Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Need for Prioritizing to Allow You to Get to Your Writing

You may have something wonderful to share with the world that will benefit many but your not getting it written down and out there. STOP!

It’s time to prioritize. If you truly have something important to say than you need to distinguish between what is important and what is urgent and do what is important first.

Even President Eisenhower used this

The idea of differentiating between urgent and important things is not new. Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower organized his workload and priorities in the following order:

  1.      Urgent and important
  2.      Important but not urgent
  3.      Not important but urgent
  4.      Not important and not urgent

The concept was later made popular by Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Of course, anything that’s neither important nor urgent is generally a time-waster, such as most emails. You should avoid doing these types of tasks as much as you can by eliminating them, outsourcing them and practicing selective ignorance.

Selective ignorance is not a new concept by any means. However, it’s gained popularity in recent years thanks to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek. Selectively ignoring irrelevant information — emails, news reports, or other distractions — can boost your productivity.

Urgent tasks that aren’t important need to be scrutinized further.

Read more at the source of this article: The Write Life

Free Apps to Enhance the Writer’s Experience

Pen and paper are always the first go to but with all the wonderful apps and devices online you can really enhance your writing experience.

Here’s a couple I’ve chosen for you from the Writers Circles list. Please feel free to add in the comment box anything you’ve found that really adds to your experience.

1st app is Omm Writer

Creators describe it as “your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace.” This web app works on iPad, Mac and PC, a welcome alternative to traditional, cluttered word processing devices. With backgrounds and audio tracks for whatever mood you’re in (or seeking to create), you can fine tune your ambiance and let the words flow.

2nd app Evernote

While researching allows you to jot down anything that comes to mind– whenever and wherever– it lets you organize those thoughts alongside saved web articles, PDFs, photos, and handwritten notes. To-do lists and tags allow you to easily sort through your material and prioritize, fast.

For others like Storehouse (source of photo) which won an Apple Design award saying “Storehouse — Visual Storytelling’s stunning, intuitive, customizable layouts let users tell their stories with grace and share them quickly through social media.”

plus more go to the Source of this article: Writers Circles

3 Ways to Get More Productivity From Your Writing Efforts

Makes sense to me to get the most productivity for your efforts.

Here’s 3 tips to do just that.

  1. Choose the time of day to write when you naturally do your best work. Choose that time and clear away any distractions. Make it a routine to write at that time.
  2. With that routine plan your activities, structuring the best use of that time. What will you start with.  Will that be editing last days work. Schedule how much time is devoted to editing, writing and schedule some breaks in there too.
  3. Have strategies for overcoming some issues like how to get into the writing flow, staying motivated, getting past procrastinating.

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3 Fun Ways To Build Your Vocabulary and Get the Storytelling Flowing

What better way to build your vocabulary and get some story telling flowing than with FUN Games!

Here’s 3 Games for you

1) Blind Word Find

This can be done alone or with friends.

Randomly open the dictionary and place your finger on a word.

Check out it’s pronunciation and definition and use it in a sentence.

Now start to build a story around that.

story_cards2)  Story Cards

This is a deck of cards with interesting pictures on them. You can purchase them or make your own (see below).

Each player is given  6 cards to begin with. The rest of the cards are placed in the middle of the players.

One person starts the game by placing a card down, picture up and uses it to create the opening lines for the story. He picks up a new card to add to his hand.

The next person uses one of the cards he is holding to continue the story and so on with each person adding to the story and always picking up new cars to add to their hand.

Make your cars with cut outs from magazines, old calendars or cards or print outs from online.

There is some great pictures for writing prompts on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/writingprompts?source=feed_text&story_id=1113921271965217

3) Scrabble  is another great word building game. Play it online at places like Pogo

or http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/scrabble-online-free.html

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An Essential Tool for Your Success as a Writer

There was a time when one of the most difficult parts of writing was the researching.

Now with the internet and search engines plus another essential online tool for a writer – Wikipedia, research is becoming a breeze.

