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Dear Readers, 

I tend to enjoy reading various articles on writing , the industry, the concepts, et cetera. parallel to craft articles. These topics can be fun or engaging. As some of you know, I have a controlled electronic footprint, meaning, I don't keep old posts. This blog never had fifteen posts and never will cause I don't like ejunk. But, I realize, aside my posts to what I created and create, I need a post to just chit chat if you will. So this post will serve that function, through its comments I will posts various topics concerning writing. 


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27 minutes ago, richardmurray said:

highly well known strong mom characters are rare, as involved characters especially.


I'm not the right person to ask though.  I read a lot more nonfiction, than fiction.  And when I read  fiction it's sci-fi, horror and fantasy.

I'd love to hear from those who  who read literature. They may have an example of a strong mom character.   

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We are in the age to the biography, taking out the visual spectacle from the high fantasy/space opera/super hero comic world <lord of the rings/star wars/avengers> the prime stories in film and in book are biographies. It make sense in two levels. one, the biography is the antithesis,  the opposing idea, to the highly fictional harry potter/twilight worlds that are very desired today. The artistically interesting point is that when the high fiction makes a key cultural point worthy to nonfiction it can strike a poignancy in the readership/audience or other receivers that stick in the mind. When darth vader threw the emperor over the side the truth is, a character introduced through violence, destruction, murder who emits that throughout the entire trilogy is forgiven as a parent who saved a child's life, who he was trying to kill just before then. The truth is, some parents will be low quality parents, even if they try their hardest not to... it is called nature, in nature all things can happen. WE as humans know it. Darth is a well made example to that. The audience forgives darth for the one moment, when living side negativity was put on a scale to risking death saving a child, when the character act opposite to the entire known history at that moment; and that relate to an element in many human being unwritten biography, the element being a failed parent whom the author wish for one moment be the most loving parent or the author had for one moment as the most loving parent. In the reverse, biographies are in existence cultural points in a series while they have unknown fictional glints that can betray or reject the entire message from the biography. Take hidden figures, Taraji p henson or Janelle monae did not look like the women they depicted but more importantly, the role more segregated education had on all three women, the movie underrates.  Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson went to high school on the campus of west virginia state college and then went to college in west virginia state, now west virginia state university. Dorothy Johnson Vaughan went to Wilberforce university, graduating at 19 with a bachelors in mathematics, thus she spent her high school years in a black college. Mary Winston Jackson went to the George P. Phenix Training School created from the hampton institute and then entered Hampton Institute now Hampton university.  Each woman's educational background from modern day junior high/high school to their bachelors was in a totally phenotypically segregated setting. But that did not blockade them from working side whites peacefully or positively despite white negativity toward them, later in life. Now the absence to their educative roots is not a lie, merely an absence. A biography is not lessened from absence. But, the movie give the impression these women had dealt with whites intimately,especially concerning arithmetic, their entire life; they did not. The message in the film is that blacks side whites made the usa what it is today. While some suggest today, no black america or white america exist, like the director to the film whom I quote:" It's just a film. And if we keep labeling something 'a black film,' or 'a white film'— basically it's modern day segregation." ; They are missing the fact that in the segregated times, when a black usa or a white usa visibly or unquestioningly existed, black schools existed, and their existence was not confined to only a high school education or variations to shacks for facilities; said segregated Black Schools aided or fermented the black women that are lauded as champions to desegregation, hidden figures. 

I imagine spike lee's new film blackkklansman will be a similar design to hidden figures in storytelling; the following link , an interview between Ron Stallworth side Ed Gordon said it all LINK ; while attacking trump will occur in the film, the people who voted for trump <the majority in the white community in the usa> is the real story. 

What say you?


