ISSUE #15 - 

Technical Dificculties

Here you'll find all the contents that were in issue #15 of the Rahaman Reader

Including a typo-joke in the title that some people didn't seem to get...

Happy Friday, everyone!

TAIF (Thank Azathoth It's Friday)


Hope you all had a great week. Rejoice, for the weekend is here! Though, I personally shouldn't for one major reason: I have just noticed that some of my newsletter subscribers have not been receiving these emails!


The Wix tool that I use for these, for some reason, has decided to label people who have not opened any of these emails for a while as "inactive" without telling me. This status made it so that the delivery system simply would NOT send these people my newsletters.


Furthermore, some of the emails that WERE sent "bounced". Meaning that they were not able to be delivered to some people, even though they were successfully sent.


Worry not, though, for I think I have a solution. I just need to modify the criteria in my mailing list. People not opening these is not a sign that they are ignoring my content. The link to the archives can be bookmarked or saved in your browser, which means many people who read these letters simply don't need this email because they just use the bookmarked link.


That's what it's for, after all! Too bad Wix's automation is kind of dumb. Still a very useful and somewhat intuitive tool though!


But, I digress.


Here's some new and badass stuff on Rahaman Writing:


- A new Quenya poem about resilience

- A new French poem about loss

- Another addition to my flash fiction series about my adventures in literal Hell,

   here's The Baron's Journal, Page 3     

But that brings us to this week's bit of writing advice.


The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #4:


All of the best pieces of writing are technically sound. By which I mean their setting, characters, and plot are arrayed through a defined beginning, middle, and end. There's nothing wrong with twisting and turning these elements to fit your goals for any particular piece, but know that they ALL have to exist in some capacity, simply by the nature of thorough storytelling.


This may sound obvious for many fiction writers, but non-fiction writing adheres to these structural components as well. Take, for example, a recipe in a cookbook. Let's say, pizza! 


The setting is the kitchen, the characters are the ingredients and cook, and the plot is about the latter creating something delicious with the aid of the former. The beginning is the prep, such as chopping the veggies and grating the cheese. The middle is the assembly and the actual cooking. The end is the consumption of a delectable triumph! 

In this week's installment for the Sky, Sea, and Stone adventure, our protagonist is led to a place where he can finally start seeking answers in earnest for his scholarly questions. Even if beset by strange circumstances!

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