Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Top Ten Book Recommendation Platforms...
Posted 06 Oct 2013 22:55

I'm sticking this here because it seems sort of appropriate...

The Laws of the (Amazon) Jungle—Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe
http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-laws-of-amazon-jungleeight-rules.html

Topic Please support Liz in her marathon this weekend, for Cancer Research
Posted 06 Oct 2013 18:22

Yeah, congrats on beating your PB...not sure what that means, but it sounds good...Regaeman Man

Btw, if you ever see me running 26 miles, assume that something is about to explode in the area...and you should probably start running as well...just sayin'

Topic Kanye West announces that he is the biggest rock star on the planet?
Posted 06 Oct 2013 14:57

People say and do things all the time to get attention, and there's an old adage about there being no such thing as bad publicity...and now here we are, talking about him in a forum thread, as are millions of others on the internet...so, he got exactly what he wanted...

Topic Daily Message Limit
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:33

We have spam traps in place now, so the limit will shortly be removed.

Oh cool...I'd be curious how those traps work though...I hope they're not too cruel, and don't actually hurt the spam which I assume would be later released back into the woods...

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Topic Bid or Bade?
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:29

Personally I don't know anyone who would say bade.

Also, do you pronounce bade like blade or like bad?

Danielle xxx



Let's just say that I am fairly certain that I have never once used the word "bade" in my entire life...I have heard it though, and it rhymes with "blade"...

Topic Time to throw out Congress?
Posted 05 Oct 2013 10:23

Just in case anyone here needs an explanation of what this whole government shutdown thingy actually means...this should explain it...

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Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 05 Oct 2013 09:49

Good Afternoon Lush-type people...what's happening over here? Business looks a bit slow...I see more than the usual amount of cobwebs on Coma and Tose, must be the maid's year off...

Ah yeah, been busy as of late...it's bad when you get too busy you forget to drink, probably just old age setting in...I was going to stop in yesterday for National Vodka Day, and order a martini...I figured you probably had something that might resemble vodka available, but wasn't too sure about vermouth, olives, or a clean glass...so, I figured I'd pass on that one...

Let me get a tall bucket of that house draft Old Possum Piss...as long as it has alcohol in it, it should work for me...maybe I should get a mug of Beaver Breath on the side as a chaser just to make sure...

I'm sure you got the tap working now, and once again got a handle on things there Reverend...

Cheers,
Alan.
occasion5

Topic One of my poems was read tonight as part of a poetry festival in Northern Ireland...
Posted 04 Oct 2013 20:34

And did he read "Incest is Best" as an encore? An opportunity missed, in my opinion lol.



Funny, I'll have to ask him...yeah, when I did my reading at the Dowdell Library last month, I thought about going into "Master At Your Craft" a couple of time when I sort of got nervous...I could only imagine if I started reading those opening lines, that's this one, if you've missed this classic...

Master At Your Craft
http://www.lushstories.com/stories/love-poems/master-at-your-craft.aspx

Anyway...I found out who Ken Ramsay is...he's apparently a local poet and writer from Enniskillen, well-known in the area...and I know this because Diane Jardel, who is also a member of the blue site, lives in Enniskillen...this is she btw...

Stories Space - Courage2bfree
http://www.storiesspace.com/courage2bfree

She sent Ken a note, she knows him...we're all curious now how this came about...I'll stop back when I find out myself...

She didn't see him read my poem, she was at another event that was part of the festival...the Bram Stoker's Dracula talk...she wasn't aware my poem was being read apparently, in fact she had to sort of read it twice on the page before it sort of sank in...lol...I mean, like what are the odds somebody you know from Stories Space is going to have one of their poems read at a festival near you?

Yeah, this whole thing is sort of bizarre to me still, starting out writing sex stories four years ago and now having my stuff read at festivals half way around the world and stuff...then again, you can get on the New York Times bestseller list these days writing erotica...so, I guess anything's possible...

Topic R.I.P. Tom Clancy
Posted 04 Oct 2013 20:05

FYI, I hear that there's one more novel in the pipe, due for publication in December, so we haven't heard the last from Tom Clancy yet.

