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Writing For Sex Markets

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Writing For Sex Markets

Many professional freelancers will go their entire career without ever once writing a story about sex. Oh, they may craft a racy scene or two in the course of writing the next Great American Novel, or they might someday write an article about the latest in sexual research, but that’s about as far as many writers will ever take the concept.
Then there are those freelancers who, for a variety of different reasons, have actually chosen to write (and publish) in the sex genre. Societal notions of perversity aside, these writers are of the same ilk as those who write about horses or gardening or education, it’s just that their subject matter is often more controversial. Still, the act of writing as a profession is the same no matter what the genre, although sex writing does require more of an open mind and is not, as a rule, for the more prudish among us.
But the basics – a bit of skill, a professional attitude, plenty of perseverance and a whole lot of research – are the same as for any genre.
Sex markets offer great opportunities for writers at all different levels of experience. For the fledgling writer there are many digest magazines that buy a lot of fairly well-written (but rather formulaic) stories. The pay for these pieces is, of course, lower than for other, higher-quality, markets but they do give the beginner a chance to earn money while honing his or her craft.
On the higher end of the scale are markets that demand excellence in plot structure and characterization. These magazines usually pay fairly well and are for writers who are experienced at more advanced techniques like dialogue, subtle humor and deftly nuanced characters.
In addition, the sub-classifications of the genre – letters, articles, stories and personal accounts – offer plenty of wiggle room when it comes to a writer’s ability and/or experience. Letters and essays are more of a train-of-thought process, and thus much easier for the beginner to write (and sell) than full-length stories or non-fiction.
This means that in sex markets, as in no other genre, a writer really can earn as she learns, starting at the lower paying markets and working her way up to the higher paying (and higher quality) fiction and non-fiction articles.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that, because the level of “quality” varies, you can be more lax in presentation and attitude when submitting to sex markets. Most of these editors appreciate professionalism just as much as their mainstream counterparts. Writers wanting to break into this market need to make sure that manuscripts are presented professionally and that phone calls (or emails) are returned promptly.
There are, however, some markets that operate in a more “casual” fashion. While this can occasionally work in your favor – a query for an article, for example, can be as simple as a one-sentence email – it can also be frustrating. You’ll have to get used to the idea that not all of your submissions, queries and requests for guidelines will be acknowledged. Perseverance, so useful when writing in any genre, is even more of a requirement when writing for sex markets.
Another requirement is an exhaustive knowledge of your market and your audience. Sex markets tend to be even more specialized than mainstream markets; each magazine often targets a very specific personality as well as predilection. What this means is that in order to sell you have to do your research; you’ll need to study the magazine cover to cover and yes, that means the pictures, too. (Of course, some sex writers look at that as a perk of their profession rather than a hardship, but that’s another story.) It’s also imperative to request guidelines when possible because sex markets often are very specific as to style, point of view and word count; it’s important that you know exactly what they’re looking for before you submit.
Of course, the most important requirement when it comes to sex writing is that you enjoy doing it. It’s an excellent choice for those writers who relish a challenge as well as those who enjoy stretching their imagination. Yes, it’s a job, as is writing for mainstream markets, and it requires the utmost in professionalism and commitment.
But writing about sex is also a whole lot of fun. Getting paid to do it, well, that’s even better.