A master at researching for writing, Dr. Jeffrey Lant,  covers how to use them and why in his extraordinary online course. Find out more at: http://writerssecrets.com/intro

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Everyone can use our work with a few conditionserching,searching,writing,

Wikipedia has taken a cue from the free software community (which includes projects like GNU, Linux and Mozilla Firefox) and has done away with traditional copyright restrictions on our content. Instead, we’ve adopted what is known as a “free content license” (specifically, a choice between the CC-BY-SA and the GFDL): almost all text and composition created by our users is and will always remain free for anyone to copy, modify, and redistribute. We only insist (and our licenses require) that you credit the contributors, state the free license your re-use is under, and that you do not impose new restrictions on the work or on any improvements you make to it. Many of the images, videos, and other media on the site are also under free licenses, or in the public domain. Just check a file’s description page to see its licensing terms.

We care deeply about the quality of our work

Wikipedia has a set of policies and quality control processes. Editors can patrol changes as they happen, monitor specific topics of interest, follow a user’s track of contributions, tag problematic articles for further review, report vandals, discuss the merits of each article with other users, and much more. What are felt to be our best articles are awarded “featured article” status, and problem pages are nominated for deletion. “WikiProjects” focus on improvements to particular topic areas. Really good articles may go into other media and be distributed to schools through Wikipedia 1.0. We care about getting things right, and we never stop thinking about new ways to do so.

We do not expect you to trust us

It is in the nature of an ever-changing work like Wikipedia that, while some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. We are fully aware of what it is and what it isn’t. Also, because some articles may contain errors, please do not use Wikipedia to make critical decisions.

Further information: Wikipedia:General disclaimer

We are not alone

Wikipedia is part of a growing movement for free knowledge that is beginning to permeate science and education. The Wikimedia Foundation directly operates eight sister projects to the encyclopedia: Wiktionary (a dictionary and thesaurus),Wikisource (a library of source documents), Wikimedia Commons (a media repository of more than ten million images, videos, and sound files), Wikibooks (a collection of textbooks and manuals), Wikiversity (an interactive learning resource),Wikinews (a citizen journalism news site), Wikiquote (a collection of quotations), andWikispecies (a directory of all forms of life). Like Wikipedia itself, all these projects are freely licensed and open to contributions.

Further information: wmf:Our projects

We’re in it for the long haul

We want Wikipedia to be around at least a hundred years from now, if it does not turn into something even more significant. Everything about Wikipedia is engineered towards that end: our content licensing, our organization and governance, our international focus, our fundraising strategy, our use of open-source software, and our never-ending effort to achieve our vision. We want you to imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That is our commitment—and we want your help

Read more at the source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ten_things_you_may_not_know_about_Wikipedia#Everyone_can_use_our_work_with_a_few_conditions

Wikipedia can be a great tool for learning and researching information. However, as with all reference works, not everything in Wikipedia is accurate, comprehensive, or unbiased. Many of the general rules of thumb for conducting research apply to Wikipedia, including:

  • Always be wary of any one single source (in any medium — web, print, television or radio), or of multiple works that derive from a single source.
  • Where articles have references to external sources (whether online or not) read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says.
  • In most academic institutions Wikipedia, like most encyclopedias and other tertiary sources, is unacceptable as a source for facts in a research paper.

For more on researching on Wikipedia go to the source at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia

Find out about Free Images available at:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Free_image_resources

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Resources for Increasing Your Word Power

dictionaryThe number one language resource for writers and readers is the Dictionary.

In fact get two dictionaries. They will often have different words they will include and some different definitions. Online dictionaries are great.

A great way to build your vocabulary from the dictionary – learn a word (or 3) a day and use it in every way!

Style Guides

Style guides are different from usage dictionaries. They deal with more minutiae like capitalization rules and citation formatting. They are still important, however, especially for academic work. Unlike usage dictionaries, they are boring reference books. Boring but necessary.

style_guideChicago Manual of Style

The CMS is a reference manual for editors and publishers of books–mostly academic and some mass market works.

AP Stylebook

The Associate Press Stylebook is used by journalists and newspaper editors.

