Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Does Technology Help or Hinder You?
Posted 22 Dec 2013 21:01

Totally helps...I don't think I could imagine writing a story if I had to use a typewriter, and carbon paper and stuff...I'd be completely lost without a word processor...just sayin'

Topic Lie versus Lay - which is which? Authors PLEASE READ
Posted 22 Dec 2013 20:54

I've been known to lie to get a lay...oh wait, that's another story...

Nice post, I'll never remember any of it though...Regaeman Man

Topic Too many story ideas?
Posted 22 Dec 2013 20:51

I as a Christian have no problem with what I write, they might if they find out.



I would tend to assume that Haineko is not your real name, so it shouldn't be a problem...and I agree with the others who wish they had your problem...just start writing the stuff up, that's all...

Topic Wishing you all a Merry Xmas, and a Happy New Year!
Posted 22 Dec 2013 20:41

Yeah, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and everyone here as well...

I found a nice tree to decorate this year, looks like a Colorado Spruce...I doubt they'll be any cookies left for Santa though...just sayin'

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And of course...no tree is complete without suitable ornaments...Mr. Scooter helped me pick these out btw...

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Anyway...just want to note that Christmas this year falls on a Wednesday...and we all know what that means...

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And let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas my friends...fortunately for Jesus, he was born over 2k years ago and not today...

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And yes...Santa will not be passing up any cookies this year...rumor has it he'll have plenty of appetite...

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And finally...the really meaning behind that phrase explained...

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That's all for now...I need to go wrap some gifts for the holidays...

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Have a great holiday my Lushie Friends...Pour WineRegaeman Man Pour WineRegaeman Man Pour WineRegaeman Man

Cheers,
Alan.
occasion5

Topic Favorite show.
Posted 22 Dec 2013 18:50

I never actually saw this show, but just saw this and felt the need to post it somewhere...since it seems to be such a hot topic as of late...

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Topic Science Says: Cocktails Could Protect You From Getting Sick...
Posted 19 Dec 2013 11:25

I had assumed as much for sometime now...I think I have some friends who may never get sick...just sayin'

Science Says: Cocktails Could Protect You From Getting Sick
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/12/alcohol-immune-common-cold

Topic Writing a Whole Novel...?
Posted 15 Dec 2013 08:55

I thought this was a decent article...and you can look at the thread above to find out how to actually write one, after you decide to do it...of course...

11 Ways Writing a Novel Changed My Life
http://www.authorspublish.com/11-ways-writing-a-novel-changed-my-life/

Topic Putting yourself in your stories,and re using the same charater's in some of your stories.
Posted 09 Dec 2013 19:01

I don't think you can help but put yourself into your own stories. Even when you're basing a character on someone else, it's your interpretation and your perception of them.



Yeah, I would tend to agree with that...most of my stories here are written in first person, and the main character is ostensibly me...but, not completely certainly...there's quite a bit of liberties taken here and there...I would tend to say my fictional self is somewhat more adventurous than the real life version, for instance...

Heck, if I did half the things my fictional self did, I'd probably be serving a life sentence in a penitentiary somewhere...just sayin'

Topic General Writing Resources
Posted 07 Dec 2013 11:34

Here's another list you might find useful...I happen to think it's pretty darn good anyway...

GLOSSARY OF PUBLISHING TERMS, ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19724

It's from the Resources section at the end of this article btw...

5 Rules For Conquering Chaos That Every Writer Should Know
http://bestsellerlabs.com/5-rules-for-conquering-writer-chaos/

Personally, I think the resource section at the end is the best part of the article...but, the article itself ain't too shabby btw...

Topic Rest in Peace - Nelson Mandela
Posted 06 Dec 2013 18:00

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela...

Btw...if anyone wants to be part of a print anthology of poetry and prose honoring him...check this out...deadline extended to Jan. 1...

Print anthology honoring Nelson Mandela open to submissions...poetry and prose...
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_postsm52390_Print-anthology-honoring-Nelson-Mandela-open-to-submissionspoetry-and-prose.aspx#52390

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Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 06 Dec 2013 17:46

Never really seen it explained this way before...but, I think this kinda makes sense...

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Topic Bacon how do you like it?
Posted 04 Dec 2013 15:26

Well...science has finally caught up with what we've all known for years...happy8

STUDY SHOWS EATING BACON WILL MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER
http://newrisingmedia.com/all/2013/9/30/study-shows-eating-bacon-will-make-you-live-longer

Topic Leila Rose-Gordon is writing a series on writer's block in the Examiner...
Posted 04 Dec 2013 13:55



I currently have about five (at least!) stories that are begging me to finish writing them, but I'll just sit and stare at my screen.

