Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hundreds of fishermen rescued amid Indonesian slavery probe

Barry Gray
Barry Gray says “Hundreds of fishermen rescued amid Indonesian slavery probe” — Hundreds of fishermen raced to be rescued Friday from the isolated Indonesian island where an Associated Press investigation found that many were enslaved to catch seafood that could end up in the United States and elsewhere.Indonesian officials probing labor abuses told the migrant workers they were allowing them to leave for another island by boat out of concern for their safety. More than 300 fishermen emerged from nearby trawlers, villages and even the jungle to make the trip."I will go…

Write Small - Five Ways To Make Your Reader Care

marcia says “Write Small - Five Ways To Make Your Reader Care” — I have found my new all-time, favourite writing advice: 'The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don't write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid's burnt...

Industry Sales Rose 4.9% in 2014

Eric Hobbs
Eric Hobbs says “Sales were up on kids' books more than 20% in '14! Pretty awesome since we're competing with every app in existence.” — Total revenue for the 1,209 publishers who submit figures to the AAP’s StatShot program rose 4.9% in 2014. The increase was led by the children’s/young adult segment, while sales of adult books fell.


Sally Willow
Sally Willow says “Creative writing exercise: Post-Apocalypse” — This ekphrastic response to Andy Warhol's Atomic Bomb, 1965, was written as an exercise for my Writing from History course on the MA.  It draws on ideas from Walter Benjamin's 'The Work of Art in t...

Two skyscrapers joined by a bridge that is a swimming pool

ZT Burian
ZT Burian says “Two skyscrapers joined by a bridge that is a swimming pool” — Being a huge fan of pools I can't believe I missed this 50-meter-long swimmable bridge between two condo towers in Singapore. Living at the 574-apartment, 38-story-tall Sky Habitat would be my idea of hell, but I'd love to have a friend there to enjoy that roof and swim through that bridge.

Canadian Bar Association Denounces Anti-Terror Bill

Shane Burns
Shane Burns says “"Ill-considered measures that will deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing their safety"” — OTTAWA - The Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill contains "ill-considered" measures that will deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing their safety, the Canadian Bar Association says.The bar association objects to the pla...

A promising life in France given up for jihad

R.G. Lawrence
R.G. Lawrence says “A promising life in France given up for jihad via @YahooNews — He had a promising graphic designer job, plans to be a wedding videographer and was a star sportsman in his French town. So how did Youssoup Nassoulkhanov end up in an Islamic State group video praising the Paris attacks? The streets of Schiltigheim in the Alsace region of eastern France are not a terrorist breeding ground. He had no hatred for France or the French or non-Muslims," said Yann Lymand, who worked next to Nassoulkhanov for over a year.

Book of the Dead: Marriage Ring Spells

Lita Burke
Lita Burke says “Lita Burke News: Book of the Dead: Marriage Ring Spells - The Book of the Dead explains the nature of Church magic...” — The Book of the Dead explains the nature of Church magic in the Enchanters of Sye world. marriage ring [mar ij ring] noun, c.1400; Anglo-Fr marier to marry < ME marriage; c.900; Ger ringen < ...

Speaker emphasizes happiness in life leads to career fulfilment

Timothy Grant Carter
Timothy Grant Carter says “Real nice article today by @LexDispatchSM @ my upcoming Life & Career Enrichment Events Thank you Sharon & Dispatch!” — Thomasville native and author Timothy Carter has developed a series of lectures to help people find more happiness in life which in turn leads to a more fulfilling career. He will be holding these programs every other month at First United Methodist Church in Thomasville and all proceeds will benefit Pilot Elementary School.

My Life as I Knew It - Chapter 1

Brenda Thornlow
Brenda Thornlow says “To my awesome new friends who may not have had a chance to read is a FREE sample of chapter 1 of My...” — What would you do if you were sent back in time for some unknown reason?

Looking to focus better while you write...?

Jon Gregory
Jon Gregory says “Looking to focus better while you write...?” — There are so many bells and whistles with MS Word that it's easy to get caught up in the font and appearance rabbit hole, eating up hours of otherwise productive writing time.  There are several ap...

This Is What The 'Perfect Relationship' Really Looks Like

Mia Fox
Mia Fox says “This Is What The ‘Perfect Relationship’ Really Looks Like” — When a lot of people read my articles, they often comment with how the standards I set for people and relationships are unrealistic. I have mentioned this before, because it is prevalent. I think t...

The Best of Men by Wilf Jones. Ebook review

Wilf Jones
Wilf Jones says “"Wilf is a talented writer" - well I try! British Fantasy Soc review:”
The Best of Men (Song of Ages) by Wilf Jones, Sorcerer's Ship Press, Kindle £4.99 Reviews by Rex Sumner This is epic fantasy on a grand scale and I came to the book with great…

About Gateway to Magic

Ricki Wilson
Ricki Wilson says “About Gateway to Magic via @Anabel1Franklin
I get a lot of inspiration when I’m out walking the dogs.  For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by tree hollows, rock pools and other small spaces that could be full-…

Book Review: The Straight Crimes - Matt Juhl

Author Matt Juhl
Author Matt Juhl says “I love getting 5 Star reviews on my book! Check out book blogger J.A. Steckling's positive review of The Straight...”
The Straight Crimes by Matt Juhl Kindle Edition: 390 pages Published by Matt Juhl (2013) ASIN: B00G8UA42U The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an ho…

Now How About A Page 199 Test?

S. G. BASU says “Now How About A Page 199 Test?”
Here we go again. Today, I'm about to subject my beloved first-born book to yet another investigation. For those that might have missed it, here's the older post on Page …

Fiddling with Graphic Figures

Paul Vanderloos
Paul Vanderloos says “Fiddling with Graphic Figures”
Would you believe that I have been living with my favourite created character, the erfin Mirrortac, for 28 years!? My original impression of the protagonist of this three volume se…

Dear Ms. Brown # 1

Jackie Parry
Jackie Parry says “This is intriguing, funny and has left me wanting more! I wonder what will happen next!...”
  The Strange Story of Dear Ms. Brown I received the first e-mail about two and a half years ago, in September I believe. I'll never know why it was sent to me. I didn't …

Kickstarter gives site a jump start

Kendall Almerico
Kendall Almerico says “Why did Kickstarter change their rules? Learn what I think in my @BanklessTimes interview: Please ReTweet!”
Kickstarter made some changes to its site this week that it hopes will make the crowdfunding Goliath even easier to use, while admitting some of the eliminated aspects could be con…

Theory and Practice

Margery Walshaw
Margery Walshaw says “Theory and Practice”
Few moments are happier than those dedicated to uninterrupted reading, and few more galling than those in which that peace is shattered.


Paul Adkin
Paul Adkin says “WHEN SIRENS CALL”
  WHEN SIRENS CALL   Paul David Adkin’s third novel is a lyrical and philosophical journey of the heart set on a wild and remote Greek island. Young Australian Belinda Babchek…

What Other Game? - Thoughts on Opening Day 2015

sassevn says “What Other Game? – Thoughts on Opening Day 2015”
Opening day of baseball. It's an important rite in my life and has been since I was young boy. It's the quintessential American way to finally put winter to rest - regard…

Tannion- Wayne Elsner

Richard Bunning
Richard Bunning says “Tannion- Wayne Elsner -Superhero Genre. Fantasy- Fight for 'Good' with shades of light and dark, via @RichardBunning
I enjoyed this adventure from the perspective of a superhero. The plot catapulted me into a sort of Batman, or Incredible Hulk type world, a normal landscape inhabited by an indivi…