Saturday, September 25, 2010

Read Banned Books

Banned Books Week 2010 is the twenty-ninth annual celebration of the freedom to read. This freedom, not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities... be it books, magazines, newspapers, films, broadcasts, plays, performances, electronic publications, or exhibits, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. 

Although we enjoy an increasing quantity and availability of information and reading material, we must remain vigilant to ensure that access to this material is preserved; would-be censors who continue to threaten the freedom to read come from all quarters and all political persuasions. 

Even if well intentioned, censors try to limit the freedom of others to choose what they read, see, or hear.

“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” 

- U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, in Texas v. Johnson

Friday, September 24, 2010

I go a tumblr-ing. Watch out for that first step.

With BLOGS on LIveJournal, Blogger, WordPress, Web-Pages on Weebly, Facebook and Twitter accounts and working on publishing a book or two or more, you'd think I'd settle on one or two and call it a day.

But as I continue my experiments in mixed media and multimedia publishing, it seems that there is yet another new experience to be had.
A Couple of days ago I began experimenting with 

So far, the experience has been enlightening.  You can click on the logo above to visit my experiment.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Avast Ye Scurvy Bilgrats!

Aye Matey's! It be International Talk like a Pirate day

Brung to ye by NPArrrr!  National Pirate Radio.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

And The Award goes to...

"It's a major award!"

No, it's not a "leg lamp," like that priceless work of 'Illumnifying Electric Artthat Ralphie's dad receives in A Christmas Story.

It's better... because it comes from a friend, fellow author & Dangling On The Edge blogger Renee Miller-Johnson.

Thank You, and congratulations to all the other Blog Award Winners.

My Blog will wear it, proudly.

While we're on the subject of awards... 

I have one of my own to give; to Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and the whole gang over at The Tea Party. It's the:

Award. Wear it proudly, guys. 

We now return you to our regularly scheduled circus.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Dribble, A Drabble, a Flash In The Pan.

A group of us have been experimenting with Flash fiction &  what is known as a Drabble.

The formal definition of Flash is; a complete story with protagonist, conflict and resolution. Its extension varies from 200 to 1000+. Originally, flash was defined as a piece written in 750 words or fewer. The word count is not a flight of fancy, but the text contained in two opposing pages. 

The formal definition of a Drabble is: a complete story with protagonist, conflict and resolution in exactly 100 words. Title and credit(s) don’t count. 

The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

It is required that it be a short work of fiction. It is not required that it be a he-said/she-said, or even that there be any action. 

The results were both interesting and entertaining.  I'll post some samples soon.

But .... the reason I mention it?  Our friends at
are holding their fifth annual  Three Minute Fiction Contest 

Your story must begin with the following line:

"Some people swore that the house was haunted."

Plus, your story must end with this line:

"Nothing was ever the same again after that."

Including these lines, your story must be 600 words or less. One entry per person. Your deadline is 11:59 p.m., EDT, on Sept. 26.

So... what are you waiting for? 

Get out of here and go write your story!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Sunday Funnies - From Friday

Click on the header... Enjoy, and have a safe and sane holiday.