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Eve Lovell: Hi, as we enter the Jewish New Year, and after the solemnity of repentance, fasting, and prayer for Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) it's time for the happy celebration of sukkot, or Christians might know it as the Feast of Tabernacles. It celebrates the 40 years Israel spent in the wilderness after fleeing Egypt, where a lot of Israelites learned G-d?s lessons, ones most often taught through suffering. It is also a time of thanksgiving for the new year?s bountiful harvest.

Historically, the traditional building of booths on flat-roofed houses in Israel evolved into pitching a tent in the garden, but thousands of years on, our children still love it. And Jesus would have participated in Sukkot every year as a Jewish boy and then as a man. Most likely meeting with extended family, and same-age cousins, one being John the Baptist, building booths from material gathered at harvest time, feasting on fresh produce, dancing and singing, because they?d atoned for their sins during Yom Kippur and a new fresh year stretched before them as they walked hand in hand with their G-d.

It's been a wonderful year. Long term plans have bloomed. And there are emerging advantages for some businesses if they survive the hype and excessive fear of the virus. People are shopping online in droves and aren?t returning to the shopping centres, which translates to using more vacant shop fronts as leverage to acquire cheaper rent from landlords like Westfield. And for some small businesses, rents are a killer.

We'd like to wish all our friends here, happy sukkot and many blessings and good health for this Jewish year of 5781.

We love the themes in Lindsey Stirling's new choreographed music video on youtube. Enjoy.

This music was hard to find. Many current artists, Eminem, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and so many more, sang their way to fame with Sia's music and lyrics. She is one of the most influential female artists in recent times, so enjoy the lady herself singing. This song has her hallmark traits. A lilting and powerful chorus, rich metaphors and images in her lyrics, and one of her favourite themes - empowerment through suffering. (She found out the hard way the inalienable 'right to happiness' is a cruel lie, lol, bit like a free lunch :) Sooner or later down the line someone pays.

But there will be no third diaspora. And while other more popular news arrives in your feeds, many Jew's historical antenna is concerned with Iran hurtling toward nuclear capability in less than 3 months now. And if they use that capability, it will hurt the planet, and that hurts everyone. But the Jewish people aren?t going anywhere. We?ve screamed that primordial scream on more than one occasion, and even if Babylon sinks amongst great waves, or chokes on one last saccharin lie, oblivious to the suffering they caused others, Israel is ready and we aren't running anymore.

I'm writing a blog on flattery, and why flatterers are really liars in disguise. So, hit 'like' and I will be back when time permits. (Hugely busy with my paid writing this week.)
October 4, 2020 at 6:49PM
    AJ McCall: I love Lindsey Stirling and Sia. I haven't watched the video yet, but I might.
    October 5, 2020 at 12:46PM

Eve Lovell: As sunset draws near, and Rosh Hashanah comes to a close, I wish everyone a Happy Jewish New Year. A time of celebration, reflection and forgiveness.

This two-day period is also referred to as "The Days of Awe" and focuses on atonement.

In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is considered the sixth day of "Creation," the day that Adam and Eve were made. Because of their creation, it's also considered the day the universe's potential was first recognized; therefore, it's also considered the birthday of the universe. And the day when the Lord writes your name in the book of life for the coming year.

How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Several ways. Most notably, Jews will spend a lot of time in a synagogue or temple praying, listening to the blowing of the shofar, and reflecting on the year gone by. Also, there is a traditional trip to a body of water where bread is thrown, symbolizing the casting of sins into the depths of the sea, as referenced in the Bible.

Other Rosh Hashanah observances include candle lighting in the evenings and desisting from creative work.

It is a time where we ask forgiveness of those we have offended and forgive those who have offended against us, so we can move on with a glad heart. And this I heartily do on both accounts.

It's been a wonderful day, and Happy New Year!!!

September 20, 2020 at 2:39AM
    AJ McCall: To you too! And very interesting. I didn't know any of that. :)
    September 20, 2020 at 8:12PM

Eve Lovell: This is the best euphemism I've ever heard for fiddling while Rome burns. The human rights movement was the beginning of the end for the West and after this quote, I know why.

'Even if tomorrow I knew the World would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.' Martin Luther King Jr.

