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  • Kurt Brindley 5:23 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Columbia Journalism School, Editor & Publisher, Indie Authors, Line, messaging apps, , , , Viber, WeChat, WhatApp,   

    So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing… 

    snapchat

    I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat.

    To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform right after giving it a very brief whirl of a befuddling go during the time I wrote the first post it.

    However, I haven’t given up on trying to understand how it and other apps like it can help others promote their work, especially the younger Indie Authors who best fit the apps’ demographic. So, I’ve kept my eye open for anything relatively relative about it…

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    • acflory 5:33 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      -sigh- Now I really do feel old. I’ve heard of Whatsapp and Snapchat, but as soon as I read that they were both mobile apps, I turned straight off. I do have a smartphone, but it isn’t surgically attached to either my ear or my hand, so it only gets used for those old fashioned things called phone /calls/. And not many of them either. I just don’t like phones or whatever you want to call mobile devices these days. I don’t want to be switched on and tuned in all the time. Anachronism, right? :D

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:59 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have a love hate relationship with my phone – the best among its uses for me are the navigation app and camera.

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        • acflory 6:54 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! Well, as far as the camera goes. :D I could never take a decent photo until I learned how to use the camera. Still a terrible photographer but at least now I’m better than I was.
          The other app I rely on is my EmergencyAus app. It notifies me of any incidents within a 5 km radius of my home…including bushfires. I’ve felt so much safer during the summer months since I’ve had it.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:21 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Elizabeth Gilbert, Indie Authors, , , the art of writing, , writer's groups, ,   

    Why Write, Dammit?! 

    The Writing Hand

    I’m not a very good writer, by which I don’t only mean it in regards to what I’ve written, but also and mostly to how I’ve written.

    The act of writing pains me and I’ll pretty much do anything mostly legal I can to get myself out of it. I guess the best way to express how I feel about writing is: I don’t like having to write, but I truly love having had written.

    But still, I don’t really know why I do feel the need to write except that there is some unidentified force and/or source beyond my reach and comprehension that obliges me to do so.

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    • Jules 1:48 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Whether your writing is good or not isn´t really useful for you to say. I so often hear people say ‘oh, it is so well written’ about some book and mostly people don´t know what they are saying. Bestsellers are rarely great prose, and why should it matter so much? Poetry has to be good writing, but in fiction it is the story that count and the mind that convey the story.

      Your other point, the one about being impelled to write and the suffering it brings along (a product of feeling inadequate, I suppose), could be suggestion from your omniscient inner being to concentrate your shit.
      I know you guys who are glued to blog feel obliged to post every day. Now, ehem, hear my words of wisdom – if they´re within reach: good music needs silence.

      So to answer your question. Don’t! If you have to ask why, don’t do it. Or, correction, do it less. Distil your stuff. Respect the trees, respect the energy consumption. Your everyday writing is surely more costly to planetary warming that any old cow farting in the field.

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    • That Wilder Girl 5:37 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s an interesting question that depends a lot on what I’m writing and what else is going on in my life. Right now, for instance, I feel pressure/desire to write but know it won’t be very good because I’ve got errands to run. Writing is often very rewarding, but you have to push through initial blocks or obstacles. In that sense, I think it shares a lot with other crafts. Not easy, but fulfilling.

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    • umashankar 11:59 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I take a lot of solace in Hemingway’s statement: ‘For a long time now I have tried to simply write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.’

      Indeed, sometimes I have those fleeting streaks of good luck. I write because it is the best of my faculties. In other words, I am not aware of anything I do better. Of course, the readers carry their own touchstones, and surely, there are much better writers out there. I love the sensation of attaining a fulfilment after wrapping up a piece of writing. Many times though it gives me hell too, when I am not satisfied with my output.

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    • em4mighty 2:19 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      i have discovered that i write as a meditation & as an exorcism. it feels better to get it out of me. i grew up in an abusive household. i started writing to stay alive, to stay sane…ish.

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 4:21 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The blogger Elusive Trope once remarked that sometimes an idea for a post feels like a bowling ball rolling around in his head until he finally writes it up. I sometimes have that feeling. There is also the matter of control. I have way too little control over what happens to me or my loved ones or my nation’s dwindling capacity for liberal democracy. But I can still choose words.

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    • KatieComeBack 9:52 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I write because it’s very convenient therapy,

      It’s interesting…I’ll sit down thinking I’m going to write about a thing….and I end up taking that mental left turn at Albequerque. But when I’m done, I find that I’ve expressed something that needed to come out. And it often surprises me.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:20 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, writing has been very therapeutic for me as well. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us, KCB.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:32 am on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cybersecurity, , , Indie Authors, , , , , , , ,   

    The Murky Link Between the Russian Cyber Threat and My Novel 

    This is a link to the live recent Senate Intelligence hearing regarding “Russian Hacking and Cybersecurity.”

