Review: CBS’s Sunday Morning

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Every Sunday morning, for almost the past 15 years, I have woken up to watch CBS’s Sunday Morning hour and a half (90 minute) variety news program. This program is not like 60 minutes, or the national news that is scene in the morning and in the evening, but this is a show that features many different topics and subjects. These are stories that engage the mind and cover topics that other news programs are not exactly covering.

Of course, they do cover some of the top news stories, but usually that is the first story that starts the program off, but after that top feature story is over, then it’s on to the other stories that grab interest, such as celebrity interviews, going to art exhibits, or events that not everyone may know about. Then at the end of every broadcast, it ends with a nature scene. Also between every story, there is a different picture or depiction of the sun.

Then there are weekends that focus on one topic, such as for Oscar weekend it’s all about the motion picture industry, or they have the money issue, the design issue, and the food issue. All of this variety may not grab everyone’s attention, but there is something in there for one person or another. I like when they talk to authors and focus on their works, and of course that would be important since I’m a writer.

But apart from all of that, I have found that sometimes they talk or feature a story that inspires me to write or to focus my attention on that topic. There were also times when I was in college, writing essays that I would use it as a source for material.

If you haven’t checked out this variety news program, I suggest that you do and maybe it will give you a spark or add a spark to your writing. If nothing else then it will give you a different view of the world.

So until next Sunday Morning, I’ll be waiting for that trumpet tune and to be inspired by the stories, as well as a chance to learn something new that I never knew before.

I hope that you give any inspiration that comes into your world a chance and see what it can do for your writing.

I hope that you have a happy writing day! Until next time!

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Piracy warning out for us writers!!!

The word of the day is: Piracy

The definition for us writers and creators of art: the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work.

Relevance: I was just informed by a group that I am a part of on Facebook about a site known as Bookinistika.com.

What is Bookinistika?

Bookinistika is a pirate site that is listing books on their site and in turn selling them, which means that they are making money on the books that they sell and not giving a dime to the author.

What does this all mean?

Well, basically they are making a profit off of other’s, mainly writers, and in turn those writers are not seeing a dime of the money that is being made from the selling of these books.

Are there steps that writers should be taking if they find their works on this site?

Yes, there are steps and please, follow the steps as follows.

Open up two web browser tabs, both are going to be linked to Bookinistika. The first is where you are going to fill out the DCMA form, and the second tab is where you are going to search for your known works and request for your works to be pulled down.

Please, note that when filling out the form, only put in the required information.

Next step is to make the main page a favorite, so that when you publish anything through Amazon, you can find it on this site and fill out the form again asking for your work not to be listed on this site.

How did this impact Moonspinner3 Books?

This impacted Moonspinner3 Books because my books where listed on their site without my permission, and furthermore, they were making sales from my books.

I have only given Amazon permission to sell my books, I did not give permission to Bookinistika permission.

Now, if Bookinistika would have listed my book and then linked it to the Amazon page for the book’s listing that would have been different for that would have been sending the user to the right source and then the consumer could have purchased the book through Amazon.

But they didn’t for they made their own page, to sell the book and then in turn make a profit off of the book, as if they were the merchant that has the right to sell my book(s).

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Please, if you have anything that has been published through Amazon, please, check this site out and make sure that you are not being taken advantaged of!!

We work hard to put out our works, and we should be paid for doing so, and sites like these are taking advantage of the hard work that we put into for our work.

Sorry, if this is not in the normal format of my other posts, but it is important to get the word out.

Thank you and I hope that you have a great writing day!

What to get your Valentine, who happens to be a writer?

Yes, another Valentine’s Day is upon us, friends! Although, in the past it has not been my favorite of holidays, but given that so many love this holiday and while I won’t go into my dislike or hatred for the holiday, I will go into giving a few helpful hints for the perfect gifts for those that have Valentine’s that also happen to be writers.

Keep in mind, that chocolates are still essential and maybe flowers or balloons; however, this is for those writers that are near and dear to some people’s hearts.

