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Turning your short story you sold to a magazine into a novel.

The following is from the latest issue of the Longridge Writers Group newsletter.

Writing tips from Donna Ippolito, Long Ridge instructor.

Donna Ippolito has been writing, editing, and teaching others to write for more than 20 years. From 1985 to 2001, she was editor-in-chief at FASA Corporation, a Chicago publisher that packaged best-selling science fiction and fantasy novel lines for Penguin Books and Time-Warner. These included the popular BattleTech, Shadowrun, Earthdawn, and Vor series. So check out her websites at www.expert-editor.com and http://dreamscoop.blogspot.com/.

Prior to that, Ms. Ippolito was an editor at the Swallow Press, a prestigious publisher of both literary and commercial titles. Writers published by Swallow include celebrated novelist Anaïs Nin; Jungian analyst Linda Leonard; futurist Robert Theobald; Zen poet Lucien Stryk; and distinguished anthropologist W. Y. Evans-Wentz. She also worked as a senior editor for Consumer Digest Magazine and was a founding editor of Black Maria, a quarterly journal of women’s writing.

Philip B. asks: If you sell a short story to a magazine, but later decide to make it into a novel, would it be plagiarism? How do you avoid plagiarizing your own material?

Donna writes: Plagiarism is copying someone else’s words and claiming them as your own, so it’s perfectly legal to novelize one of your own short stories. You’d be in good company, too. Novels like Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and others by Lawrence Block, Philip K. Dick, and Vonda N. McIntyre all began their lives as short stories.

Just be sure that you don’t give away all rights to the story when it’s published, but only first rights. These give the publisher the right of first publication, but it’s one time only in a specific issue of a print or online magazine. In most contracts, these one-time rights are First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Once the story is published, the rights revert to you to do as you please with the material. If the story is later published in an anthology or a short story collection, you’d simply acknowledge the magazine name and date of first publication.

If you sign away “all rights,” however, you’ve lost ownership of the story. Even a much-changed and expanded novel based on the original work would be considered “derivative.” Legally, only the copyright holder has the right to produce a derivative work from the original. If you’ve lost the copyright by signing away all rights, you’d be out of luck.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors calls the traditional FNASR contract “an endangered species,” so writer beware. Legalese may seem confusing at first, but you can educate yourself enough to ask the right questions. “Rights, Rights, Rights: What You Own” by Mary Rosenblum is a good place to start. “Rights 101” on the ASJA website is another.

Blogging bored – copied a questionnaire.

A blogging buddy posted her questionnaire on her blog yesterday. Give it a try . I answered iit there but decided I would post it here too. Of course since she is one of my best readers, I am probably being a little redundant, but what the heck.

1. What was the highlight of your week?
Not a good week
2. Whose car were you in last?
My own. Ditto
3. When is the next time you will kiss someone?
Who knows, miracles can happen. Ditto.
4. What color shirt are you wearing?
A blue t-shirt gown
5. How long is your hair?
6. Are you good looking?
Of course. As long as there are no mirrors around.
7. Last movie you watched?
Don’t remember.
8. Who were you with?
9. Last thing you ate?
Grape Nut Flakes.
10. Last thing you drank?
11. When was the last time you had your heart broken?
It breaks a little every day. Ditto.
12. Who came over last?
A fellow artist friend.
13. Are you happy right now?
14. What did you say last?
Something to the cat. Like – why are you always in the way. She manages to get right in the path even when I just decided to go there.
15. Where is your phone?
At my left hand.
16. What color are your eyes?
17. Are you left-handed?
18. Spell your name without vowels:
crlyn dnnll or does Y count as a vowel?
19. Do you have any pets?
Sasha cat.
20. Favourite Vacation?
What’s that?
21. What do you dislike currently?
Weedeater noise. Amen. Also my life in general. :-(
22. What are you listening to?
TV in the background. Mycroft Holmes (brother to Sherlock)..
23. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
$100K or my son and grandkids here.
24. What is your favorite scent?
A David Austin old English Rose. Gertrude Jekyll for one.
25. Who makes you happiest?
My grandkids..
26. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Facebook probably :-[
27. When is your birthday?
21 July 19??.
28. Who has the same phone as you?
I have no idea.
29. Last time you went swimming in a pool?
Last year sometime.
30. Do you read your horoscope?
31. Where was the last place you bought something?
Grocery store
32. How do you feel about your hair right now?
33. Do you bite your nails?
34. Do you have any expensive jewelery?
Not really.
36. Myspace or facebook?
37. How fast have you driven a car?
100 :-].
38. Have you ever smoked?
Yes. a little back in college. VERY long time ago.
39. What was or is your favorite subject in school?
Music and Anthropology.
40. Do you have Verizon?
41.What type of boy or girl do you usually fall for?
Seems to be ones that aren’t that interested in me. :-( .
42. Do you have any hidden talents?
Not that I know of.
43. Favorite Song?
The Rose – Bette Midler …
44. Do you like to sing at all?
A little.
45. Dream Job?
Being paid to blog. Me too.
46. Where does most of your family live?
USA – Texas, Minnesota and California.
47. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
Grew up as an only child but found a half sister later in life.
48. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled?
49. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up?
What am I going to do?
50. Do you drink?
A little.
51. Know any other languages?
52. Ever write a coded message?
53. Have you ever been IN a wedding?
Several times.
54. Do you have any children?
Yes, one son.
55. Did you take a nap today?
Yes. Always tired it seems.
56. Who has the same birthday as you?
Ernest Hemingway
57. Ever met anyone famous before?
Many times
58. Do you want to be famous one day?
Nah. Just well off.?
59. Any Pet Peeves?
Weedeater noise..
60. Are you multitasking right now?
61. Last supper
some stirfry with chicken.
62. What is your least favorite chore?
All of them?
63. Last place you drove your car?
To the friggin’ mechanics
64. Ever been out of the country?
Several times.
65. Where were you born?
Los Angeles.
66. Could you handle being in the military?
67. What is your average cell phone bill?
68. Who are you thinking about right now?
The person that blogged this questionairre. :-\
69. When was the last time you laughed REALLY hard?
A few days ago??
70. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Who knows?.
71. Are your toes always painted?
72. How many piercings do you have?
One in each ear. Conservative.
73. What are you doing today?
Trying to cull out mess and throw things away. .
74. Have you ever been gambling?
Slot machines a few times.
75. When is the last time you updated your page?