    This is a murky link.

    This is a link to The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, my book about the harsh realities of life in the navy during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era.

    What is the relevance of the murky link between the two?

    Probably none.

    But you won’t know for sure unless you watch the hearing to understand why the Russian hacking of our cyber space is threat to our sovereignty and read the book to understand why intolerance and bigotry is a threat to our humanity.

    #prettymurkyright

     
    • Alli Farkas 1:45 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oohhh, and now he wants to “restructure” the CIA and DNI–presumably because he and Mr. Flynn think they are “biased”…

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:20 pm on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The DNI, Dubya’s creation, has always been an odd, futile position – budget execution without any operational authority. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long actually. Though, I see #Trump just named his pick for the the post so it’s still up in the air… as most things are with this new reality of ours.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:23 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Christmas Shopping, crafts, , , Indie Authors, , , Writer's Life, ,   

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:00 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Indie Authors, , , Kindle Scout, , ,   

    Scout…and doubt 

    I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

    Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

    Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

    Please. :)

     

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    Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

    So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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    • kathycecala 6:13 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much Kurt–taking time out in the midst of YOUR big week! I will continue to update my progress on my blog so check in often!

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , dystopian, , , Indie Authors, , , , YA, young adult   

    RISE OF THE CHOSEN by Guest Author Anna Kopp 

    In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

    The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

    Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RISE OF THE CHOSEN


    • This is not another zombie book
    • Action-packed
    • LGBT MC (#ownvoices)
    • Unpredictable page-turner

    Advanced reviewers are calling it ‘intense’, ‘gripping’, and a ‘fresh take on the zombie theme’. Fans of The Walking Dead and Divergent will love this book. But don’t just take their word for it – order on Amazon today and see for yourself!

    EXCERPT

    “Do you eat? I mean, I know you don’t need to, but do you?” Sam
    asked curiously. David gave her a blank stare.
    “Eating is inconvenient,” he finally answered, eliciting a confused
    look.
    “Because it takes time? Or effort?”
    “Because it produces unneeded side effects from the body that
    could cause an interruption in our duties.”
    She mulled over the answer for a moment. Finally understanding
    what he was talking about, she turned red as a beet and continued to
    eat in silence.
    Julian laughed at her reaction.
    “That’s our Sarge, always worrying someone’s gonna have to take a
    piss in the middle of a call.”
    David turned to him. “With you and Mexican food, that’s not the
    one I’m worried about.”
    Sam almost choked on her burrito.
    “Holy shit, did Sarge just make a joke? Well, well, maybe there’s
    hope for you after all!”
    The death glare from David was interrupted by a loud warning ring
    from the computer, followed by the distant wail of a siren. He whirled
    around to get the location and was immediately out the door, yelling
    back at his scrambling teammates.
    “Two at the gate.”

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Anna Kopp was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was 11. She joined the US Army and lived in Georgia during her military career before settling down in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business but her true passion is writing. She is a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys obsessed with Minecraft. Anna’s hobbies include reading, writing, and playing World of Warcraft. She is a true geek at heart and would love nothing more than to see her imagination become a part of something greater.

    Contact Information

    WEBSITE: http://www.annakoppauthor.com
    BLOG: annakoppwrites.wordpress.com
    GOODREADS: Author Profile
    AMAZON: Author Page
    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/annakoppwrites
    TWITTER: @AnnaKoppAuthor



    I would like to thank Anna for her donation to my Website Campaign to raise funds for my movie. I ask that you please take the time to visit Anna’s site, check out her work, and follow along with her on her literary journey. It definitely looks like it is going to be an adventurous and rewarding one.

    Now that the IndieGoGo Campaign to raise funds to produce my movie has kicked off, my Website Campaign has ended. I ask that you please check out our stellar cast and crew, see what the flick is about, and, if you feel so compelled, donate to show your support of Independent Filmmakers. And whether you are or are not able to donate, please share the news about the campaign to your network of family and friends.

    Thank you!

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:28 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , George Saunders, Indie Authors, , , Redglass Pictures, , , ,   

    George Saunders On Story 

    I haven’t read any Saunders yet; been meaning to…more so after watching this:
     


     


    I discovered this video at Saunders’ site.

    I watched it first at The Atlantic.

    You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures.

    If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what are your thoughts about his writing. . .

    I wonder.

     
     

     
    • Nic Schuck 3:12 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Civil War Land in Bad Decline is so good. As is Braindead Megaphone. Highly recommend George Saunders.

