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Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

AP Politics - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:11pm
Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson Associated Press - 20 August 2014 03:11-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Race and ethnicity, African-Americans, Human rights and civil liberties, Violent crime, Legal proceedings, Homicide, Police, Shootings, Crime, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, General news, Law and order, Law enforcement agencies, Elections People, Places and Companies: Eric Holder, Trayvon Martin, Barack Obama, Michael Brown, George W. Bush, George Zimmerman, United States, Missouri Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No-fly list rules get changes

AP Politics - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:06pm
No-fly list rules get changes Associated Press - 20 August 2014 03:06-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Lawsuits, Government policy, Terrorism, Air travel, Travel laws and regulations, National courts, Legal proceedings, Law and order, General news, War and unrest, Travel, Lifestyle, Government regulations, National governments, Courts, Judiciary People, Places and Companies: United States, Portland Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Your Top Plays for Today

AP Sports News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:57pm
Your Top Plays for Today Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:57-04:00 News Topics: Sports, NHL hockey, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Professional hockey, Hockey, Men's hockey, Men's sports, Events, Tennis People, Places and Companies: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Braxton Miller, Madrid Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race

AP Alaska News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:49pm
Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:49-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Elections, Primary elections, State legislature, United States General Election, State taxes, Political endorsements, State governments, Legislature, Senate elections, General elections, Political parties, Events, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Mark Begich, Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Karl Rove, George W. Bush, Buzz Aldrin, Sean Parnell, Don Young, Mike Enzi, Cynthia Lummis, Alaska, Anchorage, United States Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In 3 deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges

AP US News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:48pm
In 3 deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:48-04:00 News Topics: General news, Assault and battery, Drug-related crime, Homicide, Violent crime, Prison violence, Lawsuits, Legal proceedings, Juvenile corrections, Crime, Prisons, Correctional systems, Law and order, Violence, Social issues, Social affairs People, Places and Companies: New York City, New York Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

News Guide: Primary election highlights

AP US News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:43pm
News Guide: Primary election highlights Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:43-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Elections, Primary elections, State legislature, State taxes, State governments, State elections, Legislature, Cabinet appointments and nominations, Air quality, Senate elections, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, Cabinets, Government appointments and nominations, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Mark Begich, Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Sean Parnell, Sarah Palin, Mike Enzi, Richard Cheney, Liz Cheney, Matt Mead, Cynthia Lummis, Jan Brewer, Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, United States, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Florida Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

AP Top news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:34pm
Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:34-04:00 News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Militant groups, Territorial disputes, International trade, Blockades, Cease fires, Accidents and disasters, Economy, Business, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian territories, Israel, Cairo, Gaza Strip, Middle East Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

AP Top news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:30pm
10 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:30-04:00 News Topics: General news, Landslides and mudslides, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Missing persons, Local governments, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Japan, Tokyo Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

AP US News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:26pm
Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:26-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime, Protests and demonstrations, Municipal governments, State governments, Police, Political and civil unrest, Local governments, Government and politics, Law enforcement agencies People, Places and Companies: Jay Nixon, Michael Brown, Benjamin Crump, Eric Holder, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

AP Top news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:23pm
Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:23-04:00 News Topics: General news, International relations, War and unrest, Government and politics, Cease fires, Peace process, Diplomacy People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Sheldon Adelson, Mitt Romney, Israel, United States, Middle East, Gaza Strip, District of Columbia Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Volunteers a buffer between police, protesters

AP US News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:01pm
Volunteers a buffer between police, protesters Associated Press - 20 August 2014 02:01-04:00 News Topics: General news, Protests and demonstrations, Race and ethnicity, Police, African-Americans, Volunteerism, Shootings, Political and civil unrest, Social issues, Social affairs, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: Michael Brown, Missouri, St. Louis Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream

AP Politics - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:47pm
Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream Associated Press - 20 August 2014 01:47-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Legal proceedings, Government budgets, Presidential elections, United States Presidential Election, Political corruption, State governments, State budgets, Crime, Executive vetoes, Law and order, General news, Government finance, Government business and finance, Business, National elections, Elections, Events, Political issues, Legislation, Legislature People, Places and Companies: Rick Perry, Texas, Austin Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

AP Politics - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:14pm
Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson Associated Press - 20 August 2014 01:14-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Race and ethnicity, African-Americans, Human rights and civil liberties, Violent crime, Legal proceedings, Homicide, Shootings, Crime, Voting, Social issues, Social affairs, General news, Law and order, Elections, Police, Law enforcement agencies People, Places and Companies: Eric Holder, Trayvon Martin, Barack Obama, Michael Brown, George W. Bush, George Zimmerman, United States, Missouri Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deb: One Author's Publishing Success - An Interview with Autumn Dawn