MLA Handbook

The Modern Language Associate Handbook includes style and citation rules for academic papers in the humanities.

Web Resources

Google N-Gram Viewer

I’ve spent (wasted?) countless hours looking at N-gram charts. Google provides this fascinating tool that surveys thousands of published works going back to 1800 and providing data on the frequency of words. You can search for any word to see how often it appears over time. And you can make fascinating comparisons. Here’s an example comparing toward and towards in English publications (both British and American). This just scratches the surface of the kind of data this site can provide.

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There are plenty of ways to use Google too, but one common strategy is to search for words to see how often they appear in searches. It’s a quick though unscientific way to see how common words appear on the web–a less regulated and more free market medium than books and print publications. Funner, for example, appears much more frequently in a Google search than it does in an N-gram search. We can assume from this that popular use hasn’t yet had much influence on more formal edited prose.

Source: Write at Home

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“I’m doing what I’m doing for love.” Valentine’s Day, 2016.

heart_in_your_handsAuthor’s program note. She was the best of wives and the best of mothers. She was such a Yiddishe momme right out of Sophie Tucker, we used to laugh about it. She was the life support for a feckless husband born into cozy wealth who discovered at mid life that he wanted to be a mime (no, I am not making this up) and left her to explain as best she could to her inquisitive Brookline neighbors that Joel had selected grease paint, vacant stare, and rigid immobility in preference to her and the 3 kids.

She was on the cutting edge of every progressive issue, as every good Jewish mother is. And this meant the whole feminist shtick, especially gender equality. She was also a card-carrying member of the “Thatsa my boy” club in which the beloved elder son accepts for a pampered lifetime not just praise but sacred veneration and constant service. And that’s why I’m starting my story here, the place you discover just how very splendored love can really be.

The first part takes place the year Ruth and Joel finally hit the divorce courts in the most amiable of actions. She was down but most assuredly not out and wanted to show her nosey friends and relations that she still had what it takes; that she’d had it with clowns of any age or shape, and that she’d snagged herself a wow of a man for her big come-back, one impressive dude, a Harvard man, someone cute and brainy, a goy of a boy, and what a kisser.

Using these enticing features and a slew of others made up to enhance the brew soon had her BBF Marie salivating, a Wagnerian sized shrew who hadn’t a single feminine attribute or charm of any kind, but made up for these unfortunate lapses by being really REALLY rich. Marie, interested, became Marie, nagging. When could she meet this prodigy who put her own male lapdog in the shade? And the sooner, the better… “So, stop with the excuses, already”. It was put-up or shut up. How about a Valentine’s Day dinner for 4 at the Cafe Budapest in Boston? There would be their famous cherry soup, tokay and Gypsy violinists, all on Marie of course. As I told you, she was REALLY rich.

“Jeffrey, I have a BIG favor to ask you.”

The white stretch limousine was ontime to the minute, 7:30 p.m. All the characters were present. Marie was over dressed in what she called a Hungarian hussar costume; a tight fitting blue bodice with miles of gold thread and epaulettes that would have made a minor Habsburg archduke proud. I didn’t know whether to laugh or salute… so I muttered the usual “glad to meet yous” and scrunched down to get in the Guido-mobile. But where was Marie’s ’til death do us part?

Marie later told me she thought it would be “fun” if she dressed him as a Viennese coachman, circa 1880. No symbolism here, of course. He looked ridiculous, of course. Maybe that was Marie’s intention. If so, she got her wish. His uniform was clearly two or three sizes too big for him. His top hat fell over his eyes… and his boots, while polished, were like flip-flops. I saluted him and tried to limit my smile to the appropriate length Emily Post recommended when you meet hubby the lap dog. I made it just a bit bigger because I felt sorry for the schlemiel. After all, he looked like Marie’s lunch.