Yeah, I read that too...someone on FB posted this obit from the Baltimore Sun...good article, I didn't know much about him...

Baltimore Sun - Tom Clancy
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-tom-clancy-20131002,0,2435189.story

He was a rather wealthy and successful author...heck, if you can afford $350,000.00 per year in property taxes alone, you must be doing something right...reminds me, I really should get back to writing more...

Btw, don't recall reading any of his books...liked the "Hunt For Red October" movie though...

Topic Bono exposed as a complete fraud - harsh analysis?
Posted 04 Oct 2013 09:11

if it makes people sit up and think about the situations, then it can't be all bad.

I'll agree with that, celebrities have the ability to get people's attention far more than the average person...would you want somebody who spent most of their life singing in a band having the final say on matters of world affairs? Most likely not...but, as you say, if it brings attention to a problem that normally would not get much notice, it is a good thing...

Topic One of my poems was read tonight as part of a poetry festival in Northern Ireland...
Posted 03 Oct 2013 19:08

Cool beans...Ken Ramsay read my 9/11 poem tonight at The 2013 Fermanagh Festival which takes place for four days in the island town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland...here's the link which lists the days readings...you can see toward the bottom where it says 8pm Enniskillen Fire Station ...

The Fermanagh Festival - (FREE) Poetry at FLive2013
http://www.flive.org.uk/Poetry

Here's their Facebook page btw...there will possibly be pictures or videos later...there is for stuff that took place earlier in the day...

Fermanagh Live
https://www.facebook.com/Fermanaghlive

Anyway...here's the whole program for the four day event...there are a bunch of workshops and stuff in addition to the readings...very artsy btw...

The 2013 Fermanagh Festival
http://www.flive.org.uk/media/uploads/Flive%202013%20booklet%20web.pdf

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Topic One of my worst nightmares come true...my 9/11 poem being used for commercial purposes...
Posted 02 Oct 2013 14:15

Conversely, my biggest literary dream is to have a poem of mine used to illustrate toenail fungus.

Yeah, that toenail fungus ad sticking out right there is so very special...dontknow

Anyway...this whole thing actually has a happy ending...the whole thing is annoying, I shouldn't really have to deal with crap like this, but it all came to a satisfactory resolution...

Here is what I wrote back to Ghezae...


Alan Jankowski
Oct 1 (1 day ago)

to Ghezae
Hey Ghezae...I had thought that this issue was resolved when the poem was removed from Awate. but it seems there's the matter of the 3000 calenders that have been printed...I'm not quite certain how to address that issue at the moment...in the meantime, I've taken screen shots of everything and posted them...
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_postst1322_One-of-my-worst-nightmares-come-truemy-911-poem-being-used-for-commercial-purposes.aspx

I haven't really consulted with my attorney...I'd really prefer to have to avoid that route, and come up with an amicable solution, as I believe you would as well...it would seem to me, that there can only be two ways at this point to proceed...either all the printed calenders are destroyed, or some sort of sticker, or additional printing be added with an explanation, along with some financial compensation...

I'm trying to find out from some others who may have been in similar situations...I will get back to you though, and I think you can see that those would be the only reasonable solutions...

I do believe that Bereket is the guilty party, and it's perfectly reasonable that neither you or Awate were aware of his wrongdoing...still, a wrongdoing has been done, and a reasonable solution must be found...

Regards.
Alan W. Jankowski

And this is what he wrote me back yesterday...I can live with this...like I said, I shouldn't really have to go through this crap though, and the reason I took all these screen shots and created these forum posts is to cover my bases...essentially, I prepared for the worst...

Ghezae Hagos
11:25 AM (19 hours ago)

to sal, salgadi, Getu, semere42, me, Bereket
Dear Alan,

Thank you for your understanding. It means a lot to us.

We had decided to remove the poem entirely and put photos of prisoners instead. That will effectively solve the problem. It is very good timing as the calendars were yet to be distributed.