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What Makes Fiction Special

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What Makes Fiction Special

What Makes Fiction Special
I was in a brisk discussion about whether a woman ‘would’ or ‘would not’ leave her wayward husband when a man interrupted and said, “But he’s not real! It’s fiction!” It was time to end the talk before I began my ten minute soliloquy that would have sent everyone in the kitchen for one too many drinks before going home. I knew the difficult husband in The Trading of Ken was not real because he fell out of my head and ended up on paper over a year’s time as I had fun punching him, his wife and girlfriend about. That’s exactly the point. Fiction has helped me put life in fascinating perspectives that allegedly truthful biographies, gooey memoirs, self-righteous improvement and dry scientific report studies can’t touch. Imagine:
It makes judging human nature and gossip acceptable. Sunday school and ethics lessons can be overlooked when we dissect the behavior of Flaubert’s Madam Bovary. We can be arrogantly appalled, giving approval to our cherished ideas. Without apology or deference to a human being’s frailties we can smack our opinion about like a tennis ball hoping to aim and hurt. Or an author can give us that information on a character that forces our play; makes us look again and reconsider. Madam Bovary ‘loves without guile’ to gain sympathy and twist our presumptions. Then we can smack our ideas against the wall again because they’re not based on ‘real’ people and we can dissect them like an orange.
Fiction can be embellished and dressed up for drama. Sociology, psychology, philosophy can all be dry as melba toast. Even a well written biography can seem sanitized while memoirs can be diatribes against all enemies. Very often they’re engaging stories and an occasional deep tidbit. In her memoir Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Dorothy Allison states, “Women lose their lives not knowing they can do something different. Men eat themselves up believing they have to be the things they have been made.” All very lovely and clear enough to understand. Fiction overrides polite society to talk from the gut. In Bastard Out of Carolina, Allison hands us a whirlwind, “Seven children! Bad enough Alma’s got so many, but at least she knows how to keep hers fed and clean. That little Maggie can’t even change a diaper without coming on a dizzy spell. Woman has eaten Beau alive. Like some vampire sucking the juice out of him. You cut that girl open and you’d find Beau’s blood pumping her heart.” I love those lines. Maggie’s a woman who takes female caretaking to a new level and helps me see through myself and to my husband.
Fiction makes dry subjects like history, science and anthropology exciting and easier to learn. Readers willingly enter the world of writers eager to learn and enjoy a time in history (or the future) that school routinely fettered with weights. Consider the current popularity of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini or The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. They are both storylines we’ve heard before and see alluded to in the news everyday, but fiction gives an inside, human aspect to subjects we otherwise treat coldly and brush off.
Fiction invites imagination and insight. We come to fiction ready to believe and enjoy. Routine defenses and the usual ‘deaf ear’ are diminished as we let words and the stories of strangers absorb us. Like children taking in data from everywhere we are more vulnerable to the suggestions of a creative deft author. It’s one thing for the currently popular judgmental Dr. Knoweverything to say once more we are clueless about religion’s part in our life. It is another thing to read Barbara Kingsolver in The Poisonwood Bible, “I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence.” Regardless of your view this statement is an invitation to define what you think.
Fiction entertains without expectation. Fiction gives grace and space from the workday world. We can and do enjoy a mini-vacation with a pal who doesn’t expect us to do anything but sit back and have fun. Readers define fun in many fiction genres from science and fantasy to sweet romance, but that’s just the point.
With fiction we’re not required to study, learn or even pay close attention. We’re invited to take from it what we will and enjoy the ride.
That’s what’s special about fiction. No final exams from teachers, scientists, historians or social gurus; only invitations.

Can a Hobby of Collecting Turn Profitable?

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Can a Hobby of Collecting Turn Profitable?

Each year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans take steps to collect items that they have an interest in. It is also important to mention that collecting is a hobby that is not only enjoyed by those in the United States, but those all around the world! Popular items collected include anime characters, sci-fi collectibles, stamps, and coins. Although collecting is a hobby that many wish to enjoy, many are curious as to what the rearwards are for doing so.

What is nice about collecting, whether it be sci-fi or anime collectables, is the options that you have. For starters, it is important to focus on exactly why collectors collect. Many collectors are consider pure hobbyists. These are individuals who collect for the sole purpose of personal fulfillment. For example, a hobbyist who collects movies, books, figures, and other items surrounding sci-fi, is likely a sci-fi buff. This means that they have an interest in science fiction in general, whether it be films, movies, or a combination of both.

