trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 699083

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The Fuji <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1311714-REG/fujifilm_16551312_view_camera_adapter_g.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">View Camera Adapter G</a> ($399)<br />lets you attach your 50S body to most 4x5 view cameras.</span></p>\r\n<p>(Since the GFX-50S and Leica M10 are within shouting distance of the same price, let me just ask you a thought-experiment type question—a rich friend says he&#39;ll buy you one or the other to use for the next two years; which would you choose?</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;d go with the hypothetical imaginary Fuji over the hypothetical imaginary Leica myself. Moot point, but fun to think about.)</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Two more Fuji updates</em></strong><br />Also traipsing along today are two Fuji refreshes. (And let me just say in passing that I do not understand this—new products get publicity, and publicity is more effective in multiple small doses rather than one big dose...so why introduce multiple products in different lines all on the same day? It makes no sense from where I sit.)</p>\r\n<p>• The <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/0/Ntt/fuji+x-t20/Ns/p_PRICE_2%7c1/N/0/view/GRID/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fuji X-T20</a>, $899, an update of the quietly excellent X-T10; and</p>\r\n<p>• The <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/0/Ntt/fuji+x-100f//Ns/p_PRICE_2%7c1/N/0//view/GRID/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fuji X-100F</a>, $1,299, the latest (is it the fourth?) iteration of the lovely little beast that started it all for Fuji. There are new wide-angle and telephoto conversion attachments for the X-100F, too.</p>\r\n<p>Finally, last but not least, Fuji is continuing its release of &quot;slimline&quot; ƒ/2 lenses designed to not block the optical viewfinder of the wondrous and beautemous <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1210892-REG/fujifilm_16488618_x_pro2_mirrorless_digital_camera.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">X-Pro2</a>, and today it has added...</p>\r\n<p>• The Fujifilm XF 50mm ƒ/2 R WR lens in <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1311239-REG/fujifilm_16536611_xf50mmf2_r_wr_mid.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">black</a> or <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1311242-REG/fujifilm_16536623_xf50mmf2_r_wr_mid.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">silver</a>, a 76mm-e short tele for $449.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2017 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong>Links to...</strong><br /> <a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">...Other vendors</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Dennis</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;From Fuji&#39;s press release: &#39;Three Additional FUJINON GF Lenses to be Announced Later in 2017: GF110mmF2 R LM WR (equivalent to 87mm in 35mm format) GF23mmF4 R LM WR (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format) GF45mmF2.8 R WR (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format).&#39;&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><strong>Mike replies</strong>: <em>Thanks Dennis</em>.</p>",
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I have a collection of beanies in different colors and shapes (some with poms, some without), but I thought I could use a more &quot;special&quot; one since mine are basically just plain colored options. One easy way to kick up your beanie game is to add several beads to the hat in different shapes and colors since it adds a little bit of shimmer and texture as well!</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0969b1e1970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Cute Beaded Beanie DIY! 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Even though the <em>hope</em> usage in the example sentences isn&#39;t one I&#39;ve heard, I like it! When you think about it hoping for someone or something is the same as wishing for them/it don&#39;t you think?</p>\r\n<p>Please leave me a comment and let me know how you did on the test.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Tipper</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=BlindPigTheAcorn&amp;loc=en_US\">Subscribe for free to Blind Pig And The Acorn by Email</a></p>\r\n<fieldset class=\"zemanta-related\"><legend class=\"zemanta-related-title\">Related articles</legend>\r\n<div class=\"zemanta-article-ul zemanta-article-ul-image\" style=\"margin: 0; padding: 0; overflow: hidden;\">\r\n<div class=\"zemanta-article-ul-li-image zemanta-article-ul-li\" style=\"padding: 0; background: none; list-style: none; display: block; float: left; vertical-align: top; text-align: left; width: 84px; font-size: 11px; margin: 2px 10px 10px 2px;\"><a href=\"http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2015/01/music-and-humor-from-the-jccfs-friday-night-concert.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"box-shadow: 0px 0px 4px #999; 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To start the videos, click on them and then to stop them click on them again.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Take it and see how you do!&#0160;</p>\r\n<blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-version=\"7\">\r\n<div style=\"padding: 8px;\">\r\n<div style=\"background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<p style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\"><a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BPWENgTADOh/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" target=\"_blank\">A video posted by Tipper (@blindpigandacorn)</a> on <time datetime=\"2017-01-17T00:07:15+00:00\" style=\"font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;\">Jan 16, 2017 at 4:07pm PST</time></p>\r\n</div>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js\"></script>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>1.<strong> Hell</strong>: a dense tangle of briers, laurel, etc. &quot;I&#39;ve always heard about laurel hells that&#0160;hunters ventured into that were so thick that they didn&#39;t come out the other side for a good 2 weeks.&quot;</p>\r\n<blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-version=\"7\">\r\n<div style=\"padding: 8px;\">\r\n<div style=\"background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<p style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\"><a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BPa8lBYg7B6/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" target=\"_blank\">A video posted by Tipper (@blindpigandacorn)</a> on <time datetime=\"2017-01-18T21:36:45+00:00\" style=\"font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;\">Jan 18, 2017 at 1:36pm PST</time></p>\r\n</div>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js\"></script>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>2. <strong>Het up</strong>: upset. &quot;The Deer Hunter is always telling me not to get all het up about this or that.&quot;</p>\r\n<blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-version=\"7\">\r\n<div style=\"padding: 8px;\">\r\n<div style=\"background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<p style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\"><a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BPIrUXwAKHW/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" target=\"_blank\">A video posted by Tipper (@blindpigandacorn)</a> on <time datetime=\"2017-01-11T19:19:36+00:00\" style=\"font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;\">Jan 11, 2017 at 11:19am PST</time></p>\r\n</div>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js\"></script>\r\n<p>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>3. <strong>High minded</strong>: haughty; arrogant. &quot;He came in here all high minded like he knew more about my job than I did and tried to tell me what I ought to do different. 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Even though the <em>hope</em> usage in the example sentences isn&#39;t one I&#39;ve heard, I like it! 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         "excerpt": "In March 2013 fate dropped me into the path of the ScanNCut. The good folks at Brother asked my Scrapbook Soup TV Producer if she knew any papercrafters in the Tri-State area. I lived in NYC, so she gave them...",
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); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8d8970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8d8970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; 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); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db25970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db25970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; 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margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db62970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa978970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa978970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5d2970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5d2970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5d2970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabdf1970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabdf1970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabdf1970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br />You can find all of my ScanNCut posts and projects from this blog&#0160;<a href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/scan-n-cut/\">HERE</a>. &#0160;You can find all of my ScanNCut videos <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5RH1BZql4JcU9Ig_PpdZPL5z5xQJWoP\">HERE</a> -- and divided into projects <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5RH1BZql4JkRdlM8yrzcAvI5wHll3Co\">HERE</a> and techniques <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5RH1BZql4LG04l8rPnIBowCt7FmbXx0\">HERE</a>.</p>\r\n<p>When I was poking around the archives looking for ScanNCut projects I was kind of bowled over by how many things I&#39;ve made with this magical machine. &#0160;I actively have to stop myself from sharing ScanNCut content too often because I know not everyone has one. &#0160;I can honestly say that the ScanNCut has changed the way I think about creating things. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p>And, because I think it&#39;s really important, I want you to know that like so many of the other companies I work with, Brother is a good&#0160;company staffed by nice&#0160;and kind people. &#0160;My experiences with the people there have all been positive. &#0160;After some negative experiences early in my career, I made it a real priority to only work with people and products that were good and did good. &#0160;I&#39;m so glad to include Brother in that circle.</p>\r\n<p>Speaking of good people, I asked Myriah...</p>\r\n<p><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabe3e970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabe3e970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabe3e970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br />...my point person at Brother and general awesome lady, what her favorite ever ScanNCut project of mine was. &#0160;This is what she said:</p>\r\n<blockquote>\r\n<p><em>&quot;I love the fabric horse project because it showcases the scanner in the cutting machine that is unique to Brother.