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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool

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How do we discover new cities to visit? How do we remember where we've been? With all the tools at our fingertips, I'd still argue it's actually not all that easy. Hi, which just opened to the public today, is a beautifully designed way to find, share, and tell stories about places.

Via Gregg Morris
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Another "Path"?

Looks appealing, but the question is whether professional writers will indeed want to share their discoveries before making money with their material? 
If I wasn't intend on reading small print for the catch before, ever since the small print of #AmtrakResidences proved that writers gave away world wide rights (whether they'd win a residency or not), I'm more leery than ever. 
"It" does show protection —for others— the third parties from whom It participants use content or images (see #11 copyright).


"Hi" users themselves agree with the following:

3.2 License. You hereby grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Moments Management an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free and fully paid, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use your User Content, and to grant sublicenses of the foregoing, solely for the purposes of including your User Content in the Services. You agree to irrevocably waive (and cause to be waived) any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your User Content.

 Be aware that unless you, the writer, are paid by a publisher of a site, or publication, be it an Online or print publication, the owner of the platform where you post your content most often will state in small print that you have signed away your rights, merely by posting. 
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Good one, Gregg Morris!

Geek Girl Travel's curator insight, March 27, 12:37 AM

Oooh, I an going to try this!

Tony Hall's curator insight, March 27, 9:44 PM

This really quite cool. I haven't investigated the privacy aspect of using Hi but it looks simple to use. I'm heading heading to Siem Reap on Sunday so I will start to use it there:)

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Dare to disagree

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Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
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Original thinking will always trigger no-no reaction in others. Original thinking can be implemented in characterization of persona in your stories. Don't feel like arguing your point of view in real life? Let your characters do the job for you.

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On Making the Poetry Manuscript

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The Poetry Manuscript: Arts and Crafts Here, adapted from my article in the 2007 issue of the AWP Job List (there titled Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Poetry Manuscript: Some Ideas on Creation an...
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Poems put together the most successful way, read like a train, or make you linger to taste words on your tongue, try them out like a sing song.

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Happy Birthday Bukowski!

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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in simple way. - Charles Bukowski #bukowskibday
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A few years ago we visited the Huntington Library specifically to view their Bukowski Estate purchase on exhibit in a succession of galleries. Like going to the Louvre to see the authors early pages, typewriter, photographs, print-outs and listen to his voice. I was mesmerized by this animated movie. Why would a woman writer like Bukowski? My male alter ego is a dirty old man?#HappyBDayBukowski
 

Back then I congratulated The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and once again thank the organization for buying Bukowski's materials, for celebrating one of my favorite authors.

Unfortunately all the photos I took of the banners on the grounds were gone when my computers were stolen a year ago, so I can't post any of those.


Believe me, if your papers etcetera are acquired by Huntington, you're in good hands #writers and especially #authors who leave interesting visual materials can look forward to being shown off appropriately!

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Writer's Digest + BookBaby Launch Self Publishing | Book Printing | Online Publishing | Blue Ash Publishing

Writer's Digest + BookBaby Launch Self Publishing | Book Printing | Online Publishing | Blue Ash Publishing | Write On! | Scoop.it
Want to publish your own book? Self-publishing a book at Blue Ash is easy! Prefer printing books? Get bookstore quality printed books delivered in days guaranteed!
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Think about it, Writer's Digest is not just a magazine, or publisher of how-to books, WD has become one of the largest writers communities in the business. Marketing on your fingertips, or at least that's how I imagine that will work. Competition for Amazon? Who knows. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Fictitious Dishes: Elegant and Imaginative Photographs of Meals from Famous Literature

Fictitious Dishes: Elegant and Imaginative Photographs of Meals from Famous Literature | Write On! | Scoop.it
From James Joyce to Maurice Sendak, by way of weep-worthy jelly and gifted chickens.