...Most of you know I love well crafted photography, but sometimes the best photography is not in artful craft but in the raw moments they catch, these two photos were taken at the same time , a few miles from each other , you will have to click the following link to see the photos spaced together, but it is worth it LINK 



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Who wants to join me in building a Jaeger? let us spend a week sketching, thinking, anything, then next week, wednesday, present our sketches to each other? 
*From the page* 
Your last name may not be Pentecost, but you can still help avert the apocalypse. Pacific Rim Uprising will be available via download on June 5 and on Blu-ray/DVD June 19, 2018. To celebrate, we want to see what your Jaeger would look like on your turf and give you prizes for it!

Create your own Jaeger and place it where you live, anyplace in the world you may be–maybe it's posing in your actual backyard, protecting the town square, or defending a local landmark. There are tons of options! Your Jaeger can be inserted into a photo or you can artistically recreate the location.

First, Second, and Third Place winners will be chosen by Steven S. DeKnight, Director of Pacific Rim Uprising!

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I thought about black soldiers in memory and i wondered, why do black people in the usa not honor the soldiers who fought against the usa for the british in the secession of the thirteen colonies from the british empire? it may seem silly, but I pondered, those black folk were a small population but when you consider ninety percent from black people were enslaved in the thirteen colonies and the thirteen colonies did not make freeing black folk an agenda, are not those black people the primary people black folk in the usa need to honor , if we are to honor soldiers in the usa? 

If any of you are interested in viewing some screenplay drafts I have constructed and are willing to reply your thoughts... and you are not a member to my emailing list:)   and you have an email, just tell me and we can connect. 



Now onto the Jaeger contest, i will have some drawings hopefully by wednesday. Information is below 

Who wants to join me in building a Jaeger? let us spend a week sketching, thinking, anything, then next week, wednesday, present our sketches to each other? 
*From the page* 
Your last name may not be Pentecost, but you can still help avert the apocalypse. Pacific Rim Uprising will be available via download on June 5 and on Blu-ray/DVD June 19, 2018. To celebrate, we want to see what your Jaeger would look like on your turf and give you prizes for it!

Create your own Jaeger and place it where you live, anyplace in the world you may be–maybe it's posing in your actual backyard, protecting the town square, or defending a local landmark. There are tons of options! Your Jaeger can be inserted into a photo or you can artistically recreate the location.

First, Second, and Third Place winners will be chosen by Steven S. DeKnight, Director of Pacific Rim Uprising!


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Tanks for sharing this research Richard.  I went directy to the Pew Study: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/teens-social-media-technology-2018/ 


I'm really so very glad I grew up in a world before social media.  I hate to think that I'd be walking around with a device in my hand constantly subjecting myself to bullying, pressure, and worse of all marketers.


The did not speak to very many Black people about just over 100, so I'm not too sure this survey speaks to our experience (but what is is new).


I collect similar data from my students a slightly older demographic and I think a more influential demographic.  The most surprising thing I learned speaking to my students, and this is reflected in the pew data, is how irrelevant Twitter is.  I was also surprised by how popular Instagram has become by largely copying and improving upon Snapchat.  I find the fact Facebook owns instagram troubling, but that is another story.


My students have suggested to me that I use Instagram to market AALBC.com.  This is something that I have, believe it or not, decided to try.  The most difficult thing in this process for me was installing instagram on my phone.  I'm completely against having social media apps installed on my phone, but for the sake of learning I decided to experiment with Instagram.


Interestingly, I'm not finding the application particularly intuitive.  the concept of, and how to create a "story," is not really clear to me. But I'll learn.  If a 13-year-old can do is so can I.  I've always had an instagram account; I just never used it, so I'm starting out with over 1,000 followers. In additional to learning the application I'm trying to build up my fan base which I'm largely doing by following others.  I'll probably look into using a bot to amp up my followers but I wanna learn more about the system first.


Below is are the results of a surveys with my students over the last three semesters.  I allowed students to pick their two favorite social media platforms, unlike Pew I did not have them select from a list, so I discovered platforms I never heard of.  The frequency of use of these platforms too small to have an individual column and are included in the "other" category.  For the spring 2018 semester more than 50% of my students said Facebook or Instagram were their favorite social media platforms. 