&#0160; Who else can say take this clipart and/or coloring book page and scan it in to create a cut file.&#0160; Plus it is so versatile you can not only cut but draw on fabric using the universal pen holder.&quot;</em></p>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254ef26970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254ef26970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254ef26970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br />Follow the link to find&#0160;the original post from&#0160;<a href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2016/04/scanncut-hsn-recap.html\">April 2016</a>.</p>\r\n<p>And now, for this week&#39;s giveaway! &#0160;Yay! &#0160;<strong>Brother USA is giving a&#0160;CM350 to one lucky blog reader</strong> <span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\"><strong>(US Residents ONLY)</strong></span>.</p>\r\n<p><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabea0970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabea0970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabea0970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br />To win:</strong> Leave an answer to the following THREE&#0160;questions in the comments section of this blog (your answer&#0160;<strong><em>must</em></strong> be posted on the blog itself, not on Facebook and not in an email reply):</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>Which cutting machines&#0160;do you currently own, if any? &#0160;</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>What state do you live in? &#0160;</strong></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>What would you use a ScanNCut to create?</strong></span></p>\r\n<p>This contest will remain open until Tuesday, January 24, 2017&#0160;at 11:59 EST.</p>\r\n<p>Thanks for being part of the blogiversary celebration!!</p>\r\n<p>---</p>\r\n<p><strong>P.S.</strong> The winner of last week&#39;s <a href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2017/01/blogiversary-story-giveaway-art-foamies-me.html\">Art Foamies giveaway</a> (Shadow Alphabet, Dinoskin and Inner Struggle stamps) is...</p>\r\n<p><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8cabf4a970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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         "renderedContent": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096da964970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096da964970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096da964970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>In <a href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2013/03/the-weekend-five-36-hours-in-new-jersey.html\">March 2013</a> fate dropped me into the path of the <a href=\"https://www.brother-usa.com/ScanNCut/?utm_source=scanncut&amp;utm_medium=301&amp;utm_campaign=scanncut\">ScanNCut</a>. &#0160;The good folks at Brother asked my Scrapbook Soup TV Producer if she knew any papercrafters in the Tri-State area. &#0160;I lived in NYC, so she gave them my name and contact information. &#0160;They invited me to be a part of a focus group for a super secret new product.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I can&#39;t remember exactly, but I think there were 12 or 16 of us papercrafters. &#0160;We sat in a large room with four tables. &#0160;On each table was a ScanNCut and all around the room were tons and tons of people -- engineers from Japan, Brother executives and employees -- from the US and Canada, ad agency people. &#0160;It was a little like being a lab rat. &#0160;They told us that the ScanNCut was an electronic die cutter with a built-in scanner and then said, &quot;Go.&quot;</p>\r\n<p>There were piles of materials on the table and so we just started pushing buttons. &#0160;And yes, we did all the things you&#39;ve done: cut through mats, cut but didn&#39;t cut all the way through, had material get eaten by the machine, and so on. &#0160;But this is why I tell you to push all the buttons. &#0160;Don&#39;t be scared of the machine! &#0160;I&#39;ll be 100% honest and say that I&#39;ve never read a manual for the ScanNCut because everything I&#39;ve learned has been based on trial and error. &#0160;Lots of error. &#0160;Remember, you always learn more from a failure&#0160;than from a success!</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">As soon as I played with the ScanNCut I knew I wanted one. &#0160;All I could think about was making stencils and stamps at the speed of light, cutting scrapbook page titles, and coming up with new ideas!&#0160; 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); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8d8970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8d8970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc47f970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db1a970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db1a970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db1a970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc48d970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc48d970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc48d970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caaa32970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caaa32970b-500wi\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /><br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db25970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db25970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db25970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa8f1970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa902970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa902970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa902970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4e8970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4e8970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4e8970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4ef970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4ef970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc4ef970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254e0fe970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254e0fe970c-500wi\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /><br /><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc50f970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc50f970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc50f970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db5c970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db62970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db62970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db62970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa924970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa924970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa924970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db78970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db78970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db78970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db7a970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db7a970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db7a970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc547970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc547970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc547970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc552970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc552970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc552970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa942970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa942970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa942970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db8d970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db8d970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b8d254db8d970c-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa954970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa954970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa954970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5a7970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5a7970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5a7970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5ac970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5ac970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01bb096dc5ac970d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa96d970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa96d970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa96d970b-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"from the Balzer Designs Blog: Blogiversary Giveaway: ScanNCut &amp; Me\" /></a><br /> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c766153ef01b7c8caa978970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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         "renderedContent": "<p style=\"text-align: center;\">so it&#39;s been awhile since i posted.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">since november 3rd, 2016 to be exact.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d2528be5970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Happy new year 1\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d2528be5970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d2528be5970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Happy new year 1\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">i turned 50 in november. &#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">plus life got complicated, which&#0160;interfered with my happiness, which in turn&#0160;affected my purpose and productivity.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">it did | does not have anything to do with my age but it does go hand in hand with my place in life.&#0160; it took my attention away from the blog and by taking a step back it allowed me to look at it with fresh eyes.&#0160; similar to when we&#39;re done decorating a vignette or finish creating a floral arrangement and take a step back to get the overall feel.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c91a67970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Happy new year 2\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c91a67970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c91a67970b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Happy new year 2\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">this pause made me question the direction&#0160;of my blog and my intentions for this blog. &#0160;since&#0160;i haven&#39;t cracked the code on how to profit from my blog, i questioned the energy &amp; effort i was spending on it with no clear reward.&#0160; no apparent roi.&#0160; zilch. &#0160;nothing. &#0160;nada.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">as the holidays have passed and i find myself reflecting on my future and what i desire for 2017, i realize that my blog was| is much more than i thought.&#0160; and most importantly i miss it along with all the friendships that it brings along with it.&#0160; this blog makes me happy.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201bb096c38a4970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Happy new year 3\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e201bb096c38a4970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201bb096c38a4970d-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Happy new year 3\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">so although i don&#39;t have a financial&#0160;return from my blog, i do have an emotional reward, which i intend&#0160;to keep in my life.