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Apostate

Guilt and unhappy sex! Lance! LOL. Spoken like a Catholic school boy.

The women in your stories are different (and less real) than the real women you write about on your blog.

R

I'm enjoying the imagery, the set piece - but, good gad, man, that 5th sentence is insane! I about passed out from lack of breath just reading it silently. Vanishing Breath, indeed.

Lance Mannion

Rana,

lol. Well, it's from the notebook. I did some editing. Hope it saves others from your suffering.

Apostate, I'm older and wiser now, I guess.

Kathleen Maher

Lance, you are fiction writer, like it or not. Whether your stories go back ten years or forward. Take your time and they'll get written.
By my lights, your fiction outshines everything else you write, and that's saying a lot. (Three stooges? Not gonna forget that piece!) Anyway, I hope this heralds regular fiction posts. Guilt, sex, money, people's need for what can pass as refined tastes...what else is there? Looking at it metaphorically, I'm guessing your investment banker story no doubt includes equal measures of fear, death, and religion: all the inescapable obsessions.
So come on, give us more. Fiction blogging needs you.

Gary Farber

"Copyright 2009."

A trivial point, but as a matter of law, your story, or any writing you write, is copyright on the date it is " fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device."

So if you wrote it ten years ago, it's copyright 1999, not 2009. (If you revised it, though, you would update the copyright to extend from the first time to the date of revision, such as "copyright 1999-2009.")

But a notice isn't necessary, and if you do want the additional protection of a notice, you need to include the © symbol. The form is "Copyright © 2009 COPYRIGHT OWNER’S NAME. All Rights Reserved."

But if your work was created after March 1, 1989, the notice has no effect other than to warn people that it's copyright -- though no more copyright than any other piece of writing fixed in tangible form. However, it does eliminate any "innocent infringer" defense against you by someone who violates your copyright.

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