Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Looks like I'm featured author today on Lucy Pireel's blog...
Posted 16 Aug 2013 14:37

Looks like I'm featured author today on Lucy Pireel's blog...I had sort of been lax with the guest blog stuff, last year when the book came out things got a bit crazy in real life, for reasons I won't get into...but anyway, I have a couple of guest blog thingies coming up in the near future...and this is the first one out apparently...

Featured Author – Alan Jankowski

Topic How many hours of sleep do you need?
Posted 13 Aug 2013 09:49

I am also a believer in the 15-30 min power-nap if you can get that bit of down-time -

Oh yeah, naps are problem is a lot of times I take a nap thinking I'll wake up a half hour later, only to wake up about two hours later...

I think it has something to do with me only getting about four hours sleep during a normal weekday...just don't really have the time otherwise to get stuff done...would love to get about six hours though, forget what that's like...

Topic Social media spec sheets...useful stuff my friends...:)
Posted 13 Aug 2013 08:04

Here's some social media spec sheets that can be really useful when you want to post your author and book info, or whatever, on multiple social media sites...

These spec sheets will give you the info regarding banner sizes, background, avatar image sizes, etc. at a glance...very helpful stuff these days...happy8

Social Media Spec Sheets – Facebook, Twitter and Google+

More Social Media Spec Sheets – YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest

Topic Anyone with a book on Amazon can get their sales rank in graph form...
Posted 12 Aug 2013 03:59

Adding this here in this thread, because it's of interest to anyone with a book on Amazon...this is an excerpt from an article on book promotion...didn't find most of the article that interesting, except for this useful piece...

#6: Posting Multiple URL’s
As I was scrolling through my Facebook groups today, I saw several posts that listed multiple links to their books for each country’s Amazon store. However, instead of listing every single Amazon store URL in your post, I encourage you to create a smart URL that redirects to the appropriate country based on where the person is using the internet. You can use a free resource called SmartURL to create this link here:

Read the rest of this article on The Future of Ink:

Topic Using Song Lyrics in a story
Posted 12 Aug 2013 03:36

I wonder if a lawyer could argue that by submitting a story using copyrighted materials to Lush, which is a commercial operation due to it's advertising and sponsorship, that you are in fact helping to promote the site by submitting that content. dontknow

If you could win that argument, you should probably quit your job over here as a mod, and become a lawyer...just sayin'

Topic Alternatives to the poke button
Posted 12 Aug 2013 03:34




Oh, I don't know about that...there's certainly been some stiff competition here in the past few pun intended, of course...

Topic Using Song Lyrics in a story
Posted 12 Aug 2013 01:16

For those of you who don't know, while the use of song titles in a story is ok under Fair Use laws, using song lyrics is not; Song titles are fine, lyrics are covered as 'creative works' (unless in the public domain). Yes, I know I've done it before without realizing it, but it's not ok unless you have permission from the song's writers (as opposed to the performer).

Just a heads up.

And can see that her blog posts refer to use of lyrics in a book ..

As you can see from the link I posted to the copyright office site, this whole thing is really a non-issue when it comes to quoting a few lines of copyrighted material in something like a story posted on Lush...

Like everything else in the world, it only becomes an issue when money is involved...or potentially involved...

If you're looking for more info on this, NOLO is a highly regarded legal info site...check out the section about "Non-commercial use"...they use the example of quoting Bob Dylan in a poem...

NOLO - The 'Fair Use' Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material is Acceptable

Topic Using Song Lyrics in a story
Posted 12 Aug 2013 00:00

For those of you who don't know, while the use of song titles in a story is ok under Fair Use laws, using song lyrics is not;

I happen to have a number of stories here on Lush that quote lines from songs of my stories posted here was rejected originally by another writing site that happens to be around quite a few years, I might add, until I reduced the percentage of the quoted song...the name of the song, and author, are clearly stated in my story btw...

If you read the Fair Use laws, it goes into a lot of technical stuff about the necessity of quoting the copyrighted material and the like...what it really boils down to is whether or not the quoted material is used for commercial purposes, and whether or not using the quoted material affects "potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work"...

U.S Copyright Office - Fair Use

Using copyrighted material, properly credited, for non-commercial purposes...such as having one of your characters singing a song on the radio in one of your posted stories here on Lush, is really not going to run afoul of the authorities...and should not be a reason to reject a story here on Lush...

If you were to use the same song lyrics in a Lush Publishing eBook...well, then you would be best off seeking permission...

I'm rather familiar with this stuff because a lot of my stuff is copyrighted poems, and sometimes stories, are regularly used by others non-commercially, and only once has anyone bothered to write me to ask my permission btw...

Cheyenne Air Force Base wrote me this last year...

Poem on USA Patriotism!


to me
Good afternoon Mr. Jankowski,

I am putting together a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. We would be honored to
have your "We Shall Never Forget" poem in our program. The few who have read
your poem in our office have really loved it. May we please have your
permission to use your poem? If allowed to use your poem, our program would
look like the one attached.