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">my one&#0160;little word for 2017 is {happy} and this blog makes me happy.&#0160;<em> {u can see my other one little words here:&#0160; <a href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/its_all_good/2016/04/timely-my-one-little-word-for-2016.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">2016</a>, <a href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/its_all_good/2015/01/active-my-one-little-word-for-2015.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">2015</a>}</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">i love to share my ideas &amp; projects.&#0160; i love&#0160;to learn from others.&#0160; i love&#0160;the inspiration&#0160;love fest&#0160;we all share in&#0160;blogland.&#0160; i love&#0160;the motivation&#0160;i have to do more and to do it better in order to share here with everyone.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d253bffb970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Happy new year 4\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d253bffb970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b8d253bffb970c-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Happy new year 4\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">and although i&#39;m not 100% out from under the dark cloud that descended on my life i am working on the conscious decision to focus on the bright things in my life and take control of my own happiness.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">i plan to continue&#0160;to share all the same things here, albeit it might be in a more edited form, and continue to try to navigate through all the millions of things involved with a successful blog AND remain happy while doing it.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c9f93e970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Happy new year 5\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c9f93e970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8c9f93e970b-800wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Happy new year 5\" /></a></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">i am looking forward to reconnecting with many of you in the new year.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em>{since i did not post throughout the month of december i&#39;m sharing some of our christmas time magic around here.&#0160; i always like to look through my blog archives as i plan for a new holiday | event.&#0160; i also noticed i did not take as many photographs since i wasn&#39;t posting regularly.&#0160; for example, i did not photograph our christmas eve tablescape, sigh!&#0160; just another reason to keep the blog alive.}&#0160;</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.masterpiecesofmylife.com/.a/6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c8ca0b1e970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; 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In a paid edit, I go through each manuscript three times.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" /></a>Before you rip into today’s submission, consider this checklist of first-page ingredients from my book, <a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/mastering_the_craft.html\" target=\"_self\"><em>Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling</em></a>. While it&#39;s not a requirement that all of these elements must be on the first page, they can be, and I think you have the best chance of hooking a reader if they are.</p>\r\n<p>Download a <a href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/first-page%20checklist%20evolved.pdf\">free PDF copy here</a>.</p>\r\n<p>Were I you, I&#39;d examine my first page in the light of this list before submitting to the Flogometer. I use it on my own work.</p>\r\n<p><strong>A First-page Checklist</strong></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>It begins <em>to engage the reader with the character</em></li>\r\n<li><em>Something is wrong/goes wrong</em> or <em>challenges the character</em></li>\r\n<li>The character <em>desires something</em>.</li>\r\n<li>The character <em>takes action</em>. Can be internal or external action: thoughts, deeds, emotions. This does NOT include musing about whatever.</li>\r\n<li><em>There’s enough of a setting</em> to orient the reader as to where things are happening.</li>\r\n<li>It <em>happens in the NOW</em> of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Backstory? What backstory?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Set-up? What set-up?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li>The one thing it <em>must</em> do: <em>raise a story question</em>.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p>Caveat: a first page can succeed without including all of these possibilities. They are simply tools you can use. In particular, a strong first-person voice with the right content can raise powerful story questions and a create page turn without doing all of the above. On the other hand, testing pages with the checklist no matter where they are in a story can help identify where a narrative lags and why it does.</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p><strong><em>Kevin </em></strong>sends the first chapter of an action thriller,<em> Insomnia</em>. The rest of the submission follows the break.</p>\r\n<blockquote>\r\n<p>I was trying to get the dirt off my hands from the graveside service. It wasn&#39;t until the hot water from the kitchen sink started to burn me that I realized I had already washed off all the soap. I turned the tap off and dried my hands. I wasn&#39;t sure why we were preparing to eat, I knew I wouldn&#39;t be hungry. As I sank into my usual spot at the table, Dad was slunk into his chair, elbows on the table. Mom would have scolded him for that.</p>\r\n<p>“Bekah, just sit your butt on your chair and we can eat,” that was Dad, voice cool as the grave.</p>\r\n<p>“No need to be frustrated,” her face was still red from tears but you would never know it from her calm composure.</p>\r\n<p>Everyone was a little on edge. As if funerals weren&#39;t hard enough, there had been a noisy construction crew not far from mom&#39;s grave that had really ruined it for me. We had finished the service, but I felt so vulnerable and self-conscious with men looking in from every direction I was eager to get out of there and didn&#39;t feel like I had given Mom a proper goodbye.</p>\r\n<p>“I&#39;m not frustrated,” Dad&#39;s voice was rising, “I just want to eat and you&#39;re holding us up.” He was yelling. I don&#39;t think I&#39;d heard him yell much, at least not since we were little and misbehaving. But the glaring fact that one of the chairs at the table was now empty was obviously hanging heavy on him.</p>\r\n<p>I picked up a slice of egg salad sandwich. It was on white bread, cut into four slices. It was leftover from the funeral. I had never thought about how gross the texture of egg salad was before, but (snip)</p>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9640449.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n<noscript><a href=\"http://polldaddy.com/poll/9640449/\">Were you compelled to turn the page?</a></noscript>\r\n<p>I like the voice of this narrative, and liked it even more as I read on. As a whole, the writing is good, though there are usage (&quot;your&quot; for &quot;you’re&quot;) and punctuation issues. Characterization through the chapter was strong with lines such as “There was something soothing about starting a fight.”</p>\r\n<p>However, for something categorized as an action thriller, nothing happens. There are no story questions raised until, possibly, the end of the chapter. A family in the shadow of grief has supper and quarrels, that’s about it. I should mention that I’ve seen a number of death-of-a-mother-or-father-or sibling openings, and they are seldom the actual inciting incident. Same goes here: the first chapter is devoted to setup, as far as I can tell. I think the story starts later, and I’d like to see that opening page. Notes:</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">I was trying to get the dirt off my hands from the graveside service. It wasn&#39;t until the hot water from the kitchen sink started to burn me that I realized I had already washed off all the soap. I turned the tap off and dried my hands. I wasn&#39;t sure why we were preparing to eat, I knew I wouldn&#39;t be hungry. As I sank into my usual spot at the table, Dad was<span style=\"background-color: #ffff00;\"> slunk</span> into his chair, elbows on the table. Mom would have scolded him for that. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>The use of “slunk” here for his posture didn’t work for me. Did you mean “slumped?”</em></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“Bekah, just sit your butt on your chair and we can <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">eat<strong><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">,</span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">.</span></strong>”</span> <span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">that </span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">That</span> was Dad, voice cool as the grave. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>Some scene-setting is needed here. We don’t know who or what Bekah is or that she was in the room. She should have been established before he says this to her. It could have come in the first paragraph. And there’s a <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">punctuation issue</span> in how the dialogue is presented—“that was . . . etc.” is not a dialogue tag. This happens again in the following narrative. You need to study up on the punctuation for quotes with dialogue tags.</em></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“No need to be<span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\"> frustrated<strong><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through;\">,</span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">.</span></strong>”</span> <span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">her </span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Her</span> face was still red from tears but you would never know it from her calm composure. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>Punctuation issue.</em></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">Everyone was a little on edge. </span>As if funerals weren&#39;t hard enough, there had been a noisy construction crew not far from <span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">mom&#39;s</span> <span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">Mom’s</span> grave that had really ruined it for me. We had finished the service, but I felt so vulnerable and self-conscious with men looking in from every direction I was eager to get out of there and didn&#39;t feel like I had given Mom a proper goodbye.<em><span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"> The first sentence is &quot;telling.&quot; Just show us.</span><br /></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“I&#39;m not <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">frustrated<strong><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">,</span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">.</span></strong>”</span> Dad&#39;s voice was <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">rising<strong><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">,</span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">.