Despite the fact that a large number of collectors do so simply for the sake of enjoyment, there are many other collectors who choose to do so for the sole purpose of making a profit. For example, a sci-fi collector who collects for a profit often spends a great deal of time researching hard to find sci-fi collectibles, as well as those that are valuable. This is because these types of collectors are investors. They are investing their money to purchase sci-fi collectables, with the hopes of one day selling their collection for a profit.

As nice as it is to hear that there are collectors who collect for the sole purpose of making money, many beginners wonder if they really can make a profit. Of course, it possible to make a profit with anime or sci-fi collectables, or really anything for that matter. With that in mind, it is often easier said than done. As previously stated, many collectors, who are also known as investors, spend a great deal of time researching and examining collectibles in their particular field of interest. This is the best approach to make money with collectibles, whether those collectables be sci-fi, anime, coins, or stamps.

In addition to researching values and needs, collectors are also urged to familiarize themselves with proper care. To make money on collectibles, including sci-fi collectibles and anime collectibles, all items should be in new or like-new conditions. Anything else will decrease in value and possibly significantly. For that reason, many professional collectors, especially those who collect anime or sci-fi, are encouraged to leave all items as is. This means leaving all figurines or plush characters in the box. The same can be said for movies, puzzles, and books. If they must be taken out, a display case is often advised.

As touched on above, there are thousands of collectors in the United States and many of those collectors choose to collect different items. Sci-fi and anime collectibles were given as examples multiple times above. With that in mind, it is important to remember that you do have other options. One of the best ways to develop a collection of valuable collectibles, which can later be sold for a profit, is to choose a topic, issue, or hobby that you enjoy. For example, if you regularly find yourself tuning into the Sci-Fi channel to watch their science fiction movies or television shows, sci-fi collectibles may be best for you.

Are You Achieving Your Writing Goals?

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Are You Achieving Your Writing Goals?

