Laughter Lines: FREE download: Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy

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“But… my tennis ball launcher!” the small dog exclaimed,
“That will mean that it’s further away!”
“But small dog,” I told her, “just see it like this,
If it’s pirated no-one will pay!

“It’s not as if book sales will keep you in bones,
They just bring in a dollar or two…”
“You speak for yourself,” said the laughing small dog,
“’Cause you know that they read me, not you!”

It is true that the fan mail that comes through the door
Is addressed to the small dog herself.
And her little face could launch thousands of books
While all mine do is sit on the shelf.

“Well, you’ve got a good point,” she replied looking glum,
“Go ahead, then, we’ll do it for free,
Put the article out, let them download my book,
Just be sure that you say it’s from me!”

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DEEP IN THE LOCH

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Copyright: Douglas M. Macilroy

Here we are for another week. Today we’re gathered on a virtual shore of Loch Ness. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess is the talented and gracious author and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks again, Doug.

To read the other stories from the group members, just click on the  little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/29-may-2015/

I just want to add two more notes.

First, those of you who are interested in reading more about the monsoon will probably enjoy the book, CHASING THE MONSOON by Alexander Frater. I saw it’s on Amazon. I enjoyed the book when I read it some years ago.

Second, please be patient with me if I don’t get to your comments right away. I’ve been having trouble with both my computer and the internet here. The two problems could very well be tied together.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

DEEP IN THE LOCH by P.S. Joshi

Nessie rested on the cold loch floor. It was almost time for her daily swim. She was one of an ancient line of her kind.

Her real name was Plesi, short for plesiosaur. There remained ten of them, five males and five females. They lived in underwater caves.

Their ancestors came to Loch Ness millions of years before when there was a channel from the sea. It later closed, trapping them.

“You got your camera ready, Frank?” Matt whispered.

“Yeah. Do ya think one’ll show up tonight?” Frank answered.

“I sure hope so,” Matt mumbled. “This makes two years for me.” .

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Funny Typos

This is really hilarious.

Jo Robinson

The suppliers of South Africa’s electricity are very happy with their loadshedding these days. The lights are going out whenever they fancy – sometimes up to three times a day, which is a large pain when you live online. Not to mention that winter’s pretty much here, and my feathered horde don’t take kindly to life without heat. Button’s taken to sitting next to me on my chair for leg warmth, with Jelly now a lap bird and the parrots feather boas. Anyway, moving unreasonably on to the totally unrelated topic of typos.
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Not all typos are created equal. I know that some people are infuriated having a single one assault their sensibilities, but I think that some of them are so much more fun than the real word they’re impersonating. The problem is that sometimes after seeing a particularly cool one, they can put the brakes on anything else…

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VISITING

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Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture for the story. This week Nortina Mariela helped Barbara choose a photo and subject. Thanks go out to both Barbara and Nortina. Thank you ladies. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/mondays-finish-the-story-may-25th-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 1+13+150=164 Words

VISITING by P.S. Joshi

The only residents remaining in the small town of Miner’s Hill are spirits.

Mom and I rode in my old truck up the rutted mountain road, the noontime sun beating down on us.

Miner’s Hill looks more and more deserted as the years go by. Sagebrush and cacti are taking over the main street. The saloon sign now swings by one hinge in the dry, hot wind. Dust is swirling up in miniature dust devils. Buildings sag under the sheer weight of years.

It’s been about forty years since anyone’s lived here, anyone alive that is. Some don’t believe spirits come out in the day. I’m here to tell them they do.

We pulled up in front of the last house on Main Street. It’s an old two-story, unpainted place. We got out and climbed onto the porch.

“Mind the sagging boards son,” Mom said.

We knocked and waited. Suddenly the door opened with a loud creak.

“You’re late today,” grumbled Grandma’s spirit.

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Runaway Smile is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards

Congratulations, Nicholas. That’s just great.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Runaway Smile by fantasy, science fiction and children's books author Nicholas C. Rossis is a Finalist in the 2015 International Book AwardsI got some exciting news yesterday, which I wanted to share with all of you! USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015.

Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories and awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Runaway Smile, my children’s book, was an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category!

I want to thank my parents, and my wife, Electra, and Dimitris Fousekis, and . Sorry, Electra told me that this is not that kind of post. She promised to listen to my speech as soon as I’m done, though, so I’d better wrap this up and fetch the shampoo bottle (which doubles as award-accepting-ceremony-microphone in our household).

Before I go, a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time…

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Blog Awards – A compromise…

Thanks, Sally. You’ve make things a lot clearer for bloggers.

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I am going to touch on a subject that in my experience is becoming a little bit of an elephant in the room.

Before I do continue, I want to make it quite clear, that what I am going to say on the subject is not in any way a criticism of those who do or do not accept awards. It is just my own experience having seen both sides of the issue and how I have compromised my position on the matter.

When I began blogging in earnest in November 2013 I did not know which end of WordPress was which. In all honesty with the latest tweaks and twerks by the Happiness Engineers, I am not so sure I am any more enlightened. In fact yesterday as my post lost all formatting when I popped into make a slight change to the Boop de Poop facility, I am…

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AWAITING THE MONSOON

 

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Copyright: Santoshwriter

Here we are again this week. Today we’re gathered in a virtual wooded area to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers’ group. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Santoshwriter. Thanks, Santosh.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/22-may-2015/

Genre: Nonfiction

Word Count: 100 Words

AWAITING THE MONSOON by P.S. Joshi

We in Pune, India, are patiently awaiting the monsoon to reach us. It’s now churning around in the Bay of Bengal. It’ll then move to the tip of India around the end of May.

If you get the BBC news on TV, you can watch it move on up the west coast. It’s supposed to reach us about the middle of June.

We’ve already had a hail storm and a couple pre-monsoon storms. Workers are still busy clearing city drains of trash, especially plastic waste. There’s already been flooding in some locations. Next come potholes.

We need reservoirs filled though.

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A DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT

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Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/mondays-finish-the-story-may-18th-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 3+11+150=164 Words

A DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT by P.S. Joshi

The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out.

The Commanding Officer on board the sub was Commander Oliver J. Periwinkle. His years of service showed in the lines on his face. This assignment would add more.

“Skipper,” said his Executive Officer, Chief Bradley Blankton. “This’ll be a dangerous venture.”

“Yes,” said the Skipper. “I’m afraid we’ll meet with trouble. The President’s sent us since this ‘is’ the finest crew in the Navy.”

“Sir,” said the Chief, “Did you say that an enemy sub had been spotted off the coast of Alaska? Has it been identified?”

“Not yet,” said the Skipper. “That’ll be our job. We better be accurate as we don’t want to blow up the thing before we find out where it’s come from.”

“Ollie Periwinkle, are you daydreaming again?”

His aunt’s voice blasted at him, and he jumped straight up.

He grabbed a stubborn pea pod and attacked each seam vigorously. Peas rained down.

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