Please allow me to give you a bit background about this project. We are members of an advocacy group called Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change- North America. We have chapters in many US and Canadian cities. Our members are volunteers. Our objective is to raise awareness about the gross human rights violations that exist in Eritrea. Eritrea currently has one of the most repressive regimes in the world today.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/eritrea-rampant-repression-20-years-after-independence-2013-05-09

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/eritrea-10000-political-prisoners_n_3243933.html

The calendars were part of the campaign to increase awareness of the human rights violations and to honor the prisoners of conscience. We have covered the expenses out of our pockets and there is no financial remuneration or benefits associated with the calendars. Neither Bereket Yohannes nor the project managers will get any financial benefits. If any, we will definitely incur costs, but we expect that. The reason I am mentioning this because we want to you to have a clear idea of what we are doing.

Dear Alan, we thank you for your understanding and support. We are glad we nip this incident in the bud. We apologize for any mental anguish, unnecessary distractions we may have caused you.

We wish you greater success in your artistic and personal endeavours.

All the best,
Ghezae Hagos for Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change- North America

Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 30 Sep 2013 22:58

Here you go...just get the right coffee mug to avoid confusion...

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Topic One of my worst nightmares come true...my 9/11 poem being used for commercial purposes...
Posted 30 Sep 2013 21:33

And the saga continues...someone in Canada just sent me these links btw...

Canada taking steps to expel Eritrean diplomat, Baird says – Incl Bereket Yohannes’s intv with CTV News
http://assenna.com/canada-taking-steps-to-expel-eritrean-diplomat-baird-says-incl-bereket-yohanness-intv-with-ctv-news/comment-page-1/

And a picture of the plagiarizer himself...

Refugee hopes to raise awareness of Eritrean plight
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Refugee-hopes-to-raise-awareness-of-Eritrean-plight-102887499.html

Topic One of my worst nightmares come true...my 9/11 poem being used for commercial purposes...
Posted 30 Sep 2013 18:47

People who are not writers often wonder why I tend to be rather vigilante about people using my 9/11 poem without giving proper credit...I always make it a point to tell people the correct thing to do is give proper credit, so the world doesn't think it's some anonymous poem...not that poems, or stories ever write themselves...though the general public sometimes appears to think they do...the reason I get annoyed when people post it without crediting me, and it happens way too often...like a recent Facebook post with over 900 shares, is certainly not that I wish to deny its use to the world...hardly...but rather people thinking it is somehow in the public domain leads to situations like what I'm facing at the moment...and I realize I may be preaching to the choir here...

Anyway, yesterday I became aware of someone taking my poem, rearranging it, adding a few lines...and posting it on a site claiming they wrote it...I informed the site owners, and they were very responsive...a good thing...

Saleh Gadi
10:23 PM (16 hours ago)

to me
Sear Mr. Jankowski,

We really apologize for the error, and we thank you for bringing thie
to our attention. We take such unethical violations very seriously and
we would remove the moment we discover the violation even if you
didn't ask.

We have removed the the entire content that included the plagiarized
poem. And we have banned the person who did that from ever posting
anything at awate.com .

We have been put in such precarious situation and we apologize for that.

Thank you

Saleh Johar
Miriam Was Here ... so were the human traffickers
Visit: www.miriamwashere.com


All this would be fine...except when I checked the link where it was posted...read the comments, as they are still there...

Calendar Featuring Eritrean’s Political Prisoners
http://awate.com/calendar-featuring-eritreans-political-prisoners/

Yes...you read that right...there are 3000 calenders printed up with the poem credited to Bereket Yohannes...not a good thing...I got this note earlier, apparently they want to talk...

On your 9-11 poem
Inbox
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Ghezae Hagos
9:38 AM (7 hours ago)



to me, Bereket, Bereket

Dear Mr. Jankowski,

My name is Ghezae Hagos and I can be contacted at 204-293-xxxx.

I am writing this message in respect to your 9-11 tribute poem that my friend Mr. Bereket Yohannes has used in remembrance of Eritrean victims, posted in awate.com . We really apologize for this and we would like to contact you about it.

You can send us your phone contact address, or you can call me at the aforementioned number.

All the best,
Ghezae Hagos

I don't believe the publishers were aware of any wrongdoing...Bereket was solely at fault, I believe...the question is how should I proceed from here? I need to take the high road, obviously...should I insist all the calenders be destroyed? Or, should I let them be sold with a sticker explaining the situation, and financial comp...