At the start of this new year, like at the start of every other new year, I came across dozens of articles about the importance of setting achievable goals, challenging myself to do new things and fixing measurable standards and working towards them.
But what happens when you mess up the goals from last year? Where’s the real advice about missed deadlines and lost goals that all but kill the inspiration to come up with new ones? I didn’t achieve three out of the ten goals I had set for myself last year, even though I was obsessive-compulsive about looking at them each day and measuring my performance regularly. I’m tempted to say that life got in the way or blame the shift in priorities that happened mid-year. But these are things that can and will happen each year. Instead of putting your life on hold the year when the strains and stresses get too much, plan your goals accordingly right at the beginning.
If you didn’t meet some of your goals last year, here are some questions that you need to answer honestly, so that you do this time around.
Are you actively pursuing your targets?
It doesn’t work just to look at your goals each morning and then do nothing about them. Sure, that’s a good start and it means you’re conscious of where you are in your career, but if you want to move further, you need to create an action plan. Instead of just making yearly goals, make monthly, weekly, even daily ones and then try and meet them.
Also important is to work towards what you want to achieve step by step. One of my goals last year was to get published in Reader’s Digest. Guess how many query letters I sent them?
Two.
You’re laughing, aren’t you? I’m cringing. That’s because I know that two queries just doesn’t hack it if you’re targeting such a high-level publication. Two queries wasn’t even enough to get into my local newspaper; how’s it going to land me a national assignment? If I had been serious about getting into RD, I would have read every issue, sent a query each month and built a personal relationship with the editor. Yet, I did none of those things. Not surprisingly, my goal remained unfinished at the end of the year.
Are you being honest with yourself?
In my first year of freelancing, I earned over a 100 published credits. That’s because my aim was to reach this number, without caring about the money that came in. That meant that I wrote for low-paying publications, publications that paid in kind instead of cash, and on topics that I had absolutely no interest in. The next year, I shifted my focus to cracking the nationals and making a decent income from my work. But here’s where I went wrong: I assumed that since I had already proven that I could write a 100 articles in a year, I’d be able to do a repeat performance. But national magazines require much more research, very specialized queries, and a great deal of more effort per article. So while my goals of getting into national magazines and increasing my income were met, my goal of getting another 100 credits wasn’t.
Are the goals really yours?
I think almost all of us get sucked into aping the tactics of someone we admire at one point or the other. The thought process then works something like this: If she could write two children’s books, pen twenty greeting cards, author three non-fiction titles and syndicate a humor column in her third year of freelancing, why can’t I? Never mind that I’m not really that into children’s writing and I haven’t said anything remotely funny since I was 10.
I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been guilty of doing the above. It’s easy to look at goals of other writers and think, “She’s got so many goals for the year and I’ve got only five. Let me increase mine, too.” But “she” doesn’t have your life, and you don’t have hers. So set goals that are appropriate for your career and your ambitions, not hers.
What’s your life like?
If you’re a new mom, don’t expect to be able to work 80-hour weeks like you did before you gave birth. If you have a full-time job, don’t try to take on same-day deadline assignments. You need to set goals that are suitable to your life, your speed and your talent, no matter what anyone else may do or say.
It’s also important to incorporate life changes into your goal-setting. I lost two grandparents this year, which not only forced me to take a physical vacation from work, but an emotional one as well. I needed to give myself time to heal in order to get back to work refreshed and with new vigor. If you’re going through stressful times, don’t expect yourself to be as productive as say, when you’re having a great year. Cut down on your goal list a little and be easy on yourself. Making yourself work too hard when you’re not physically or emotionally ready to, will not help you meet your goals; instead it’ll detract you from them.
Are you confusing your long-term and short-term goals?
Writing a novel is my long-term goal. A “someday.” But I’m not there yet. And I know I’m not going to be able to work on my dream novel this year, next year or maybe even the one after that. If I do, I’ll be taking time away from the non-fiction work that pays the bills and for the next couple of years, I can’t afford to do that. Putting “write a novel” on my list of goals for the year isn’t going to make me feel too good about myself, especially as this goal gets carried forward year after year. Instead, I’m putting it on my “to do before I’m 30” list. That way, it’s not too near, and it’s not so far away that it becomes a distant dream instead of reality.
Once I’ve cracked a good number of national magazines, finished and published a couple of non-fiction books and can afford to take time away from non-fiction, I can consider taking a risk with fiction.
Are you keeping track?
The biggest problem I face right now is keeping track of where all the time went. While to an outsider it may seem like I’m working almost all the time, the truth is, I waste a lot of time on e-mail, reading newsletters, networking with fellow writers and well, checking e-mail.
To counter this problem, I started keeping a daily journal to keep track of where my writing time was really going. My productivity’s almost doubled since I started doing this. Keeping an hour-to-hour or even a daily tab of what I’d achieved for that day kept me accountable and ready to tackle the next important task on my list, rather than checking e-mail one more time. And if an entry for a particular day reads, “Revised article for Wedding Dresses, conducted research on a new idea,” I’d immediately know that I needed to increase my productivity, and by how much. Sure, checking e-mail is work too, but it’s not bringing in any money. So I make it secondary work and answer incoming mails only once a day, unless they need urgent attention.
Are your priorities straight?
Which brings me to my next point. Set your priorities right and work top to bottom. A technique that works for many people is to make a daily list of things that need to be done. Then, in the order of priority, tackle them one by one, striking them off the list. At the end of the day, even if you have some work unattended to, it can easily be transferred to the next day’s list, since it’ll be at the lowest priority.
Do you have a fixed schedule?
I still struggle with this one, but each time I’m able to set a schedule for myself, I find that I’m happier, more energetic and much more productive. Getting up at six in the morning one day, not sleeping for another two days and then getting a whole lot of slumber on and off for the next three days eats into your energy and taxes your brain much more than it should. It also becomes a cause for unnecessary delays and interruptions. Instead of surrendering to your muse whenever it shows up, program your body to work for a fixed time each day. Your brain will automatically recognize that as time to work and get on the job. Make your routine consistent. When our body gets used to doing something at a particular time, we’re able to do with ease. So if you’ve decided to write five pages each morning before the kids get up, make sure to do it.
Answer these questions honestly and get to work on these techniques. You’ll find all your goals ticked off your list by the end of this year.

