They have created fabulous housing from shipping containers in California, to house some of the homeless ex-service personnel.
This is a great project.
This doesn't need a genius to see the heart of the problem.
Surely the degree of trauma exhibited in these homeless people tells us something. Shouldn't we listen to them, as well as provide them with sufficient, and dependable social welfare to make a great future for themselves?
If they were not sent away to have their peace of mind and lives wrecked, there would be sufficient funds to run an effective rehabilitation, social welfare, public health, public housing, and law enforcement systems, and still maintain a home defence force. Other countries can do that.
Ah, but don't mind me, I am a pacifist. I was one who protested in the moratoriums that brought the Vietnam war to a halt. I'll do more than peaceful protest if 'Uncle Sam' wants one of my grandchildren to go fight in a war that is not home territory, home defence. I'll sit down in a public building and sing peace songs, and try to get millions like me doing that, (as was done in the 60s) rather that see one of mine become a traumatised ex-service person.
Refugees are welcome to be my neighbour and friends. Hang on a moment, they ARE my neighbours and friends, doctors, cafe owners, teachers, and professionals in every walk of life, and also the leading volunteers to aide the needy in my community. My community and I WELCOME refugees.
While not a Christian, I'm aware that Jesus was a refugee, so cannot understand how so many turn their backs. I believe that only by caring for the world's refugees today, can we hope there will be a humanitarian attitude in the the unknown future when our grandchildren might be refugees.
When the sun comes out after a week of rain, it doesn't matter what day of the week it is when you are a self employed writer, it becomes the day off,
Todd Ponsonby, the detective inspector with a social conscience in my novels was named by a Facebook friend. I'd intended him for a small bit part, but he grew no be one of the main secondary characters.
His name suited the character and broke away from the usual names that I might have chosen, because another picked the name.
I'll do that again, ask others to suggest the character's names, so that I don't make the error of having names in my novels that all sound similar.
So, do you have any names that you would love to see written into a novel?
Ah, I have made the new to fiction writing error of being Jill of all trades, writing the books I wanted to write, in the style of the novelists I've loved. They loosely fit into many genres, but don't slot tightly into any. There is the mystery, yet the books aren't a mystery. There in romance, (in some books) but my books aren't romance. there is coming of age, but those same books might have noir events in them too. Several of my books take on political issues. That's not popular with readers who just want a light-hearted story. That's why I can write a romance, within a broader story, but I can't aim it to romance readers.
My great grandparents were the early Scottish and English settlers and one branch of my family was almost annihilated in the worst genocide committed in known history, that of the planned killing off of all Tasmanian Aboriginals. A price put on thier heads, hunting and killing Tasmanian blacks made a legal way to earn a living by the Britsh aristocracy. Skelletons of my family were bought by collectors all over Europe. My family is engaged in the work of bringing them home.
Only a few Tasmanian women escaped by being taken by seal traders to the Bass Straight Islands where the Pallawa survived as a race, Tasmanian Aboriginal women and the tough sealers, probably Scandinavian, males. I'll not write that story; it is too sensitive within my family. But, it influences all of my work, and my chip on the shoulder at the incorrectness of the account of British settlement of Australia as it was taught in history books.
I felt a need to write Australian history from the perspective of the part Scottish and part Aboriginal descendant, and not the false and boring Australian history that we learned at school, largely written by British men to not show Aboriginal Australia or women's roles in the history of Australia. I also desired to put human interest into the stores so that people would want to read them—and many do, but I've not written escapist stories that appeal to masses.
I tried to write my last novel to genre, and 'it's not me.'
I've quit it, and walked away from a 58k first draft, what was intended as my tenth fiction book, and my first experience of writer's block. Good commercials story—that means nothing to me. I don't intend to complete it.
I write from wide experience about things that stir a passion in me. My father was a hardened criminal and by mum a bit bent. My husband the true, love of a lifetime, and we have traveled together, with me painting and exhibiting art and gathering oral histories to write, for forty years.
So I currently write crime, betrayal, resilience, love and Australia.
I'm currently considering either a Ghost and Mrs Muir style shipwreck coast series of stories, or the history of Nauru from Island Paradise to land strippped to a moonscape by phosphate mining, to a haven for criminals, money laundering for Russian Mafia and the terrorist organisations to Australia's inhuman refugee detention centre. Nauru, once tropical paradise, and now referred to in world headlines as the Island from Hell. Or, I could continue the story of wy existing main characters for my small but loyal reader following.
