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Lent | The Write Room Blog

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Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day liturgical season called Lent. When we say liturgical, we refer to “public church worship.” Churches that are Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Orthodox, Methodist, Presbyterian, Amish, and Mennonite observe annual Lenten services. The first four mentioned churches most formally observe Lent.


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Do you have a clear perspective of the true meaning of Lent? If you have any questions at all, visit Sal Buttaci's article at The Write Room blog. You will leave with a better understanding and perhaps enlightenment toward your own practices during this joyful season.

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Science Fiction /Paranormal Shorts by the Write Room Blog crew. | The Write Room Blog

Science Fiction /Paranormal Shorts by the Write Room Blog crew. | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
While paranormal/Sci-fi may not be your absolute favorites, all the pieces here are examples of superb writing. Thank yous go out to all for sharing such great talent!
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In the words of Kenneth Weene, shivers and cold sweats from all these fine pieces!

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About Love… | The Write Room Blog

About Love… | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Love – Ah the joy of it. But also the cruel vicissitudes love brings to our lives. I have invited some of the Write Room log members to join me in celebrating love, its joys and its pains.           –Kenneth Weene

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Love from the heart- it is what holds us together and tears us apart!

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Betrayal by Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog

Betrayal by Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

“I still remember the day after the emperor set fire to my portion of the city as if it were yesterday” – Philippe Rouseff on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

 

I took my wife to Mass more to please her than from any desire of my own.  I watched as the priest lifted the loaf and intoned the words, “On the night in which he was betrayed…” Bile rose up in my throat at the words.  I knew betrayal.

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Submitted by Delinda McCann

This story is told from a different perspective in the book M’TK Sewer Rat: End of an Empire. This is the first record of Mr. Rouseff’s side of the story of the day he met his longtime friend Jacob Jaconovich, then the assistant stationmaster.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Friends sharing their thoughts and books.


Via Kenneth Weene
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This is the new home of some really GREAT writers! Check it out!

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The current piece on The Write Room Blog is about ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia” | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Writers love to write about writing, but how often do we just restate and rehash old ideas? Lord save me from another “show don’t tell,” “avoid the passive voice,” or “words writers tend to confuse” article. I don’t want to sound stuck-up, but I do want to sound original.

 

“Having set the bar, how do I surpass it?” That was the question I kept asking myself once I had offered to write a post for Brian. Something new. Something new.

 

Then answer, not from my head but as so often happens to us writers from the real world—you know that place we all try to avoid because we prefer to dwell in the one we create. In this instance the real world was our local art museum and its annual floral event.

 

Go to the actual article and read on. . .

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Great day when one learns something totally new, especially in the writing world! Even the word, synesthesia, has a stimulating sound to it. Enjoyed reading and learning

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A Life Of Strength And Purpose

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Many women get into technology late. I got into technology right after leaving university as an English Literature Major and was working in telecommunications in Broadband Technology and GSM. I focused mainly on Broadband 4G technology and was very integral in the launch process.There are many “myths” surrounding women in technology: ·      You can’t dress chic and flashy but wear jeans and t-shirts·      You stay up all night·      You eat unhealthy food while coding or designing software

 

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Check out High Heels in Tech by Winsome Campbell-Green on your Nook, Kindle, or iBooks for only $2.99!

 

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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books

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Audiobook auhor Adele Park's talks about It Matters Radio and my review of "YIKES"


Via Kenneth Weene
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Whether auditorily or via the printed word, reading waters the mind and leaves a thirst for more!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:06 AM

It is really rewarding when our guests on It Matters Radio appreciate the effort that goes into putting together a great show.

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MARTA MERAJVER-KURLAT

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Marta Merajver-Kurlat is an Argentine author whose attraction to the ways in which mankind tells its own history encouraged her to undertake studies in myth, languages, literature, psychology, and ...
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Marta has published three novels, a study guide to Joyce’s “Ulysses”, a biography on Korean award-winning film-maker Kim ki-Duk, and the self-help series “Bibliotreatment” (four volumes), all under contract with Jorge Pinto Books Inc., New York, N.Y.

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I.O.U. SEX - A Novel by Sandra Nachlinger and Sandra Allen

First love's second chance
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Have you ever thought about your old boyfriends and the close encounters you never fulfilled? What if you met one of them today or perhaps set up a planned meeting? Would you consider giving an old love a second chance?

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Virginia McKevitt author: Dissappearing Reviews?

