The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

This is such a great list, even telling us which articles to look at for what we need. Fabulous information. Thank you so much for sharing.

Colleen M. Chesebro

Another must share! Many of my favorite websites are on this list. Check it out! ❤

Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.

Source: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

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What’s That Sound?

The abandoned steam engine had sat idle for so long the tumbleweeds, briars, and yellow birch saplings had almost covered it. The old number sixteen still bared its number proudly--but how had the number escaped being overgrown? A sound, light scratching from inside the once-proud locomotive. Then there was something that almost sounded like a … Continue reading What’s That Sound?

Update on Amazon’s new Editing policy roll-out

Just in case you got upset by an earlier blog that said Amazon was going to put warning labels on books with typos, this should clear up any misunderstanding. Re-blogged from

No, Amazon Will Not Penalize Your Book for a Typo

whoa whoa whoa! Amazon spelling penalties?

Here we go again…

There’s a change coming at Amazon. You know what that means.

Panic! Share the first poorly-researched blog post you can find! Scream! Rage at Amazon’s cruelty until your fury is spent and you’re left crying into your ice-cold coffee.

And now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems, let’s breathe calmly into our paper bags while we examine the facts.

This week, the Good E-Reader blog announced that “Kindle e-Books will have a warning message if they have spelling mistakes.”

Some authors have taken that headline at face value and assumed the worst: that Amazon will brand any books deemed to have typographic errors — no matter how minor — with a sinister warning label.

The reality is far less dramatic.

The Facts

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Washington State Proposes More Gun Controls

A common-sense approach to gun control. When we devalue life by allowing the killing of some (such as the unborn), even sanction it, we teach our children that no one has value, killing isn’t wrong. When we throw away God’s Ten Commandments are arbitrary, unfair, and irrelevant for today, we teach our children that, as the song in the movie Frozen says, “There is no right or wrong, no rules.” We all want our rights and nobody else’s rights matter. We want to be safe but we don’t want God to keep us safe, and we sure don’t want Him telling us what to do and how to live. The end result is situation ethics and high crime. Think about it.


© Sherman Dye, Jan. 23, 2016

I hate to keep writing about this, really.  It’s like beating a dead horse, only the horse keeps getting back up.  Has the zombie apocalypse come in the form of politicians who continue to moan “guuuunnns” instead of “braiaiaiaiains”?  It’s certainly beginning to seem that way.

From, “Victims of gun violence, families of people killed in mass shootings and police officers urged Washington state lawmakers on Thursday to support a list of measures designed to keep firearms away from children and at-risk people…”

I realize it’s hard for politicians to avoid the low-hanging fruit of people begging for the government zombies to “do something” about all the gun violence.  But their solution?  One of the proposed measures, according to the same article (link below), would be to require firearms in a home setting to be stored and locked away, so as to…

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FFRF Targets Clemson Coach for Free Exercise “Violations”

It’s getting ridiculous. Atheists want to be able to force their lack of belief, and/or their antagonism toward God/Jesus on the rest of the world but they don’t want Christians to have the freedom to do the same. And most Christians don’t try to force their belief on anyone; they offer to share Jesus’s gift of salvation to anyone who wants to hear. God gives the choice to accept or reject Him to everyone.


Clemson was once again in the news this week, but this time it’s not about winning or losing a national football championship.  Instead, it’s about one man and the way he chooses to exercise his First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Even though the document clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”, that hasn’t stopped the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) from attempting to use the courts to stifle free religious expression.

Recently, they lost a battle to remove a WWII statue of Jesus in Montana, lost an attempt to remove “In God We Trust” from our nation’s currency, and had their request to remove the Star of David from a proposed Holocaust memorial in Ohio denied.

But these losses haven’t kept them from trying again…and again…and again.  It seems the FFRF won’t be…

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9 Tips to Give a Great Podcast Interview

I hope someday to be able to do a podcast. Now is not the right time. But I want to keep this information available, and want to share with other writers, so I’m re-blogging.

The Long and Short Stories of Life

podcast photoPerforming on radio and podcasts like a professional requires preparation and practice. Before you arrive at or call in to the radio station or the podcast show, be sure you’ve gotten everything together. Don’t listen to yourself later and wish you could do it over.

There will be many things you’ll forget to say and even more you’ll wish you had emphasized, but if you follow some simple tips, you’ll reduce those ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’s’ to a minimum.

1. Get the time right

Radio shows and podcasts can take place anywhere in the world. Make sure you know what time it will be at the host’s location. As I write this, it’s 11:00 a.m. in Chicago and 5:00 p.m. in London.

2. Listen to a previous show to get an idea of your host’s style.

Is the host challenging? Is he a talker or a facilitator? Has he read the…

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