Slavery’s alive and well, doing time and making profits

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In George Orwell’s dystopian novel of a post apocalyptic totalitarian world, 1984, manual and menial labour is performed by incarcerated slaves

How Prison Labor is the New American Slavery and Most of Us Unknowingly Support it

June 13, 2016 at 11:58 pm

If you buy products or services from any of the 50 companies listed below (and you likely do), you are supporting modern American slavery

American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century. Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years. As a result, there are more (mostly dark-skinned) people performing mandatory, essentially unpaid, hard labor in America today than there were in 1830.

With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s…

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How to Get Book Reviews

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Waiting for book reviews copy

Let’s face it, waiting for book reviews can seem to take a lifetime. These all important book reviews are a necessity in getting your book viewed and purchased by more readers. Without them, you’re screwed.

Waiting for Book Reviews?

While your waiting for your book reviews to increase in number you can begin a campaign that will help them do just that.

Ask for reviews: There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for reviews. In fact, you can send out a newsletter to your subscribers advertising your new book and ask for reviews.

Query book reviewers: You don’t need to pay for this service, although you can. I recommend you get real reviews, because paid ones stand out from the rest, they’re a bit obvious. Start assembling your list of book reviewers well before your publication date. This is something you want to be prepared for so that when your…

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100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself

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Thought this might help you with

Guest Author Posts

on my blog, or other people’s blogs


How do you get back into writing again?

How do you beat writer’s block?

Writing about yourself can be a great place to start.

Some of these writing prompts might lead to great blog posts, and other ideas might be more suited for your personal journal.

You may not be able to relate to all of them, but I tried to make them pretty general!

These creative writing exercises can also help you develop the characters in your short story, novel, or screenplay — just imagine your character answering them instead of you.

If you like these writing prompts, you might want to pin or bookmark them for future reference.

Take a look!…

Source: 100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself

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Michael Moore’s Letter To Friends And Donald Trump

Gronda Morin

A family member just forwarded to me Michael Moore’s letter regarding “The Donald.” I am reprinting the entire letter to share with you.

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Donald Trump never actually wanted to be President of the United States. I know this for a fact. I’m not going to say how I know it. I’m not saying that Trump and I shared the same agent or lawyer or stylist or, if we did, that that would have anything to do with anything. And I’m certainly not saying that I ever overheard anything at those agencies or in the hallways of NBC or anywhere else. But there are certain people reading this right now, they know who they are, and they know that every word in the following paragraphs actually happened.

Trump was unhappy with his deal as host and star of his hit NBC show, “The Apprentice” (and “The…

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Proofreading 101 – The Ultimate List of Things to Edit For – The White Corner Creative…

Proofreading and Editing…

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Proofreading is a vital part of writing a blog post, and if you create your own list of things to edit for it can also be one of the easiest.

Source: Proofreading 101 – The Ultimate List of Things to Edit For – The White Corner Creative

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20 Fab Writing Tips From 20 Author Interviews #Writingtips #WeekendBlogShare


Author Interviews

This week I am having a rest from my Author Interview Series and reflecting on the useful insight gleaned from these interviews.

I am so grateful to all the authors who have taken the time to share their book writing experiences with me.

You can find all the interviews by clicking here.

In each interview I asked for some handy writing tips for aspiring new writers. I thought it would be great to summarise these in one useful post.

These are great tips from people who have actually written books. They have all experienced the many challenges that come from writing a novel and have come out the other side …smiling and proudly clutching their beloved book. Sigh!

So, here are 20 writing tips from the first 20 authors interviewed as part of my blog series – Author Interviews.

  1. Helen Treharne. Write for you. Stick at it. Listen to…

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Armand in his atelier


Le croix de Cathar



As the tiny rivers

Winding beneath

Papery thin skin

I watch as they have slowed

But remember their faster pace                                                    


Armand et Auguste


As the plastic cannula

From oxygen tank

To your nasal orifice 

Easing each breath

Your hands reach for me

Offering each cheek to be kissed


As the dancer

In the flames

As you welded and forged

Iron and steel into magnificent forms

Gates, railings but also art

A band of musicians

Prominent upon your mantel

My own, croix de Cathar

A gift like your friendship


Bleu shall forever

Be the colour of you

Increasingly fragile

As you reach out for Auguste

The great-grandson who shares

Your sparkle from cobalt eyes  



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First Lady Of The Keys – Available Now To Pre-Order!

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

It was bound to happen sooner or later and now, ladies and gentlemen, the time is upon us – time for some shameless and unabashed promotion of the new PorterGirl novel – First Lady Of The Keys.


‘Porters are not the carriers of bags, they are the keepers of keys!’

As one of the most ancient and esteemed establishments of the academic elite, Old College is in for something of a shock when it appoints its very first female Deputy Head Porter.

She struggles to get to grips with this eccentric world, far removed from everyday life. PorterGirl, the proverbial square peg in the round hole, begins to wonder quite what she is doing here.

PorterGirl – First Lady Of The Keys is a touching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, glimpse into a world that is usually reserved for the upper echelons of society.

Whether she is chasing after naked…

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