Virginia McKevitt author: Dissappearing Reviews? | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga A Paranormal Fantasy Novel si fi-fantasy-romance novels and books


Strange things are happening in the little town of Blessing. The townsfolk are dreaming of angels. They're happy, content, after all this is Blessing. Seemingly random deaths begin to happen. A lonely old drunk dies in a camper fire. A young factory worker dies of a drug overdose and a young woman's parents are brutally murdered for no apparent reason. There is a reason. A hunger. The kind of hunger that cannot be quenched with simple food and water. A hunger that is not from our world and there is one who has been sent to stop it. An assassin sent by a king from a world so close a mere fracture separates the two. His mission is to get in and out before he or his prey are discovered, but fate has a different plan. Follow Tegrin, a king's most trusted Guardian, and Kristina, a strongwilled young woman whose revenge for her parents murders sends them on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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In addition to finding out more about her book, Virginia offers insight into reviews going bye-bye on Amazon. Her idea: move them to your blog. That way, your readers and future readers can see what others are saying about your work.

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Amazon.com: The Raven Affair (9781466334601): Steven Nedelton: Books

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The Raven Affair [Steven Nedelton] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. da Vinci Eye Finalist" for 2011...
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Romance, betrayal, and murder are intertwined so tightly that no one can detect the invisible web of circumstances that connects the innocent people to the vicious criminals.

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The Contrary Canadian by Clayton Bye

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Author, Publisher, Editor, Reviewer, Business Consultant, Clayton Bye, Clayton Clifford Bye, C C Bye, Chase Enterprises, Books, Short Stories, Poems, E-books, Articles, Fiction, Fantasy, Non-fiction, Self-help, Achievement, Success, Motivation, Inspiration,...
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Canada like you've never seen it. This collection of personal essays is sure to entertain and inspire.

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The Disappearing Frying Pan by Clayton Clifford Bye | The Write Room Blog

The Disappearing Frying Pan by Clayton Clifford Bye | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The young pilot who picked him up at dawn hit the tops of the trees with his pontoons during take-off, grinning from ear to ear all the while. Not that Mike Money really minded. After a night at Webequie he was happy to see anyone. The place bothered him. He was pretty sure it was haunted...


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A well crafted story. Even if it is fictional, it accurately depicts how such an event would have played out.

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Turning Winter Into Summer by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog

Turning Winter Into Summer by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

If you despair of the severe winter weather and dream of escape to warmer climes but a real life break is out of the question, you are not alone. After all, kids must attend school, many stay back to mind the store and there are any number of reasons why we are forced to remain at home and brave the elements. Still, tempers run short and sore backs prevail from shoveling that sidewalk one too many times.


But hey, who among us doesn’t have a vivid imagination, sufficient to take us wherever we wish to go? I know that I do and dedicate this space to the fantasies of a few talented writers who will paint their vacation masterpieces to share with you, each in his or her unique style and fervency. The authors who have contributed their short stories each have a fresh take on their own ideal vacation escapade.

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Summer and vacations go together like apple pie and ice cream! Spring time begins, school ends with autumn not far ahead, but it is summer that lies in between!

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AVOID LOVE AT FIRST DRAFT by Salvatore Buttaci | The Write Room Blog

AVOID LOVE AT FIRST DRAFT by Salvatore Buttaci | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The latest post at The Write Room by Salvadore Buttaci

Part 1: The Pre-writing Step

Part 2: Revising That First Draft


Franklin P. Jones, an American businessman during the Roaring Twenties, once wrote that “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” How true, especially for writers who tend to fall in love with their first drafts. But the hardest criticism regarding their work must come from writers themselves.

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 But the hardest criticism regarding their work must come from writers themselves.

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A Woodsy Morning by Sharla Shults | The Write Room Blog

A Woodsy Morning by Sharla Shults | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Join me and let’s take a walk: A walk in the woods, a step back in time when I was adventurous and inquisitive. Picture this while opening your mind to discovery and reflection. . .

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Visit The Write Room Blog where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share.

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What Happens When Writers Become Friends? All Still Write, Some Now Blog

What Happens When Writers Become Friends?  All Still Write, Some Now Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Via Louise Malbon-Reddix
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Looking for a GOOD book? Check out this awesome writers' group!

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Nice of you to remind us. Ken
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Salvatore Buttaci's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:04 PM

What happens when writers become friends and blog? They make it easier for discriminating readers to come to one place for the best books!

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The Slow Death of the American Author

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LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.

 

 This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.

 

Authors practice one of the few professions directly protected in the Constitution, which instructs Congress “to promote the progress of Science and the useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The idea is that a diverse literary culture, created by authors whose livelihoods, and thus independence, can’t be threatened, is essential to democracy.

That culture is now at risk. The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers.

