Sep. 23rd, 2017

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via Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill in Support of Universal Basic Income:



Innovation and forward-thinking may be Hawaii’s two biggest exports in 2017. Earlier this month, the state earned the distinction of being the first in the U.S. to formally accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the nation from it, and now, Hawaii is taking the lead in embracing yet another innovative idea: universal basic income (UBI).

Today, Hawaii state representative Chris Lee wrote a Reddit post about House Concurrent Resolution 89, a bill he says he introduced in order to “start a conversation about our future.” According to Lee, “After much work and with the help of a few key colleagues, it passed both houses of the State Legislature unanimously.”

The bill has two major provisions. First, it declares that all families in Hawaii are entitled to basic financial security. “As far as I’m told, it’s the first time any state has made such a pronouncement,” wrote Lee. The second provision establishes a number of government offices “to analyze our state’s economy and find ways to ensure all families have basic financial security, including an evaluation of different forms of a full or partial universal basic income.”

Have to remember to reblog the good news posts. I hope this is a rock that starts an avalanche.
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fuck, marry, kill but instead it’s

get them randomly assigned as your lab partner for a whole semester, get trapped with them on a broken elevator for ten hours, and they’re your employee trainer for your new job at McDonalds

the important rule to this version is that no matter who is with you, you HAVE to be stuck in the elevator for the full ten hours. I don’t care if you’re in there with Thor himself. You can’t get out.

new ask game: send three characters and i’ll tell you which i’d rather have

• get randomly assigned as your lab partner for a whole semester,

• get trapped with on a broken elevator for ten hours

• get as my employee trainer for my new job at McDonalds
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we’ve all been blessed today

bonus steve in an Uncomfortable Situation
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don’t know if this is as ~deep~ as i think it is, but by all of gaston’s own personal standards of identity/values, the beast is a better man than he is: brawnier, bigger, fightier, & of course every last inch of him’s covered in hair

ohmigod, it’s true though!  the beast was basically gaston, and the ticked off fairy turned him into the purest manifestation of his toxic ideals to make him learn to be less of an ass

… I really wanna see the version of the movie where instead of dying, the curse passes from the beast to gaston!

except gaston doesn’t have a swag ass castle to sulk in, so he’s out running around the countryside, hiding in forests and stuff, alternately terrorizing the populace and being hunted. it’s a turnabout of his “peerless hunter” backstory– he is now both the monster and the prey.

untillllll he, idk, meets some humble woodcutter(?) that takes him in when he’s wounded or offers him shelter in a storm? and etc, etc, LIFE LESSONS, toxic masculinity slowly vanquished.  (ooh, or maybe it should be like–a flower seller or herbalist or some feminine-coded profession he would have devalued to really set up a foil.)

also the gaston-beast needs antlers.  terrifying claw-hooked sprawling antlers.  antlers for all of his decorating.



I wrote a cycle of stories where each character was the hero of one fairy tale, and when they grew older they became the villain of another fairy tale.


Beast - becomes - Big Bad Wolf
Red Riding Hood - becomes - Wicked Queen
Huntsman - becomes - Gaston


Peter Pan - becomes - Rumplestiltskin
Miller’s Daughter - becomes - Maleficent
Prince Charming - becomes - Prince John
Robin Hood - becomes - Captain Hook
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5. Bronzed Cowbird, extortionist and brood parasite

4. Marabou Stork, pictured here on its way to beat a flamingo to death

3. Shoebill Stork, which can decapitate crocodiles

2. Loggerhead Shrike, which, and I am not even kidding, impales its still-living prey on thorns so it can rip bite-size pieces off of them

1. Pelican
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Writing the copyright page is legitimately giving me a heart attack. Either that or I’ve fucked up my meds. Aaaaah. I’ve only ever had to do this for other people before. I can’t believe I’m writing my own copyright page.

Also hi it’s 4am and I’m still a raging insomniac, how we all doing?

Oh, educational moment, just in case you ever need to write one of these things, they are actually really simple. All it consists of is

The Copyright Statement 

“All rights reserved.” 

And that’s pretty much it. You can totally get away with  “© 2017 Author Name. All rights reserved.” if that’s all you want to write but it must include either the © symbol with date, or use of the actual phrase Copyright followed by date and name. Otherwise it doesn’t mean anything.

