Monday Funnies…

As winter gets closer, let’s have a giggle about The Story Reading Ape’s snowy Monday Funnies. Thank you, Furry Friend!

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Time Travel – A Recurring Theme in Science Fiction

Read what Author Don Massenzio has to say about time travel. As a successful author this subject is quite familiar to him. Thank you very much for your very educational blog post, Don!

Author Don Massenzio

As a reader, my fascination with time travel began as a child. When I first read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, I was enthralled by the idea of travelling either backward or forward in time.

Traveling backward could allow one to catch glimpses of historical events or important figures. You could go back and wander among dinosaurs. Similarly, traveling forward gives a view of the development of man, technology and the future of our planet.

As I sat down to write my book, Extra Innings, I was fascinated by the different views of time travel that have been used in fiction. This post will discuss those various theories and I’ll give you a view of my thought process in landing on one.

Here are some of the theories that have been presented in fiction:

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  1. Precognition – This is the idea of seeing the future during dreams or through…

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TSRA – Trailers And Movies – By The Story Reading Ape

On The Story Reading Ape’s Blog I discovered a few trailers and movies. I know, Halloween is over, but believe me, these are AMAZING!! I love each one of them and I couldn’t resist showing one of them to you!


The Magician – a VERY short Halloween Video by Chris Graham…

 

If you want to see more, please go to:

The Witch Hunt – Halloween Video by Chris Graham…

Dracula’s Tale – A Horror Story – Video by Chris Graham…

 

These are only two more of them. I’m sure, you’ll be happy to hear The Story Reading Ape got a YouTube Channel to subscribe! Check it out HERE

 

25 Sites Where You Can Download Superb Free Stock Images – Written By Derek Haines

Derek Haines provides us with 25 pages where we can download pictures for free. Thank you very much Derek. We’re grateful for your help and support!


You always need free images for your blog or social media sites

The days of using Google Image Search to find images to download is over. Apart from the quality aspect, there are problems with the ownership of images indexed by Google.

If you want photos for personal and commercial use, you need to make sure that the images you use are copyright free.

You should also check if there are any attribution required notes on the image licence.

Most royalty free images have a Creative Commons licence.

To continue to Derek’s blog post go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/25-sites-where-you-can-download-superb-free-stock-images/

Flawed Characters vs. “Too Dumb to Live”: What’s the Difference? – Written By Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb published a phenomenal blog post about flawed characters and the difference to “Too Dumb To Live”. Thanks for another educational as well as entertaining post and your wonderful humor, Kristen!


 

Which is more important? Plot or character? Anyone currently doing NaNoWriMo is all, “WORDS! ONLY WORDS MATTER NOW! Get off my case, Blogger Chick. I’ll figure out plot and character later.”

*awkward silence*

To write great fiction, we need both. Plot and characters work together. One arc drives the other much like one cog serves to turn another, thus generating momentum in the overall engine we call “STORY.”

If we goof up plot? Readers/Audiences get confused or call FOUL. Watch the movie Ouija for what I am talking about *shakes head*.

Goof up characters? No one cares about the plot.

New writers are particularly vulnerable to messing up characters. We drift too far to one end of the spectrum or the other—Super-Duper-Perfect versus Too Dumb to Live—and this can make a story fizzle because there is no way to create true dramatic tension.

To continue reading the entire blog post go to:

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/11/flawed-characters-dumb-characters/

November & December 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us with another set of Writing Contests for November and December 2018. Thank you very much for your endless work, Rachel!


 

November 2018

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short short story
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Grand – $3,000

Genre: Poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Entry Fee: Free or $3.00
Prize: Publication

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Life lessons from the cat
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

To read the entire post, please go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/11/05/november-december-2018-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

…seriously, would you buy a used bank from this man?

Master Seumas Gallacher posted a blog post about, what I think is, a ‘change of times’. As usually he not only writes humorous and thoughtful, but also provides us with pictures from his past. Thank you, Master Gallacher!

Seumas Gallacher

…the Passage of Time is a great distortionist… this mug shot above of Master Gallacher, in my prime as a Fully-Fledged Master of the Financial Universe was captured around 35 years ago… a generation away… a lifetime for some… and yet, it seems so recent… how skillful the mind tricks that can visit me… I was the Chief Trader and Treasurer for a financial institution in Hong Kong, called Wardley Limited… the merchant banking arm at the time of what was the mighty Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation… since then Wardley has morphed into ‘HSBC Investment Asia Holdings Limited’, while the parent has seen its glorious monicker contract into a rather paltry, ‘HSBC’… liquidity sloshed around the Asian markets then in billions rather than millions of dollars…

…it was an exciting and fun period… changes in appearance have been made not only to Wardley

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