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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
	For the Fun of It: Announcing a New Magazine
FEATURE ARTICLE, by R.H. Ramsey
	Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You! 
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION, by Victoria Grossack
	Conflict
FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS, by Aline Lechaye
	Free Image Editors (Part II)
PLUS: NEWS FOR WRITERS; THE WRITE SITES
                           
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK, by Moira Allen
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For the Fun of It: Announcing a New Magazine
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Call me crazy, but I like publishing magazines!  The first magazine
I ever published was a hand-written nature magazine that I produced
in 1972 (I won't say how old I was, but I'll point out that the
cover was hand-colored in crayons from one of my favorite coloring
books).  I planned to charge 25 cents per copy; fortunately, no one
ever took me up on a subscription!  

Fast forward to 1985, and you'll find me at the desk of a REAL
magazine - Dog Fancy, where I began the editorial journey that,
eventually, has led to Writing-World.com and a great deal more.
Along the way, I often dreamed of producing a "real" magazine of my
own - and that dream is now a reality. 

This month marks the launch of my new monthly magazine, "Victorian
Times."  Victorian Times is a 40-page feast of Victoriana, compiled
from original Victorian periodicals.  It covers Victorian history,
Victorian living, home décor, crafts, cooking, fashion, folklore,
pets, and so much more.  It has been great fun to put together, and
I hope you'll find it just as much fun to read! 

Every issue of Victorian Times will bring readers delicious
Victorian recipes, beautifully illustrated craft projects, amusing
animal anecdotes, seasonal folklore, and a wealth of insights into
the Victorian world.  The inaugural issue features articles on the
history of Victorian birthday cards, a story about a mischievous
jackdaw, the history of tea, a tale of a bossy squirrel, an account
of a British woman's move to a Texas ranch (the hotel in San
Antonio cost $1.50!), and the true story of Mary's little lamb -
just for starters!

Plus, it's free.  The electronic edition of the magazine costs
absolutely nothing.  (BTW, this is a large PDF file consisting of
scans of Victorian articles - I do not recommend trying to download
it to a cell phone or tablet!)  Right now print copies are
available from Amazon, but I'm hoping to launch a print
subscription option by January 2015.

(Just a note to eager writers: Victorian Times is NOT a "market." 
It is composed entirely of articles from Victorian periodicals; I
am not purchasing new material for the magazine!)

Victorian Times is an offshoot of Mostly-Victorian.com (
http://www.mostly-victorian.com), my website of Victorian history. 
Mostly-Victorian.com is an archive of articles from Victorian
magazines and books, and is the largest (if not the only) TOPICAL
archive of Victorian articles on the web.  I've just finished
loading more than 2000 articles to the site, covering such topics
as royalty, history, archaeology, women's issues, social issues,
home life, housekeeping, servants, recipes, crafts, and more. 
Hundreds of additional articles are in the works, waiting to be
indexed (and if anyone is interested in helping with that project,
please let me know!)

Mostly-Victorian.com is the ideal place to start your research on
the Victorian period for that novel you've been longing to start -
be it a Victorian vampire romance or a steampunk epic! 

So please drop by and check out my new magazine at 
http://www.mostly-victorian.com/VT/index.shtml - for the fun of it!

An Apology to Hotmail Readers and Others...
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An unhappy reader contacted me after the last issue went out to
complain that a Youtube video with an obscene caption opened on her
screen when she received her newsletter.  If this happened to you
-- i.e., if the Youtube link I included to the short video on the
London charity experiment opened automatically -- I do apologize! 
Not being a Hotmail user, I had no idea that several services
(including Gmail) now automatically "preview" Youtube links that
are embedded in an e-mail.  Hence, rather than giving readers a
choice in whether to open the link and view the video, I actually
ended up broadcasting the video, which was NOT my intention!  

If you use Hotmail, you can turn off "Active View" in your Options
menu by using the steps below.  I assume Gmail and other programs
that also "preview" embedded Youtube links have similar options.  

Follow these steps to turn on/off Active View:
1.  Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account.
2.  Go to Options – More Options.
3.  Under Reading email, click Active View settings.
4.  Under Do you want to see previews?:
Choose Always show photo and video previews to enable Active View
or Hide photo and video previews to disable Active Views.
5.  Under Do you want to get interactive updates from web sites you
have accounts with?:
Choose Yes to get interactive updates or No to not receive them.

