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I have been rejected three times as much as I have been accepted. Thanks for relieving my feeling of being a glutton for punishment. Write on.

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Not even her best backbend

Before I was a writer, I was an acrobat. Not the kind that flips through the air–the kind who holds up other smaller, younger acrobats who look better in the same spandex costume. A “base.”

I loved it. I loved being the one who makes sure everyone is ready, calls the move, Hup!, then adjusts while the flyer holds still. Stay straight, tight and trusting. Don’t balance yourself, let me balance you.

I loved that I could lift men bigger than me and women in acrobat class who were also bigger than me and had spent years not letting anyone lift them because they felt “too heavy.” That I could grab someone the right size and move them through a basic routine right away, as long as they did exactly what I said. I got really good at giving directions, verbal cues, nudging with…

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The 1923 Novel That Helps Us Understand Today’s Racial Climate


First published in 1923, Cane is a series of lyrical vignettes about life in rural Georgia told from the point of view of an ambivalently black teacher from the north. Cane’s protagonist is loosely based off of the author, Jean Toomer, a black man descended from mixed-race former slaves. Throughout his life, Toomer traveled across the color line, insisting that he wanted his work to be known beyond the confines of black literature.

Andrew Mitchell Davenport looks at the creation of Cane alongside his own personal history as a black man with racially ambiguous features in an essay for Lapham’s Quarterly, where he beautifully muses on the difficulty of forming a solid black identity in the wake of violent white supremacy, past and present.

I took the train north to New Haven one evening this spring. I had just read Cane for the first time as an…

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The Road To Web Hosting and Website customization.

Using Hostgator for web hosting was an unnecessary expense. The company failed to reveal this one concept. Hostgator is not needed because I used WordPress. WordPress has all of the tools needed for customizing a website.
I also found that it was unnecessary to purchase the Business Plan. Hostgator failed to mention that WordPress should have the widget needed to add the ability to accept payments. Neither the business plan, which can be purchased for $16.99/mo. nor the shared personal plan, which cost $49.99/yr. was necessary. The web design I use from WordPress cost nothing and it is secure.
I got taken because I failed to remember that not all content found on the internet is true. It was a YouTube personality who recommended that WordPress and Hostgator be used together.
However it took about four to five chat sessions before I could get any of the techies to admit that I never needed their services. Even when I pointed out that I made a mistake, the techies would not acknowledge nor confirm what type of error I made. Don’t be as confused as I was. Choose either Hostgator or WordPress, not both. I was able to cancel the month by month expense but I am stuck with the shared personal plan for the rest of the year.

Sittin’ On The Porch With Kelly – Author Jack Strandburg – Setting up a Macro in Microsoft Word to Target Weak Words

All great advice.

Author Kelly Abell

Good Morning. I wish I could say that we were sitting on the porch today, but BRRR. So this morning I’m joined in my warm kitchen by Author/Editor Jack Strandburg. He offers some fantastic advice about targeting those useless words to make your manuscript read more smoothly. You don’t want to miss this chat session. Take it away, Jack.

I have two goals for this session today, Kelly.

One, I provide examples of how certain words, when eliminated or revised, will greatly improve the readability of a manuscript. This exercise applies to all forms of writing; novels, short stories, non-fiction, article, blogs, and essays.

Second, I provide step-by-step instructions for creating a macro in Word to highlight these words and reformat as you choose.

All authors have their own approaches to revision. Some read every word and sentence aloud in a slow and methodical fashion in hopes of hearing something…

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When it Takes Being Thrown to Learn How to Land


Joanne Solomon | Longreads | June 2017 | 10 minutes (2,527 words)

My ESL student had his first dream in English the same night I dreamt about Matias. I dream in ex-boyfriends. So the morning I left Ben’s apartment and jumped on my bike, I was already thrown. I headed down Myrtle Avenue, fast, trying to escape my own skin. I wasn’t wearing a helmet.

