Story starters with cool words will make for an instantly appealing book. Authors and short shory writers can learn the tricks of writing the first paragraph of a book here.
Facts About China, the Geography of China, the population of China, Chinese architecture, Chinese population and languages, China's military, and the new Chinese Silk Road.
It's hard to get published these days. And there's reason - several in fact. Here's why. Plus I tell you how to market self-published books successfully.
Allan Quatermain is the original Indiana Jones. He is short, ugly, bearded, skeletal in frame, as well as a marvellous shot and tracker. His adventures in Africa as a professional hunter and explorer will keep you a fan forever.
Like all eastern astrology, Chinese astrology is different from the western zodiac. The Chinese astrology chart has different elements, ascendants, and animals.
The current ways of dealing with climate change are a waste of time and money. As we have less than a dozen years before it becomes impossible to reverse the damage, I have given up our saving our species (and many others) from extinction. Here's why.
Short Fantasy Story. An Imp with ambition is not to be stopped...
Short hunting story that isn't quite professional...
Short humorous story: The devil is a beautiful woman. Put her together with a car a man cant' refuse...
What if mankind became telepathic? How would relationships work then?
Short horror story: When going to a lonely place for your honeymoon, perhaps it's not quite what you thought it was going to be...
SciFi Short Story: The death of an interplanetary king can have many mysteries...
Short story. Good thieves are seldom caught, but add a touch of love and a portion of power from another time...
Too much has been made of high emotional intelligence. There is little to admire about it. It's simply a tool for manipulation of others.
This is the easiest and clearest beginner tutorial of Paintnet on the web. Paintnet is a free image editor that enables you to update photos and change artwork. It does most things that an expensive software brand like Photoshop can do,
Climate change has been caused by the production of too many goods, many of which are toxic to the environment as well as too many products which land up in landfills and our oceans. Minimalism can collectively change that.
Happiness isn't difficult. It really is a perspective. I'm not talking positive thinking here. I'm talking about simply considering certain things which will contribute enormously to your happiness...
Writing your life story is a great thing to do. We have too few stories of ordinary lives. One of the best lifestories I ever read was that of a very ordinary life. I have never forgotten it
Are you a magical thinker or a scientific thinker or both? Do you know what the difference is? Magical thinking has always been part of humanity. Scientific thinking is what moves the world forward.
It's time for modernism to pass. Words have music when they rhyme and have rhythm. Poetry is a form of writing that is musical to the ears but brings with it profound meaning.
It's always good to know what is ahead. That way we can prepare for it. Extrapolatng from current trends, what will 2019 look like? Not good. Terrifying, in fact.
Is God punishing you? If so, why? If not, why are these things happening to you? This article answers those questions and shows you how to change and understand your situation.
The Democratic Alliance, DA, is the amalgamation of the various 'white' political parties from the apartheid era. It has been dominant in the Western Cape (Cape Town) since the apartheid was dismantled. This is an open letter about their policies and their achievements.
Jesus famous said that the love of money was the root of all evil. Why is that? And in a time when money is sought by all of us, does this still hold true? What morality lies behind the accruel of money, and how much money is enough?
Most survival kits assume you're going to be living off the grid for a long time. Not true. Today's emergencies require you to prepare for life in the city - maybe not your city, but still a city. This is a city survival kit.
Humankind has reached a turning point. We need to rethink many of our methods. Will Mark Zuckerberg be the key to opening the door to a better future? Will Facebook do the right thing?
As jobs become fewer and fewer, it's time to seriously invest in a business idea that not only benefits consumers, but earns a living for the person brave enough to try something new! Here are 10 brand-new business ideas that nobody else is doing!
Can a world collapse through the lack of moral conscience? Can wars be started and food supplies ended because a moral conscience was missing? And can a moral conscience create an Eden on earth?
Contrary to opinion, spirituality is not about a belief in something. Nor is it a ritual of particular tasks. It is an inner entry into a very deep part of yourself where you connect with core-life...
Women don't always recognize that they are being bullied by another woman. That is especially so when the Queen Bee is supposed to be a friend.
Masculinity is seen to be under threat. What makes a man masculine? Why is one man perceived as more of a man than another man? Are these accurate reflections of masculinity? Has masculinity changed?
Are you haunted? Thoughts go around and around inside your head. You can’t solve the problem. Things get worse by the day. All the way downhill…
One's political views reflect one's belief system, and one's belief system reflects one's character. I could never date a conservative. Here's why.
Once upon a time, dragons lived on earth. The hunting of their species by knights in shining armour drove them away. When they left earth, their magic disappeared. Now they have returned...
