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Thursday, 5 February 2015


You all know the saying…“Is your cup half empty or half full?" Have you ever stopped to consider what state your cup is in?
Are you an eternal optimist or are you a constant pessimist? Sometimes the answer for that is unclear. Many people are not even sure if they regard their cup half empty or half full. It’s almost as if they never really thought of it seriously.
I’ve often thought of it and I have to admit that I’m not sure which way my cup goes. Or maybe some days it’s half full and other days it’s half empty. I think that is the way for most people.
Anyway, just to make it clear what we are talking about, here is an example or a few of them.
So, you get up in the morning and you open your curtain and see the sun. The sky is blue and clear. You say, “Oh, the sun is shining, what a beautiful day!” Your cup is half full.
Okay, you get up in the morning and you open the curtain and you see the sun. The sky is blue and clear. You say, “Oh, the sun is shining, but it’s terribly windy.” Or, “The sun is shining, but that wind looks cold.” Or, “Oh, the sun is shining…again. We need some rain.” Your cup is half empty.
Do you see what I’m getting at? No matter how good things are, there is always a ‘but’. A very simple example above, but so many others I am sure you can now think of. No matter what we have to be grateful for, we always find what we aren’t grateful for. Remember that old song, “Stay on the Sunnyside of Life? If you don’t know it, take a listen HERE This is just one of many versions but a cute one.
So next time your heart races with excitement and joy, try not to put a damper on it with that ‘but’. Enjoy the day, even if it does rain, call that friend, even if it isn’t your turn to call. Visit someone that you’ve been putting off seeing for a long time. Make lemonade out of lemons. If life hands you mush, make an awesome porridge. Lighten up. Stop complaining about the little things, the big things will find you soon enough.

Look at that cup often and every time you do, try and imagine it’s half full, always half full. Maybe soon enough you will start to believe it. Happy Writing and Reading and don’t forget to Sing!

Friday, 16 January 2015


Yeah, I'm lazy. Haven't been here for a while. But, my laziness had been not to be writing here but to be writing songs, so hopefully you can excuse me from my blog posting duties.
So, just dropping by to say I now have a music website on Reverbnation.
I've been a singer/songwriter even before being an author. Old habits die hard so I'm reviving the singing part of me.
Drop by and take a listen and if you like what you hear, leave me a comment and become a fan. Love to hear from you. 
You can find me at Reverbnation

Here's the first song that you will hear there. 

Sunday, 30 November 2014


The power of love is everywhere, but we tend to take it for granted so many times. When you love someone, there is nothing you would not do for that person's comfort. You would go out of your way many times just to see a smile on that person's face. You would inconvenience yourself, spend your time, forfeit your food, your comfort, your own pleasure, just for what? For love, that's what. 

Love is so powerful that it can be felt over many miles, almost intuitively. You can't see it, you can't touch it, not physically, but you can feel it, you can hold it because it is all around you. 

A mother's love is one of the strongest, mainly because there is such a bonding that has been created. It is almost like the other, the child, is part of you, which in a way is true. The child is a part of you that just became unattached physically, but never emotionally. Losing a child creates a different kind of love. It is a sad love, but still a happy one. A strong love, but yet almost an unearthly one. It is a love that creates misery with happiness underneath, and the both are mixed together in such a way that grief and pleasure become one. That is how complicated love really is.

The desire to protect is a form of love. It is very strong in animals as well, but more intuitive perhaps than in humans. Maybe animals do not understand the concept of love, but that does not mean they do not feel it. They just are unable to put a label on it. Love is the strongest force in the universe. However, the love we feel on earth is nothing like the true love. It is but a mere shadow of the spiritual love which embodies the being and envelops anyone encountering it to such a degree that it is unexplainable. 

No one really understands the total power of love, but yet it is felt so many times and leaves an overwhelming feeling within. Anyone who experiences love and shuns it usually ends up in a stifling frame of mind. Without love, all will shrivel and perish. When we mess with love in the world and try and replace it with worldly objects and materialistic means, we lose a bit of humanness. Animals, on the other hand, although perhaps not totally understanding the power of love, embrace it. We could learn a few things from them.

You can take the power of love and make it your own, but you must first learn to respect it. The task is not an easy one. Loving others the way you would want to be loved is the best way to understand and spread the POWER of love.
Happy Reading and Writing everyone.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Death is the entrance to life.
Tomorrow never comes so enjoy today
Make everyday count in some small way
It's the little things that make or break us

When you are alone, it is a magical time
Savour the moments that you turn inward
Make sure that today is the greatest day of all
No amount of worrying can ever compare to one moment of pleasure

Strive to be the best that you can and the least judging
Come home to yourself
Be there for the person inside you
Make it count when you have time to just breathe

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


And, yes, it's calling to you! It's calling to me, it calls to every living animal. Perhaps its call to animals like birds, dogs, cats, and others is even stronger than to humans because they seem to have natural instincts that we humans probably have but do not use.

Since we communicate more verbally than other animals, we tend to not rely as heavily on the universal feelings. That is why we need to pay attention. 

How many times have you just sit and listened? Maybe if you took a walk outside in the dark or perhaps at dusk or just before dawn, you might tune in more closely to what the universe is trying to tell you. But today there is a distinct disconnection from the powers of the universe, and perhaps it's time to get back in touch. 

WALKING: This used to be a time when one could collect one's thoughts and perhaps find some clarity to their world. But, how many times do you see people walking today like that? Either they are in a group, a couple, or if alone they could have a head-set on and be listening to music or maybe an audio book, or they are on their phone talking to someone. This is not alone time. They seldom take notice to the scenery or quietness around them.