Now while a notebook or journal maybe be practical gifts, and while they may have a handful of pens and pencils at their side, take these things up a notch by giving them something rare. A leather notebook, which can be found at Barnes & Noble might do the trick and a pen that is hard to find. While some may like the usual ball-point pen, I would suggest either a nice mechanical drafting pencil or a fountain pen perhaps.

This way if they lose them, which we hope never happens, they will ask for your forgiveness down the line.

Other suggestions, that I have for you is more on the technical side, such as a nice USB drive, if your love tends to write everything on the computer rather than pen and paper.

My last few suggestions on the subject are items that can be seen as nice gestures towards your writer friends, such as giving them some writing time, and afterwards rewarding her with a nice, warm bath or soak.

I’ve given suggestions that I have in mind, and the rest is up to you on what you plan for your Valentine.

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Video Game Story Telling

Hello again, and today I want to spend time on the subject of video games and how they can be an effective tool for us writers.

If you have played or seen video games, most usually have a story to tell in some way shape or form, such as Mario Brothers. When you first playing the first Mario Brothers, you just have some guy that is wearing a red hat, red suspenders, and a stash under his nose that you are moving across the screen and jumping on enemies and hit blocks to get coins and mushrooms that make you big. In the beginning, you have know idea who this guy is other than to assume that he is Mario, and you don’t find out what his objective is until like level 1-4, after you defeat the evil lizard, King Koopa, nowadays he known as Boswer. Well after killing him you learn that he has kidnapped the princess and your job as Mario is to go through all of the levels to rescue the princess.

There’s the story in a nutshell, and while Mario’s story in the first game is pretty simple, it’s pretty much the same story in most of the games within the Mario universe, except there are few that do tell a different story, such as Dr. Mario.

When the original, Dr. Mario came out, the story was just that Mario is dressed like a doctor and he is throwing pills and you have take the pills and use them to kill of all of the germs that are in the bottle. Seems, simple enough, right? Yup, pretty much. Until, Dr. Mario came out for the Nintendo 64 gaming system, at which point we get to play not only the original mode but then we get story mode.

In story mode, we get the hole story, which is that a virus has come to the Mushroom Kingdom, and Dr. Mario has to save the day by curing all of the citizens, good and bad that received this virus. But along the way, there are obstacles that add to the story, until you come to the end of the story and you find the source of the virus, which I would state what it was, but I don’t fully remember it off of the top of my head.

Granted, not everyone was into Mario, but then came Donkey Kong, who originally did take the princess and Mario had to save her. However, when Donkey Kong Country came out, his princess kidnapping days are far from over, for he has his own quest to tell, and in the first one we have Donkey, and his side-kick, Diddy Kong, out in the world to rescue his beloved hoard of bananas from King K. Rool. Once the game is done, then you come into the second game of the series, where you learn that Diddy Kong is know the focal character and he is teamed with Dixie Kong. The story of this game is that Donkey has been kidnapped by King K. Rool. Then of course, there were others that came down the line for Donkey Kong where he has to save his beloved bananas, or he along with his crew were kidnapped and needed saving.

Granted, there are many video games that have come and gone and each one has a universe and has some story to tell, even if the story is not revealed until further levels. Now, video games have come along way and the ways that games are played are not the same as they once were, and granted the lines between Nintendo and Play Station is also different, its like Nintendo and Sega were also different.

No matter, how you look at it when it comes to story telling, video games do have something to offer, even if it’s not the same as what you get from a book. However, it can’t be ignored that video games are telling stories and there are even awards for being given to games for the storytelling element that is a vital piece of video games.

Storytelling is vital to who we are and what separates us from the other species. Now to take this conversation a step further, I have seen ads being run on Facebook, for teaching Pokemon in the classroom.

I’ve looked at these ads and have investigated it is everything from the element of storytelling, to even using Pokemon in stories. Why? The answer can be looked at two-fold. One, it is something relate able to children, even if they don’t know what the game is, they have seen either children’s books with Pokemon on them, or they have seen the cartoons. Second, it is another tool that teachers can use to teach story and characters to children.

