An Eye Opener

(reblogged from Jean Reinhardt)

If you have watched “The Cove” then tears of frustration and anger are probably beginning to flow again at the mere mention of it’s name. Those are some of the emotions that the documentary evoked in me. I could only view it once as I found it too upsetting to go through again, but it has left a lasting effect on me. From the same director, Louie Psihoyos, comes the documentary film, “6” due for release later this year. If you are concerned in any way about the planet we live on and the species, including humans, that co-exist on it, then keep an eye open for this one – not to be missed. To get an idea of what it’s about, here’s the trailer.

Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

The WordPress.com Blog

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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If bloggers unite…REALLY???

This post by The Culture Monk and the comments are so worth reading. Enjoy.

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By Kenneth Justice

~ Yesterday I signed a two year lease agreement on office space for Kenneth Justice Enterprises (yes, I actually have a company). My previous office had simply become too small for me and it got to the point of feeling like the walls were closing in on me. This new office building comes with the option of being able to expand operations and has a pretty nifty conference room.

So where do I go from here?

All my life I’ve dreaded the business world having preferred the familiar surroundings of oversized coffee house chairs, the noise from a cappuccino maker and the friendly faces of the coffee house crowd. Yet here I am with a brand new lease agreement and the opportunity to go in directions I previously may have never imagined.

It’s been just over a year of blogging and I feel that I’ve enjoyed a…

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Oughavel Church Ruins, A Sneak Peak….

Anyone fancy writing a piece of Flash Fiction, 300 words, based on photographer Ed Mooney’s eerie shot? Read his post to get more info on the image.

Ed Mooney Photography

Oughavel Church Ruins

So here we are another week gone by and another entry for the ‘Monochrome Madness Challenge’, over on Leanne Cole‘s blog. Last week I entered a sneak peak from a series of shots taken at BallyAdams Castle in Laois. So this week I thought another sneak peak would be in order. I had shot Oughavel Church before in mono, but I happened to pass by recently on a field trip around Laois and decided to re shoot it to publish as This is one of those shots which I really like in mono. Watch out for the colour set over the next few weeks.

Leanne is not only is she a fantastic photographer, but a great tutor as well. So if you like this image or even Black & White shots in general why not head on over to Leanne’s blog and check out the variety of stunning B&W images from this…

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The Unread Book

The Morning Coffee Run

To put down a half read book is like living half a love affair. You may have gone through some of the joys, some of the heartache but you haven’t lived it all. You’re not able to put it down and look back at it all; maybe smile at it, more than likely miss it but if you haven’t gone through it all then you’ll never be able to say you’ve lived it.

Book SpinesA finished book sits on your shelf like an old friend, with his wrinkled spine, a head full of shared memories, worn but so loved. You think about where you read it, I pick up an already read book and not only am I in the world of the book but in the world I once inhabited. Today I picked up The Hobbit for the first time since I was read it when I was at school and there…

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Writing and Striking a Balance

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Are you shackled to your keyboard? Do you sometimes feel like a captive in a prison of your own making? Not to worry, you are definitely not alone. It can be so hard striking a balance between writing and other important things in your life. If you are not a full time writer, it’s even more difficult. I have a nail salon to run and have reduced my working week from five days to four in order to spend more time writing. In time I hope to whittle it down to just three but it’s how I earn a living, for now, and I enjoy being there with my clients.

If you are self-published, as I am, then you know how much time is eaten up in your week taking care of social media, blogging, keeping up with what’s new, organizing book launches/signings, promoting your work etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All of this consumes many precious hours which, you tell yourself, could be spent on your writing. If you want to write just for the pleasure of it, by all means do. There will be no publication deadline to meet, no pressure from having to learn or keep up with the marketing end of things and no worries about trying to find readers. If you want to share your work then some of these things you will have to do or pay someone else to do it – great if you can afford it. However, to make a living as an author is a whole different ball game. When I decided that writing was how I would like to eventually earn a living, it changed everything….read the rest here

The Great E-book Pricing Question

Some really sound and well balanced advice about pricing and value being two different things – important to keep in mind.

David Gaughran

soulsale There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly.

Price/value confusion

Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value.

Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10 and provides two hours of entertainment. Novels provide several times that and should cost more than $9.99.”

Price and value are two different things. From Wikipedia:

Economic value is not the same as market price. If a consumer is willing to buy a good, it implies that the customer places a higher value…

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