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The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Creating Hyperlinks

Simon’s blog is a treasure trove of many types of gems. Here’s one on navigating WP

Planet Simon

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.


Adding a Hyperlink

In the blogging world we might want to create a link to another post in our blog or to some other material elsewhere, this is done by creating hyperlinks. In case anyone reading this needs to know, a hyperlink is a link to some other part of the internet, a shortcut if you like, in a blog post they usually appear as blue text.

Needless to say as with everything else in the blogging world there are some guides to hyperlinks.

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Self-Publish Your Novel – Social Media for Writers — CookieBreakS

Social media for writers is mostly the same as regular social media for anyone else. There are some small differences and points to consider–being professional* is perhaps more important than on your personal account–but otherwise? Chances are you don’t need to worry. If you’re already using social media, you’ll rock social media for writers, too!…

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The Warrior’s Fire

Now here is some vivid imagery with powerful sentiments.
Well worth a read

~Burning Woman~

[an allegory by    ~burning woman~   ]

After the dark night of the soul, when the battle is won, morning comes. But the sun does not shine that day.

You’ve won the battle, you know this, but all around you are the bodies of friend and foe alike and in this twilight you can no longer tell the difference, nor care who the dead are, except that they are dead and so are you.

In your own eyes; in your feelings, you’re not the great winner; the hero; the one who took the day. You’re the survivor while the best things of your life lie dead at your feet.

You don’t know what to do. You feel blood on your hands; on your body. Though most of it isn’t yours, yet you well know it is an indelible mark that will never wash away. You remember. You’ve been here before.

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I’ve been talking about short stories a lot this week. WHY do you think that is?

Now here are some stirring words. You ready to give it a go? It’s the taking part is ‘the thing’

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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Well, short stories build writer muscles.

Writing short stories forces you to get the story up and running quickly, thereby grabbing your reader’s attention.

Short stories that get published in an anthology are a great way to get your name out there and start building a following while you finish your novel.

Ditto for a chapter or scene from a short story. 

But while all of those are good reason, they are not THE reason.

Money.

No, that’s not it, either.

CONFIDENCE.

Writing short stories the way we do it here gets your story into a contest and possibly an anthology, but in the process it gets you to let someone else see it (me) and get input on it (from me) by a nice person (me).

Then a lot of those stories or scenes go from potentially never being seen by eyes other than you and…

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Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018: Rules, Guidelines, Entrance and Prizes

Yecheilyah’s blog sparkles with all manner of interesting aspects.
Here’s a good one for anyone to consider

The PBS Blog

Yess people! It’s that time! Time to reveal the guidelines to this year’s contest and our amazing prizes! Read on…


Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018

Theme: Self-Care, Self-Love – Our theme this year is on self-care and self-love!

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, July 12th – Tuesday, July 31stWinners Announced: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Guidelines

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  • The poems submitted must be original work. This means that the poems must be written by you. If we find a poem that resembles any previously published poem in any way that poet will be disqualified from the competition. Poems must be your own work.
  • The poem must not be previously published in a book or anywhere online (including your blog)
  • The contest will be judged based on writing, style and how closely the poem adheres to the theme.
  • We are judges of the competition only. All poets…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Youth

My good friend Jill’s blog is often political but she also make valuable contribution to feel-good and more importantly HOPE with her Once-a-Week ‘Good People Doing Good Things’.
Here is an example of the truly news worthy items she finds

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Yesterday, I was literally in a fit of rage, even my fingertips were spitting and sputtering, as the man-who-would-be-king did his best to send me to my ash bottle in a fit of apoplexy.  And then … I remembered that today is Wednesday and that I needed to start work on my weekly ‘good people’ post.  At first, I thought “No way!!!” … but then I remembered the words of several of my friends and fellow bloggers who, just last week, told me that this feature may be among the most important things I do – reminding us all that there are, indeed, good people out there who care about others.  And so, I picked myself up, dusted my knees, took a deep breath, and went in search of.  And today, I find my inspiration to be better, to do better, comes from young people, as it so often does…

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The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Understanding your Stats

Simon has taken the time to supply some very useful insights into the Word Press stats system.
Well worth a read and a study.

Planet Simon

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.


Every new blogger at some points looks to the the stats page and wonders… What the hell does this all mean? Let me do my best to help, I say I’ll do my best becasue some things I will be honest still confuse me.

Traffic

Looking at the traffic tab we can see a nice graph with hopefully lots of views, or maybe not. It doesn’t matter. The bar chart is showing you the views your page has received on that day in the…

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Announcing The Word Weaver 1000 Word SPRINT Writing Contest

Dan is dedicated to spreading the Good Word about writing and pushing writers to new horizons.
Here’s one you may feel you are up for.

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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* * * * * ANNOUNCING * * * * *

The Word Weaver

1000 Word SPRINT

* * * * * Writing Contest * * * * *

with over $300 in prizes!


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Our next full-fledged Word Weaver Writing Contest will be in July, and will have a theme of scary/eerie/macabre/dark. We’ll be kinda loose on that (I mean, “dark” covers a lot of ground) and we’ll look to create another scary-style anthology from the entries.

BUT!

Before we get into that, we have some things we need to address.

It’s commonly understood by editors and critique partners that writers tend to take a while to get a story up and running.

That’s hurting you, gang.

That’s a big no-no.

GRAB your reader on page one, in the first paragraph.

In the first sentence, if possible.

Then take them for a roller coaster…

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The Road to Self Publishing- Copyright

For those who are looking to turn their writing into a commercial venture here is some very useful guidance on USA copyright.

Modern Authors

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Yeah. This one. You knew we were going to have to talk about it eventually. I know, many authors (possibly even most) don’t like talking about copyright, but it’s something you need to think about when you self-publish. If you’d rather read about the actual writing, you can still find the main Road to Self Publishing page here. Still with me? Good.

First, a little disclaimer. I am not now, nor am I likely to ever be, a lawyer, so take everything in here with a grain of salt. If you’re unsure what do do when it comes to copyright, it wouldn’t hurt to talk to an actual Intellectual Property lawyer. Also, I’ll only be speaking about U.S. copyright here. I know next to nothing about copyright in other countries. Some of the things here might be applicable to them, but others will not. Proceed with caution.

Now, with…

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Announcing the Winners of the ASF Short Story Contest!

Remember Rachael’s SF/Fantasy competition. Well here are the results folks.
Keep a look out on Rachael’s blog because there all sorts of interesting writing things popping up

Rachael Ritchey

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*Before you do anything else, push play on this video. You will want Victory music playing while you enjoy the inaugural ASF Short Story Contest results!*

Back in November, I got this hairbrained idea to put together a short story contest based off a book cover I’d randomly been designing just for kicks. I put some feelers out, and BAM! some people were like, “Heck yeah! I wanna do that.” SO here we are!

It was an absolute blast reading all the entries…well, all except the judging part. I would rather not do that part, but the stories are inspiring. It’s thrilling to see all the passion and talent.

Thank you to every person who submitted to the contest! The coolest part is that we’re going to put together an anthology of Adventurous Scifi & Fantasy stories. Once we’ve polished these babies up and made them shine, we’ll slap ’em into…

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