September 17, 2020 at 9:43PM

Eve Lovell: My reading was interesting today ... 11/09/20

Revelation 16: 18-21

A reason for the season. And all the (Zaddies) children said 'Amen'.

September 11, 2020 at 6:26AM

Eve Lovell: Publishing and other forms of insanity:

As a writer who is making a living out of the art form, I feel to talk about a few publishing issues to shed some light on the REAL world of publishing, as opposed to self-publishing or publishing on vanity sites.

Here at FS, as a professional writer, I can review anything whether I like it or not. And people are putting their work out there for review, so review it. But be honest, and if they mute you, know you got rid of a time-waster. I hit the bonus reviewing and review whatever comes my way. That is my approach to vanity sites.

I also use Grammarly, as I am comma disfunctional, but no longer is grammar an issue when you're writing, because of software like Grammarly, so don't get hung up on grammar when you are pumping out that first draft of your manuscript.

So, what is a vanity site?

A vanity URL is a unique web address that is branded for marketing purposes. In the Domain Name System, a vanity domain is a domain name whose purpose is to express the individuality of the person on whose behalf it is registered.

There is nothing wrong with using a vanity site, but you need to keep them in perspective, especially if you want to make a career of writing, as opposed to meeting new people, having fun and sharing your writing, something FS does very well.

But the trouble with vanity sites, in general, is the reviews give people an over-bloated opinion of what their writing is worth. In these tiny gold fishbowls of amateur writers, people get accolades from other amateur writers without realising their writing is not of a standard to be published anywhere other than on a vanity site, where you are paying for publishing in your subscription. But during my cyber-travels, I see people taking vanity sites way too seriously. So much so, they cheat, and I noticed today on one site I visited that the poem paying top dollar was posted at least three times before, which is against site rules. Still, this person pays with real money, so the businessman in charge of this vanity site is never going to haul them over the coals for cheating against their so-called friends. I've even seen people have two accounts and review themselves to get to the top of the heap and others that mute and are rude and unappreciative of everyone that gives them a less than perfect rating accompanied by lashings of flattery. So, keep these sites in perspective and don't place too much importance on their feedback and comments if you want to monetize your passion for writing.

And in the real world of literature, your target audience, if you want to make money that isn't from a niche market, has always been the 17-35-year-old demographic. That demographic always determines what sells in the marketplace. But having said that, a switched-on 90-year old can still write to that age group. And there has never been a better time to become a writer, a profession that is very sustainable as you age.

Like the rest of my family, I'm hardwired to make money, and I wanted to write professionally from the very beginning I started my writing journey about 16 years ago. I reached the top poet, top prose writer and top reviewer on a vanity site, but became tired of the endless flattery and perfect ratings, so I realised what it was worth and got serious about writing. It took me a lot of hard work and practice, but finally, my writing has taken off. I am making good money and have a regular stream of income through what I write now, mostly for other people's platforms. Still, I also have my writing projects, and last year, I had the pleasure to be mentored through writing a script by Regina Lee, a great producer in LA, who worked on the Wolverine series. And Regina taught me so much about writing scripts for Hollywood and what will and won't sell.

Now that brings me to the reason for this blog - publishing. I see writers get excited about the books they're publishing, and that's great if you have a real agent or publisher, but if you don't, then you are shooting yourself in the foot, as opposed to starting a new and lucrative venture. Because if the author is paying to be published, then it is vanity publishing, and most likely, the only readers will be friends and family who buy your books, or the author gives them to these people for free. And there is a glut of these books that sit on kindle and so long without anything occurring they are destined to turn to dust.

And as counterintuitive as it sounds, if you want to snare a real publisher or agent, then don't tell them you are published on a vanity site, it works against you. And don't tell them about the books you've self-published or part-published, because that works against you because the publisher thinks, the work has already had exposure and did nothing. And if it is a book of poetry, good luck with that, because the only time most real publishers or agents appreciate poetry while the author is still alive is if it is part of an anthology of verse to accompany a larger body writing, a fictional or nonfictional work. I have a list of contacts I've made who take unsolicited manuscripts, but the truth is, on vanity sites, I rarely see any writing I want to recommend. But magazines and competitions are one of the best ways to get your poetry out to a wider audience, and there are a lot of those around.