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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FEATURE ARTICLE, by R. H. Ramsey
Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You!
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Where would we be without creative types? No literature to take us
on journeys, no music to soothe us like a breeze, no art to give us
pleasure...

Were you the artistic child, praised for your creativity, but often
punished and told that you were not applying yourself? Did you grow
up to be the adult who cannot go straight to sleep, because of
racing thoughts, ideas, striking you as your head hits the pillow?

I can relate. For years, I beat myself up about the fact that I
have been cursed with the attention span of a flea. But in my early
twenties, I realized something. My wandering mind, inability to
focus, and inopportune moments of inspiration, with fine-tuning,
became a blessing -- not a curse. Now, I am determined to make a
career from being creative.

How did this epiphany happen? I listened to myself.

1. Make a habit of writing those thoughts down, no matter how big
or small.

"When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full
attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think
another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent
concentration tools." --Michael Leboeuf

You may be surprised to see what your subconscious was trying to
tell you.

Oftentimes, the things we experience are not fully processed right
away. I believe, this is why inspiration may strike at any given
moment. Your inspiration -- your muse -- may have been something
you were too busy to analyze. It could be as simple as a person who
could benefit from an invention, an inspirational story, an
abstract photo or painting, and like clockwork (hours later just as
you find your comfy spot in bed) you are nearly paralyzed with a
flood of new exciting ideas.

Write them down. Your subconscious is trying to remind, show and
tell you something.

2. Accept your ideas and understand how powerful the mind truly is.

"Apparently, people tend to be governed by a deep-seated desire to
maintain a sense of certainty. New ideas can trigger discomfort,
since they introduce unfamiliar possibilities. The study authors
cited research demonstrating that people have 'a strong motivation
to diminish and avoid' feelings of uncertainty. As a result, many
will reject ideas that threaten feelings of certainty, regardless
of whether or not those ideas have merit." --icr.org

It seems, at times, we are so caught up in the logic of what can
and cannot be done now, that we forget about the possibility of
next week, month or year. It's all about timing, and if you can
keep track of your ideas, you will relish in the ease of starting
new projects.

3. When you can, close your eyes, and let your ideas have a bit of
your time.

How does it make you feel, when you have something important to
say, and mid-sentence, someone cuts you off, just to tell you that
you're ridiculous?

Then why would you do this to yourself? Instead of making your time
all about silencing thoughts and negative self-talk, listen to
yourself without interrupting.

Simple as that.

(I know, I know, it's not so simple, especially when it is 3 am,
and your alarm clock has no sympathy.)

4. Connect and visualize.

"Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental
instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive
processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception,
planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual
performance during visualization. It's been found that mental
practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and
self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for
success, and increase states of flow -- all relevant to achieving
your best life!" --psychologytoday.com

Sort through and create a timeline; find what can be done now, and
what should be done in the future.  Take the time to visualize your
project completed and successful. In order to connect with this
visual, you must believe in the goal. Focus on success, inspiring
and helping others. This is your project; you came up with it!
Remind yourself that there is no one better for the job than you.

5. Don't be afraid of input.

The constructive feedback is exactly what you need in order to move
forward. The not-so-good advice or mean-spirited advice will teach
you to compartmentalize. You will learn how to distinguish between
objective, subjective, useful, and not useful.

The worst thing you can do to yourself is stifle yourself and your
ideas, out of fear. I have tried that method -- the result? Epic
fail.

6. This may seem hypocritical or opposite the aforementioned
bullets, but it is vital: Disconnect and distract.

"Researchers described the features of four different cars to 27
adults. Then they separated the study participants into three
groups: One group evaluated the cars right away, the second group
rated the cars after thinking about the pros and cons, and the
third group rated the cars after performing a distracting
math-memory task. In the end, the distracted group chose the most
wisely." --nbcnews.com

I really enjoyed this article. It suggested that distractions are a
healthy way to deal with decision-making. When I need to clear my
head, and I lie listening to music, perfectly still, thinking of
everything and absolutely nothing at once, I am creating the
perfect distraction.