Oh, why can I not want to just right light-hearted sex between alpha male millionaires, with an urban fantasy hot genre appeal. I was born old fashioned, and historical fiction by nature.
I'm taking a break to distance myself from my fiction writing and re-evaluate here I'm going. This, our historical fiction program helped me decide to take that break. I'm flooded with non-fiction commissioned work coming in, and I do earn more from that than from historical fiction writing.
While I'm on the outside seeking in, I'm considering illustrating (I'm a fine artist too) all of my novels, and I'm weighing up which of several of the historical fiction stories I might pursue next.
I'm also having a laugh, and claiming to be having a mid-life crisis, as I turn seventy in a month's time and for the first time in thirty-eight years, I'm uncertain of which variation of my writing career path to pursue. Do I try to write 'lighter and more popular - when that is a struggle against my nature? Do I write or paint with a passion what draws me to be creative and to heck with popularity as a goal?
I've always kept my head above water (cliche) taking the latter path.
By stepping back, and accepting paid non-fiction commission, (current ones are from the music industry) that could be my direction. Write non-fiction for a living, write my fiction from my heart, and if it earns out, then that is a bonus on top.
I rushed into Shepparton to visit someone in hospital today. Then, I hurried home with the intention of having an early night. However, I started writing.
With none in the home to cater to, other than me, it has been almond butter on toast, some fruit and a poached egg for dinner.
I love an occasional easy meal like that, eaten at the computer as I work.
I also popped in to the best online music store to select Christmas gifts—yes, it is gift selection time of year already—to add to the enjoyment of a home-alone evening.
Try using cashew or brazil nut spread instead.
If your spread is too runny, keep it in the fridge or pop it in the freezer for few hours to firm it up.
I was wondering would a giveaway if you thought a giveaway of 1 year of Amazon Unlimited (1st prize) 1 year and six months of Amazon Prime (2nd and 3rd place) generate any traffic to my site?
It's a lot of money, but it's still cheaper than traditional advertising, and I get email addresses
I think you are barking up the wrong tree on multiple points here. You do not understand marketing. Yes, you will build a mailing list. No, you vill not get a single fan who is interested in your books.
Firstly, Amazon Unlimited (1st prize) and Amazon Prime are not available to many countries, and the US is not the world book market. So, that prize will offend a huge potential market who will feel slighted by US authors and Amazon, and you lose a lot of potential fans.
Secondly, most avid US readers are already using Amazon Unlimited, so you are only going to reach the less avid US reader.
Third. Who do you want to your mailing list? This to me is the obvious decider. You are trying to get people who want something totally unrelated to your books for nothing. That is who you will get. Lots of people totally uninterested in your books.
In my opinion, that will not work in a way that will benefit you.
In real estate terms which I'm sure you have heard in the US, it is Position, Position, Position.
I see you promoting in places where other authors promote for free.Another author almost never buys another indie author's book unless there is something in it for them. You have to promote where your readers are. Not just any reader—your readers. Do you know what demographic your readers are? What other authors they follow so that you can tailor your marketing to them and only them? If you do tot know that, then you need to do market research first to find out who is interested in books like yours. If you cannot find such a group, then find a similar group and start writing books they will love and market to them.
You have to market to readers who LOVE your books. Total waste of money and time, and guarantee of bad reviews to market to readers not already in love with your genre and writing style. I went in a group promotion once where people had to sign up for my mailing list to win a Kindle. It was a group endeavour (you are not big enough to profit from a solo attempt) it cost me $20. to harvest 210 additions to my mailing list and I tracked their link open rates—ZERO—and deleted all of them two months later. Never again. I have a higher than average engagement with my mailing list. You may note that I deleted your name because you did not open or interact in the newsletter two months is a row. I keep my newsletter for my reader fans, and I strive the harvest reader fans.
Twitter is social media, not a shop.
I started a website for the historical fiction promotions and tweeted around the clock about it with blog posts and visual images. The new website drew 3,500 viewers a week within a month. I stopped the around the clock tweeting and the website visits began to drop sharply. Within a week the website visits were down to 750 per week.
I raced back and stepped up the Tweeting again. Not one of those tweets try to sell anything. Few show book cover images. I am also striving to improve the standared of my Tweets, it is as ongoing project. I use a management tool to send out Tweets to my different time-zone readers while I sleep, so Tweeting has a $49. advertising budget for me, and I'm mainly using it to build readers to my newest, author cross-promotion website. I see the payoff as being in the future.