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    • christinenbarba 12:07 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I second that ^^^! The Braindead Megaphone is great.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I’ll be on the lookout for it. Unfortunately it isn’t available through my Overdrive app, but I am on the list for his newest collection. Thank you, christinenbarba :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:02 pm on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Indie Authors, Industrial Rock, , , , , , Trent Reznor, , writing music   

    I GOT MY PROPAGANDA, I GOT REVISIONISM… 


     
    #amwriting
    #androckin’
    #nin

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:04 am on September 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Birth of Loglines & Beyond | A Guest Post by Author Ann Kimbrough 

    Our private Facebook writers and readers group recently held its second WRITE EDIT WRITE Challenge (see the results of the first challenge here). Because my focus is on producing a short film based upon an adaptation of my short story LEAVE, I figured we might as well have a challenge focused on screenwriting. Ergo, we asked the group to submit a 25-word, or less, logline describing a WIP or produced work from a genre of their choosing.

    It’s no surprise that the author who submitted the chosen response is a working screenwriter who has some serious writing chops. Author Ann Kimbrough shares her screenwriting expertise in several places on the web, all of which you can reach via her namesake website annkimbrough.com. My favorite medium of Ann’s is her youtube channel where she and other working screenwriters get together to share their knowledge of the industry. Fantastic stuff. We are very fortunate to have Ann as part of our WRITE EDIT WRITE group, and, if I may say, you are very lucky that she has written for us here an excellent post about the mystery and intrigue of writing a logline. You’re welcome. :)

    Ann’s logline submission for WEW #2:

    In a secret facility, a rookie female FBI analyst struggles to contain a serial killer, but her only hope is trusting a devious bombing suspect.


    Birth of Loglines & Beyond
    Ann Kimbrough

    annkimbrough.com

    Loglines are creeping into your life!

    Once only used by screenwriters, all kinds of writers find the little buggers useful. The first one I ever saw was in a TV Guide. Remember those? I barely remember newspapers, even though I’ve heard they still exist. For Millennials who can’t write cursive, read clocks or relate to newspapers: a TV Guide was a paper booklet that came with the Sunday paper. It contained a schedule of all the TV shows for a week.

    Psst: we’re talkin’ back in ancient times when there were only three major TV stations. I know… it’s Epically Stone Age.

    The guides also contained a little blurb about each show. Those blurbs were the birth of loglines.

    I imagine TV Guides still exist today, somewhere without Wi-Fi, but they must be the size of phone books. Remember those? Err… we’ll save that lesson for another time.

    TV Guide blurbs looked something like this:

    Kidnapped in Tasmania, MacGyver uses a banana, a piece of gum and a washing machine to make a robot and save the world.

    I doubt that episode of MacGyver ever aired, but maybe it will in the re-vamped show that’s on CBS this season.

    Loglines actually do two things:

    1. Get your concept across ASAP.

    2. Sell your story.

    Screenwriters pitch their scripts all the time. In turn, if a producer likes the idea, they have to turn around and pitch it to the principals in their company before an offer to option can be made. When a script is optioned, the production company pitches it to the moneymen for funding – financiers or studios. The better the logline, the better the pitch is all the way up the line.

    For novelists, loglines can be used in several ways:

    • Start a query letter
    • On a book’s Amazon page
    • On a book’s back cover
    • On any sales material to build an audience

    In an age when our watches are digital instead of sundials and shoes have Velcro instead of laces, no one has time to read a whole marketing pitch. When writers can get their message across fast, they have a better chance of success.

    Plenty of rules exist about what makes a logline a good logline, but I’ll keep it simple.

    1. Keep it to one sentence, like my MacGuyer example. Some pundits say to make it under 25 words, but don’t go crazy if you’re at 30.

    2. Tell the whole story. Protagonist fights what odds to win what battle?

    3. Don’t use proper names. Use occupations with a descriptive adjective. Ex.: a wily candy creator, could be used in a logline for Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or a deformed recluse for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    4. Write it in present tense.

    5. Don’t include sub-plots. Stick to the main storyline of protagonist vs. antagonist.

    6. Match the tone of your story. When Stephen King writes a logline, I’m sure it sounds scary.

    7. Test the logline on friends. If they ask a bunch of questions and sound confused, then keep working. If they ooh and aah, appearing to get the story, then you may celebrate.

    One caveat: a common logline error is writing a logline that you think fits your story, but makes people see a different story. Such an error will turn any reader sour when your book (or script) takes a turn they didn’t expect.

    Ex. 1: A long-haired princess trapped in a tower awaits a dashing prince.

    Do you sense a Rapunzel story?

    What if the logline should have really been:

    Ex. 2: A long-haired princess trapped in a tower awaits a dashing prince to sacrifice for her freedom.

    Whoa! That’s a completely different story. An agent, producer or reader might want one version of that story, but not the other. Misleading them, even by accident, will hurt in the long run. Loglines that pitch the whole story lead to more success once the manuscript is read.

    Avoid this mistake by testing your logline on your Beta Readers. Or on complete strangers, who know nothing about your writing. (I’ve been told grocery and bank lines are great places to do this.) You pitch them your logline, then ask what kind of story they’d expect to read. If it’s close to the story your wrote, you’re good to go.

