Should writers stick to one genre?

Should writers stick to one genre?

The Cat's Write

I never realised it was possible to write in different genres.  I always thought you had to choose one genre, and that was it. You were in it for LIFE. There would be no returns, no reruns, no back-tracking of any kind. If you happened to choose Vampire Romance as your brand, well… you better remain in that box or else.

I think this system of ‘author branding’ was created thanks to the publishing market. It makes sense to stick to a certain genre if that’s what your readers come to love and expect from you. Branching off into a different genre usually requires a pen name, and that means you pretty much have to start at square one.

But what if you really, really want to write both crime and romance novels? What if you also enjoy dabbling in YA fantasy?

I love that J.K. Rowling decided to submit…

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Google may remove View Image button on Google Images

Getty Images announced today that it has come to an agreement with Google that includes a global licensing partnership between the two companies and accompanying changes to Google Images.

If you search for images on Google Images right now, you may click on the “view image” button on the results page to load (an often) larger version of the linked image directly.

Getty Images lodged anti-competitive complaints against Google in the European Union and the United States for including functionality on Google Images to download high-resolution stock photography on the site.

Users can view and download images on Google Images without ever visiting the site the photo was posted on in first place.

The official announcement on Getty Images press site reveals little about the agreement but an email sent to companies and photographers who cooperate with Getty Images provides details on the agreement.

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Getty Images notes in the email, seen by Peta Pixel, that the company withdrew its complaint because Google recognized the company’s concerns. Google agreed to make changes to its image search engine to address Getty Images’ concerns according to the email, and that it would benefit all image owners globally”.

Google will remove the “view image” button and make copyright notices on Google Images more prominent on top of that.

While it is unclear right now whether the change will affect only Getty Images images on Google Images or all images, it is quite possible that Google will remove the functionality completely from its image search engine.

This is all speculation right now, however, as Google has not landed the changes yet that it promised to make as part of the agreement that it entered with Getty Images.

Here is a short list of Google Images alternatives that you may want to use if Google pulls the functionality from its image search engine completely.

  • Bing Images is Google Images biggest rival in the United States. Click on a result to view a larger version of the image which you can save by right-clicking on it and selecting the “save image” option from the context menu.
  • Startpage comes with image search functionality. Simply type a search term and switch to images to use it. It features a “view image” link that opens the image anonymously.
  • Yahoo Images is another big image search engine. It features a “view image” button to display the linked image directly in the web browser.

Now You: What’s your take on the upcoming changes to Google Images?

Love is wicked

First things first,  as usual it had become a daily routine texting bae and she replies instantly.  Unluckily, today morning texted bae up-to now she hasn’t replied.  Question,  am I safe?  Have I been chucked? , have I been replaced? This love affair got me singing love is wicked by brick &lace like I am the original composer of the song.. Poops end of the story.. Wait for part 2 ..

To be continued.. In another episode of flash

‘America’s Got Talent’ season 11 winner announced

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[Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.”]
Grace VanderWaal is the newest winner of “America’s Got Talent.”
The 12 year-old ukulele sensation narrowly beat mentalist duo The Clairvoyants to snag the show’s $1 million grand prize Wednesday night.
NFL star and magician John Dorenbos placed third.
Grace — a fan favorite who Simon Cowell has dubbed “the next Taylor Swift” — immediately fell into a crouched position and began to openly weep when host Nick Cannon called her name.
“How does it feel?” he asked her. “These are tears of joy, right?”
“Yes, of course,” she replied between sobs.
As part of her prize, Grace will also headline an upcoming concert in Las Vegas.
The tween was one of ten acts who made it all the way to the finale.
The two-hour broadcast included highlights from the show’s 11th season as well as performances by Il Divo, The Silhouettes and rock legend Stevie Nicks.
The Fleetwood Mac icon revealed she is a fan of “Talent’s” 11th champion.
“I have been watching this show from the very beginning,” Nicks said after performing a stirring version of “Landslide.”
“I have to say (Grace) reminds me a lot of me in a lot of ways. We sing very similar. We like to be weird…and we like to be a little different and not like anybody else.”
“Grace is going to the top!”
Earlier in the evening, Grace reprised her audition song, a quirky original tune titled “I Don’t Know My Name.”
Then it came time to reveal the results of America’s vote.
Crooner Sal Valentinetti, contortionist Soffie Dossi, vocal quartet Linkin’ Bridge and teen opera star Laura Bretan were all in the first group to be eliminated.
Other highlights from the evening included Dorenbos and the Clairvoyants each performing stunning illusions with a little help from Paula Abdul.
“America’s Got Talent” will return in May 2017 on NBC.

Justin Bieber Channels Some Coffeehouse Vibes To Cover 2pac And More

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The ’90s baby re-works songs from two of the decade’s biggest hitmakers

Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” is six years older than Justin Bieber — if the song were a kid, it would have graduated kindergarten by the time he was born — but that didn’t stop the singer from attempting a cover of the ’90s classic, along with a surprising rendition of 2pac’s “Thugz Mansion,” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Bieber donned some torn flannel, picked up an acoustic guitar, and did his best to invoke the smoky, uplifting intimacy of Chapman’s original. He said it was a “part of his childhood,” a song that his mom would play all the time when he was a kid, and after a brief flub at the beginning, he eventually found his key and croons his way through the track. (You gotta feel for him when you see him wince as he finds his footing.)

The low-key mood was well-suited to his cover of “Thugz Mansion.” After the performance, Bieber shared a bit about his relationship to hip-hop — namely, to Kanye West. “I forget how I met him,” he said. “We just clicked and vibed. It was cool.”

Maybe Bieber was flemmy and flummoxed from drinking too much milk before his performance? Even then, Bieber on a bad day still sounds better than the majority of Average Joes belting out “Fast Car” in their respective automobiles on their best day, so he gets a pass on this one.

Confirmation (movie 2016) DVD Cover

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Nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991, Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Anita Hill (Kerry Washington), his former employee, claims that he sexually harassed her.
Release date: April 16, 2016 (USA)
First episode date: April 16, 2016

Cape Town Season one (DVD Cover)

CAPE TOWN SN1 DVD COVER

Cape Town (also known as Mat Joubert) is a South African-German produced TV-series based on the novel Dead before dying by author Deon Meyer.[1] The series is produced by German company all-in-production, whose head Annette Reeker bought rights 5 years before starting the production. Produced without any television channel backing it, Reeker funded the series with private earnings of about 6 Million Euro[2] and wrote the episodes on her own, with English writer Mark Needham translating them from German into English.[3] World premiere of the series has been scheduled for June 23, 2016, on Polish channel TVN.[4]