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My pleasure @TroyI did not read the article , I just wanted to read your thoughts. For me, the whole argument is false. In the same way, people in the past liked various kinds of books, people like various kinds of websites. Twitter is correctly named a microblogging site, thus it is no good for conveying a message through text, more a notice board, good for advertising or linking, but poor for in depth communication. Youtube is a video site. Thus people who use that mostly are not looking to read, but to view or listen. Snapchat/instagram are photo sites, that have video capability though not as in depth as youtube While they also have no grouping functions. Facebook is a complete social media platform. Thus the sites are not even similar, thus the comparison is flawed by default, for me. AALBC for example, is text based, though embedding to image or video is capable, thus the users will not be the same. If anything, my prediction long ago that the future internet will have people nestled to where they are comfortable is coming to fruition. None of the firms above will ever be out of business cause too many people are on them, enough money is made to keep going or it serves the function to a larger online media presence. Myspace is still in existence so... What site has the most people, like what book genre is the most bought, is a matter of taste from the viewership/audience not a suggestion that some site or genre is dead. and, taste change over time, sometime going back to formers, not new things. 

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Ok, I learned about the Onmyoji contest on friday. While going to deviantart to look at some entries for the Jaeger contest. Well, having no knowledge to the online massive multiplayer game Onmyoji, and little time to conceptualize what my entry will be, I came up with the following.
The idea was the character emma aside seven deadly sins. I am content for such a hurried creation while having no thoughts to the content. In contrast, I am a fan to gundam, or mechas in general so the jaeger comes with more familiarity for me. 

In a prior post, I utilized links to my skydrive storage area, but i realized upon more videos that a space limit is inevitable. 
Thus, i had to figure out where to go to place the stores. I chose google photos. Instagram or snapchat are used for personal purposes. I know artists in that system but usually they focus on photos not videos. Laslty, google photos space is the largest. 
AALBC is my blog place, and I invite you all to join AALBC, especially if you are artist. But, the black owned website, has obvious limits to loading content like videos.

Below are links to videos made as I sketched or created. My first time doing so many, and especially while drawing. Another learning experience.   
If you are seeing this in an email, the photos stages are attached at the end. If you are seeing this in AALBC, the videos are all their is. 

...before the links to the Onmyoji videos , here is a link to the Jaeger contest which end in seven days. I invite you all to share any ideas you may have to that. 

Do tell me if the links are blockaded, they are supposed to be public. 

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (1)

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (2)

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (3)

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (4)

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (5)

Onmyoji-Fan-Art-Contest-Creation (6)

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onmyoji-fan-art-contest-creation-part3 (5)

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onmyoji-fan-art-contest-creation-part3 (7)

onmyoji-fan-art-contest-creation-part3 (8)

onmyoji-fan-art-contest-creation-part3 (9)

The Folder Link 

Happy creating

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Okay, here is my Jaeger submission. I had three conceptsm first which i liked alot but didn't really fit the narrative was Old Jaeger Park. The second was the Legendary Central Park Five, whose story I wrote, and comic, whosei did not finish. The last idea was a superway. In each idea, i wanted to do something else with JAegers, old used Jaegers/another kind of interwoven wireless neurological system using also history revisioning, and lastly, just another kind of city. In the films, like most big mecha or being films, cities seem designed ignorant to these things running around that will create damage. so, instead of a regular city, what if New York City has a run way, or walk way, that is above the street mostly, sidewalk somewhat, and thus Jaeger can use it to travel fare more easily through the city. This also coincide to my particular Jaeger, the Parkour Jaeger, yes, not a well thought of name. But, the idea is this Jaeger has joints that allow for more comlicated acrobatic movement than other Jaeger. Most Jaeger are designed on the human body but when you are facing things that are reptilian or insect in variance, i think you need more flexibility. the ability to turn through momemtum three hundred and sixty degrees. Thus, the nodes you can see in the image, are as large as the limbs, they make the Jaeger taller than average but also allow for that flexibility. In the image, the ParkRei Jaeger... better name right?... is holding on to a section of the superway while it flicked another Jaeger whose beam cannon tip we see at the top. I could had colored but I wanted to really focus on my inking as it connect to other plans going forward. The other element in the rules was to depict a place where you live. I took photos for reference all about new york city. For the Old Jaegers I took for a local park. For, the legendary central park five i took empir estate building or world trade. For Old Jaeger park or Legendary Central PArk five i didn't have the photos I liked. i needed another angle for reference, especially as I had wrote up the concept. But for the last one, ParkRei, i used rockefeller center. The structure of Rockefeller center worked in terms of my vision. It has a central urban feel while also some true space to get the angle i liked. Well for my emailers, you will have image stills. For all look to the creating videos below, yes I am still getting used to being recorded while I draw, angle wise. The official submission is in my deviantart page. Enjoy, i wonder what ideas you have. 

