Monday Morning Mashup: 7/23/12

MASH-UP
A creative combination
or mixing of content
from different sources.

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I arrived home late last night from my dad’s side family reunion in Kentucky. As usual, I had a wonderful time and absorbed lots of new story ideas from the memory-filled conversations. I am blessed to be a part of the Marler clan! Here’s a picture of my dad and his siblings:

And here’s a picture of some of the next generation — my crazy cousins:

Okay, thank you for allowing my brief indulgence into reminiscing. On to the mashup!

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On the blog, Novel Spaces, Dayton Ward posts a thought-provoking article on “Selling Yourself.” I’ll admit, I first began reading it in the hopes he’d have a list of suggestions, as I love lists. However, the article was more about his challenges, which are similar to mine. But, many of his comments include excellent suggestions and they, too, are worth a read.

Here’s my tiny list:

  1. I try to look at it not as selling myself, but getting to know other people in the industry. Even if I don’t end up “selling” myself or my book, there’s a lot I can learn from others.
  2. I accept my fear, understand others are probably as afraid as I am, and push past it. I remember the saying, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

What do YOU do to push past the fear?

http://novelspaces.blogspot.com/2012/07/selling-yourself.html?showComment=1343050320487&m=1#c5863948995748492413

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YOU’LL DEFINITELY WANT TO READ THIS! Roni Loren posts an excellent (though frightening) article, “Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog.” This article has changed the way I’ll use photos from the Internet in the future, and has even motivated me to begin removing some photos from my own blog. Thanks for the warning, Roni! (Did you notice I changed my “mashup” photo?)

http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/7/20/bloggers-beware-you-can-get-sued-for-using-pics-on-your-blog.html

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On her blog, 30 Day Books, Laura Pepper Wu posts a helpful article, “Does This Bio Make Me Look Fat?” I love the title and, the post has a list! After reading Laura’s post, complete with great examples, I think I need to re-do a few of my bios. How about you?

http://www.30daybooks.com/does-this-bio-make-me-look-fat-8-tips-for-an-enchanting-author-bio/

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“To touch the soul
of another human being
is to walk on holy ground.”
                                    ― Stephen Covey

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Thank you!

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15 Responses to Monday Morning Mashup: 7/23/12

  1. Dayton Ward says:

    Thanks very much for the shout-out!

  2. Denton Gay says:

    Good information, as usual. Keep up the good work, Jan!

    • Jan Morrill says:

      Thanks, Denton. These posts have inspired me to make some changes. You’ll notice one already — my new “masher” photo. It’s not as artistic as the one I was using, but at least it’s mine. 🙂

  3. Laura PepWu says:

    Thanks for the shout out Jan – and LOVE the mash-up image!

  4. rgayer55 says:

    I love the quote from Stephen Covey. I had read several of his books and was saddened by his passing one week ago today. Thank you for this week’s tips. I’ll check my bio against my Body Mass Index and see how they compare.

  5. Jan Morrill says:

    Reblogged this on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen and commented:

    Courage, fear and enchantment — all mashed together!

  6. I like your new masher picture 🙂 Thanks for the great links!

  7. keliwright says:

    Wow. That copyright post was a shaker. Incidentally, I don’t think it’s copyright that confuses, but the exceptions and different types of rights. We all get that you don’t claim another’s work, but I think there’s a difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement, and the usage area can get murky, especially on the internet. There is also a difference between understanding the principles involved and having the knowledge necessary to apply those principIes. I learned some of the ways to avoid infringing and actually came away feeling more comfortable about using photos. Great post and great comments. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Pingback: Keli Wright on Copyright « Keli Wright's Open-Faced Sandwich

  9. No pics of your husband, Jan. (I was looking for the guy you WOULDN’T be jabbing with a pencil (I hope that makes sense to you!)

  10. Pingback: Monday Mashup: 7/30/12 | Jan Morrill Writes

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