721st Communications Squadron
Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO

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Topic Alternatives to the poke button
Posted 11 Aug 2013 22:31

Would "Whistle" be way too obvious...since that is what it does?

Topic Can I Use Lushstories as a publishing reference?
Posted 10 Aug 2013 21:31

and "anything that's geared for socializing should be listed as such within your bio and/or publicism proposal"

I'm not sure I have a clue what that means...dontknow

You're certainly free to list anything you want when querying an agent...but, be aware that what may seem impressive to you at the moment, may not mean a hill of beans to an agent...and may in fact seem trivial to yourself a couple of years up the road...

I say this based on my own experience...back in November, 2010 I was invited over to LinkedIn by the acquisitions editor of an erotic publishing company...I had never heard of LinkedIn before her invite, but I filled out my profile in a way I thought might impress her...I listed stuff like my recent Editor Picks on Lush (I had just got two), Story of the Week, and Poem of the Month (Three times) on another erotic story site...that sort of thing...

Looking back now, it seems almost comical...heck, I have a book signing coming up in just short of a month, so I guess I've been moving in the right direction...but, at the time it really did seem impressive, to me anyway, if nobody else...

The point is, if it's not a legit publishing credit, or a contest win, agents and publishers are really not going to care...and someday, hopefully, you'll have moved far enough in the right direction to realize that...

Topic Can I Use Lushstories as a publishing reference?
Posted 10 Aug 2013 07:04

I am querying publishing houses and literary agents with my work: both short stories and novellas. They all request various types of publishing credentials. Does Lush count?

Uh... NO ...

I happen to be rather familiar with what is considered legit "published' and what's not...I went through all this the last couple of years, and did manage to get listed in the directory over on P&W...

Poets & Writers - Directory - Alan W. Jankowski

Not only is a site like Lush not considered a publishing credit, but frankly, if you do mention it, they might have a good laugh at your expense...

Besides Writer's Market, the directory at P&W will tell you what is considered a legit publishing credit...

Poets & Writers Magazine - Tools for Writers

Personally, I would avoid mentioning anything that's not considered legit...if you don't have anything, you don't have anything...simple as that...

The criteria for a journal or publisher getting listed basically involves there being an editor involved...if it is not an "edited journal" it will never get listed...

I had a few things published in eZines a couple of years back...they even paid, though not much...and P&W didn't recognize them, because frankly it was not an "edited journal"...

Hope this all helps...and good luck btw...

Topic Lounge / Chill Out Music
Posted 09 Aug 2013 23:56

Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (1965) HD


Topic A submission call that may interest some friends here, poems and prose about poetry...
Posted 05 Aug 2013 10:26

This may be of interest to some friends here, I stuck it here rather than the "Contest and Sub-call" section because I don't think it pays anything...but, it's a chance to get published...happy8

2014-2015 call for manuscript

John Horvath via LinkedIn
3:45 AM (9 hours ago)

to me

John Horvath
Poet since the 1960s

poetry and prose related to poetry.
for 2014 and 2015 issues

POETRYREPAIRS seeks submissions that are evocative, informative, rich with meaning.

A confessional (about "me") should none-the-less be about all of us; An "I" is a persona, never the author/poet reporting an actual dream or diary entry.

Please visit our guidelines

We do NOT publish rhymes.

Some of you know me as editor/publisher of or as an educator or as a poet , who are receiving this call are on my LinkedIn contact list.

POETRYREPAIRS has published extraordinary international poets new and established, since 1997. It's a non-paying venue; but, if we publish your work, we will be a strong advocate for you and your work.

Send 3 to 6 of your best poems to

with 'poems #' in the subject line.

Volume of submissions may prevent a thorough analysis of rejected work. I've written poetry long enough to know that great editors publish my work while idiots reject it.

John Horvath
editor of poetryrepairs at

If I miss someone you think I should contact, please forward this announcement

Reply to John

Topic Well now...this is certainly encouraging, sex makes you smarter...:)
Posted 05 Aug 2013 09:23

Well now, this is certainly encouraging...yet another reason to have sex besides burning calories, keeping skin tone, pleasure, actually makes you smarter...who knew?

Forget crosswords - having an ORGASM is more effective at giving the brain a workout, claims leading scientist

Topic Now, this is what I would call a "serious" writing reference...check it out my friends...
Posted 04 Aug 2013 03:57

Now, this is what I would call a "serious" writing reference, and if you ever see a more serious one, let me know...check it out my Lush friends...happy8

The Writing Cafe - Writing References

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 02 Aug 2013 21:42

Raspberries - Go All The Way Mike Douglas Show 1974


Topic Happy Birthday, Lauralee_Sugah!
Posted 02 Aug 2013 13:20

It's Laura Lee's birthday? Well...that's big news around these parts...