Development videos 


DeviantArt Submission

I wish more had joined me:) I will see you next time


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COMPETITIONS or other entries 

Onmyoji fan art contest semifinalist, listing, look further for my favorites to the character i chose. 

I can see a Bounce < https://www.instagram.com/bounce_comic/ OR https://www.facebook.com/BOUNCEstrip/ > with a comic titled : an Onmyoji enters a bar

the other emmas

This artist had a similar idea to me, take her pose but change her activity. I like the drinking tea, the tea of death

This artist did a head shot portrait. nice details in the face 

This artist has the best concept. The pose, positioning, environment, angles are very expressive. Sitting in front of the moon , on top of the spirit skull things, while she has maintained that character definition, the loose legs of the nightwoman, enticing yet deadly 



November 7, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Friday, July 20, 2018

Melissa Sweet, Chair
Laura Vacarro Seeger, Assistant Chair

The Society of Illustrators invites publishers, illustrators, agents, and authors to submit books to the 38th annual exhibition of The Original Art, founded by Dilys Evans in 1980 and sponsored by the Society since 1989. A jury of outstanding artists, art directors, and editors in the field of children’s publishing will choose which books are to be represented in the show and will select gold and silver medal recipients. Jurying is anonymous, and an artist may have no more than two books accepted for the show. 

ANYONE MAY SUBMIT: Publishers, illustrators, agents, and authors.
Publishers, please pass along the website link (in "How to Enter" below) to eligible artists if you are not able to submit their work.
All entries must be published in the U.S. Books printed overseas are eligible.
Books © 2017 and 2018 and complete F&Gs © 2018 will be accepted.
Books must be intended for children from newborn to twelve years old.
Chapter books must have at least eight full-page illustrations.
Books rendered in traditional and/or digital media are eligible.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Books previously entered in the show, color proofs or printouts, self-published books, photographic books, textbooks, YA books, coloring and activity books, books based on licensed characters, anthologies with multiple, independent illustrators.

Visit the Society's website for complete rules and regulations. 
Go to https://goo.gl/forms/anW71apq7FKgpRG52 and fill in the form for each book being entered.
Once the entry form has been submitted, an email receipt will be sent to you. Print out the receipt and tape it to the back of the book being submitted.
Send the book and entry receipt, accompanied by the entry fee, to: 

Society of Illustrators 
The Original Art 2018 
128 East 63rd Street 
New York, NY 10065 
Entry materials will not be returned, and books will be donated to appropriate charities.
$30 per title / $20 for SI members submitting their own work.
Fee must accompany books. Please make checks payable to: Society of Illustrators. If paying by credit card (Visa / MC / Amex), attach information (type of card, name on card, number, exp. date) on a separate sheet of paper. You may also pay online through the Society's website here.
To request an invoice, contact: exhibitions@societyillustrators.org. Invoice # must be included on check.
If submitting one payment for multiple entries, include a list of books covered.

