Sunday, December 27, 2020

Great Examples of Lives - Well Lived

 Stories About Extra-Ordinary Lives and Achievements I found on the Internet:

Live of the Intel Founder

At the age of four, he contracted scarlet fever, which was nearly fatal and caused partial hearing loss. When he was eight, the Nazis occupied Hungary and deported nearly 500,000 Jews to concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

His father, however, was arrested and taken to an Eastern Labor Camp to do forced labor. He barely survived and was reunited with his family only after the war.

During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, when András was 20, he left his home and family and escaped across the border into Austria. Penniless and barely able to speak English, he changed his name from Gróf András István to Andy Grove and went on to found Intel. Time magazine chose him as "Man of the Year", for being "the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and the innovative potential of microchips.

A Story From Another Man: Actor Keanu Reeves

He was abandoned by his father at three years old and grew up with three different stepfathers. He is dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister battled leukemia.

And with everything that has happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people in need. When he was filming the movie "The Lake House," he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants; One cried because he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 & on the same day Keanu deposited the necessary amount in the woman's bank account; He also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.

In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him. In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

Interesting that those who are most broken inside are the ones most willing to help others

This man could buy everything, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought: To be a good person ♥ ️




Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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How your book, audio, or e-book will be exposed to international markets.

A great chance for self-publishers and publishers alike is to attach metadata to a new book is through BowkerLink, and it’s incredibly important to use it.  You may know Bowker from ordering your ISBN numbers, but they are also the provider for Books In Print and Global Books In Print that contain listings of bibliographical information for international titles available in the USA or internationally.

In addition, Bowker sells its products worldwide to retailers and libraries, so your titles are exposed to many facets of the book industry through a single web application including other Bowker products like inventory status checks, library catalog information, and sales data reporting services. Your data is circulated to all of these customers free of charge. To market your book successfully worldwide you need to have it listed worldwide! 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Top Five Regrets - Thoughts at the End of the Year

Remember: Today is the first day of the rest of your life
Bronnie Ware listed the five most important regrets people had when their lives neared the end.
"People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again." 

Here's What They Regreted:

I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all.  When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.  Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way.  From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it.

I wish I didn't work so hard
They missed their childrenís youth and their partner's companionship and deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.  By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end, it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends and it was not always possible to track them down.  Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years.  There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.  Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. That is all that remains: love and relationships.

I wish that I had let myself be happier
Many people did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  The so-called "comfort" of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives.  Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content.  When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.  Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.


Ask Yourself: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” 
~ Steve Jobs

Sunday, December 6, 2020

December Newsletter for Writers and Publishers


Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter December 2020

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

Dear Writer and Publisher Friends,

Christmas is only three weeks away and another year is almost over… Get a lot of new ideas and encouragement for the next twelve months in this December Newsletter. Apply for one or more of the writing contests and grants listed here:








Engaging stories, as well as spectacular photography and cutting-edge design, our goal is a signature mix of in-depth news stories, provocative essays, and guides to the best of the city that no Houstonian can live without. Email editor Dianna Wray: Rate $500+ based on experience.


Good Mom On Paper

Essay from self-identified mothers of all kinds, at all stages of life, career, and parenting, and who are interested in exploring motherhood and art creation in all its many incarnations. Pitches only. Payment: $200

Deadline: Dec 15


The New York Times  

Essay on Modern Love. Payment: $500. 

Deadline: Dec 31


The Bark

This magazine about life with dogs and has a circulation of 250,000 readers. The magazine publishes essays and fiction, as well as a few short poems. They also publish book reviews. Reprints are accepted. Payment: Payment is upon publication; compensation varies according to the complexity and length of the article and is individually negotiated. Who Pays Writers lists a payment of 67 cents/word.


Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize 

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival. Non-fiction essay between 4 to 10 pages, set in Brooklyn about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people & characters. (Up to 2500 words). Prize: $500.  Deadline: Dec 10


Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Awards $1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. Accepts works up to 8,000 words. All entries will be considered for publication and payment at our regular rates.  $16 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31


Litmags Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction

First Prize: $2,500, publication in LitMag & agency review. $20 Entry Fee. Deadline Dec 31


Fish Short Story Prize

Word limit 5,000 words. The top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021. First prize €3,000. Second prize a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. Third prize €300. 

€20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Nov 30


Short Memoir Prize

First prize: €1,000. The second prize is our online writing course and €200. Third prize €200. Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. This contest is an opportunity to have your memoir published. The maximum number of words is 4,000.  €18 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 31


New Writer Children's Book Awards

The EJK Award is given to a new writer for a picture book written in the tradition of EJK that highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family; reflects the multicultural nature of our world. To be eligible, the author will have no more than three books published in English. Self-published books are not eligible for consideration. Prize $3,000. 

No Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31


Natan Notable Books Award

Genre: Recen­t­­ly pub­­lished or soon to be pub­lished nonfic­­tion book on Jew­ish themes. Prize: $5,000.  Deadline: Dec 31


Acacia Fiction Prize

All who enter will receive a copy of the winning collection. The winner will receive $1,200. Please submit a collection of any combination of short stories, flash fiction, or novellas totaling between 40,000 and 75,000 words. 

$25 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31


Boulevard Short Fiction Contest

Offers $1,500 and publication in Boulevard to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. We accept works up to 8,000 words.

$16 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31


River Styx Microfiction Contest

Submit up to 500 words per story. First prize $1,000. Up to three stories per entry fee. First, second, and third place winners will be published. All stories will be considered for publication. 

$15-$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31 


Craft Creative Nonfiction Award

Submit up to 6,000 words of unpublished creative nonfiction. 

Three pieces will be selected with each awarded $1,000 

$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31


The Disquiet Prize

Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will have their winning work published in, poetry in The Common, and nonfiction in Genre and grand prize winners can choose to delay the prize trip to a future year or accept a substitute cash prize of $1,000 each. $15 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 15


Life Writing Prize - UK

Free to enter, the Prize is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. The winner will receive £1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years’ membership of the Royal Society of Literature, and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Please send an unpublished piece of life writing up to 5,000 words. 

No Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 1


Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest

First Prize: $1,000. Every week during our submission period, we’ll post one-sentence dialogue writing prompts on our social media platforms. Choose a dialogue prompt that inspires you and write a story that includes the prompt. We are looking for fiction that will appeal to young readers from age 11 and even to full-on grown-ups. 500 to 1,000 words in English. 

$5 Entry Fee. Deadline March 15


J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award: US$25,000 for a Nonfiction book. Applicants for the award must already have a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book. Deadline: Dec 9


New Jersey Artist Recovery Grants 

These grant awards are based solely upon demonstrated financial need, and awardees will be randomly selected from all eligible applications received. Grants will be for $5,000.  Deadline December 15


Amant Residency

The NYC Residency Program for international artists offers four artists’ studios to enable practitioners during their three-month New York City visit. Artists who are currently based in NY cannot apply to the residency. Includes travel, space, and a $3,000 stipend.  Deadline Dec 18


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

An emergency grant program that provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical or dental emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the US or U.S. Territories.


Authors Contingency Fund

Applications are open to all professional authors who are residents in the UK or British subjects – including all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists, and others – for whom author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income. Grants are up to £2,000 and designed to meet an urgent need.


Miss Sara Fellowship for Black Women Writers

The "Miss Sarah" Fellowship for Black Women Writers aims to provide Black women writers a restful environment conducive to reflection and writing in Asheville, NC. Participants will receive a $700 stipend & transportation. 