</span></strong> </span>“I just want to eat and you&#39;re holding us up.” He was yelling. I don&#39;t think I&#39;d heard him yell much, at least not since we were little and misbehaving. But the glaring fact that one of the chairs at the table was now empty was obviously hanging heavy on him. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>Punctuation issues.</em></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">I picked up a slice of egg salad sandwich. It was on white bread, cut into four slices. It was leftover from the funeral. I had never thought about how gross the texture of egg salad was before, but (snip) <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>Echo of slice/slices—substituting “pieces” would cure that.</em></span></p>\r\n<p>Your thoughts?</p>\r\n<p>For what it’s worth.</p>\r\n<p><em>Ray</em></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"twitter-share-button\" data-count=\"horizontal\" href=\"https://twitter.com/share\">Tweet</a>\r\n<script src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n</p>\r\n<p><strong>Submitting to the Flogometer:</strong></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"mailto: ray@rayrhamey.com\">Email</a> the following <em>in an attachment</em> (.doc, .docx, or .rtf preferred, no PDFs):</p>\r\n<ol>\r\n<li>your title</li>\r\n<li>your <strong>complete 1st chapter</strong> or <strong>prologue plus 1st chapter </strong></li>\r\n<li>Please include in your email permission to post it on <em>FtQ.</em></li>\r\nNote: I’m adding a copyright notice for the writer at the end of the post. I’ll use just the first name unless I’m told I can use the full name.\r\n<li><strong><em>Also,</em></strong> please tell me if it’s okay to post the rest of the chapter so people can turn the page.</li>\r\n<li>And, optionally, include your permission to use it as an example in a book on writing craft if that&#39;s okay.</li>\r\n<li>If you’re in a hurry, I’ve done “private floggings,” $50 for a first chapter.</li>\r\n<li>If you rewrite while you wait for your turn, it’s okay with me to update the submission.</li>\r\n</ol>\r\n<p>Were I you, I&#39;d examine my first page in the light of the first-page checklist before submitting to the Flogometer.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 0.6em;\">Flogging the Quill © 2017 Ray Rhamey, chapter © 2017 by Kevin </span></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p>My books. You can <a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/\">read sample chapters and learn more about the books here.</a></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201bb094f8d16970d-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Mastering-60W\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201bb094f8d16970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201bb094f8d16970d-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Mastering-60W\" /></a><strong>Writing Craft</strong>&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/mastering_the_craft.html\">Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling</a></p>\r\n<p><strong><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/the_vampire_kitty-cat_chronicles.html\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Front Patch 60W\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d22f50ae970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d22f50ae970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Front Patch 60W\" /></a>Fantasy</strong> (satire)&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/the_vampire_kitty-cat_chronicles.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles</a></p>\r\n<p><strong><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/the_summer_boy.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"SummerBoy-60W\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d22f50bd970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d22f50bd970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"SummerBoy-60W\" /></a>Mystery</strong> (coming of age)&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/the_summer_boy.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">The Summer Boy</a></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/hiding_magic.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Hiding-Magic-60W\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201bb0948a6b1970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201bb0948a6b1970d-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Hiding-Magic-60W\" /></a><strong>Science Fiction</strong>&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/hiding_magic.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Hiding Magic</a></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/gundown.html\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Gundown-60W\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b7c8a58c01970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b7c8a58c01970b-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Gundown-60W\" /></a><strong>Science Fiction</strong>&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/gundown.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Gundown</a><strong> Free ebooks.</strong></p>\r\n",
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         "renderedContent": "<p><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\"><strong>Submissions welcome.</strong></span> There’s naught in the queue. Get fresh eyes on your opening page, and you could get a little free line editing, too. Submission directions below.</p>\r\n<p><strong>The Flogometer challenge:</strong> can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective.</p>\r\n<p>Note: all the Flogometer <a href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/flogging_the_quill/archives.html\" target=\"_self\">posts are here</a>.</p>\r\n<p>What&#39;s a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about 1/3 of the way down the page). <strong>Directions for submissions are below—</strong>they include a request to post the rest of the chapter, but that’s optional.</p>\r\n<p>A word about the line-editing in these posts: it’s “one-pass” editing, and I don’t try to address everything, which is why I appreciate the comments from the FtQ tribe. In a paid edit, I go through each manuscript three times.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" /></a>Before you rip into today’s submission, consider this checklist of first-page ingredients from my book, <a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/mastering_the_craft.html\" target=\"_self\"><em>Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling</em></a>. While it&#39;s not a requirement that all of these elements must be on the first page, they can be, and I think you have the best chance of hooking a reader if they are.</p>\r\n<p>Download a <a href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/first-page%20checklist%20evolved.pdf\">free PDF copy here</a>.</p>\r\n<p>Were I you, I&#39;d examine my first page in the light of this list before submitting to the Flogometer. I use it on my own work.</p>\r\n<p><strong>A First-page Checklist</strong></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>It begins <em>to engage the reader with the character</em></li>\r\n<li><em>Something is wrong/goes wrong</em> or <em>challenges the character</em></li>\r\n<li>The character <em>desires something</em>.</li>\r\n<li>The character <em>takes action</em>. Can be internal or external action: thoughts, deeds, emotions. This does NOT include musing about whatever.</li>\r\n<li><em>There’s enough of a setting</em> to orient the reader as to where things are happening.</li>\r\n<li>It <em>happens in the NOW</em> of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Backstory? What backstory?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Set-up? What set-up?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li>The one thing it <em>must</em> do: <em>raise a story question</em>.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p>Caveat: a first page can succeed without including all of these possibilities. They are simply tools you can use. In particular, a strong first-person voice with the right content can raise powerful story questions and a create page turn without doing all of the above. On the other hand, testing pages with the checklist no matter where they are in a story can help identify where a narrative lags and why it does.</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p><strong><em>Kevin </em></strong>sends the first chapter of an action thriller,<em> Insomnia</em>. The rest of the submission follows the break.</p>\r\n<blockquote>\r\n<p>I was trying to get the dirt off my hands from the graveside service. It wasn&#39;t until the hot water from the kitchen sink started to burn me that I realized I had already washed off all the soap. I turned the tap off and dried my hands. I wasn&#39;t sure why we were preparing to eat, I knew I wouldn&#39;t be hungry. As I sank into my usual spot at the table, Dad was slunk into his chair, elbows on the table. Mom would have scolded him for that.</p>\r\n<p>“Bekah, just sit your butt on your chair and we can eat,” that was Dad, voice cool as the grave.</p>\r\n<p>“No need to be frustrated,” her face was still red from tears but you would never know it from her calm composure.</p>\r\n<p>Everyone was a little on edge. As if funerals weren&#39;t hard enough, there had been a noisy construction crew not far from mom&#39;s grave that had really ruined it for me. We had finished the service, but I felt so vulnerable and self-conscious with men looking in from every direction I was eager to get out of there and didn&#39;t feel like I had given Mom a proper goodbye.</p>\r\n<p>“I&#39;m not frustrated,” Dad&#39;s voice was rising, “I just want to eat and you&#39;re holding us up.” He was yelling. I don&#39;t think I&#39;d heard him yell much, at least not since we were little and misbehaving. But the glaring fact that one of the chairs at the table was now empty was obviously hanging heavy on him.</p>\r\n<p>I picked up a slice of egg salad sandwich. It was on white bread, cut into four slices. It was leftover from the funeral. I had never thought about how gross the texture of egg salad was before, but (snip)</p>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9640449.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n<noscript><a href=\"http://polldaddy.com/poll/9640449/\">Were you compelled to turn the page?</a></noscript>\r\n<p>I like the voice of this narrative, and liked it even more as I read on. As a whole, the writing is good, though there are usage (&quot;your&quot; for &quot;you’re&quot;) and punctuation issues. Characterization through the chapter was strong with lines such as “There was something soothing about starting a fight.”</p>\r\n<p>However, for something categorized as an action thriller, nothing happens. There are no story questions raised until, possibly, the end of the chapter. A family in the shadow of grief has supper and quarrels, that’s about it. I should mention that I’ve seen a number of death-of-a-mother-or-father-or sibling openings, and they are seldom the actual inciting incident. Same goes here: the first chapter is devoted to setup, as far as I can tell. I think the story starts later, and I’d like to see that opening page. Notes:</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">I was trying to get the dirt off my hands from the graveside service. It wasn&#39;t until the hot water from the kitchen sink started to burn me that I realized I had already washed off all the soap. I turned the tap off and dried my hands. I wasn&#39;t sure why we were preparing to eat, I knew I wouldn&#39;t be hungry. As I sank into my usual spot at the table, Dad was<span style=\"background-color: #ffff00;\"> slunk</span> into his chair, elbows on the table. Mom would have scolded him for that. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>The use of “slunk” here for his posture didn’t work for me. Did you mean “slumped?”</em></span></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">“Bekah, just sit your butt on your chair and we can <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">eat<strong><span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">,</span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">.</span></strong>”</span> <span style=\"text-decoration: line-through; color: #4040ff;\">that </span><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">That</span> was Dad, voice cool as the grave. <span style=\"color: #4040ff;\"><em>Some scene-setting is needed here. We don’t know who or what Bekah is or that she was in the room. She should have been established before he says this to her. It could have come in the first paragraph. And there’s a <span style=\"background-color: #e6e6e6;\">punctuation issue</span> in how the dialogue is presented—“that was . . . etc.” is not a dialogue tag. This happens again in the following narrative. 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         "content": "<p>Just got this forwarded from the latest WikiLeaks file share. Not really sure what it's all about but it's interesting enough to publish. Thoughts welcome.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" style=\"float: left;\" href=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d img-responsive\" style=\"width: 250px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 3.09.35 PM\" src=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d-250wi\" alt=\"Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 3.09.35 PM\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>I see that the Zuckerbergs are tossing three billion dollars or so into wiping out childhood illness. Zuck's wife, Priscilla Chan, is described as a \"pediatrician and philanthropist,\" which sounds like trouble to me, since their likely way to end childhood illness would involve shooting more shots into more kids until they are all disease free forever. Plus, weren't the Gateses already spending 10 times that amount to wipe out illnesses? Is there no other cause worthy of these worthies? When I was a kid my favorite character was Mighty Mouse and his theme song: \"Here I come to save the day -- that means that Mighty Mouse is on the Way.\" I think these four folks were lucky enough to get rich and live out their Mighty Mouse fantasies. Plus, they get to talk all the time about \"giving back.\" If somebody gave me $50 billion, I'd be more than happy to give back $49 billion of it. Here I come to save the day!</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/09/polio-like-illness-in-us-children-shows-sharp-uptick-cdc-says.html\" target=\"_blank\">The Washington Post is picking up the story</a> we reported a few weeks back &nbsp;about <a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/09/21/a-mysterious-polio-like-illness-that-paralyzes-people-may-be-surging-this-year/\" target=\"_blank\">new cases of polio-like illnesses</a>.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>The Post highlights a child from Chesterfield, Va. Of course, I know nothing about the case, but what I do know does nothing to argue against our view that polio was, and is, a virus-toxin interaction (originally, poliovirus and arsenic and lead arsenate pesticide). My father used to smoke Chesterfields, so of course my first thought was to see if the cigarette is named for the place, which indeed it is. (\"Man-size satisfaction,\" the ads said. \"Clean, smooth, fresh!\") This makes me wonder again about pesticides, particularly glyphosate which seems to be the drug of choice for tobacco fields.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.grpva.com/news-and-media/details/philip-morris-usa-building-1-million-square-foot-tobacco-warehouse-in-chest\" target=\"_blank\">Philip Morris not long ago built a one-million-square foot tobacco warehouse there</a>.</p>\r\n<p>As you know, I've written extensively on the 1916 New York epidemic that I believe was triggered by arsenic used to kill weeds in sugar cane fields in Hawaii (see sidebar on home page). And I've said repeatedly (see below) that the current outbreak was likely to worsen and we should be looking at a toxic trigger.</p>\r\n<p>Here, I fear, we go again.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>Dear Readers,&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>I have decided to end our coverage and commenting on politics indefinitely. It naught availeth.</p>\r\n<p>Dan</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>I wrote this in March 2015 under the headline Wasting the Wait for EV-68:</p>\r\n<p>Spring has sprung, at least theoretically, in daffodil-deprived Washington. Warmer weather will soon favor a resurgence of enterovirus 68, the virus that first appeared in severe and paralytic forms in 2013 as a small cluster in California, popped up unpredictably around the country last year in larger numbers and now – well, now what?</p>\r\n<p>Just this week, the&nbsp;<a href=\"http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html\" target=\"_blank\">CDC put out a plain English Q&amp;A</a>&nbsp;about the virus.&nbsp; The CDC notes that last year, 1,153 people in 49 states were confirmed to have the virus, and 14 of them died. Most were children. Weirdly, the CDC doesn't mention the frightening and seemingly permanent cases of paralysis almost certainly associated with EV-D68, and regarding the deaths, it mumbles: \"State and local officials have the authority to determine and release information about the cause of these deaths.\"</p>\r\n<p>It would be nice to see the CDC a little more animated on this one, because given the obvious parallels with poliovirus, I think we could be on the brink of big trouble. Both polio and EV-D68 are enteroviruses, meaning they get into the body through the GI tract, although they can manifest as respiratory illness; both appear in warmer weather; both can cause paralysis and death. A big part of the problem is mainstream medical types may once again be blind to what they are really dealing with.</p>\r\n<p>Polio epidemics, as&nbsp;<a href=\"http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/09/the-age-of-polio-how-an-old-virus-and-new-toxins-triggered-a-man-made-epidemic-1.html\" target=\"_blank\">Mark Blaxill and I have proposed, were triggered not just by the virus but also by a necessary co-factor</a>&nbsp;-- exposure to certain pesticides in people, most often non-immune children, who happened to have an active poliovirus infection at the time. The pesticides – lead arsenate starting in the early 1890s, DDT after World War II – opened a pathway to the nervous system that let the otherwise benign virus attack cells that control motion.</p>\r\n<p>The idea that pesticides are implicated in polio has been around for a long time – since the first outbreaks over a century ago, in fact – but roundly sneered at by mainstream scientists, if they noticed at all while hunkered over microscopes in their virology labs. The pesticides-alone theory was easy to dismiss because it was incomplete. The virus, we argued, was a necessary cofactor with the toxin, and when the vaccine came along and took down the virus, the epidemics ended. But the truth -- the ability of toxins to potentiate microbes -- did not.</p>\r\n<p>As the CDC points out, EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses from which the vaccine provides no protection. And since lead arsenate and DDT are no longer used in the United States, we can only guess what toxin, still presumably a pesticide and who knows what else, is potentiating EV-D68. We suspect the collapse of bee colonies and the rise of neurological illnesses point to successor chemicals that are even more toxic in ever-smaller doses.</p>\r\n<p>It would be useful to find out, and quickly. Unfortunately, the idea of a toxic cofactor in the spread of EV-D68 is not on the radar of any current research, as far as I can tell. That’s despite clues in the early EV-D68 cases – the parents of one child run vineyards and a winery in northern California, and the mother told us her daughter had fresh raspberries the morning she got sick (the doctors seemed uninterested); another child is from Moorpark, a Los Angeles exurb built on former (often toxic) farmland that has an apricot named after it.</p>\r\n<p>By now, 1000-plus ED-68 cases on, the clues to the origin have been buried in the breadth of the outbreak, just as they were with polio (and autism); early polio clusters occurred in the San Joaquin and Napa valleys in California (fruit, vegetables, grapes), and in locations where lead arsenate was pioneered – most astonishingly, in 1893 in Boston, which is when and where lead arsenate was invented to battle the coddling moth that was attacking apple orchards. Its use soon spread, and so did epidemics.</p>\r\n<p><br />Failure to understand polio epidemics, and now EV-D68 outbreaks that may presage a polio-scale catastrophe, is really the failure of an outmoded medical paradigm that researchers cling to for their professional lives. It’s so nineteenth century. In our book The Age of Autism, Mark Blaxill and I showed how the worst outcome of syphilis was a neurological disease called general paralysis of the insane. We proposed GPI arose after many years of treatment with mercury, which eventually gave the syphilis bacteria entry to the brain.</p>\r\n<p>Similarly, there’s a very good case to be made that autism can be caused by live virus vaccinations like the MMR, especially in children who also have gotten mercury-containing vaccinations at the same time or earlier. This idea, of course, has been “debunked” by the federal government, even as it continues to covertly award millions to families of children who get those vaccines, develop brain swelling, and end up with autism. Metals – mercury, lead, and arsenic are all metals – can cause mayhem, on their own or in conjunction with viruses.</p>\r\n<p>So under our theory of the case, unfortunately, EV-D68 is not going away. Back last October I wrote this:</p>\r\n<p>“Right now the media is fixated on the first case of Ebola to reach U.S. shores … Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says the disease will be stopped in its tracks, and for once I believe him. This is what the CDC does well -- track an outbreak in real time, find contacts, quarantine if necessary, and put an end to it.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“Enterovirus 68, I'm afraid, may be another story. This prospect is outside the CDC's wheelhouse because it does not follow the straight lines of germ theory - one microbe, one disease. It's another paradigm altogether -- a possible microbe-toxin interaction, the kind we've written about many times. And it comes uncomfortably close to interactions (MMR and thimerosal, another microbe and metal combination) they have already rejected as impossible.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“I'm afraid they feel much more at home waging war on Ebola.</p>\r\n<p>“Which story is bigger? I vote for the enterovirus.”</p>\r\n<p>If EV-D68 follows the polio trajectory, it will be back in bigger numbers, following a jagged course of dips and spikes that no on can make sense of until, one day, it explodes.