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Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology that developed as tools developed with human society. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader.
  1. ProducerPaul Kemner

    Paul Kemner

    Safari - a Khempunk Adventure - Chapter 02
    Safari - a Khempunk Adventure - Chapter 02Back in 2011, my friend Josephine Boone & I wrote a weekly serial on a steampunk website. Set in an alternate late-1800's Egypt, it featured ancient and future tech in a land where the ancient Gods are still active.Chapter 01 is...
  2. Dan Antion

    Dan Antion

    What if your news source doesn't know Jack? That and other meanderings in search of ham. I didn't say it would make sense.
    Dan Antion
    SoCS Ain’t Misbehaving
    nofacilities.com Marian, over at Marian Allen dot com, recently wrote a post about when characters won’t behave. We were filled with empathy for her characters. Who are we? Well, we’re those ham-handed, as Dan is...
  3. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 3}
    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 3}This is the third installment of my series on Writing for Yourself.Part 2 can be read here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/learning-to-write-for-yourself-part-2Part 1 can be read here:...


    Phil Friedman
    15/02/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #8 The cast majority of social media videos are awful. Stumbling monologue. Bad selfie camera angles that make people look like pickle-heads, bad lighting, And everything else. They are to properly produced videos as the early blog ramblings were to polished long posts of today. Cheers!
    Michael Gorman
    15/02/2017 #9 Michael Gorman
    Good quality writing always stand out-it is all the generic, sentimental gushing nonsense that people seem to endlessly publish which clogs up the platforms-if you can make a connection with your writing, then you are on your way!
    Jim Murray
    15/02/2017 #8 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Pat 🐝 Bagano. Written content isn't dead. But the crap is choking it. This will pass, when people wake up and start adding some persuasion to their messaging.
    Pat 🐝 Bagano
    14/02/2017 #7 Pat 🐝 Bagano
    I have had inquiries from people who wants to blog but scared because they say written content is dead. I always find it hilarious when people assume that writing is dead and that 2017 will be more about videos and 2018 is definitely just videos. It is a pointless argument and your post is very encouraging, I hope people who wants to start a blog/write stumble upon this and realize the marketing "gimmicks" behind the lie that nobody reads anymore. Thank you @Jim Murray for writing and sharing this.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    14/02/2017 #6 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    #5 Not to mention more civilized!
    Jerry Fletcher
    14/02/2017 #5 Jerry Fletcher
    Keep tellin' it like it is! You briefly noted one of the benefits of being on beBee. People here read! I, too, have enjoyed higher readership here versus Linked In. And, these readers are more engaged.
    Phil Friedman
    13/02/2017 #4 Phil Friedman
    #2 #3 FYI, it's much easier when "traveling or taking public transport" to LISTEN to a book. I've been doing it for years, and in that way getting to "read" a lot of novels and other books that I might not otherwise have the time for. I used to have to pay for them, first to iTune (hellishly expensive), the to Audible.com (cheaper, but still the cost of a paperback), now the last several years via the OverDrive app which enables one to use one's Public Library Card to access audiobooks in a number of formats from one's local public library collection or a collection at a different library where one may have a membership. Note, however, that audiobooks are different from videos in that you don't have to watch them. Which means you can also listen while driving.
    Jim Murray
    13/02/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #2 Hope you're not watching a video when you're driving. Like I said. I have nothing against video. This message was primarily for people who might get discouraged to write when they hear all the hype about video.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    13/02/2017 #2 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    The thing is that when traveling or taking public transport, it's much easier to watch a video than read a book. Since most of the time we see someone consume some sort of informational medium it's when we are outdoors, we have the (biased) perception that videos dominate. Still, if you want to get deep into something, it's better to read a book on the topic, esp. if it's something sophisticated like data science (wink-wink). Anyway, I'm still waiting for a new medium to come about that combines both (!) so that it has the best of both worlds. Figuring the right proportion though could be tricky...
  4. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 1}
    Learning To Write For Yourself {Part 1} This morning I woke up to the realization that the world level of bullshit is now over all our heads. So this is a new series where I will be imparting whatever dubious wisdom I possess in the most bullshit free possible. If this bothers you, well...


    Mike O'Connor
    18/02/2017 #26 Mike O'Connor
    Very entertaining read, @Jim Murray! I definitely didn't sense any BS and I know how you feel to some degree.
    Lisa Vanderburg
    14/02/2017 #25 Lisa Vanderburg
    I actually liked all the comments as well as your buzz @Jim Murray. I'm a recent addition; snow-birding from LI, which just got plain idiotic. I came here to write about what I mainly don't write about there....writing. So I'm a new-bee; I like it here because it's much more real. But I'm already attracting trouble (my middle name...so said my sire-r). Hell with it - they can all go procreate with themselves (good luck with that). You embolden me, dude! Thanks!
    Randy Keho
    13/02/2017 #24 Randy Keho
    "That’s life in the world of social media. Up and down like a toilet seat." That's really all that needed to be said.
    Paul Walters
    13/02/2017 #23 Paul Walters
    thanks @Jim Murray
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    12/02/2017 #22 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #13 Thanks for that compliment, Franci. Like Jim says and paraphrased by me, "it ain't always pure gold that streams from our keyboards."

    Everyone writes the occasional turkey. No worries.Move one and write some more
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #21 Jim Murray
    #16 Thanks @Michael O'Neil ...I'm making notes.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #20 Jim Murray
    #13 Thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman...I really appreciate your support and have for quite a while now.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #19 Jim Murray
    #9 Thanks @Wayne Yoshida. I'm looking forward to writing it, whever it turns out to be. Because to tell you the truth most of us are just winging it here. There's no master plan, just people following their noses.
    Jim Murray
    12/02/2017 #18 Jim Murray
    #8 Thanks @🐝 Fatima Williams This is exactly why I write these kinds of posts. The beeter everybody become at expressing themselves, the more interesting place the Internet becomes.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    12/02/2017 #17 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #15 Thank you, Phil. I like to feel I'm for real - I have no reason to be otherwise. So, I look for that same quality in others.
    Michael O'Neil
    12/02/2017 #16 Anonymous
    Thanks Jim, I have lost count of the number of presentations I have seen where the speaker quotes the growth rate of data out there. I've long been of the view that while the volume of data out there has grown, it has been at the expense of the signal to noise ratio. 1000 copies of the video of the same cat doing the same weird thing does not improve anything. Many, many, many years ago I went on a speed reading course. The biggest takeaway? Figure out if it is worth reading at all. Writing as you suggest will signal early to the reader that the content is worth reading. If it does not do that in the first sentence or two, click on something else. Sadly, once the bullshit is in your head, it is hard to remove it. Your headline grabbed my attention. The first few sentences hooked me in, and the full content did not disappoint.
    Phil Friedman
    12/02/2017 #15 Phil Friedman
    #13 Wow, Franci, that is about the best compliment a writer can receive. Thank you. I believe you are for-Real yourself. Cheers!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    12/02/2017 #14 Don 🐝 Kerr
    I prefer the expression up and down like a bride's nightgown however that aside you banged it on the head @Jim Murray. You keep working away like this and you're gonna get pretty good.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    12/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    @Jim Murray @Phil Friedman @Milos Djukic @Donna-Luisa Eversley @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian are some of the most authentic writers I've known via social media. Yes, there are more but I'm not wanting to make my comment one of mentioning fellow bees. However, their posts/reads/buzzes are what grabbed my attention from the beginning and still have that same impact today. Just saying.

    I'm in beBee every day and I need to spend my time in my best interests. I may not always agree but I feel that what I am reading is genuine and not BS. Thank you, Jim, for an outstanding post.
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/02/2017 #12 Jerry Fletcher
    Thanks Jim. It shouldn't amaze me how good writers seem to be the guys and gals with the best bullshit meters.
    Devesh Bhatt
    12/02/2017 #11 Devesh Bhatt
    #8 bullshit has been generated about every word. It is a process of arriving at something sensible and cleaning up one's own mess that counts.

    Knowing bullshit without getting a taste of it comes from experience. Few are lucky to learn it from others.
    Phil Friedman
    12/02/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    #8 Well, Fatima, you may believe that but let me tell you about the first thing Jim ever wrote to me... well, maybe I shouldn't, this being polite, mixed company. But I agree that one thing Jim has never been short on is authenticity. Cheers!
    Wayne Yoshida
    12/02/2017 #9 Wayne Yoshida
    I boinked the Relevant button, @Jim Murray and understand this exactly. I once belonged to a LI Group for writers, I forgot which one. One day, a post came about and the author posted something complaining about the small number of views and comments it received. He went on to say if you are not liking and commenting, you can leave this group. Yikes.

