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Alternative Living -Live Below Your Means…


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We live in a product driven society bombarded with – buy, buy, buy advertising and promotions. You ‘must’ have the latest and best, you ‘must’ buy new. Add on top of that peer pressure and we all experience stress and ultimately dissatisfaction. Our family, friends and neighbors all seem to have the newest gadget, car, home styling etc. etc, the list is endless. However, do you actually feel happy when you do acquire all these objects? Does the acquirement actually benefit us in real terms? Do these things plunge us deeper into debt? What is the point? As the saying goes – you can’t take it with you! So why try?

To live below our means, in theory sounds like an easy task, in reality many of us cannot maintain the lifestyle we want with less. The less being primarily money. However, if we take a cold hard look at our stuff and the ever growing debt it brings with it, does it give us enough joy, happiness or communication with those we love to warrant the financial cost?

There is a Canadian saying – ‘he with the most toys wins’. But what does he win if he is dead? Nothing. The toys will be sold off, at a fraction of the cost and the cash distributed to his family. Obviously it is nice to own a range of sporting and leisure vehicles and equipment, go on expensive vacations or live in a huge house but do you spend quality time with family? Will you leave a financial burden for the next generation to cope with?

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Not everything needs to be bought new, there are numerous options from thrift stores to second hand or even barter for items we need. Need is the word we should keep in mind when pursuing that next desired object. Ask yourself do I want it or do I need it? You don’t need to change your cell phone every time a new model comes out. You don’t need to upgrade your car every year. However, you do need to eat, heat your house and put fuel in your vehicle.

Try to resist the ‘I want’ and think about what real benefit that item will give you. Think long term not short term.

How do you save money? Do you live frugally?

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The following links will give you an idea of ways to manage living below your means.

Links: http://www.marcandangel.com/2008/10/20/18-means-of-living-below-your-means/

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/10/10-smartest-ways-to-live-beneath-your.html

http://money.usnews.com/money/the-frugal-shopper/2015/03/27/10-ways-to-live-within-your-means

http://www.overgrowthesystem.com/blog/meet-the-no-money-man-mark-boyle-food-is-free

Just had to add this posted by a friend on facebook this morning! Just perfect for today’s post.

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Reblog Wednesday – Editing Tips…


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A first today – a double reblog as both parts are great for inspiration (and our sanity!)

Editing is hard…that is a fact but with some forethought and planning it can be made slightly easier. Decided on which particular edit you want to do – spelling & grammar, continuity, character development etc. then focus on each one separately instead of trying to do it all at once.

One writer I know prints out on different colored paper for each edit category. I utilize a novel workshop run by my local writing group. We pair up and review each others work for several months. Having many eyes read your work assists not only in the usual editing problems but also it is a bet read. A win, win situation.

http://knitewrites.com/2014/09/24/50-ways-editing-will-drive-you-insane-part-1/

http://knitewrites.com/2014/10/01/50-ways-editing-will-drive-you-insane-part-2/

What methods do you use for your editing process?

Which category do you find the hardest?

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Into the Abyss…Does Social Media Work..?


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We all struggle to promote our work and turn to the numerous social media sites as avenues of interaction. We can spend hours posting book links, reviews, book cover art, links to our blog etc. When it comes to determining the success of all this activity, we can feel despondent. A tweet is lost in a multitude of other tweets within seconds, a face book page post may last slightly longer but its place is taken once the feed renews. Now you may feel such random and spasmodic promotion does little to help you become known but take heart in the fact that these efforts are not in vain. Re-tweets and shares are confirmation that someone has seen your post and it spreads to other media sites in the process.

There are analytic pages for most media sites, where you are able to track the success of a particular promotion. You can focus on specific groups or locations as well, giving your promotion an advantage and ensuring the ‘right’ people view the information you supply. I utilize all the usual social media sites but have to confess I am not an everyday user so ‘miss’ whole days or even weeks of potential promotional opportunities.

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That is why I was so thrilled to find a site called Co-Promote last year. At the time most of the users were involved in the music business. Once I read how the site worked I was intrigued but thought there was no room for authors. I wrote an email asking if they would be expanding their reach to other enterprises. The reply was quick and favorable. Anyone was welcome to join no matter what their trade, business or creative genre. I was informed new options would be added for books, magazines and blogs. Encouraged by this willingness to accommodate, I joined up and have found this site to be excellent. You can join for free or register for a sliding scale of options.  More here: https://copromote.com/about.php  The added bonus is that whenever there is a share you are sent an email advising you of who has shared. Each email also shows you new shares, new engagements and the reach of your promotion has achieved. Each promotion can be run for a few days or a few weeks, whichever is preferable to your requirements. My current promotion began on 12th October – so far it has reached 27.5K  people! I could not have done that with any other site in such a short time.

What promotional sites do you use?

Which is the most successful for you?

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Get That Pitch Perfect For Your Story…


reblogToday’s re-blog concerns how to write a good pitch for your story. We all struggle with this necessary evil at one time or another and the more advice we can garner the better. Here are some resources I hope you find helpful.

http://wordsmithsix.com/2012/04/16/pitch-perfect/

http://wordsmithsix.com/2014/04/16/pitch-perfect-2/

http://www.cynthiaeden.com/writers/the-perfect-pitch/

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/a/How-To-Pitch-Your-Novel.htm

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Do you have any tips or resources that you care to share to help your fellow authors/writers?

 

Building a Platform – How To Do It…


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As writers, whether published or not, we are advised to build a platform. For many of us this sentence garners panic and numerous questions of ‘how?’

The internet is full of ‘how to’ pages – everything from creating a synopsis of your novel to genre sub-sections and of course how to build your platform. Some are so complicated we become  disillusioned extremely quickly and question our ability to succeed.

I found this link, which has easy to follow steps http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/actions-to-build-writer-platform/

What have you discovered when building your platform?

Care to share your tips?

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