I just became aware of all this earlier tonight...haven't talked to an attorney or anything...just thinking about this is enough to drive a guy to drink, not that it takes much btw...this is really the type of mess I would rather avoid at all costs...

And here's screen shots of everything...had the foresight to take screen shots of the original post btw...it shows here in three parts...
https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1380189_582411151820205_1798430905_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1186716_582412928486694_432315367_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1209327_582402165154437_454764626_n.jpg

And the screen shots of the comments...which are still visible at that link btw...for now, anyway...
https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1381976_582454961815824_523691806_n.jpg
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Topic Morgen Bailey posts a ton of writing comps on her blog...
Posted 25 Sep 2013 06:20

Morgen Bailey posts a ton of writing comps on her blog...monthly, yearly, all sorts of stuff...check it out my friends...happy8

Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog - September-deadline & regular writing competitions
http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/september-deadline-regular-writing-competitions/

Topic If you could remember literally everything, would you want to?
Posted 24 Sep 2013 17:06

I would have to answer "No" on this one...yeah, for the bad memory thing, and there are a lot of things I'd like to forget...

An interesting alternate question would be how the world might be different, if everyone could remember everything...Regaeman Man

Topic Announcing: "Taming Amy", by Sophie Croft
Posted 24 Sep 2013 17:00

Good luck with this one...heck, just reading about it makes me want to go back to school...just sayin'

Topic Back story/Lead-in length
Posted 24 Sep 2013 16:55


My opinion is that I prefer enough lead-in to provide context and detail that makes the "good stuff" seem at least a little bit plausible, and I try to work that into my stories.


Yeah, you do seem to imply that the sex scene is the only "good" part...and the rest of the story is almost irrelevant...and you say something in a later post to the effect that you assume most people here only come here for the sex scene...

Heck, to me at least most of the best stories could stand on their own without the sex scene...if all I wanted was a sex scene, I'd go right to a video site and skip all this reading crap...Regaeman Man

Topic Do you think Black Boxing is "Privating " with some on her on Lush?
Posted 24 Sep 2013 16:35

I had to look up the word "Privating"...it doesn't seem to be in the dictionary...so, I guess the answer is "No"...

Topic Poems in every category
Posted 24 Sep 2013 16:30

I think it would be kind of interesting if you could do poems in every category. Instead of just leaving it to love poems.



You can write a poem in any category you want, it does not have to be a traditional "love poem" so to speak...you can always add the specific categories in the tags...

For example...let's say you submitted this classic...

Ode To My Sister

My favorite family member is my sister,
And she really is so dear,
She keeps her butt hole clean and bleached,
And she lets me do her in the rear.

She keeps cucumbers in the fridge,
Though she's never made a salad,
She always buys fresh ginger too,
Though her cooking skills aren't valid.

She invites the neighbors over at night,
And we take turns passing her around,
When she goes back in her room alone,
We hear a buzzing sound.

See...you could post a classic poem like that in the "Love Poem" category, and just add the rest in the tags, which might read something like "incest, sister, group sex, toys, ginger, figging, anal sex, anal bleaching, whatever"...

Understand how it works?

Topic A new idea for a writing challenge.
Posted 24 Sep 2013 16:13

A beautiful Chinese doll, exquisitely feminine, gave him incredible joy. Kissable lips, magnificent nipples, outstanding pussy. Quietly restrained, she teased, until very wet, X-rated yelps zapped.

Yeah, that was rather well done...normally I might attempt such an odd challenge myself, but I've had a terrible cold the last couple of days...getting out of bed and sitting upright is enough of a challenge for today...

Topic Remember Patriot's Day at the Dowdell Library...Tuesday, Sept. 10...
Posted 24 Sep 2013 16:06

A couple of more pictures turned up from this event...here's one with me and Elaine Gaber, director of the library...and she's holding my book...what impeccable taste that gal has...

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/993336_576114799116507_1630286122_n.jpg

Here's another one that turned up recently...notice that they put me in a corner in the kid's room btw...note that scary looking stuffed thing lurking above my head...enough to give a guy nightmares...happy8

https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1233558_579204848807502_152700696_n.jpg

Topic Happy Birthday Her Royal Spriteness!!
Posted 22 Sep 2013 23:02

Alright, I know I'm slightly late to the party...but, I had to find a cake fit for Royalty...

