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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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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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Top 25 Writing Blogs | Positive Writer

Top 25 Writing Blogs | Positive Writer | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
The top 25 writing blogs on the web. Check them out!

Via Lynda Dickson, Trish Jackson
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Very interesting blogs for writers. Well worth checking out...

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THis is good info.

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What I Learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Former Soviet Union | The Write Room Blog

What I Learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Former Soviet Union | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

What I Learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Former Soviet Union by Joyce Elferdink


The Kazakh woman was walking sideways, trying to use the overhang of the dilapidated shop roofs as protection from the downpour. She caught my eye and waved. This lady had an inviting smile, and her hair with its henna color—the exclusive hair dye used by local women—was neatly combed. She looked just a few years older than me, which would put her in her early fifties. I could see loaves of unwrapped bread sticking out of her shopping bag. I took the bread as a sign that I wouldn’t go without the basics if she was to be my host family.  But  would that extend to hot water and toilet paper? (Both had been scarce during my first six weeks in Almaty.


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The author, Joyce Elferdink, is currently a writer and communications instructor, but was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to go to Kazahstan. Her role during 1993-94 was to set up small business develop centers to assist people who for the first time could become entrepreneurs.

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The Proverbial Sign Posts of Life by Louise Malbon-Reddix | The Write Room Blog

The Proverbial Sign Posts of Life by Louise Malbon-Reddix | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

One Way, and twenty-one  are two of those proverbial signs in our lives.

For sure it is one way that we go in this life, and that is through it.  And we should enjoy it as we go.  All too often we are in a hurry and rush this life along and don’t take the proverbial time out to smell the flowers along the way. Life too is changing, and it seems like you should be born with all you need to know as soon as you leave the womb and take your first breath.

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We all learn from this thing called life, or we are suppose to anyway. There are NO guarantees, except we will go through life and one day die. The amount of time we spend on this earth is not foretold. Visit the Write Room Blog for this wonderful article. You just may walk away with a totally different, but good, perspective.

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Lessons from a Journalist and a Bishop By T. R. Heinan | The Write Room Blog

Lessons from a Journalist and a Bishop By T. R. Heinan | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The stack of bananas I was hiding behind would do nothing to stop the shower of bullets that were whizzing through the air, but I prayed that they would keep me out of sight.  I hunkered down next to the young man who had been assigned to protect me during my visit to Guatemala.  The military and a group of revolutionaries kept up the firefight for about ten minutes.  It seemed like an eternity as I watched a pool of blood ooze from beneath a young boy whose body lay just ten feet from the fruit stand that had suddenly become my hideout in a crowded public market.


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We never know who we will meet throughout the course of our lives nor what impact they may have on us at the time or perhaps later on down the road. The experiences you shared provide insight into the importance of recognizing each one with humility never forgetting God has a purpose for even the simplest moment!

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January 1st, 2014: A New Moon and New Beginnings | The Write Room Blog

January 1st, 2014: A New Moon and New Beginnings | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

January 1st, 2014: A New Moon and New Beginnings by Trish Jackson


I could not have been more excited when my name was drawn to write the post for January 1st, 2014. After all, it’s the start of a new year, when everyone’s hopes, dreams and desires are renewed.


2013 is history now. We’ve sung Auld Lang Syne, even if we don’t understand the lyrics; we’ve kissed our loved ones and wished them a happy new year, and now it’s time to put the past behind us and look to the future.


We’re ready to tackle our new year’s resolutions, whatever they might be.
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Thank you, Trish, for a delightful article whereby hopefully each reader will gain insight into perhaps examining his/her horoscope for guidance in making the best decisions in the upcoming year.

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Homeless for the Holidays by Micki Peluso | The Write Room Blog

Homeless for the Holidays by Micki Peluso | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Christmas carols waft through the crisp Manhattan air as the steady ringing of the bells of Salvation Army Santas sets the pace for shoppers hustling from store to store. The magnificent Rockefeller Center Christmas tree heralds the promise of Yuletide celebrations ushering in the season of love and joy.

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This season let us all think about how much we have, and how fortunate we are to be spending the holidays with loved ones instead of a damp, freezing floor in Grand Central Station. Above all, let us love one another. 

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Amazon.com: Night Storms: An Eclectic Collection eBook: K. Edwin Fritz, Kristy DeFlores Elliott: Books

Night Storms: An Eclectic Collection - Kindle edition by K. Edwin Fritz, Kristy DeFlores Elliott. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

 

A small town is touched by the hand of God. A drama teacher discovers a talent she can neither anticipate nor handle. A scientist is obsessed with everlasting life, and a trio of teenagers gets more than they bargained for on All Hallows' Eve. But the gamut of human emotions is deep, and K. Edwin Fritz has something for readers of every predilection- from a classic tale of a child-hating monster to soul-searching endeavors of love, self-awareness, and pride.