Living in a tiny house has become fashionable. However it also makes good sense in terms of money, convenience, comfort, and happiness.
Neo-liberalism was the brainchild of Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises. They convinced Thatcher and Reagan that a free market without regulation and low taxes would result in wealth for all.
Flash fiction. Can lovers from a previous life meet again?
When someone dies, our world becomes more focused. This poem tries to sum that up.
State Capture, otherwise known as lobbying in the USA, is responsible for the increasing corruption of politicians, the breakdown of services, and the destruction of our world.
For the past ten or fifteen years, the design on Starbucks Christmas cups seems to have outraged certain members of the Christian community. Is it a valid concern? What would Jesus do?
A small passive income would be welcomed by many. If you can write grammatially and can still learn a thing or two, here's how to do it!
Flash fiction. The food baron specialized in love potions, but he definitely didn't appear available to a town a hungry women. But every man meets his match.
While the earth will live long after we are gone, if we continue to live to the standard we are living, our grandchildren will struggle to live by 2100.
This is a controversial opinion for some but not for others. This piece proposes the minimal use of adjectives and adverbs in order to achieve good writing.
I am often asked why I don't believe in God. It seems shocking to some, and an immediate condemnation of being evil usually follows. The simple answer is no God has ever answered my prayers...
Glaciers are increasingly in the news because they are an important factor to consider in global warming. It's important to know the basics!
Finding a gift for a minimalist isn't always easy. The trick is to go for multi-functional products that they will find useful. It is also ensures that the gift doesn't end up in the landfill.
2018 Chinese Horoscope, predictions, Chinese astrology and trends for the Chinese Zodiac —the year of the earth dog. A fantastic year for some, and a scary year for others. Political asstrology.
I was introduced to Acupucture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in two stages in London in 2000. Since then, I have been an avid user and introduced many who suffered pain to the effective cure it is.
Foreign Exchange is a necessary tool for trading between countries, but rates of exchange are unfair to less powerful countries. It contributes directly to poverty and enriches banks and traders.
When the diagnosis (sin) is wrong, then the treatment will be wrong as well. Problems cannot be resolved if they are not correctly delineated.
I won the 2002 Diversity Visa Lottery in July 2003. This details the process and provides information you might like to know if you are considering immigrating to the USA and don't otherwise qualify.
Sixteen percent of men fall into the Myers Briggs ISTJ category. He is the kind of man that is often the persona used to write a romantic novel. So every woman loves him!
I discovered that I could change my deep patterning in the early '80s. It came about as a result of studying Carl Jung and his work on dreams. Lucid dreaming happened by accident...
Surprisingly, there isn't one bit of evidence or research for the popular idea that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. The pharmaceutical companies makes lots of money out of it, though.
Black Cumin Oil was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Why? The Ancient Egyptians said that it cured everything but death. This general tonic cures some very specific conditions as well.
Good writing is at an all time low. As a result of the lack of teaching in schools, most people can no longer write a grammatical sentence. Here's why it matters.
There's a secret to a comfortable high heel shoe, be it for wide feet, flat feet, feet with bunyions, or short legs. You can walk for miles in a stiletto, plus have the benefit of flattering your leg.
Part two of a fictional novella detailing the many different factors that would come into a play to lead to a second civil war in the United States of America. Every bit of this story is 100% fiction.
There are only two reasons you aren't winning. The first is the system is rigged, and the second is you were never taught to play the game. You were given the wrong information.
Finding love is becoming increasingly difficult for most people. Why is that? Are some doomed to be withut love for a lifetime? Does one need to be a particular type of person to find love?
I started composing poetry around 5 years old. I longed to go to school so that I could learn to write and preserve them. It has taken me a long time to understand that, at heart, I am a poet.
There's writing, and then there's powerful writing. The world's most powerful writers adhere to some principles. Here they are.
A few years back, an amateur writer told me that writers did not have to read. I begged to differ. Here's why good writers read, and why all writers should read extensively from a young age.
For close to 45 years, I've known that I don't have a good relationship with coffee. But when it's a social rite and they keep telling you how good it is for you, you ignore the obvious!
Donald Trump could only be elected if there were sufficient people who believed the things he did. What is the Trump culture?
The incorrect usage of the ellipsis drives your reader away. It's irritating and frustrating to those who understand the purpose of ellipses. Best not to use it if you wish to retain your credibility.
Are you over 40 and wish you looked 20 years younger? I've managed to do just that, and so has my sister. We have some secrets to share with you!
