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A few words on Straight Talk

October 21, 2011 | 5:01 pm | Journal: guest writers |    0 comment

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

I feel creative!

A lot. :) Short stories and blog posts come out so easily these days. I’m happy with the creative burst, I don’t get it so often, especially when I spend two weeks in bed with influenza (sigh).

I will update you on my stories progress soon. ;)

Remember Tracfone and it’s cute cellphones? I wrote about them some time ago, and I think I mentioned Straight Talk too. You know, Straight Talk phones are not only famous in Robocity (I made my Robocitans blog about it, hehe), they’re also getting my personal favors. :) Too bad I live in Italy, because with the ‘Unlimited Monthly’ plan, free 411 calls and web access, it sounds really appealing. Also, they mount one of my favorite OS’s: you can Feel Richer with Android, even on a low budget, as… it’s free to use. :) And free of virus attacks too (yeah, not like Windows!).

And it also comes with a lot of fun apps and games. That’s the best part of the OS, trust me. The power of Android, the true one.

Look here, a video to better illustrate all I told you about Straight Talk:


The Straight Talk Image… by LittleBard95

I will update again in a few days.

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Giving and Receiving

October 19, 2011 | 3:56 pm | Journal: on writing, updates |    0 comment

I love FreelanceWritersDen.com.

Yes, it costs $25/month — and yes, I pay money to learn how to earn money.

Isn’t life all about giving and receiving after all?

That $25/month isn’t money wasted. The community is filled with experienced writers, journalists and magazine article writers, always ready to understand and give advice to young, less experienced writers such as myself.

Carol Tice — founder of the Den — is one of these wonderful writers I admire and continuously learn from. She’s amazing and caring, she’s given me so much good advice ever since I first talked to her, outside of the Den. She made me feel a worthy writer since the very start. Thank you Carol! :)

A small update on less serious stories

Aside from short stories, I do blog too, and I do Character Blog. Yes, I enjoy entering the shoes of a fictional character (mine or taken from a movie or anime) and tell their stories in first person.

I had fun with the inspiration a certain site – http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ – has given me. Why a scrub store? –you’d ask. Well, there is no rational motif: I felt inspired and I used a few lab coats to generate a series of commentaries on robots wearing scrubs and why all across Robocity and a few robots from Cybertron. *smiles*

That’s the power of imagination for you.

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Thanks, Writer’s Market!

October 17, 2011 | 3:21 pm | Journal: on writing, short stories, updates |    0 comment

I bought the Writer’s Market 2009 book on eBay a few weeks ago. I only recently got it in the mail, as items shipped from the US take a while to arrive to Italy.

Do I need to mention how big a help this book is revealing to be?

Aside from magazines that accept freelance writers, I found at least a hundred publishers for short stories, Sci-Fi novels and novellas that accept online submissions. Manna from Heaven!

I don’t care the book is a 2009 edition. I understand the need for update, as new publishers are born every year, but I can get the updates from the Web version (which I’m going to subscribe to on January/February 2012): all I could afford NOW was the 2009 edition, which is packed with a lot of good advice and great publishers anyway. I’m looking up a few this week.

Short Stories Update

Between articles and reviews, I use a ten minutes of my day, every day, to continue my short stories.

I’m a few pages from the end of Evergreen, and I’m developing a plot for the InTheSnake.com short story mag.

Also, my recent visit to Canon.ca inspired a short-short story (a short story that’s less than 1,000 words) about a little robot that was designed to be a portable camera —yes, it was a Canon camera to inspire that.

Join me at Writing.com? :) I’m new there, but it’s a good community for writers, like MyWritersCircle.com. I love both.

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