Zach’s Got A Girlfriend!

Zach (age 27) has a new girlfriend! She’s 29 years old, really friendly, and in advertising. We liked her immediately!

Topic, Common Themes, and Winners of the Winter, 2014 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

For the past six weeks, we’ve spent every spare moment judging the hundreds of entries submitted for the WritersWeekly Winter, 2014 24-Hour Short Story Contest. In case you’re not familiar with our quarterly contest, this is how it works. On the date of the contest, at start-time, we send out the topic for that specific contest to all registered entrants, while also posting it on Entrants must be registered before the contest begins and there is a limit of 500 participants per contest. Entrants then have 24 hours to write and submit their stories via email. The stories “must deal with the topic in some way to qualify” and they must not exceed the pre-assigned word count, which is announced with the topic.
After reading the entries for each contest, we can see how difficult it is to come up with a unique plot when working with an assigned topic. But, inevitably, a few writers do manage to successfully break away from the pack.

Visualize Your Success By Diane Stark

Five years ago, I started writing a romance novel. I wrote the first 30,000 words before life got busy and the novel was forgotten.
But every year, usually around New Year’s Day, I made promises to myself that I would finally complete the novel.
It didn’t happen…

Whispers And Warnings For February 26th

Links to the stories below can be found here:
Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law’s Newspaper Just Happens To Defend Trump With Every Ounce Of Its Being
“This week’s New York Observer cover story is a 7,000-word takedown of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who coincidentally filed a $40 million lawsuit against Donald Trump – father-in-law to Observer publisher Jared Kushner…”
James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores
“Novelist James Patterson, whose mysteries, thrillers, children’s books and romances have sold hundreds of millions of copies, is donating $1 million of his personal fortune to independent bookstores across the country.”
Withdrawing Doniger’s Book Gives Her The Martyr’s Mantle
“He has attacked Wendy Doniger’s book on his Washington Post blog — alleging it carries false historical data and ridiculous interpretation of Hindu religion and customs…”
Twist In Unmasking Of Infamous Goldman Sachs Twitter Mole
“A three-year game has been taking place on Wall Street to identify the Goldman Sachs employee behind a Twitter account that purports to reveal uncensored comments overheard in the firm’s elevators.”
“Twilight” Author Sued For (Alleged) Copyright Infringement
“A woman who wrote an obscure vampire book as a teenager has sued ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer, accusing her of stealing ideas from the work for the fourth book in her vampire series, ‘Breaking Dawn.’ Meyer’s publisher responded that the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in California, is a meritless claim meant to further the career of the aspiring screenwriter making the complaint.”
Adult Magazine Publisher Sues Leaseweb For Providing Services To Copyright Infringers
“Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 has filed a lawsuit against LeaseWeb, accusing the hosting provider of providing services to several websites that host pirated copies of their images.”
Gawker Seeks Dismissal Of Quentin Tarantino’s Lawsuit
“Tarantino sued Gawker Media Group, Inc. over an article the site published that included a link to his latest script, ‘The Hateful Eight.'”
How To Fight Censorship And Remain Free
“Every day it seems harder and harder to express yourself without fear of intimidation, censorship, mob attack or criminal charges. Reacting to the recent withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus by Penguin India, the writer presents a comprehensive guide to free speech in India, how it’s being attacked and what we can actually do about it.”
Links to the stories above can be found here:

Former Execs Are Suing 30 Internet Trolls For Defamation

“Two former mobile marketing executives are taking some 30 anonymous Internet trolls to court for making ‘abusive, vulgar and damning’ comments about them online.” … defamation

Why a Climate Scientist’s Libel Case Matters (Op-Ed)

Why a Climate Scientist’s Libel Case Matters (Op-Ed)

“Back in 2012, after the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the National Review each published pieces that likened climate scientist Michael Mann to a child molester and called his work a fraud, Mann fought back with a lawsuit, charging them with libel. Now, in a preliminary ruling, a Superior Court Judge has sided with Mann, paving […]

Publisher blames Indian law for Hindu book removal

“Penguin India publishing house said Friday that ‘intolerant and restrictive’ Indian laws forced it to remove a book from sale after it tried to defend an American author’s religious history against objections from a conservative Hindu group.” … MA5BbQtDMD

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