Guest Blog Post

21 Quotes to Keep Moving Forward in Anything

August 17, 2015

Our guest blogger is Andrew Christison author of A Boy and a Bird (Children’s Literature).

21 Quotes to Keep Moving Forward in Anything

We all hit roadblocks that force us to stop and re-evaluate.

From family and personal issues to career and business conflicts, we are all challenged to define who we are and what we are doing every single day- sometimes more. In the countless moments when life has pushed back, these are 21 of the many quotes that have inspired me to pick myself up, dust myself off, and press on. I hope you find inspiration in them as I have.

21. “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale

20. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” -Henry David Thoreau

19. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” — Napoleon Hill
18. ‘The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort

17. “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Ziglar

16. “If you’re bored with life — you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals.” — Lou Holtz

15. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill Read more »

What if they’d been writers ?

August 8, 2015

Our guest blog post is by Francis Powell author of Flight of Destiny.

What if they’d been writers?

They have had every morsel of their lives dissected in every conceivable way, but what if they had been writers themselves…what would they have written?

John Lennon could have been an artist (he went to Liverpool Art School) his work appears to be scribble-like cartoons, with an element of wit. His life was dramatically cut short, killed by a crazed “fan”…but what if he’d lived much longer and felt inspired to write a book? What would he have written?

John Lennon was somewhat of a complex character…he was brought up by his aunt and only formed a relationship with his mother, when her life was cut short, by an accident. His autobiography or Beatles Memoirs would have made compulsive reading and copies would have flown out of book shops…unless of course he inserted some controversial comments, like his quote concerning The Beatles being more popular than Jesus Christ.

Would he have written a book similar to a “Beat Generation” type novel? Some kind of psychedelic drug induced masterpiece. He certainly went through an acid phase. He was noted for his acerbic wit and sometimes cruel sarcasm, juxtaposed with this was his passion for causes, and for “world peace”. What would he have made of…this post September the 11th world we live in?

Jim Morrison packed a lot into his 27 years on this planet, he was a natural poet, might he have not also been a great dark fiction writer? Similarly he might have written some great drug fueled novels.

The more recently diseased Amy Winehouse, who could have written an open honest account of all the demons residing in her head, but unfortunately drugs and alcohol got to her aged 27…Alternatively she might have chosen to write about how the Music industry manipulated her fine talent.

What of Politicians…once Richard Nixon had passed through all the political memoirs…he might have chosen to write a political thriller, full of corruption and intrigue. Bill Clinton (ok this man is still alive) could write something with political intrigue mixed with erotica/kinky sex…there seems to be an influx of EL James type writers, so he could do really well out of this.

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Do vegetarians make great horror writers?

July 12, 2015

a pig on a spit copieOur guest blogger is Francis Powell author of Flight of Destiny.

Do vegetarians make great horror writers?

I can’t remember the last time I sunk my teeth into a piece of meat. When I was eighteen I made two momentous decisions, the first was I would no longer go to church (unless it demanded…weddings, funerals…etc) the second was I no longer would eat meat. I grew up on a farm…I still have vivid memories of slabs of lamb, either overcooked and greasy or under cooked and bloody. I put the slab of meat on my fork and had to force it somehow down my throat, however abhorrent the taste was. I am from the UK, a country where these days cooking programs are overflowing and avidly watched and people are conscious of the richness of good cooking. This was not the case when I was a child. You had to eat whatever was on your plate, however disgusting, however badly cooked and I can assure you some horrors were served up. The Sunday “roast” was recycled, it was Mondays lunch, Tuesday’s dinner, almost right through to Friday, when there was relapse in meat eating, because being good Catholics, Friday was a non-meat day, however meat came back with a vengeance on Saturday.

You have to bear in mind, I was born during a time, when people still cooked and ate as if there was the second world war going on, hence food could not be wasted and had to made use of, right down to the bone. Ingredients were basic, you ate to fill your stomach, not to enjoy the delights of food and taste.

I have a distinctive memory of my time at Art College. I was doing a photography course, the tutor asked me which place I was going to photograph…I don’t know what possessed me (I went through a lot of weird phases during my time at Art College) I answered I was going to photograph in an abattoir. I must have fixed up a rendezvous and went equipped with my camera, ready to photograph this unreal environment. I recall the workers at the abattoir being jovial, but rather strange… what kind of people work in abattoir? This experience didn’t radicalize me as a vegetarian, but if memory serves me, I was very glad to get away from this place and from the people wearing big rubber boots, white overalls stained in blood, as well as squealing pigs being sent to their deaths. Read more »

Confessions of a Series Addict … Why Go On a Blind Date When You Can Go Steady?

March 1, 2015

Our guest blogger is Susan Kraus the author of “Fall From Grace” and “All God’s Children,” the first two novels in a character-driven, psych thriller/mystery series that tackles provocative social issues and features a female therapist/mediator protagonist. “All God’s Children” focuses on a custody battle over a child in the gay-bashing, funeral-picketing Westboro Baptist Church. Kraus is working on novel #3, to be released August 2015.

Confessions of a Series Addict …  Why Go On a Blind Date When You Can Go Steady?

Starting a new book in a familiar series is like having a standing invite from an old friend (or beau) for an evening of engaging and satisfying conversation.  With every new ‘stand alone’ book, I’m not sure how the date will end. Like many blind dates, it’s a roll of the dice… with uncertain odds.

With a series, we can start up where we left off.  We already know something about our “date’s” background, family history, friends, habits, even food and drink preferences. There is a comfort in settling down in an easy chair with a Horsefeather (one part whiskey, two parts ginger beer, splash of bitters) … and the latest novel in a series.

A good series, for me, requires the following: a protagonist with whom I share some sensibilities (political, world view, etc.); an ensemble cast of family or friends that is engaging; a narrative that is both unpredictable and logical  (with elements of surprise, but a logic that, upon reflection, makes sense.) Of course, the writing must be reasonably intelligent.  (It makes me crazy to read a best-selling writer, series or stand-alone, with boring and formulaic language. I’ve been known to yell and rip out pages. Fifty Shades of Gray made me fifty shades of apoplectic.)

I want a protagonist who is not static, who evolves as their attitudes and psyche are shaped by their experiences. Read more »

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