Gold Medal and Silver Medals chosen by the jury.
Lifetime Achievement Awards nominated by a blue-ribbon panel and voted on by artists juried into past shows.
Dily Evans Founder's Award presented for best new talent of the year. Chair: Pat Cummings. 2018 Jury: Gilbert Ford and Naoko Stoop, illustrators; Patrick Collins, Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

Awards Presentation: 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Thursday, November 8, 2018
Each artist represented in the show will receive two complimentary tickets; each art director and editor with a book in the show will receive one complimentary ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $30 per person. SI members: $25 per person. Learn more...



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The Onmyoji contest finalist



An article on the last action hero's origin. I always love when the film making process is exposed, to how wild it is. I place some quotes after the uniform resource locater link 


Schwarzenegger reportedly told Columbia if they hired Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride writer William Goldman to rework the script, he’d be their star; $1 million later, Goldman agreed to give it an uncredited polish.

Penn: What I remember distinctly hearing was that he was working on Danny’s character. This could be total hearsay, so don’t hold me to this, but I remember reading the draft and seeing that there was a new starred page when he operates the crane. It said, “In this moment, as he operates the crane, Danny goes from being a boy to a man.”

[Editor’s note: Leff said that line in unison with Penn.]

Penn: I think I remember saying to Adam, “We’ve been doing this wrong.” If that’s all you have to do, we should have written, “And now the movie kicks into a higher gear that makes it great. By page 50, you’re going to love this.” I just remember thinking, “I can’t believe that counts as a rewrite. I also can’t believe that the great moment for our kid is operating a crane.” That was something that just seemed shocking to me that, “Oh yeah, I’ve always wanted to get into an action movie so I could operate a crane.”

Leff: I have [had social interactions with Goldman] since. Very nice fellow. We’ve had some laughs about the movie and some of the things that went wrong. I think he also came away from it with some battle scars.

Yet, even the award-winning talents of Goldman couldn’t satisfy the team in charge. What followed was a parade of highly respected script doctors and at least one beloved space princess.


Penn: Carrie Fisher.

Leff: Did Carrie Fisher do a pass?

Penn: Yes, Carrie Fisher did a pass. … I did have an exchange with her once, and she laughed. [She said], “I don’t know why they paid me or what I did, but I did it.’ So. But who knows if it even made it in. Who knows? … By the way, I still have no idea who wrote what in the movie.

Penn and Leff each named their specific issues with the final product. For Penn, it was the opening sequence in which Ripper (Tom Noonan) throws Slater’s kid off a roof.

Penn: Our opening sequence was this crazy chase through the Beverly Center, with [Slater] saving a kid with one hand and shooting a guy with another and doing something really silly and unrealistic. But… Oh no, I have a better idea. A horrible, frightening-looking burn victim-serial killer from Manhunter ... throws axes at him and then hurls his son off the roof to his death. Which of those sounds like a more fun opening for this movie? And clearly it’s the serial killer.

Leff: I think the thing that I gagged on and still gag on today was the magic ticket, that golden ticket, the magic ticket. That just still kills me. What we had done in the original script is … the kid is sort of getting sucked through the screen.

Penn: Right, there was a tear in the screen.

Leff: There is a tear in the screen, and he’s going up to inspect the tear and he actually kind of gets sucked into the movie, and you never really know exactly what happens. I don’t know, maybe that wasn’t great either, but to me it was better than a magic ticket, which which just makes me sick to this day.

Leff and Penn also objected to the movie’s ending, in which Danny finds himself at the mercy of Ripper and must be saved by Slater.

PENN: Imagine if E.T. was about a kid who just got pushed around and never did anything and didn’t help E.T. at all. That would not be effective. When you’re writing a wish-fulfillment story, someone’s wish needs to be fulfilled.

Leff: His character never goes anywhere in the final version. Where we took his character might not have been the right place, in retrospect, I realize that 25 years later. We went way dark, but they probably could have taken it somewhere.