    Although this may have been the algorithm tweak, I took a look at his post. And it was horrible. No other way to describe it. Kind of obvious why no one commented, liked or shared it.

    So I left that group and never returned. . . I don't want to mix with people like that.

    Comparing this with beBee - very opposite experience, and I think all of us are seeing this difference.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this series.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    11/02/2017 #8 🐝 Fatima Williams
    And that quality, despite all the bullshit that’s been generated about it, is called authenticity.

    When you write about writing I always read them for sure because much of what little I try is learning from wonderful honest down to earth people like you. BeCause I find that authenticity you talk about here in your work.
    When I first starting reading your work on Linkedin I never commented as I do now as I assumed that how would someone so talented with years of experience even want to listen to something a less experienced person is trying to say.
    But the more I read your work I more comfortable and confident I became with my own writing and expressing my thoughts and I have to Thank you and a few of my favorite people here on beBee for that.@Jim Murray So Thank you 🤗
    Gert Scholtz
    11/02/2017 #7 Gert Scholtz
    @Jim Murray Always learning from your posts, what you write, and how you write. I guess the overriding point is to write what is important to you, what your opinion is and what you care about. How it is received is secondary. Thank you for the post Jim.
  5. ProducerSandra 🐝 Smith
    Ding.Ding. The familiar sound of another email arriving. He clicks. Mouth already poised to turn downwards, preempting yet another email from her. He's told her to stop but she won't. 'Hey, it's me... again. I know, I know. I said I'd stop. I really...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    19/02/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Superb story telling, Sandra. I was drawn in from the beginning to the end. I read the 2nd part before the first part and look forward to more of the story.
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    14/02/2017 #6 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    #5 Thanks, Lisa :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    14/02/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #4 I watch too many real crime stories and I used to read them from my young teen years on. Ack, that makes me sound creepy lol. I've always had a deep curiosity as to why someone would commit such acts or I try to figure out if they are innocent or guilty if it's a true suspense. I remember the first book I read while in Junior HS was Helter Skelter... hey you can still write a murder suspense, they never end as someone would predict ;-) I like your writing style Sandra!
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    14/02/2017 #4 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    #1 #3 #2 Thanks for the nice comments, guys. @Lisa, yes there was also the case in AZ, where I used to live. The woman who killed her on-off boyfriend out of jealousy. That's interesting you went there because I was thinking of making it into a murder-suspense :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/02/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This story reminded me of a true story but it was based in the UK I believe. The couple was living together, engaged but he didn't love her anymore. I think They were either, still living together of she lured him there one last night. When he was sleeping she killed him. Such a sad story and the man was so young. Enjoyed your story, see... it brought back a memory of relationship issues I read of or watch on TV.
    Kevin Baker
    13/02/2017 #2 Kevin Baker
    Circles are made to be broken. Sometimes wanting to believe creates the illusion of more relevance. It is not a crime to be human, to punish ones self for that is a vortex. Our errors are ammunition to prevent making larger errors only when we are self forgiving. Great read. Next time listen to your skin when it tells you the weather has changed.
    Dean Owen
    13/02/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    This sounds all too familiar, and yet remained a thoroughly captivating piece right through to the end.
  6. ProducerPaul Jackson

    Paul Jackson

    Fear of Feelings
    Fear of FeelingsI've caught the writing bug, it comes and goes, like the common cold, but I like to share my musings.  Be a man. What does that even mean? Men are told to keep a stiff upper lip, don't cry, and forgo feelings. I love Batman. Growing up, I was...


    Paul Jackson
    12/02/2017 #3 Paul Jackson
    #1 I think men do feel less stress when they do cry.
    Mohammed Sultan
    12/02/2017 #2 Mohammed Sultan
    Do't fear feelings on beBee because it's promoting a personal brand with feeling.The real tragedy when you suppress a child's feeling because he/she loves Batman.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/02/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I admire men that can show their emotions. My son was brought up knowing it was healthy to cry when he needed to. I think men would feel less stress internally if they cried when they needed. I often wonder if it's stuffed so deep inside that they are unable to cry?
  7. ProducerLaci McDowell

    Laci McDowell

    Everything I Know About Talking to Women, I Learned in Bathrooms
    Everything I Know About Talking to Women, I Learned in BathroomsIn 6th grade, I decided to go for broke and enter the school talent show with two girlfriends. Our “talent” was performing a dance choreographed to Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” We practiced for weeks and spent an exorbitant amount of time choosing...


    Laci McDowell
    07/02/2017 #2 Laci McDowell
    #1 Thanks, Devesh. I appreciate the insights!
    Devesh Bhatt
    07/02/2017 #1 Devesh Bhatt
    You never know how you may trigger another person's hope or interest. At first sight you maybe awesome and generate a genuine interest, wherein the observer may feel comfortable in giving an opinion. Why judge the intent when it can simply be about interactions, some go your way, some don't.

    True, first impressions are critical in a fast moving world, where people lack the time and patience to give a second look, but it is best to restrict it to utility and priority rather than being judgemental about it.

    People are more than their first impressions. Having priorities is a great thing, remembering people based on on off interaction which doesn't even factor into priorities is just loading the head with unrequired thoughts, unless you wish to expand them in an expression :)

    Liked the buzz .
  8. ProducerLaci McDowell

    Laci McDowell

    The Secret Skill Set of the Service Industry
    The Secret Skill Set of the Service IndustryI spent the majority of my 20s as a server at an excess of establishments. The gamut included fine dining destinations, sports hubs, and one bar where the only requirement in the Craigslist ad was to be decently attractive in dim lighting. (Not my...


    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #16 Laci McDowell
    #14 Thanks, David! Followed you as well.
    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #15 Laci McDowell
    #13 Thanks, Sandra! It happens to the best of us. ;)
    David B. Grinberg
    04/02/2017 #14 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Laci, which I've shared on a few hives. Your important insights and astute advice are appreciated. I'm also following you now and hope you can follow back. I look forward to reading more from you in 2017.
    beBee Brand Ambassador (USA)
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    04/02/2017 #13 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    Heehee, love it. Thank you Laci. PS: 'hangry' =)
    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #12 Laci McDowell
    #4 Thank you! Appreciate the welcome. :)
    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #11 Laci McDowell
    #5 Thanks, Bill. Cheers to the 20%!
    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #10 Laci McDowell
    #3 Thanks for the welcome!
    Kenneth Mumford
    04/02/2017 #9 Kenneth Mumford
    It seems we are talking about the athlete and the speed of the game. All of these attributes are something that the super athlete uses to play at the highest level. Business is the same. Win.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    04/02/2017 #8 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Nice post LACI!!!!
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    04/02/2017 #6 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Great job LACI !!!!!
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    04/02/2017 #5 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Continued success Laci! I always give 20% tips and my barber gets large tips too.

    Many times when there are issues it's because on management but the servers get the blame. GREAT POST AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, regards, BILL STANKIEWICZ , Savannah Supply Chain Guy 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😅😀
    José Ramón ✌🏼 López
    04/02/2017 #4 José Ramón ✌🏼 López
    Good post @Laci McDowell.

    Welcome to the Hive!! :)
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    04/02/2017 #3 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Laci McDowell welcome to beBee !
    Laci McDowell
    04/02/2017 #2 Laci McDowell
    #1 Thanks, Paul. Good luck with the bar!
    Paul Jackson
    04/02/2017 #1 Paul Jackson
    Helpful insights, working on opening a bar, and I am bartending/waiting. Thanks for the good read.
  9. ProducerRod Loader

    Rod Loader

    Writing Imagery
    Writing ImageryRecently I wrote a post called Touching with Words. That post talked about making our writing more interesting by adding imagery to the words we used. This post is a follow on. Like most of my “teaching” post this will be an interactive...


    Paul Walters
    05/02/2017 #16 Paul Walters
    @Rod Loader Great piece Thank you
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/02/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #14 I was hoping it kept you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes my mind can be creative ;-) I might have to work on an ending, eh?
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #14 Rod Loader
    A wonderful twist @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I like it a lot. So... now you have my attention, where is the rest of the story.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/02/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Nice to have you back @Rod Loader, i love these series!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/02/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    She felt breathless, the chill of the wind hitting her face, it felt like razors against her cotton soft cheeks.