Ruth looked… well, I was bowled over. She was cute as a bug in a rug with a (was it?) mink collar. “Ruthie,” Marie said,”you look…” and then she said it again as if she didn’t quite believe what she was seeing “Henny, doesn’t Ruthie look…” As her eyes took in every feature of my winsome self, you could see she was licking her lips, thinking Mazel tov… Mazel tov! And as if to answer Marie and establish ownership, my friend Ruth planted a kiss on me that was a lollapalooza of the genre, the real deal. I never saw it coming.

Okay, I looked terrific that evening. For a guy as disinterested in clothes as I was, (except for the blue cape with red silk lining I got on Carnaby Street in London), I could look like the well turned out gentleman my mother always demanded. I was wearing black tie evening dress, the duds cut by Oxford University’s comme il faut tailor.

I was washed, brushed, combed, ironed, buttoned, zipped, bow-tied, with a smile nicely calibrated to be just proper enough to meet her friends and just wicked enough that she’d want to dump them as soon as possible. Rarely has any friend done so much to achieve the desired result. As I was complimenting myself, extolling my finesse and magnanimity Ruthie snuggled up as if there was no tomorrow. As for Marie, she never took her eyes off Ruth, which meant she never took her eyes off me. There was certainly a lot to look at…

“Madam, I understand today is a very special day. These flowers have just arrived for you.”

With that the waiter handed over the biggest, most entrancing bouquet I had ever seen. And I got a real smacker as thanks. My initial was on the card… along with that fatal word “love.” Only problem is, I didn’t send them. I could guess of course, but I couldn’t ask. The sender counted on my discretion, on not blurting anything out but playing my part in the play with consummate skill… and I did.

Ruth got up and hoisted a piece of exquisite crystal which featured the double-headed imperial eagle. The sommelier, standing by, filled it with the finest tokay, and then filled the other three glasses, too.

She never looked more beautiful, more determined, more certain of what she must say or how she would say it. The game had suddenly become very serious indeed. And every diner in the Cafe Budapest that memorable evening, immersed as they were in their own rituals of love, knew it.

Ruth, a practised thespian of so many years, had what every actor wants… a dedicated and sympathetic audience, in rapt attention, waiting expectantly for whatever she might say or do. She took her knife and hit her glass three times in prescribed fashion… then she turned and looked at me… her song beginning.

” I am one of those the world looked down on. I’m not what they think I ought to be. Love has made me do things people frown on. But love is life and everything to me.”

She was singing to me. Her hands stroked my hair. Her eyes locked on mine. Her look was plaintive. She wanted me to know her, love her. She needed me to know that love wasn’t just an important thing…. it was the only thing.

She breathed, she loved. She laughed, she loved. She cried, she loved. It was who she was… what she did. There was no beginning to it… no end. She was the Biblical Ruth of old… whither thou goest, I goeth.

Every person in the restaurant knew he was hearing searing honesty… total integrity. There was no art… no artifice… nothing but one woman and the man she had selected, giving everything, hoping for everything, too proud to ask for anything.

Then the song was over, its last words hanging in the air,

” If the after years bring me tears, it’s all right, I’m satisfied. I’ve broken man made laws, but heaven will forgive me because I’m doing what I’m doing for love.”

I wanted to say something, but everything that needed to be said had been said. She knew. And so before I opened my mouth, she touched my lips and whispered “Thanks for tonight. Thanks for everything.” I should have gone down on one knee and said them to her…

Envoi.

Sophie Tucker (1886-1966) was known for her brassy, over-the-top style.. Where men were concerned her tastes were insistent and voracious, entirely appropriate for the “Last of the Red Hot Mammas.” But in 1929 she showed the world a very different, tender, beseeching side. The song was “I’m Doing What I’m Doing For Love”, and it was that song that was sung for me that evening that is one of a handful of perfect occasions of my eventful life. 67 this year, I haven’t married. Go now to any search engine and play this tune and remember your perfect moment and what you did for love… or might still do.

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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Of Docents, Writers Secrets Docents, “Decent Docents”.

docents_touring_double_picHey, there. It’s Dr. Lant. And I’m here to recruit you, your heart, your mind
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If you’ve visited any of the great museums of human achievement, you
may already know what a Docent does, but let me remind you.

docent_meaningA Docent is thoroughly familiar with any given institution and directs visitors
appropriately so they understand what the institute is all about and make
visitors comfortable and welcome.