Penn: In this, you really felt like he’s barely doing anything. I mean he’s meeting a girl who’s too old for him. I don’t know. I mean we could go on for a while. We had a lot of, there’s a lot of head-scratchers. You know, the animated cat obviously being one of them. I remember sitting in that premiere and just thinking, “What’s… why? What’s going on?” I thought, “Who’s running this show? How did this happen?”


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Competition of Black owned Fiyah Magazine 

Issue 8 Theme: Pilgrimage | Accepting submissions July 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018
Every journey starts with a single step, and this issue is all about the trip, not the destination. We’re looking for stories of journeys to new worlds, of returning to lost worlds, and journeys of the soul. But, like always, make it weird, make it magical, make it Black.

We accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words.

What we want in speculative poetry is verse that struggles, reveals, instructs, comforts, and fights back. We are looking for weird, complex, honest and challenging work with a clear speculative element from black authors. You can check out this post from our Poetry Editor for more on what we’d like to see in your poetry.
< http://www.fiyahlitmag.com/2017/02/07/poetry-editors-note/

Submission Formatting 
The subject line of your submission must read “FICTION SUBMISSION: [Story Title]”.
Submissions should include a cover letter written in the body of the email. Click here to learn more about how to write a professional cover letter.
< http://inkhaven.net/2010/04/lessons-from-the-slush-pile-your-cover-letter-and-you/
Submissions should be attached as a .doc/.docx file to your submission email. Stories pasted into the body of an email will not be accepted.
Submissions should be submitted in proper short story manuscript format with your name, address, email address, and the story’s total word count on the first page. Click here for an example of proper short story manuscript format.
< https://shunn.net/format/story.html
Email your submission to: submissions@fiyahlitmag.com



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Submit to
Fall/Winter 2018
Killens Review of Arts & Letters

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Gathering at the Waters: 
Connecting Family and Community through Literature and Art
The theme of "Gathering at the Waters" connotes bringing together family and communities to look at the ways in which we affect and are part of each other's lives. For the upcoming issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Spring/Summer 2018, we want to continue that exploration of "connecting family through literature and art" in the works of writers of the African diaspora. 

We seek submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, interviews, book reviews, poetry, memoir, photography, and visual artwork on the subjects of family, community, and unity in narratives that tell of healing, nurturing, cleansing, and reflection in the times we live in.

Please visit the link below for more information on submission guidelines.



Please submit to only one category at a time: essay, fiction, interview, poetry, prose, and art.
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Justina Ireland, an editor at FIyah magazine , stated the following: Are people really that mad that they stripped Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from an award? That’s silly. She’s dead. It’s not like she cares. And it’s not like her books changed the world for the better. ... The Little House on the Prairie books reinforce the idea of white exceptionalism and the inherent benefit of colonialism without contending with any of the moral and physical drawbacks of such exploitation. Also, they are boring as fuck.

Someone replied: First of all not true. And if you find them boring as F*&#.....maybe that says more about your attention span.

