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Bill Adler
Writer, pilot, 日本語の学生
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There's an Amazon Giveaway running for my book, Tell Me a Fairy Tale: A Parent's Guide to Telling Mythical and Magical Stories:

You can win a free copy of the Kindle edition of Tell Me a Fairy Tale. (It's also available in paperback.)

Tell Me a Fairy Tale is a book for parents who enjoy telling stories to their children. From the classics of the Grimm Brothers and Mother Goose to Native American and Japanese favorites, each chapter includes a short description of the characters, a plot summary, and a section on how best to tell the story. Suggestions include ways to leave out the scary parts, eliminate sexism, or update them—without changing the story's meaning.

Tell Me a Fairy Tale will turn you into someone with real storytelling skills and teach you how to bring smiles and giggles to your child's face.


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The Binge-Watching Cure is open to submissions.

How do you cure your Netflix addiction and return to your first love, reading books? You know you want to read more. You know you enjoy reading. You know you look forward to finishing a book because then you can start a new adventure. But how?

Enter The Binge-Watching Cure: Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow Longer, The Binge-Watching Cure will be an anthology of short stories of increasing size. The first story will be 100 words—anyone can read that. The next, 200 words. Then 500, then longer, all the way to novella length. By the time you’ve finished reading The Binge-Watching Cure, you’ll be able to tackle Joyce and Pynchon. Or at the very least, you’ll enjoy novels you hear about from friends and family. The Binge-Watching Cure will reignite your love for reading; it will better your life.

Just as you enter a cold swimming pool one body part at a time, get used to drinking beer sip by foamy sip, or learn to enjoy spicy food in little, fiery nibbles, The Binge-Watching Cure gradually acclimates you to reading longer and longer stories, until a novel-length book goes down smoothly, tasting sweet, and making you want more.

We pay $200 for short stories that are under 5,000 words and $500 for stories that are 5,000 words or longer. Previously published stories are okay, as are simultaneous submissions.

The closing date is December 31, 2016. The Binge-Watching Cure will be published in 2017.

Visit to find out how to submit your story.

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Because proofreading and writing go hand in hand, I thought I'm mention a book I'm working on -- and ask for help proofing the website. The book is The Binge Watching Cure and the website is

If you spot any typos I'll add you to the acknowledgements as thanks.

Binge-watching is fun, easy and way too addictive. How do you get back into reading when an endless universe of seductive television programs are just a click away? The answer is by slowly acclimating yourself to reading. First with a 100 word story, then 200 words, then 500 words, then longer -- until you're reading novels.

The Binge-Watching Cure is a collection of stories of ever increasing length that brings former readers back to the world of books.

(If you spot any mistakes, you can use the website's contact form to report them.)


Bill Adler
Moderator, Proofread Google+ Group


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My story, The Power of Patience, was published today by Paragraph Planet. You can read it at

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Should the presidential election become a Twilight Zone episode, I know that a lot of you are thinking about exile in Canada. Let me make a pitch for Japan, rather than that traditional refuge for Americans who scared out of their pants.

First, there's the food. Japanese do not put mayonnaise on hamburgers. That fact alone should be sufficient to convince you that Japan is the better sanctuary. Also, know this: There are over 200 flavors of Kit Kats in the wild in Japan, including ginger ale, sake, creme brulee, green tea, and banana. And honestly, when was the last time you said, "Let's go out for Canadian food tonight"?

In Canada you have a choice between cold and colder weather. Japan's got the full range of weather from snow in the north to sunbathing in the south.

Canada reports on news in America in English. Japanese television stations are in Japanese. By the time you understand enough Japanese to figure out what's happening in America, there will be a better president in the White House. You can live in Japan in ignorant bliss.

You'll fall in love with Japanese toilets. Seriously. If you want regular toilets, go ahead and move to Canada. If you like the idea of heated seats, sprays with controllable temperature, direction and pressure, a bidet button (I pressed that once by mistake), and how do I say this? a feature that sucks the air out when you're done, Japan is the place for you.

It's cool to walk around with 10,000 yen in your pocket. Even if that's only worth $87, it feels like so much more.

In Japan you won't be watching ice hockey on television all weekend long.

Bowing is cool.

Eating with chopsticks will improve your manual dexterity.
Hot sake is served in winter in Japan. You'd think that Canada would do that, but no. In Canada, even when it's minus 100, the drink of choice is still a cold beer.

Sure, Canada's physically close to the US and there will never be a wall between the United States and Canada (probably). Canadian currency has the same name as American currency. William Shatner's from Canada. There's no language barrier to living in Canada. But Japan is so much cuter. And wouldn't you rather be even more thousands of more miles away from President Trump?
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My sci-fi story, "Passing History," is in this month's Perihelion Magazine.

The story's about... No, I won't say. That might ruin the surprises. You can read it online at


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My micro fiction was published today by Seven By Twenty:

Here it is: "We watched separate movies on separate tablets, but held hands the entire time."

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @billadler.

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My micro story was published today in Cuento Magazine. You can read it online at

Cuento Magazine publishes Twitter sized stories -- stories that are 140 characters or less.

It's a challenge and an art to tell an entire story in so few words. Writing an under 140 character story is like trying to pack everything for a three month trip into a single overnight bag.

What the heck, the story's short enough to put in this post:

When I asked to be buried with my phone, it was implied that my phone should have been charged.
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