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Lounge / Will Student Loans Cover Online Courses
« Last post by jessie_logan42 on April 11, 2014, 07:13:31 AM »
Many changes have been made in the past few years in the field of education and one of the most significant is that student loans can now be used for online courses in much the same way as they have always been used in traditional college settings.  This is exciting news for many students and their parents who may have trouble paying for the classes out of pocket. Check it out!
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Online Writing Showcase / Squidon't trust Squidoo
« Last post by kevster on April 10, 2014, 11:03:26 PM »
   I'm sure that this posting will raise a few eyebrows.

   At approximately 1am on April 7, I published this posting:

   Are we free here in the United States of America? I think not. Personally I believe that we are being tyrannized by our civil service, and that not only are our elected officials tolerating this, but so are we the American people.

   There are many people who look to the “Patriot” Act, as a gross violation of out constitutional rights, I will agree that there are some completelyInappropriate actions taken under this act. One such is that agents of the Office of Homeland Security can go into a bookstore and/or library, and require employees to disclose the titles of materials that anyone who used the establishment has borrowed, rented, and/or purchased by simply showing identification. An agent can require this for a period dating back as far as 10 years. After requiring this information, an agent can prohibit the establishment from notifying the person being investigated for up to 20 years.  Since when does this country need a “Thought Police” to prevent anyone from reading the “Wrong” books? Does anyone else remember when one of the “Good” things about being an American was “You can read any books that you want here without being punished?”

   This did not begin with 9/11! In 1991, the FBI (as part of an Interpol investigation) arrested a man suspected of distributing child pornography. The FBI obtained a warrant to search his hard drive, and (surprise) found that the files were encrypted with an encryption key. Instead of asking the NSA to have some of their cryptographers determine the decryption key (and share credit). The FBI spent two years lobbying congress to outlaw data encryption, and convinced the State Department to require any encryption above a certain level (but not enough to protect against industrial espionage) to submit a backdoor key to the State Department for security reasons. Since that time The United States has been second banana to the CIS in software.

   When I was considering free clipart for comic creation software, the place I thought to look for was Russian Cyberspace. Does that suggest that even after electing a former KGB agent for a second presidency, the Russians are more free than we are?

   It seems to me that this country has degenerated from a land that places a priority on civil liberties, to a totalitarian regime where citizens are tyrannized by our civil service.

   The current attitude is that “If you’re not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.” Is that the society that our forefathers fought for in 1776? Is that the government that our founding fathers wrote down in the Bill of Rights in 1787?

   Am I suggesting the violent overthrow of our government as in The Turner Diaries, absolutely not!!!

   We live in an elected democracy, and there are alternatives.

☞   Write your congressperson and say that if he doesn’t repeal the patriot act, you will vote for someone who will.

☞   When Candidates are announced in 2015, write each one, and tell them that if they don’t promise to eliminate the Office of Homeland Security, on the grounds that this office has shown nothing but contempt for the bill of rights since its inception. That you will vote for someone who will.

☞   While many consider the Libertarian Party to be a political joke, offering to endorse any candidate who promises to repeal the Patriot Act, and/or disband the Office of Homeland Security might result in some of them getting elected into Congress.

   To this date Squidoo has not released this upload. Under their terms and conditions they claim to either release and/or inform a writer of what is unacceptable about a piece within 24 hours. The most lucrative week for this piece has come and gone without Squidoo releasing this piece, and I have yet to hear from them.
Here is what you get when you go to the URL. http://www.squidoo.com/are-we-free-today

   As a consequence I must advise against publishing with Squidoo, because they don't honor their terms.
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Newbie / Hi everyone
« Last post by minujin877 on April 04, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
Hello. My name is Maru, im new at this forum, and i would like to have a great time here
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Screen Writers / 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Deadline Friday
« Last post by bluecat1 on November 13, 2013, 06:16:58 PM »
2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline: Friday, November 15th 2013 at Midnight PST
Features - $70, Shorts - $60, Student Shorts - $29

Every entry receives Script Analysis

To develop aspiring filmmakers worldwide, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition is excited to award the world’s largest cash prize for shorts––Best Short Screenplay wins a $10,000 Grand Prize, with three finalists receiving $1,500! Students can submit their short screenplays for a discounted rate of $29.

