Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bug in a Book

Our actions echo through our children... if you'd like to see how ... pop over and read my article in this edition of Bug In A Book

Are you living a life that will echo sweetly through your children now and in the future?

~~ When I was in primary school I wrote my first book. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a writer. I loved books. I loved the library. I loved our bookshelf. But this dream was suppressed for many years. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I enrolled in a correspondence course to learn more about writing as a craft. ~~ more

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Buying or Selling? ... remember to ask...


Buying or selling your home can be one of the most stressful times in your life. After all, it is probably your most valuable (dollars wise) asset.


Questions my husband considers important for buyers to ask…

Is there an easement? If so, what type?

What are the included fixtures and fittings? Don’t expect that the mounted TV, or dishwasher will stay – but many times fixtures and fittings are negotiated.


Is the property currently insured? If the property already has insurance, there is no need for a cover note.


If interested there and then…Do you have an expression of interest that I can fill out right now? This is not a binding contract but give the Real Estate agent something concrete to begin negotiations. Plus an expression of interest is less time consuming than a full contract, which isn’t needed until price is accepted by both parties.


Questions to remember to ask during the listing presentation if you are selling…


How many properties have you sold personally in the last 30 days? In real estate the market is volatile, but you’d like to have someone working for you who has the ability to sell one or more properties even when nothing is moving.


How many listings are you managing currently? If the agent has less than 10 listing this could mean one of two things – they aren’t actively winning listings… or they’re selling everything quickly.


What’s your average days on market over the last 12 months? How long is each property listed for under that agent until sold? This varies in different suburbs – some higher priced areas accept that their house could be on the market for 6 months or more, but in average price ranges houses will sell in a shorted time frame.


How will you alert qualified buyers about my house being on the market? You want to know what the agent will do for you individually.


That ended up longer than I expected! Next week I’ll continue with a wife’s point of view, including my personal view of Agent verses Agency, Con men and integrity and who the agent really serves.

The man behind the questions... Shane Evans from Finesse

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Finding Courage to Keep Entering the Slush



Dreams abundant

Rejection plentiful

Stories to tell

Words to write

Assess, edit, refine

Critique, beta, chat

Sharpen skills

Another query

Rewrite sections

Send again

Over and over

Over and over

A pattern for success

Persistence

Improvement

Patience

Agents, editors, publishers

Conferences, workshops

Platforms, networks

Pitch rehearsed

Synopsis saturated

Renewing dreams

Never give up hope

Determined

Focused

Anticipating acceptance.


How do you find courage to continue, when don't think you can take any more?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Max Lucado Life Lessons ~ Review


A Book Sneeze Review

This is a lovely book. A lovely Bible. Lucado’s Life Lessons Study Bible is well presented with an easy to understand introduction.

If you aren't familiar with reading a bible, the "How to study the Bible" section is easy to understand and it also gives an insight as to why to study the bible.

In the margin of each page, you will find the ‘Lessons’. This is what makes this Bible unique. These lessons are formatted in order of ‘Situation Observation, Inspiration, Application and Exploration.’
‘Situation gives a look into the context of the chapter’
‘Observation explains the point of the action’
‘Inspiration amplifies the point or less found in the chapter’
‘Application’ bring the message home’
‘Exploration lists other scriptures related to the same theme for further study.’

This book also features extra Bible studies throughout. These are full page and easy to read and follow.

You’ll also find ‘Christ Through the Bible’ and ‘New Life in Christ’ articles splashed throughout. These sections answer many questions the reader may have – like ‘What does life as a Christian look like?’

There is also a 2-year reading plan included for those who like direction and structure. And a very comprehensive index to lead you to the relevant verses to answer everyday questions or situations.

I have not read this cover to cover … yet… but from what I have read so far, I am really enjoying this study version of The New King James Bible. The articles and lessons are informative and enjoyable. If you don’t have a Bible or you are looking for a study Bible, give this one a thorough look.








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Thursday, May 5, 2011

MS Revised and Revived


I am having a wonderful week. Some weeks just shine in my writing world. Unfortunately we aren’t having the best home schooling week. So lets just focus on what’s making my writing week amazing!

The picture? Taken on holidays a couple of years ago... I love the shiny reflection - just like my shiny week.

I sent my ms to the fabulous Tania McCartney for a professional assessment. She more than delivered and gave me some ridiculously wonderful advise.

So right now, I’m creating a story board (very uncreatively) and moving the characters around as to who does what in the story. So much fun and yes, also a lot of work.

Hopefully one day I’ll find a critique partner or group I feel comfortable with, but until then I will more than likely head back to Tania for help.

I have read so much advice on finding a crit group/partner … but hit me with more… Where… how… when… do you suggest I link in with some helpful peers?
or on another note...
What makes you feel shiny?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stormy Afternoon

A stormy Autumn afternoon to suit my stormy day.

Thunder is rumbling


I'm sure we'll have blue skies again tomorrow.

Thankful for fresh beginnings every morning