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Silly, Silly, me

Posted by T Larae , 13 November 2012 · 76 views

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]Nine months ago I learned of the death of someone I considered very near and dear to my heart. The fact that I choose to refer to this person as near and dear still confuses me as I haven't seen or heard from them in almost thirty years.[/size][/font]

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]I learned of her death after 'Binging' her name and finding an article concerning her death. After hearing of her death which took place almost five years ago under very horrible cirumstances, I proceeded to grieve. This was a process that took me places I thought I'd never go and one which to this day I cannot be sure that I'm finished with. I didn't want to work, I didn't want to write, I wouldn't leave the house and I'm not sure but I think there were times when it was really hard to breathe. I totally faded away and shut myself off from life including my fellow AQ'ers I guess that by now most readers could theorize that I must have loved this woman but may be confused as to why I hadn't seen her in almost thirty years. Hence, the title of this entry. [/size][/font]

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]After being talked down off the ledge, as one friend of mine put it, I decided to blog about it as part of the healing process in hope that someone out there may be able to make sense of this all.(As silly as it may seem) I learned a lot of things about myself and about others and some of them I'd like to share.[/size][/font]

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]1. It was my fault I never attempted to make contact with her before learning of her untimely death although it is easy to sumize that she had to have done something to me for me not to want to do so.[/size][/font]
[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]2. It is not my fault that she died the way she did nor is there anything I could have done to prevent the circumstances surrounding her untimely death.[/size][/font]
[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]3. As hard as it is to get use to, people do die but life for the living goes on that is if they want to live.[/size][/font]
[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]4. There are others in this world who do care about you but cannot be responsible for the decissions that you make with regards to how you live your life.[/size][/font]

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]I've resumed my writing career as well as other endeavors I've chose to persue in life and look forward to hearing from other AQ'ers throughout this community.[/size][/font]

[font=times new roman, times, serif][size=3]To me there is no doubt in my mind that this is an episode in my life that will turn into a story that someone someday will have to critique.[/size][/font]



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Trebor Rants

Posted by T Larae , 10 November 2011 · 101 views

O.K. I've had it with all the rejection letters and false hopes.

Maybe I don't have what it takes to persevere in this theater- to keep writing and try to put together a platform.

I'm tired of "It's a great idea but I thinnk you should do this or that to make it better."

Despite what anyone thinks I've got some great material here. I've got articles, short stories and two novels that would make the silver screen glisten if the right person would read them and decide to turn 'em into movies. A little stuck on myself... maybe. But if I don't like my stuff who else will.

The aspects of self-publishing are looking better and better these days. I can either count myself among the success stories of Sam Clemens and Amanda Hockings or wait til I've died from all the caffeine and nicotine I've injested while editing a piece in a futile attempt to gain favor with some agent or publisher.

Better to have tried and failed than not have attempted anyting at all.

Besides, I haven't found a dead man yet that could tell me how much he enjoys his royalties.


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Another chapter in the ebook story

Posted by T Larae , 14 August 2011 · 133 views

Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’
By DAVID STREITFELD
Amazon makes it extremely easy to take a bunch of words and publish them as a book for the Kindle e-reader. And longtime professional writers like Edward Jay Epstein, the author of books on Hollywood, diamonds and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, are refashioning their collected works into electronic format.

“The numbers are not great — last weekend I sold only 165 e-books — but they grow, like compound interest, with each new title,” he wrote recently at theatlanticwire.com.

But if anyone can publish, everyone will publish. The Kindle Store on Amazon has been inundated with spurious or duplicative ebooks issued under a retail concept known as “private label rights,” or P.L.R. At the supermarket, it works this way: Jars of jelly or cans of green beans might be branded with the name of the store, but they were actually produced by another company that is invisible to the consumer.

When P.L.R. is applied to e-books, someone writes something — say, a guide to marketing information on Kindle — and then sells the rights to others, who repackage it under their own name and title. In theory, the new owner is also supposed to refashion the text to make it his own, but this does not often happen. A search on “Kindle marketing” in the Kindle store turned up 12,990 results.

Amazon, apparently worried that consumers will get lost in a maze of indistinguishable items, appears to be cracking down. On Warrior Forum, an Internet marketing site, commentators have been reporting this week that Amazon was yanking their P.L.R. e-books from the Kindle store. Amazon tells the offenders that their copycats “diminish the experience for customers.”