</p>\r\n<p>That’s what happened with polio. From those scattered agricultural outbreaks in the 1890s including Boston and the San Joaquin Valley, there was a sudden spike to 2,500 in New York City alone in 1907, and then 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths in the Northeast epidemic just nine in 1916. From there, polio was off and running for half a century. One could argue there was a magnitude increase every decade.</p>\r\n<p>In a way, EV-D68 is on a faster track, going from a couple of dozen cases in California to 1,000 nationwide in one year – a two-magnitude increase.&nbsp;One thing that especially concerns me: It was often noted that the worst polio outbreaks were connected with droughts; our hunch is that’s because less pesticide got washed off the produce by rainfall. And as we all know, California is suffering through a historic and seemingly unending drought.</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>How many well-paid reporters does it take to write up an account of a written statement by someone who swims for a living? A dozen, apparently. Hey, I like a bit of scandal as much as the next American media consumer, but all the hoopla about Ryan Lochte and colleagues' behavior at that gas station in Rio is a window into more than his sordid soul. (Which is not really that sordid! The 24-7 media gets into such a frenzy that it loses all sight of what really matters and puts resources that could go toward something far more important into something far less.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>\"U.S. Swimmer Bentz Says Lochte Played Key Role In Rio Scandal,\" Reuters reported in one of the innumerable articles that minutely advanced our knowledge of the outrage. This one reported on \"the first account from one of Lochte's companions\" as if it were a scoop. But here's the thing -- it was just a report of a statement that Bentz issued.</p>\r\n<p>And here's the other thing -- there were 12, count 'em 12 -- Reuters journalists involved in this story. It was \"By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer.\" At the end there was this: \"(Additional reporting by Rodrigo Viga, Paulo Prada, Caio Saad, Brad Brooks, Brad Haynes and Liana B. Baker; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alison Williams, Mark Bendeich and Mark Lamport-Stokes.)\"</p>\r\n<p>It's hard to witness this kind of overkill when we know how many really important stories go begging because the media is supposedly so short-handed and financially strapped that it couldn't possibly do its job of figuring out what's gone wrong with a whole generation of American kids (like Michael Phelps, who has ADHD, and other Rio athletes with asthma and Crohn's, which were vanishing rarities a couple of decades ago).</p>\r\n<p>Separately (great minds think alike!), my colleague Mark Blaxill points out that the whole Affaire Lochte has been misreported, pointing to this USA Today account.&nbsp;http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/investigation-ryan-lochte-rio-olympics-authorities/89082232/</p>\r\n<p>Sigh. And now back to our regular programming.</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>If you saw Donald Trump's youngest child on stage at the GOP convention, at least on TV you saw a child who didn't appear to smile or interact. Meanwhile there were grandkids and others bounding around, popping balloons, smiling and laughing. When you run for president, you expose your family and yourself to the spotlight in a way that leaves nothing unobserved. Given the unique importance of the office, that is the way it must be.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 8, 2016 (AOA) -- I'm going to get a little wonky here, folks, so feel free to skip this, lampoon me, or if you are kindly disposed allow a Moment of Philosophizing before we get back to business. I'm not a political philosopher but ultimately there is a political, small-d democratic critique of the autism epidemic that most of us are forced to consider.</p>\r\n<p>I've gotten some very thoughtful e-mails and comments on my post about Ruin, immediately below. It comes from the last statement in The Vaccine-Autism Link in which I said, \"Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.\" That sentence was the final&nbsp;point of nine, before which I had described not just autism but its ancillary diseases and disorders -- sometimes deadly ones -- and the societal dysfunction that would allow rampant medical interventions and industrial pollution, which I blame for the Age of Autism: \"Autism is the defining disorder of our Age and points to the terrible state of health care in America, the suppression of free speech and the triumph of a kind of political correctness that is essentially a smiling mask for good old-fashioned bullying.\"</p>\r\n<p>I try to choose my words carefully, and I think the sentence I wrote is true, and meanings ought not be read into it that are not explicit. I mean, explicitly, that any impingement on an individual's&nbsp;liberty that could cause ruin to that individual for the supposed or imagined benefit of \"others\" is a <em>power</em> no one should have.&nbsp;The power to require unsafe and untested vaccination as a condition of public education or other common benefits of citizenship or employment, when those vaccines have the power to damage, injure, and indeed <em>ruin</em> you, and when those who hold that power are hopelessly conflicted and self-interested, is something we must never acquiesce in, to invoke my own version of the&nbsp;categorical imperative.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Andy Wakefield said much the same this week:&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“There are times in history when change occurs, there are times when change becomes inevitable, when change becomes unstoppable. The camera rolls and the world bears witness. A single voice cries out against the many voices of corruption and is heard. A time when the government sells the lives of your children to corporations in order to line their pockets.</p>\r\n<p>“That time has come. That time is now. We must make that time, now you must make that time now. ...&nbsp;So now is the time. Now is the time to overthrow the corporate rule of this country and to bring the power back to the people.\"</p>\r\n<p>So, yes.&nbsp;It is ruinous to our society to let our children be sold to corporations, and it so very often ruinous to our children as individuals. It is ruinous, as Del Bigtree said in his great speech we also ran this week, for the press to be sold to the same high bidder, and it is ruinous when parents buy the propaganda and their individual children pay the price. It is ruinous to everyone to put our democracy in jeopardy and not even know it's happening. It is ruinous, as my father wrote in the 75-year-old essay I ran on Father's Day, to succumb to utilitarian \"blueprints\" -- ideologies -- rather than stand up for the individual as the first principle. \"Today,\" he wrote on the eve of World War II with an eye on communism and fascism but also on oligarchy masquerading as a free market, \"it is evident that a mythical, abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals does not constitute the good society.\"&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>\"Selling the lives of our children to corporations\"; \"an abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals\" -- Andy Wakefield and my father -- great minds think alike! Technically, I suppose, one could say that nobody should have the power to control your life, up to and including the power to ruin it or kill you dead and then to make sure you have no recourse or ability to share your truth, simply because they think it will make someone else's life better (and especially theirs!). But that's not very catchy. So for now I'll stick with the truth the nobody should have the <em>power</em> to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.</p>\r\n<p>But I'll continue to take objections seriously.</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>Recently I got an e-mail from a reader responding to the one-page summary of the autism-vaccine link that is posted above this on our right-hand sidebar. She objected to the last of nine points I made: \"Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.\" I was pointing to autism, yes, but also to the overall state of poor health of American kids, most of which I, Dan Olmsted, attribute to vaccine damage, pesticide mayhem and other ignorant and imperious iatrogenic and industrial zealotry. Here is the person's e-mail:</p>\r\n<p>\"I understand what y'all are trying to do and I appreciate that you are sharing this information, however some of your verbiage is incredibly harsh when you consider that many of your readers have autistic children. Phrases like 'no one has a right to&nbsp;<span class=\"il\">ruin</span>&nbsp;my life' are particularly ignorant and unnecessarily cruel. I love my child. I don't in any way see any part of her or her condition as somethings that has&nbsp;<span class=\"il\">ruined</span>&nbsp;her life, or mine.</p>\r\n<p>\"I hope you will be more considerate of the human beings and their families you are addressing, when deciding upon final copy, in the future.\"</p>\r\n<p>Noted. But I kind of like my formulation, which is a conversational adaptation of the argument against utilitarianism, to get deep about it for one minute. Causing someone to have a disability (autism) because of the belief that, say, hepatitis B in some theoretical&nbsp;18-year-old drug user is not just worth preventing, but worth preventing by giving every single child in America the hep B vaccine at birth, even though it wears off and other interventions would be much better, and including such nonsense as the claim that \"horizontal transmission\" in daycare is also part of the reason, and ignoring and suppressing and twisting evidence that it leads to autism and learning disabilities at very high rates -- this is folly, arrogance, and to the extent it causes autism and other health conditions, it is the road to ruin. Ruin of individuals, ruin of families, ruin of communities, ruin of country. <em>Ruin.</em></p>\r\n<p>The small fraction of autism families untouched in that way are probably best advised to find more compatible terrain -- like, say, Steve Silberman's Neurotribes.</p>\r\n<p>But I'm open to discussion, as always. What do you think? -- Dan.</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>This morning on MSNBC, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin talked about a problem that's \"killing us. It's robbing us of a whole generation. We're fighting it.\" He mentioned a summit June 28 featuring Rob Reiner.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>When I hear phrases like that, I think of autism. Manchin was talking about opioid addiction, which according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine killed almost 19,000 people in 2014.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Two observations: It would be nice to hear that sense of urgency around autism, which will affect around 50,000 children born this year. And for those of us who believe that autism rate is largely driven by excessive \"drug use\" -- namely, too many vaccines too soon, untested, unsafe, and &nbsp;unnecessary -- the fact that opoiods are made by pharmaceutical companies and overprescribed by doctors is, well, rich.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>Hi All,</p>\r\n<p>Hope you're finding this new feature accessible -- let me know. I have to say that Do You Read Me was meant as kind of a placeholder headline but, after scratching my head forever about a good title, I think I accidentally stumbled onto one!