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Global citizen. Author. Thinker. Polymath. Climate change. Progressive. Loves photography, beauty, dancing, and believes benevolence is a survival mechanism.

So what if the web knows all about you and me.

Every now and then someone will come by and rant off about how our everything is known about us on the web, and they say it in the tone of something being a clear and present danger. I generally think ‘wtf’ and try to understand the reasoning behind this fear. I truly don’t get it.

The Propensity for Being Targeted for Brainwashing

The interesting thing is the idea that Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook Users to target them for the 2016 elections, and that it was all their fault. …

“You can’t possibly be an athiest — You’re a good person!” So said Toby to me, some seven years ago.

People are often shocked when I tell them I’m an atheist. I’ve seen some step back from me or draw back to the very edge of their seats as a momentary fear touched their facial features before they schooled them into some semblance of politeness. And I recall my very good friend, Toby, gone some five years now, saying to me, “You can’t possibly be an athiest — You’re a good person!”

To those who believe that ‘goodness’ can only come from God or some sort of spirituality, it is inconceivable that someone without an invisible connection to a ‘higher…

So maybe Umair Haque is worth a read.

There are things that Haque says that I haven’t checked. I generally check out writers and journalists, but Haque says so much that it’s too much time to check it all, so I listen to what he says, but I hear without making an accessment. Haque makes these things sound as if they’re happening right now, as if any moment, hell is going to break out on earth. Personally, I think it’s a case of a frog boiling slowly. Let me share with you how I see it.

The Structure That Held Civilisation Together Has Been Disintergrating Since the 60s.

Marriage is no longer necesssary. Children can be born to single mothers…

This makes it easier for you to find what you need to know.

I’ve never really enjoyed writing about writing. However, I’ve felt an obligation, after 60 years of being published and earning a living as a writer, to share what I know with emerging writers. This is an index to the many articles I’ve written, and I hope they will be helpful to you. I will no longer be writing about writing.

I’m going to leave this here, and I’m going to focus more on writing fiction and poetry, writing about world issues (politics, the economy, climate change, etc,), and human issues.

How to Characterize your Book or Short Story
If You Want…

Recipients of welfare are despised, but isn’t there a problem with those who do the despising?

I have, at times in my life, being a recipient of welfare. Are you ready to despise me yet? After all, I must be stupid or lazy or have a bad attitude. Well, those what accused me of this knew that I wasn’t stupid and they knew that I worked hard, so it had to be a bad attitude. …

For a start, I didn’t ask for it, and for a second, I asked for data — not advice.

The number of people who offer me advice (and you) I didn’t ask for is quite bewildering. There is really some insulting about it. It presumes so many things. It presumes the following:

  1. I don’t know what they are telling me — I do
  2. I can’t figure it out for myself — I can and I have
  3. I want to listen to them giving me advice — I don’t
  4. They are superior to me — not always, but frequently enough to note this
  5. It is a ligitimate form of conversation — it’s not.
  6. People often confuse a request for information…

You want good characterisation? Let me show you how.

Here’s what nobody tells you about making the characters in your story interesting and believable. It all comes directly from your own life experience and imagination. So I’m going to be sharing with you how we can make ourselves better at characterisation. By year end, with these exercises, you should be able to characterise your book with amazing people, and you shouldn’t even be thinking about it.

What will happen, as you write, is that as each character enters center stage, your character will just say and do what is automatic to them. You won’t even be thinking about it.

The majority prefer plot driven to character driven stories.

Let me share something with you about bestselling books and blockbuster movies — they’re plot driven. Literary fiction, even when the author wins a major prize, does not sell to the same level that plot driven stories do. In fact, some of the most prestigious award winning books have dismal sales.

…by and large, they are no longer interested in reading literary fiction. Most of the books selling well in Britain are not literary, and even breakout hits are selling fewer copies and making less money. This trend is reflected in other countries, including Australia, where no local literary fiction…

Money was originally invented to replace barter. It was intended as a means of easier and more equal trade. Today money has lost its way, and we, individually, are losing a lot more than our way.

Nick Hanauer, billionaire ‘angel,’ and original investor in Amazon, recognised some years ago that the pitchforks were coming for the wealthy. “Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution. If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality.”

He has also said, “It’s painfully clear to me that we need…

You’ll be surprised at what really matters when it comes to getting where you want to be.

I hear a lot of things about IQ tests — that it’s impossible to measure IQ, that it is culturally based, or that if you don’t have the education, then the tests can’t measure your intelligence.

I have had a lot of IQ tests. This was a result of my trying to find out why I had so many difficulties, why I was so desperately unhappy at work, and why I couldn’t seem to find a job. So every time I went for counselling, I landed up taking an IQ tests. Probably the one thing they had in common was…

Tessa Schlesinger

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