Now, while the personal attack toward ireland is unwarrant or a false claim, the reality is, ireland's original position has flaws. First, Art does not have to be liked or admired by all to be admired by many. IReland ask, are people really that mad? yes. fans of wilder's work are. Some fans to any artist like said artist to be adored, admired, honored in ways like titling awards. IReland is an editor to a writing magazine and stated, that wilder's book didn't change the world for the better OR it reinforced idea's of white exceptionalism and amendments. Her first point is artistically sinful. The artist creates. The artist create from the soul, the charlatan does not. Wilder created from her soul. And like any artist, I include myself or Ireland side Wilder, it is up to others to feel beauty or wisdom or an infinite set from other states to anything we create. Not everyone likes the sistine chapel ceiling, but Michelangelo emitted his soul. And like mein kampf, the declaration of independence, or the revolution will not be televised, did these artistic entries change the world or were reflections to the world changed. If people like your work, they do, and your lucky. Poe died penniless, his art did not change the world when published. yet, after his death, epiphany amongst the readership. In similarity to the work from phillip k dick. If Wilder's soul wanted to emit white exceptionalism and inherent benefit of colonialism without contending with any of the effects from exploitation toward others... then she may have succeeded. But, that is her soul's business. I don't like little house on the prairie, mein kampf but others have the right too. Art is not meant to reflect one viewpoint or one lifestyle, art do reflect all lifestyle.  USA is over 300 million people, ten percent is 3 million. I imagine wilder can get 9 million. I recall a show that was on tv for a long time called little house on the prairie, which i was not a fan to either, so many liked the books. ... In the end, Ireland's argument is to question why the uproar, but her position, at least the position i read, is absent any value. WIlder's work has fans who are mad at her name being treated as unworthy, or to said fans her work has influenced their life to various grades, or from her soul emitted a culture that many <enough to make a media uproar> like. In the USA organizations from private to public are trying to please a growing populace that has historically been bereft honor from private or public organizations and  want to see those who emit what they do not like or who have insulted them be taken from acclaim, through naming buildings, statues, award names. If I had power over the award I would had replaced Wilder's name a while back, cause she is not the best in my view.  But, an argument does exist. Is it wise to change these labels now? It is not true to state that a large populace in the usa is white and do not like non white. That is an honest statement. And, most people in the usa are white. Are these delabelings values from the collective soul or a lie covering truth? What say you? ... If I had my choice I would call the award, Association for Library Service to Children for best children's book, call me silly but why give one artist the title to an award that will be throughout time. it is not a one off. 



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5 hours ago, richardmurray said:

Art is not meant to reflect one viewpoint or one lifestyle, art do reflect all lifestyle.



Art is often commentary  and commentary reflects a perspective.  Eliminating that perspective or the one who perceives it is akin to censorship ... and similar to what happens in war.   Removing artwork and the artist is an attempt to silence.   Not cool.  I rather be offended than to be a witness someone losing the right to express themselves.  

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16 hours ago, Mel Hopkins said:


Eliminating that perspective or the one who perceives it is akin to censorship ... and similar to what happens in war.  


yes @Mel Hopkins  I have nothing against Justine or fiyah magazine but. a black writer, suggesting that a white writer is not warranting the fandom  or the support cause the content in work from said white writer or perception to the value in said work is negative, is no other than what white media do to black artists all the time. I don't want white people to change. I want black people to be free from white physical assault. White people writing books or making movies or producing paintings where they depict their interpretation to black people as negative or positive is not a physical assault, it is emotional, pride based, but not physical. Some in the black community seem to want whites to speak well to blacks and I oppose that position. Donald Trump speaking ill to the central park five was negative, was ill, but the central park five suffered cause the assailed white woman who lied and the NYPD who interrogated, Trump is not the one who led to the pain the central park five went through. Birth of a nation, the original, is a vile movie to Black people, but that film was not hanging black people or incarcerating black people falsely, or financially entrapping black people through tricks, all supported through government initatives or actors, in 1915. That was city councils, mayors of cities, state legislators, state governors, federal representatives, federal senators, the president, white owned private enterprise. are the cause. The napir of american race relations, what I call the burning of southern black folk, was the fault of the us federal military leaving the south, which oddly enough they would had to return 100 year later, not the confederate flag, or statues or books written from whites. 

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Programmable LED Clock  a 60-bulb ring of programmable SK6812 RGB LEDs under frosted acrylic glass


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black smithing basics 



Hammers and Long Handled Blacksmith Pliers:
It might seem absurd to say this, but obviously your average everyday carpenters hammer won’t work for bending white-hot metal. If you’re working with metal you’ll want a few heavy machinist hammers, and at least 1 Ball Peen or Flat Peen hammer. This will make life immeasurably easier when working with the anvil and leg vise. In addition to this, if you’re going to be doing any “forge welding” (a process described later) you’ll need a large, heavy, long-handled sledge hammer.