The rushing thoughts of the creative soul are nothing to wish away.
With a bit of direction, and a consistent effort to channel these
thoughts, your constant flow of ideas will become your gift -- not
your curse.

All the best to you, my fellow creative!

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Copyright 2014 R.H. Ramsey 

R.H. Ramsey is a military wife, mother of two and a student. She
has completed several novels, with four novels near completion and
five short stories. She has three self-published books: "Just
Beneath the Surface," "I, Undone" and "Into the Atmosphere." "Just
Beneath the Surface 2: Landon's Story" will be available at the end
of 2014. Her books have recently been acquired by an indie
publisher. With a passion for people, helping and learning, she
hopes to continue in her quest of learning from and inspiring
others.

This article originally appeared on the "SheOwnsIt" blog at
http://sheownsit.com/ways-make-your-racing-thoughts-work-for-by-rhramseydreamer/

This article may not be reprinted without the author's written
permission.

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Kickstarter Campaign Raises Millions for Reading Rainbow
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A Kickstarter campaign launched by LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow
raised more than $5 million as part of an effort to bring Reading
Rainbow to the Web and mobile applications.  Burton hosted the show
on PBS from 1983 to 2006, when it was cancelled; he and producer
Mark Wolfe subsequently bought the rights to the title to relaunch
an iTunes app.  Some critics feel that the app (or apps) may not be
any more effective in teaching kids to read than dozens of others
on the market, but according to Wolfe, the object is not to "teach"
kids to read but to encourage them to "enjoy reading."  Find out
more about the Kickstarter campaign here: 
http://tinyurl.com/l645jde - and read some of the criticisms of the
program here: http://tinyurl.com/pxocmal

Simon & Schuster Expands eBook Lending Program
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All of Simon & Schuster's frontlist and backlist titles that are
currently available in eBook format are now available to public
libraries throughout the U.S.  Libraries must choose to acquire
titles, and each title can be lent out "one at a time" (like print
books) - i.e., if a library wished to be able to loan five copies
of a title, it would have to acquire five distinct digital copies.
Unlike print books, however, the library is able to lend the title
out for only one year.  The program is designed in part to help the
publisher sell more titles; when "checking out" an eBook, the
borrower will encounter a "Buy Now" option.  If the borrower choose
to buy rather than borrow the book, a portion of the proceeds will
benefit the lending library.  Find out more at 
http://tinyurl.com/kqqsumq

U.S. Publishing Industry Netted $27.01B in 2013
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According to the Association of American Publishers, the U.S.
Publishing industry netted over $27 billion in 2013, and sold 2.59
billion "units" - both figures showing a slight drop from 2012. 
Consumer fiction and nonfiction accounted for 2.32 billion units. 
Adult non-fiction has now outdistanced children's/YA fiction as the
fastest growing market sector.  2013 saw record eBook sales in
terms of volume, but no real growth in revenue; both sales and
revenue of audiobooks increased.  Many publishers are now seeing
higher sales of digital products online than of print products in
brick-and-mortar stores.  For more on the story, see 
http://tinyurl.com/mkefx65.

Bay Area Book Festival Launching in 2015
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Next June, San Francisco Bay Area book lovers will have a chance to
attend their very own book festival, which is slated to feature
over 150 authors and a host of events.  The area already hosts
LitQuake, but organizers of the new festival state that the new
festival will be much more "walkable."  "All panels and stages will
be within a few minutes' walk of each other," says Cherilyn
Parsons, executive director of the festival.  The festival will
also feature an outdoor street fair with over 100 book-related
exhibitors, a cooking stage, and a children's arena.  The festival
will be held in the East Bay on June 6 and 7; for more information,
visit http://tinyurl.com/p3a8vv6

Are People Stealing eBooks?
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The ease with which ebooks can be downloaded and shared has caused
great concerns about piracy and loss of revenues to publishers and
authors.  An interesting infographic, however, suggests that ebook
piracy is neither as widespread or as damaging as many suppose. 
View it, and the discussion, here:
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COLUMN: CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION, by Victoria Grossack
Conflict
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They lived happily ever after.  The End.

