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Happy Holidays Again

Who’d of thunk we’d still be here, 20 months after beginning in April of 2016? Not only are we (quite vocally at times) here, I believe we have remained true to our original intent, as expressed by Curtis Bausse in the First Post.

What can you expect to find here? Since there’s nothing new under the sun, I do admit the innovation bit could be a challenge, but we’ll try our best, I promise. There’ll be anecdotes and analysis, thoughtfulness and humour, awards and recommendations, opinions, rants and wackiness. We don’t expect to work miracles and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. But what we do take seriously is writing itself. Which means we’re also keen to help writers explore whatever path might lead somewhere interesting, and help readers find good writing. If that sounds like a programme you could tune in to, you’ve come to the right place. Drop us a line, tell us what you’re up to. Maybe we’ll end up travelling the path together. Whichever one it turns out to be.

May Your God Bless You this holiday season and in the coming year.


16 thoughts on “Happy Holidays Again

  1. mimispeike says:

    Yes, indeed. This is a great site. Merry Christmas to all.

    We hope to have a lovely Christmas dinner, and our raccoons will certainly dine well. Our small freezer box got turned off overnight, thanks probably to the antics of our two new overactive kittens.

    So our raccoons will have a lavish today, tomorrow, Saturday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. Heavy on the Chinese, hope they don’t mind. Some Mexican also, and some corn dogs. Fried calamari! And they’ll get the turkey carcass. Merry Christmas raccoons!

    I have ordered for my Christmas present three books of The City of Dreaming Books series. So I’m happy. Our cats will share the turkey dinner. And all the heavy cream they can slurp. Eberhard says, our cats live like God in France, a German expression.

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  2. Snoopy

    Nicely said, GD!

    Yes, Happy Holidays to all who peruse our site: from the most veteran scritch-scribbler to the first-time drive-by wondering “Should I post something here?” (Answer: if you have something pertinent, heartfelt, and/or of interest to the broader reading and writing public, then yes–please contribute to the discussion!)

    See ya’ll in 2018!

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  3. mimispeike says:

    We have a real conversation here, instead of the snippets I find elsewhere. We really get to know each other.

    Let the wisecracks begin.

    Example: Hey, Mimi, we know Sly all too well, up and down, inside and out. Move on, lady!

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      • mimispeike says:

        Here’s the problem with that: until after WWII, when American servicemen in Germany imported some raccoons from home, to remind them of home, there were none in Europe. I know this, of course, from my German husband.

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          • mimispeike says:

            A few were snuck into Germany as pets. They escaped into the wild and have taken over. Forests, fields, even in Berlin, where my Eberhard was raised.

            Yes, he lived through the war in Berlin. (He was seven when the war ended.) He doesn’t talk about those years except to say that plenty of times there was not a thing in his grandmother’s apartment to eat.

            When I leave food on my plate he goes crazy.

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  4. mimispeike says:

    This is a terrific site with terrific people. And the quality of the writing is far and away above the general.

    I was just browsing on Scrib. Found a post by someone who’s going to (try to) publish on Inkshares – seems to be a kickstarter thing – because: self-published work is of lesser quality, everyone knows it, she doesn’t want to be associated with losers. Readers often won’t give you a chance when they see you’ve self-published says she, implying she is among the polished pros.

    So I hit the link to her story. It’s locked, I can’t see more than a snippet. In about a hundred words I observe two glaring grammatical errors, as uninteresting a sample and as dull a style as I have ever read, and this in a zombie-cats story, potentially my kind of nonsense.

    Three cheers for us!

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    • I am intimately familiar with Inkshares, having taken part in one of their first contests, back in August and September, 2015. Co-sponsored by Nerdist, the contest’s goal was to sell the most pre-orders of your work based on a sample — usually 1 or 2 chapters — and Nerdist would choose their favorite from the top five. They’d put their brand on it, and Inkshares would publish it in hardback, paperback, and ebook. Inkshares would provide several rounds of editing, and work with the author on cover design. Marketing Enhanced, the first book in a YA Sci-Fi Trilogy I co-wrote, was the most draining six weeks of my life.

      The top winner had 750+, but 2nd to 15th were in the 250 – 500 range. We finished 12th out of 335, with 316 pre-orders. 250 – 750 qualified for “Inkshares’ publishing lite”. Ebooks only, no developmental edits, only one line edit, and the author arranges the cover and marketing. We passed in favor of pursuing an agent.

      Then the CEO sold the company, and management declined severely. They still have 3 or 4 contests a year, but interest has waned enough that a book can win with fewer than 220 pre-orders. And you noted some of the quality.

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  5. mimispeike says:

    We don’t exchange presents here or, rather, we pick out what we want and call it our present, and I like that method fine. So I have two great four-tier rolling carts that will make terrific mini greenhouses in the Spring.

    We had a leftover pork chop dinner, but had filled up earlier on fancy cheeses, didn’t have much of an appetite. We will have the big dinner tomorrow.

    I have spent the evening browsing Project Guttenberg, and have saved links to five dozen books. I only scrolled through two thousand or so, but the masthead says they have fifty-six thousand-plus available. (!!!) Guttenberg is full of the early obscure things I love, that will never be reprinted.

    GD, was it you who were looking for sci-fi written by a woman under a pen name? Did you look on Guttenberg? This evening I found several works by Charles Reade that I have never seen anywhere else. Reade (besides his fairly easily available The Cloister and The Hearth) has been my Holy Grail for a very long time.

    We get through New Year and it’s onward to Spring. I am already trying to root dahlia cuttings.

    Merry Holidays!

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    • Perry Palin says:

      With the service I’m getting from my ISP, I’d prefer the camel.

      When my son and daughter were in their twenties and traveling in Northern Africa about ten years ago, they posed as husband and wife, which a friend told them would be safer for the girl. The son later related that he never feared running out of money on the trip, because in markets he was approached several times and offered up to five camels in exchange for his wife. The daughter was offended that she was deemed to be worth so few as five camels, even at the opening of a negotiation. She described the camels in unflattering terms, but I bet they’re preferable to my ISP.

      Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

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      • GD Deckard says:

        Ha! Great story, Perry. Reminds me of that episode in the original “Absolutely Fabulous” sit-com where Patsy sold Edina’s daughter, Saffron, to white slavers in Marrakech.


      • Only just seen this, Perry – still catching up. A bit late for Christmas, but wishing you all the best for the New Year.
        There must have been some camel inflation over the past decade – we were offered ten for our granddaughter.

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