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    I'm not playing the victim. I do not feel victimized nor did I ever imply such a thing. I simply expressed my feelings on the issue. I'm not sure where you are getting the "playing the victim" sentiment from. I can only presume it is your imagination, a reflection of what is in your head. Are you trying to victimize me? You must know by now I've been harassed by people, on this forum, who are far more vile than you might imagine, some of this stuff has even made it onto the board, some I've even shared because i thought it was comical. Playing the victim is not my role, or nature. I'm surprised you would try to pull that one on me My grammer is impeccable, but you already know this. It is also the reason why I generally refrain from using words like f*uck, bromance, or mansplain.
  3. Who knows?

    @Pioneer1 "Stable" mind as in a stagnant mentality? In other words, you don't think outside the box, because you are trapped in the box of your dull mindset, void of an imagination. You don't know the origin of the universe. All you are doing is parroting the intelligent design theory, taking the easy way out. And your reference to schizophrenia has nothing to do with "uncommon" (rare) sense. I'm neither hearing voices in my head nor suffering from paranoia. Those traits apply to somebody like you who listen to the voices inside your head filling you with a consuming suspicion of THE WHITE MAN plotting against you - as you hover there, bug-eyed, shuffling from foot-to-foot, waving the American flag. BTW, Del. A creator is not synonymous with being a person. Gravity can create a black hole.
  4. End of Poverty?

    @Pioneer1And got you i did!
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  6. RIchard Murray Creative Table

    If any of you have Kobo Ebooks and you want to place them on OVerdrive, it can be done for free through the dashboard. I placed all but one of my paid books which I am working on in the overdrive. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/11/14/distribute-to-overdrive-via-kwl-hassle-free-library-distribution-50-royalties/
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    The way the article author composed her prose made me think of glengarry glen ross. Enjoy:) my modulation <did I succeed in gender neutrality or environmental change:)?> and then read the article. Lacy Williams: ...S-M-A-R-T. Smart Marketing Art Retailers Tracking - Smart - Are you smart enough to listen? Marketing - You want to market? I know you do, or you'll keep living day to day. Art- Will you create for Christ's sake. Retailers - Be their pusher or give them free views, and Tracking.... S.M.A.R.T. Be smart you fools, the whole worlds online. You think they stay online to only view porn? An addict doesn't want yesterday's candy everybody gets, they always want something sweeter only you will provide. They are at home waiting to buy your book. Are you gonna get them? Are you adult enough to take them? What's the problem,pal? You- commenter. Commenter: Your such a hero, your so successful, how come your around this blog wasting your time with a bunch of bums? Lacy: You click on this website? you click on this website? Commenter: yeah. Lacy: This website cost more than your car. I made two million last year. How much you make? You see, pal, that's who I am, and your nothing. Nice person? I don't give a shit. Good parent? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna write here- close! ,You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse from writing a book? You don't like it, quit! I can start right now, tonight, with the first draft you've got and make myself fifteen thousand. Tonight! In two hours! can you? Can YOU? Go and do likewise. S-M-A-R-T. Get mad you spawn of bitches, get mad. You want to know what it take to write great books? It take a BRASS BALL to write great books. GO and do likewise, folks. Money's out there. You pick it up, it's your. You don't , I got no sympathy for you. You wanna sit on those chairs tonight and close, CLOSE. It's yours. If not, your gonna be getting my groceries. And you know what you'll be saying- a bunch of losers tweeting, alone in their home. Oh yeah, I used to be a writer. It's a tough racket.... https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/11/06/be-a-smart-indie/
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    i cant believe this but I am going to disagree with you Troy. What?! @Pioneer1 that statement is illogical. If it is true then who created the "Someone" that Troy you are confusing truth and validity. Pioneer made a conclusion or rather an inference that follows his statement. I don't know if Pioneer said this or not. So if I am repeating your statement my apologies Pioneer. if something is created then it has a creator. You could argue whether the Universe was created. You could also argue that nature isn't manufactured in a factory. However something created ipso facto has a creator. That's definitional. Troy if you are going to use Mathematics, Philosophy or Logic. You may want to be a bit more rigorous in how you frame your argument.
  9. RIchard Murray Creative Table