Food and literature have a long and arduous relation
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If you think it's not so much the writing as the photography that will draw you in, look again, creatives come up with the most fun projects that get their juices flowing, in every possible sense of the word.

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▶ "Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes - YouTube

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"Weird Al" Yankovic's new album "Mandatory Fun" out now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MandatoryFun Amazon: http://smarturl.it/MandatoryFunAMZ Google Play: ht...
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Writer? Time to get up and shake your bootie. 

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9 Steps to Create Newsletter Signup Page

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To speak with RebelMouse, "Not everyone is a Social Media Ninja." Show the way to your friends and acquaintances. Help them sign up!

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Collca eBooks – Collca Website

Collca publishes bitesize non-fiction ebooks for the Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and Kobo ereaders as well as for almost all other ePub-based ereaders such as Barnes & Noble's Nook and Sony's ereader series. The subjects covered include biography, history, religion, travel and subject introductions.
Collca also publishes two ranges of educational, reference mobile apps for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Have you got an itty bitty book in ya?

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Writing a scene, in two pages | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August

Writing a scene, in two pages | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August | Write On! | Scoop.it
dduane:
“ “ I’ve reformatted my 2007 post on How to Write a Scene into something you can print or pass out to a class. ”
Specifically, he’s done a PDF version. Don’t just sit there: download it.
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I'm with Cory Doctorow: What are you waiting for? Download the PDF already!

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Fiction University: First Look at a First Draft

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"So what?" or "Why does this matter," are crucial questions, but not as philosophical as you might think. Think elementary.

 

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RedRoom.com Closes July 8

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Red Room CEO Ivory Madison sent out a letter to members today that the site will close on July 8. In the letter, reproduced below, she urged members to sign up for a new profile on Wattpad. Madison...
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I joined RedRoom early on because one of the HybridAmbassadors had an author's account. Following her suit (I thought) I paid a one-year membership. Then I found out that the other HA member had not paid at all. She was the bait and I bit. To me the site was utterly useless. Not tears shed.

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Introducing the Writers Guild Foundation Podcasts - Writers Guild Foundation

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Yes, Screen and TV script writers, this is a site and organization you want to keep an eye on. 

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The 15 Principles Of Highly Successful Authors

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What if there were 15 principles that could take you from who you are now, to the successful author you always wanted to be?
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A great list to give the once-over, checking your answer to each of the 15.  A suggestion for number 16 was already added below. I'd like to add 17: Stick to the business of writing once the story has been writ, moving on to the next book is great, but don't forget the only way to get a book published is by selling the story, be that to an agent, or a publisher who accepts un-agented manuscripts.

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On Making the Poetry Manuscript -- New and Improved, Part I

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This and every Wednesday for the next little while I will be expanding on many of the 27 points covered in my earlier post about making the poetry manuscript. If you’ve not read that original post,...
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Who said I'm patient? Is this an advertorial for the Tupelo Press Writing Conference, or am I mistaken? The reward of patience is patience, indulge the writer and honestly, he will get to the point ... of putting together that poetry manuscript that is.

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Hulu Summer Film School Course Syllabus « Hulu Blog

Hulu Summer Film School Course Syllabus « Hulu Blog | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Not just for screenwriters.

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Creating Character Names | Beware of Darkness ;-)

Creating Character Names | Beware of Darkness ;-) | Write On! | Scoop.it
  A common question I hear tossed about is how to create character names. Some writers find this simple, and yet others struggle with naming every single one, particularly concerning the main ...
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Years ago my husband and I visited Internet friends in the Netherlands. They introduced all of their children. The eldest boy was named Fester. We tried hard not to look at one another. After Uncle Fester, right? Yes, but not from the Addams Family. Fester is a proper name in Drenthe, one of three most northern provinces in the Netherlands, as well as in Germany. Unlike Fester Addams Western European Festers have a wholesome name since the meaning is forest. A "houtvester" is a ground's man. Compare Sylvester or Sly.