    She didn't dare look back, the leaves were rustling in the distance, he wasn't far behind her.

    She realized her grass stained knees were burning after tripping over a large stone but she had to keep running.

    She reached the shore and dived into the roaring water, her only hope was to float down stream with the roring rapid.

    Her only thoughts as she jumped into the rapids, will I escape and live to tell my tale....
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #11 Rod Loader
    Two things @Sara Jacobovici. Firstly, you are absolutely right about leaving a piece of work and returning to it. I actually do that for all my work. It's amazing the difference some time and space can make.

    Secondly, I love your work. Nicely put and great use of imagery. Well done.#9
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #10 Rod Loader
    Thank you @Pascal Derrien, I am truly honoured.#8
    Sara Jacobovici
    02/02/2017 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    Love the focus of your work @Rod Loader. My humble contribution is based on a point I'd like to suggest. When we write and what images we use are influenced by what is happening or what is preoccupying us. This is why I would recommend, if possible, that writers put aside their drafts and reread at a later time to "see" if any changes come to mind. For example, I am preoccupied with time and place and so I find your example "right on" for me. Coincidence; I think not.

    The time has come to let go, but how?
    With trust.
    The tree allows the wind to take its leaves where they need to be.
    Some will find their place on the ground, nestling in the grass and dirt.
    Others will be moved gently towards the lake,
    gently touching the surface of the water before reaching a place deeper below.
    Pascal Derrien
    02/02/2017 #8 Pascal Derrien
    #7 @Rod Loader you are a writing class act my friend don't ever forget that :-)
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #7 Rod Loader
    Thanks @Dean Owen, it's great to be listed with such great writers.#4
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #6 Rod Loader
    Thanks for contributing @Devesh Bhatt, based on your second poem, you're really getting the idea. Well done.#3
    Dean Owen
    02/02/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    Ohh, and I mustn't forget @Robert Cormack
    Dean Owen
    02/02/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    These are skills I have yet to master, but clearly beBee is fortunate to have a roster of masters, namely yourself, @Paul Walters, @Pascal Derrien among others. To prove my point, I'd like to add a link to Day 1 of your latest project.
    Devesh Bhatt
    02/02/2017 #3 Devesh Bhatt
    Green with life, she fed the tree.
    With times the leaf grew dry.

    To find a nice resting place,
    The wind told her to fly.

    One last swim, before her end?
    Unlike others, she felt shy.

    She longed to see the growing tree.
    So she settled in the dirt nearby.
    Devesh Bhatt
    02/02/2017 #2 Devesh Bhatt
    Ups and downs,
    make glorious crowns,
    Upon memories head.

    But memory must serve,
    What we observe.
    For life to move ahead :)

    Wrote it because I have to observe what you write and learn.

    Thanks again.
    Rod Loader
    02/02/2017 #1 Rod Loader
    As promised, @Devesh Bhatt, here is the post I promised.
  10. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    Writing and the Art of Reduction.
    Writing and the Art of Reduction.This isn’t about losing weight or getting rid of the clutter. This is about words. I can’t tell you how many words I’ve written in my career. Millions? Billions? I don’t know. Take 45 years, throw in long days and nights. What does that add up to? I...


    Robert Cormack
    21/01/2017 #17 Robert Cormack
    #13 More than a tweet, less than a ton. I think brevity is something you achieve, not something you aim for.
    Robert Cormack
    21/01/2017 #16 Robert Cormack
    #12 Quite true, Praveen, but as I mentioned to Phil, I'm not talking about long or short. I'm talking about respecting what should and shouldn't be there. If it takes a thousand words, and you're sure it can't be said any simpler, then that's the length.
    Robert Cormack
    21/01/2017 #15 Robert Cormack
    #10 My point isn't the length, it's understanding the "notes" that should and shouldn't be played.
    Robert Cormack
    21/01/2017 #14 Robert Cormack
    Interesting stuff, Rod. Thanks.#9
    Phil Friedman
    21/01/2017 #13 Phil Friedman
    Just to keep the pot stirred:

    Brevity is over-rated
    And short ain't always sweet.
    Sometimes the expression of a great idea
    Takes more than just a tweet.

    With all due respect to Robert. :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    21/01/2017 #12 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Seduction by Reduction! :) Didn't someone say brevity is the soul of it ...and wit? But, when it comes to copy, there will always be the long and short of it. If it wasn't so in literature, there would have been no Milton and no O'Henry to read. And not enough for the soul's hunger to feed! If less said is always better, then Silence ought to convey it all! ;) And sometimes, maybe it does! But the fact is, some folks need/read more and some less. One size just doesn't fit all!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    21/01/2017 #11 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #10 And life isn't always a short story ;)
    Phil Friedman
    21/01/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    Longer isn't always wronger,
    Rod Loader
    21/01/2017 #9 Rod Loader
    I would like to share a couple of those stories Robert. I hope you enjoy them.

    Early Snow

    “Early snow,” the Soothsayer growled, ancient eyes focused on blood stained entrails spread before him.
    Aran spat, his measure of disgust landing in the dirt beside the menagerie of robes, feathers and bones that defined the fortune teller.
    “Do not defile the spirits, Hunter,” the Soothsayer snarled. Meeting the stare behind the chief’s hewn facemask he added, “Is this how you allow the god’s representative to be treated?”
    “You’re no more of the gods than I am,” Aran snapped. “I already predicted that.”
    “Did you predict your exile,” the Soothsayer snarled.
    “The moment you walked through the gate.”

    © RG Loader

    Jacobs Well

    Jacob was conceived on his mother’s eighteenth birthday, born underweight, overdue, in the winter’s chill and was the cause of an unhappy marriage, which ended the day before his nineteenth birthday.
    His brother Ethan, eleven months his junior, quickly won their father’s favour, matching their father’s bright red hair, physical features, arrogant attitude and outdoor focus. They left together.
    He spent his birthday alone, after listening to his mother cry herself to sleep the night before.
    The well accepted his coin without complaint, as it had hundreds of times before. Maybe this time a wish would be granted.

    © RG Loader

    Robert Cormack
    20/01/2017 #8 Robert Cormack
    Robert Cormack
    20/01/2017 #7 Robert Cormack
    #5 I'll check it out, @Rod Loader.
    Robert Cormack
    20/01/2017 #6 Robert Cormack
    Sorry, @David B. Grinberg. I was so close.#3
    Rod Loader
    20/01/2017 #5 Rod Loader
    I love the process of writing what's important and leaving the rest out, and have been focusing on writing short for years, Robert Cormack. I have even written and self-published the book 100, which is 100 stories, each exactly 100 words long. You can find it on Amazon by searching my name.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/01/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I never heard the quote about Nixon Before. Good read @Robert Cormack
    David B. Grinberg
    20/01/2017 #3 David B. Grinberg
    #2 Yep. But wrong David...
    Robert Cormack
    20/01/2017 #2 Robert Cormack
    It helps to keep it short @Charles David Upchurch#1
    David B. Grinberg
    20/01/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Robert. Bravo for brevity!
  11. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    How To Make Social Media Simple. No I'm Not Crazy
    How To Make Social Media Simple. No I'm Not CrazyHere's the thing. It isn't so much that Social Media is hard. It just takes a ton of time. Even that isn't accurate. It's more that we do the same thing several times every time we do anything at all.If it was a business process it would be...


    Wayne Yoshida
    06/02/2017 #16 Wayne Yoshida
    #15 Great endorsement / testimonial for MyTweetPack!

    cc: @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/02/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #13 MyTweetPack has sure amped up my twitter followers @Wayne Yoshida. I began with just over 1000 and now I'm up over 4700. @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I seem to be closing in on crossing that thresh hold you told me about when you reach 4K, FINALLY I'm recieving more impressions, followers etc... again!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/02/2017 #14 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 As of last Friday, we can mine beBee producer for your posts. We can only grab the last 8 though. As you write to beBee, your post titles and links will be stored in an "Imported From beBee" campaign and a bunch of promo tweet scheduled. EASY PEASY

    Just click on request an RSS link on your profile page. Ths isn't something you can self-serve. We'll do it for you.

    Some people have already asked for both LinkedIn and beBee links. If you do that tell us which should auto-tweet, otherwise you will have duplicate tweets pointing to different platforms.