By using hashtags you can genre target.
I once paid for a book to be promoted via a tweet promotion. That was a total waste of money, as I expected it would be. I hide or block Tweeters who are trying to sell books via Twitter. If you have something to share with a lot of readers, without trying to sell at that first contact, then Twitter is useful.
Reg and I have a marriage made in heaven.
He loves watching football on TV, and I love peace and quiet.
He loves loud scienc fiction. adventure movies, with all the sound effects, and I love peace and quite.
He loves...so I bought him shure 535 sound isolating earphones. I have peace and quiet to write my novels in.
The Fife Downs homestead, in the To Kill series, is partly based on a time when Ryn Shell lived with an uncle and aunt in a hillside home without electricity or modern conveniences. The author’s travels around Australia with her husband, getting to know the locals and being privileged to hear their stories, formed the basis for the remainder of the fictional tales.
Manderley, in the novel Rebecca, was based on Milton Hall in Cambridgeshire, which du Maurier visited in her youth. In the novel she put it in the setting, which was the home she leased in the woods near Gribbin Head just outside Fowey. By drawing on locations she knew well, du Maurier created a novel in which the house itself becomes an important and moody character, just as Ryn Shell set out to ensure that the waterhole known as the Dreaming Billabong itself made enough impression on the reader that they would see it as an important character within the novel.
During early critiquing of the novel, the author resisted the suggestions by some to squash the Australian inland character of the novel, to change the Australian word billabong to lake and to make the work appeal more to an American reader. That would have been as disastrous as trying to recreate an English manor house from Rebecca in Outback Australia. By writing what they know, authors create realism in their plot settings, and readers are able to visualise the locations and feel the mood through the authors’ words.
P.D. James, Ryn Shell and Daphne du Maurier all created differing stories, since each came to writing with a differing set of experiences. As a starting point, you too can draw upon your own experiences and turn them into an unrecognisable form by using the Hero’s Journey. By using such a strategy, you can create a great novel.
In a well-crafted prelude to a novel, the author begins the process of building the world, location and mood for the story. Step-by-step, the picture-in-words is created. This opening stage of a novel should show an imbalance in your hero's world, and this imbalance needs to be resolved by the end of the novel.
I've Always Preferred to Make my Own Path.
The K-Lytics reports have been invaluable to me as they have shown me what I am facing with my non-fiction, and how much work is ahead of me.
I must be crazy. If so, I love being crazy, as I believe that I am on the right track for me, and my non-fiction, not written to hot trend, will sell, because I'll market it to people who want it.
I've done all the study. I've bought and read the top selling books in the hot niches. I've tweaked my categories and sub-categories to get them into better selling areas, according to the reports on what sells for Kindle eBooks and the market saturation for those categories.
I've studied the market more than most writers.
I've considered writing to market—then rejected that idea. Money (despite earning an income at writing) was never what motivated me to write. Then, after ever more study of the Kindle market trends, I've decided to focus totally on those areas that I love, that the market trends tell me are not selling.
To heck, with market trends, I'm not out to sell a market trend or a category. I'll take this on as a challenge to sell what I love, what I do best, and what I do know there is a market for.
If that market isn't on Kindle as yet, then I'll just work a lot harder and get it there.
I do learn from the best, thank you, Alex Niehues for K-Lytics, you are the best in your field. I'm top in areas that I've not found work well on Kindle. I now know what I must do in make them work. Thank you for assisting me to find my non-fiction direction will be in what is currently non-selling areas of Kindle.
I will build a following. I'm going in, full-time, into working several supposedly not selling categories. I believe in myself. I'm not afraid to set my own path. The benefit of K-Lytics in this making this decision, is that it has shown me what others have seen ahead. By doing things differently, I'll create a different experience.
I'm delighted to be making this, contrary to best marketing advice, decision, as an educated one. By working differently, because I know that the beaten path has no worthwhile view, I'll create a new track within the categories that are the best fields for me to work in.
I'm happy with this decision and appreciative of K-Lytics helping me form it, in a round-a-bout way.
This is how I started out in business more that half a century ago. I made a career in fields that people told me you could not earn a living in. So, I worked harder, and gave more to those areas than others had. There were people at the top succeeding. There still are a few who can succeed in every non-selling area. It just means we need to work harder to join them there. It doesn't mean that we can't.
I love a challenge approached following an educated decision.