Most people that self-publish or part POD publish become increasingly disillusioned, because there are a plethora of publishers who are only too happy too willing to snap up your money for a second-rate literary effort. I see people raving on about their new book, and when you look more closely and realise it is vanity published or POD published, I think ?you poor sod?. Lol And I made that mistake with my first manuscript, but I was lucky enough to get a part publisher 50/50 who provided English books for children in Indian High schools, so I did make money even though it was vanity published and at that stage, poorly written.

Another suggestion to keep in mind if you are writing to be marketable is the subject matter of your poetry or prose. It might seem like the bleeding obvious, but your cat is not going to make you any money in the real world. Neither will your autobiography unless you are from a famous family, or have achieved some minor miracle like climbing Everest with one leg, lol

Traditional publishers and agents are also business people. They are not going to look at a manuscript if it is riddled with passive voice, because it is just too much work to edit that out of a whole manuscript. And the first person to see your work is an intern who has a list of what to discard. And if you are writing a script, just bear in mind that if it is a historical piece, it had better be good because historical pieces require historical cars, furniture, costumes, props etc. The holy grail for scripts atm in Hollywood is a low budget high-concept script, and they are trendy because it doesn't take much money to turn it into a movie.

And polish your work, so it is marketable to a genuine publisher or agent. And how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice and practice and practice. But please, if you haven't a lot of money, don't self-publish. I see books advertised on vanity sites that belong back in the era of Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. They won't go anywhere because the world has changed. It's the era of the Zombie Apocalypse. hahaha

And develop a rhino hide, you'll need one as you suffer rejection after rejection before you make it. But my approach was to think, I'll keep practicing until my writing reaches the level of the market, and that idea served me well. So, please don't get too precious over your reviews or ratings on a vanity site because they don't mean anything in the genuine world of writing.

But writing is a very sustainable career. You can write up until you fall off your perch. You can't do that if you are a bricklayer or a surgeon, etc. And it has never been a better time to be a writer IF you have original, marketable ideas.

But writing on vanity sites is good practice. You won't like everything you read, but that shouldn't stop you being able to review it. And if you are receiving flattering reviews from people who only give perfect ratings, then realise these reviews don't mean much and are most likely not representative of how professionals in the market place are going to view your work. And on vanity sites, you often find amateur writers teaching other amateurs, and yet when you take a look at their work, it is riddled with errors, passive voice and redundancies, or just plain dull, and that's not what you are looking for from a teacher. lol

I prefer to be read rather than reviewed on a vanity site. Knowing your writing reaches people, and they want to read what you've written without parting with your cash for the privilege, for me, is the most significant buzz of all. So, have fun, but be a realist with what you want from your writing. And be prepared to evolve. If you aren't evolving as a writer, you are dying, so have a look at what you wrote years before and see if it has improved because that is what the journey is all about.

(Excuse any errors, I write as I think in a forum situation.)

August 20, 2020 at 8:36PM
    DR DIP: "Vanity site?" WTF?
    Do you really think its a vanity site Eve seriously?
    Sure there are a lot of sensitive egos here but to call them vain...hmmmm
    August 20, 2020 at 10:15PM
    giraffmang: Lots of good info in this post, and a hell of a lot of truth.

    One other element is to ensure you research your market. Submit to the right places. This will greatly reduce rejections! Lol
    August 21, 2020 at 2:11AM
    AJ McCall: This is very intresting. There's a lot in here I didn't know about. Very informative.
    August 24, 2020 at 12:03PM
    Eve Lovell: Nice to see you Aj, and thanks for the feedback Giraffmang, and you are so right about the genre. I stuffed around with an error for ages. Calling my writing the wrong genre, but it means you are sending it out to the wrong people. Fools errand.

    And it has nothing to do with vanity, Dip, it is just a term with no value judgement attached. I'm here talking to you on a vanity site, and we all have different reasons for being here, all legitimate, but this blog was mostly for people that want to make money out of writing, as opposed to a club for friendly poets and writers. Have a good day wherever that may be, Eve.
    August 26, 2020 at 8:56PM

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