Run or Dye 5K

No, I did NOT run a 5K. Our son, Frank (age 21), did. Mason and I went with him and we had a wonderful time! I’ve never been to one and I somehow envisioned a couple hundred runners racing down a few downtown streets. I pictured myself sitting at the finish line to get Frank’s picture as he broke through a yellow ribbon. I was SO wrong…

P.O.D. SECRETS REVEALED: “Free” P.O.D. Services Can Be Very Expensive!

P.O.D. SECRETS REVEALED: “Free” P.O.D. Services Can Be Very Expensive!

Tempted to sign up with one of those P.O.D. publishers that are claiming to be FREE? You’ll first need design experience so you can layout a professional book interior, and create a professional cover.
In addition, if you really want to get your book published for “free”, in some cases you can forget about having an ISBN (which online and brick and mortar bookstores as well as libraries require), forget about being distributed by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor, which distributes book listings to online and physical bookstores across the globe, and forget about a lot of other things as well, including a print proof to check before your book goes to market…

Masonisms

As always, I LOVE reading WritersWeekly each week! Thank you for being such a strong voice and source of support for writers. This week’s Masonism was so cute — and VERY true!
Dawn

Being Legally Blind Doesn’t Get in My Way! By Pam Bostwick

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I won an essay contest in fifth grade. In high school, I wrote for the city newspaper. Then, after marriage, I started having children and thought I was too busy to write. I soon realized I had to find the time to create pieces because stories were within me and I longed to share them. When my twins were two, I decided I wasn’t going to wait until they grew up to write. While the toddlers took their rare naps, I wrote about what I knew…

Whispers And Warnings For March 26th

Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9359
SERIOUSLY? ISN’T THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS LONG GONE?
Moby Sued Over 22-Year-Old Song Samples
“VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor.”
I PREFER CASH TO AN AMAZON CREDIT!
Amazon customers are the beneficiaries of the Apple ebook price-fixing settlement.
“Although the credits are being applied to Amazon customers accounts, the actual settlement is being paid by the publishers.”
I’M SURE WHATEVER WAS SAID IN COURT WAS ALSO IN THE PRE-TRIAL FILINGS. I WONDER WHY HE WAITED UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF COURT TO RETREAT.
Vancouver man drops copyright lawsuit against director Cameron
“After the first day of hearings, Emil Malak, who filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court on Wednesday, dropped the case against Cameron for (allegedly) using his original screenplay in the blockbuster film Avatar…”
THEY WERE JUST ASKING FOR TROUBLE…
MP3tunes boss held liable in copyright case
“The jurors also found MP3tunes was willfully blind to copyright infringement on its website, in what a lawyer for the recording companies suggested before the verdict would be the first ruling by a jury of its kind.”
COME UP WITH AN ORIGINAL NAME, OR RISK LEGAL FEES LATER
Don’t Name Your New Business After a Will Ferrell Movie
“In Fort Worth, there’s a race car-themed restaurant called Ricky Bobby. In Austin, Tex., there’s a Bettie Page-themed hair salon. And a small East Tennessee coal mining town thinks it might attract tourists if it changes its name to Rocky Top. The problem with all three of these ideas has made itself obvious with recent legal filings: They’re all using names or icons that belong to someone else…”
AUTHORS NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THIS, TOO!
From Mocking To Hacking: How To Protect Your Digital Reputation
“None of us has complete privacy online, and no one has complete control over the information that appears about them. But VIPs face more pervasive threats to their privacy, and these threats are more likely to impact their physical security…”
IN FLORIDA, YOU NEED MORE THAN AN I.P. ADDRESS TO SUE SOMEONE
Malibu Media BitTorrent Case: Judge Says No, an IP Address is Not a Person
“Notorious copyright ‘p*rn troll’ Malibu Media LLC, an adult film company, struck out in a Florida court last week when a Florida District Court Judge determined that an IP address does not identify a specific single individual guilty of copyright infringement. US District Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit that Malibu Media had filed against an alleged movie pirate at IP address 174.61.81.171.”
Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9359

Have You Ever Seen The Oddly Beautiful Roseate Spoonbill?!

Frank and I took off early one day this week, jumped in the kayak with our fishing poles, and paddled around the corner to the bay. Despite the tide moving quickly, we didn’t get any bites – not even a nibble. However, Frank said we caught plenty of breeze and sunshine! The boats around us weren’t having any luck either but the sea breeze was brisk, the air was warm, and the sun on the water was beautiful. We decided to do some exploring, paddling through a natural tunnel of sorts between the mangroves. When we emerged, we found a peaceful inlet with numerous very happy water birds of many colorful varieties. I was THRILLED to find a flock of my favorite birds, Roseate Spoonbills!

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