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Thursday, February 26, 2015

When not to edit your writing




There is a time and place for everything and editing your work is no exception.  Writing is a creative process and should be practiced with the least possible interruptions.  Editing while writing can have a disruptive and negative effect on the creative flow of thoughts and as such should be avoided.  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to make a good impression during a job interview

Making a good first impression is all about good manners.  Good manners demand that you know how to dress for any occasion and how to behave.

It stands to reason that you would dress and behave differently for a job interview than you would for a cocktail party.  

Just as you would not show up for a job interview in a short little black dress and glittery sandals, neither would you show up at a cocktail party in jeans and boots.

Seven winter skin care solutions



Winter is no picnic for dry skin.  Wind and sub-zero temperatures may cause it to become and tight.  Young people may breeze through winter without a care in the world, but for mature women it may be quite different.  If your skin can do with a little help, the following are seven winter skin care solutions.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Why women need multiple pairs of shoes



It might be complicated for some men to understand why women buy multiple pairs of shoes, but it makes perfect sense to women.  A variety of shoes is needed for a variety of reasons.  The number one reason being, women need them.


Imagine wearing flat brown shoes under brown trousers ... a stylish combination.  Now imagine wearing those some flat brown shoes under a black pencil skirt ... a fashion disaster. Shoes need to be coordinated with the outfit.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

My cats' reaction to a fire drill



We had our monthly fire drill yesterday. In theory everybody in the building has to do down to a gathering point in the garden; in practice nobody leaves their units. It was -35 deg C (-31 deg F) … do you really think people were keen to go outside? So basically we just had to put up with a lot of noise.

While I knew what was going on, the cats had no clue and as such suffered a certain amount of anxiety. Although, “suffered” is pushing it a bit.

The photos you’re about to see are old, but they are a true reflection of how Charlotte, Mickey, Gabriel, Chanel and Holly behaved during the fire drill.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

This makes my blood boil




Some people make me sick. There’s this guy on Facebook, who is on welfare. He posted today that he wants to upgrade his computer and that this was going to cost him between 600 to 700 Euros ($852 to $994)

I responded to him that upgrading an old computer is a waste of money. I recently looked at laptop computers and found a very nice machine for just under $500 (453 Euros).

He commented that he doesn’t want a normal PC or laptop, the wants a state-of-the-art machine to play games.


My jaw dropped. He’s a man on welfare and a normal computer isn’t good enough for him! He DEMANDS a state-of-the-art machine to PLAY GAMES!!!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The importance of writing in our lives





When a child learn to write the letters A to Z, he has no idea the impact the ability to write has on his life.  He can write notes, letters, journals, stories and in due time a resume to pursue a career.  Writing is so much more though.  Where it comes to creative writing, ask yourself, why is writing important?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Why Is Writing Important in Life




From the moment you picked up a pencil as a child and learned how to write the alphabet, your life changed.  With the ability to write, a whole world of possibilities opened up for you.  Why is writing important in life?  Consider what you wouldn’t be able to do if you couldn’t write.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

For all the singles on Valentine's Day


For countless single men and women, Valentine’s Day looms like a dark grey cloud on the horizon.
Throughout the year they can handle being single, enjoy it even, but on Valentine’s Day they are suddenly confronted with the fact that they don’t have that special person in their life. 


Even though family and friends may love them dearly, when they are not in a relationship on Valentine’s Day, they may feel that nobody loves them because they don’t have anyone to love.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dishonest publishers – Part II – What Would You Have Done?




Royalties are a delicate detail of publishing. You either trust your publisher, or you don’t.


For the longest time I trusted my publisher (Rosa) completely, I never doubted for a moment that she didn’t pay all that was due. But then something strange happened …

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dishonest publishers – Part I – What Would You Have Done?


A micro publisher (let’s call her Rosa) lashed out at her authors yesterday, with a post on Facebook, that some authors are an ungrateful bunch. She implied that they didn’t do enough to promote their work and as such didn’t generate enough profit.


She stated that she invests a $1,000 in each book she publishes. The rant went on and on, but what stuck with me most was the investment of a $1,000. What the heck constituted such an amount?

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Proposing marriage on Valentine's Day.


Proposing marriage on Valentine’s Day is a decision men might come to regret.  Whether it’s sweet or sappy is beside the point, once the question ‘Will you marry me?’ is out there, there is no going back.


On Valentine’s Day we are all a little emotionally charged.  It is the day of love, and anyone in a relationship joins in.  It is the perfect day to show our sweetheart that we love her.  

Or is it?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Getting through Valentine's Day



Being alone again is not easy and going through a breakup shortly before Valentine’s Day makes it all the worse. 
There is no need to feel blue though, on the contrary, use this day to celebrate your independence.


First and foremost, get out of the house.  Don’t curl up with chocolates, a romantic movie or sad music.  You don’t want to depress yourself even more, do you?  Rather grab your credit card, throw caution to the wind and spoil yourself a little.  After what you’ve been through, you deserve it.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What to do on Valentine's Day without a date




When you are single, Valentine’s Day is not the easiest of days.  The stores are packed with ‘I love you’ cards, cuddly bears and balloons, while the flower stores have stocked up on red roses and baby breath.  Depressing, isn’t it?  What to do on Valentine’s Day without a date?

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Being single on Valentine's Day


Whether you are single by choice or still looking for that special someone, celebrating Valentine’s Day may feel more like a day of gloom and doom than a day of love.  It doesn’t help that everywhere around you are red roses, romantic cards, heart balloons, and cute stuffed animals bearing messages of love.   It’s hard not to feel left out being single on Valentine’s Day or even a little embarrassed that you don’t have a love in your life. 


Instead of feeling like you just had a root canal, why not change your attitude with ways that will get you through the day of love with a lot less pain.  Following are a few tips to help you survive being single on Valentine’s Day:

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

10 Valentine gift ideas you can make yourself


When Valentine’s Day comes around, it’s tradition for the guys to surprise their girlfriend with a gift.  Some guys want to do more than merely buy their girlfriend a little something though, they want to make the gift extra special by making it themselves.  Other guys may want to give their sweetheart the moon and the stars, but find themselves a little strapped for cash and see themselves forced to make something for their girlfriend with their own two hands.  Regardless of which category you fall into, the following are ten Valentine’s Day gifts you can make for your girlfriend.

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