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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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Solidarity or ‘supremacy’? by Bryan Murphy | The Write Room Blog

Solidarity or ‘supremacy’? by Bryan Murphy | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Many of you reading this, especially if you live on the American continent, are likely to be the children or grand-children of immigrants, if you are not first-generation immigrants yourselves. You will know all too well, from family history or direct experience, the heartbreak that migrants feel on leaving their homeland, and the hardships they withstand when trying to build a better life for themselves and their family in a new country.

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Bryan Murphy is a man of Kent who left the United Kingdom shortly after graduating and has spent most of his adult life elsewhere, notably in Italy, Portugal, Angola and China. Since retiring from his most recent job, as a translator within the United Nations system, he has concentrated on his own words, publishing many poems and several e-books. He welcomes visitors at http://www.bryanmurphy.eu .

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THE VASE with the MANY COLOURED MARBLES

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The VASE with the  MANY COLOURED MARBLES consists of two books.
                                BOOK 1.  EMMA.
                                BOOK 2.  MARLA.
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"We all have read many stories about Cinderella, but this was an enjoyable read about a South African Cinderella. I do not want to tell you more about this wonderful story, other than to say - enjoy a well written "Tale of Two" and all of their friendships and connections."

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A Woodsy Morning by Sharla Shults | The Write Room Blog

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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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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 4:34 PM

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

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Amazon.com: The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale (9781434805140): Marilyn Armstrong: Books

The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale

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The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale [Marilyn Armstrong] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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With emotional debris from an abused childhood and besieged by crises, Maggie launches an improbable journey to redefine herself by building a teepee in her backyard. Amidst oak trees and blackberry brambles, Maggie finds an untraditional path a her own version of salvation. Her ironic view of the world and sense of humor never abandon her. Maggie's faces painful issues, but she copes, grows, heals, and moves on with life. She learns she need not define herself by the bad stuff that happened to her. The 12-Foot Teepee embraces life. It's shocking, funny, relevant and irreverent.

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Romance Ramble: Special Guest - Historical Poetry Writer Sharla Shults

Romance Ramble: Special Guest - Historical Poetry Writer Sharla Shults | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
I'm honored to feature author and poet Sharla Shults on my blog today. Not only is she an amazing person, she is also a very prolific writer, and her poetry tells the story of America and the great sacrifices our forefathers made to enhance our lives. Part of the proceeds of her books are donated to our brave military veterans.
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Thank you, Trish Jackson, for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my writing and feature my new book, Awakenings. It is through venues such as yourself that we, as writers, are able to reach a wider audience with author information, as well as introductory knowledge about new writings.

Thank you to all for your wonderful comments! It is for those, such as you, that I write!

Have a blessed day in all the tomorrows to come!

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Awakenings: Awakenings Author Interview

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Claire Cappetta, author of A Broken Ring is featuring, Awakenings, on her blog today. Please visit Claire's site and leave comments. I am offering my book as a Kindle Giveaway to one lucky commenter! Yippee!!

 Thank you, Claire, for being so supportive of my writing and providing this wonderful opportunity!Author Interview with Sharla Shults
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Family and Friends: Would love your support! Awakenings Author Interview | Free Kindle giveaway

LEAVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY
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Awakenings Author Interview | Free Kindle giveaway

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» There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson Karen Baney

» There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson Karen Baney | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson

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Great interview! Read about all the wonderful works in progress by Yves Johnson!

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Yves Johnson's curator insight, February 18, 2013 8:15 PM

I want to thank Karen for the great opportunity to be interviewed!  It is great feeling to have someone want to know about your product.

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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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Free Write Friday #9

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Kellie Elmore welcomes us back to Free Write Friday (FWF)! If you are not familiar with FWF, feel free to read Kellie’s intro.  Here is the FWF prompt for this week…an image to which we are to respond What does this bring to mind...

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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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Andy-Roo: The Birthday Surprise!: Linda Hales: 9781469961934: Amazon.com: Books

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Andy-Roo: The Birthday Surprise! [Linda Hales] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Andy-Roo is a young puppy who grew long legs and feet quite different from the other kids at the playground.
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This book tells his story, especially how Andy-Roo overcame his differences and became a popular player in little league games. Andy-Roo's experiences are captured in short picture stories that will appeal to the young reader in the 3-7 year age bracket. A moral is imbedded in every tale that will not be lost on the young reader but will be remembered in context with Andy-Roo, the character. Most of all, his tales always make children smile!

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Interview with writer Sharla Lee Shults

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"Hello Sharla, I want to thank you first of all for your readiness to be part of this interview and permit me to publish it on my blog. I did choose you because I have heard of you before and would would like for other people to know you and your writing better." ~Raani York

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Thank you, Raani, for this wonderful opportunity to share writing tips/ventures with others. It is through opportunities, such as yours, that each of us can share our knowledge and experiences while learning from others at the same time.

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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/


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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 10:44 AM

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

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If my Mom could tell you about her world.

In my world everything stays the same
I see your face but cannot recall your name
You have been in my life for many years
But, when you look at me why so many tears?

 

I am still here and I am glad you came to see me
Don’t worry about what I say or do I can’t help it you see
My world stays the same and the days run into each other you know
I get up and they feed me and then I watch television with the aides but their favorite show...

 


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There is no cure at this time for the deadly Alzheimer’s disease. The care of those with Alzheimer’s takes patience, kindness and understanding. There is no way to know on any given day whether the person afflicted the deadly Alzheimer’s will look at a family member, relative or friend and even know who they are or why they are around. Their world as they once knew it no longer exists.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, June 26, 2013 9:24 PM

A moving personal share from author, book reviewer, and radio personality Fran Lewis. Alzheimer’s is sad, but we should not allow it to interfere with our love.

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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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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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All Books - Author Emily Guido

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Author Emily Guido All Books: The Light-Bearer Series - Author Emily Guido

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Emily Guido is a very New Young Adult, Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing "The Light-Bearer Series" because one day she got an idea of two characters of light and dark who needed to have their epic romance story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written.

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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 8:06 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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Brian T Shirley The Comedian, Published Author, Radio Host and the Man in his World

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Brian T Shirley co-host of the Comedy show on Triangle Variety Radio Prime Time with Live Internet Radio offering a vast variety of unique radio shows with Music Live Talk Shows with comics plus Domestic and International speakers Also with Unique...

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Comedian/Philosopher Brian T Shirley has been in the Business for nearly 20 years. His act is derived from growing up poor, coming from a broken home, his military experience, partying, women, pets, infomercial's, sports, and much,much,more.

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