SLEEPING: Once upon a time, sleeping was much more welcome than I believe it is today. Some people only sleep because it is required at some point. If they didn't have to sleep, they would not even bother. Some people, too many these days, cannot even sleep properly. There is an epidemic of sleep apnea. Or, if one is lucky enough to not be afflicted by that, then there is just constant worry, planning, tossing and turning. Dreams are one way to connect with the universe, but nightmares are not helpful.

WATCHING: Are you aware of the world around you? I am not talking about the working or playing world, even though there are a lot of people these days that are not even that aware of that. I am talking about the world of nature. Yes, our universe is around us, it is not just out there in space. Take note of the birds, listen to their calls, their answers to each other. Watch how a cat lies in the sun and enjoys the heat. Listen to the wind in the trees and watch them sway in the breeze. Did you know that they sound differently in different seasons? Of course in the spring and summer a lot of trees are full with leaves which drop to the ground when autumn sets in. It just makes sense that the wind blowing through the branches would have a different sound than when they are full bloom with leaves. 

So be aware when the universe calls to you. Know that it is there for all of us, for our peace of mind, for our connections with other people as well. When you know the universe you know yourself, and when you know yourself, you are much more capable of knowing what others want and need. Listen to the call next time you are outside. Bring a bit of the universal powers into your bedroom, your living room and even your kitchen. Take time to be present, it could change your life and maybe someone else's also. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014


Here it is folks, the post I've been promising you for a few days now. How to set the scene in your next story by Nikolas Baron. Nick has a lot of experience with the written word. Here's a short bio:

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, traveling, and reading.


Setting the Scene
Wikipedia defines a scene simply as a “unit of drama” in a work of fiction. While drama is one vital component of writing a scene, conflict is only the beginning of the purpose of creating a scene in a book. Books are made up, physically, of pages, printed with ink and bound into a bundle. Metaphysically, books are made up of words, ideas, actions, dialogue, conflict, emotion, and sensory imagery. All those items must be properly ordered, laid out in a clear sequence, and bound together by the author to create a story which will capture and hold the reader’s interest.
By focusing on each individual scene, the writer can build stronger characterization and imagery, improving the overall writing. An online proofreading program can be helpful in maintaining consistency, especially in names and details. It’s also useful to check for often-repeated words and phrases to avoid too much repetition, which may become boring or even distract the reader, interfering with the suspension of disbelief.
Every scene, whether it’s just a few paragraphs or fills several pages, must contribute something to the storyline. Setting is an important part of each individual scene. Since a scene is just one unit, a smaller part of a chapter, the setting doesn’t need to be fully established with each new scene. Setting can be alluded to in just a few words:
John breathed deeply, the scent of the fresh-mown grass tickling his nose. He resisted the urge to sneeze. The sound would only give away his position, crouching under the window, behind the hedge. He’d found the best hiding spot in the neighborhood, and he wasn’t about to lose the game because of his allergies.
In this scene, the protagonist, John, is hiding. If the final sentence were altered, the entire scene could take on a much more sinister air, and become a murder mystery or spy novel. The scene itself is a building block, one of many that the writer uses to construct the story. The setting, in this case, is outdoors, probably in a residential neighborhood.
Conflict is what drives any story forward. Without it, there is no energy, no reason for the reader to continue turning pages. Without conflict, there is no story. Each scene must contain some type of conflict:
When Monica was seventeen, she left home. She took two of my favorite CD’s and Mom’s pale blue cashmere sweater, the one Dad liked. She took all her most important things, her jeans and make up, too-tight tee-shirts with screen printed sayings on them, and the glass unicorn I bought her for Christmas. She left behind her family. Mom, Dad, me, and her daughter, Rebecka.
Conflict can be created between the mundane and the emotionally significant. In the above example, the items Monica chose to take with her were mostly small, unimportant personal things. Clothes, CDs, makeup, insignificant possessions, which contrast sharply with what she chose to leave behind: her family, and her daughter. The conflict between what she took, and what she left behind, sets the foundation for the narrator’s resentment. The conflict is established and the reader begins to get a feeling for the kind of flighty, irresponsible teen Monica was when she left home, and to understand the narrator’s resentment. This scene sets the tone of the story to come, leaving the reader to wonder what became of Monica, whether she returns, whether her priorities have changed since she left home, and how her actions will affect the family she abandoned.
Breaking each chapter down into individual elements not only makes writing a longer work seem less overwhelming; it focuses and tightens the writing as well. If a chapter seems to meander without any recognizable progress in the plot, breaking it down to the individual scenes may provide insight into why the story is bogging down. Each scene, in order to justify its place in the book, should, in some way, move the story forward, either by establishing the setting and mood, or by creating conflict and revealing the motivations and history of the characters.
If you have any questions concerning this article, please comment below. If you've learned something from it, let us know. It is always nice to learn something new and to be able to apply what you learn in your own work. Happy Writing and Reading everyone!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Every story uses imagination. So in every story there must be at least one scene. And setting that scene is a very important part of story telling. 
In a couple of days, you can read all about how to set the scene in your next short story or novel as will be posted by guest blogger, Nikolas Baron.

Nikolas lives in foggy, beautiful, San Francisco where he loves going rockclimbing, drinking tea and reading. His job at Grammarly, an internet startup that makes an algorithmic proofreader, lets him spend most of his time researching how people are writing, what tools they're using and how they can improve their English.