    Might be a good way to settle the beBee vs LinkedIn thing though
    Wayne Yoshida
    05/02/2017 #13 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian - I got a little scared when I saw your process, it looks similar to mine, although I have been less posty on Wordpress lately. I must say your app MyTweetPack is ramping up my Twitter presence . . . Big thanks for that!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    20/01/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #10 LOL, kleenex?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    20/01/2017 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #8 They just might be related. LOL

    At the risk of being offensive, Candice is a HWAHOHS. (Hottie With A Head On Her Shoulders). She's a lot more than just a pretty face. I wonder how many people have underestimated her because of her looks? As the Father of another beautiful woman, that pisses me off.

    Our society tends to see beautiful women as strictly decorative. Yet, it was Heddy Lamarre who figured out frequency hopping. She may have won WW2 with that. At the very least she opened the Atlantic shipping lanes. Without her invention, there could have been no D-Day.

    Let's not even mention all the technologies that were built on its back.

    Since women have only been considered equal for about 50 years, I shudder to think what ideas, inventions, and concepts we missed out on.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    20/01/2017 #10 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 Right now, beBee does not have RSS or ATOM functionality, so no, we can't autoload from beBee. It would be nice, though. I'd love to just write here, populate Twitter and my blog site, then cross-pollinate everwhere else.

    Sorry, the thought is bringing a tear to my eye. . . LOL
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/01/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I'm so impressed with you taking your time to create this process. I've gained a considerable amount of information and I am most appreciative. These are great tips and being able to relate them to my blog makes it clearer to me. Enjoy your Dominican cigar and your favorite beverage and take a break.
    David B. Grinberg
    19/01/2017 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for these tips, Paul, which are very helpful. It sounds like you've certainly streamlined your process. Kudos on that. Although some us may beg to differ about whether you're "not crazy" (lol). Okay, crazy good perhaps.
    Also, I'm holding you to your prior promise of using my Twitter account for the 2.0 version of myTweetPack.com - so thanks for that in advance. Lastly, I'm sharing this on three hives. Keep buzzing, my friend!
    PS -- and who's this @Candice 🐝 Galek person you keep mentioning? She sounds like Superwoman. I noticed someone with the a similar/same name (I think) on the recent 2017 Forbes "30 under" 30" class of leading global Millennial entrepreneurs. Maybe they're related, you think?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    19/01/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I just added RSS XRAY to Chrome but I'm still befuddled as to what it does? Will it work when writing a post using beBee producer? Ah, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian is already saying.. oh great.. I knew Lisa would read this and have 50 million questions LOL. Lots of info Paul and yes, THANK YOU!!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    19/01/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #4 Don't bother, Candice. Set your IFTTT to scan your Twitter timeline for specific hashtags. I use #fb for FaceBook, #fbp for facebook pages, #tum for Tumblr, #li for LinkedIn, and #pin for Pinterest.

    When it finds one of these tags, it posts to that platform. Then I rotate the tags in myTweetPack.

    Make sense?
    Candice 🐝 Galek
    19/01/2017 #4 Candice 🐝 Galek
    Wow great post Paul.. We had a killer IFTTT syndication setup with 4 tiers and 2 rings. But it all started breaking down. It has been a big buggy lately! Have to rehire the coders to figure it all out. When you create multiple tiers and rings it really complicates things. =)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    19/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #2 LOL, Right now, I'm kicking back with a Dominican cigar and 12-year-old single malt. Yes, the wife is out. I'll need to air the place out later. Or, maybe not, I'm kicking back in the garage.

    Show me a man who says he's not afraid of "the look" from the wife and I'll show you either a liar or a fool.

    And no, it never stops. I think I have adult-onset ADHD. The scotch is part of my planning routine. ;-)
    Kevin Pashuk
    19/01/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    My gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?

    Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr View more
    My gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?

    Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr would encourage you to practice mindfulness, which isn't bad in itself, but I much prefer my formula.

    Seriously useful advice however on eliminating busy-ness from your social media world. Close
  12. ProducerLaura Mikolaitis
    In My Deja Vu
    In My Deja VuThis poem is from the heart and from a place that may still be a bit broken. But time heals. Words can heal. And people can heal. And through writing and sharing stories, we can connect on so many levels and strengthen the depths of our...


    Laura Mikolaitis
    30/01/2017 #3 Laura Mikolaitis
    Thanks so much @Todd Jones. She was a wonderful woman and I miss her every day. It's funny, I went outside earlier this evening to walk the dog. Dusk was beginning to turn to dark, but the sky was simply beautiful as some the clouds had parted. There was one, only one, bright beautiful star shining. I stood in the middle of the yard and looked up at it. I like to think it was my mom watching over me. It's been a challenging week and in my heart I want to believe that it was a sign from her letting me know things will be okay, and to not let the darkness dim the light. I guess writing in this example is a way for me to work through my emotions and come out on the other side.
    Todd Jones
    23/01/2017 #2 Todd Jones
    I answered my own question by reading more of your posts. My condolences on your mom, Laura. This is a beautiful tribute.
    Todd Jones
    23/01/2017 #1 Todd Jones
    Beautiful prose @Laura Mikolaitis. I'd love to know the back story, if it's not too painful and too private.
  13. ProducerLyon Brave

    Lyon Brave

    NEWEST BLOGGER BABE & BEE: JESSICA BAEZAJessica Baeza is a millennial just hitting the keys and typing the nuances of fashion and personal stories that piece together this world one blog at a time. Her look says girl next door. Her ring finger says off the market.Her blog says,...


    Diego Zambrano
    29/01/2017 #29 Diego Zambrano
    Donnie Maynard Christianson
    10/01/2017 #28 Donnie Maynard Christianson
    Welcome Jessica!
    Jessica Baeza
    10/01/2017 #27 Jessica Baeza
    Lol thank you for that impressive welcome #22
    Wayne Yoshida
    10/01/2017 #26 Wayne Yoshida
    #11 Yes, @Jessica Baeza, this is the feeling most all of us have. Welcome to beBee. And thanks for the great intro, @Lyon Brave!
    Jackie M.
    10/01/2017 #25 Jackie M.
    Welcome, Jessica and hello Lyon :)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    09/01/2017 #24 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #23 Hi Lyon [ @Lyon Brave ] I usually let me mother tell me who I am and say "Thanks Mum!", once a mother tells us who we are, we can save all that time trying to find out who we are. Then our mind is totally free to riff at our hearts content, if people don't like what we say, we say "Hey! That's what my Mother said!" - validation complete, psychosis eliminated.

    After all Lyon, what is the point of going online simply to say you like something. Eat it, digest it, manipulate it and give it your greatest cerebral-poop. What is the worst that is going to happen? We are going to find out who we are by the very words we use and we get an ancillary benefit of keeping a mother happy (or whoever the guardian spirit of our soul is) - and who wouldn't want to flow with life like that?

    Anything else about me, I say as all boxers would that keep getting knocked out stone cold in the first round "you can speak to my manager" the Deanmeister @Dean Owen
    Lyon Brave
    09/01/2017 #23 Lyon Brave
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Who the hell are you?! I like LOVE way you are. Ha you totally shared your whole thought process about doing something seemingly arbitrary like reading an article and made it insightful and amusing. #22
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    09/01/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I can feel the Millennial vibe (though I actually hate these marketing labels). I want to see more artists in beBee and I want to see fresh voices with fresh angles. That is what I feed off, that is my dinner here - the variety, the vibe, the voice, the vision or the valiant.

    I also have another part of my brain delving into who Ingrid Michaelson is and I see an album name "It doesn't have to make sense?" and I think, I dig that. Now it comes down three strikes and your out [focus on the process not the person], so listen to Hell No and I think YUCK but the next track LIGHT ME UP - I think F-n-A which in my language means it mixes with my flow

    Light Me Up Again

    And then I am back to reading this buzz and where I forget to welcome of the person I am reading the buzz - it is not rude, it means that I quit the formalities because there stuff for me to chew on.

    See, what I really like is riffing and the riff changes with the spirit of the person that I am reading, which I guess why I like Michaelson's album title, only to find out that she never recorded a track with that name of the album, but at least she writes her own tunes. In terms of the interview I dig "Marriage isn’t perfect that’s for sure. I love my husband every day, but there are times during the day where I do not like him" - who does not like to end on the high of our smirky smile. Oh, yes - BTW Welcome Jessica.
    Jessica Baeza
    09/01/2017 #21 Jessica Baeza
    lol thank you!! #19
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    09/01/2017 #20 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Welcome to beBee@Jessica Baeza. - love your blog - well done.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    09/01/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Welcome to beBee Jessica! Raised with 3 brothers, and except for the naked thing, I can relate to the other behaviors! Blog on!

