Monthly Archives: July 2013

Life: See What Happens?

© 2013 Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1750" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Candy-apple Red 1947 Plymouth                                              Plymouth    photo © by wlk photography[/caption] See what happens? An old Plymouth.  Sixty-six years later, more or less, but she was quite likely tired, out of gas, and worn out 50 years ago. Tired old stuff, with the right care, TLC  and good fortune, suddenly becomes valuable.  Beautiful. Imagine that. Candy Apple Red yet --and probably worth ten times the original price. Is there a message to be considered here?  Let's take a ride, baby. It's called life. This beauty was photographed in Thunder Bay Ontario. Antique cars by the dozens. Old cars, happy old owners delighted with life, happy to be alive and revived, restored and adored. Life the way it should be. See what happens? Life can be staid, stolid and  boring as you allow it to be. High-button boots, whitewall tires and all. Banker's hours and dull. A new, meticulously detailed life, but old is old. [caption id="attachment_1758" align="aligncenter" width="584"]An old blue antique car with whitewall tires                            Whitewall Tires            © wlk photography[/caption]  

More Exciting?

Perhaps you think life should be brighter, more exciting.  On the move. Be a genuine hot rod. C'mon, baby. Roll the dice. Start'er up. Pedal to the metal.  Life can come with color-and fire. [caption id="attachment_1756" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Yellow hot rod antique car with flames                        Life with Color and Fire    © wlk photography[/caption] How far will you go? Pick up where you left off.  Haul stuff while you're at it. Go far.  Fargo. Bring your tools. You'll need them.  Get up and get moving. Watch out, world. Life is what you make it. [caption id="attachment_1759" align="aligncenter" width="584"]An old Fargo Pickup truck not yet restored                         Fargo Pickup Truck                              © wlk photography[/caption] Don't want to bother with life?  Spend time just hanging around playing mindless games?   It's always a choice, but see what happens? [caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Old Ford Unrestored                         Old Ford -Life Ignored              © wlk photography[/caption] Life's a choice. Think about it. Choose well.   Is that Incoming I hear? Photo Credits:  All photos on this post  ©2013 by wlk photography #
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Writing Life: New Beginnings

©2013 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

Changes in the Wind

Happily,  a new and unquiet revolution in the world of writing is on the wind.  Writers are increasingly realizing it is a good idea to step away from traditional content mills with good reason.  Site ranking  and revenues of various sites have fallen, punitive search engines are inferred to be the reason.   Sites shut down, or promise "change".  Writers, having been burned with severely diminished incomes, are smartly moving on to potentially bigger and better personal opportunities. Let's face it, even in the optimism of the writing life, eventually reality has to set in;  writing free content for promises of mere pennies for thousands of page views, and "maybe or maybe not" reader clicks on ads --euphemistically called 'revenue share'-- with tiny if any 'upfrontnothing' payment offered for new content  --was hardly a guarantee of  income for neophyte or professional. The disquieting and unacceptable, unethical content mill  "Terms of Service" including a self-assigned 'free license' to "use" writer's content and copyrighted material   'forever' without compensation was, and remains both arrogant and problematic.   The refusals to take down content,  --even if the author leaves the site requesting content deletion and withdrawing permission  to use the content--- is hardly ethical business practice or logical enticement to submit additional free content. "Why would that be?" you ask. Copyright infringement comes to mind.   Arbitrary theft of intellectual property comes to mind.   A clear lack of business ethics comes to mind.  Arbitrary, heavy-handed and less than stellar treatment of writers that have generated millions of dollars in revenue for content mills comes to mind. "Let us NOT write more FREE content for unethical content mills" most resolutely comes to mind.  Karma does that. How predictable.  Who says destiny isn't predetermined?  No matter. Let us cheer for common sense and Karma.

Moving On

It seems to me writers shall prevail. Writers are a hardy lot; we shall not be silenced or discouraged. The pen continues to provide power.  We studiously move onward and upward to better things, new beginnings. Publishing.  New blogs. Specialized niche websites built on new and more honest business models. High-earning, custom-written articles. Books. Self-publishing of books both in print and eBook formats is growing exponentially. Why not?  Life is what you make it and  2013 is The Year of the Writer  We  kick butt. smile. In fact, we laugh.  Life has never been better.  Why?  Great things are happening!


New Beginnings-  My Gardening Network  ( MGN )

Guess what?   New, GREAT projects are sprouting.   I am happy to be involved with a start-up gardening specialty website,  "My Gardening Network"   which recently went online and is already "Growing a community of gardeners' [caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="584"] Flower garden -- photo courtesy of MGN[/caption]    My Gardening Network  (MGN) was conceptualized and founded  by outdoorsman Mike L.Williams, writer and blogger at Saturday Sunshine, (  -stories ,outdoor adventures and outdoor skills, --yes, the adventurous rascal himself ....   Mike dares to test deep waters, catch fish the hard way, and shoot rapids simultaneously  while others stand in awe. ) MGN is unique in that the content remains the exclusive intellectual property of the authors and contributors;  content on MGN  is used only with the express permission of the creators. My Gardening Network  offers specialized garden content  written by experienced and expert  gardeners --especially  for the use of gardeners at all skill levels from the neophyte starting out in the back yard to highly experienced  gardeners who may  delight in the technical aspects of botany as well as the mysteries hidden in compost.  MGN  is taking off fast.  Drop in and check out the progress of the garden at MGN -- "Growing a Community of Gardeners".      .....and this just in---more good news, MORE wonderful 'incoming' ! [caption id="attachment_1739" align="alignright" width="200"]Christy D Birmingham Christy D Birmingham[/caption]   A unique poetic voice  is published!    An amazing writer and poet, Christy  overcame the status quo and has bravely stepped out to offer her vision to the literary world. She is none other than  Christy D. Birmingham of Poetic Parfait fame. "Christyb"  as I call her, has reached her goal!  We are so proud of her accomplishment and happily offer our very  best support and  wishes to Christyb!   Christyb speaks volumes about hope and the future in her new book of poetry "Pathways to Illumination"  --an exceptional book of poetry. What becomes immediately clear is that Pathways to Illumination is written by an artistic, poetic voice flowing gently from a gigantic heart.
"Birmingham’s intense collection of poetry follows the trail of a woman’s journey from the end of an abusive relationship to the valiant growth of a newly-awakened, independent spirit. Inner light shatters layers of powerful verse....  
[caption id="attachment_1738" align="alignleft" width="200"]Pathways to Illumination Pathways to Illumination[/caption]     Pathways to Illumination is available online  in print and eBook formats NOW  at:         At Incoming Bytes we offer the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Christy for her magnificent  accomplishment. ---Kudos to you, Christyb! That, people, is why life is amazing, and  why 2013 is The Year of the Writer.  The beat goes on.... #   Is that Incoming I hear?   +  
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