A serialized fictional novella that deals with events leading to a second civil war in America and how it plays out. Originally published on Smashwords and reviewed on Goodreads
According to a recent article, while "Are Jews Evil?" is a frequent question on the web, not a single article has been written to say that they are not. Here it is!
For ease of reference, I have detailed the different vertical sites that Hubpages recently launched. Until we become familiar with them, this hub can serve to tell you instantly what it's all about!
A week in a desert is a unique experience. The Sahara desert is the largest hot air desert in the world, and its many tourist attractions (including riding camels) are to be put on any bucket list.
If you've never been to London to see the queen, that's alright. It's Camden Market you mustn't miss!
I've been using a mosquito net for a month. Previously, I was bitten frequently despite using a variety of supposedly effective solutions. In a time of spreading mosquito disease, a net is essential.
Cape Town has two bus services. One services the entire metropolis and some outlying area while the other services the west coast and the Atlantic Seaboard.
Cape Town, South Africa, is continually voted the best tourist city in the world. Understanding the public transport system will enable quick, easy, and inexpensive transport.
Europe is the most sought after destination for immigration. That's no surprise. With its economy surpassing that of America and China combined, it has a lot to offer.
The nuclear industry makes billions from building and maintaining nuclear power stations. It is not in their financial interest to broadcast just how dangerous they are.
As NATO mobilizes to the Russian border and as the US wars in Syria against Russia, it's probable that WWIII is just around the corner. And it will be nuclear.
Louise Brooks was one of the most famous pin up girls in the 20s. Her generation loved her and she was one amazing women.
The only way to prevent climate change is for everybody to become a minimalist. Understand why consumerism and business propel climate change.
If you've never used a safety razor before, it's past time you did. This is one of those decisions which will do less harm to the environment, safe you money, and give you the best shave ever!
What is the Meaning and Purpose of Life?
Understand why super wealth is destructive to humanity, and why the pursuit of it is to be discouraged.
How Estonia has moved from bankruptcy to one of the best economies in the world, and how you can acquire "e-residency."
Eastern and western astrology work in different ways. Chinese astrology makes more sense. If you understand the theory, you don't need to read the predictions each year.
Ethics and morality are two different things. A lack of morality may or may not harm some people, but a lack of ethics always will.
Do you have a job which which will not be replaced by a robot within the next five years? If you don't, perhaps you might like to retrain for one of these robot-proof jobs!
It's not so much that chocolate is good for us, it's that cocoa is good for us. Learn more about theobromine, an alkaloid in cacao with an effect similar to caffeine.
Did you know that the stomach loves pickles because they provide you with very healthy bacteria? That's how people used to store food.
Social networking, whether it's Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc., has become our way of life. Leaving one's core site is a wrench and a loss. But things change...
The Beatles famously sung that money can't buy you love. They were wrong. It can and it does. In fact, money buys many things. Poverty sucks.
There are four aspects to any marriage, partnership, or relationship. The statistical chances of all your partner being compatible with you in all four areas are not high. So here they are...
Liberals are concerned with ideology while progressives are concerned with action.
Many don't realize that Food Science isn't science. It's statistics. Nor does medication submitted to FDA for sales purposes comply with strict scientific procedure. The scientific method is not used
If you're out to buy a new pair of jeans because after a week or two of wear, they're falling off you and not giving you that nice tight fit, learn what to look for!
You can only convert failure to success if you understand why you failed. There are six reasons
I haven't liked Hillary Clinton for something like twenty years. Many people don't, but I don't think she's a liar or a murderer or a criminal. There are other factors...
A clean mouth with white sparkling teeth is one of your best assets - both beauty and health. Here's how to do it yourself and avoid expensive dental bills.
Demographics are changing, and they are the increasingly the biggest factors in who wins elections - apart from the money.
Most people assume that extroverts are people who are socially friendly while introverts are shy. Or maybe there's a half way type - an ambivert!
If you don't have a job, you don't have money. That's the truth for most people. A universal basic income was first proposed by Thomas Payne. It's still a good idea. So who is going to pay for it?
Yes, I understand that some say that pollution is causing climate change, but what happens if it isn't pollution that is causing it? Is it okay to pollute because the earth will fix itself?
It's perfectly possible to run a sustainable business in the black without making a profit. Indeed, one can also earn a decent living and less more stress free. Some confuse income with profit.
While a percentage of Americans admire and support Donald Trump, the rest of the world gasps in horror. Why would anyone support Donald Trump?
Christmas lists are often about things, but perhaps, a wishlist could be a life list of things that will change our lives forever.