    Thanks @Lyon Brave for an in depth into the life of Jessica!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    09/01/2017 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    You are smarter than most, @Jessica Baeza, building that following is how to monetize in 2017. And the up-front work needs to be fun cause it will be for free.

    I gotta say if you wanna see how to conquer beBee just be real like @Lyon Brave.... do your thang and bring others along for the ride!

    Bees are best when in colonies....
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    09/01/2017 #17 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    WELCOME to beBee.com, if I can help give a shout out or BUZZ! NEWEST BLOGGER BABE & BEE: JESSICA BAEZA, best regards, Bill Stankiewicz, www.savannahsupplychain.com
    Milos Djukic
    08/01/2017 #16 Anonymous
    Welcome Jessica Baeza.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    08/01/2017 #15 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    welcome wonderful talent, @Jessica Baeza!
    Susan Rooks
    08/01/2017 #14 Susan Rooks
    Welcome, Lyon Brave!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    08/01/2017 #13 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Welcome !!!!
    Lyon Brave
    08/01/2017 #12 Lyon Brave
    #11 @Jessica Baeza when i come back from boot camp, you better have a bunch of articles up!!!!!!!!!
    Jessica Baeza
    08/01/2017 #11 Jessica Baeza
    Thank you all for the kind words!! I plan on sharing a lot of content with you today! Just trying to get the hang of the new platform lol but you've all made me feel so welcome already :))))
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    08/01/2017 #10 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Thanks @Lyon Brave for introducing @Jessica Baeza!! And welcome to be bee Land Jessica! As a blogger, here you have a great community of readers.
  14. ProducerGavin Barrett

    Gavin Barrett

    Re: solutions.
    Re: solutions.My annual habit of sharing the links that led me to think most, love most, give most, pause most over the past year, has long been a replacement (for me) of less useful customs, such as the making of new year resolutions. As the dull disappointments...
  15. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Honey Five-0
    Honey Five-0I logged onto this new orange platform from Spain and submitted my first Producer article. Then left it. Later in the day I was surprised to find comments, “relevants” and a welcome from non other than CEO Javier beBee. I became a Bee. I was...


    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #46 Gerald Hecht
    #45 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher yes; but not as well as Viagra (not joking) or cocaine (also not joking) ...if you go to the Andes or go to visit various Inca/Aztec ruins above 10,000 feet --they will serve you coca leaf tea before the hike...if you have a cool guide, upon request, they will give you quids of raw coca leaves and limestone to chew; it is tremendously beneficial for acclimating to altitude
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #45 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #39 I had no idea THC helps with running at a higher altitude @Gerald Hecht. Does it help w/Acclimation as well?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #44 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #43 Like the term honey-waves... and your title @Gert Scholtz, look forward to it as well!
    Gert Scholtz
    08/01/2017 #43 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher @Dean Owen Many thanks for your kind comments. I look forward to this year's "honey-waves" on beBee.
    Gert Scholtz
    08/01/2017 #42 Gert Scholtz
    #26 @Paul Walters Glad to hear your fingers are itching for a Buzz as yours I will always want to read. Thanks for the kind comment Paul.
    Gerald Hecht
    08/01/2017 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @Roy Daggs I must agree (as both a doctor and a "humanitarian thingie") with your counsel! It also occurs to me that I've picked both the best and the worst state to live in regarding this issue, the paradox of the "big easy" meets the big "sample container"...
    Roy Daggs
    08/01/2017 #40 Roy Daggs
    Naw man I will never pass the background check. Smoke weed everyday! #39
    Gerald Hecht
    08/01/2017 #39 Gerald Hecht
    #37 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I like the low THC/high CBD version (except in Denver where the THC helps with my running at altitude); for those critical first two days.
    Gerald Hecht
    08/01/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht
    #35 @Roy Daggs how about "hive force 5 (security clearance required)"
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/01/2017 #37 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #28 I don't know what to tell you @Gerald Hecht, except it was the cookie someone gave me in Washington State. And then I started singing "I'm so excited, I just can't hide it." What got into me?!
    Gert Scholtz
    07/01/2017 #36 Gert Scholtz
    #35 Thanks Roy for both - high five and hive five!
    Roy Daggs
    07/01/2017 #35 Roy Daggs
    Or should I say hive ffive
    Roy Daggs
    07/01/2017 #34 Roy Daggs
    High five man
    Gerald Hecht
    07/01/2017 #33 Gerald Hecht
    #32 @Gert Scholtz "ba ba ba ba baa baa..."🌊
    Gert Scholtz
    07/01/2017 #32 Gert Scholtz
    #28 @Gerald Hecht Well ,it looks like there is bonhomie in the air this weekend. I can even hear the tune of Hawaii Five-0 playing in the background. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    07/01/2017 #31 Gerald Hecht
    #30 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit well than this group "hug" is my gentle wish for the blessing of tranquility to all of the bees in all of the hives --I call it "Bellows Full of Calming Smoke 💨 For All The Bees in all the Hives --However Near or Far"...okay, here it is:
    Opened my eyes to the sunrise / I can smell oatmeal and toast and juice / My favorites! / The sun’s rays stream through my window / Taking away the darkness / The branches that scratched against my window all night / Are warmed in the sun’s heat / Wasn't I silly to ever doubt or fear? / Mom is bringing my breakfast tray up to my room / There's oatmeal and toast / And juice! / Thank you, God, for this brand-new day / Another day to weave a new tapestry of hope.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/01/2017 #30 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #28 Gerry free porn on the net can be exciting, learning for me must be a continuous practice of personal equanimity.
    Gerald Hecht
    07/01/2017 #28 Gerald Hecht
    It's all s exciting! I remember how we all @Gert Scholtz @Milos Djukic @Pascal Derrien @Paul Walters @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher all got together and said: this is so exciting! I remember how @Kevin Pashuk nodded in agreement with tremendous enthusiasm; waving off his yawn (which came upon him just before the excitement consensus was reached)!
    It's so exciting!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/01/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Nice @Gert Scholtz! I think I've produced 56-57 since I joined in April of 2016. You wrote, "Each wave unfolds and breaks differently" I find this to be very true. There are times my mind is on a roll and at other times it's too scattered and it would show in my writing. It probably does at times anyhow ;-) Congrats on all your buzzes which are very buzz-worthy!!
    Paul Walters
    07/01/2017 #26 Paul Walters
    @Gert Scholtz What a cool buzz and its my sentiments exactly. Just returned for a trip to Sri lanka and already my fingers are itching to bash out a buzz!!!
  16. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Bugs for Dinner, Anyone?
    Bugs for Dinner, Anyone? Last night I watched a show about people going to Restaurants which served bugs in various ways on The Nat Geo Channel last night. I admit, I've never tried anything bug that I'm aware of. It appears bugs are gaining popularity as the newest of...