 

Take e-books. They are much less expensive for publishers to produce: there are no printing, warehousing or transportation costs, and unlike physical books, there is no risk that the retailer will return the book for full credit.

 

But instead of using the savings to be more generous to authors, the six major publishing houses — five of which were sued last year by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for fixing e-book prices — all rigidly insist on clauses limiting e-book royalties to 25 percent of net receipts. That is roughly half of a traditional hardcover royalty.

 

Best-selling authors have the market power to negotiate a higher implicit e-book royalty in our advances, even if our publishers won’t admit it. But writers whose works sell less robustly find their earnings declining because of the new rate, a process that will accelerate as the market pivots more toward digital.

 

And there are many e-books on which authors and publishers, big and small, earn nothing at all. Numerous pirate sites, supported by advertising or subscription fees, have grown up offshore, offering new and old e-books free.

 

The pirates would be a limited menace were it not for search engines that point users to these rogue sites with no fear of legal consequence, thanks to a provision inserted into the 1998 copyright laws. A search for “Scott Turow free e-books” brought up 10 pirate sites out of the first 10 results on Yahoo, 8 of 8 on Bing and 6 of 10 on Google, with paid ads decorating the margins of all three pages.

 

If I stood on a corner telling people who asked where they could buy stolen goods and collected a small fee for it, I’d be on my way to jail. And yet even while search engines sail under mottos like “Don’t be evil,” they do the same thing.

 

Google is also at odds with many writers because in 2004 it partnered with five major libraries to scan and digitize millions of in-copyright books, without permission from authors. The Authors Guild (of which I am president) sued; years later, with a proposed settlement scuttled by the judge, the litigation goes on.

 

 

Google says this is a “fair use” of the works, an exception to copyright, because it shows only snippets of the books in response to each search. Of course, over the course of thousands of searches, Google is using the whole book and selling ads each time, while sharing none of the revenue with the author or publisher.

It got worse in 2011, when a consortium of some of Google’s partner libraries, the Hathi Trust, decided to put online some 200 books that the group had unilaterally decided were “orphans,” meaning they couldn’t locate the copyright owners. The “orphans” turned out to include books from writers like the best-selling novelist J. R. Salamanca — alive and well in Maryland — and the Pulitzer Prize winner James Gould Cozzens, whose copyrights were left to Harvard. The Authors Guild sued, and Hathi suspended the program. But that litigation also continues, even while millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

 


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Millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

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The Castle Charmeine... The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

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The 411 on MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Let's begin with the occupants of The Castle Charmeine...

 

 

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Emily Guido provides insight into the characters of The Light-Bearer Series. Meet the characters, as well as watch the trailers for all her books!

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Reading for Personal Development

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This is the first book of a subseries included in Bibliotreatment. Reading is therapeutic, and many of the issues that may be worrying you have been broached by great writers whose insight sometimes makes you wonder whether you/ someone you know have been spied on to provide literary material. Despite a widespread belief to the contrary, reading is not a passive but an extremely demanding interactive process. It "involves mental activity, is embedded in other communication abilities, and converts graphic stimuli into meaning."

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Reading provides the doorway into worlds of reality and fantasy. It waters the mind allowing opportunities for growth and development. Never stop reading!

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"Awakenings" from Then 'till Now

This is America's story. . . your story in poetic verse for inspiration toward understanding the sacrifices made in establishing and maintaining America's fr...
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Watch the trailer for insight into Awakenings and its story.

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Amazon.com: Crossroads (9781466335066): Steven Nedelton: Books

Crossroads

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Crossroads [Steven Nedelton] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. A fascinating and entertaining story of cold war espionage, highly recommended.
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"A fascinating and entertaining story of cold war espionage, highly recommended."

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Poetry by Sharla

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Check out http://sharlashults.com! Home Page The heart of my writing beats steadily sending soulful messages of life. The poetic words are the vessels through which the blood of inspiration travels. As the arteries of the human heart form a branching system so do the vessels of poetry diverge in different directions, in my case, two different messages. The first message is from the heart inspired by life, love and whispers of yesterday. While some thoughts are fact and others fiction, the recollections are rooted in moments to evoke a personal emotion, set a purpose for tomorrow, and provide an insight for reflection. It is a means for sharing love, dreams and inspirations to send a heart racing, free a heart of grief or perhaps even offer a path for forgiveness.

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Welcome to my world, my writing, my website...open the door to discovery and reflection.

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Daily Spiritual Tools: Sherry Woodcock: 9781466322196: Amazon.com: Books

Daily Spiritual Tools

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Daily Spiritual Tools [Sherry Woodcock] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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Daily Spiritual Tools celebrates the existence of the divine in all human experience.

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