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“Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright #takeaways

A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.”Andrei Tarkovsky In the book “Write. Publish. Repeat” authors Sean Platt, David Wright and Johnny B. Truant explained how to build a thriving international publishing empire with no luck required… In two words – you have to work your ass off, never give up and see your “writing” as a business.  My rate is 3 – you can find...

When things go wrong…

It’s Christmas again! Even though it doesn’t look like it because everything you wished for hasn’t arrived. Parcel services the world round are in a panic as they fail to calm their customers. Here’s a life lesson: when things go wrong, they don’t go wrong for everyone. If missing gifts feels like it’s the end of the world, then the truth is you’ve got some fucked up priorities… Forgive me....

Book Review “The Nature Fix”, Florence Williams

“At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel.” Strayer In the last 50 years, our lives have dramatically shifted indoors. Noise, smoke, grey fog, heat, tiger mosquitos, mutant mushrooms, plastic, more plastic, and other crap has strangled our complex and beautiful nature to death. Almost to death. Florence Williams...

“The Pearl Territory” chapter 3

Private Journal #login – Boulder Jakobs Nothing lasts forever. Including the Earth, human body and our precious, immortal soul that we used to hold so dearly. I’ve had to learn the hard way. We’ve studied how to replace hearts, how to wire brains, how to get away from the aching pain of grief and loss – but somehow failed to create the one thing we really needed for human survival...

Book Review “The Bohemian Incident”, Thomas Arnfelt

“…they had shaved heads. Drilled into their foreheads was a small green stone, big as a lead ball. In one cell a man hung stretched against the wall, fastened with iron around his wrists and feet and with a hood over his face.” It is 1613 and yes, I know what you are thinking – ah, same old, same old… tortures, witches, monks, horses, beer. You are very close to...

“How to grow a novel”, Sol Stein #takeaways 

Be the first to see what you see as you see it. Robert Bresson (french filmmaker) Readers value and remember extraordinary CHARACTERS. Plot might be forgotten with a time, but never a hero. The goal is to involve the reader’s emotion, in this case a feeling of warmth for the central character.  What the reader is experiencing in each scene of your novel? If you can’t answer the question –...

“The Pearl Territory”, chapter 2

Chapter 1 is here – Chapter 1 (as a word document, at the end). Chapter 2 Mars is divided in 9 “circles” (or regions): Circle SciTech Circle Energy Circle FoodFarm Circle Impro (studying, teaching, learning) Circle BioMed Circle Junk Circle Rulers Circle Casso (artistic) Circle Seeds (kids; keeps separately) Each circle has a leader. Every week, the leaders gather in the Ellipse Hall. They represent the government and call themselves – “Team...