Thanks so much, Alan!

Yeah, I usually don't start anything unless I have a pretty good idea how the story will go from start to finish...otherwise, I just end up staring at a blank screen myself...

Here's another article on writer's block someone shared today over on Facebook...I thought this was pretty good...

Unblock Writer’s Block – Guest Post by A R Silverberry
http://timflanaganauthor.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/unblock-writers-block-guest-post-by-a-r-silverberry/

Topic Bono exposed as a complete fraud - harsh analysis?
Posted 03 Dec 2013 15:14

Just saw this article...and it reminded me of this thread...

Bono and Geldof are C**ts – a review
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/nov/29/bono-geldof-review-comedy-bussman

Topic What do you think of this woman lying about an anti-gay note for attention?
Posted 02 Dec 2013 10:21

Wow, I saw this posted on FB the other day - I didn't know this was a stunt - whatever did she hope to achieve?

Well...she got her name in the national news alright...though not in quite the way she intended, I'm sure...I have a feeling she won't be trying that trick again anytime soon though...

Topic Leila Rose-Gordon is writing a series on writer's block in the Examiner...
Posted 30 Nov 2013 19:15

My friend Leila Rose-Gordon has a series in the Examiner on overcoming writer's block, and she talks about me and my 9/11 poem no less, in what I believe is the first of the series...I think this short little article is good in that it points out the value of how even a bad event can be turned into a good thing in the form of inspiration for a story or poem...check it out my blocked writing friends...happy8

Overcoming Writer's Block - a Series
http://www.examiner.com/article/overcoming-writer-s-block-a-series?CID=examiner_alerts_article

Topic Pros and cons of lush membership...
Posted 23 Nov 2013 20:35

Pro - tons of good stuff to read...

Con - not having time to read much of anything lately...

Topic How did you find Lush?
Posted 20 Nov 2013 18:28

Another member I knew from another site told me about Lush...she's not on here anymore btw...though she's still over on the blue site, last I checked anyway...

On another note...something tells me there are more than a few forum threads like this one...try the new and improved search feature...

Here's a couple to start you off...

How did you find out about this site and have you told others about it?
http://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst26137_How-did-you-find-out-about-this-site-and-have-you-told-others-about-it.aspx

What brought you to Lush and why do you stay?
https://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst14077_What-brought-you-to-Lush-and-why-do-you-stay.aspx

Topic For all you story writers out there Question,how do you start your Stories?
Posted 17 Nov 2013 18:36


How long does it take you to write and do you ever research?

Generally, all the stories are done in one night, with a few exceptions that I can probably count on one hand...I think the only story on Lush that I ever did research for was "Flight Lessons"...and that was reading a couple of Wiki-How To articles on flying a Cessna 172...

Topic Twitter for Authors: Part one - build your tribe...
Posted 17 Nov 2013 13:48

@lushstories could create a list of lush authors that have twitter?


Works for me...this is me btw...I am @Exakta66

Twitter - Alan W. Jankowski
https://twitter.com/Exakta66

Topic New user question: Saving a story to my computer
Posted 17 Nov 2013 13:44

Thanks for your replies. My intention is not to offend, or steal, so I will not pursue this.

Yeah, if you got permission from the author first, it would be different...

Btw, I had somebody do something similar once...a reader took my first story, and put herself in it...and made a few minor changes, and sent it back to me...I thought it was kinda flattering actually...but, better to get permission before attempting something along those lines...

Like others pointed out...there is so much plagiarism and bad intent these days, some authors may be taken aback by your actions...no matter how innocent your intent...

Topic For all you story writers out there Question,how do you start your Stories?
Posted 16 Nov 2013 18:04

Once that's done, I often work at different parts of it at different times. Only rarely do I start at the beginning and just write through to the end.

Interesting...I do that with poems, but never with stories...at least not yet...so far, I've always started at the beginning and sort of kept writing until it ended...

Btw, I don't like to start a story until I have a pretty good idea as to how the whole thing will go...otherwise, I end up staring at a blank screen...

Topic Pope Francis on Gays - "Who am I to judge?"
Posted 07 Nov 2013 04:51

I'd like to know the Pope's position about how we see Jesus' face in all kinds of different places...



Oh, that's too funny Jeff...I wonder how high you have to be to stare at your dog's butt and try to see Jesus' face...anyway, maybe I don't really want to know...Regaeman Man

Getting back on point...I do think the Roman Catholic church is slowly progressing, and that's a good thing...the church will always be at least 50 years behind the times, but at least they're moving in the right direction...

Topic How long are your cocks, boys?
Posted 01 Nov 2013 17:28

I don't know...I just had to post this somewhere...

