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  1. Being yourself is key I concur to this post , what I have learned is patience is massive, if you keep at it the community will grow who are truly interested and reply to inquest. but you have to be patient, and don't beg, simply state what you are doing. 



    grammar thoughts 



    I only wrote romance in a story collection. I have yet to produce a book intentionally displaying positive sultry intimacy between characters from cover to cover but I know many who read romance novels in various sub genres: tech/adult/noir et cetera. Considering what you said about critics, or judges, the issue may be they are afraid to have positive relationships dominate in stories more. Negative friction is easier to utilize than positive friction. more tweets are about negative interactions than positive ones. Romance novels by default are displaying positive relationship, through various environments. 



    Kobo authors do check this out , I suggest all go for it. so many of us are online all the time. @sabine ziya 


    join the affiliate program  



    I had and have total opposition to the message in the following article. I saw many beautiful book cover in my time. I think book coveres have value, especially to attract. The problem is in molding readers. Readers when best, are unconcerned to a book cover. The literature between the cover is the content. not the book cover, the movie poster, the music video. I wonder what film sales will be absent, film posters/previews imagine if the only way to see a film would be in a movie house, what will sales be? I wonder who will be the top charting artist absent the music video, the album cover, the concert. what if you can only hear the music? Viewers/audience are groomed to expect the main content to come in a package and i think that augments the value or the intake to the main content. 



    Authors on a Train sound fun, If anyone want to collaborate, on short stories I am game

    If Authors on a Train sounds like something you’d want to attend, we are currently accepting applications for our 2018 retreat. It will take place November 11-16, and again head to New Orleans by way of Amtrak from Chicago. For more information, go to http://www.authorsonatrain.com

    Part 1 


    Part 2



    If you want to be part of Kobo's beta promotions program and are a kobo writing life member send an email to support@kobowritinglife.zendesk.com 

    A kobo author shares her experience  



    Great tools in the blog entry to be honest, i am one of those people who changes my environment when in writing mode. When I feel an urge to write I cut off and write only. I think that old tool is still the best. Sometimes not the most functional but, works for me, when I am in a writing groove. no net, phone, anyone else. Luckily, I don't have a fiscal scenario that disallows that as well. 



    The following is a great idea. Communicate as a character in your story. I like this idea lot. I will give it a go. Any suggestions on a character from a story I did not compose that interest you ?  




    Rachel Grant who opens up her email to query from kobo writers who have thoughts about the industry, as what makes your story unique. But I go one further and ask what have you read that is unique? 



    Self publishing in the netherlands,  a good read 



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  2. If you have a NYPL library card , or any other,consider reading my book Sunset Children Stories https://nypl.overdrive.com/media/3670145
    library search 


    happy holidays , tell me if you can access my book at your local library. The poetry or more books are not in overdrive yet. I am working on an issue between kobo side overdrive. Will update later.  ... for those that know Habari Gani? this is the best day:) for sharing, perhaps:) 

    @Mel Hopkins @Troy @sabine ziya @Neftali Rivera Jr @Maame Dede @Cynique @zetkabawn @Sarah Gordon Weathersby @rosa @Uniquelymade7 @Jasonnicholson05 @Angel Alita @Tyr1Jax

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  3. *The following is the films I know from the 2017 Library of congress film entries*  

    Ace in the Hole
    Die hard
    Field of Dreams
    4 Little Girls
    The Goonies
    Guess WHo's Coming to Dinner
    La Bamba


    One film on there I did not know that I was able to see was Wanda, it is really good. 
    And I think a must see for every woman and every man who doesn't mind a human woman.
    The backstory to this film is magical. Barbara Loden was married to her second husband ELia Kazan ,Viva Zapata! ,when Harry Schuster offered 100,000 for her to make her own film. She rewrote what Elia Kazan wrote and based it on her own life. 

    I love this film, i wish i had taped it to be honest. 
    Only two actors are in it and both are brilliant and to be honest, the same characters. The difference is , Wanda is living the life as someone who is only bound to the road. HE is living the life as someone who doesn't know the road has turned. 
    His lines are pure raw cro magnon male, when he speaks to her holding food or their talk while they drink beers is a must see. Her replies are genius to him though. When she answers about her former life, it is nearly heartbreaking in one level, while more honest than what is from most female characters in films. Oddly, Ray in star wars episode seven epitomize that in science fiction.  
    Oh , remember to check the hat she gets:)

    affectionally, I present *_Wanda_*    

  4. What cliche do you dislike the most? but are cliches as negative as suggested? :) you  know what i mean? In an age where shortly typed prose is dominant. Are cliches negative or expected, natural. Is the smiley face a cliche? meaning, I used two previously. 