True Love and Romantic Fiction, the Perfect Couple

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True Love and Romantic Fiction, the Perfect Couple

The world is intrigued by true love stories just as much as fiction these days. Now, you can find a variety of sites dedicated to the reality of love at your perusal.
It goes to show you that just as many of us are captivated by the reality of romance as we are by a good romance fiction.
Although the two can offer some of the same results for the reader, it’s clear they both bring something of their own individual value to the table.
You can’t always get the same thing from true love stories that you can get from romantic fiction and vice versa. Neither can replace the other, but they both certainly do make the perfect couple.
You can take a closer look and see that we are often drawn to both types for different reasons. One very significant reason that many of us are captivated by romantic fiction is escapism.
The ability to dream and dare to dream. To live out experiences that would be impossible in reality… or unlikely. To take on new lives and journey to new worlds that don’t exist, for the sheer pleasure of it.
We get to ask ourselves, “What life do I want to live today?” and then pick up a book and choose our own adventure that journeys us through our pick of the day.
True love stories can’t really replace the sort of bond we form with fiction. Reality is one thing but fantasy is another.
Of course true love stories offer their own sort of getaway, but the boundaries are clear. In reality, most stories are bound by life’s limitations. Oh, you may have a few exceptions to the rule, in which something miraculous happened, but that’s on an every-now-and-then basis.
But even then we will never be able to journey to a different world and experience life in ways that exist in fiction.
However, true love stories do have a magic of their own. The truth and experiences that we all share in this world will always carry greater weight with us. To connect with a real person who experienced similar trials can’t be replaced by fiction.
Curiosity may drive us to read a true story but it’s inspiration and intrigue that keeps us there. Knowing someone out there–someone real has gone through something we’ve personally experienced is powerful.
True, we may be able to make up a sort of false reality with romantic fiction, but it can’t replace the substance of truth. That real connection.
True love stories have their own individual quality. They draw us in, because really… what could be more fascinating than reading a true tale about love offset by the circumstance of reality? We all know there’s no guarantee in life. Whether we will be dealt a good or bad hand in love is questionable.
We don’t know the odds, or what the outcome in our lives will be in the end or during our own personal adventure through life.
When we add the limitations of uncertainty to the pot and combine them together with love–that alone captures our interest.
Whether the ending is good or bad, we’re intrigued by the fortunes and misfortunes of reality, because life truly does imitate art.

Steorn, free orbo energy – fact or fiction

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Steorn, free orbo energy – fact or fiction

Steorn have made claims that have upset some people in the scientific world, in this short article I will discuss there claims and progress so far, hoping to come to some sort of conclusion, are they for real?

The first time most people heard of Steorn was when they published an advertisement in the Economist late last year (2006). The main idea of this was to attract the attention of qualified experimental scientists to prove off there technology by means of testing.

It worked! More than 5000 people applied to become involved in this jury validation process, from which Steorn duly picked 22 qualified academic scientists / engineers.

From the Q1 2007 Steorn update it was suggested that these 22 people are high ranking academia and will be recognized and accepted by the public and peer groups alike.

Orbo is the brand name of Steorn’s free energy technology

Current scientific laws

The principle of conservation of energy in Physics (COE)

The main crux of this law is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form of energy to another

A simple example of this is when electrical energy is changed into heat energy

Steorn’s main claim

Orbo produces free, clean and constant energy

I remember getting taught the COE at school, it is also a fundamental part of scientific / engineering further education.

COE has also played a major historic role in the development of thermodynamics.