A Hardy Log:
Or a ‘tool log’, anyways. A log with some metal hooks attached to it that you can hang your hammers off of is a mainstay of any competent blacksmiths shop. You could go out and get yourself a fancy metal tool-rack, but it’s probably cheaper just to go into the woods and find an old chunk of wood. Logs are usually my first choice when it comes to equipment racks due to their surprising resistance to the heat of the forge.Bach Ritterburg Tool Pliers



Anvils can be surprisingly inexpensive on places like craigslist or just general antiques shops. Worse comes to worst, you can ask any friends you’ve got that live on farms: most old estates used to have personal farriers, and so there’s probably a decent chance you’ll find a farriers anvil. Though there are many types of anvils out there, I’ve found that farrier’s anvils are set up the best way for bending metal. Rather than just giving you a flat surface, they give you a jutting horn with which you can bend your metal, and overall provide an easier platform for turning iron and steel into malleable putty. They also have strategically placed holes in them for the purposes of adding tools and attachments to your anvil should you choose.


A Partner:

Blacksmithing in teams of two is almost as old as the trade itself. Usually the teams of two would include one apprentice working the bellows, and one master smith actually heating and manipulating the metal. As forge welding became more popular, teams of two grew in popularity also, as a result of the fact that you need an incredibly heavy sledge hammer to slam down on the heated metal, while somebody holds the two pieces of metal together in the right position. Even if you’re not working with forge welding, having a partner is important for safety reasons, and just because it’s always fun to have someone to talk with while you’re hammering away.


Quenching Bucket:

This one is relatively self-explanatory. You don’t need an oil quench bucket or heat sink if you’re not forging high-grade steel, so if you’re just starting out, a simple wooden or metal bucket filled with water will work perfectly for quickly cooling down your crafts and forgings. The point here isn’t necessarily that you cool it particularly quickly or in any specific way, but rather that you get the danger of super-heated metal out of the way when you’re done with whatever you’re doing. Quickly hardening some small parts can also be important for making complex bends and hooks.


Important Extra Bits and Pieces Undeserving of their own Category:
• Anhydrous Borax: This is necessary for forge-welding
• Large Rasp/File: This is for filing down burs. Even if you don’t need it initially, you’ll need it as you progress.
• Forge tools: These are for moving and manipulating the coal. They can be little more than a long handled rake to move around the coal or a long piece of metal that you can use to shovel the coal into the firepot.
• Clinker Breaker: These are incredibly important and often unused in forges. Clinker Breakers are used to break up the little deposits of metal that will colelct in the bottom of your forge. They can be purchased online, and are essential to keeping your tuyere and firepot clean.
• Safety Equipment: For the love of goodness, please get yourself a decent blacksmithing apron. This will keep motel metal, sparks, and burning coals off your body, and trust me, you don’t want any of those things hitting anywhere vital!

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Six ways to repair broken plastic. , yes glue is the sixth and the most affordable or safest to the others


BUT the video to one method, plastic welding



for the  kids- 8 possible science fair projects, i suggest the generator 


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Questions to think about


The following Kobo article made me think, about my emailing list and the kind of various people in it. 
Three question I never explicitly asked, i should had asked before: how many books do you read per month, what is the average price of books you read per month, and how many from my work have you read
So, I ask all of you to do likewise to your readers. I imagine the answers may surprise.  


The following kobo article made me wonder a nice question: I add it to the prementioned: how many years in your life did at least one book you read inspire you


I have never read an author biography, I always go straight to page one when i consider a book. Another question: how many books did you buy in your life, best memory, based on the author biography
I know many people bought books after seeing a movie or after many other folk bought a book. I bet none of those folk read the biography?


What is a favorite line to a book you read? I am not too proud to ask: what is a favorite line to something I wrote, poetry or prose?
 I used : in that pleasant district of merry england which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and vallies which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster <Ivanhoe> , in the land of ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three <howls moving castle> 


I have been told by some I need to revise sunset children stories OR the gospel of Joseph. 
what books do you think need to be revised that you love? what books from me do you think I need to revise Doesn't everything demand revision eventually?  


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