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RIP Bob The Street Cat – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds


James Bowen and Bob, the street cat. Image found on Google search.

“Everybody needs a break, everybody deserves that second chance. Bob and I had taken ours.” – James Bowen


Sad news came yesterday that Bob, the famous street cat who befriended the busker James Bowen and helped him get back on his feet and basically saved his life, died on Monday at the age of 14. James Bowen wrote a book about Bob and how the cat changed his life, and that book, “A Street Cat Named Bob”, became an instant hit and spawned 3 more books as well as a movie. Bob will be greatly missed.



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Top Five Mistakes New Authors Make and How to Avoid Them

Story Empire

Twiggy and Lucy “Lucy. What are we doing here?
“The Boss is a contributor here, Twiggy.”
“I don’t see any biscuits.”
“I think he’ll fix that. Keep smiling.”

Hello, SEers. I am delighted to be part of The Story Empire group. I have long admired the members and followers and am pleased to now be a part of the team. I feel like a kid who has been looking at penny candy with his nose pressed against the display case glass, and the shop keeper invites me to take my pick.

The good news is I’m in. The bad news is now I have to go to work.  As you know by now, you can find a wealth of information on writing, publishing, and organization on The Story Empire. The authors here have a lot of experience and are willing to share.

To that end, for my first post, I’m going to discuss…

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7 Tips to Using Curses in Fiction: Eye of Newt Can Expire

Legends of Windemere

Curses can have a lot of pitfalls when you use them.  Have they been done already and in the same fashion?  Do they have a purpose in the story beyond window dressing or a comical reaction?  Is it really a hindrance?  Plenty of questions to consider, so let’s see if we can clear any of those up.

  1. Curses need to have a downside even if the character has figured out a way to use it in a positive way.  These are supposed to be the opposite of helpful spells, which means harm was intended.  It could be the threat of a social incident or a physical malady under certain situations, but you need it to be bad for the curse to have any type of impact.  Otherwise, it comes off as a blessing and there is no reason to have it removed or complain about it at all.  Why even…

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