Deadline Dec 15


Mark Lynton History Prize

US$10,000, is awarded to a book­-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. Books must have been published in the US between Jan 1st and Dec 31, 2020


Vermont Arts Council

Artist Development Grants range from $250-$1,000 and support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business.  Deadline Jan 11


NYSCA/NYFA Artists Fellowship

This $7,000 grant is awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The Artist Fellowship is for a NY State residency, and/or residency in one of the Indian Nations located therein.  Deadline Feb 10


Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Projekt Grants

Grants of $2,000 provide funding to support ideas and projects organized by or for individual artists in Mississippi.  Deadline March 1


Graywolf Press Literary Fellowship

A paid, comprehensive, ten-month fellowship designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience.  This is a 24 hours/week, a non-exempt ten-month position with a start date in February 2020. Compensation includes $25,000, paid time off, health and dental insurance.



How to Post Images From Your Computer to Instagram - Step-by-step explained. After searching for months for a solution on how to upload my photos from my laptop to Instagram, I finally found it:


We are truly blessed! Looking back to the last 12 months and also forward to the new year, let’s be thankful for all the positive things we experienced. I wish you a wonderful December and a very Merry Christmas or Chanukah. Stay healthy!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How to Post Images From Your Computer to Instagram


I was searching for months how to directly upload my (thousands) of photos to Instagram.
It seemed to be impossible. No one knew how to do it, all the "experts" said there is no way - you have to use your smartphone... Until I found an article last week in 
Many thanks to the author! He wrote:

"Posting on Instagram from your phone or computer? If you're using Safari on a Mac, or Google Chrome on a Mac or PC, posting on Instagram from a computer isn't complicated.

On a Mac Computer Using Safari

1. Open the Safari browser, then click the word "Safari" from the taskbar at the top of the screen.

2. Select "Preferences" from the dropdown menu, then hit the "Advanced" tab on the popup window.

Select "Preferences" under "Safari."

3. At the bottom of the Advanced window, click the box beside the words "Show Develop menu in the menu bar."

Make sure you check the bottom option. 

4. Open a new Safari window, and then hit the word "Develop" from the taskbar at the screen's top.

5. On the dropdown menu, hover over "User Agent," then select "Safari – iOS – iPhone." It'll also include the current Safari version number.

Select the "iPhone" option. 

You are now viewing Safari as if you're on a mobile device, and you can upload images or other media right from your computer.

Go to the Instagram website, and you'll see the "+" button at the bottom of the page, which you can click to post. 

However, note that uploading from a computer does have some constraints — you can't post videos or multiple pictures and have limited editing tools. 


On a Mac or PC Using Google Chrome

1. Go to the Instagram website and log into your account.

2. Right-click anywhere on the page, and then click "Inspect" in the right-click menu.

You can open Chrome's Inspection menu by right-clicking. 

3. On the right side of the screen, a window filled with code will appear. At the top of this menu, click "Toggle Device Toolbar" icon — it looks a phone in front of a tablet. Make sure the toolbar at the top of the page says "Responsive."

The icon to change your browser format is small and will be highlighted blue when it's on. 

4. Refresh the page.

5. Close the Inspection window.

Like above, you're now viewing Instagram as if you're on a mobile device. Once you close the Inspection menu, you'll see a "+" button at the bottom of the page,  click on it to post pictures. However, you can't post videos or multiple pictures, or those in .png and you will have limited editing tools. 


From Your Smartphone:

1. Log into your account on the Instagram mobile app.

2. Tap the square at the bottom of the screen with a "+" (plus) symbol inside.

3. Select the photo (or video, or GIF) you wish to post from your phone's library or snap a new image with your smartphone camera. To make a multi-image post – you can use up to 10 pictures in one post – tap the gray circle with an image of layered squares and then tap the images you'd like to use.

4. Hit "Next" at the top of the screen, then select your filter if you wish to use one, and hit "Edit" to make other changes to the way the image's crop, brightness, saturation, and more.

5. Hit "Next" to add text and location, tag people, and pair other platforms – like Facebook or Twitter – to syndicate your post there, too.

6. Hit "Share" to make your post live on Instagram."

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

What is Socialism Really?