    I am on Overdrive through Kobo. what is your lulu profile page @Mel Hopkins

  5. OVerdrive is a system that allows you to access EBooks through it like a traditional library system. IT is a member of the Rakuten family, which owns my publisher Kobo. Each page to a book linked below has a sample page. Enjoy. are your already published works on overdrive? @Troy @Mel Hopkins @Cynique 

    *My books* 
    Sunset Children Stories
    Looking West and West 
    The Visasiki
    The Janidogo

    Overdrive library location
    app for overdrive

    *For Writing life authors* 
    Once your eBook is live on OverDrive, spread the words to your fans so they can request your eBook at their local library. OverDrive also launched a great free app, Libby, where users can browse eBooks right on their devices.
    As you can see, the process is incredibly simple and a fantastic way to get your book out to a new market—and help you increase your earnings!
    If you’d like to enable OverDrive distribution on your account, send an email to the KWL team now and we’ll get you set up.

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  6. Cleopatra Jones was mostly written or partially produced from MAx Julien , starred Tamara Dobson. Black people had a hand in the money/script/direction/acting in this film, thus making it one of the few true black films , in my opinion.
    What do you think should be involved in a remake? any ideas.
    misha green twitter
    referring tweet


  7. @Mel Hopkins  I think you hit the problem on the head.  If you take Get Out and replace all the black characters, for which only five exist <outside the black cops>, and replace them as white you have a plot that is part wicker man <original or nicholas cage>/manchurian candidate/the strangers. Nothing plot wise was not done before: mental manipulation to a protagonist to serve the agenda of a financially affluent shadow organization, white female antagonist who acts as a bait to the male protagonist, a deadly set of whites <use lethal force> in a white suburban area.  The protagonist side his friend are the only steady black characters. the black cops were only used to show how impotent black law enforcers will be , which is no other than white  law enforcers in similar scenarios in films, ala halloween 2 and law enforcement mocked donald pleasance.  The white grandmother and grandfather and a white man who bought the brother in the opening scene inhabit three black characters bodies who are only expressed through moments of mental stress or the flashlight which break the mental hold, like when the black maid starts to cry after the male protagonist says i am only nervous around so many white people. Thus, three from the five black character are never fully exposed. My point being the plot is not absurd, as white violence to blacks in the usa is if anything a statian tradition. but a film that display white people who are fiscally wealthy/country side folk <not exactly urban elites>/who have no visible danger to them<like the texas chainsaw folk> abusing or murdering many black people in the most complete way is what the golden globes wanted to deem a comedy. If the cast is all white then like wicker man/manchurian candidate/the strangers/halloween the film is a thriller, suspense thriller. If having a character that speak in a buffoon manner dictate you are a comedy then transformers 4 is a comedy, mark wahlberg's friend. Some say the beginning of the film is funny but the opening scene isn't funny but honest. Black people do speak like that in white communities at night. And law enforcement may not like it, but too many missing cases in the black community in new york city exist to suggest Get Out is falsifying how law enforcement work to missing cases in the black community. But, when you see the film. Below is the scripts enjoy the reads, apologize for the format issues. 


    The movie script 



    This is an early script, it varies from the movie in vital ways, and to be honest, i can see as an earlier script, the rewriter gave it a more neutral ending and softened some of the character interactions. I wonder your thoughts to the variance.  your thoughts @Neftali Rivera Jr @sabine ziya @Maame Dede @Cynique @Uniquelymade7


    from here http://scriptslug.com/scripts/get-out

  8.  #GETOUT was labeled a comedy by the oscars. Forget about the purpose to why that labeling was done. Artistically, how do you define GET OUT and how can it be labeled a comedy?   @sabine ziya @Neftali Rivera Jr @Mel Hopkins


    I define get out as a suspense thriller. It can be deemed in the science fiction mold through the mental paralysis but I think it is not complicated. The complication in get out is not the general plot or the science fiction. It is the wrapping, about black white relations in the usa that is unique and that is the biggest hurdle in classification. if the entire plot involved white people and did not have the concept of white people trying to obtain black bodies in the larger context to the usa. Texas chainsaw massacre- the brood- all deal with similar plots involving white people who harm others through similar means in the film. They key is black people are never in the story. If anything, they are white on white crimes. The legacy/history in the u.s.a. from white on black crime is massive or well documented while not treated as valuable or worthy in films, which are the modern book. So few people see films that are not historical fictions where white on black crime ix exhibited. And thus, the definition to get out is a thriller that utilizes elements from film noir side science fiction. 

    To the comedy label, i know how. the movie does have funny aspect. yes the line i always love is the , she licking your balls and shit. The best friend to the main character is the comic relief, while he serves a greater function as the hero. It is not a comedy though. But I comprehend why oscars did it. The reality is, a movie that displays criminal white behavior from fiscally wealthy/violent/liberal whites to completely innocent or peaceful black people is something that was never done before in the usa, in a relatively big budget film. Get Out if a student film does not have the accessible audience. but cause it could reach a larger audience the themes in it are for white people , unknown in the usa. White people are never criminals like this to black people in a film. it is that simple. I think about movies I have seen, I can not recall many white antoganist to a black protagonist. Film versions of Othello/brother from another planet ; enemy mine or star trek do not count as the inhuman nature to klingons or the creature louis gossett junior played. 