Regaeman Man Pint Drunk occasion6 occasion7 occasion9 occasion1 occasion4 occasion4 occasion5 hello1 Regaeman Man with flowers.jpg

Hope it's a good one...


Topic Surely not the first time a writer got a surprise visit from the feds...won't be the last...
Posted 02 Aug 2013 11:39

This story has been going around a lot today...surely not the first time a writer got a surprise visit from the feds, and undoubtedly won't be the last...


Cops blame "pressure cooker" questions on ex-employer tip, not government surveillance

pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!

Topic Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
Posted 02 Aug 2013 11:30

I would have to say The Who in their 1979 incarnation with Kenny friend and I bribed the doorman of the Hotel Navarro where The Who stay when they do shows in the NY area, this was after one of the Capital Theater shows here in NJ, and we were let up to one of their after show parties...we saw both those NJ shows, and all the NY shows at Madison Square Garden btw...

Smoked a joint with John Entwistle...for all that's worth...Regaeman Man

Spent a more significant amount of time with legendary guitarist Roy Buchanan though, got to meet and hang out with him and one other person in his room at the New York Hilton after a 1982 gig at The Bottom Line in NYC...that was fun, got to touch his '53 Telecaster...and again, there was a certain amount of partying that went along with his story telling...

Topic Interesting idea...walk across country, and write a poem a day about someone you meet...
Posted 31 Jul 2013 23:17

I thought this an interesting idea...walk across country, and write a poem a day about someone you meet...make sure you pack a typewriter though...happy8

Poets & Writers - The Poetry Pilgrim Presses On

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 31 Jul 2013 23:12

Badfinger - Baby Blue


Topic Do you try and branch out, so you have stories from a lot of different categories?
Posted 31 Jul 2013 20:24

Yeah, I have stories in a bunch of different categories here on this fine site known as one point, I believe I had the record for most categories here on Lush...though I've since been passed on that one...

I wouldn't say that I necessarily tried to get in the most just sort of happened as I kept writing, that I ended up with a number of stories that fit different categories...wasn't really something I set out to do's just that when you keep writing, inevitably you'll end up with a variety of stories...

Unless you're one of those people who re-writes the same story a hundred times over...and I've seen that a few times since I started writing four years ago...just sayin'

Topic Another think coming? Really??? 17 Phrases you're probably saying wrong...
Posted 25 Jul 2013 00:13

I liked the escape goat

Yeah, that one was pretty special...wasn't it?

I shared this in a writing group, and somebody posted this...if you really want entertainment, this will keep you busy for quite a while...note the suggestion that you "start reading at comment 289"...

You've got another 'thing' / 'think' coming? - WordReference Forums

Topic Another think coming? Really??? 17 Phrases you're probably saying wrong...
Posted 24 Jul 2013 19:28

Another think coming? Really??? I'm somehow having trouble believing the article is correct here...oh, and I've been guilty of putting an "S" on "toward" on occasion...other than that, I had no problem...

17 Prases you're probably saying wrong

Topic This video might be encouraging for anyone here who's a romance writer...
Posted 24 Jul 2013 17:50

Here's another video interview of the Wilders...they seem to be getting a bit famous btw...


Topic How To Be A Happy Hooker
Posted 24 Jul 2013 17:46

Here's one for you Reverend...not sure I would spend years writing an opening sentence, but who am I to argue with Stephen?

Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 23 Jul 2013 12:42

I think you could make a list of the FAILS in this one, starting with the off-center tattoo, and continuing on...

Topic PRISM, The NSA and your right to privacy
Posted 22 Jul 2013 23:52

Sorry...but, this one just gave me a laugh...

Topic Now that you're a published author, get a bit of daytime TV...
Posted 22 Jul 2013 16:52

This subject came up recently in one of my writing groups, and I realize this one might not interest everyone here, but...

Here's a post that may interest some of my friends about getting on daytime TV talk shows...the article is two years old, but I verified that the contacts are still current, and the advice should be the same...check it out my friends...happy8

Getting on Daytime TV Talk Shows

Like I said, I verified the contacts listed being up to date, at least for The Today Show , and Good Morning America ...

Here's the Twitter account for Patty Neger, of Good Morning America ...

Twitter - Patty Neger

And for Angela LaGreca, producer of Today ...

Twitter - Angela LaGreca

Good luck on this one, but people, especially authors, do get on these the article says, keep your correspondence short, and to the point...see you on TV...

Topic A couple of lists that might be useful to my writer-type friends here on Lush...
Posted 22 Jul 2013 16:42

What's the deal with you posting something useful and coherent? Keep this up and you'll blow your well deserved rep as a slacker and ne'er-do-well.

You think this is bad Reverend, wait until you see my next post...but, I promise I won't let this go on for too long, and I'll get back to my usual routine of drinking and slacking shortly...wouldn't want any of my friends here to not recognize me...Regaeman Man