</p>\r\n<p>Every once in a while I Google vaccines and autism. 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         "renderedContent": "<p>Just got this forwarded from the latest WikiLeaks file share. Not really sure what it's all about but it's interesting enough to publish. Thoughts welcome.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" style=\"float: left;\" href=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d img-responsive\" style=\"width: 250px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 3.09.35 PM\" src=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201bb09417f58970d-250wi\" alt=\"Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 3.09.35 PM\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>I see that the Zuckerbergs are tossing three billion dollars or so into wiping out childhood illness. Zuck's wife, Priscilla Chan, is described as a \"pediatrician and philanthropist,\" which sounds like trouble to me, since their likely way to end childhood illness would involve shooting more shots into more kids until they are all disease free forever. Plus, weren't the Gateses already spending 10 times that amount to wipe out illnesses? Is there no other cause worthy of these worthies? When I was a kid my favorite character was Mighty Mouse and his theme song: \"Here I come to save the day -- that means that Mighty Mouse is on the Way.\" I think these four folks were lucky enough to get rich and live out their Mighty Mouse fantasies. Plus, they get to talk all the time about \"giving back.\" If somebody gave me $50 billion, I'd be more than happy to give back $49 billion of it. Here I come to save the day!</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/09/polio-like-illness-in-us-children-shows-sharp-uptick-cdc-says.html\" target=\"_blank\">The Washington Post is picking up the story</a> we reported a few weeks back &nbsp;about <a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/09/21/a-mysterious-polio-like-illness-that-paralyzes-people-may-be-surging-this-year/\" target=\"_blank\">new cases of polio-like illnesses</a>.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>The Post highlights a child from Chesterfield, Va. Of course, I know nothing about the case, but what I do know does nothing to argue against our view that polio was, and is, a virus-toxin interaction (originally, poliovirus and arsenic and lead arsenate pesticide). My father used to smoke Chesterfields, so of course my first thought was to see if the cigarette is named for the place, which indeed it is. (\"Man-size satisfaction,\" the ads said. \"Clean, smooth, fresh!\") This makes me wonder again about pesticides, particularly glyphosate which seems to be the drug of choice for tobacco fields.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.grpva.com/news-and-media/details/philip-morris-usa-building-1-million-square-foot-tobacco-warehouse-in-chest\" target=\"_blank\">Philip Morris not long ago built a one-million-square foot tobacco warehouse there</a>.</p>\r\n<p>As you know, I've written extensively on the 1916 New York epidemic that I believe was triggered by arsenic used to kill weeds in sugar cane fields in Hawaii (see sidebar on home page). And I've said repeatedly (see below) that the current outbreak was likely to worsen and we should be looking at a toxic trigger.</p>\r\n<p>Here, I fear, we go again.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>Dear Readers,&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>I have decided to end our coverage and commenting on politics indefinitely. It naught availeth.</p>\r\n<p>Dan</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>I wrote this in March 2015 under the headline Wasting the Wait for EV-68:</p>\r\n<p>Spring has sprung, at least theoretically, in daffodil-deprived Washington. Warmer weather will soon favor a resurgence of enterovirus 68, the virus that first appeared in severe and paralytic forms in 2013 as a small cluster in California, popped up unpredictably around the country last year in larger numbers and now – well, now what?</p>\r\n<p>Just this week, the&nbsp;<a href=\"http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html\" target=\"_blank\">CDC put out a plain English Q&amp;A</a>&nbsp;about the virus.&nbsp; The CDC notes that last year, 1,153 people in 49 states were confirmed to have the virus, and 14 of them died. Most were children. Weirdly, the CDC doesn't mention the frightening and seemingly permanent cases of paralysis almost certainly associated with EV-D68, and regarding the deaths, it mumbles: \"State and local officials have the authority to determine and release information about the cause of these deaths.\"</p>\r\n<p>It would be nice to see the CDC a little more animated on this one, because given the obvious parallels with poliovirus, I think we could be on the brink of big trouble. Both polio and EV-D68 are enteroviruses, meaning they get into the body through the GI tract, although they can manifest as respiratory illness; both appear in warmer weather; both can cause paralysis and death. A big part of the problem is mainstream medical types may once again be blind to what they are really dealing with.</p>\r\n<p>Polio epidemics, as&nbsp;<a href=\"http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/09/the-age-of-polio-how-an-old-virus-and-new-toxins-triggered-a-man-made-epidemic-1.html\" target=\"_blank\">Mark Blaxill and I have proposed, were triggered not just by the virus but also by a necessary co-factor</a>&nbsp;-- exposure to certain pesticides in people, most often non-immune children, who happened to have an active poliovirus infection at the time. The pesticides – lead arsenate starting in the early 1890s, DDT after World War II – opened a pathway to the nervous system that let the otherwise benign virus attack cells that control motion.</p>\r\n<p>The idea that pesticides are implicated in polio has been around for a long time – since the first outbreaks over a century ago, in fact – but roundly sneered at by mainstream scientists, if they noticed at all while hunkered over microscopes in their virology labs. The pesticides-alone theory was easy to dismiss because it was incomplete. The virus, we argued, was a necessary cofactor with the toxin, and when the vaccine came along and took down the virus, the epidemics ended. But the truth -- the ability of toxins to potentiate microbes -- did not.</p>\r\n<p>As the CDC points out, EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses from which the vaccine provides no protection. And since lead arsenate and DDT are no longer used in the United States, we can only guess what toxin, still presumably a pesticide and who knows what else, is potentiating EV-D68. We suspect the collapse of bee colonies and the rise of neurological illnesses point to successor chemicals that are even more toxic in ever-smaller doses.</p>\r\n<p>It would be useful to find out, and quickly. Unfortunately, the idea of a toxic cofactor in the spread of EV-D68 is not on the radar of any current research, as far as I can tell. That’s despite clues in the early EV-D68 cases – the parents of one child run vineyards and a winery in northern California, and the mother told us her daughter had fresh raspberries the morning she got sick (the doctors seemed uninterested); another child is from Moorpark, a Los Angeles exurb built on former (often toxic) farmland that has an apricot named after it.</p>\r\n<p>By now, 1000-plus ED-68 cases on, the clues to the origin have been buried in the breadth of the outbreak, just as they were with polio (and autism); early polio clusters occurred in the San Joaquin and Napa valleys in California (fruit, vegetables, grapes), and in locations where lead arsenate was pioneered – most astonishingly, in 1893 in Boston, which is when and where lead arsenate was invented to battle the coddling moth that was attacking apple orchards. Its use soon spread, and so did epidemics.</p>\r\n<p><br />Failure to understand polio epidemics, and now EV-D68 outbreaks that may presage a polio-scale catastrophe, is really the failure of an outmoded medical paradigm that researchers cling to for their professional lives. It’s so nineteenth century. In our book The Age of Autism, Mark Blaxill and I showed how the worst outcome of syphilis was a neurological disease called general paralysis of the insane. We proposed GPI arose after many years of treatment with mercury, which eventually gave the syphilis bacteria entry to the brain.</p>\r\n<p>Similarly, there’s a very good case to be made that autism can be caused by live virus vaccinations like the MMR, especially in children who also have gotten mercury-containing vaccinations at the same time or earlier. This idea, of course, has been “debunked” by the federal government, even as it continues to covertly award millions to families of children who get those vaccines, develop brain swelling, and end up with autism. Metals – mercury, lead, and arsenic are all metals – can cause mayhem, on their own or in conjunction with viruses.</p>\r\n<p>So under our theory of the case, unfortunately, EV-D68 is not going away. Back last October I wrote this:</p>\r\n<p>“Right now the media is fixated on the first case of Ebola to reach U.S. shores … Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says the disease will be stopped in its tracks, and for once I believe him. This is what the CDC does well -- track an outbreak in real time, find contacts, quarantine if necessary, and put an end to it.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“Enterovirus 68, I'm afraid, may be another story. This prospect is outside the CDC's wheelhouse because it does not follow the straight lines of germ theory - one microbe, one disease. It's another paradigm altogether -- a possible microbe-toxin interaction, the kind we've written about many times. And it comes uncomfortably close to interactions (MMR and thimerosal, another microbe and metal combination) they have already rejected as impossible.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“I'm afraid they feel much more at home waging war on Ebola.</p>\r\n<p>“Which story is bigger? I vote for the enterovirus.”</p>\r\n<p>If EV-D68 follows the polio trajectory, it will be back in bigger numbers, following a jagged course of dips and spikes that no on can make sense of until, one day, it explodes.</p>\r\n<p>That’s what happened with polio. From those scattered agricultural outbreaks in the 1890s including Boston and the San Joaquin Valley, there was a sudden spike to 2,500 in New York City alone in 1907, and then 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths in the Northeast epidemic just nine in 1916. From there, polio was off and running for half a century. One could argue there was a magnitude increase every decade.</p>\r\n<p>In a way, EV-D68 is on a faster track, going from a couple of dozen cases in California to 1,000 nationwide in one year – a two-magnitude increase.&nbsp;One thing that especially concerns me: It was often noted that the worst polio outbreaks were connected with droughts; our hunch is that’s because less pesticide got washed off the produce by rainfall. And as we all know, California is suffering through a historic and seemingly unending drought.</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>How many well-paid reporters does it take to write up an account of a written statement by someone who swims for a living? A dozen, apparently. Hey, I like a bit of scandal as much as the next American media consumer, but all the hoopla about Ryan Lochte and colleagues' behavior at that gas station in Rio is a window into more than his sordid soul. (Which is not really that sordid! The 24-7 media gets into such a frenzy that it loses all sight of what really matters and puts resources that could go toward something far more important into something far less.