    Nicole Chardenet
    17/01/2017 #93 Nicole Chardenet
    #90 I found plenty of gator in New Orleans to eat. Had it like three times. It really does have its own unique and enjoyable flavour. Not gamey in the slightest. On a separate note, I'm happy to have eaten Jaws (or "requin" as it was called on the French menu) when I was in Guadeloupe!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #92 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #91 haha, gator tagine, now that might taste very different. I wish I could remember the name of the dish, I will have to ask my friend. However, Lamb tagine sounds extremely good- I looked up the recipe and I'm going to make it this week, so thank you!! :))
    Arnab Ghosh
    15/01/2017 #91 Arnab Ghosh
    #90 Ahhh, tagine dishes need chunks of meat. The flavour will be quite different if you use ground meat. And apricot is a big part of flavour in Moroccan cuisine. Gator tagine... how about that...?
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/01/2017 #90 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #87 #88 #89 Lamb Tangine, sounds familiar but I think I made the dish with ground meat and there wasn't dried apricot in it. However, it was very similar to Lamb Tangine and it was served on top of couscous. Head to Florida one day, you wont have a problem finding gator on the menu ;-) As for the gator in my yard and my free meals... that's funny!!
    Arnab Ghosh
    15/01/2017 #89 Arnab Ghosh
    #84 Why? Dinner comes to your doorstep! Look on the bright side: get bag one of those, and you can forget the butcher's bill for a month! He he he
    Arnab Ghosh
    15/01/2017 #88 Arnab Ghosh
    #83 I must confess I haven't tried gator meat. But I am guessing it should be similar, considering how (physically) similar the two beasts are.
    Arnab Ghosh
    15/01/2017 #87 Arnab Ghosh
    #82 Is it "Lamb Tagine" that you tried...? Moroccan cuisine is quite something, I must say. I enjoy it.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/01/2017 #86 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #85 That's interesting. I wonder why they are increasing as a nuisance in other's yards now? Agree.. lunchtime sistah or brother if your in my yard! We were driving back to our Condo one evening in Myrtle beach and traffic was stopped. They had an Ambulance and EMT's working on an alligator that was hit by a car. I never saw a sight like that before. I was glad it wasn't a person.
    Nicole Chardenet
    12/01/2017 #85 Nicole Chardenet
    #84 Ironically I was just reading about gators strolling through one's yard last night while reading a book on the collected columns of Florida report Carl Hiaasen. It sounds like it's way more of a problem than it was when I lived there back in the day (Orlando). Today, with alligators eating pets and occasionally going after small children, I say....turn about's fair play? If you're in my yard, it's LUNCHTIME!!! :)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/01/2017 #84 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #83 I found it tasted very good too. Just glad I don't have gators strolling through my yard LOL
    Nicole Chardenet
    11/01/2017 #83 Nicole Chardenet
    #79 How different is croc meat from alligator meat? I would suspect probably very little if any...I've had alligator, in N'Awlins...and I didn't find it tough at all, quite delicious (tastes like alligator!) and extremely nutritious too. If I could easily buy gator meat in Toronto I would add it to my home menu.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/01/2017 #82 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #79 I forgot to mention, I thought my friend told me it was at dusk but I couldn't remember. He is from Morocco and mentioned food they were eating during Iftar and it sounded so good I asked for the recipe. I told him that I revised it a bit and he said that was a big no-no... I asked why, and he said because it was his mom's original recipe LOL. I must say it was tasty. I forget what it was called. Meat with cinnamon, raisins and other ingredients. I need to find the recipe!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/01/2017 #81 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #79 I may have to try camel meat if I ever get a chance to sometime @Arnab Ghosh! I think many adults stop drinking milk, maybe because we had to drink it daily when growing up? I use coconut milk in my coffee and for cooking now. I was using half and half but decided to get away from Milk to see if that helps some digestive issues ;) I had a friend who gave her baby goats milk because he was highly allergic to cows milk. He did very well on it. Does Camel's milk and Goat's milk taste similar? I would love to travel to Dubai one day, I've seen so many beautiful photos of Dubai!
    Arnab Ghosh
    10/01/2017 #80 Arnab Ghosh
    #73 Yes @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Once the tongue tastes the flavours of the food, the mind's awareness of the ingredients take a back seat.
    Arnab Ghosh
    10/01/2017 #79 Arnab Ghosh
    #74 Camel meat is quite nice, in fact, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Horse meat, on the other hand, is rather tough! Not too different from croc meat, in fact. Both goat milk and camel milk are said to have digestive properties without causing any major stomach issues. Although, research seems to indicate that we (adults) don't really need milk at all; and are actually better off consuming other sources of calcium. I do still enjoy milk in certain forms. But only occasionally. It isn't a regular part of my diet. Iftar is at dusk, with the sunset prayer. Indeed, Dubai is quite something! Come on over sometime.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #78 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #77 Someone below described the texture like that of cow and turkey combined. I think the only thing that comes close to tasting like chicken is duck.. and it takes like thigh meat. I would try it!
    Nicole Chardenet
    09/01/2017 #77 Nicole Chardenet
    #70 I enjoyed. And to those of you who haven't tried it, no it does NOT taste like chicken. Only chicken tastes like chicken.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #76 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #75 Maybe we will have to meet up one day and 'brave' it @Laura Mikolaitis. We might not need to brave it after having wine AND bourbon haha
    Laura Mikolaitis
    09/01/2017 #75 Laura Mikolaitis
    #63 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, yes, if there was wine AND bourbon proceeding, then I probably would. Especially if you were joining me!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/01/2017 #74 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #72 Very interesting @Arnab Ghosh! Actually, it sounds quite tender the way you describe Camel meat. Does Iftar occur at dusk or just after dusk? Camel meat burgers, sounds interesting. It's odd... I think I could try Camel but not horse meat for some reason. I read once that Camel milk does have more nutrients, does it have a gamey taste? I'm sure some day we will hear that cows milk was never good for us. So many people have health issues from cows milk. I used to drink cows milk a lot when I was a teen and I had stomach aches all the time. I haven't had milk in years (find other sources for calcium now) and no more issues like I used to have. Some people turn to goats milk, or they are drinking the milk of nuts now and not sure that's equivalent to drinking real milk. I bet the chocolates are tasty! Dubai looks beautiful and it appears to be growing a lot! Thanks for sharing, very interesting!
  17. ProducerLyon Brave

    Lyon Brave

    AFGHANISTAN WOMEN, FORCED MARRIAGES & PREFRONTAL CORTEXDONATE NOW In Afghanistan, it is believed that between 60 and 80 percent of marriages are forced marriages. These young girls are forced by family and religious practices to marry older men whom they do not love and are inappropriate for them....


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/01/2017 #23 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #20 I couldn't agree more that it is about perceptions. We used to tease our grandmother because she never wore pants. It was not the culture she lived in (unlike us unruly grandchildren of the 60s) and she was comfortable with who she was. I think that's where I get my modesty from and was never one to show more skin than clothing. I make it a point to try not to judge women who aren't like that, but must admit; I'm more comfortable around a Muslim woman wearing a hijab that I am around those who like showing 'skin' (as an example). I'm a liberal old soul who believes in human rights and that includes allowing others to be true to their beliefs. Yes there are young girls who are forced into these marriages, but there are also those who enter into them proudly, because that is part of the culture in which they live. It boils down to honor and respect between the couple and that is what @Dean Owen is alluding to as being the difference between a marriage arranged in Japan versus those in some other countries. I worked with a gentleman who after the parents died he became head of the family. His much younger sister was promised in marriage by the parents but he gave her the choice to meet her fiance' and if she didn't feel she could be happy with him then he would not enforce the arrangement. The fiance came to stay with the family for several months and in the end the younger sister chose the marriage. It is about perspective and we should not jump to the conclusion that all of these arrangement are wrong.
    Dean Owen
    04/01/2017 #22 Dean Owen
    #20 I know! My Muslim Malay friends love wearing their hijab too. They want to be liked for who they are, and not how they look. It's such a simple concept. I think the rebellion is coming from Muslim girls who are not opposed to wearing the hijab, but just want the freedom to choose, and rightly so.
    Lyon Brave
    04/01/2017 #21 Lyon Brave
    #19 Yeah, I def think the problem comes when people don't have a choice. Some Muslim women love their hijabs and others want to be free from them.
    Lyon Brave
    04/01/2017 #20 Lyon Brave
    #18 You are a sweet little devil's advocate Dean. It's important to understand both sides. In the West a lot of women talk about the dress of Muslim women being repressive.However, my Muslim friends really love their hijabs. They actually don't like that it makes people feel uncomfortable for wearing it in the West. The west see it as repression. They see it as modesty. I have not been to Iran or Afghanistain, or Pakastain yet.PERCEPTIONS
    Dean Owen
    04/01/2017 #19 Dean Owen
    I am reminded of a news story I read years back where a school in Saudi Arabia caught fire and everyone tried to escape. Some women teachers escaped only to be executed on sight for not wearing their hijab as they exited the building.
    Dean Owen
    04/01/2017 #18 Dean Owen
    #17 I'll stand in defence of arranged marriages so long as they are not forced, but optional, like in Japan, where the parents have the child's heart in mind, and would choose a suitable partner. I do understand that in other countries, arranged marriages are more about connecting families, much like European royalty did throughout history. Where human rights are concerned, I'll stand with Lyon all day long! She's a great advocate for human rights issues!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    04/01/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I read the comments below and @Pamela 🐝 Williams made a lot of valid points. I wonder how men would feel if their parents picked an older woman for them (ok guys.. picture the woman big, smelly and demanding as hell) before you say, ah, older woman as a young boy?! Same with Polygamy, young boys in arranged marriages with older women, they would detest it. Personally, I find it abusive and of course growing up in the West, most of us would. As for other countries, yes- it may be culturally acceptable but I find it sad and wrong on so many levels. Young girls aren't mature enough to stand up for themselves, many are not ready for sex and I'm sure it's forced upon them, pregnancies... just so sad. They are still girls who deserve time to become a woman and make her own choices. Great buzz @Lyon Brave
    Harvey Lloyd
    04/01/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd
    #15 I agree but the issues of human rights is subjective when you try an act upon a given set of values. Our current value system is in flux and being mitigated through media and each group is suggesting action based on their given set. Thanks for writing such a post. It is something that we should be considering and acting on in our evolution as a society.
    Lyon Brave
    04/01/2017 #15 Lyon Brave
    #14 I don't think other countries should become like America. In fact that would terrify me and take away the beauty of people and traveling.Americans certainly have their own issues to work on, but as far as human rights, we are doing pretty good. Not excellent, we could certainly work on more affordable health care lol. However, human rights is the right of all humans and some things are not right and archaic practices, like stitching shut women's vaginas. However, I do not pretend to be the authority. I do believe in widespread education, especially young girls who are historically and currently excluded from it. Hell, I think most Americans need a better education too. I didn't really learn anything till i traveled. I am still fairly clueless and ignorant of world affairs.
    Harvey Lloyd
    03/01/2017 #14 Harvey Lloyd
    This posts brings to light a very interesting debate. I share the tone of the post both in forced marriages are not good and that the science is available to prove it.

