Stories of Hope – It's Here!

For our Aussie friends.

Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales

It’s an eBook only (a lot of stories in there, lots of people wanting to help), and all proceeds from the anthology will be distributed to the WWF Bushfire Relief Fund and Red Cross.

Now available for pre-order — I’m ordering mine now, and I hope you have a look when it comes out, or put your order in to get the rush from short stories, poetry, dreams and aftermath that lead toward Hope.

Have a look; the preview will be available soon, just a few days away …

And a sneak peek at the poster for the cover:

And now I have to update my story from the draft folder and slip it into the published folder.

Oh, my story? It’s Muddy n Milly. I hope you enjoy this little story that slipped from the universe to my synapses and onto the page … yes, it’s magic.


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How to Self-Publish on Amazon

Great article.

Nicholas C. Rossis

A writer friend contacted me the other day to ask if I had any how-to posts on self-publishing. Specifically, she was asking for detailed information on how to self-publish her book on Amazon.

I didn’t have anything like that, as this blog assumes you will have already published your book and are looking for ways to promote it. But after a quick search, I realized that Amazon has dedicated an entire microsite to just that. They call it KDP Jumpstart and is a mini-course that walks you through all steps. So, here it is, for any writers who are still looking to self-publish their first book.

KDP Jumpstart

New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? KDP Jumpstart is a streamlined, sequential approach to the steps required to go from finished manuscript to published book. To publish on KDP, you’ll complete four major…

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‘Terrible and disgusting’ | Unstable? | New Immune Cells found kill Cancer | No More ENDLESS War

Interesting new development regarding cancer research

Lara Trace Hentz

At the moment of discovery last week, Rhonda Farrar, who is Tlingit, finds a genealogy of her family including Native names in a document from Juneau, Alaska. It has her great-grandparents in it. Farrar says, “I didn’t know all this stuff. [It’s] a surprise. Really, really special.” Information found includes her aunt’s tribal enrollment paper and other enrollment information. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
For many, it seems like a betrayal. The decision to pack up and move the National Archives at Seattle to Southern California and Kansas City, Missouri, has rattled those who have spent hours doing research in the mammoth facility.

OMG: ‘Terrible and disgusting’: Decision to close National Archives at Seattle a blow to tribes, historians in 4 states | The Seattle Times


READ: New Book Sheds Light on Trump’s Dark Mind

“Oh, and that isn’t all. This self-absorbed, egomaniacal, arrogant, bag of Cheetos vomit…

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A-R International: Mary Smith

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Mary Smith
Authors-Readers International

I was born on Islay. My family moved to the mainland when I was seven and I grew up in Castle Douglas in south west Scotland.

I worked for ten years with Oxfam in Lancashire, fundraising and campaigning on development issues. The next ten years were spent first in Pakistan, then Afghanistan, where I worked for a small health organisation primarily concerned with leprosy and mother and childcare. My experiences living in those countries inform much of my writing.

I returned to Castle Douglas when my son was five years old so he could have somewhere to put down his own roots.

I have always written. As a child I wrote adventure stories in my own books made from wallpaper off-cuts and as a teenager I wrote very bad love poetry. For most of my life I’ve kept a journal. While still working in Afghanistan I…

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More on climate change grief

Interesting blog!

Being in Nature


My blog post about feeling grief about climate change and environmental degradation got a mixed response.   I had people messaging me to tell me I needed to meditate more and relax.   This response made me look further into the issue of grief over climate change.

In an article about managing the distress of climate change here Jennifer Atkinson, a  lecturer in environmental humanities at the University of Washington said:-

“The message we get is that our grief is somehow deviant.  But grief is a normal, healthy response to loss, examples of which are easy to find in a warming world.”

At the conclusion of the article she says:-

“Confronting grief takes more courage than looking away, which is the prevailing societal response to climate change.  And buried underneath that grief is something hopeful.”

In another article  Hope and Mourning in the anthropocene I read:-

“We argue that recognising ecological grief…

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Breaking News: Around Indian Country

Important story worth reading.

Lara Trace Hentz

The artist, Remy, installed reproductions of gruesome photographs from newspapers on a wall in the city’s historic district. The historic preservation board has ruled that the works must be removed within two weeks.

SANTA FE, New Mexico — About five years ago, a set of posters appeared on an adobe wall on the corner of Old Pecos Trail and Camino Lejo — an intersection that sits at the gateway to Santa Fe’s famed Museum Hill and is situated on one of the city’s main arteries. The signs were put up by a local organization called Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine, and depicted pro-Palestinian slogans and images, including images of Palestinian children who were killed during Operation Protective Edge, a 2014 military campaign by Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.

The posters were soon torn down by an objector, and a years-long campaign ensued.

That is, until January 4, when a…

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A-R International: Betty Boyd Caroli

I’ve met this author and her in-depth historical knowledge is impressive. A very important read.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Betty Boyd Caroli
Authors-Readers International

A graduate of Oberlin College, Betty Caroli holds a master’s degree in Mass Communications from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from New York University. A Fulbright scholar to Italy, she also held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Hoover Presidential Library, the LBJ Foundation, and others. After studying in Salzburg, Austria and Perugia, Italy (but before joining the faculty at the City University of New York), she taught in Palermo and Rome, Italy.

Caroli’s book tour promoting Lady Bird and Lyndon took her to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas; to Dallas, where she spoke to an audience of 650 as part of the Authors Live! Series; to the Paragraphs Bookstore in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; to…

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Top Publishing Trends for 2020

Excellent tips here!

Plaisted Publishing House

Digital growth | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Written Word Media (WMD) recently published a must-read article with the top publishing industry trends for the new year, written by Clayton Noblit. I am sharing here a summary that includes their main points.

1. Audiobooks will continue to gain popularity, and more indie authors will invest

A 2019 survey revealed that half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to an audiobook in the past year. Additionally, audiobook listeners trended younger. Fifty-five percent of listeners were below the age of 45. The survey stats showed an increase from 2018, and the expectation is that audio will continue to grow.

With better access to audiobook creation and distribution, WMD expects to see more audiobooks in the marketplace in 2020. Marketing audiobooks remains a challenge for authors but effective marketing will become more important…

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