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    Symbolism in literature: The Symbolism of the Diamond Peak Series

    A mountain peak is something that climbers strive to attain, and when they make it to the top, the view is breathtaking. ...

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    How to choose a self-publishing provider.

    Let’s assume that you’ve decided to self-publish and you’ve decided to get a self-publishing provider to do it for ...

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    Patong Beach, Phuket 2014: Scams to avoid.

    If you go to Bangla Road in Patong Beach—and everyone does at least once—and you’re with a partner and between the ...

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    Physical Effects of Bullying

    My regular readers will know of my concerns about bullying and my attempts to assist people to handle the mental stress being ...

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    How was your trip? A view from outside.

    In New Zealand, where I was born, the young are expected to travel then return home with a broader perspective on life and ...

  • choosing a book

    Which self-publishing option is right for you?

    Authors who wish to self-publish have three basic options. They can: Do the research and learn everything they need to know ...

  • Compassion is essential

      A world without compassion is a world without ethics and without love. Ethics are essential if we are to live together ...

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    Spammers are getting tricky: How to spot spam comments.

      I have my blog moderation set to approve the first comment that anyone makes, that means that I have a chance to stop ...

  • shadowline

    compelling metaphysics and rich, beautifully written descriptions: Shadowline Drift by Alexes Razevich

      ‘Shadowline Drift’ by Alexes Razevich is an unusual story with compelling metaphysics and rich, beautifully written ...

  • Sucess equals soul at peace

    What does success mean to you?

      I’m totally with this guy.   ...

Symbolism in literature: The Symbolism of the Diamond Peak Series

A mountain peak is something that climbers strive to attain, and when they make it to the top, the view is breathtaking. They climb in order to see the view, and on the way, they pit themselves against the elements and face physical and mental hardships, so when they achieve their goal, their sense of [...]

How to choose a self-publishing provider.

Let’s assume that you’ve decided to self-publish and you’ve decided to get a self-publishing provider to do it for you, the big question then is how do you choose a provider from the many that are around? You need to be clear on the difference between a self-publishing service provider and a vanity press. The [...]

Patong Beach, Phuket 2014: Scams to avoid.

If you go to Bangla Road in Patong Beach—and everyone does at least once—and you’re with a partner and between the ages of about 35 and 64, there is one scam that you are extremely likely to come across. It goes like this: An ex-pat (not the lady-boy in the photo) approaches you and asks [...]

Physical Effects of Bullying

My regular readers will know of my concerns about bullying and my attempts to assist people to handle the mental stress being the recipient of abuse causes. Today I have a post on the topic by one of my readers Lisa Bonet, a mental health writer. A recent study found that the effects of bullying, both physical [...]

How was your trip? A view from outside.

In New Zealand, where I was born, the young are expected to travel then return home with a broader perspective on life and a greater appreciation for their own country. It works—except that some of us decide that Australia suits us better and end up living there, as I do. But no matter where you [...]

Which self-publishing option is right for you?

Authors who wish to self-publish have three basic options. They can: Do the research and learn everything they need to know to do everything themself. Not recommended. (You really do need someone else to edit your work.) Do the research so you know what you’re doing, then employ others to handle editing and other areas [...]

Compassion is essential

  A world without compassion is a world without ethics and without love. Ethics are essential if we are to live together in harmony; love is essential for our happiness. Therefore compassion is essential to our wellbeing. Why is there so much disharmony and hatred in the world? Because people are not in tune with [...]

Spammers are getting tricky: How to spot spam comments.

  I have my blog moderation set to approve the first comment that anyone makes, that means that I have a chance to stop spammers before they start. My spam filter stops all the really obvious ones, but some are too subtle for them to catch, so it’s important that I catch them. If I [...]

compelling metaphysics and rich, beautifully written descriptions: Shadowline Drift by Alexes Razevich

  ‘Shadowline Drift’ by Alexes Razevich is an unusual story with compelling metaphysics and rich, beautifully written descriptions. It’s the story of Jake, a man only three and a half feet tall, who has been sent to the Amazon to negotiate with the chief of a lost tribe for access to a mineral that could [...]

What does success mean to you?

  I'm totally with this guy.