When you first started reading, you probably noticed that most of
the stories stop when the hero and heroine marry, when the dragon
is slain, or when the bad guys are vanquished.  For some reason the
quieter parts of life -- the things that we do every day -- are not
considered worth readers' precious time.  I've often thought that
there is something rather perverse in humanity in how we find
dangerous, conflict-filled parts of life and stories engaging while
the sweet calm parts make us yawn.  Although people long to go home
and to have things return to normal when they are in dangerous or
exciting situations, once they survive and return, those exciting
situations are frequently what they remember and discuss during the
relatively dull days.  Of course, there are exceptions, such as
soldiers who do not want to recall their wartime experiences, but
in general people relive the exciting times, even when they would
rather not.

Our obsession with thrills has been with us for a long time.  At
least these days the movies we watch contain disclaimers assuring
us that no animals were harmed during their making, unlike the
Roman games in which both people and beasts died to entertain the
crowds.  Nevertheless, whether or not it reflects well on humanity,
it is obvious that conflict-filled confrontations are critical to
storytelling.  Even if you tend to avoid conflict in your life, you
should not in your stories.  In this article we'll review sources
of conflict and related issues that you can use to create tension
in your story.  The point of this is to have convincing conflict,
so that the confrontations, when you create them, will feel right
and earned to your readers.

CONFLICT WITH AN ENEMY.  Some enemies are so evil that they deserve
destruction.  These enemies may be people or even monsters, and
frequently involve life-or-death situations.  The enemy may be
trying to kill your main character, wipe out civilization, or do
something extreme such as capture the protagonist and enslave him. 
Celebrated examples include slavers and Nazis, Sauron in "The Lord
of the Rings" and Darth Vader in "Star Wars."

The advantage to creating this type of conflict is that the stakes
are incredibly high.  There is usually little question in what
needs to be done: generally a fight to the death, or at least to
the utter defeat of the enemy.  This type of conflict also allows
confrontations in which the hero can fight and kill without feeling
guilty.  After all, feeling guilty about killing is not
particularly enjoyable.

CONFLICT WITH SOCIETY.  Perhaps the society in which your
protagonist lives does not fit his character or nature.  Generally
the protagonist is someone with whom readers can identify, while
the society is alien and strange and may even feel wrong.

One example is "The Clan of the Cave Bear," in which Ayla, an
idealized Cro-Magnon girl, is rescued and brought up by a group of
Neanderthals.  Ayla does not fit in because she is physically and
mentally different than her adopted family.  Another example is
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," in which Hester Prynne
is shunned because she became pregnant by a man who clearly could
not have been her husband.
	
CONFLICT WITH A POWERFUL ORGANIZATION.  Similar to setting up a
conflict with society is creating a conflict with a powerful
organization, such as the local government.  As people say, "You
can't fight City Hall."  Of course, your protagonist CAN fight city
hall, but this sort of battle is difficult.  The organization can
be a government or a corporation or a crime group or a powerful
religion.  A possible difference between the organization and
society is that your hero may not be in conflict with everyone,
just those in the organization. 

On the other hand, an organization may be difficult to fight
because it is hard to pin down.  Your hero and your reader may not
even be sure who belongs to the organization.  The organization
could have Prisoner-like, Kafkaesque or labyrinthine qualities to
it.  There is always the possibility that your protagonist's best
friend is actually a double agent and belongs to the organization,
or that your hero's mentor turns out to be an evil puppet master. 
A twist on this is when a protagonist belongs to an organization
herself and turns against it, possibly because she has learned
something about it that reveals it to be evil, as in the movie
"Salt."

CONFLICT WITH A FRIEND, A LOVER, OR AN ALLY.  This sort of conflict
can develop out of the characters not always wanting similar
things.  It is interesting because these two may theoretically be
equals (although sometimes one character is more powerful than the
other).  Furthermore, it can be difficult, even heartbreaking, for
the characters to find themselves in conflict with each other.

This sort of conflict can be rich because it may not be clear who
will come out on top.  A story with this sort of uncertainty has
the potential for twists and turns.  