    But i am American. When i say these things i am exporting my religious beliefs. So says the media and its contributors.

    You have voiced what i would say is a freedom issue here but yet the countries that practice these policies whether religious or legal are sovereign.

    Is it right to subject another country/culture to western values. It is a trick question though. If your answer is yes then what are those values? and shouldn't they apply here too? If it is no, then why is this an issue?

    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    03/01/2017 #13 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    Interesting social issue, very well portrayed. A European author once wrote that we need to enter into marriage only after our personalities are fully developed. In her view, for the time she lived, this was between 35 and 40, for most people.
    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    03/01/2017 #11 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Some insights on an important human rights issue from @Lyon Brave
    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    03/01/2017 #10 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Thanks for sharing your insights on this important human rights issue. It's important for everyone to hear more about this issues, especially in the West where it's easy to pretend this doesn't happen.
    Dean Owen
    03/01/2017 #9 Dean Owen
    #8 Proof that talent is genetic!
    Lyon Brave
    03/01/2017 #8 Lyon Brave
    #7 Jimi Hendrix is my father, so i get around ;)
    Dean Owen
    03/01/2017 #7 Dean Owen
    #6 I'm a Hapa! (Half Japanese/British) originally from London. Likewise, curious as to your background (but not in a prying way :))
    Lyon Brave
    03/01/2017 #6 Lyon Brave
    #3 Dean, i'm dying to know what country you are native to.
    Lyon Brave
    03/01/2017 #5 Lyon Brave
    #2 @PamelaWilliams thanks for commenting because i like the way your mind thinks.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    03/01/2017 #4 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #3 Had a funny and yet terrifying thought! My parents choosing my husband...You'd have to know them to understand...but it will probably give nightmares tonight LOL!
    Dean Owen
    03/01/2017 #3 Dean Owen
    #2 Fair points, and I can't really speak for India, but in Japan certainly those that choose "Omiai Kekkon" (arranged marriages) do often go on to live extremely happy lives and end up falling in love with their husband anyway. I guess it is because their parents are often better judges of character than their youthful selves. Divorce is relatively easy and painless in Japan, but it can be hard for women to remarry as there is the "Christmas Cake" stigma to deal with (girls past the age of 25 are past their "sell by" date). Not impossible (my mother married for the third time when she was in her 70's!)
  18. Pascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    My last article for the year 2016 it is light hearted I promise

    Pascal Derrien
    Like Eye Sink
    www.bebee.com Is online friendship the same than having a potato pet? Can you build a long-lasting relationship with a potato? Can you add garlic to the...
  19. Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I really, really love @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.'s writing. Simply cannot get enough of her stories. She deserves to be very widely read.

    @Deb🐝 Lange, @Sara Jacobovici, @Sarah Elkins, @Amy Blaschka, @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, @Savvy Raj
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    How *Glow*ing Sets Us Apart: G.enuine L.ove O.ffers W.ell-being
    www.bebee.com She was playing. Inner child alive. Her long brown hair was wild. Not particulary sexy. Naturally untamed. She was wearing a simple but cute...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/12/2016 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    What a moving story @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc., you leave the readers imagination open with inspiration!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    18/12/2016 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #2 you are 1 of a kind #Deb Helfrich, thank you deeply.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    18/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #1 I believe you touch people so deeply, they forget to share, as they are lost in the feeling worlds you create. I am so grateful to have gotten a chance to bump into you on beBee and I want to share the gift of your talent with all my friends this holiday season.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    18/12/2016 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #Deb Helfrich, thank you so much. It is an honor to write for the world. It is a blessing to share words that are appreciated.
  20. Dan Antion

    Dan Antion

    Why I am disengaging from some areas of social media. Also, this is why I am following more carefully on BeBee
    Dan Antion
    Step Into the Light
    nofacilities.com I’ve been dwelling on a particular disk in the Twilight Zone DVD set for the past few weeks. It’s not like I watch it every day, but each time I go to eject it, I decide to watch a couple of...
  21. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING... My newly launched writing improvement program is fully up and running now. Offering better writing through improved thinking. For more information go to ... http://www.learn2engage.org
    Writing Improvement
    Writing Improvement Better writing through improved...


    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #32 Gerald Hecht
    #31 Okay.
    Sou Abbas
    03/12/2016 #31 Sou Abbas
    #27 Gerald, take it easy and don't overthink . Savour the sweet moments of now and stop worrying about what we have no control of:)
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #30 Phil Friedman
    #27 Gerald, may I bring to your attention that Milos said "fractals forever" not "fractious forever". I do suspect, nevertheless, that the two concepts have a lot in common, especially in term of "self-similarity". Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #29 Phil Friedman
    #26 Sou, it is always good to hear from you. I still marvel that you are able to stand downunder on the bottom of the world without falling off into space. Goes to show that there are things in heaven and earth that exceed my philosophy, Horatio, um, Sou. Seriously, thanks for watching the video and commenting. And cheers back to you.
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #28 Phil Friedman
    #25 Thank you, Mark, for your interest and comments. My original "beta" PR effort was interrupted by the demands in my core consulting business, and the fact is it took a lot longer to develop the curriculum, supporting materials, and website ( www.learn2engage.org ) than I anticipated. That is all cleared up now, and learn2engage is up and running. Since this promo appeared a couple of days ago, I've been in the process of producing ver.2 based on all the terrific comments that readers and friends on beBee have been making. I expect to release ver.2 by the end of the weekend. My thanks to you and everyone else for being so supportive. That response has been especially gratifying. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #27 Gerald Hecht
    #26 @Sou Abbas Wonderful? The honing of our ability to document our collective extinction --in real time? Perhaps there is an ironic and poetic beauty to it...maybe it will be discovered by intelligent beings after we have been long gone...existing only as another curiosity in the fossil record; perhaps they will learn from our folly...our deliberate journey into oblivion...perhaps;
    Sou Abbas
    03/12/2016 #26 Sou Abbas
    Cheers Phil and oh my isn't it a wonderful world :)
    Mark Anthony
    03/12/2016 #25 Mark Anthony
    Anything that helps me to piss people off in a polite and legal way has my vote. Anyway, ​I signed up for info on this ages ago. Good ad, but wording disappeared fast. The advertising has already happened through your years of writing. That is what attracted me to this course in the first place.
    Milos Djukic
    03/12/2016 #24 Anonymous
    Support is our "divine purpose". Helping others help themselves, it is less a paradox and is increasingly becoming the golden rule of social media. You have my full support @Phil Friedman. Highly recommended! .
    Milos Djukic
    03/12/2016 #23 Anonymous
    #18 Phil, fractals forever :)
    David B. Grinberg
    03/12/2016 #22 David B. Grinberg
    #20 Good point @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman and Phil, it's important to remain true to oneself. 🐝🐝✌️️🇺🇸
    Phil Friedman
    03/12/2016 #21 Phil Friedman
    #20 Franci, thank you for saying that. I agree. What I am offering is based on a lot of years doing what I do, and I guess my belief is that if you don't want what I personally offer in this regard, then my program is not for you. Thank you, as well, for sharing this video. I am finishing an easy 2 version based on some of the feedback received, and v2 will be a lot better. Cheers!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    03/12/2016 #20 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Well, I like this! It's you, Phil. You're selling yourself as yourself as well as your services. I understand David's comment but I believe your personality should shine through from the start. I believe part of a strategic marketing plan is to have unique appeal. And in this case, your personality is the draw and the rest should follow. Sharing.
    Milos Djukic
    02/12/2016 #19 Anonymous
    #18 My pleasure @Phil Friedman.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #18 Phil Friedman
    #17 Thank you, Milos, for commenting... and for sharing this video. Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    02/12/2016 #17 Anonymous
    No-Muzak in writing by @Phil Friedman. Kudos my friend.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #16 Phil Friedman
    #15 David, thank you for watching and commenting. I genuinely appreciate the feedback. Some of your suggestion are going to be difficult for me to incorporate into the clip, mostly because it was already difficult to clean my vocabulary of phrases like"Hey, jerk" and "don't write like an idiot". Just kidding, of course. But fact is, in some things, I have to remain authentically me -- which is somewhat brusque. Cheers!
    David B. Grinberg
    02/12/2016 #15 David B. Grinberg
    Phil, I think you did a really nice job. I like the music too, very upbeat and welcoming. I just have a few constructive suggestions for your consideration:
    1) I would cut the time down to a 30-45 second spot, and not more than 1-minute, because attention spans are low and folks are pressed for time. Think brevity with video, as with writing.
    2) Replace the gorilla image with "David the Thinker" image (see point below)
    3) At the risk of being overly sensitive to outside perceptions, I would consider changing the term "improve your thinking" as some prospective clients might take that the wrong way as an insult. I would try something like "clarify" or "distill" or something else to replace "improved." A lot of potential writers probably think there's nothing wrong with their thinking, per se, because they are intelligent people. And folks with big egos and thin skins are usually offended easily. Thus, I would be careful not to use anything that even has the potential appearance of driving away prospective clients.
    Obviously, this is just my own 2-cents for what it's worth. Others may disagree. Nonetheless, I hope this is helpful and wish you success.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Thank you, Irene. It's always great to get a little help from one's friends. Best.
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #12 Phil Friedman
    #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 - Thank you all for reading and commenting, and for taking the time to make suggestions. All of the tips are terrific, and I will be working most of them in for version no. 2. Cheers!
  22. Simon Paul

