Dying Man, 24, Leaves an Awesome Message That Everyone Should Read:

Seumas Gallacher:

…I feel compelled to reblog this … insightful… and curiously, extremely positive message… make sure you continue daily to tell people you love them…LUV YEEZ !…

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

funeral tieSoon I Will be Gone Forever, but That’s Okay as Long as Someone Reads This.

I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral (above) a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned…

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May I Introduce……

Seumas Gallacher:

…I’m gratified to be allowed space on my pal, Barbara A. Martin’s page, ‘LETSTALKBOOKS’…a page worth following, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land…:):)

ALL MY BLOG POSTS ARE FREE TO SHARE OR RE-BLOG SHOULD YOU SO WISH—BE MY GUEST!

Originally posted on LetsTalkBooks:

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May I introduce you to one of my favorite blogger friends. He has one of the most fun, thought provoking and informative blogs on the Internet. I’ll let him tell you a little about himself.

SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 18,000 direct contacts.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog three years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year2013′ and now…

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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways To Kill Your Writing… PART THREE…

…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART THREE :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 3

  1. Learn nothing about the publishing business

There was a time when writers sent their work off to publishers, signed a contract, worked with an editor, then sat back and let the publisher take over. They had no clue as to what happened next in the process of printing, publishing and selling their books. And, to be fair, many publishers liked that things stayed that way.

I believe authors do themselves a great favour by learning something about the publishing business because by doing so they then can become a more effective partner in the publication of their book.

Publishing Trendsetter’s Life Cycle of a Book  

http://publishingtrendsetter.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Book-Cycle-FINAL.pdf

Publishing Trendsetter is a website I stumbled upon that is devoted to educating the industry. Elisabeth Watson, the president, and her staff developed the above flow chart called The Life Cycle of a Book, and a series of videos covering all the steps a book takes from concept to reader. I love flow charts! And this one is particularly good. Do spend some time going over it carefully. How many steps are covered that you didn’t realize were part of the process?

Writer – has an idea for a book, writes it, edits it into a manuscript, sends to agent.

Here’s Adam Gidwitz, first-time author, speaking of his initial experience as a new writer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vJ77QvwRowA

After you’ve finished reading the rest of today’s post, go back to the site and watch the other videos. Educate yourself!

  1. Stop trying to improve your work

I attended a talk given by Aritha van Herk during which a person in the audience asked, “When do you know that something you’re writing is finished?” And Aritha’s answer was, “You never finish. You can always improve.”

Writing is a process and we can constantly learn, and improve, and discover ways to make our books better.

So don’t think you’re finished because you’ve written “The End.” That should be your cue to go back to the beginning and figure out how to make your manuscript even better. After all, you owe it to your readers to make whatever you write the very best it can be!

Susan Toy has been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and is now a published author, publisher, and promoter of fellow authors and their books. Born and raised in Toronto, and after completing a degree in English Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, she moved to Calgary in the late 70s and immediately found a job in a bookstore, beginning what has become a life’s career working with books and their authors.

Link for Island in the Clouds: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/where-in-the-world-can-you-purchase-island-in-the-clouds/

Link for That Last Summer:

https://islandeditions.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/where-to-purchase-islandshorts-ebooks3.pdf

…yeez can catch some of m’Lady, Susan’s WURK and links here :

Blog: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/
And a blog dedicated to promoting other authors and their books
Reading Recommendations 
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…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!… 

ALL MY BLOG POSTS ARE FREE TO SHARE OR RE-BLOG SHOULD YOU SO WISH—BE MY GUEST!

 

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..R.I.P. Dave Mackay… a fine professional footballer and a tough exponent of the beautiful game…

…one of my latter-day footballing heroes has passed away at the age of 80… Dave Mackay, who played for the then Scottish First Division side, Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), and latterly for the great Tottenham Hotspur side of the nineteen-sixties, as well as for his country… he played in an age when hard, tough, uncompromising play was expected, given and taken on the field, in a manner that would put most of the current soccer prima donna wimps to shame… I thought it appropriate to rerun this blog piece I posted during the World Cup in July last year, in which the former Scottish international featured…enjoy…