My first recollection of the word was at a lunch party given by Boston Globe
Book Review Editor Herb Kenny. He was a delightful man, carrying his
deep knowledge of books and authors lightly; charm his metier.

He made a point of inviting me to his lunches, where I was always at least 20
years younger than the other, more experienced litteratti. He encouraged me
(not that I needed so very much) to talk at the table where words were delivered
lightning fast with deadly accuracy; then threw me books to review for the great
newspaper now no longer great and of little consequence.

He knew I would review what he assigned me with care, the better to get a
much-needed check… as well as another review assignment, plus all the free
books I could carry; for these books I had muscular determination.

Herb had a mischievous, thoroughly Irish disposition. He told me I couldn’t
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bright lights, making sure the bill was paid by any of the many Brahmins who took
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words of intellect suffused with the good humor always available on call along
with the humanity that marked him as a gentleman, despite his Irish heritage.

As I write these words, I realize how long it has been since I’ve properly
remembered him and the great service he provided to me, young, awkward,
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in the Blue Room


Reflections upon the completion of 350 articles of commentary in the current series; what it takes to write commentary worth reading.

It is still dark outside my brilliantly lit Cambridge, Massachusetts office at 5:31 a.m. Eastern time, September 14, 2011. I am happy not only because I have just a few minutes ago completed my article of the day… but because this is the 350th article in my current series. Today’s article was a series of way out on a limb predictions about the 2012 American elections; prognostications at once cheeky and magisterial. Quick, can you say President Rick Perry?

It occurred to me upon the completion of this article that I owed it to my millions of online readers, to posterity, and to myself to explicate my view of what constitutes superior commentary and how to provide it. Incipient commentators will want to know… and it is always a wise idea to record your side of any given matter before successors mangle, distort and rearrange the facts.

blue_room_bestWhere my commentary is written.

My office is situated across the street from Harvard Law School, a place of renown amongst whose graduates are the current president of the United States, the chief justice of the United States, and 5 of the 8 associate justices. It is a place where words matter and where students are instructed in the writing of limpid, precise, meaningful prose. It is a powerful example to have before oneself every day, and I strive to maintain these standards and be guided by them.

The actual room in which I write is unique. It resides on a piece of property originally owned by the Reverend Charles Follen, Harvard College’s first professor of both the German language (1825) and of gymnastics and physical education (1826). His abbreviated career at Harvard ended in 1827, perhaps because of his advanced political opinions.

Professor Follen was a reformer, an apt example for me. He wished, of course, to bring the latest advances in German pedagogy to Harvard… and he was also a rabid abolitionist at a time before such a viewpoint was acceptable. His views were so extreme they affronted his colleagues and neighbors who were undoubtedly pleased when a boat on which he was traveling from New York foundered on January 14, 1840. Dead prophets are so convenient… and it is safe to name myriad roads and places after them, as they memorialized the deceased Follen who no longer roiled the peace of their comfortable consciences. But here’s what’s important about Follen as far as I’m concerned. He had rage about the status quo, an acute desire to change and improve it, and moral superiority. All are useful to the commentator, and the spirit of Herr Doktor Follen envelope and reinvigorate me.

I call this room the “Imperial Webcast Facility” and that is accurate, if a trifle grandiloquent.

I used the word “imperial” for several reasons. First, it was a major subject of mine at Harvard, where I studied principally European history (from 1969), taking the M.A. degree in 1970 and the Ph.D. in 1975.

Second, I call it “imperial” because of the portraits and signed photographs which inhabit this space along with me. These include the boy Phillippe d’Anjou (born 1640) who became Philip V of Spain. Just 17 when he was made king by the decision of Louis XIV, he became the longest reigning Spanish monarch ever. He was never actually called an emperor but as ruler of 1/6 of the globe we may confer this courtesy.