    Like all kinds of writing, creating loglines gets better with practice. So, get going!

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    Ann Kimbrough’s imagination comes from growing up as an Air Force brat, which entertained her childhood with foreign lands and amazing characters. They tend to pop-up in all her writing, whether screenplay or novel. The magic continued after college, when she worked in Hollywood and became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ann hosts YouTube show Screenwriters Beat, and spends the rest of her time writing contained, thrilling screenplays and cozy mystery novels under pen name Ann Audree, as well as romance under pen names Pippa Minx and Ann McGinnis. Ann is an optioned and produced screenwriter.

    annkimbrough.com

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:13 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t judge my book… 

    Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.

    KATHYCECALA.COM

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    Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

    Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems.  Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.

    Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…

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    • Restless Mind 11:40 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reading her post, I never realized how discriminatory I am when choosing books based on what’s shown on the cover…oops!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:49 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        For all the good and bad of it, it’s in our nature to be discriminating in our tastes, I suppose.

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    • Jay 12:16 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s about time people just accept that we absolutely judge on covers, so make them most of them.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:41 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The book’s always better than the movie… 

    Right?

    That’s the rule, right?

    Books rule over movies.

    Always.

    Before I got involved with this whole short film thing, I always would get indignant after watching yet another failed movie adaptation of a book I liked. And I would always wonder to myself why in the heck could they never get it write/right.

    Until on a whim I decided to try my hand at adapting my short story LEAVE into a screenplay.

    Right away I realized that this was going to be no easy feat.

    Introspection and contemplation that serve a short story or a novel so well is basically useless in a screenplay where just about everything must be represented as action and dialogue so it can be seen and heard by the audience.

    Of course LEAVE as a short story is mostly introspection and contemplation by the protagonist so right off the bat the whole structure would have to change in order to be able to show his shift of character from beginning to end.

    To do this, new scenes had to be invented and new characters had to be developed and within the first writing of the story of LEAVE as a screenplay, it was already hugely different from the story of LEAVE the short story. And that was only by my own efforts.

    After I showed it to an actor friend for his feedback, from his guidance it went from 33 pages down to fifteen. And yes, to whittle it down that much there had to be a significant change in story and tempo.

    But really, the biggest changes to the story didn’t occur until once the screenplay was accepted by a studio and a director was found and she got ahold of it… and then several of the lead actors got ahold of it…

    Talk about feedback overload. It took much effort and persuasion to maintain it as a story I recognized.

    And, while we are scheduled to begin filming in two months, we haven’t yet cast the lead actor so I can only wonder what changes still might occur to it.

    But you know what… the story as it is now as a near fully developed screenplay is really not that far from what it is as a short story.

    It is just different.

    And much, much better in my opinion.

    Still, I guarantee it if you read the short story and then see the film, you will be significantly surprised by the differences that there are between the two.

    I just hope you are not significantly disappointed.

    But I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t be because we have an awesome crew and the cast is going to be first rate and impressive.

    And I can also guarantee that from now on whenever I watch a movie that has been poorly adapted from a book that I like I will certainly be less critical and more understanding of the differences between the two and the winding and somewhat weary course that had to be traveled to get the story to the screen.

    Because now I know.

    And now I have only one rule regarding movies and books.

    Both of them do.

    Rule, that is…

     


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    • juliabarrett 1:05 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. I love Point of Impact yet also love Shooter (more concise story-telling). I love Nothing Lasts Forever yet also love Die Hard. Remains of the Day is the single example of a book/movie that IMO are equally brilliant.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:54 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never seen nor read any of them (except ROTD). Thanks, juliabarrett. :)

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        • juliabarrett 3:11 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I like to read then watch and compare. Sometimes a film is very different but outstanding regardless.

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    • simplydelete 1:12 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You made some great points! While I usually like the book better than the movie, a lot of time the movie is good enough that if I hadn’t read the book I’d probably really enjoy it. This also helps explain why one of my favorite childhood books “Ella Enchanted” was totally changed and, in my opinion, was a terrible movie. If they did it word for word from the book it probably would’ve made a slow, boring movie. The main plot was the same, but everything else about it was different. I guess it’s hard when you have a book you love completely changed into something you never imagined it would be.

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    • joliesattic 3:41 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on your film!! That is awesome. Looking forward to it.1

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    • Jay 4:32 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s hard when you read a book first and love it. Books are hard to convert 100% so even very good adaptations feel like they’re missing something to the readers that love it. I have seen some great movies that are adapted though, so it’s doable. But yes, they’re different animals. And that’s okay.

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    • Dalindcy 5:42 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting perspective! I try not to compare books and movies too much. They are such different mediums and both have their pro’s and cons.