Cloning factories have quietly sprung up and are producing clones (pigs, dogs, horses, cows) for a number of reasons. China leads the way.
Far from Capitalism making most people prosperous, it gradually over a period of centuries makes more and more people have less and less.
Ever since Panda, it's been all about writing good content. But although there is now vastly improved content on the web, it's not bringing increased traffic. So what does Google really want, and why.
Many people desperately want to believe that the law of attraction is real because that way there's hope that they will achieve what they desperately want. But it's a lie - a hoax.
With the exception of America, there is a high degree of atheism in 1st world countries. There has to be a correlation, therefore, between belief in god and factors that first world countries provide.
When you're a Ludite but you need a smartphone, you finally get happy with a Lumia. Here's why the Windows Nokia phone is the best phone I ever had. And I did used Android for years!
Human beings have the capacity to be fair. When they become unfair, it is the result of an unfair system, and it leads to violence and upheaval. Are you a fair person?
As profit making companies run by the investment class fails the poor and growing numbers of the middle class, there's a new interest in the co-operative worker owned model of business.
Needy people can drive you nuts. We either run away from them or we are drained by them. But can we help them? Yes!
As an atheist, I am allergic to people who want to share their religious imagination with me. I just don't get what's so bad about my not believing in god.
A much higher status is accorded to people with a high IQ, and while high IQs might be overrated, there are ways and means to make your score higher...
The disadvantages of making a profit far outweigh the advantages to business been driven by profit. Far from destroying business and motivation, making profit illegal would enhance the economy.
A spirt of loving kindness or generosity of spirit towards others comprises compassion and a willingness to share space and one's worldly goods. Do you have that trait?
Lazy is a word used by people who have been indoctrinated to believe there is such a thing. If you examine the reasons behind laziness, then there is no such thing. Find out why...
Soft robotics and artificial intelligence are replacing jobs. Bill Gates has advised investment in robots. Job Obsolescence will result in half the world's jobs disappear. What will you do?
Finding the right airline for an international flight is more than price. It's also about comfort, safety, the food, the leg space, and the luggage allowance. So how does Turkish Airlines measure up?
Google's browser, Chrome, is constantly updated and changed. The only issue is that fixing one thing often means something else goes wrong. It's slow and uses up more bandswidth than other browsers.
Militant atheism vs militant Christianity is increasing as more (young) people chose secular lifestyles as a result of a disbelief in gods. So why don't atheists just wait for victory?
Obsessed that everybody needs to work? Do you think it's necessary to have a job? Perhaps it's time to rethink work and the job market.
The 8 hour diet uses intermittent fasting combined with highly nutritious food choices to feed your body healthily and lose weight naturally. It increases liver function and lowers insulin overload.
Growing numbers of Atheist priests, pastors, ministers, and religious leaders result as they question contradictions in their religion and no answers to prayer. Realization that religion is man-made.
A non-allergic polymer like bioplast can be used for body piercings even with tattoos. So you're allergic to titanium, silver, gold, or stainless steel, then buy body jewelry made of bioplast.
America vs the rest of the world. Compare America to other countries - health and medical, vacation time, happiness, quality of life, education, life expectancy, per capita income, and unemployment.
Roulette is not the most popular game in the casino. Black Jack is. But when you win at Roulette, it's big. It's also the house's biggest winner. Learn about the game here.
Success is not only the result of hard work. Connections, opportunity, geography, genes, luck, and support from others all contribute to success. Many people work hard but are not successful.
I don't date anymore. What are the reasons men and women don't date after a certain age? Too much hurt, inconvenience, other interests. or just too old. Many of them live happily ever after as singles, anyway!
Olvera is in Cadiz, an area of Andulasia in Spain. Forming a triangle between Malaga and Seville, many retire to Olvera for its inexpensive properties, gracious living, and spectacular views. Pruna is nearby.
We hear a lot about Stream of Consciousness, and some people use it just to generate ideas... But did you know that you could write an entire book that way?
It roared it's way through the 20s and came to a dead end when the money died with the advent of the Great Depression. Learn how to do your home in Art Deco style.
Ear Cuffs used to be body jewelry for those with multiple piercings. Ways to wear ear cuffs and types of ear cuffs to wear.
Mary Quant was a household name in the 60s. While you won't find her label in either the US or the UK anymore, in Japan it's still very much high end.
As damage becomes known from non-stick cookware, the easy-to-clean stainless steel electric frying pan which cooks fast, saves electricity, and doesn't destroy nutrients is perfect!