Fritz holds no bars in this, his first collection of short works featuring ten far-reaching stories that will resonate throughout the deepest chambers of your heart and mind. Through unadulterated tales of fear, courage, mystery, and hope, Fritz shows us through his capacious imagination that everyday life truly can nourish the soul.

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Amazon.com: Cover of Darkness eBook: K. Edwin Fritz: Books

Cover of Darkness - Kindle edition by K. Edwin Fritz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Cover of Darkness.

 

Darker and more chilling than his first book, Fritz offers a collection of 13 tales that promise to unsettle your brain and tease your imagination. Werewolves, witches, and vampires are not the only monsters lurking inside these pages, and readers won't be sure at the outset if the entities they are seeing are good or evil. Indeed, most are a shady mixture of both. Most hide under some cover of darkness.

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OVERCOMING READER’S BLOCK by Salvatore Buttaci | The Write Room Blog

OVERCOMING READER’S BLOCK by Salvatore Buttaci | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

It is almost common knowledge that the creative drive sometimes hits a stone wall and otherwise prolific writers are left wordless. But what about readers? As long as the synergistic relationship between writers and readers is optimally working, the pleasure road ahead is smooth for both of them. Consider, however, that just as writers run afoul of the joys of productivity, so too do readers find themselves in a slump when it comes to appreciating the joy of reading.

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Anatomy of a Half of an Hour by Dan O’Brien | The Write Room Blog

Anatomy of a Half of an Hour by Dan O’Brien | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Think of  half  an hour.

 

What bearing does a single half hour have on us when there are so many hours, day, weeks, and years in our lifetime? Thirty minutes, eighteen hundred seconds, one forty-eighth of a day, one sixteen-thousand-five-hundred-twentieth of a year. Time is something that is both misused and misunderstood simultaneously. That is not to say that time is unimportant or unfair. There are many of us who have a slanted perception of how time ultimately affects us. There are many things that can and cannot be accomplished in a half hour. You definitely aren’t going to enact social policy, but you could enjoy nature for a moment; admire the forests and streams that may soon be gone. You might not be able to watch the great plays, but you could finish a chapter in a novel.

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Different people at different points in their lives perceive time differently. Most waste time, but there are those who find a focus for their lives: a purpose.

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We’ve Reached 100,000 Hits! | The Write Room Blog

We’ve Reached 100,000 Hits! | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
The Making of a Writer – Edited by C.C. Bye

Who is the most influential person, alive or dead, in why you write and how you write? Explain this influence or these influences in such a way that a reader can look at what you’ve written and go “Aha, I’ve got it.”

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Join in the celebration by entering our draw. You can win 1 of approximately 80 books. Just email us at ccbye@shaw.ca, leaving your name, email, preference of print or electronic book, and finally your country (some print books are only available in the continental U.S. and Canada). You can check out our books using the carousel or by going to the book page. The draw will take place on Nov. 15, 2013. Good Luck, and don’t forget to leave a comment about the blog below!

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A Poetic Journey | The Write Room Blog

A Poetic Journey | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The following poems are tied together by a common theme. They were taken from my book of poetry called What I Found in the Dark. But they also follow each other chronologically. Think of each of these poems being written by one man regarding the same woman. Watch the story develop. Get a sense of the love involved. And I hope that maybe, just maybe you will get a sense of what it was that he found in the dark.  - Clayton Clifford Bye, 05/02/2014 -

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Clayton Bye is a writer, editor and publisher. The author of 9 books and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and hundreds of reviews, he has also published (under the imprint Chase Enterprises Publishing) 3 award winning anthologies of excellent short stories by some great talents from around the world. The 1st book featured general fiction, the 2nd offering is horror and the 3rd is a book of detective short stories. His current releases are 2 children’s books and a memoir.

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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 Case of an Ape Gone Berserk: an “I Was There Mystery” by James L. Secor, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Q.P.Q. | The Write Room Blog

The Case of an Ape Gone Berserk: an “I Was There Mystery” by James L. Secor, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Q.P.Q. | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Any PI just out of school could have solved this case but it came to me because the Zoo was my territory. Perhaps this was because of my circus background. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I was there. I had a job to do.


I was called about 6 PM. I was just sitting down to a nice TV dinner, beef bourgoyne with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a can of Hamm’s Special Light Lager when the phone rang. Damn! I thought. Just when Dialing For Dollars was getting exciting. I reached over to the end table and picked up the phone, a red Nextel I took off my belt when I got home. As always.

