Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Whitetail Deer attacks Hunter







Apparently, deer don't need weapons to defend themselves. Score in this match, Deer - 1, Hunter - 0.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Demise of the Content Mills

 One by one they're biting the dust – fading into obscurity – riding into the sunset. I’m talking about the content mills – those internet sites that took short posts from all kinds of writers and put them up for all to read. For this they paid peanuts; a mere fraction I’m sure of what they took in from advertisers. But, despite that, their business model is no longer seen as viable.

That at least is what the notes said that I got from two of the sites that I've contributed to for the past several years. I never made a ton of money from feeding the mills; chump change actually; but it did help me to reach a lot of readers, and was great for working out the old writing muscles. Most importantly, having to write to the length limits – 200 to 600 words on average – helped me learn to trim the fat from my writing.

A lot of writers I know view content mills with disdain. They think of them as second rate places for writers that don’t pay enough. I’m not sure about the second rate part, but I do agree they never paid enough. But then, I used to work for print publications, the most generous of which paid me fifty cents per word, or sometimes $400 to $500 per article (the latter were very rare. My average per article was around $50). Compare that to the content mills that were paying based on readership. I've had content articles that made me a hundred bucks, and had the site not close for economic viability reasons, would still be paying. When the print publications I wrote for went out of business they still owned my articles. When the content mills shut down I can download my articles and sell them elsewhere.


So, I’ll miss them. But, like the changes from paper only to paper and e-books and the rise of indie publishing, the writing industry is forever changing, and writers who want to endure must change with it. I have no doubt that most of the current content mills will soon disappear – but, in due time they’ll be replaced by something else. I have no idea what that something else will be, but I’m sleeping with one eye open so I can be near the front of the line when it arrives.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Rainforest Writer: That's a lot of bull

Rainforest Writer: That's a lot of bull: After reading my last entry on ‘shoot the bull (shit, breeze, crap)’, a friend emailed to suggest that the phrase ‘that’s a lot of bull’ co...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Free e-Book. 'In the Dragon's Lair' for Kindle. Free!

Get In the Dragon's Lair free for your Kindle July 1 - 4! Great summer reading, don't miss out. And, when you've finished a review would be appreciated.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Lair-Charles-Ray-ebook/dp/B00DUPIMGG/


Friday, June 20, 2014

PnPAuthors Talk about Published Authors: Kathryn Treat, the one and the only wonderful auth...

PnPAuthors Talk about Published Authors: Kathryn Treat, the one and the only wonderful auth...: http://pnpauthorspattimariandpeter.ning.com/?xgi=3nNjFsJT6O49jV   ____________________________________________________   It’s...

Harold Titus' Amazing Book is Spotlighted by PnPAuthors Promotions: HAROLD TITUS~

Harold Titus' Amazing Book is Spotlighted by PnPAuthors Promotions: HAROLD TITUS~:                                                                                                         PnPAuthors Promotions http://p...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PnPAuthors Promotions: PnPAuthors Promotions spotlight Michael ALvin

PnPAuthors Promotions: PnPAuthors Promotions spotlight Michael ALvin: PnPAuthors Promotions   http://pnpauthorspattimariandpeter.ning.com/?xgi=3nNjFsJT6O49jV  __________________________________________...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PnPAuthors Promotions: PnPAuthors Promotions spotlight Michael ALvin

PnPAuthors Promotions: PnPAuthors Promotions spotlight Michael ALvin: PnPAuthors Promotions   http://pnpauthorspattimariandpeter.ning.com/?xgi=3nNjFsJT6O49jV  __________________________________________...

Friday, June 6, 2014

'The White Dragons' free for Kindle, June 16 - 20!


The White Dragons, a novel of international intrigue, will be available free for your Kindle June 16 - 20. I would greatly appreciate reviews from all who download a free copy. If you find the adventures of David Morgan and his friends to your liking, you might also want to check out In the Dragon's Lair and Dragon Slayer, both now available for Kindle. All three are available at the following links: 


http://www.amazon.com/White-Dragons-Charles-Ray-ebook/dp/B00BO6MHPK/ 




http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Lair-Charles-Ray-ebook/dp/B00DUPIMGG/




http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Slayer-Charles-Ray-ebook/dp/B00KS81PR6/

Sunday, June 1, 2014