I was extremely lucky. I’ve had a biographical fiction manuscript accepted and published as a novel.
Let’s talk about that first one. If writing is output, reading is often the most important input. You’ll understand what makes Hemingway’s writing exceptional (or overrated) by reading his books, not from taking his advice. Study your idols, as that is a much more rewarding and reliable strategy.
John F. Muth of Indiana University coined the theory of rational expectations in the early sixties. He used the term to describe economic situations under which, the outcome depends on peoples’ expectations. The theory greatly applies to the stock markets around the world, as, if investors expect the price of common stock of a particular company to come down they go on a selling spree and the result is obvious, and when they expect it to go up they buy heavily and hence, the prices spirally. To conclude the cornerstone of the theory, we can suggest that, people behave or take decisions in order to maximize the value of an outcome and they keep getting feedback from the transactions, as to what they expected and what they actually received.
Thanx, Bill. Sometimes it takes getting pissed off to spark my inspiration. I can’t tell you how pissed I was over learning my freebie student actually violated copyright laws because he didn’t adhere to my advice to learn and practice before he jumped into a pool that has huge legal rules.
The reader who wrote last week wanted to bear witness to all that was good and kind and loving about his friend. Prior to self-destructing, overcome by the tragedies of his own life, the deceased had lived a full, good and blessed life, bringing joy and love to all he met. Yet, in death he was scorned and rejected by most of the people he had so loved in his life. I think that one of the most powerful ways that this reader can pay tribute to his friend is by forgiving those who turned away from the deceased and were unable to keep their love for him alive. With this reader’s permission, I am sharing this story with you. I invite you to share your ideas and inspirations about how this reader can best keep the memory of his dear friend alive and be at peace with his passing. I also invite you to share your own stories and ideas about how to bear witness to those we loved who have passed away.
Then on your paper write down all the activities you carried out to have the pond looking exactly as you described on the pad. Notice that wording it is important, write out all the activities YOU CARRIED OUT, notice I did not say all the activities you need to carry out, Once you get your head around this and think in terms of writing things as though they were already achieved the task becomes easier to complete removing once and for all your lack of motivation.
The Terracotta Army of Qin Dynasty China has become the epitome of imperial rule, influence and power ever since its discovery in 1974. While the Qin dynasty period in China was short lived, especially in comparison to the following multi-century Han Dynasty that followed, the Qin emperor Qin Shihuangdi left a remarkable stamp on history, collective memory and culture that cannot easily be dismissed. The Terracotta Army is a single yet impressive testament to Emperor Qin’s mark on history, and stands as undeniable evidence of his iron-fisted rule and attempts at control over himself, his people and his empire both in life – and after death.
Not to go all Foucault (pdf) on you, but the meaning of authorship has flexed over the centuries, depending on the direction that ideas about property and authority were taking. In the middle of the 1800s, as the American newspaper gathered cultural force and influence, bylines were still rare ornaments. Their assignment was inconsistent, even to writers who deserved” them. Karl Marx, who wrote a column for the New York Tribune in the 1850s, complained that his contributions were sometimes published with his byline, sometimes as unsigned editorials, and sometimes not at all, as James Ledbetter pointed out in the introduction to Karl Marx: Dispatches for the New York Tribune That said, Marx was not shy about submitting 125 columns written by his partner in communism, Friedrich Engels, as his own work.
Clearly there are different peoples on this earth. Clearly all recent research, meaning of the past 30 years or so, has indicated that indeed most of our characteristics are inherited. We are clearly, as peoples, different from one another. The tabula raza and all its descendents are intellectual artifacts rather than believable theories. We must learn to get along with one another rather than pretend our differences do not exist.
As for the redskins, these American Indians must not the history of the name and where it came from. Native Americans coined that word. They came up with it and it was used benignly over years. Just because some have used it a little different doesn’t mean it’s a derogatory word and dictionaries have misrepresented the word. There are speeches in the Smithsonian showing Chieftains using that word to mean all American Indians. These people need to back off in my opinion where they have been trying to get it changed for years or not. Everyone is complaining about being offended by something these days. This is just a sports team.
After World War Two, nationalism went into remission in Europe. Until recently, nationalist parties were largely regarded as a noisy but fringe phenomenon. The notion that they would gain public respectability — let alone wield power — seemed outlandish. No longer.
If you are interested in an in-depth discussion of these wellness areas and how your attention might affect them, you may want to check out my book, Can I Have Your Attention? – How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Concentration (Career Press, 2009).