! I'm telling the highlights of the story, there is so much more that goes through this busy brain of mine, but I have to be realistic and keep it to a readable length! Glad you like the story David!09/10/2016 #4 David B. GrinbergKudos Pamela on your impressive storytelling and creative writing techniques. Have you introduced character dialogue into these stories? Perhaps we should collaborate on a screenplay or something? Let's take it to the next level. Very admirable, Pamela...admirable and impressive, indeed.09/10/2016 #3 Pamela L. Williams#2 Wouldn't get a publisher for it Gert! Just ask @Deb Helfrich about too much of a book being on the internet. BUT! Alas, I have a Prequel and a Sequel to the story swimming around in this brain of mine. Wait until tomorrow if you liked this one! I threw this one together this morning because I realized I needed a bridge between the one I wrote yesterday and the last one I published! :-) (Oh sorry for grammatical errors, like I said, this one came out fast and furious!)
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