Many right-wing and conservatives - not only in the USA - are blaming centrists and liberals for "socialism", especially during the last election. They might confuse it with communism.  This from folks who have never experienced or lived in a socialism or communism regime - unless they are born in Cuba, the Eastern bloc, or in the former DDR.  Nor did they experience the way of social-democratic lifestyle that can be found in many wealthy European countries...


Tax rebate checks corporations received from Trump's tax plan: 

  • Amazon: $129 million
  • Delta: $187 million
  • Chevron: $181 million
  • GM: $104 million
  • IBM: $342 million

Now they claim $600 is socialism...

To bring in a bit of humor into the socialism debate, I am referring to a comedy I recently watched on German TV.  The topic was about right-wings that are fearing socialism. He ensured them that Joe Biden was for many years Senator of Deleware, a notorious tax haven, and held his hand over the finance industry - typical for a socialist!?  To expect him to turn the US into a socialist country is just absurd. 

Then it was explained to Trump fans: Socialism is when children are taken care of by the government, politically brain-washed, later placed into the military, when people could only go into state-sponsored vacation places, and when the government builds a wall so that no one can leave the country.  And: if there were no Bananas available in stores  : )

It's called Real-Existing Socialism.  Did only work in the DDR for less than 50 years ...


Then What is Socialism Really?



It is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

In Marxist theory: a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.  See also:


Talking About Socialism

In National Review, Kevin Williamson wrote: “All this talk about socialism isn’t about socialism,” Williamson writes. “It’s about the status quo.” The idea that “capitalism” has failed us and that “socialism” is the answer relies on a cartoonish oversimplification of reality. 


Paying a living wage, offering affordable health insurance, and fair taxation is NOT socialism! 

It prevents people from the anxiety of uncertainty and it pays back and supports capitalism as it almost automatically generates higher tax-income for the State, and higher earnings for producers and retailers -  as average folks are able to consume a lot more on items they cannot afford with a minimum wage.


Remember FDR:

Roosevelt’s initiatives, meant to curb the misery brought on by the Great Depression, directly funded millions of government jobs, employing everyone from photographers to brush-clearing conservation workers. To pay for this, he raised the income tax—which hadn’t even existed two decades earlier—to 75 percent on the highest incomes. The rich were subsidizing the poor, and that was A-OK with FDR.

The fiery president defended his actions as pragmatic responses to the real, glaring needs of a changing society. The rich who criticized him, who cloaked their greed in an affinity for capitalism, were dangerously missing his point. He knew the ideological threats of communism and of fascism were real and were overtaking democracy in European countries.  By fulfilling the government’s obligation to assist its people, he was instilling confidence in the American system. He was vindicating the Founding Fathers.  Read more:


Profit is Privatized, Risk and Bailouts are Socialized….

Not only during this pandemic or through the financial crisis everyone had and has to chip in. However, the percentage of income tax is not the same for a worker as it is for a huge corporation that can afford expensive tax lawyers and accountants to make sure they pay barely any tax.  Remember the amount Trump paid in a year, and how many years he paid no tax at all...  Same for Apple, Google, Facebook, or Amazon.


Those Who Are Damning "Socialism"...  are using public streets, airports, ports, schools, and teachers, government agencies, hospitals and doctors, public servants' and politicians' work, just to name a few of their own "social" benefits.  And then they often pay only the minimum wage to their own employees instead of a living wage. A living wage would allow employees to earn enough income for a satisfactory standard of living and to prevent them from falling into poverty. Hypocritical?  On top of that, many of the largest and wealthiest companies in the world pay barely any tax...


Rigged Capitalism

Elizabeth Warren said: "I am a capitalist. I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft, what I don’t believe in is cheating. That’s where the difference is. I love what markets can do, I love what functioning economies can do. They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity. But only fair markets, markets with rules. Markets without rules are about the rich take it all, it’s about the powerful get all of it. And that’s what’s gone wrong in America."