Thermodynamics is a fundamental strand in the history of physics, the history of chemistry and the history of science in general

So this one law (COE) is a biggie

So on the face of it Steorn’s claim directly contradicts one of the most fundamental scientific laws that has ever existed. Not a good start!

This is why most scientists got upset or will get upset, imagine if you have spent 40 years of your life experimenting, testing, creating new ideas and technologies all based around fundamental laws, these laws are shown to be correct through your own testing and the scientific worlds testing. Then some bright spark comes along and says hold on a minute that’s all boll*cks. Most scientists will then undoubtedly call Steorn a hoax or a scam and at best tell them to politely stop wasting our time.

Having worked in the engineering industry for over 10 years, I know a little about next generation testing and development. One thing I can say is that I respect the 40 year+ experienced scientists and engineers, they are usually right unfortunately, but sometimes they are wrong. Also when testing and developing new ideas or products I have found that the best creations or new ideas have come by means of accident or alternative results / surprises when developing something else. Someone usually comes along later to steal the glory of there, new idea.

I think what I am trying to say is that law’s are just law’s they CAN be broken and are anyhow always developing and changing. Also respected peers can be wrong and there unbending views can restrict development and progress.

So orbo energy, fact or fiction well I do not know, but one thing I do is that it may be one of those magical moments that changes the world and rewrites science and history.

Steorn and orbo energy are an addictive unfolding saga and I wish them well and success in the future.

As a literature major, teacher, and professional writer, I have had to deal with many different challenging tasks

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As a literature major, teacher, and professional writer, I have had to deal with many different challenging tasks

When I teach my introductory composition classes, people often look for book summaries. Although few of my students are dishonest enough to use downloadable book reports from the Internet, many of them wants an aid to help them understand the book. I used to think that this was just laziness, but now I see what’s really going on. A lot of our children are not really learning to read like competent adults. Rather than digesting and evaluating a book themselves, they look to a book review or summary to tell them what it is about. They don’t really have the critical skills to trust their own judgment, and they don’t know how to ask questions.

With this in mind, I usually give a few easy assignments at the beginning of my writing class. I don’t ask them to write a book review or a book report, a creative essay or an original work of fiction. I simply asked them to react to what they have read. The only rule is that they are not allowed to discuss the book with others or use outside sources. The whole point of this exercise is to loosen them up as writers. Later on, I have them read book reviews to understand how critics approach books, but in the beginning I want them to gain some confidence in their own abilities. Most of them find out once they learn how to open up a little bit that they understand books better than they thought. This is the first step towards becoming a good reader and a good writer.

Jump Start Your Writing By Following These Simple Guidelines

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Jump Start Your Writing By Following These Simple Guidelines

You’ve just completed a writing course. Perhaps recently graduated from college. Maybe your career has finally ended, and now that you’ve reached retirement you’re free to pursue your long-awaited dream of writing a book. You can’t wait to rush to the computer and finally get started on this long-held dream.

Slow down or you’ll find yourself in the clutches of that dread disease, Writer’s Block.

You don’t want to join the many hopefuls who sit and stare, their typing fingers paralyzed as they face a blank computer screen…their grand ideas shattered by the forbidding glower of that empty screen.

To avoid placing yourself in that position, you have some major decisions to make: What is it you want to write? How do you want to present your thoughts? Will fiction or nonfiction work best? All of that sounds rather elementary, doesn’t it?

It is, but these are essential exercises if you want to become a proficient writer and avoid an author’s greatest nemesis – writer’s block. As I state in my latest book The Writer Within You, careful planning is the best “medication” to help you avoid that frightening disease.

Fiction or Nonfiction?

As you begin developing your idea, a key consideration is whether you choose to write fiction or nonfiction. You have something you hope to pass on to your readers, probably something very specific taken from the deep well of your life experience, family history or career. The latter is very popular among retired writers who are reluctant to sever all connections with their former careers.