    What is your favorite character trigger @sabine ziya @Mel Hopkins https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/11/03/using-triggers-to-poke-at-a-characters-emotional-wound/ People today, view or listen more than read. Am I right? https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/10/27/making-promotional-videos-on-the-cheap
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    Cynique Like i said, you can't wrap your finite mind around the idea that the universe created itself Ofcourse I can't "wrap my mind" around it....because my mind is firm and STABLE. But someone with a weak and flabby mind can "wrap" their mind around anything because it's easily mansplain manipulated like silly putty.....lol. People who are weak minded and easily influenced are liable to believe ANY silly concept that is introduced to them without matching it with common sense. I prefer uncommon sense when i ponder. You're not alone. There are schizophrenics who share the same preferences!   Troy   If it is true then who created the "Someone" that brought the universe into existence? Who said That Someone had to be created? Perhaps They were ALWAYS in existence, having no need to be brought INTO existence. "Creation" is just our limited way of understand the order of things. It is based upon the passage of time which is how we perceive the universe, but time may not be the true nature of the universe. The popularity of "creationism" has less to do with perception and passage of time and more to do with an innate feeling in most human beings that force them to acknowledge that there is a Grand Power that produced and organized the natural wonders that they see in the universe. Nature has a way of HUMBLING human beings who become too arrogant and think they know everything.
  11. End of Poverty?

    Cynique The epitome of mansplaining. I well aware of the "soup kitchen" community. You just need to be kept in check when you resort to hyperbole as was the case with you declaring that white college students were being paid $50,000 a year for serving hot meals to drug addicts, and subsequently contradicting yourself by saying these white kids serving hot meals to drug addicts were ones sentenced by the court to do community service. Keep it real. I keep it CIVIL. If I kept it "real" I'd have cussed you out a couple posts ago.....lol. Every other word would have been "N" this and "MF" that....lol. For you to call my statements contradictory is like me saying an apple is a fruit and you digging up a post where I called an orange a fruit and using THAT as an example of a contradiction. It's a silly attempt to play a game of "gotcha". Troy the science is clear. There is only one race and the world is an oblate spheroid not flat. This is not "my word" or "your word." These are just facts man. Again, this is my point: you have no problem disputing facts based upon your own limited knowledge and intuition. But "science" never said that there was only one race.....TROY is. But you're right about one thing, this is no longer simply MY word againt YOUR word. I've enlisted the help of Merriam-Webster:   1 :any one of the groups that human beings can be divided into based on shared distinctive physical traits. c :a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race   And Wikipedia "Race is a concept used in the categorization of humans into groups, called races or racial groups, based on combinations of shared physical traits, ancestry, genetics, and social or cultural traits" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_(human_categorization) So both of these OFFICIAL DEFINITIONS back me up on the fact that not only is "race" a form of categorizing people.....but also the fact that there is MORE THAN ONE RACE.
  12. Lead Poisoning in New York City

    Troy Well that would be true if you buy into the premise that this was a conspiracy in the first place. Well you certainly didn't know about the lead poisonings in Flint and New York until someone EXPOSED the fact that it was happening. This means it was being kept SECRET.....and the key factor of a conspiracy is SECRECY. I do not believe that white people got together and say hey well can damage some Black people if we introduce led into their environments Neither do I believe that ALL White people...or even MOST White people as a group....got together to plan this. But one thing seems to be clear...... The White people who ARE responsible for doing this seem to be stronger and more determined than the White people who aren't. You ARE aware of the Tuskeegee Experiment where Black men were secretly given syphilis and monitored, aren't you? Certainly racist conspiracies against Black Americans aren't unheard of.
  13. Troy I'm gonna get you -Sheeeeeyyyid...... I wish I could "get with" ALL THREE of them....one at a time....lol. Cynique Do your daughters know you're posting pictures of them all over the web? That one in the black leather coat looks like she'd slap the TASTE out of man's mouth is he came at her sideways....lol.

