Motivation Monday Quotes

Writing a chapter a day keeps the voices at bay.

-Yours Truly/Ou vrèman

Writers often joke about how their characters talk to them, threaten them, plead with them to spend time with them and write, write, write.

I especially appreciate what George R.R. Martin has to say about the strange and intimate relationship between writers and their characters.

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Now, do excuse me, I have an important date with several individuals that no one else can apparently see.



Being a Writer Is the Fastest Way to Starve to Death – by Erica Verrillo…

Supporting local and/or independent authors is so important!

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on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

When my son was contemplating various professions, I told him, “Whatever you do, don’t become a writer. It’s the fastest way to starve to death.”

It turns out I was right. (I hate being right all the time.)

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Why is 2019 an important year for writers?

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Here is my Friday Info Find!

An informative blog post about Public Domain. What Is Public Domain? (And Why 2019 Is a Big Year) By 

Brad explains what Public Domain is, and also provides us with an Excel spreadsheet listing works of art (movies, books, etc.) which are now free of copyright.

Click to download.  Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain.

Before you use a phrase from a book, song or movie. Find out if it was released on “Public Domain Day” on January 1, 2019. Do your research.

Want more info? Watch this short video by Steve Shives that explains more. Steve also gives us a list of some old favorites that are now part of the Public Domain. Who knows, something might just spark your imagination.

Tell me, have you…

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Another Look At Martin Luther King Jr.

“While King spoke for Africans at home and abroad he also supported the liberation of all oppressed people. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'”

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Another Look At Martin Luther King Jr.
Another Look At Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr King was a radical, a democratic socialist who saw economic transformation and social justice as inseparable.

“King never claimed to be a Marxist but had read some Marx and was fiercely anti-capitalist.”

“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic…”Martin Luther King Jr., in a letter to his future wife Coretta Scott on July 18, 1953

While it could be argued that El-Hajj El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) aka Omowale was “Blacker” than Dr. King,” a case can be made that King put two and two together before our Black Shining Prince. Comrade George Jackson implied this in a letter from Soledad prison to Angela Davis on June 4, 1970. Jackson wrote, “It’s no coincidence that Malcolm X and M.L. King died when they did. Malcolm X had just…

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California High School and college students stand with Haitian students

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by Seth Donnelly

South Bay students held a rally in Mountain View on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, to demonstrate their solidarity with Haitian students. – Photo: Haiti Action Committee

On Dec. 10, 2018, dozens of people, mostly high school and college students, held a protest at the busy intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Avenue in Mountain View, California, to condemn the corruption, brutality and killings by the U.S.-backed regime of Jovenel Moise in Haiti. Protesters made and carried enlarged posters of unarmed Haitian students who have been killed by the Haitian police. The demands of the protest were straightforward:

  • Stop the repression and killings of student activists in Haiti!
  • Stop U.S. support for the corrupt regime of Jovenel Moise!
  • Support the struggle of the Haitian people for education, human rights, and democracy!

The protest started at approximately 4 p.m and turned into a candlelight vigil after…

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More About the Re-Issue of Mistress of the Wind

Watch for the appearance of Mistress of the Wind in its lovely new cover. It should become available on January 15, 2019.

E. Rose Sabin

Whew! It’s hard to believe that the re-release of Mistress of the Wind, the first book of my Arucadi series of fantasy novels, is now less than three weeks away.  I’m excited to begin the reissuing of my Arucadi novels.

I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to Kyla Cren, the protagonist of Mistressof the Wind. Kyla is the windspeaker for the village of Waddams in Noster Valley, a secluded area of the large country of Arucadi.  What, you may ask, is a windspeaker?

A windspeaker is a woman who understands the speech of the wind, sings to the wind, and from it gathers news for her village, news of the weather, of events of which the wind takes note as it passes through the valley, of possible dangers to the village and its people. Unlike other people, a windspeaker sees the wind; its colors…

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An emotional opening for ‘Hamilton’ in Puerto Rico — not just for Lin-Manuel Miranda but an island still reeling from a storm

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A report by Peter Marks for The New York Times.

With Lin-Manuel Miranda once again as its star, the celebrated Broadway hit “Hamilton” opened for business in Puerto Rico this weekend — that business being the bolstering of the hopes and finances of a beleaguered U.S. territory mired in debt and still reeling from the devastation wreaked 16 months ago by Hurricane Maria.

The first performance on Friday night of the Tony-winning musical at the Centro de Bellas Artes in the heart of the island’s capital city betokened one of the most extraordinary events in the history of the nation’s performing arts. Here was a show arriving not merely to entertain, but also to serve a humanitarian mission: raising money for the relief effort. But the quest was also to draw the world’s attention to an American outpost that has long felt neglected by the country that owns it…

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