CONFLICT WITH A PARENT OR A CHILD.  A conflict between a parent and
child is complex because these people usually love each other and
these relationships nearly always come with baggage.  The
relationship, too, evolves, which means that conflicts can develop
as the relationship changes.  Parents begin by having to do
everything for the child, while the child (usually) begins by
accepting everything that parents say as gospel.  Eventually the
parent has to let go and the child has to learn that parents are
people too, which may mean that the parent may not always be right
-- in fact may even be wrong or even evil.

CONFLICT WITH SELF.  At first this may seem like an illogical
source of conflict, but a character's conflict with himself can
create interesting tension within a story. Here are some examples
of self-conflict:

A character may simply have divided loyalties.  For example, Sue
may need to choose between her boyfriend and her father.

A character may not be sure what is correct, as can happen in a
complicated situation.  There may be arguments for and against
choosing a particular path.  Should Kelly go to Los Angeles in
order to pursue acting, or stay at home and marry Joe?

A character may be fighting an addiction, such as alcohol or heroin.

A character may be genuinely split, for example suffering from
schizophrenia, or may be possessed, a common plot device in both
fantasy and science fiction.

MORE THAN TWO SIDES.  Conflict requires at least two opposing
views, even if those views are inside the same person, and we tend
to think of conflict as just being X versus Y.  However, life tends
to be more complicated, and your story can be as well.  What
happens to your conflict when you involve a reporter?  Or a
politician?  Or a doctor?  Or a teacher?  Or a neighbor?  All these
people can enter your story with their own agendas, their own
information -- which may be more or less than what the other
characters have -- and their own personalities.  This third or
fourth influence on the conflict can send your story in an
unexpected direction and so can be useful in entertaining the
reader.

CONVINCING CONFLICT.  Sometimes a conflict in a story is
unconvincing.  I recently read a novel in which the lovers
quarreled and therefore separated for part of the story.  Well,
lovers often quarrel in books, but in this case their
misunderstanding seemed silly.  Of course, many misunderstandings
in real life are silly, but the flimsiness of this particular
quarrel detracted from my enjoyment of the book.  Here are some
issues to consider in the creation and development of your
conflicts:

IS THE CONFLICT CONSISTENT WITH YOUR CHARACTERS' CHARACTERS?  One
way to make it appear consistent is to build up to it, with hints
of the conflict before.  If the conflict is not consistent with
your characters' characters, then you can change the characters'
characters, or change the conflict, or live with the inconsistency.
 

DOES THE CONFLICT MATTER?  Even if your characters disagree about
something, it may not really matter to them or to your readers. 
Perhaps it is consistent with your characters that X wants to eat
beef and Y wants to eat chicken, but if they can just go to a
restaurant and order different meals, the conflict may not be worth
much energy.  However, if you want the conflict to be more
significant, then find reasons to make it more significant. 
Perhaps Y resists eating beef because she is a Hindu for whom cows
are sacred.  Perhaps Y believes that the beef is contaminated with
growth hormone.  Perhaps the character is concerned about climate
change, and believes that the production of cattle is dangerous for
society. 

You don't need all the conflicts between your characters to be
important.  Minor conflicts can add depth and texture to your story
and your characters.  However, if you need a conflict to be
important, then find reasons to make it important.  Use your
imagination -- have fun!

Conclusion
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Conflict creates tension in the story.  Furthermore, the conflict
pulls along the plot by creating questions in the mind of the
reader.  The reader does not always know which way the conflict
will be resolved, just as the Roman audience watching the fights in
the arena did not always know who would win (although I have to
believe that some of those fights were choreographed, rather like
WWE fights today).  

Now, in some genre fiction, the ends are "given."  In romances the
lovers get together, in many adventure stories the enemy is
conquered, and in most detective stories the murderer is caught. 
How you resolve these conflicts is what entertains the reader.
 
In the next article we'll cover "Confrontation," in which you show
the key scenes of your conflict.  Until next time!