Each time I attempt to talk about a fair system for all people, I am accused of being a socialist. It's not a bad thing to be a socialist. Here's why...
Living in a small, one room apartment or flat can be challenging. Here's how to make it work!
Explaining how to change your Adsense address and banking details when you move to another country.
Rene Gruau, world famous fashion illustrator set standard for fashion drawing. Gruau movie posters still highly sought after. Rene Gruau Moulin Rouge posters are museum pieces. Now collector's pieces
Scientists have found that people who use lucky charms are actually luckier than those who do not. The biggest believer in lucky charms are the Chinese, and the luckiest item is said to be Jade.
Quick and easy guide to grow tomatoes at home.
Twenty percent of all women fit the ISFJ category in MBTI. She wants marriage and motherhood and she's good at it. Don't say something nasty to her. She's hyper-sensitive and she'll never forgive you.
When we eat food lacking in nutrition, we eat more than we need. Starches and sugars are addictive so the way to stop eating to much food is to switch to a healthy way of eating.
Knowing what you are eating and why you are eating it can make a huge difference in your life. You can prevent future disease, have more energy, remain younger, and become slimmer.
To be diagnosed with either Dementia or Alzheimers is terrifying. Here are ways to halve the chances of ever being diagnosed with this disease and the latest information about the MIND diet.
Taslan is a silky, soft, waterproof, windproof, breathable nylon fabric suitable for shower curtains, outdoor pillows, sleeping bags, or camping needs. Plus winter warmth!
Gourmet cooking is much easier with a microwave. It does need the right tools, though, so here is a list of microwave gadgets and microwave fabulous recipes.
All these economic books are international best sellers. They are representative of views endorsed by millions of people, and deal with austerity, capitalism, inequality and the super-rich.
Those who read Frank Herbert’s Dune will know that ‘fear is the mind killer,’ and that when it is present, it paralyzes one. Here’s how to get rid of fear – permanently.
Most of us were taught the tenets of business and capitalism when we were fairly young. Most of us also believed it. However, time has demonstrated that capitalism isn’t exactly an ethical enterprise.
At a time when the arrival of an increasing number of robots is eliminating jobs, politicians and businessmen are talking about increasing jobs. Wrong solution.
WordPress is the option that many writers and bloggers select. However, I think it's format doesn't work for writers.
The advantages to decorating in black and white are that it is a color palette that is always available, that it always looks stunning, and is inexpensive to keep maintain fashionably.
Obesity and fat-shaming go hand in hand. The bottom line is that it is not only eating excess food that is responsible for obesity. It is the structure of society, political correctness, and stress.
When government handed over services and industries to the private sector, the private sector certainly cut costs. They also lowered quality, safety, and increased prices.
An increasing number of birds are becoming extinct, the loss of which is affecting the eco-system and, in turn, affecting the extinction of other species.
The INTJ women is the most unique woman of all types when it comes to Myers-Briggs. Learning what makes her tick and how to get close to her takes some expertise.
Make hazel eyes look more green! Use cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, and accessories to accent the green specks in your eyesOr use green contact lens to change color if your eyes are brown or blue.
Most people reach their retirement years with insufficient money. Some retire with very little in savings and don't qualify for a pension. Some people can live without money. Others find a way!
Timing has a lot to do with the success of business. Understanding the cycle of business can determine whether to start a business, purchase a business, or think of a better business idea!
The Sandawana emerald is the most rare and considered the more beautiful. Colombian Emeralds more plentiful. They are mined throughout the world, though. Emeralds are a good investment.
Tips for travel on a Greyhound bus. Best seats, cheapest tickets, best buses, best time to travel on Greyhound, recharging phone on Greyhound, wifi, old buses vs new buses, and priority seating.
Minimalism is a lifestyle which focuses on more life and fewer possessions. The minimalist life requires less income and gives more free time and greater health. Here's how to live a minimalist life.
Getting rid of bed bugs is not easy. There are many myths about them. This article uses confirmed scientific information combined with personal experience to help guide you through the process of ridding yourself of these annoying insects.
Explains what the Magna Carta is, its relevance to modern life, why it opposes capitalism, and
Chinese astrology rising signs- Chinese Ascendant - for ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar, and rat. The time of your birth determines which animal influences your year sign.
While much in Feng Shui may be seen as superstition, surprisingly, the arrangement of space does have a positive affect on one's mood. But there's more...
Can dogs read your thoughts? Is that why they love some people but not others? Will your dog become ill because it is been fed a diet from tins and packets? And are some dogs more talented than others.