Granted, we can all admit that they aren’t the faerie tales that we were told as children, but it goes into teaching them who to write fan-fiction even if they are not out right saying it. I think that whatever tools that teachers are using to teach children, how to right should be applauded. Yes, it might have been a long time coming, but think back to when you were a child and wanting to write, wouldn’t you have loved it if your teach was using Batman or even Superman as a tool for teaching the art of story telling. As for us girls, it would have been either Hello Kitty or one of the many Disney Princess.

Either way, the media and how it is used to tell story is something to look at, not to be snickered at or dumb down. But we all can learn something from story telling through the art of video games, such as we can through television, movies, or books. Just add one more source into your arsenal, even if you have no desire to play them.

I hope that you have found today’s topic helpful in the course of your writing.

Thank you, again and I hope that you have a great writing day!

Updates to Moonspinner3 Books

Hello and welcome to Moonspinner3 Books! Yes, I have made some changes to the site. One of the reasons why I made the current change to the site, is that I wanted it look new and fresh. This look makes it very clear that this is site is about the business of writing.

While the site has changed, the content that will appear on this site, will be the same good writing focused blogs that have been always appeared on this site.

On that note, let’s get down to business!

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Publishing Anyone?

Last time, that I was on here I talked about the recent publication of Crimson Bounty, and that is not the only piece that has been published. The recent version of Crimson Shot has also been published, and is available on Amazon.

So in total, my goal of getting all of what I have published before, being updated! I have one more to go and that is Crimson Protection, which is my current project that I will hopefully be starting later to day.

But in case you are wondering her all of the works that I have currently published and they are all available on Amazon:

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What Else is Going on?

Along with working on updating the works that I have previously published, I have also been working on getting my other writing projects organized. That way I have a clear focus on what my next projects that I want to focus my time and attention on.

Most of the work, will be completed after Crimson Protection is completed, hopefully that will be completed later this month, so that I can work on the other projects that I want to get off the ground and running.

This means that there is more short fiction pieces to be written, edited and published. This also means some of my larger pieces to the worked on as well. But as of right now, I’m working on one project at a time so that I don’t get scattered on trying to work on several projects at once.

Anything Else?

Yes, there is one more thing. The other day, after I finished the edits for Crimson Shot, I also started the revamp work on the newest cover for Crimson Protection and here it is:

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One More Thing…

I have more thing to add, in the beginning and I have always continued to be blessed by the amount of support that I have received on this site and on the social media platforms that I have posted up information in regards to Moonspinner3 Books.

I would like to say, Thank you once again for all of the continued support, for it is greatly appreciated.

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On that note, I hope that you will continue to support this site as there is much more to come.

Thank you, and until next time I hope that you have a great writing day!

Snow Day = Writing Day!!!

Hello everyone! If you are not having a snow day, like me, then I’m sorry, to rub this in. But for once a get a snow day!

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Well, enough celebrating! Yes, it’s fun to have a snow day, for you get to stay inside with nowhere to go, it’s great. But for us writers, we should see it as a chance to catch up on our writing projects.

Granted, this week I have been lucky enough to have two snow days!

On the first day snow day of this week, I worked on my revamp of Crimson Bounty. This includes a full re-writes, edits and full reads, and formatting. With all that said in done I’m proud to announce that the latest version of Crimson Bounty has been published through Amazon Kindle.

Here is the latest cover for Crimson Bounty:

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I also had enough time in the day to work on the latest cover for the second book in the Sheriff Crimson Series, Crimson Shot. Here is the latest cover for Crimson Shot:

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While, I have no where to go for I get a chance to stay home and write, I will be working on the revamp of Crimson Shot.

Granted, while I’m going on about the latest that I’m working on. There are some key points that we all as writers can take away, such don’t let a snow day go to waste, and while the snow is falling outside, there are plenty of words that can be written.

While, I’m busy writing on this snowy day, I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

In Memorial: Mary Higgins Clark

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Today, we are sad to report on the passing of Mary Higgins Clark, who passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Higgins Clark is known as the “Queen of Suspense.” She had over 50 titles published to her credit. Upon this credit of her career, may she rest in peace, even if characters that she wrote did not exactly live in peace.