THE AWARDS

• Best Feature Screenplay - $15,000 USD Grand Prize;
Four Finalists will receive $2,500 USD

• Best Short Screenplay - $10,000 USD Grand Prize;
Three Finalists will receive $1,500 USD

• The Cordelia Award for Best UK Feature Screenplay - $1,500 USD Prize

• The Joplin Award for Best International Feature Screenplay - $1,500 USD Prize

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY:
http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2014-call-for-entries

BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Website: www.bluecatscreenplay.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BlueCatPictures
Newsletter: www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter
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How tos / want to write an autobiography
« Last post by bobbi.carter29@gmail.com on September 16, 2013, 02:47:51 AM »
Hello all. I'm not sure where to begin with this, or if I'm on the right forum to ask....but here goes! My girlfriend has had an extremely challenging and interesting life, full of experiences that most cannot even fathom. Anyway, people often tell her she should write a book. I realize this is a suggestion used commonly and quite loosely used, however in this case, it would definitely be a great idea. So, I guess my question is where to start!? Personally I believe an experienced writer should write the book with her, but thats just my opinion. Shes intelligent but if someone with experience and resources were willing to help, I believe it would be more beneficial. So, ideally, someone would be interested enough in her story to WANT to write this biography. Where should she even start? Should she begin with attempting to find a writer? Or a writer with resources to market and publish? Or should she write her own autobiography and take it to a publishing company? Please excuse my ignorance. Maybe it isn't as simple as just "take it to a publishing company" but thats why I'm here....hopefully someone out there can shed some light for us on where to even begin. Thanks!!
Jess
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Novels / What should writers read about writing?
« Last post by MillionthMonkey on September 01, 2013, 02:50:19 PM »
The Millionth Monkey professional editing service has selected about 75 books on writing that it recommends to writers — regardless of their level of experience. We have read each of these books at least once, and in some cases several times. The list includes books on (1) the nuts and bolts of writing, (2) literary theory, (3) reflections of accomplished authors, and (4) some right-brain stuff. The list is on our Writing Tips page at http://www.millionthmonkey.net/writing-tips.html. (It’s near the bottom of the page, so keep scrolling.) Millionth Monkey (http://www.millionthmonkey.net/) provides editing services for authors (fiction and nonfiction), publishers, scholars, web developers, self-publishers, and law firms.
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Teaching Writing / What should writers read about writing?
« Last post by MillionthMonkey on August 25, 2013, 04:22:43 PM »
The Millionth Monkey professional editing service has selected about 75 books on writing that it recommends to writers — regardless of their level of experience. We have read each of these books at least once, and in some cases several times. The list includes books on (1) the nuts and bolts of writing, (2) literary theory, (3) reflections of accomplished authors, and (4) some right-brain stuff. The list is on our Writing Tips page at http://www.millionthmonkey.net/writing-tips.html. (It’s near the bottom of the page, so keep scrolling.) Millionth Monkey (http://www.millionthmonkey.net/) provides editing services for authors (fiction and nonfiction), publishers, scholars, web developers, self-publishers, and law firms.
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Facebook / Facebook page
« Last post by MitchGrace on August 01, 2013, 07:07:27 AM »
www.facebook.com/Mitchel.Grace.Author


I am a new author. I currently have 6 books out with another to be published on the 14th of August. Feel free to stop by!

Thanks,
Mitchel
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Lounge / Trying for some perspective
« Last post by barry bonds on July 18, 2013, 02:04:33 PM »
Trying my hand at a different style. Criticisms welcomed...

http://steinabbey.blogspot.com/
 please. don't hold back...
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In the spirit of our commitment to the development of screenwriters worldwide, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition holds a longstanding tradition of giving written notes to every screenplay submitted. Each Feature screenplay entered receives two analyses, while each Short screenplay receives one.

All Feature Screenplay submissions received by August 1st will receive their feedback by September 1st. ($60 entry fee)


Best Feature Screenplay $15,000 Grand Prize; Four Finalists $2500

Best Short Screenplay $10,000 Grand Prize; Three Finalists $1500

Best UK Feature Screenplay $1500 Prize

Best International Feature Screenplay $1500

Best Movie Title: Three Winners $250 each


SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY:
http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/2014-call-for-entries


BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Website:  http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BlueCatScreenplayCompetition
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures
Weekly Screenwriting E-News: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter
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