My courtship with Ben was filled with long bike rides: sunset trips to Red Hook, routes that wrapped around rivers and crossed boroughs. When our bikes were stolen, locked together outside a café in plain daylight, Ben gave me his mom’s sturdy Dutch road cruiser that she didn’t use anymore. It was an upgrade, with a bell and a basket and newly tightened brakes.

I had sobbed into Ben’s arms the night before about my impending breakup. I’d been having an affair with Ben on…

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The Price of Publishing and Web Design



This is a continuation of the journey toward self-publication.  My book was scheduled for release on June 12, 2017.  I was contacted by a book consultant, who wanted me to buy 100 copies of the novella.  This was fine, however they left out one important step.  This step is the author’s review of the book before publishing.  Instead the publishing company not only published the novella, they have it for sale without author approval.  I contacted my production consultant and I was told to expect my author copy which arrived June 21, 2017.  However, the publication date is still June 12, 2017.  My copy is beautiful and more than I expected.  The cover is high quality and the interior is perfect. The great news is that I am receiving five free copies of my book.  They are sold.  That’s a 100% profit.

Also included with the publishing package are a collection of bookmarks, business cards, post cards and a poster.  I reviewed these through email.  They appeared to be perfect.  I will receive them in a couple of weeks.

I did purchase an advertising package which cost me $70.00.  It is called SEM (Search Engine Marketing) 50 clicks.  It is supposed to enhance my online presence.  In any case, the campaign will last 8 weeks.

I upgraded my Hostgator account to the business plan.  The business plan is offered for $16.95/mo.  It does contain a SSL which has enabled me to accept payment for my product.

Hostgator offers these services at competitive prices.  Keep in mind that these prices are entry level and they reserve the right to change prices without notice.  So keep your start dates in mind when you purchase.  Below is a partial list of the services Hostgator offers.

Webhosting $3.95/mo.

Cloud hosting $4.95/mo.

WordPresshosting $5.95/mo.

VPS hosting $19.95

Dedicated hosting $79.00/mo.


Note: beware of the pricing schedule and check it thoroughly before you proceed.

All together bought publishing, web design and webhosting, advertising, editing and SSL for less than $1,000.

Publishing initial         $246.66

Second Installment     $216.67

Third and Final           $216.67           (This was a sale).

Editing cost me           $107.00           (This was a page count editor and an introductory sale).

Corrections                  $ 25.00            (The base rate is $25, each additional correction is $2).

The Domain from

Hostgator                    $ 49.49/yr.       (This is a sale and it increases if you continue)


Upgrade to business

With free SSL             $ 16.96/mo.     (I paid for one month as a test of the service)


SEN 50 clicks             $ 70.00

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$ 948.46






About Fatal the Novella


 Fatal is a novella set in a mythical town called Jimcroux County, which is located in Northwest Indiana.  Harold Green, the protagonist had a rough time growing up with his mother, as a result he has mixed feelings about the opposite sex.  He impulsively marries Nessa, a wealthy woman. Harold doesn’t respect Nessa.  Consequently, he has an affair with Elle, Nessa’s friend.  At least they were friends in college. Shortly, Nessa dies under mysterious circumstances.  Harold tries to get his life in order, but he has nightmares.  Even though he is now financially independent he feels haunted and the company of  Elle only intensifies his loneliness.  Harold is lost and he knows it.  Then Harold begins to investigate his wife’s death and uncovers a startling revelation.

Haruki Murakami’s Advice to Young Writers


International best-seller Haruki Murakami has a new short story collection out, entitled Men Without Women. To celebrate, here is an excerpt from his essay “So What Shall I Write About?” published in the Japanese literary magazine Monkey Business. In it, Murakami muses on what it takes to become a novelist by analyzing his own methods and experience, and he gives us a glimpse into his creative process. Although Murakami has published numerous essay collections in Japanese, little of his short nonfiction is available in English. This essay was translated by Ted Goosesen, and it, and this issue of Monkey Business, are a treat.

We are─or at least I am─equipped with this expansive mental chest of drawers. Each drawer is packed with memories, or information. There are big drawers and small ones. A few have secret compartments, where information can be hidden. When I am writing, I can open…

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