The Questioner of the Sphinx,
Elihu Vedder, 1863,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
1.Of another case of plagiarism:
Not a rip-off from a well-known writer like Gemmel this time, but from fanfic writer.
Angie has links.
Some of the discussion revolves around whether paraphrasing still constitutes plagiarism.
I'm inclined to think it does.
Also, the My reputation, Iago effect on both parties.
2. The hidden hook:
I always thought the inclusion of a partial chapter of the next or a similar novel at the end of a book was entirely a neat advertising trick -- particularly if the book in question was part of a series.
Seems it may serve a dual purpose. Printing costs are based partly on the page count of the final product, so it's a clever way of filling the blank pages, if an MS by a mean 'n lean writer falls short.
3. The contest:
l'll mention it now to give me time to adjust the rulz to cover anything I may have forgotten.
Friday, I will post a picture.
Send me an opening using the picture as the setting/background for the inciting incident of a story. Any genre.
Around a 100 words, I think, but that's not rigid, can be more, can be less.
Send entries in the body of the e-mail to the g-mail address at the top of the blog.
I probably need you to include specific permission to post your entry and showcase your writing.
Contest will run until next Friday night.
Prize will be a fresh and never-fondled copy of Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories (Tales) -- and assurances of my pleasure at being able to give away a proper, published book that includes my work.