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Except for the Cat | The Write Room Blog

Except for the Cat | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Everything would have worked out fine except for that damned cat.


Ihate cats. They are, as my brother Solly once said, our perfect enemy. Boring-as-toast Solly, who’s never liked being part of the Cleanup Crew. “Too much risk, Bella,” he tells me every time a hunt comes up. I kind of wish I’d listened to him this time. No, scratch that. There’s no kind of about it.


Anyway, back to the cat.

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What a clever story by D. M. Pirrone @The Write Room Blog! A must read indeed...Enjoy!

www.thewriteroomblog.com/?p=1614

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Do you care about abused Children?

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Child Abuse is a crime and must be stopped.  Read about the alarming story of Mamie and some facts about others.  Please visit the link here and leave your comments.

http://www.reflections-of-mamie.com/


Via Rosemary J. Adkins
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Rosemary Adkins bares the scars of child abuse. A must read!

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, July 22, 2013 1:44 PM

Mamie Adkins,  an author who cares, writes about abuse in The Write Room.http://www.thewriteroomblog.com/?p=1038 Follow her @childabusestory

 

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Simple daily encouragements ... great to begin the day! I know for I have the book right next to my Bible, both of which I read at the start of each new day.

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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.

 


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

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Does Punctuation Really Matter?

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Improper use of punctuation can make or break a sentence, but what’s worse is that it can also turn your readers away. You might ask, “Does punctuation really matter?” The answer is, “Yes, it reall...
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This is like asking, "Does the decimal make a difference?" Duh!

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

 

Libraries are among the most important of human institutions, warehousing knowledge accumulated over centuries, nay, eons. Libraries are also very alluring places, often built with ornate and cavernous reading rooms, vertiginous shelving for book storage, and winding secret passages. Originally built to protect books from ruin, libraries are generally gigantic bunker-like buildings. Inwardly focused, they restrict access to their treasure troves to those who whisper and can thrive without sunlight.

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This is so cool! What once was considered wasted space now houses the books, books, books...some portable, on the move! If you can't get to the library, the library will come to you.

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Kenneth Weene, Is this another chicken joke?

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Ahhhhh, Literati! The chickens have come home to roost!  Here Kenneth Weene (pictured here in his younger days) struts his liquored finger goods–his entry into  The First Annual Peggy Dobbs W...
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Another great short story by author Kenneth Weene. Need a laugh? You are at the right place!

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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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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:34 PM

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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10 Most Creative Furniture Inspired by Books

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If you love both books and furniture, you will love these 10 cool designs.

Via Kenneth Weene
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May be a cool idea for some but I still think books are for reading. Perhaps the designs where the books are still removeable would be okay.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:43 AM

As an author, I'm not sure if I love or hate some of these uses of books. Hey, my books are meant for reading not for holding up a counter, but once you've read them I guess it's cool to put them on display this way.

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10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

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Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series.

Via Marilyn Armstrong
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Keep in mind this is not talking about 10 books but 10 book SERIES! Lots of great reading!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:16 PM

GREAT selections!

Sharla Shults's comment, February 26, 2013 10:19 PM
Marilyn, if you like them, they HAVE to be good!
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ebooks « First Edition Design eBook and POD Publishing

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Older people may find e-books much faster and easier to read than their paper editions, a new study has claimed.


While people young and old prefer reading paper books to tablets and e-readers, older individuals could find themselves reading faster and with less effort on a tablet, found researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.


 

Among 360 readers ages 21 to 34, no difference in reading speed or brain effort was detected between reading via a book, an e-reader and tablet.


But big differences were recorded among 21 users ages 60 to 77 when they read the same text on paper instead of the devices, TechNewsDaily reported.

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Most interesting statement to me: Despite the physical findings, older adults and their younger counterparts said they got more pleasure reading from a paper book.

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