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Jurgen Wolff
London most of the time, Southern California some of the time
Interests: Books, theatre, films, drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, conversation, travel, photography, fitness, marketing, graphic design.
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I HAVE A STRONG FEELING THAT PEOPLE ARE GULLIBLE... An infographic titled "The Truth About Intuition" distributed by Mindvalley claims: "CIA-hired psychics [in the Stargate Project] successfully located downed planes and identified locations of hostages." CIA- hired psychics successfully located... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Time to Write
jjjjjjjjjjComing up with a snappy description of your book is important these days. Here are a few that aren't terrible but have room fo improvement: Little is known about the great artist Rembrandt’s life — but this enlightening biography reveals... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Time to Write
In an article on the site, Mad Man creator Matthew Weiner mentions that Coleridge's claim that his classic poem, Kubla Khan, came to him in a rush when he woke up from an opium-inspired dream was a lie. Apparently... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Time to Write
in the previous post I wrote about why social media generally doesn't work for new novelists. What does work? 1: Get the book to the attention of book reviewers, mostly bloggers and podcasters who have a large following. Not easy,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're a novelist who expects social media to lead to book sales, the truth may shock you. After all, everywhere you look you're told to get on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest and other social media outlets to attract... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Time to Write
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Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Time to Write
"You're right, it's a fake, but it's a good one. Somebody's gonna find it and think they hit the jackpot. There are a few people I could have given it to. Roy, the guy who brings the Meals on Wheels,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Time to Write
Has Apple been stashing away excitable young women? That's what you'd conclude from this opening line in an article in the Evening Standard: "A hoard of excitable young women--iPhones held aloft--crowded into the Regent Street Apple Store last night to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Time to Write
The MobileInsider newsletter describes a new app in development that will be able to tell your emotional state from the sound of your voice. It says, "...the app analyzes your tone and cadence and matches it against an arsenal of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Time to Write
Consider this scenario: A social media site creates "faceprints" based on photos you and your friends post. Upon demand, due to "special circumstances" (e.g., massive public demonstrations) they hand over all the data to the federal government, which uses it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Time to Write
In a recent email, Roy Williams, the Wizard of Ads, made this statement: Tell me what a person admires and I’ll tell you everything about them that matters. He tied this to the idea of image, the picture of ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Time to Write
Which one sold more, both in terms of quantity and gross revenue, in the UK in 2014? David Walliams - Awful Auntie Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl Well, unless you assume that the most likely answer is the wrong one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Time to Write
If you're writing a screenplay or novel and want to create a character your reader or audience will find appealing, there's one trait that, according to recent research, appeals to both men and women. According to a report published in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Time to Write
What happens when you encounter a setback? Don't assume there's nothing you can do. On the American Express Open Forum site, entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran tells the story of a near-failure that turned into a triumph: Today I’m a Shark on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Time to Write
"There is a time in the lives of most writers when they are vulnerable, when the vivid dreams and ambitions of childhood seem to pale in the harsh sunlight of what we call the real world. In short, there's a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Time to Write
The excellent Hoax Slayer newsletter reminds us of a few scams that are currently harvesting lots of suckers. Here are a few reminders: * Nobody is giving away iPhones. Especially not iPhone 6's. * Nobody is buying iPhones at auction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Time to Write
A clever young man named John Hansen came up with the Twitter hashtag #VeryRealisticYA. Here are a few contributions that have been posted: "Broody bad boy says something sexist to quiet, bookish girl. Girl puts him in his place.They never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Time to Write
It's natural when something terrible happens to want to find the reason why, which is happening with the recent airplane crash apparently caused by the co-pilot's deliberate actions. The media have been pointing the finger at his problems with depression.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Time to Write
One of my favorite methods for coming up with ideas for stories and projects is The Opposite Technique, in which you identify the way something usually is done, generate the opposite of that, and then see how you can turn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Time to Write
Here's a headline that had me heading for the dictionary: "Seven Mindless Ways to Earn Extra Cash When You're On the Road" Mindless? I wondered whether it had a meaning I wasn't aware of. But the dictionary offers these: adjective... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Time to Write
A few more matters of grammar, punctuation and wording that are easy to get wrong: From an ad for a new apartment development: "..making this a truly unique and envious place to live." envious: feeling envy enviable: worthy of envy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Time to Write
Hi Rosie, Thanks, and consider yourself a charter member. Now I can say that this is the fastest-growing Society of its type, having doubled its membership in only one day! (name corrected from Rose to Rosie in my initial reply--i've had a meeting with my staff (me) to make sure such mistakes are not made again.
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Years ago I read a terrific little book called "How to Lie With Statistics" and I was reminded of it this morning when I got an email with this promise: "Yoga-Like" Routine Burns 53% More Calories (Take 2-Minutes) As far... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Time to Write
Is there such a thing as getting out of writing shape? I read the other day that if you exercise regularly and then stop, it takes three to five weeks before you lose general strength but specialized (sport-specific) strength diminishes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Time to Write
When we're not being overtly productive, when we're daydreaming, chasing random links on the internet, or looking out of the window, are we just wasting time? Sociologist Christine Carter says no, in an interview with the Washington Post: We have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Time to Write