Gary had his share of being laughed at when he showed Japanese students around in a theater in Austin, TX. Turned out they "heard" the Japanese word of vomit when he introduced himself. Go figure, there's always a chance to hurt someones feelings, or look like an idiot, or like Uncle Fester.

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How to Gain Access: What's Your Character's Password?

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These days we're adopting increasingly complex passwords to protect our information. Here's what we're giving up
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Yet another thing to keep in mind. You can't merely use the senses, you've got to enter a password in your story! Yes! Salted Caramel!

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Writers in Residence Program

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Hedgebrook's Writers in Residence Program offers fully-funded residencies ranging from two to six weeks, where women writers from all over the world come to write, rejuvenate, and connect with each other.
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Even if you don't have $2400 to take a master class with Hope Edelman, you can benefit from the introduction to her week long workshop at Hedgebrook.

 

"Creative nonfiction writers face two essential tasks: First, to tell the story of action, and second, to tell the story of change and growth over time. That second story is the one that conveys the author’s larger message, elevating her experiences from the unique and personal to the universal and shared. It reveals what your narrative is really about. But how do we extract that deeper message from a story? How might we articulate it to readers in a meaningful way? And how can we expect to achieve this, if we haven’t yet discerned what that larger message is?"


Read, read, read. Books and newspapers, magazine articles, scientific papers, basically everything you can lay your hands on. And always read with the intention of the writer. 

Eventually you'll find out what your story is about, that the larger message is. 


Don't have the time or patience to embark on such longitudinal studies on your own? Enroll in a MFA program. You'll have an instant critique group, mentors and you'll benefit from the faculty's connections. Or sign up for a master class at an idyllic locale. 

Why not.

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Deadline Screenplay Table Read Trip to LONDON!

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August 6 is the deadline.

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ScreenCraft Comedy Script Contest

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Win exposure to some of the top comedy production companies in Hollywood! Wanted: fresh comedic voices in screenwriting - short films too!
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This is the 2nd, so let's count on the 3rd and so on, and scoop this up. August 1, 2014 latest deadline. Something to keep in mind if not for now, then for next year, or the year after. Optimist.

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Clever PR Pro Delegates Tasks

Clever PR Pro Delegates Tasks | Write On! | Scoop.it
There’s no need to worry about public relations jobs being replaced by computers any time soon, but certain tasks can certainly be handed over to the machines.
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We are all The Jetsons.

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Johanna Harness: Amwriting FAQ

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Remember Johanna #AmWriting Harness?
What are you doing?

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Edan Lepucki’s Novel ‘California’ Gets a Boost From Colbert

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A budding writer’s first published novel got a big lift from mentions on “The Colbert Report.”
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Having anchor people, or talk show hosts plug your book —even if it's to  make a point about the behemoth— is the best thing that can happen to an author.

 

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Introducing a Limited-Seat Opportunity: The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference

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We've talked about putting together a live event for a few years, but the holler-cry of the community has grown deafening, in the very best of ways. It’s time. And it's going to be a blast… The Wri...
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Un-Conference means: No agents, no editors, no business of writing, or platforms, just craft workshops and advice on how to live the writers' life. 

 

This said, you may find some interesting business info on the Unboxed Writer site.

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First Novels Club: How to Write a Novel Synopsis: 5 Tips (Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino)

First Novels Club: How to Write a Novel Synopsis: 5 Tips (Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino) | Write On! | Scoop.it
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For some, just reading #1 on the list of 5 tips for writing the synopsis will be enough to make their head spin.

 

Give away what?

Give away the secret?

Oh, they need to know that?

Wow!

 

In his guest blog post Chuck Sambuchino cuts right to the chase.

 

This is what you do in a synopsis. With a hint at what's done in one-on-one pitch, and in query letter. And of course you can find out how to deal with those road blocks in one of his posts on his own blog.

 

And along the way, you may have found your "pre-submission" editor. 

Wink-wink.

Hallelujah! 

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