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Topic I'm included in a book to raise awareness for breast cancer...
Posted 29 Oct 2013 19:03

I'm in a book that just came out to raise awareness for breast cancer, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, appropriately enough...here's the link to the book, and you can find out more about it on the site btw...

WX Breast Cancer Anthology
http://word-xpress.com/page/anthology

Here's their Facebook page btw...

"Word-Xpress is launching a breast cancer awareness and community project. Includes videos of personal stories and an anthology of poetry, testimonials, etc"

Word-Xpress Breast Cancer Awareness Video Campaign and Community Project
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Word-Xpress-Breast-Cancer-Awareness-Video-Campaign-and-Community-Project/355145827835061

The poem of mine that is included is I Can Only Be There For You ...which was written for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2010 btw, and I'm sure is here on Lush somewhere in my profile...

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Topic ISBN Numbers...where to get them, and how much they cost...
Posted 25 Oct 2013 22:00

This little bit here may be of interest to anyone considering the self-pub thingy...check it out my writer-type friends...happy8

How to get an ISBN


In the US you can only buy ISBNs from http://www.myidentifiers.com/,
a site run by Bowkers. You can buy 1, 10, 100 or 1000 ISBNs. At
the moment a single ISBN costs $125, and a pack of 10 costs $250.

In the UK you can only buy ISBNs in packs of 10, which currently
cost £126. You need to obtain them from NeilsenBook.
http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=123

In Canada ISBNs are free! The process of getting an ISBN in Canada
is, however, quite convoluted, but this blog post explains it all:
http://randolphlalonde.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/getting-your-free-isbn-in-canada.html

In Australia, you purchase ISBNS from
https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/. A single ISBN costs A$42, or
you can buy 10 for A$84.

For other countries around the world, I suggest you visit this
handy ISBN information page:
http://isbn-information.com/isbn-administration/isbn-agencies.html

Please note that having an ISBN for your book does not copyright
it. The ISBN is simply a means of having your book identified in
databases and by libraries.

For more advice on self-publishing check out our archives here:
http://writing-world.com/publish/index.shtml

Topic Are you a Writer?
Posted 25 Oct 2013 17:31

I think of myself as a poet and storyteller. To be a writer would require greater understanding of the technical intricacies of the written word than I possess. I can look at a sentence and know whether it is correct, I can sometimes compose one as well, but I can rarely tell you why in a way that a person with an English degree would consider valid.



See...I would think that by your own definition you are a writer...editors are the people who know where commas go and stuff like that...I think people confuse writers and editors sometimes...

I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that many popular authors out there don't necessarily have all that knowledge someone with an English degree might possess...they just happen to have good editors...

Topic Are Beards Sexy?
Posted 25 Oct 2013 12:51

i hate beards. that's just my prejuidices showing thru, tho.

You know...come to think of it, I'm not so sure I like people named "Sprite" anymore...just could be my prejudices showing through though...ahem...

Yeah, beards are totally sexy...as everyone and anyone with any sense already knows...this picture was taken of me last month...I mean, what could be sexier?

Second thought...don't answer that...


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Topic AUTHORSdB is an author database site for consolidating all your book listings, social media, etc...
Posted 25 Oct 2013 10:12

Got this e-mail earlier today...happy8

Semi-finalist - I Often Wonder by Alan W. Jankowski
Inbox
x

General
8:54 AM (1 hour ago)

to me
Congratulations,

Your cover is in the semi-finals of the 2013 Book Cover Contest at AUTHORSdB.com. Over the next couple of days, we will be contacting authors who's book covers were entered into the 2013 Book Cover Contest and have qualified as a semi-finalist in one or more categories.

Please forward a large, clear image (minimum 800 pixels wide) and a blurb (300 minimum - 1000 word maximum) by replying to this email, pasting the blurb and attaching the image before October 31, 2013.

We know that this is an exciting time for authors, and we hope to ensure all authors are contacted prior to the promotion of your qualification into the semi-finals until all authors have been notified.

To maximize the full impact of the promotion, please take a moment and visit your author's page to ensure all covers are uploaded, and content is up-to-date. We will notify you prior to the semi-final voting start date.

Enjoy the extra exposure and best of luck,

Paula
Website Content Manager
www.authorsdb.com

Topic Announcing our "Put a Spin on it!" Story Competition, over $500 in LELO goodies to be won!
Posted 24 Oct 2013 19:59

Does anybody else think the badge that says "Comp Entry" on their story is amusing?

No...but then again...you're the only one so far with one of them fancy badgers...

Just shared the contest link over on Facebook btw Nic...