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Copyright Primer

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As a writer, how would you feel if someone stole your work and used it for self-promotion or to make money for themselves?

If you're like me, you'd be furious.

In my four decades working as a professional illustrator, photographer, and designer, that's the sort of stuff that happens to me and my colleagues all the time. Every time we post to the internet a custom image created by us, we risk having that image stolen and used by someone without our permission.

It's aggravating.

Most of the time the person doing the stealing does so out of ignorance, not knowing the implications of what they've done.

While I'm not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice, I AM a creator of visual content with an interest and a stake in promoting proper use of mine and others' intellectual property. This short article is an attempt to put my meager knowledge to good use in order to help fellow writers navigate these sometimes confusing waters.

Keeping It Simple

This topic –...

WF Author Interview: Ken Barrett

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Our next author in the spotlight is Ken Barrett or better known in the WritingForum community as Indian Roads.

Ken Barrett grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a Design Engineer for over thirty years in Silicon Valley. He is a lifelong biker (motorcyclist), and an accomplished martial artist with advanced black-belt degrees in Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kenpo, Hapkido, and Shotokan. He is retired and living in Colorado.

Who or what inspired you to write your first novel, 'The Dark Side of Joy'?

Long ago I read an interview by a literary agent, in it, he said that a writer’s first novel is often an autobiography, although the story is often told via allusion. That’s the way my Outlaw series came to be.

My parents were drug dealers back in the 1960s, selling pot and LSD to hippies in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Inevitably...

Submit to Flashes

Submit to Flashes

June Challenge: “Walking on Eggshells”

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This is a “regular” month, therefore, entrants must post their own entries this month.​

Discussion regarding any entry, or any challenge related issues, may take place in either Bistro during any phase of the challenge. Kindly be mindful that secure entries are only discussed in the Secure Bistro to preserve the first rights of entrants.

Please remember that in submitting an entry you are obligated to cast at least one vote in the poll once it is opened. Failure to do so will result in your entry being disqualified.

The prompt for this month's challenge, as chosen by TuesdayEve and Firemajic is Walking on Eggshells

You are free to interpret the prompt in any way you wish, though of course, site rules apply. If you are unsure of the challenge rules please read the 'stickies' at the top of the board. Please note that all entries are eligible to receive critique in the voting thread.

The inclusion of explanatory text or...

Literary Maneuvers June 2021: Grid

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Literary Maneuvers, June 2021

Special randomised prompt

650 words, deadline 23:59 GMT / 18:59 EST, Tuesday, 15 June
Introduction

Something a little different this month. Each participant will be working from a different randomised 6-word prompt. Please see the chart and instructions below...

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As the judges will need to know what you've rolled in order to judge your work, please include this information before your story.

Any questions about this unusual format, please feel free to ask in the Coffee Shop.

If you win, you'll get a badge...

WF's National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD)

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GET YOUR FLASHY
FAST PENS READY!


INTRODUCING
WRITING FORUM'S

FIRST ANNUAL
FLASH FICTION DAY


In coordination with
NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY
(NFFD)
June 26th

Dates for WF submissions
on this thread:
May 21st to June 10th


RULES FOR STRUTTING YOUR
FLASH FICTION SKILLS:

*100 words
(not including title)

*no prompt

*stories will be shared on FB and Twitter

*stories are not anonymous and
are not placed in a "secure" thread

*one entry per member

*open to ALL WF members

The WF NFFD comp will conclude on
June 10th


Members can vote
(via poll - watch for it!)
...​

WF Author Interview with James Dutton

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This month our WF author interview is with James Dutton (vranger) who has published four novels and is currently editing his fifth.

Hi James, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I started out my career as a programmer and then systems analyst, and my entire career has involved software development on mainframes, mini computers, PCs, and web applications. Even though my first business was a gaming company revolving around interactive fiction, I wrote all the software used in the enterprise, including computer-aided games and an entirely computer-moderated game.

The first game, Silverdawn, was heroic fantasy similar to Dungeons and Dragons, but was a game system I designed. As time went by, we did a Star Trek game, our own sci-fi title: StarQuest, then a computer-aided game actually licensed from TSR for AD&D, a spy game, and an Indy style adventure game.

That business (started in the summer of 1981) became...

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