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    • Thomas Weaver 6:42 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sure, the book is always better than the movie…

      Except The Princess Bride…
      And The Hunger Games…
      And The Cloud Atlas…
      And several others…

      I don’t understand why some people feel they have to “prove” written fiction is inherently superior to screen fiction. They both have advantages and disadvantages: a novel can have as big a “special-effects budget” as the author wants, but most novels, unlike movies and television, don’t have a soundtrack with interesting music. (A couple of my favorite novels DO have “soundtracks,” or at least music recommended by the authors, but that may be because the authors are also musicians and so think about such things more.)

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:51 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, for me, I invest much more time in a book and, consequently, become very attached to those that move me. So, when a movie adaptation of a book that I’m attached to, in my estimation, fails, then I usually have the need to express my disappointment… not sure if I’m looking to prove anything. It just seems to me that more often than not a book is better than a movie adaptation of it. As far as a comparison between the two mediums in general, that’s a different discussion.

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        • Thomas Weaver 3:13 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          “More often than not” isn’t the same thing as “always.” Yes, the book IS usually better. Sometimes it isn’t.

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    • andysmerdon 2:36 am on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with it mate – I’ll look forward to the adaption :)

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 11:18 am on August 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The movie *A Beautiful Mind* was based on Sylvia Nasar’s biography of the schizophrenic mathematician John Nash. The movie had the same title as the book but zillions of differences. Somebody asked Nasar whether the movie was a faithful adaptation; she replied that it was “true to the architecture of Nash’s life”. Yes. Trying for detailed accuracy in the timeline and trying to explain the Nash Equilibrium Theorem correctly would have made a deadly dull movie. While some of the distortions and simplifications can be questioned, the overall result was a good movie that encouraged people to look into the book and/or what the theorem really says.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:43 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        This is a fantastic example, MC. Watched the movie with the fam, loved it, and one of my kids read the book and reported back that, while a good book, it was much different than the movie.

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    • TANYA LARA 1:39 pm on August 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not always. :) I can name a few absolutely fantastic movies that are better than the books they were adapted from: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (book by John Berendt), Sideways (book by Rex Pickett), and Fight Club (book by Chuck Palahniuk).

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    • theherdlesswitch 2:35 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for pointing this very important fact, it’s hard to translate a book to screen. Not saying I won’t be disappointed with an adaptation, but I do always take this into consideration : )

      Meno

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    • iwritedumbshit 5:17 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Like every rule, this one has its exceptions. The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgran Freeman was based on a novella by Stephen King titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. I have no qualms with stating that the movie was superior.

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    • Farid Solana 3:15 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It is not easy to visualize the product of our imagination, and most end with poor quality. What happens to Nicholas Nickleby is one of the most vivid examples to me. Hope yours is better, Kurt.

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    • The Vibrant dame 7:08 am on September 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow!! And all the very best😃😃

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    • Restless Mind 2:59 pm on September 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Books aren’t necessarily better than films, I just have to be aware that the film is the producer’s interpretation of the book. I feel I need to be open-minded and give credit to the producers for doing their best (at least I hope so) to incorporate all possible angles while following the storyline, without twisting author’s writing too much.

      Some films make me cringe because they destroy my own personal imagination and interpretation of the book to the point in which I can’t re-read the book without my contaminated imagination ruining it. But if I were to view the films by itself prior to reading the book first, I’d applaud it.

      I think the only time BOTH the book and the film killed it for me was the Twilight series (Yes, I read them…and saw them…I don’t like to talk about it..)

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:45 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well said, RM. And don’t worry I won’t judge, especially since I’ve read nor seen neither of the Twilight series. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:58 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WRITE EDIT WRITE: Flash Fiction by Author Pam Schloesser-Canepa 

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    Last week I announced that we were starting a private Facebook group for Writers and Readers called WRITE EDIT WRITE. Well I am happy to say that we have had a great response to the announcement and our group includes a growing host of active and creative members. And while we’re still getting situated and figuring things out, we have held our very first WEW CHALLENGE, a challenge where members were asked to post a 250-word or less flash fiction or flash essay. I am again happy to say we had a fantastic response, with the following selection being representative of the fine writing being exhibited by all.

    To read all the submissions, visit here.
    To learn more about the private group, visit here.

    Please check out the writing and stop by the authors’ websites to show them your support.

    Write on!



    THE POST OFFICE BOX
    by Pam Schloesser-Canepa
    pamelascanepa.wordpress.com

    Tussling with the dog. That was Jasmine’s story, this time. The scar would dissipate in a week, she knew. It did hurt. This was so unfair, yet, all too familiar.

    Driving to work, Jasmine noticed she’d inadvertently put on one navy blue shoe and one black. An understandable mistake; they were almost identical, and those colors were close. I wonder if anyone will notice? She realized the light had turned. I sure don’t need a ticket.

    To her left was the post office. Darn, I forgot that electric bill. Rick will lose it. Do I go back? She worried it might make her late, yet she didn’t need one more fight about the mail.