Among the questions you must ask yourself is whether your writing tends to be more journalistic or more fanciful in style. Can it best be presented in a strictly factual context or will a fictitious setting better serve what you choose to write?

If you are leaning toward fiction, can you flesh out a first-rate plot? Do you have the sensitivity and the insight to fine tune characters and settings? Are you able to create dialogue that reflects the nature of your characters and their relationships to others in the book? If the answers are both honest and positive, then you can decide among the many subgenres of fiction. Will you write a novel, a mystery, a series of short stories?

When you embark on the nonfiction route, the decisions you face differ somewhat. It is important to determine whether the topic you choose is timely and whether there is a substantial audience interested in that topic. Make sure your knowledge of the subject is fully up to date. Many retirees, for example, don’t stop to think that the world they knew in their working years has progressed to new levels.

Head to the library or to the Web. Do your research carefully. Make no assumptions that you are fully knowledgeable on a specific topic. Always remember that the key to writing successful nonfiction is content. To a publisher or to a reader looking for information, your understanding of the subject and your ability to explain it is of far greater consequence than the style in which you write.

Searching for Ideas

Many people have only a general idea of what they want to write about. Some are more fortunate and are eager to tackle a specific subject or issue. Possibilities abound everywhere. Start by looking right within your own home or within your circle of friends and acquaintances.

Perhaps you have a unique sibling…or even a unique relationship with a sibling. That can be the nucleus of a fascinating book or article. You may have some special ideas about parenting, developed during your years of raising a family. Have you experienced the trauma of a serious illness in the family? How did you and the other members cope? Your home and your family can generate a number of different ideas. Look carefully, and you will discover them.

Similarly, the workplace can offer endless possibilities. Trade journals are hungry for informative content. From the technical side of your job to interactions with fellow workers, from ethical workplace issues to managerial skills, all of these and more are grist for your writing mill.

Hobbies, sports and other pastimes are excellent subjects to consider if you are particularly knowledgeable about one of them.. You can place articles in the many magazines that are devoted exclusively to these subjects if you choose not to write a complete book.

Whether you are twenty-some, a baby boomer or a senior, your life has been filled with endless numbers of interesting events and contacts that can provide excellent starting points for writing either fiction or nonfiction. You’ve visited unique locations, met unusual characters, attended fascinating events…all of these are there for the calling. Summon up those memories, and get your computer’s keyboard chattering away.

Idea Resources

There are many helpful resources to stimulate your mind, and assist you to zero in on the best choice. Considered the freelancer’s bible by many, Writer’s Digest is an 1175-page compendium, revised annually, that lists 50 categories of consumer magazines and 60 types of trade journals. Whether you are planning an article or a book, it is an invaluable tool to trigger ideas as you range through subjects from Animal Lovers to Women’s Periodicals in the consumer section and from Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations to Veterinary Medicine in the trades.

A number of other helpful directories are available in your library’s reference room, and of course, browsing subjects on the Internet’s major search engines offers you an overwhelming selection of ideas. If that’s not enough to get you started, personalized coaching for your writing is available. You can find some of my fellow book coaches by searching the Web.

So toss aside the excuses and roll up your sleeves for several hours of concentrated research. Be sure to file away every idea that interests you for use now or in the future. The majority of my former students find it impossible to stop once they publish what they write. There’s a very strong likelihood that after your initial exposure to the wonderful world of writing, you’ll be hooked, and want to do it again and again.

