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It was a gloomy day at the Writing Cabin. I went into my paranormal office and sat at Patty Hall’s roll top desk to begin my day. The enchanted window showed an image of giant spiders attacking New York. Why do things attack New York or Tokyo? There are some perfectly wonderful other cities on Earth they could attack.

I opened the desk, pulled on my lab coat, and went to work. I needed to upload Will O’ the Wisp to Amazon to make Patty’s story available to everyone. This is a great tale, and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. It’s even suitable for young adults.

I kept getting the red message that I forgot something. Amazon even deleted my blurb and made me write it out again. This is par for the course, and I soldiered on.

The enchanted beer horns tip toed into my…

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‘Let Me Call It Disorder’: Syrian Novelist Nihad Sirees on Writing in Berlin, Imagining Syria

Very interesting


Celebrated Syrian writer Nihad Sirees is in the United States this week, speaking at several universities as he also works on an abridged version of his Halet Shaghaff for Georgetown University Press:

nihad_sirees Nihad Sirees at Duke University.

Yesterday at Duke University, Sirees gave a talk on “Writing under the Gaze of Hafiz al-Asad.”

Sirees spoke extensively about the conditions under which he wrote his award-winning The Silence and the Roar, which was beautifully translated by Max Weiss and published in English in 2013. The novel has also been released in German, French, Dutch, Czech, and Italian.

At the end of the talk, Sirees spoke about trying to write in 2015, in Germany, where he has been living in “self-exile” after being forced to leave Syria in 2012 and, after that, to leave his temporary home in Egypt.

“I left Aleppo, my beloved city,” Sirees said, “which I wrote about…

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Indi publishing? Thick skin required

As an indi publisher I find its a tough learning curve. Getting the correct cover picture, writing the right short description, choosing an appropriate title. Each step is fraught with danger particularly if you don’t want to start paying for services before you’ve earned any money.

But the toughest part of the process without a doubt is people posting negative feedback. It was quite a surprise to me that people would far rather write negative things than positive. Mainly because I’m one of those people who rarely leave feedback. If I enjoy it I buy the next one if I didn’t I don’t.

Now I have to admit some of the criticism was helpful and I amendment my work at their suggestion but others you’ve just got to take on the chin. For example I had someone complain my book was not for young readers when it was in the adult section and another who admitted they hadn’t even read the free download they just didn’t like the cover.

Should I care about these comments I ask myself? Well the conclusion I came to is no. For the few who don’t like it many more do. So I guess its time to grow a thick skin and enjoy the weird and wonderful world of the Independent writer and for those of you who enjoy my work, Thank you I promise to do my best to entertain you all.

Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or “How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort”

Need to know if you’re thinking of indie publishing.

The Active Voice

Okay, I’ve got a story. It’s a sort of scary one. I think independent/self-publishing authors need to know about it, and telling it carefully and correctly is also important for my own situation, so I’m going to take my time and lay it all out in order.

Pressed for time? You can skip to the bottom for the TL;DR summation.

Becca Mills - Nolander - 333x500 On Friday, February 27, 2015, I noticed that my bookmarked link to my first novel,  Nolander , was yielding, “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site.” I went to my Amazon dashboard and discovered the book had been blocked.

In my spam folder, I discovered an email from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing arm, informing me that someone had sent in a DMCA notice. In response, Amazon had summarily blocked Nolander from sale.

“DMCA” stands for “Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”…

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Copesmate is the Shakespearean Word Of The Day (03/04/15)

Daily Happenings from poetsareangels

Copesmate (n.)

Copesmate means “companion, partner, familiar friend“.  Copesmate is cited in William Shakespeare’s play The Rape of Lucrece (Luc. 925) [Lucrece as if to tim] says: “Copesmate of ugly night”

The Story of Lucretia, an artistic and symbolic rendition of the event by Sandro Botticelli. In this detail of the center of the painting.

#ShakespeareanWordOfTheDay,, @FelinaSilver, #FelinaSilverRobinson, #Copesmate

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