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Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English Literature
at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and articles in
publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I Love Cats.
Victoria is co-author with Alice Underwood of the Tapestry of
Bronze series (Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes;
Arrow of Artemis; and Antigone & Creon), based on Greek myths and
set in the late Bronze Age. On her own she has written The Highbury
Murders, in which she channeled the spirits and styles of Jane
Austen and Agatha Christie.  Her newest novel is Academic
Assassination (A Zofia Martin Mystery) - available now on Kindle
and coming soon in print.  Besides all this, Victoria is married
with kids, and (though American) spends much of her time in Europe.
Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, bird-watching and tutoring
mathematics. Visit her website at http://www.tapestryofbronze.com,
or contact her at tapestry (at) tapestryofbronze (dot) com 

Copyright 2014 Victoria Grossack. 

This article may not be reprinted or posted without the written
permission of the author.

Link to this article here: 
http://www.writing-world.com/victoria/crafting46.shtml

Want to learn more about crafting fabulous fiction? Victoria now
offers one-on-one writing classes; find out more at: 
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ReelClassics: Images, Clips & Public Performance Licensing
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Ever wondered if you could write about, or use an image of, a
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excellent article on how to obtain licensing for names and images
of stars, including lists of agencies that license movie stills.
http://www.reelclassics.com/Buy/licensing.htm

RhymeDesk
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A handy rhyming dictionary with a look-up function (in case, for
instance, you're looking for a rhyme for "desk" and aren't sure
what "churrigueresque" means).  You can also use the site to Tweet
poems or post them on Facebook.
http://www.rhymedesk.com/

30DayBooks Blog, by Laura Pepper Wu
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This blog is aimed at the indie publisher, and has lots of good
tips.  It's particularly helpful for those are are
social-media-savvy or who want to be.  There's no navigation menu
(why is it bloggers seem to think that no one needs a menu?), but
you can click the category under a particular post to find other
posts on similar topics.
http://www.30daybooks.com/blog/

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FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS, by Aline Lechaye
Free Image Editors (Part II)

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These days, it's not enough to just take a picture on your phone
and upload it to Facebook or Twitter or Flickr (or whatever
photo-sharing site you prefer). But don't worry, a touch of
professionalism can easily be added to plain pictures with a border
or some text, and filters or fun effects can help to give your
pictures any atmosphere that you want. Image editing is now so
advanced that you can add make-up and shine to faces (and even
change facial expressions), or remove red eye from badly taken
photos with just a few clicks of your mouse. 

Continuing on from last month's article, this month we'll be
looking at a few more free and easy-to-use online image editors. If
you're interested in image-editing apps for your phone, next
month’s article will introduce some free and fun image-editing apps
for the frequent phone-photo-taker. 

Pixlr (https://pixlr.com/) is an online image editor with hundreds
of stunning picture effects and filters that can be applied to your
pictures. There are three image editing options you can choose
from, depending on the level of editing that you need: the Pixlr
Editor (for advanced image edits -- this opens a Photoshop-like
window with tons of editing options); the Pixlr Express (for quick
image edits and simple special effects); and the Pixlr O-Matic (for
retro and vintage image edits). There is no need to install
anything or register to use the site. Compared to other online
image editors, Pixlr runs pretty fast, especially considering the
astounding number of editing options the editor contains. There are
also mobile versions of Pixlr that run on both Android phones and
iPhones, so this is a great mobile image editor for you if you take
a lot of pictures on your phone. If you're looking for image
editing inspiration, the Pixlr blog (http://blog.pixlr.com/) is
worth a look as it has some great photos as well as image editing
tutorials that show how editing effects on the site can be used to
better advantage. 

The Online Image Editor (http://www.online-image-editor.com/) is a
free image editor that has an array of simple image editing
functions, including image cropping, resizing, color sharpening,
image rotating, and also functions to add text and borders to your
images. While all these options are pretty much standard on any
image editor, the Online Image Editor has a nice animation function
that allows you to string multiple images together to make simple
GIF animations. Images can be uploaded directly from your computer,
or from an URL. 

Similar to most online image editors, LunaPic (
http://www.lunapic.com) has all of the simple image edit and adjust
functions, but the special effects department is where this site
really shines. You can give your images dollar bill borders (quite
realistic!), Polaroid borders, film strip borders, or add filters
and animation effects from the over 200 special effects offered on
the site. The site is available in multiple languages. The editor
is fairly simple to use, but tends to lag a little on slow Internet
connections.   

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Copyright 2014 Aline Lechaye 

Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye at gmail.com

This article may be reprinted without the author's permission.

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