Reading does the body good! Or maybe it’s the mind

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Reading does the body good! Or maybe it’s the mind

I’ve always been a fan of fiction. In some respects, there’s nothing quite like delving into a well-written mystery/suspense novel. I used to lounge under trees for hours, reading countless chapters of cleverly plotted stories. However, I recently found a text from the genre of non fiction books, which really caught my attention. This book is entitled “Protecting the Gift.” Chances are you’ve never even heard of it. I had never come across it in a bookstore or library. But then the title was mentioned to me by a friend of the family. He basically instructed me to read this book by author and crime expert, Gavin De Becker. So I picked up a copy from Amazon.com and dove in, not knowing what to expect. I was taken-back by the way this book read. It contains a number of true occurences, which are referenced to help readers like you and me learn and better understand criminal violence and behavior. And while this book will certainly tug at your heartstrings and often keep you on the edge of your seat, it’s well worth a close read. I have never in my life learned more about the violence and realities of our world.

Okay, maybe non fiction books in general are not up your alley. However, I do suggest that you give “Protecting the Gift” a shot. This goes double for anyone who has a child/children. This book will assist you in keeping them safe more than any other attribute. Once I began reading it, I knew I had to finish in order to better protect my gift, a seven year old daughter.

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Wireless Home Automation System, How It Works

If you think that living in a home where everything is controlled by a single control panel or a single remote control including your electronic appliances is purely science fiction and can only be seen in movies, you have to think again. You have to consider the fact that a remote or even a television for that matter have been thought of as science fiction in the past. Today, fully automated homes controlled by a single control panel are now available in the market.

In fact, some homes today are now using this technology, especially people who live a hectic lifestyle, to make their lives a little bit easier to live. The home automation system can let you control every home electronic appliance wherever you are. Thanks to the internet and the advancement in computer technology, this is now considered possible.

This kind of capability has existed before. However, home automation systems in the past were controlled by a wired controlled panel. Today, because of the advancement in computer technology, a new kind of home automation system is now available in the market to make it even more comfortable than the previous versions of home automation systems. This is called the wireless home automation system.

Some manufacturers have now included wireless technology into home automation systems. Just imagine the benefits it can give you and to think that previous models of home automation systems are already considered convenient, what more if it is integrated with wireless technology?

Basically, there are three things that make up a home automation system. These are the structured wiring, the computer-like microprocessor and the connection center. The structured wiring is done by professionals and it is all connected to the connection center which houses the microprocessor. In wireless home automation systems, the connection center can be also be integrated with the wireless technology. The whole system is controlled by the microprocessor wherein you control the microprocessor. The microprocessor is only responsible for communicating with your electronic equipments. Think of it as a translator of your every command.

In wireless home automation systems, the interface will usually be a touch screen wireless control panel that you can carry around in your home. Just imagine yourself in your living room enjoying a good movie, you suddenly forgot about turning the lights on in the kitchen and you don’t want to get up and interrupt your movie watching. With the wireless control panel, you can simply touch an icon in the screen and turn off the lights in the kitchen.

Some home automation systems can also be triggered by voice recognition systems. What this does is it will record your voice and once you give the command by speaking, you will see that it will instantly be obeyed by the home automation system. Aside from the wireless control panel, you will also be capable of controlling various electronic equipments in your home through your voice. All you need to do is specify a command and the computer will instantly record it and store it. Once you give the specific command, the computer will analyze your voice pattern and when it matches the recording, it will instantly turn on or turn off specific electronic equipment.

Most home automation systems today are now connected to the internet. With this capability, you can access your home anywhere you are as long as there is an active internet connection. Just imagine, while sitting in a middle of a gridlock traffic in a hot summer day, you access your home through your PDA, turn on the air conditioning unit and turn on the stereo to play your favorite music. Once you reach home, you can expect your home to be completely cool while it is playing your favorite music.

As you can imagine, you can completely control your own home wherever you are whenever you want. In time, you can expect more from home automation systems. Who knows, maybe one day home automation systems will include advanced robotics technology and advanced artificial intelligence that can simply adjust to your lifestyle with robots that can cook fantastic dinners for you and your family and do household chores.

This kind of technology can definitely make your life a little bit easier and a little bit comfortable. So, if you are thinking about living in a future home, you can consider living in it today, through home automation systems equipped with wireless technology.

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