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>\"U.S. Swimmer Bentz Says Lochte Played Key Role In Rio Scandal,\" Reuters reported in one of the innumerable articles that minutely advanced our knowledge of the outrage. This one reported on \"the first account from one of Lochte's companions\" as if it were a scoop. But here's the thing -- it was just a report of a statement that Bentz issued.</p>\r\n<p>And here's the other thing -- there were 12, count 'em 12 -- Reuters journalists involved in this story. It was \"By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer.\" At the end there was this: \"(Additional reporting by Rodrigo Viga, Paulo Prada, Caio Saad, Brad Brooks, Brad Haynes and Liana B. Baker; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alison Williams, Mark Bendeich and Mark Lamport-Stokes.)\"</p>\r\n<p>It's hard to witness this kind of overkill when we know how many really important stories go begging because the media is supposedly so short-handed and financially strapped that it couldn't possibly do its job of figuring out what's gone wrong with a whole generation of American kids (like Michael Phelps, who has ADHD, and other Rio athletes with asthma and Crohn's, which were vanishing rarities a couple of decades ago).</p>\r\n<p>Separately (great minds think alike!), my colleague Mark Blaxill points out that the whole Affaire Lochte has been misreported, pointing to this USA Today account.&nbsp;http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/investigation-ryan-lochte-rio-olympics-authorities/89082232/</p>\r\n<p>Sigh. And now back to our regular programming.</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>If you saw Donald Trump's youngest child on stage at the GOP convention, at least on TV you saw a child who didn't appear to smile or interact. Meanwhile there were grandkids and others bounding around, popping balloons, smiling and laughing. When you run for president, you expose your family and yourself to the spotlight in a way that leaves nothing unobserved. Given the unique importance of the office, that is the way it must be.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 8, 2016 (AOA) -- I'm going to get a little wonky here, folks, so feel free to skip this, lampoon me, or if you are kindly disposed allow a Moment of Philosophizing before we get back to business. I'm not a political philosopher but ultimately there is a political, small-d democratic critique of the autism epidemic that most of us are forced to consider.</p>\r\n<p>I've gotten some very thoughtful e-mails and comments on my post about Ruin, immediately below. It comes from the last statement in The Vaccine-Autism Link in which I said, \"Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.\" That sentence was the final&nbsp;point of nine, before which I had described not just autism but its ancillary diseases and disorders -- sometimes deadly ones -- and the societal dysfunction that would allow rampant medical interventions and industrial pollution, which I blame for the Age of Autism: \"Autism is the defining disorder of our Age and points to the terrible state of health care in America, the suppression of free speech and the triumph of a kind of political correctness that is essentially a smiling mask for good old-fashioned bullying.\"</p>\r\n<p>I try to choose my words carefully, and I think the sentence I wrote is true, and meanings ought not be read into it that are not explicit. I mean, explicitly, that any impingement on an individual's&nbsp;liberty that could cause ruin to that individual for the supposed or imagined benefit of \"others\" is a <em>power</em> no one should have.&nbsp;The power to require unsafe and untested vaccination as a condition of public education or other common benefits of citizenship or employment, when those vaccines have the power to damage, injure, and indeed <em>ruin</em> you, and when those who hold that power are hopelessly conflicted and self-interested, is something we must never acquiesce in, to invoke my own version of the&nbsp;categorical imperative.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Andy Wakefield said much the same this week:&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>“There are times in history when change occurs, there are times when change becomes inevitable, when change becomes unstoppable. The camera rolls and the world bears witness. A single voice cries out against the many voices of corruption and is heard. A time when the government sells the lives of your children to corporations in order to line their pockets.</p>\r\n<p>“That time has come. That time is now. We must make that time, now you must make that time now. ...&nbsp;So now is the time. Now is the time to overthrow the corporate rule of this country and to bring the power back to the people.\"</p>\r\n<p>So, yes.&nbsp;It is ruinous to our society to let our children be sold to corporations, and it so very often ruinous to our children as individuals. It is ruinous, as Del Bigtree said in his great speech we also ran this week, for the press to be sold to the same high bidder, and it is ruinous when parents buy the propaganda and their individual children pay the price. It is ruinous to everyone to put our democracy in jeopardy and not even know it's happening. It is ruinous, as my father wrote in the 75-year-old essay I ran on Father's Day, to succumb to utilitarian \"blueprints\" -- ideologies -- rather than stand up for the individual as the first principle. \"Today,\" he wrote on the eve of World War II with an eye on communism and fascism but also on oligarchy masquerading as a free market, \"it is evident that a mythical, abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals does not constitute the good society.\"&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>\"Selling the lives of our children to corporations\"; \"an abstract state made up of enslaved and degraded individuals\" -- Andy Wakefield and my father -- great minds think alike! Technically, I suppose, one could say that nobody should have the power to control your life, up to and including the power to ruin it or kill you dead and then to make sure you have no recourse or ability to share your truth, simply because they think it will make someone else's life better (and especially theirs!). But that's not very catchy. So for now I'll stick with the truth the nobody should have the <em>power</em> to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.</p>\r\n<p>But I'll continue to take objections seriously.</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>Recently I got an e-mail from a reader responding to the one-page summary of the autism-vaccine link that is posted above this on our right-hand sidebar. She objected to the last of nine points I made: \"Nobody should have the power to ruin your life simply because they think it will make someone else’s better.\" I was pointing to autism, yes, but also to the overall state of poor health of American kids, most of which I, Dan Olmsted, attribute to vaccine damage, pesticide mayhem and other ignorant and imperious iatrogenic and industrial zealotry. Here is the person's e-mail:</p>\r\n<p>\"I understand what y'all are trying to do and I appreciate that you are sharing this information, however some of your verbiage is incredibly harsh when you consider that many of your readers have autistic children. Phrases like 'no one has a right to&nbsp;<span class=\"il\">ruin</span>&nbsp;my life' are particularly ignorant and unnecessarily cruel. I love my child. I don't in any way see any part of her or her condition as somethings that has&nbsp;<span class=\"il\">ruined</span>&nbsp;her life, or mine.</p>\r\n<p>\"I hope you will be more considerate of the human beings and their families you are addressing, when deciding upon final copy, in the future.\"</p>\r\n<p>Noted. But I kind of like my formulation, which is a conversational adaptation of the argument against utilitarianism, to get deep about it for one minute. Causing someone to have a disability (autism) because of the belief that, say, hepatitis B in some theoretical&nbsp;18-year-old drug user is not just worth preventing, but worth preventing by giving every single child in America the hep B vaccine at birth, even though it wears off and other interventions would be much better, and including such nonsense as the claim that \"horizontal transmission\" in daycare is also part of the reason, and ignoring and suppressing and twisting evidence that it leads to autism and learning disabilities at very high rates -- this is folly, arrogance, and to the extent it causes autism and other health conditions, it is the road to ruin. Ruin of individuals, ruin of families, ruin of communities, ruin of country. <em>Ruin.</em></p>\r\n<p>The small fraction of autism families untouched in that way are probably best advised to find more compatible terrain -- like, say, Steve Silberman's Neurotribes.</p>\r\n<p>But I'm open to discussion, as always. What do you think? -- Dan.</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>This morning on MSNBC, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin talked about a problem that's \"killing us. It's robbing us of a whole generation. We're fighting it.\" He mentioned a summit June 28 featuring Rob Reiner.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>When I hear phrases like that, I think of autism. Manchin was talking about opioid addiction, which according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine killed almost 19,000 people in 2014.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Two observations: It would be nice to hear that sense of urgency around autism, which will affect around 50,000 children born this year. And for those of us who believe that autism rate is largely driven by excessive \"drug use\" -- namely, too many vaccines too soon, untested, unsafe, and &nbsp;unnecessary -- the fact that opoiods are made by pharmaceutical companies and overprescribed by doctors is, well, rich.&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>Hi All,</p>\r\n<p>Hope you're finding this new feature accessible -- let me know. I have to say that Do You Read Me was meant as kind of a placeholder headline but, after scratching my head forever about a good title, I think I accidentally stumbled onto one!</p>\r\n<p>Every once in a while I Google vaccines and autism. Just did it, and the first few items are predictably dispiriting.\"Vaccines do not cause autism concerns\" from the CDC -- whatever that means; &nbsp;crapola from Voices for Vaccines about the MMR, something about \"How my daughter taught me vaccines don't cause autism,\"and then three articles \"in the news,\" the first a decent local story about Vaxxed coming to Pittsburgh, the second on seven reasons to vaccinate now; and the third -- ta-da!&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"_Dk\" href=\"http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/06/mn-department-of-public-health-coerces-somali-families-into-mmr-vaccine.html\">MN Department of Public Health Coerces Somali Families into MMR Vaccine</a></p>\r\n<div class=\"_Ck kv\"><cite>Age of Autism</cite>‎<span class=\"f\">&nbsp;-&nbsp;</span><span class=\"f\">1 day ago</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"_Ck kv\"><span class=\"f\">--</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"_Ck kv\"><span class=\"f\">We are out there doing battle every day. 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