…Look What They’ve Done To The Beautiful Game, Ma…

…I’m at severe risk of being labelled ‘old-fashioned’ with my views in this particular post, but hey, I’m well past the age for caring about such compliments… more years ago than is decent to remember, this ol’ Jurassic actually played professional football in the then Scottish First Division (now the Scottish Premier Division)… I LUV the game with a passion when it’s played the way it’s supposed to be played… it’s a hard, fast, contact sport with tons of skill and teamwork… today’s batch of the very best of the breed of players can stand reasonable comparison with the guys I used to watch decades ago… Dave Mackay, Chopper Ron Harris, Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter, Tommy Smith, were all acknowledged as excellent practitioners of the ‘thou-shalt-not pass’ brigade… but they were ‘tough’ men, not ‘dirty’players…

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Dave Mackay and Billy Bremner having a ‘friendly’discussion on the finer points of football… hunter

 

…and Norman Hunter, another ‘persuader’ on the pitch…

 

 

….the ‘football dribbling’ geniuses and flying wingers were led by Georgie Best, Kevin Keegan, Denis Law, Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne, and dozens of others, too numerous to mention… yeez’ll all have yer favourites if yeez were around in those days… but seldom did yeez observe these ‘flyers’ crumple to the turf at the merest touch or tackle…

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…the incomparable footballing genius,Georgie Best… they really haven’t found one better than him yet …

 

…one of his playing partners, another incredibly gifted goal-scorer, Denis Law…  law

 

 

 

…but now, just look what they’ve done to The Beautiful Game, Ma… granted, the nasty stuff’s been building for many years but notably, the more I watch the WURLD Cup matches, the less I like what I see… Cynicism, Petulance, Cheating… blatant body-checking and hacking down of players… the talking heads on television call it‘taking one (a yellow card booking) for the team’ as if that condones the thuggery… to my mind, it’s downright cheating… and the automatic ranting at the referee when the official gives any decision whatsoever against  them… yeez don’t see that at the highest levels in Rugby… and that sport’s a great deal more physical than football will ever be… other nonsense, the real sickness in the game, is the prima donna ballerinas who collapse in apparent agony, clutching their faces, when all they may have received was a tap on the shoulder… add in the waving of imaginary cards at the referee when an opponent tackles them, trying to get a man sent off… the stealing of up to twenty yards at throw-ins… the blocking of a free-kick until yer mates are lined up to defend it, without immediately retreating the required ten yards… it really isn’t the same Beautiful Game any more… ah, Mabel, I think they call it progress’… well they can stick their ‘progress’ where the Brazilian sun don’t shine… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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What do you call a tartan cat?

Seumas Gallacher:

…m’Lady, Authoress and bonne femme en France, Ailsa Abraham carries this wee blether piece today …enjoy …:)

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Originally posted on The Bingergread Cottage:

Sometimes one strikes up friendships on-line and even though you never meet each other, it is a case of “real pals”. Such a man is Seumas Gallacher who, in deference to his Weegie start and my own family’s connections with the city, I usually refer to as “Big Man”.
I have been very remiss recently and did not welcome him to the family of Crooked Cat Publishing when he joined. I’m putting that right today by inviting him over from far-flung lands to chat about this decision and show off his wares … drop the kilt-hem, Seumas, I meant your books!
Welcome, welcome, dear man, both to the scruffy kitchen and to the Cat Basket. Let me ask you some impertinent questions while you help yourself to a drink.Seumas
 
SG : Question away, m’Lady… it’s a pleasure as ever to be here with you.
 
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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing…Part Two…

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…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART TWO :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 2

  1. Copy others and don’t search for and develop your own voice

When I first began writing creatively, I had already enjoyed a long career in bookselling and as a sales rep for publishers. During that time, I got to meet everyone – and I mean everyone!

Gail Bowen was one author I worked with who became a friend and I wanted to be just like her – writing mysteries set in a specific locale.

Then I began taking writing classes and I’m embarrassed and ashamed to admit to you now that I actually said to Paul Quarrington, my mentor, that I had not read any of his books before beginning the course because I didn’t want his writing to influence the “voice” I was trying to develop.

I know! What an idiot!

Writers should always find an author whose writing they can aspire to emulate. Not mimic or imitate, but a standard of accomplishment and success to aim for.