His portrait by Henri Gascars, portrait painter to the Royal Children of France, Spain and England, is quite possibly unique… for when his Spanish majesty was a mere French duke he was of no importance whatsoever. Perhaps Gascars felt put upon painting such an insignificant subject; if so, I trust he kept his sentiments to himself, for King Philip was of a vengeful disposition. In any event it is a lovely picture of a young man elevated to rule by small pox and God’s will.

Two emperors of Austria hang near their earlier cousin of Spain, Joseph II (reigned 1764- 1790) and his brother Leopold II (reigned 1790-1792). These were just two of the many siblings of unlucky Marie Antoinette. Both pictures of these imperial brothers came to me in shocking condition, but the careful ministrations of my long-term London conservator Simon Gillespie brought them back to majesty.

Joseph’s portrait was by Josef Hickel, a well known painter who fathered an even better known painter son. It’s an artistic rendering that does full justice to the aesthetic man known to history as sublime Mozart’s patron. As for the painting of the Emperor Leopold, it is exceedingly rare because it shows him as Grand Duke of Tuscany, a training position for younger sons of the dynasty.

The room is packed with one royal, imperial, grand ducal and noble artifact after another, including two signed photographs of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, assassinated in 1914 along with his morganatic wife Sophie, the proximate cause of World War I. The 1890 photo of the young Franz is on my desk where I can stare at leisure into the eyes of this man of destiny. It is part of the palpable history that irradiates this special room. But important though this is, it is not the most important thing in this room…

… that would be the essential tools of the imperium, the keyboard where I compose, the screen where I daily webcast… and the unceasing flow of commentary from the one to the other. These tools and the messages are all mine, but the arrangement owes much to the office of another imperator, Napoleon.

Napoleon's_officeWhen he was a young man on the make, Napoleon met the love of his life, Josephine, a woman made for love and pleasure who adored luxury and never minded the bills; someone, she knew, would always pay. That someone more often than not was her second husband, General Buonaparte. In 1798 he left his faithless wife to seek fame and fortune in Egypt. While he was gone inventing himself and his legend, she purchased a lovely country house neither could afford. She cared not; he was enraged… and so Malmaison, the estate where both were happiest, came to be.

In it, the soon-to-be emperor had an office, not so very much larger than mine. In it were fine examples of the grand and grandiose Empire style, so imposing, including his desk and chair. Of course such artifacts are off limits, never to be touched, much less used. But I knew at once I wanted an office like this… and so, while the slothful guards took a long break I sat down in the chair, positioned myself just so and reviewed every millimeter, opened every drawer… then starred out the window to the verdant lawn on which the couple Bonaparte found happiness together as they strolled and loved each other.

I was happy there, too… and mulled over what Napoleon would add to this room were he alive today.

The answer was obvious for a man who spent his life communicating to manage and administer his empire… live 24 hour a day webcasting … and so that is what I added to my international communications center.

Then www.writerssecrets.com gathering place for my fellow scribblers, writing peers worldwide, appreciators of literature and folks who just like some wild and woolly conversation.

Now you must consider yourself invited for this is a place of culture, humanity, a progressive outlook and a can-do attitude, where learning is valued, solutions sought for grave social issues and personal dilemmas, and where the focus is always on uplifting, improving, enhancing… just like it should always be for every commentator… and is most assuredly the way it is for me.

Visit me and the Writers Secrets Team in our LIVE Center at: http://www.TheLiveBusinessCenter.com/?id=27538

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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About The Author

2016 is here and with it Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s 69th birthday. He is, he likes to
say, in the prime of his prime. Thus does the “scribbling” life he commenced at age
5 continue. Over Twenty award-winning books, millions of readers worldwide. Thousands of articles. Untold radio and television programs;
worldwide recognition and enthusiasm, all of which culminated in the publication of
his autobiography, “A Connoisseur’s Journey, being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck and joy”. It was a book that screamed “classic!”, and he has
delighted in the several awards that followed.

To get your copy go to www.writerssecrets.co. You will also want to join his writing
course and learn from this master communicator just how you can improve everything
you ever write.

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