49 Writers - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:00am
Author Autumn Dawn, a former student from North Pole High School.Like many writers, I was a teacher first. Following a news article on my latest novel, I received an inspiring email from a former student, now a fellow author who writes under the name Autumn Dawn.
I wanted to thank you again for teaching my North Pole High School class,” she said. “I’ve made good use of it. It makes me emotional thinking about what I would have done without teachers like you. So many stories would have gone untold, and I have over twenty works published now. Two were published in NY, two are with Amazon’s publishing arm and the rest are self-published.”
As teachers all over the country prepare to start a new year, I hope they’ll find encouragement in this example of what a difference they’ll make in the lives of their students. Not every one of them will find the success Autumn has, or take the time to acknowledge how you’ve helped them along the way, but your creative efforts in the classroom do have an impact.
After reconnecting, Autumn and I thought it would be fun to swap interviews; you’ll find her interview with me on her blog.
You pointed out that the two of us had something in common: school counselors/academic advisers told us that we’d never make a living as writers. How did you get past that?
I’m stubborn and competitive, and I like a challenge. Writing made me happy, and the stories didn’t stop just because someone disapproved. For the record, I was almost forty before my parents saw any sense in it. My father admitted he thought I was wasting my time with writing, which I knew, but at least he didn’t say it out loud.
Also, my husband and high school sweetheart, John, is extremely supportive. We’ve been married since 1994 and every day is a blessing.
You’ve not only made a living as a writing, you’ve also earned a six-figure annual income from your books. Tell us a little about that journey, and what the money does and doesn’t mean to you as a creative individual.
It was a huge validation, of course. Someone wanted to read my books! We’d just moved to Washington and I hoped to make some money to help with groceries, and suddenly my sales numbers shot up! We watched in amazement, and all the guys at John’s work were cheering like it was a sports event as John shared the latest stats. I could say “HA!” to all all the doubters.
As for the money, I had to find a good accountant to help with that. We did our best to be practical, opened a Roth, bought our first new car ever and paid it off quickly. I also got some professional book covers and editing, which were a huge part of my success. It paid for plane tickets to see family in Alaska, things like that. I’m a practical girl, and did my best to bring value to our lives. 
You’ve managed to write twenty books while raising three active children. What advice do you have for other moms who write?
A book is a good place to hide when the toddlers are running rampant. Invest in a set of headphones and place the computer so you can see the kids but not the TV. Also, I’m not a soccer mom. We keep things simple and relaxed here without a lot of running around. I simply don’t have the temperament for it. Sports are fine and every kid should learn to swim, but there should be balance. We eat dinner together every night and the house is clean. We talk about our day and if one of the kids is having a problem, I notice and we talk about it. I can’t do that if everyone is running full tilt at all times, and I can’t write if I’m stressed.
Honestly, housekeeping, cooking and dealing with teens is a big job, so I have to stay organized if I want to write. And sometimes, John cooks.
You said, “I didn’t know until I was an adult that I was a gifted person, but writing was always an outlet for a kid that wasn’t quite in sync with the others.” What encouragement do you have for other kids who aren’t “quite in sync” with the rest?
Skip childhood. Kidding! Best case scenario, I’d love to see gifted kids discovered in school and given the help they need. To my school’s credit, I believe they tried. I actually needed counseling as an adult, and once I suspected I was gifted, I devoured books on it and haunted websites. I read things and think, what? That’s unusual? I could do that, why didn’t someone tell me? My mother said I was a weird kid, and she hated to see me “waste all my time reading”. Little did she know I was preparing for my future job.
If your kid gets a 99% verbal on the PSAT, she’s probably gifted. It won’t matter if she doesn’t know how to sew. You should discuss college or a good tech school, however.
I didn’t realize it was odd to carry books from the library stacked to my chin. I finally learned to drive at seventeen so I could spend time in the bookstore. I didn’t know how to talk to kids my age, and later Mom told me that they wanted to skip me ahead a grade. She refused that and the gifted program because she didn’t want me to feel “pressured.” ARRRGH! I wondered what happened to my friends; they seemed to all disappear from my classes in middle school, and now I know they were in the gifted program.
I saw some of them again in the AP and honor classes, but by then I hated school. High school was a prison sentence and I wanted out. Being an adult was much better.
I don’t regret not attending college. If I want to learn something, I pick up a book and read. While you can’t learn to dance that way, it’s great for teaching yourself website design, Photoshop, computer stuff and gourmet baking. We tell our kids that apprenticeships, tech school and the military are excellent ways to get an education that won’t put you in debt for years, but never stop learning, and never give up. You were custom made for a job, and if it doesn’t exist yet, create it! 
You’re incredibly imaginative and prolific. How have readers discovered you and your books? After twenty books, do you find you still have to work to promote your new titles, or do your fans find them?
Thank you. I’ve always enjoyed creating worlds no one else has dreamed of, and I’m very careful not to repeat myself. I like to keep things fresh, and my readers appreciate that.
I post new books on my site, blog and Facebook. That’s it. I should have a mailing list, but I don’t. I find that frequent releases are the best way to generate sales, and I usually have at least one ebook free. I think happy readers are the best word of mouth.
Autumn is a professional writer and stay at home mom with three kids, a dog and an active imagination. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is known to bring her flowers "just because.” After 34 years in Alaska, she moved to Washington with her family to enjoy a state with actual seasons. She started self-publishing in 2010 after a string of rejections that read, “We love your writing, but we’re not sure how to market it.” She published on Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, which lead to a number of bestsellers. After The Charmer hit #1 on Barnes & Noble for fantasy romance, she threw herself into editing and uploading her backlist.
Her income for 2011 was $100,000, far exceeding her best year with traditional publishing. In 2012, Amazon acquired Dorchester Books, which had picked up two of her books, and Autumn gave Amazon the rights to publish When Sparks Fly and No Words Alone (from the Sparks Series), believing that diversification is good business. While Autumn is grateful for the opportunities traditional publishing provided, she remains passionate about self-publishing. 


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What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:28pm
Found this found poem at twitter where i rarely roam as the shack_poet. Thanks Emily Wall for the prompt. knife found in muskeg, peat, rust browned blade fashions paper lantern into wings my departure under their power requires no jumper cablesFiled under: community, energy, experiments, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing
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