    Her thoughts drifted to the invitation that had arrived the week before, for her ten year high school reunion. Of course, with a four month old baby and a full-time job, she hadn’t seriously considered. Still, she had thought of going.

    “You just want to see all your old boyfriends! You wench!” Rick had screamed, holding the baby in his arms.

    “No, Rick, don’t worry, I don’t need to go.” That’s how it always went. Keeping the peace. When she never received any in return.

    Abruptly, she pulled into the post office. “I need a post office box,” she announced to the clerk. JUST for me.

    With receipt of the key, she found the assigned box. It was cool inside. She imagined fitting inside of it, this doorway to distant places.


     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:44 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers 

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    So, I’m creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing.

    This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter process is a bit too formal and segmented and involving to really achieve what I would like to achieve, which is: to network, make connections, and improve our abilities and chances for success as writers.

    As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook provides a much better environment to achieve this objective.

    Like we’ve done with the newsletter, we can do poetry and flash fiction challenges there as well, with the goal of getting the best of the group’s writing onto my blog and out via the newsletter (is there irony to be found there?)

    I am willing to moderate this members only group, provided the members are willing to receive free copies of all my published work and are willing to consider writing reviews for them. In addition to my present work, I would provide all future work for free to these members and ask for them to be both beta readers and to post early reviews of the work once published to help with future sales.

    As some of you may know, I am producing a short film called LEAVE that is based upon a screenplay adapted from my short story of the same name. I will provide first and sometimes exclusive insight to the movie making process to this group as I learn it. I will also post photos and videos there that I’ll take when on set. We currently are scheduled to shoot the film in LA in mid-October of this year. If you become of member of this group, you will hear any news about the film first.

    Who knows how this group will evolve but the early members will be the ones who help me build the foundation for its future.

    Some current projects I’m working on that I hope to finish soon with the group’s help are:

    • a short story collection, which includes the short story LEAVE.
    • part two of Hercules Gone Mad (I’ve been hoping to finish the story collection and part two for a long time now, which is why I will look to this group to help motivate me to bring them to completion)
    • a feature film length script for LEAVE (we already have distributors interested in the movie but they need to see a completed full-length script first)

    But the group wouldn’t be just about me. My hope is that all within the group could forge relationships where each could seek similar help from others for her or his own writing efforts.

    So, there is a lot we can discuss and accomplish there. If you are interested, you can either let me know publicly in the comment section and I will email you the link; or, you can email me through the contact page and I will reply to you with the link.

    I used to call this blog WRITE EDIT WRITE a while back so that’s what I will call the group for now. We’ll see how things evolve and change its name if needed. Let me know when you’re a member if you have a better name. :)

    But I can’t create the group until I have at least one member so please let me know if you’re in.

    Right on?

    Oh yeah… let’s do this, my friends.

    Write on!


    NOTE: When requesting an invite, please include the email address your facebook account is associated with either in a comment request or via a request through the contact page.


     
     

     
    • frenchc1955 2:32 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      yes, I am interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! With your support I can now create the page and I will send you an invite via its automated form. Thanks so much, frenchc1955 – I’ll see you soon inside our new forum!

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    • kkbrew 2:45 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in for the FB group.

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    • mkvecchitto 3:01 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:06 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, mkvecchitto! Your invite has been sent and I look forward to seeing you on the inside! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, mkvecchitto!

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    • leebalanarts 4:47 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OK – I want to join the Facebook group. Sounds mighty interesting and useful. thanks

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    • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell 6:08 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to be included in the group.

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    • joliesattic 6:35 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would give it a go.

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    • hotmessmemoir 9:41 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am interested. Trying to figure out the best route for the 2 books I’ve created.

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    • kathycecala 9:53 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like the kind of group I’ve been looking for! Would definitely be interested in joining

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    • shalini 10:23 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I am interested ! And all the best for your endeavours!

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    • mjennings 11:36 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in! What do I need to do?

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    • coty3 1:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds interesting. I would also like to be a part of it. I am M. Coty Myers on facebook.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:46 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to your email address via facebook. Thanks for the interest and I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:16 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, coty3!

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    • Jen 2:54 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea! I’d like to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:48 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I just sent the invite. I’ll see you on the inside :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, Jen!

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    • Katie Marie 4:23 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a great idea.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:49 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m happy you think so, Katie. I’m encouraged by the response. Would you like to join?

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        • Katie Marie 8:14 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Yes, I would thank you :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 10:28 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            That’s great, Katie! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • sam1128 4:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Be interested in joining. Sam

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:53 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great, Sam! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, sam1128!

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    • robynelliot 8:16 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, love this! I just have some questions for you: can I join? can I join? can I join? can I join? Also re LEAVE, have you asked the descendants of de Mille about your close-up yet?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:56 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure and honor is all mine. A fb invite has been sent to your email address, my friend. As for the de Mille’s… they haven’t yet returned my call. :)

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    • Katrina 10:05 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! I’m definitely interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:59 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Katrina.