Postings may not be too active for a while (again)

Possibly another haitus from blogging. Or not. I need to concentrate (which gets harder and harder to do) on getting this place culled out and find another place to reside while looking (waiting) for some senior housing to come along.Plus the car is screwed up again.

When it rains,  it pours – and me with no ark. :-}

So anyway, if you don’t see me for a while, I have given fair warning.  I may not be able to stand being off for that long but just in case.

C Hope Clark. Her blog.

Hope in her environment.

Hope in her environment.

C Hope Clark ‘s blog. Her writing life, and a few fund listings for writers you won’t find anywhere else.

You can also friend her on Facebook if you are on that site. Tweitter also I think.

She also has newsletters you can subscribe to. Funds for Writers,  and FFW Small Markets and Writing Kid.

James Cameron Shares NASA’s Exploration of Earth in ‘Avatar’ Videos

James Cameron Shares NASA’s Exploration of Earth in ‘Avatar’ Videos

See at http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/avatar.html

James Cameron, director of “Avatar,” the most successful film ever released, is featured in a series of new NASA public service announcements that describe the many contributions of the agency’s Earth science program to environmental awareness and exploration of our home planet.

“When NASA ventures into space, it remembers to keep a steady eye on home,” Cameron said. “Its fleet of Earth-orbiting satellites constantly reveals our whole planet: its remotest places, its mysteries and the powerful influence of humans.”

Cameron’s 3-D epic, based on the fictional planet of Pandora is coming back to theaters this week. The story centers on a beautiful planet threatened by forces that want to exploit its natural resources.

The public service announcements feature “Avatar” film imagery and include computer animations and data from NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites. NASA has 14 science satellites in orbit making cutting

How to Create Sympathetic Mystery Novel Characters (via Global Mysteries)

Calling all violists. William Primrose was born today – August 23 – in 1903.

William Primrose  CBE (23 August 1904 – 1 May 1982) was a Scottish violist and teacher.

Primrose was born in Glasgow and studied violin initially. In 1919 he moved to study at the then Guildhall School of Music in London.[1] From there he moved to Belgium to study under Eugène Ysaÿe who encouraged him to take up the viola instead. In 1930, he joined Warwick Evans, John Pennington, and Thomas Petre as the violist in the London String Quartet. The group dissolved in 1935. In 1937, he began playing in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. When it was rumored that Toscanini would leave the Symphony in 1941, Primrose resigned. His career as a soloist took off when he started touring with Richard Crooks. He later signed with Arthur Judson, an influential concert manager. In 1946, he was the soloist in the first recording of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.

Later in his life, Primrose became a noted teacher, writing several books on viola playing and teaching widely in Japan, Australia (where Richard Tognetti was one of his students)[3] and the USA, occasionally at the University of Southern California (with Jascha Heifetz), the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. One of his notable students was Canadian violinist Albert Pratz. In 1972, he published his memoirs, A Walk on the North Side.

The Primrose International Viola Competition, created in 1979 in honor of William Primrose, was the first international music competition for viola players.

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Becky Levine writes on her enlightenment while taking a “how to write a synopsis course.”

Becky Levine writes on her enlightenment while taking a “how to write a synopsis course.”


Composer born August 22. Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (1908)

Claude-Achille Debussy (French pronunciation: [klod aʃil dəbysi]) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

Watch his music. Yes, that’s correct.  Watch. O-O

See more of this type of thing at http://www.youtube.com/user/smalin