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As one author put it...absurd but entertaining. I have to agree! Check it out for yourself...

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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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QUIETUDE! by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog

QUIETUDE! by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines quietude as “the state of being quiet or calm.”  I can’t conceive of a more precious condition to achieve…quietude being my ultimate goal.  In this desirable state, I am able to keep my inner circle nearby yet securely locked within electronic media.  As a ‘mocial butterfly’ more or less, I can engage with my friends and family any time of the day or night and cherish all of the babes and little children and even follow them as they grow.  Yes, I have all of this and don’t even need to step outside, tidy my house or make them a cup of tea or coffee to enjoy their presence.  Seriously, for me this is the best of all worlds.  I have choices…live life through this perspective or venture out to savor the real deal.  I do both but invariably retreat to my cave of quietude.


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“Listen to your own voice, your own soul…too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves.” -Leon Brown

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Happy New Year! From Cindy Marshall and Anne Sweazy-Kulju | The Write Room Blog

Happy New Year! From Cindy Marshall and Anne Sweazy-Kulju | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
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Possibly the REAL Betty Boop! Happy New Year! From Cindy Marshall and Anne Sweazy-Kulju | You will love Anne's style of writing and leave with a tidbit of history at the same time! Read on...

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The ripeness of the fruit by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

The ripeness of the fruit by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Badria wakes. The sun is not yet up. The cock has not yet called. Perhaps it was the hoot of loons, the stirring of goats in the barn, the restless wandering of the wind among the budding cherry trees.

 

“Does the wind taste the tart ripeness of the fruit?” she wonders.

 

She bends to the fire. Charcoal is dear and they have little. Badria tries to ignore the cold of her hands, the chill that sneaks beneath her heaviest robe. The fire must be used to heat water for Farzam’s tea, to heat the rice for his breakfast. For Badria’s part, cold water will do; whatever warmth lays hidden in yesterday’s rice pot will suffice. But Farzam’s tea…

 

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This story takes the author outside of his own culture and traditions into those of Afghanistan, particularly among the Pashtu, who are the dominant group. 

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Memoirs From the Asylum

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A book you should read. A novel of laughter, tears, confinement, and freedom.


Via Kenneth Weene
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Kenneth Weene's insight: A novel that will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly think.
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A novel that will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly think.

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Amazon.com: Man Hunt eBook: K. Edwin Fritz: Books

Man Hunt - Kindle edition by K. Edwin Fritz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Man Hunt.

 

In the North Pacific Ocean there is an island that has been forgotten by mankind. Living there are men who have committed all manner of moral crimes. Deceived by an elaborate ruse, they wake deep within fortress walls where they are tortured, brainwashed, and then trained to physical perfection. When they are finally released to the island's hills and abandoned streets, they are told one simple rule: Survive long enough and you will be sent home. The island's only other inhabitants are women.

In "Man Hunt", survival of the fittest means being literally hunted. It is "Lord of the Flies" meets hard-core feminism, because it tells both sides of the story.

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Amazon.com: Bombardier eBook: K. Edwin Fritz: Books

Bombardier - Kindle edition by K. Edwin Fritz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Bombardier.

 

Ben Acevedos is having the worst few days of his life, and he's searching for a very unique group of people who he thinks can help him... if they even exist, of course. And in his dark and fantastic quest, he also learns the 5 simple steps he can take to achieve the holy grail of renewable energy: perpetual motion. But the guidance Ben seeks and the people of this famed machine are equally misleading. After all, when a single wrong word can kill you, it's hard to concentrate on daily life.

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IN MEMORIAM by Marta Merajver-Kurlat | The Write Room Blog

IN MEMORIAM by Marta Merajver-Kurlat | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

No one knows how he returned to his native Russia after having spent months in an enemy prison camp during the Russo-Japanese war that ended in 1905. When asked about it, he would look away and fall silent. Eventually, the questions stopped. He had made his point through the same dissuasive technique that would stand him in good stead for the rest of his life.

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A very courageous story lending itself to multiple challenges by a most prolific writer, Marta Merajver-Kurlat

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We’ve Reached 100,000 Hits! | The Write Room Blog

We’ve Reached 100,000 Hits! | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

- Halloween -

 NO STRINGS ATTACHED

 “Please come over? I swear I’m so freaked out right now… I don’t want to be alone.” She cupped the phone handset like it was her life’s blood. She wriggled lower into her bed covers so she was hidden up to her neck.

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Happy Halloween from The Write Room Blog!

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