Hope you had a great birthday there Her Royalness...

Regaeman Man Pour Wine occasion6 occasion7 occasion9 occasion4 occasion1 hello1

http://www.houseofcakesdubai.com/store/published/publicdata/RENITO76WEBASYSTSHOPSCRIPT/attachments/SC/products_pictures/crown%20cake%20dubai_enl.jpg

Cheers,
Alan.
occasion5

Topic Social media spec sheets...useful stuff my friends...:)
Posted 22 Sep 2013 01:53

I think this is a good place to stick this one...

Best Times to Post on Social Media
http://visual.ly/best-times-post-social-media

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 19 Sep 2013 21:58

Buddy Guy : First Time I Met The Blues

//www.youtube.com/embed/m9v5Oevbyx8

Topic Another chance to get a poem in print...and an interesting project btw...
Posted 19 Sep 2013 21:01

Here's another chance to get a poem in print...and a rather interesting project by William S. Peters Sr. and Inner Child Press...check it out my friends...happy8

World Healing, World Peace Poetry 2014
http://www.worldhealingworldpeacepoetry.com/

//www.youtube.com/embed/0MMttNrig4I

Topic Protocol for editing?
Posted 17 Sep 2013 17:13



if your story was rejected and you edit it in the edit box, we can see exactly what's been edited - that makes it easier for us to review it and quicker for us to publish it after seeing the fixes. if you copy and paste, we pretty much have to treat it as a new story, making more work for us and taking longer to turn it around for you.

Actually, I copied and pasted a whole new thingy after editing in Word over on the blue site...and believe it or not, it shows the differences in blue and red, just like if I made the changes in the box...

Don't ask me if this happens all the time, it was a one time thing for me as one of my stories got extensively edited with the help of editor Rosemary J. Kind...and I posted the revised version over on SS...like I said, I have no clue if the changes are always tracked like that...I have to say, I was rather surprised though...dontknow

Topic Guest blog spots...a great way to promote yourself...
Posted 15 Sep 2013 19:40

"Blogger and social media expert Mike Wallagher created this site to give writers a simple step-by-step introduction to creating their web presence. Topics include choosing a blogging platform, the pros and cons of free versus paid hosting, promoting your blog on Twitter, search engine optimization and digital marketing. "...check it out my blogging friends...happy8

How to Start a Blog – Step by Step Guide
http://startbloggingonline.com/

Topic Remember Patriot's Day at the Dowdell Library...Tuesday, Sept. 10...
Posted 12 Sep 2013 17:19

That's quite a nice piece.
I especially love how you disclaim your talents.

Your a good man Mr DirtyMartini.

scooter.

Hey Mr. Scooter...thanks for the kind words...I was very nervous, and to get an idea as to just how nervous I actually was, try to count how many times I use the word "actually" in that four minute interview video...it's actually a nervous habit I have, I'm actually not that bad actually in normal life...actually...ahem...

Anyway...here's a list of what I actually read during the reading, though the order got changed...as noted, I read the 9/11 poem last, instead of first, for instance...but, I did have a list I made shortly before show time...I tried not to plan this whole thing too far in advance...I figured the less scripted I made this whole thing, the less chance of me getting too nervous and screwing up...so, it was mostly "off the cuff" so to speak...

1. We Shall Never Forget (9-11 Tribute)
2. The Facebook Poem
3. Happiness And Purpose
4. The Birthday Party
5. Under Darkness Of Night
6. Grandpa
7. Relatives
8. I Had A Dream
9. The Best You Ever Had
10. For Trayvon (May your death not be in vain)
11. Please Tell Me That You Can Stay
12. Steal This Poem
13. Sexual Healing
14. We Started As Friends

I started the actual reading about 6:35PM, and it ran up until about 7:35PM...so, over an hour of fairly continuous talking on my part...I prefaced everything with a bit of a story as to how each piece came about...

And a few of the above can be found on this fine site btw...like 9, 11, 13 and 14...just sayin'