    Simon Paul

    A collection of amusing monologues.
    Simon Paul
    The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
    www.amazon.co.uk The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle...
  23. Simon Paul

    Simon Paul

    Who's your favourite writer. Here's a clue as to mine.
    Simon Paul
    The Raven
    niume.com I have long been a fan of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. His works have spawned many films and influenced many other writers. His dark, sombre, macabre themes emerged from a troubled upbringing having lost both parents early on and then feuding...


    Linda Thyne
    13/12/2016 #1 Linda Thyne
    Mine is Robert Frost...
  24. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    Stop Worrying About Being Published.
    Stop 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...


    Robert Cormack
    30/11/2016 #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.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    30/11/2016 #42 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    I 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...
    Gerald Hecht
    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...
    Robert Cormack
    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).
    Gerald Hecht
    30/11/2016 #39 Gerald Hecht
    #31 @Robert Cormack I wonder if that explains "Dear Landlord" on "John Wesley Harding" --I always thought that was about Albert Grossman --because he was the actual landlord.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #38 Robert Cormack
    I'm following him now, @Renée 🐝 Cormier#37
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    28/11/2016 #37 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    You should connect with @John Sliz, Robert.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #36 Robert Cormack
    #33 No, it doesn't get any easier, Paul.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #35 Robert Cormack
    No problem, Camille, glad you enjoyed.#34
    Camille Mari
    28/11/2016 #34 Camille Mari
    Robert, I quoted your buzz on one of mine. I hope you don't mind, it made me think yesterday. Thanks for this. :)
    Paul Walters
    28/11/2016 #33 Paul Walters
    @Robert Cormack five books in and it doesnt get any easier Robert! However a great read, thank you
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #32 Robert Cormack
    #14 Many do, Robert, that's a fact.
    Robert Cormack
    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).
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #30 Robert Cormack
    #21 Sure, there's always a chance of having a best seller. I still think that chance increases exponentially with time spent making your work better. In other words: "Haste makes lousy fiction."
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #29 Robert Cormack
    #22 I've written about both (saves time coin-flipping).
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #28 Robert Cormack
    #23 I thank you, and my dog thanks you."
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #27 Robert Cormack
    #24 A friend of mine wrote a book specifically to help promote his business. I think it worked out pretty well for him. That's definitely a different part of publishing.
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #26 Robert Cormack
    I still keep a message from my agent/publisher: "No two paragraph breaks together."#13
    Jim Murray
    27/11/2016 #25 Jim Murray
    Thanks. 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.
    Phil Friedman
    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!
  25. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
     #!@$... a spelling mistake! Thank you for letting me know.
    #!@$... a spelling mistake! Thank you for letting me know.I have been blogging in earnest for about two years now and my reasons are simple; articulate my expertise as someone who can solve Sales & Marketing problems and become a better writer. I will be the first to say I will never be a great writer,...


    Sarah Elkins
    29/11/2016 #35 Sarah Elkins
    #33 You are the most gracious provider of feedback and corrections, @Charles David Upchurch, and I'm grateful to be a recipient!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #34 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #33 It's greatly appreciate @Charles David Upchurch
    Charles David Upchurch
    13/11/2016 #33 Charles David Upchurch
    #1 #3

    You're quite welcome, Graham. @Renée 🐝 Cormier and I clearly were thinking (and acting) alike, that day.

    For me, the habit of privately offering feedback to others is a Golden Rule thing.

    I prefer to receive writing feedback often, and respectfully, and privately...so that is how I provide it to others (unless they don't seem to appreciate it, in which case I try to remember that person's preference, and I "cease and desist" so that people won't think of me as a 'grammar troll.').
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #32 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #19 Thanks for reading @Mark Anthony!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #31 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #18 Thanks for the note @Pascal Derrien... I am in awe for those who post in english as a second language. You are totally right about discarding the desire to be "perfect".
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #30 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #17 Thanks for the note @Laura Mikolaitis
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #29 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #16 Thanks for the comment @Brian McKenzie
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #28 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #11 Thanks for the comment @Susan Rooks... you are my "word writing" hero !
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #27 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #10 Thanks for the comment @Paul Walters... I will pass on anything I find... that is, if I find anything... lol
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #26 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #9 Thanks for the comment @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Ya... autocorrect can be a bunch of fun !
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #25 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #8 Thanks for the comment @David B. Grinberg. It is appreciated!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #24 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #7 Thanks for the note @Sarah Elkins. Yes @Susan Rooks is a grammar hero for me!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #23 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 Thanks for reading @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #22 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 Thanks for the comment @Alexa Steele. I totally agree!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #21 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thans for still reading @Renée 🐝 Cormier... it is greatly appreciated.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #20 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks for the comment and perspective @Kevin Pashuk! I can't believe it has taken me all these years to become mature... sort of. lol
    Mark Anthony
    10/11/2016 #19 Mark Anthony
    "I have come a long way from internalizing this sort of thing, and using it to identify ability and self-worth;" I believe this is something many can find difficult and that is not a criticism of those that do. Nonetheless, such an important thing to try and overcome. Thanks for the post, I liked it.
    Pascal Derrien
    10/11/2016 #18 Pascal Derrien
    I sometimes forget to write words I think I do but sometimes they are only in my head and it makes funny sentences :-), it takes me always a few attempts to get it right I don't like editing that much either so I very often edit when already online not perfect but it works for me in the end writing is like a foreign language I think it is more important to try and slip that wanting to be perfect.... plus a few of us write in a language we were not educated with...... so sometimes we get confused :-) you win or you lo(o)se
    Laura Mikolaitis
    10/11/2016 #17 Laura Mikolaitis
    I've been there too, @Graham🐝 Edwards and am thankful and appreciative to the people who have reached out privately to let me know of an error. I do a lot of proof reading at work and sometimes my eyes start to go cross eyed; especially when proofing small fonts on labels. The same goes for my own writing. Sometimes we miss things that can be staring us in the face. That's why I appreciate the private nudge alerting me to an error.
    Brian McKenzie
    10/11/2016 #16 Brian McKenzie
    Technically, you spelled the word correctly, it was however the wrong word. It could be worse, the I wear clothes vs I where clothes and I were closed was the source of much frustration in my last ESL class. Things get wonky when Google jumps into translations.
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