Monthly Archives: March 2013

[Too harsh? Too soft? Just right?  Let me know what you think. ]

Ob. Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. It involves the names of some characters (themselves fictional and a product of my imagination) who might sound like they are or were people you may think you recognize from their celebrity in some public activity. I assert that is pure coincidence. Obviously, nothing here is intended as a representative of those people. Especially the dead ones. Dead people have the important attribute of lacking all activity. I don’t believe in ghosts, and I don’t accept any sort of assertion that there can be any justice in being sued for exercising one’s legitimate freedom of expression. So too for the names of businesses or other organizations that are used fictitiously in this work. Sale or download or enjoyment of this work is not authorized in jurisdictions that have relevant and enforceable rights of publicity, even though I don’t think that any such exist. That same prohibition goes for the insane British laws concerning libel. I have no problem with their non-insane ones. I do understand the difference between trademark and copyright, however, and nothing not of my creation from this story will ever appear on a tee-shirt or coffee cup printed under my authorization.

We do hope you enjoy the show.

I am not going to do a lot of recommending for the (paid) services of Writer’s Digest. They do a good job promoting themselves.

This one is interesting, since it provides an example of editor’s markup. It can be costly, but you may not have anyone handy to beg it off of, as a favor. Also, you may not have a friend who is really good at this sort of thing.

Example of Editor Revision Markup

See also: Writers Digest (Helpful advice, some of it free, but be aware they are trying to sell you something. Lots, if you want it.)

“Something to Remember Me By” (by Saul Bellow;  first published 1989)

Recommended by Mary Gaitskill, Via

“WHEN THERE IS TOO MUCH GOING ON, more than you can bear, you may choose to assume that nothing in particular is happening, that your life is going round and round like a turntable. Then one day you are aware that what you took to be a turntable, smooth, flat, and even, was in fact a whirlpool, a vortex. My first knowledge of the hidden work of uneventful days goes back to February 1933. The exact date won’t matter much to you. I like to think, however, that you, my only child, will want to hear about this hidden work as it relates to me. When you were a small boy you were keen on family history. You will quickly understand that I couldn’t tell a child what I am about to tell you now. You don’t talk about deaths and vortices to a kid, not nowadays. In my time my parents didn’t hesitate to speak of death and the dying. What they seldom mentioned was sex. We’ve got it the other way around.

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The first story is complete, and has been uploaded to Amazon Digital Publishing soon. The price will be $0.99.  It is called “Last Stop, Electric Ladyland.” The second story, a sequel, is currently entitled “Pride and Joy and Psychosis,” and I expect that will be ready to upload within a couple of weeks. The third, and I think final, story in the sequence is still in mid-development. There are two other stories, not in that world at all, which I have already completed and will only be available in the anthology, as a POD book.