You can also get away with writing just all rights reserved if you want, but it’s often better to go into more detail, things like “all rights reserved, no element of this book may be recreated or distributed except with the express permission of [either your name or your publisher]” tend to hold up a lot better when it comes to suing someone for stealing your work, as does adding in the disclaimer spiel that all elements of the book are fictional and you totally didn’t base that one character on that one guy/place etc etc. You don’t technically need one, but it’s good to have. Like underwear ie cover your ass.

The copyright page is also a good place to give your contact details, such as author website or email, and to also credit your artists/editors/people who helped you get the book in print. If you are going through a place like Barnes and Noble for distribution, I think you need to buy your own ISBN regardless of whether  epub or not, but I’d need to look that up. As it stands you don’t need an ISBN for kindle publishing or self distribution, although I know some people think it’s a good idea to, and honestly it’s good if you can afford it. I can’t at the moment but I likely will at some point.

This is how the Hunger Pangs one currently looks:

Hunger Pangs. First Edition.
© 2017 by Joy Demorra. All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the author, except as permitted by U.S. copyright law. For permissions contact: [info @ weblink]

(This does not include fanfiction written for fun, you are welcome to play in my sandpit <3)

Please only purchase authorized electronic copies of this story. If you have somehow obtained this book through other means and have enjoyed it, please consider buying an official copy from [weblink]. 

The author appreciates your support and despite popular belief, does not subsist on the tears of readers alone.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

This book contains content of an explicit and mature themed nature, and is intended to be enjoyed by those of and above the age of consent.

The author does not assume responsibility for third-party websites or their contents. (As an aside, <—this is how I get out of saying I’m not responsible for the weird vampire kink y’all are gunna post on Ao3 just in case some puritan mob gets their pantaloons in a twist over it and decide I’m responsible for your lack of morals lol)

Cover art by _____; cover design and layout by _____.
Edited by _________

Digital copies of Hunger Pangs are available for purchase on Amazon, Patreon or by contacting Joy at [info @ weblink]

For Trade Paperback visit [weblink]. 

I’ll likely edit this again and run through it a few more times before I consider it finalized but yea. Job done. That’s a copyright page.

Are quotes used in book reports and essays and such in violation of the “no portion of this book may be reproduced” thing?

Re your tags: most traditional authors with a publishing house don’t write them, their publisher does it for them. Self published authors have to do it themselves, depending on how they plan to distribute.

Brief quotations are covered by the exceptions of U.S. copyright law if it’s for say book reviews, essays or something similar. Brief meaning, don’t copy paste the whole body of text and claim it’s a quote. I’ve actually seen people do that with small authors before. It’s a dick move.

Self publishing authors can also register with their national library for a “Publisher’s Catalogue in Publication” more commonly known as a P-cip. In the US you can do this through the Library of Congress but it can take like 8-12 months and can be done after the book is in print so you don’t lose out on time on the market. Things like cip and p-cip only help if you want to be distributed by libraries, which you’ll also need to buy ISBNs for, and why most self publishing authors can’t afford to do it off the bat, if at all.

I’ll likely end up with ISBNs and c-pips for the second edition of HPangs which is romance only without the explicitness. Unless of course I can afford to do it before launch but that’s unlikely. (And obtaining the p-cip for library distribution would take far too long, but who knows I might do it advance for other work.)
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Happy Birthday, Anthony Mackie! September 23rd, 1978.
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Margarita Kareva bringing Russian fairy tales to life.  Follow her mesmerizing work here. 

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Okay but listen:

Per Volo’s, kenkus only speak by mimicry. What could be finer for a creature of this nature to have a library of syllables that it could chain into complete utterances? And what technology mimics this compilation of discrete elements into speech?

That’s right: it’s autotune.

So y'all are all on notice that I’m going to build T-Pain the kenku, and none of you can stop me.

Ie, a flock of Kenku bards after their curse of creativity is lifted. 

I like to think of kenkus as walking soundboards, picking up sound clips and conversations as they live from day to day. If their specie’s curse on creativity was lifted, they would be able to use their chaotic nature to make music from the world around them. They they would have to do is sing.

Order can be beautiful, but chaos just needs rhythm and it can become a dance
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