Asked about this, an Amazon spokeswoman, Brittany Turner, said, “We have worked steadily to build processes to detect and remove undifferentiated or barely differentiated versions of e-books.”

A creator of these “books” who posts on Warrior Forum under the name Brobdingnagian wrote, “I had 22 books up, which only took a long weekend to ‘write’ (more like format) and publish … It was one of my first tastes of online success — albeit small — and to have it yanked away is a kick in the pants.”

But, he acknowledged, one he entirely deserved. He wrote that while he was “formatting these books and slapping em upon Amazon, a nagging little voice” told him he was trying to pull a fast one and would get caught. “Shoulda listened,” he wrote.


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Where I'm at

Posted by T Larae , 01 August 2011 · 73 views

I started this journey about five years ago thinking that I was just weeks, or at best, months away from becoming the next Mark Twain or Lisa Scotaline.
Writing takes you places, not necessarily through your own prose, that will either make you or break you. Attempting to make it as a writer requires a lot of work, faith in your work and a lot of luck that someone will one day notice the jewels you've accumulated over the years and give you a fair price for them. It can be a lot like digging a ditch... no matter how perfect you think you've carved out every crevice there's still going to be someone to come along and say, "you're just a millimeter off with respect to depth, width or the angle." You can either wallow or lay there in that ditch and let it cave in or you can have faith that it will support whatever contents it was meant to hold.
Agents, though helpful in some venues, can be cold. Editors can be confusing. It is as though they seek the approval of every eye that will view your work. Maybe they do. But this prompts re-write after re-write and can test your fortitude to get submitted material approved. And in the end, your finely tuned article, piece or book comes under scrutiny by the general public who will either love it and buy it or toss it aside like a piece of trash for the next moron to view.
Making a living as a writer is not for the timid, the faint at heart or those with thin skin. You must re-invent yourself daily and take on the responsibility of selling yourself daily as well.
The more I look at it, the more I wonder how I will ever make it work.


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The year of Disaster

Posted by T Larae , 18 May 2011 · 70 views

From the Quake in Japan to the Tornado outbreak in the South and then the floods along the Mississippi, this year has been one for the books. Oh yeah, and let's not forget about the drought in Texas.
The tornado thing in the south hit me real hard as I live only a few blocks away from one of the hardest hit communities.The only thing that came to mind while I looked at the hill up the street from where I live was an explosion. It looked as if the entire hill had exploded. I heard one person comment that it looked like someone laid a bunch of lumber out to build houses where houses once stood.
It was heartbreaking. Yet, as I said once before, its not our world and we're just visiting. God can and does just what he pleases with it.
I'm sure some good writing will come out of it but I've had trouble figuring out where to start.
Speaking of writing, a new agent Susan Finesman of Fine Literary,is taking queries. We all know what a golden opportunity new agents are for new writers.
Let's all pray that after all that's happened, God is finished with giving the world a facelift.


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To the citizens and residents of Japan

Posted by T Larae , 11 March 2011 · 51 views

[size="4"][/size]I am one of millions around the world that has watched the horrifying images of the destrutive quake that has taken place in Japan.

To the victims of this disaster and to the families of those that have been declared casualties, you have my prayers.

To those who may be searching for lost loved ones, don't give up. Little miracles happen everyday.

When disasters of this magnitude strike, many ask why. My only answer is that it's not our world. "[i][/i]In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

To those of us sitting in the comfort of our homes watching this disaster unfold, this is a prime example of how blessed we are and a demonstration of how weak and fragile we as human beings are. We often take for granted the sanctity of our homes, the jobs we have and the loved ones we share these things with. How quickly things can change.

May God bless and have mercy on the people of Japan.


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To ebook or not to ebook

Posted by T Larae , 10 March 2011 · 53 views

[font="Garamond"][indent][/indent][/font]I've been keeping an eye on what I call the 'Amanda Hockings phenomena'. I must confess that it has fueled my curiousity with regards to how well I could do should I decide to self-publish my material.
One of my major concerns about going this route has been having the discipline and objectivity to edit my own material. I've heard that many new authors fall into the trap of falling in love with thier own work. By eliminating the agents and publishing editors, I wonder if we might be opening the doors to a lot of unwanted guests.
I'm going to keep an eye on the vast amounts of information I see flowing from the ebook arena. In the meantime, I'll be doing some serious researh to see if this style of publishing is for me.





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