I realize now how arrogant and insulting I must have sounded to Paul at that time. The only consolation I have is that I hear the same words from other beginning writers – that they need to develop a unique voice and cannot risk being influenced by such-and-such a great writer.

You should be so lucky to learn to write that well!

By the way, that unique voice I was so concerned about developing? It eventually came to me, and without my actually realizing it, because the more I wrote the more ME I put on the page. It was unconscious at the time, but I have been told by readers that they enjoy the voice I’ve created in my stories, so I’m pretty chuffed about that.

I never would have reached that point though if I hadn’t just kept writing, reading, revising, and learning my craft.

  1. Believe you are the first to have . . .
  2. a) written a particular story

There are very few new ideas in this business, but there are fresh approaches to those ideas. Shakespeare gave us the twelve great stories, the original themes, and everything else tends to be a variation of one of those themes. The key here is to be able to tell each story with a twist – from your own personal perspective.

b) made mistakes in your writing

I could include here, “Believe that you are the first to say stupid things,” as I mentioned I did with Paul Quarrington.

I bet if I could ask here for a raise of hands we’d see a lot of them in answer to a question whether anyone has ever made a mistake in their writing, especially early on in their careers.

It happens – get over it! But do make sure you learn from those mistakes.

  1. c) struggled to write

Again, asking for a raise of hands would probably garner a response from everyone reading this blog post.

  1. d) heard from readers that perhaps you should consider finding a day job . . . Or a new hobby.

Writing isn’t for everyone and definitely it’s not for the faint of heart. If you can’t take criticism then step away from the computer. If you can withstand the slings and arrows, then learn from them. Learn how to work with an editor. Find a writing instructor who can help you.

If you truly have a passion to write, and a story to tell, you will overcome those early critiques and learn to write so that readers believe this IS your day job!

And don’t kvetch about mistakes, difficulties, embarrassments, criticism, rejection, etc. We’ve all been there. We all know what you’re going through. So just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back to writing!

  1. Think that “everyone” will want to read what you write

If you tell me this then I know you don’t have a clue who you are writing for. You must know your market. While every one of us hopes our books will sell a million copies and that Oprah or Mark Zuckerberg will invite us to be featured in their book clubs, the reality is your book will likely appeal to a rather small segment of the population. Know who this is you’re writing for, who your writing will appeal to, or at least have a good idea of your audience. This will really help your writing develop when you focus on a particular group.

Or take that even further … Aritha van Herk told us in a workshop that she always thinks of Alberto Manguel as being her perfect reader, and that she writes specifically with him in mind. Who would be your perfect reader, the one author you would write for and whose approval you seek?

Susan Toy has been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and is now a published author, publisher, and promoter of fellow authors and their books. Born and raised in Toronto, and after completing a degree in English Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, she moved to Calgary in the late 70s and immediately found a job in a bookstore, beginning what has become a life’s career working with books and their authors.

Link for Island in the Clouds: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/where-in-the-world-can-you-purchase-island-in-the-clouds/

Link for That Last Summer:

https://islandeditions.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/where-to-purchase-islandshorts-ebooks3.pdf

…yeez can catch some of m’Lady, Susan’s WURK and links here :

Blog: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/
And a blog dedicated to promoting other authors and their books
Reading Recommendations 
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…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!… 

ALL MY BLOG POSTS ARE FREE TO SHARE OR RE-BLOG SHOULD YOU SO WISH—BE MY GUEST!

 

 

 

 

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The system called “reciprocity”

Seumas Gallacher:

…thoughtful post from Inkspelled Faery about the sensitive area of writers’ ‘reciprocity’… great post …

Originally posted on Inkspelled Faery:

Author reciprocity can be a touchy subject. If Writer A shares Writer B’s blog post, hits “going” to her online event, “likes” her Facebook page, clicks “follow” on Tumblr or Twitter, it is only natural that Writer A want Writer B to do the same for her, yes? In a perfect world, everyone would turn around and immediately repay the favors other people did for them, but this is not a perfect world, we are not perfect people.

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours—or not.

I go to a decent number of online events for different authors, review lots of books (or did before I started school), follow lots of author social media feeds, occasionally make graphic edits for books I liked, and recommend books on Goodreads and Amazon, but do I expect all those authors to do the same for me and my titles? Well, I’ll admit it…

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