    Story wise, the truth is, the system is not perfect in the film. by default the part that remain from the original people is an echo that by defacto has to continually be suppressed. and the chores are the method to continually repress them, thus the other members are enslaved to the armitages. 


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  9.  *Lotte Reiniger*  films #silhouette mastery , enjoy 
    1919 – The Ornament of the Lovestruck Heart  - Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens
    1920 – Amor and the Steady Loving Couple - Amor und das beständige Liebespaar
    1921 – The Star of Bethlehem - Der Stern von Bethlehem
    1922 – Sleeping Beauty - Dornröschen
    1922 – The Flying Suitcase - Der fliegende Koffer
    1922 – The Secret of the Marquise - Das Geheimnis der Marquise
    1922 – Cinderella - Aschenputtel
    1926 – The Adventures of Prince Achmed (feature) Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed
    1927 – The Chinese Nightingale - Die chinesische Nachtigall
    1928 – Dr. Dolittle and His Animals (3 parts: "The Journey to Africa", "The Monkey Bridge", "The Monkey Illness") - Dr. Dolittle und seine Tiere
    1928 – The Seemingly Dead Chinese- Die scheinbar toten Chinesen
    1930 – Chasing Fortune - Die Jagd Nach dem Glück
    1930 – Ten Minutes of Mozart - Zehn Minuten Mozart
    1931 – Harlekin - Harlequin 
    1932 – Sissi
    1933 – Carmen
    1934 – The Stolen Heart - Das gestohlene Herz
    1935 – The Little Chimney Sweep - Der kleine Schornsteinfeger
    1935 – Galathea: The Living Marblestatue - Galathea: Der lebende Marblestatue
    1935 – Kalif Storch - the Stork Caliph
    1935 – Papageno <refer to : the magic flute> 
    1936 – Silhouettes (animation scenes) - Silhouetten
    1936 – Puss in Boots - der gestiefelte Kater
    1937 – The Tocher. Film Ballet - the daughter 
    1938 – The HPO – Heavenly Post Office - Himmlische Post
    1942 – Girl of the Golden West (writer) - Una signora dell'ovest
    1944 – The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs - Die Gans, die die goldenen Eier legt
    1951 – Mary's Birthday - Marys Geburtstag
    1953 – The Magic Horse -Das magische Pferd
    1954 – Aladdin and the Magic Lamp - Aladdin und die Wunderlampe
    1954 – Caliph Storch
    1954 – Cinderella
    1954 – Puss in Boots
    1954 – Snow White and Rose Red - Schneewittchen und Rosenrot
    1954 – The Frog Prince - Der Froschkönig
    1954 – The Gallant Little Tailor - Der tapfere kleine Schneider
    1954 – The Grasshopper and the Ant - Die Heuschrecke und die Ameise 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6H4kUKtgNs - not original soundtrack 
    1954 – The Little Chimney Sweep  - Der kleine Schornsteinfeger
    1954 – The Sleeping Beauty - Die schlafende Schönheit
    1954 – The Three Wishes - Die drei Wünsche
    1954 – Thumbelina - Däumelinchen
    1955 – Hansel and Gretel - Hänsel und Gretel
    1955 – Jack and the Beanstalk  - Jack und die Bohnenstange
    1961 – The Frog Prince - Der Froschkönig
    1975 – Aucassin and Nicolette - Aucassin und Nicolette
    1979 – The Rose and the Ring - Die Rose und der Ring

    if you have a link to one question marked please share


     *The Work of Michel Ocelot* _mostly online, viewable_  
    Kirikou And The Sorceress film
    Princes and Princesses film - all the episodes from the series Cine si except one
    Kirikou and the Wild Beasts film 
    Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest film 
    Kirikou and the men and the women
    DRagons and PRincesses series information

    The Insensitive Princess series

    The three inventors short film
    La Légende du pauvre bossu - the legend of the poor hunchback - short film 

    Short Films listing- The Three Inventors /Daughters of Equality /The Legend of the Poor Hunchback/ The Four Wishes /The Wedding Guest


    If you like the animation style
    check out the house of christmas

  10. @sabine ziya As always, the best thing to do is submit your work to any publisher when the time comes. You have to be pure to your story and then , resubmit it accordingly if need be. I checked fifty shades of grey, it is listed as contemporary or romance so... at least in kobo you can categorize your work as such. but you should check the publisher you will use for your book 

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  11. 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.... 

  12. 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


  13. 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?

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  14. 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


  15. 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. 


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