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A Simple Way To Prevent Voter Fraud

Recently I saw an article implying that millions of absentee votes were received from deceased voters. Whether or not we take the shouts of voter fraud seriously, there is definitely a need for debate on methods of preventing future fraud. One of the simplest methods of preventing fraud could be fingerprinting. Why not require a fingerprint at the polls, on voter registration cards, and on absentee ballot forms? I'm not saying we should have to include fingerprints on the ballot. Everyone wants to protect their identities, and the 'sacred secrecy' of their vote. I'm saying we should require fingerprints as part of the identification process already required at the polls. I've never voted with an absentee ballot, but I am certain there must be some sort of identification form that must be filed along with the ballot. I'm certain right-wing extremists would scream it's unconstitutional to require fingerprints in order to cast a vote. Bullshit.
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STOP TELLING. START SHOWING: 102

STOP TELLING us your characters are watching what is happening around them. Watching is a spectator sport. Watching, looking, seeing, staring, glaring, in any form, instead of participating in what is happening, is TELLING. TELLING is BORING.   Stop sidelining your characters. They aren’t in the stands watching what is happening on the field. They are on the field, playing the game, participating in what is happening.   Don’t TELL us they are watching. SHOW them participating.   If they are playing the game, they should keep their eye on the ball. That doesn’t mean you need to TELL us they are keeping their eye on the ball. It doesn’t mean you need to TELL us they are watching the ball. Just SHOW what the ball is doing, and what the character does when they see the ball.   Instead of TELLING: The batter watched the ball coming straight at his face. SHOW: The batter ducked, avoiding the fastball aimed directly at his face.   SHOW the action.

STOP TELLNG. START SHOWING: 101

You have been spending way too much time with WAS. You thought he WAS your friend, your mate, your amigo. You WERE wrong.   He WAS a bad influence. He WAS TELLING your story. Was, Were, Is, Are, and To Be express a state of being. They TELL what something, or someone, IS.   They don’t SHOW what is happening.  They are dull, boring, overused, lazy, and—from this day forth—dead to you.  T hey are like Zombies. They will rise from the dead, infiltrating your document, the moment you relax your guard.   This calls for guerilla warfare.   It is time to wage war on WAS, and his buddies WERE, IS, ARE, and TO BE.  It is time to eradicate them from your vocabulary. Kill them.  Or, at least lock them up, in a deep dark dungeon, and throw away the key.   Your mission is to search your current WIP (work in progress), find WAS, and eliminate as many as possible. Then do the same with WERE, ARE, IS, and other TO BE verbs.   Instead of TELLING: H

The Music of Writing

When I’m in the zone, I listen to extremely loud music.  For me, music is the language of the soul, the language of love, the language of writing.  I translate the notes—I can’t read—into words that dance onto the screen as my fingers dance across the keyboard.  Listening to playlist with lyrics interferes with the flow of words twirling around inside my head like F-4 twisters. When I edit, I need a cone of silence.  When I’m writing, I listen to classical music, orchestra music, and movie soundtracks.  I need the pounding end credits from The Chronicles of Riddick , the eerie repetition of the theme from Terminator , the rushing sound, like waterfalls, of The Last of the Mohicans . I love the epic music of Audiomachine . audiomachine.com   Rhythm helps keep the action moving in my stories. It’s hard to get bogged down, in long winded exposition, when you’re typing to the beat of battle, the symphony of ecstasy, the crescendo of crisis.  I

Italian Aria

Dreamed I was in a musical. Which we all know I do not do, because I can't sing, and I don't dance. At the end of the third act, I  had this wonderful solo. I was allowed to speak my part instead of singing it. I followed an amazing tenor,  who sang an Italian Aria about a man who lost the love of his life. She had her heart ripped out, and was left alone, bleeding, and dying, in an ally, during a storm. As she took her final breath, he found her, cradled her in his arms, and pledged to avenge her death. As he exited stage right, I entered stage left. Same setting. Same ally. Still raining. His lover's blood still fresh and warm on the bricks. My solo was actually a beautiful, interpretive dance, to the same piece of music as the tenor's Italian Aria. I spoke different words in English. My song told the story of a woman, abandoned at birth, still searching for her mother. The Italian tenor returned. He accused me of being the one who killed his lover

Having an Unhappy, Unproductive New Year

Jan 12, 2018 Twelve days into the New Year and I’ve only written 300 words. I succeeded in writing 50,000 words in one month for NaNoWriMo Nov 2017, and challenged myself to write 50,000 words a month, every month, in 2018. I am not off to a glorious start. I need to write 2,485 words a day to complete 50,000 words in January. I’ll never make it. I just know it. Of course, if I have a few of those 4,000 word days, like I had during NaNo, I just might make it. I blame my lack of accomplishment on the flu. I contracted the demon disease a few days after Christmas, and I am not fully recovered yet. During my convalescence I haven’t felt like doing much more than sleep, eat, and watch TV. I actually started to binge watch The Good Doctor. I’ve heard great reviews on the show, but hadn’t seen it yet. So, I watched the pilot, got all excited about catching up on the series, and realized they skip from S1E1 to S1E7 on Hulu. Argh! Did binge watch Star Trek: Enterpris

OWFI 2018 BANQUET TABLE ANNOUNCEMENT

OWFI IS CELEBRATING OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY, FORGING OUR FUTURE May 4 &, 2018 Once again, I am happy to serve as OWFI’s Banquet Table's Reservation Chair Person. There is a MAJOR CHANGE in TABLE RESERVATIONS this year! All table reservations will be made ONLINE ONLY. Reservations will open online on Nov 1, 2017. The maximum number of tables a group or individual may reserve is a total of TWO. We have a limited number of tables available for reservations.  Table reservations are $20 per table, per night. Table reservations are a fund raiser. Tables are not reserved, or assigned, by OWFI officers for individuals or groups. Every person registered for the banquets is guaranteed a seat. You do not need to reserve a table to be seated at the banquet. My crew, and I, will personally assist everyone in finding a place.  You may want to reserve a table if you have several people in your group who wish to sit together. If you have extra seat