Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 06 Oct 2013 22:58

Alright...this should end a lot of confusion about when to use the various forms of this here word...

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

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, 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...

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...

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'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, I figured I'd pass on that one...

Let me get a tall bucket of that house draft Old Possum 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...


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

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

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 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, 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,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's the link which lists the days can see toward the bottom where it says 8pm Enniskillen Fire Station ...

The Fermanagh Festival - (FREE) Poetry at FLive2013

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'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

Topic One of my worst nightmares come 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 the meantime, I've taken screen shots of everything and posted them...

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 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...

Alan W. Jankowski

And this is what he wrote me back yesterday...I can live with 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.

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...

Topic One of my worst nightmares come 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

And a picture of the plagiarizer himself...

Refugee hopes to raise awareness of Eritrean plight

Topic One of my worst nightmares come 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 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 .

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

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

Calendar Featuring Eritrean’s Political Prisoners 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

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 . 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 shows here in three parts...

And the screen shots of the comments...which are still visible at that link btw...for now, anyway...

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

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" doesn't seem to be in the, 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 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. 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's one with me and Elaine Gaber, director of the library...and she's holding my book...what impeccable taste that gal has...

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

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


Topic Amazon - Tax Information for Non-US Publishers
Posted 22 Sep 2013 11:33

Thanks Alan, it's reassuring to know I'm not on my own.

Yeah, you're most definitely not alone in this sort of thing...I don't always have the answers to stuff, but at this point, I pretty much know where to find the answers relatively quickly...

I know you're not a huge FB fan...personally, I think Facebook is the best thing I've done as far as advancing my little writing "career"...

Anyway, just added you to a group over there that I think may be perfect for you...a fair amount of knowledgeable members, and largely from countries outside the U.S...Mark Williams, for instance, who has this publishing company...though I'm not certain they're still functioning at the moment...

Mark williams international digital publishing (MWiDP)

Anyway, he knows a lot of stuff like that, and a lot about international distribution of do other people in the group...I think you might be able to find your answers there...

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

Topic Amazon - Tax Information for Non-US Publishers
Posted 22 Sep 2013 01:34

Apparently it's not unusual for this to take multiple attempts...and there's quite a bit posted on the subject btw...

Applying for a US Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN): A Saga in 3 Parts


How to Obtain a U.S. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

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

Buddy Guy : First Time I Met The Blues


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