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    • Obimbo Nereah 11:18 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kurt…. got room for one more? I’m definitely interested in the FB group. #FingersCrossed :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:25 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Obimbo!

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    • janjoy52 5:35 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love your enthusiasm and vision! I think you are a genius and have a brilliant plan that will boost so many other enthusuastic writers. Wish I could be one but this is not my season to venture there. Nevertheless I wish you and those who join your efforts tremendous success!!!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:10 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Sounds wonderful. Please count me in.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:39 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s fantastic, Don. We’ll be honored to have you. I sent the FB invite to the email address associated with this comment. Please let me know if it should go to a different address. We’re just getting things in place now and folks are introducing themselves. See you there!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:11 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:38 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Books, Coffee, and Crafts News.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:40 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please add me to the group. I’m Tamye Davis Whitener on Facebook.

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    • Heather Cai 3:31 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Kurt, could you please count me in? I’m Heather Cai on Facebook. I also wonder if anyone likes to read my first English novel here.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Heather! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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        • Heather Cai 10:44 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Kurt, thanks for the invitation! I’ve got two same emails from you. I tried to join the group, but it says: Cant accept invite – you must be an invitee… I don’t know what’s wrong. Do you?

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:32 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, Heather. I sent the invite to the email address you have associated with wordpress/this comment. If your facebook is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or emailing it to me via the contact page. Thanks.

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    • Katrina 12:06 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Calliope Writing and commented:
      Fellow writer and blogger Kurt Brindley has set up a private Facebook group for all things writing! If you’re interested, either visit his post and request an invite, or let me know you want in and I’ll get an invite sent.

      Write on!

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    • David B. Seaburn 12:56 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Katrina: Sounds great. Help me get on board.
      dave

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:55 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, David! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • pamelascanepa 6:22 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:03 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Pamela! So cool that you’re interested in joining the group. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside, my friend!

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    • theherdlesswitch 2:53 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll keep this in mind when I finally get around to opening a facebook account ; )
      It’s wonderful for us writers to be able to support each other and network!

      Meno

      PS. Thanks for following!

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    • artrosch 8:55 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Send me an invite, Kurt. I’m isolated from fellow artists and really need a community. Thanks.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:21 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address. Look forward to seeing you on the inside. When there, please introduce yourself to the group when you have the chance and the desire. There are a few different things going on, one of them is our first writing challenge. :)

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    • Helen 5:45 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am interested 😀

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:18 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Helen! I’m so happy you’re interested in joining the group. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address.

        Also, once inside, please scroll through all the various discussions to get a feel with what’s going on – we just kicked off our first writing challenge – and then introduce yourself to the group at your earliest convenience and desire and let us know your relationship to writing and reading and anything else you’re willing to share. :)

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    • Mel A Rowe 10:23 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HI, I’m interested in joining your FB group. Please? :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 am on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Mel. That’s great. I will send an invite to the group to the email address associated with this comment. If this is not the same email address associated with your facebook account, please let me know what it is by either replying to this comment or by sending it to me via my contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Once you’re in, please familiarize yourself with some of the stream and introduce yourself to the group. Thanks!

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    • Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen 4:05 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I’d love to join this please! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:28 pm on August 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome, KTTK! I just sent an invite to the email address associated with your comment. If your facebook is associated with a different address please let me know here or by emailing me via my contact page. Once inside, please get yourself familiar and introduce yourself to the group! :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on July 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Calling all fans of creepy suspense… | A Guest Post by Author Timothy G. Huguenin 

    Calling all fans of creepy suspense, small-town horror, and dystopian fiction!

    My name is Timothy G. Huguenin (but let’s cut the pretense here—just call me Tim). I just launched When the Watcher Shakes, a dark suspense novel about a mysterious religious sect hidden in the isolated mountains of West Virginia. It’s such an important story to me because it’s representative of my own spiritual and personal journey, and it’s also set in the same beloved mountains where I grew up. I want to share it with you guys through Kurt’s blog, because he’s all about relationships and characters, and though it’s something of a genre story, I wanted to focus heavily on the characters residing in this cult and how their leader’s lies affect each person differently. The story is kind of a mix of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series, my life experiences, and Orwell’s 1984.

    Here is a nutshell version of the book to whet your appetite:

    The walls were meant to keep evil out—but they only hid the evil within.

    John has given up his ordinary life to find wisdom traveling the country and enjoy the freedom of living as a nomad. But when he stumbles across a mysterious town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, walled off from modern society, he discovers a group of people who could use some freedom of their own. Are they a harmless religious sect, or is there something less benign underneath the surface?

    The townspeople are initially wary of their new visitor, but as John questions their way of life, some of them begin to have questions of their own. As the leadership’s tight control unravels, men and women break free from the chains of legalism–some literally, and some at the cost of their own lives.