    @Troy Now you're playing the victim. SMH. I wasn't exactly in the dark about your sentiments. There was never any doubt that you didn't agree with where i was coming from, or that you despised the word mansplaining and all it brought to mind. So you proceed to reiterate your sentiments in the guise of a "different approach", and have now accused me of not knowing what you're talking about just because i don't share your opinion; typical male reaction. I'm sorry, but i don't care about "sexism". I think "bromance" is a really cool merger. "Fuck" is my favorite curse word, "nigga" my favorite sobriquet to express the love/hate relationship i have with my people. So shoot me. How many times do i have to say that i'm a cynical ol bitch? And just to prove it - you should've written "I said my piece on the word; not peace."
  15. RIchard Murray Creative Table

    Good prose on doubting, I do not have doubt. My problem is verbosity or uncommon grammar techniques. ... and unwillingness to change to fit any readership. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/10/31/fighting-the-demon-of-doubt
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    a half hour audio listen but good thoughts. I have no estate plan, to be blunt. I realize that could be devastating if an edgar allen poe happen to me:) but... a good listen overall The audio- you can listen too RAW LINK http://traffic.libsyn.com/kobowritinglife/KWL_Podcast_EP_095_EstatePlanningforAuthors_with_MLBuchman.mp3 article https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/10/24/kobo-writing-life-podcast-episode-095-estate-planning-for-authors-with-m-l-buchman/

    Well @Cynique, I've said my peace on the word. I'm not sure if you understand my point since your entire reaction was spent picking apart and rejecting what I wrote. I'm surprised you did not go after my grammar again...Nuff said. Hi Sarah, do you have a website? Why don't you post a link to it, and save anyone who is interested a step. Thanks
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    Don't know why Black men are singled out but my book, Run Sallie Run, address what to do if you suspect ANY man is not being upfront on the dating scene. This book is for the mature dating woman and provides some insight into situations which may help to validate your thinking. It is a humorously written book that uses music lyrics and song titles to spark conversation and thought. Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels. Peek inside at Amazon.
  20. I repeat *Black Solidarity Passed and Let AALBC member's create in its wake* If the concept interest you, I describe the idea in more on my blog. LINK
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    how about an AALBC community book? The author to the article describe what he thinks are good methods for a bundle. 1. One theme or one general theme, so Valentine's day, romance. 2. Authors that are willing, initiated; and a way for them to be connected. I suggest connecting on AALBC. 3. Contract should exist between parties for royalties or contral rights. 4. Marketing must be outwardly and consistent. Possible ideas *Please Suggest Before You Read Mine* this year no one did anything for black solidarity day. I saw it on my calendar and I did not make any mention to it, to see what happened. In light of that, I want to honor black solidarity, which as a celebration in the black community in the usa is functionally pan black, globally. Juneteenth is specific to black people whose forebears who were in enslaved in the usa, like me. Kwanzaa is a solstive celebration that reference black african culture, which is my forebears. But, what if you are black and your forebears were not enslaved in the usa, like in ethiopia. what if you are black but not from african descent like some native people in the american continent, like some tribe in south america, or like some in each sector in asia. Black Solidarity is not about any particular tribe in the village, it is about all the tribes, being solid in themselves and making a solid union on earth. Sequentially, I see a title, tentative Happy Besooned Black Solidarity Day Stories or something with Black SOlidarity Stories in it I will suggest my following ideas to the itenerary listed below, please do likewise or similar. 1. Theme 2. Author 3. Contract 4. Marketing 1. Theme - Black Solidarity obviously, each story much contain positive black solidarity in some way or fashion. I think it need to be a short length. Flash fiction to short story, no epics or the novel needed to be written. 2. Author- each other a member of AALBC with their profile page as proof 3. The book is free, so this makes it a matter of want in the first place. I am willing to be the steward to whomever trust me. I will share the ebook through email to each member that I load. 4. Marketing, if each contributor post a link once a week to the page, the number of contributors will dictate the effect of the post what say you? https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/10/10/multi-author-bundles-dos-and-donts/

    @Troy Why are you belaboring the point about mansplaining in its current usage??? Didn't i say that i accepted what i have no control over? Didn't i imply that the essence of the word was preserved because patronizing presumptuousness transcends gender? And your opinionated deconstruction and rejection the legitimacy of this word doesn't really register with me because i don't agree with you. I tend to like colorful, creative words. The ongoing battle of the sexes spawned mansplaining and it has found a place in the vernacular of pop culture. Nobody is saying you have to accept the word. But, by the same token, nobody has to defer to your disapproval of it just because it offends your sensibilities. Language is the living instrument of human communication and if it's flawed, it is because humans are. Deal with it. BTW, how often do you encounter women who toss the word manspaining at you? Is it a constant in your life? And can you bring yourself to consider that women who use this term are just as often right as they are wrong? If they're wrong you do have the option to get things off our chest by telling them this. You can squelch Pioneer's obstinacy about race being an authentic classification, and Del's postulation about climate change being suspect, but you cannot place yourself on the side of right when it comes to the controversial nature of the word "mansplaining". You want to bad-mouth Oxford Dictionary because it is based in England, as if the English language is not spoken in America. And i don't think Merriam Webster really supports your personal distaste for the word. Words are their business. To them, mansplaining is simply a word they are watching with interest to see if it will eventually fall out of usage. Unlike you, they are objective.
  23. Help Make an Injury Plot

    6 steps, I started it off, five left, on the second, don't use more than two sentences. Comment On the following link=> LINK
  24. RIchard Murray Creative Table

    If you are on Kobo and not on helloreads yet, check out this information. They have a form to submit to Helloreads. I made a helloreads page which aside my goodreads page. I don't use enough but they are present. I am trying to use AALBC moreso than any other profile. So, if you are not on either, that is fine but we should connect. if all the aalbc members connected on every other platform in a group or individually that would make us a block. NOTE: a link to posting a kobo work on helloreads is used, consider it My HelloReads https://www.helloreads.com/richardmurray My GoodsReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/189838.Richard_Murray https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/10/04/find-your-next-read-and-promote-your-books-with-helloreads/
  25. RIchard Murray Creative Table

    Strong commentary on the commonly called "social media". It is mirror world. When an author is not well known electronic communication venues can aid while they do not guarantee attracting an audience. The potential audience or craft buyers using electronic communication venues, I don't say social media cause all media is social <newspaper articles, old fashioned radio,anything where a message can be presented through>, are assaulted secondly from various advertisement. Thus, in my experience, getting those more popular on electronic communication venues to present your work is the best for the not well known. Oprah's book club Beyonce giving kudos are prime examples. If Barack Obama say he likes a particular non profit organization that advertisement is priceless. When you are well known, all media is good cause people know you so getting your information out is only a positive. *thoughts* https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/09/29/6-social-media-tips-just-for-authors/

    OK let me try a different approach @Cynique: The reality is that I dislike all words in the "mansplain" category. When we artificially combin words like "Bromance," "Manbun," and "Manslain" We become less clear. Besides words like this are inherently sexist. If two men love each other it is just love. If a man wears a bun it is just a bun. The male gender qualifier diminishes the thing it is applied to as if it is only for women. Does this make sense? If a man carries a bag to hold things, it is not a "manbag." it is just a damn bag. If a man explains something it is just an explanation. If the mans does it in a condescending manner it is an explanation done condescendingly It does not matter if the target is a woman or a man; condescension is gender neutral, for women can be condescending too. We do not need words like mansplain, womansplain, Blacksplain, gaysplain, jewsplain, or any of these useless combinations. Again, applying the gender qualifier is unnecessary at best and sexist at worst. The later is virtually always the intent. So cynique you may disagree with the sexist nature of this type of language or may have been completely obvious to it. But when a racist behaves in a racist manner they too can be caught off guard and surprised by the reaction. Hey @Del that is very interesting--maybe you are right. I think my reasoning above may explain why. What do you think?
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    *Question* have any of you considered writing in another language beside english? I have a plan to publish in another language, nothing long winded though, something tiny but... what say you? The world is a circle, and multilingualism is a tool. Money is out there, but it does not always speak english. Question, what language would you like to see a story from you in ? name the story side the language ? *Your thoughts* ? https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/09/25/five-things-i-learned-as-an-esl-writer/
  28. And Still I Cook.-Leah Chase..

    Leah Chase Second Cook Book,Not Just About Her Recipes,But Her Reflections On Life,Family,Friends And Business..Black Cook-Books As Plans For Thanksgiving Dinner Soon To Be Planned...
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