    The best thing about this story? The Kindle version is free until Sunday. So get on over to Amazon and check it out!

    I’d love to have you visit my website, tghuguenin.com. Come on over and let’s get to know each other.


     

    tghuguenin.com

     


    I would like to thank Tim for his donation in support of my movie making endeavors and for sharing the news of the launch of his debut novel with us. Please take the time to check out Tim’s site and his writing and support him in his efforts.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 2:48 pm on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, you know, been busy like a beaver getting ready to film a movie… 

    Thanks for asking.
    What’s up with you?

    #whereintheworldiskurt


    Check out the open submission feature here.
    Check out our latest submission here.

    Submit, yo!

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:04 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A Mid-Term Thank You To All Who Support #IndieFilms 

    Seeing that we will begin filming sometime in early July, I would say we are about half-way through our campaign to raise the seed funds, so to speak, for the larger Indiegogo campaign that will raise the major funds needed to produce LEAVE, a short film based upon a screenplay I wrote.

    So, to celebrate our mid-term point, I would like to thank everyone who has donated thus far in the campaign. You can see the list of all donors here.

    I would especially like to thank the following for both donating and choosing a Reward Package that has allowed and will allow me to share and promote their work here at RELATING TO HUMANS, via my newsletter, and throughout my social networks.

    “REWARD PACKAGE” PROMOTIONS
    IN SUPPORT OF MY MOVIE


    PROMOTIONS COMING SOON

    PLEASANT STREET
    geletilari.wordpress.com
    HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD
    $25 REWARD PACKAGE

    TIMOTHY G. HUGUENIN
    tghuguenin.com
    $25 REWARD PACKAGE


    PAST PROMOTIONS

    SHERRIE CRONIN
    46ascending.org
    INSPIRATION IN THE WORST OF PLACES
    $25 REWARD PACKAGE

    PAMELA SCHLOESSER CANEPA
    pamelascanepa.wordpress.com
    ENTERTAINING THE WHAT-IFS
    $10 REWARD PACKAGE

    VIVIAN BIRO
    vivianbiro.com
    MY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY JOKE
    $25 REWARD PACKAGE



    I Encourage You to Please Support Those Who Support My Efforts to Make Independent Films by Visiting Their Websites and Buying and Reviewing Their Books or other Promoted Products. Thank You for Helping Me to Thank Them.

    DONOR LIST
    DONATE

     
    LEAVE: A Short Film

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:34 pm on May 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Writer’s Block Is Only In Your Mind… 

    And That’s The Problem.
     


     

    #amwriting
    #not

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:24 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    My April Fools’ Day Joke 

    I would like to thank Author Vivian Biro for donating to help me make my movie. It really means so much to me that others are willing to support a dream of mine in such tangible ways.

    Please help me thank Vivian by visiting with her at her website, by purchasing her debut novel, and, by all means, letting her know what you think of her writing by sharing an Amazon Review.

    And I tell you what, this April Fools’ Day Joke of hers is hilarious and completely genius. Check it out…

     
  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    ENTERTAINING THE WHAT-IFS | A Guest Post by Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa 

    NOW ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE!

    Made for Me, a Sci-fi romance novella by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, takes the awkward first date story to the extreme! What happens when an indecisive girl uses a 100% guaranteed website to find the man of her dreams? How can they truly guarantee happiness for Abrielle, who can’t even decide what she wants for dinner? Meet Sampson, open-minded, spontaneous, and financially stable. All of the elements seem to come together for a perfect match. Yet, it becomes apparent there’s been a website glitch! Sampson is even more unique than Abrielle could ever guess. For this to work, Abrielle must accept the truth behind Sampson’s perfect skin, buff physique, and welcoming smile.

     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pamela Schloesser Canepa lives in the Southeast with her small family and her dog. She has been writing since childhood, and has just started publishing recently. She considers herself an avid sci-fi movie fan and loves authors such as Stephen King, James Patterson, Phillip K. Dick, Suzanne Collins, and Laurie Notaro, among others. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, realistic fiction, and poetry of all types. Made for Me is Pamela’s first published work of fiction. A sequel is in the works, and Pamela is working on editing a full length time travel novel for publication in e-book and print, hopefully in the next year!

    pamelascanepa.wordpress.com
    Amazon Author Page


    PAMELA HAS DONATED MONEY TO SUPPORT KURT’S FILM
    PLEASE SUPPORT PAMELA

     
     

     
    • pamelascanepa 8:43 am on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Kurt Brindley! This is truly networking at its best!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 11:09 am on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure is all mine, Pamela. Thank you for your support in my film. Good luck with your writing and let’s stay in touch.

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    • Matt 11:14 am on April 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This actually sounds really interesting. Maybe a little too close home for me since I am no stranger to online dating disasters.

      Liked by 2 people

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