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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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As you may be aware, recently all of my websites were hacked and the home pages replaced with an image of an evil grinning cat. My tech consultant says hackers must have had a way of getting into the server... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Time to Write
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I've spotted some amazing new tech devices in development that not long ago would have belonged in science fiction. One is an instant translator in an earbud, called The Pilot. There are no wires or cables and it works even... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Time to Write
It's very unusual for any author to sell their copyright. Also, the work that he is offering to do for you is what an agent does, in exchange for a commission, usually 15%. Reputable agents never charge a fee upfront.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2016 on Beware of LitFire Press at Time to Write
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I've written once before about how gradually the meaning of the term "the elephant in the room" is changing. It means something with a large presence that doesn't get talked about. However, more and more I see it used this... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Time to Write
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What's sexy is new ideas, breakthroughs, innovation. This paragraph from Farnam Street Brain Food newsletter reminded me that maintenance matters, too: Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Time to Write
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People sometimes ask me how I found the publishers of my non-fiction books. In recent years, I've had two publishers: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, which now is part of Hachette, and Pearson. In both cases, the process was the same: I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Time to Write
How do you make your writing come alive in the minds of your readers? Here, in a four-minute TED-Ed talk, Nalo Hopkinson shares her thoughts: Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Time to Write
One of my challenges in writing prose is coming up with good descriptions, because in screenwriting (which has been the bulk of my work) you tend to keep descriptions extremely short and don't get much into how things feel or... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Time to Write
Today almost all of my websites were hacked by an Indian hacker. He removed all of the content and put a rant on one of the home pages about people hacking Indian websites. My hosting is with Hostgator, and they... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Time to Write
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I'm always interested in studies that can help sedentary types like most of us writers remain in good health, and this time there are two encouraging results, one about exercise, one about chocolate. THE REJECTION WORKOUT One study found that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Time to Write
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I've always liked movies and novels about conspiracies, but I didn't know how realistic they were. Pretty much, it turns out. THE ENERGY CONSPIRACY "Pressure on Exxon Mobil and the energy industry increased on Wednesday with the release of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Time to Write
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However, that doesn't mean it's going to feel good when it happens. Having been wrong only turns into something noble when you eventually are right (the old Edison quote about his lightbulb experiments applies here). Until then, it's no fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Time to Write
It's always a good idea to block out time on your calendar for appointments with yourself to be sure that you are working on the things that are important to you, not just the ones that are urgent. Now there’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Time to Write
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What sounds help you focus? Finding a quiet place to work is harder these days, and one alternative is to generate sounds you find less distracting than the ambient ones. For that purpose, a site I've discovered recently, Noisli.com, is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Time to Write
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And the best way to have a lot of ideas is to give your inner critic time off when you are generating ideas. Come up with as many as possible, write the all down (yes, even the bad ones), and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Time to Write
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The nature of depression It’s Depression Week, not a week for everybody to get depressed but rather to make people more aware of the illness. I have personal experience with it, so I thought I’d share my thoughts. It’s not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Time to Write
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The argument for free As a comment on one of my older posts, a reader asked which would you rather have: a handful of book sales of your self-published book on Amazon, or thousands of readers gained by giving the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Time to Write
Can exercise boost your brain power? We keep hearing that exercise is good for your brain as well as the rest of your body, but what kind of exercise is best? A study in Finland looked at three types of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Time to Write
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What’s the solution to the fear of failure? We know that successful people are not immune to fearing failure, so how do they still manage to succeed? This is my third and last post that steals, er, curates, the ideas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Time to Write
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Two Types of Self-doubt In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant mentions that there are two types of doubt. One is positive, one is negative. Self-doubt tends to be paralyzing. If you continually question whether you are up to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Time to Write
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Can procrastination be a virtue for creativity? Apparently it can, in moderation. In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant says a study showed that people who rush into doing things and people who wait until the last minute both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Time to Write
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First. I'm not making this up. On the "Friday Fun" section of their web site, The National Rifle Association has featured its own version of two classic fairy tales. In their take on Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma is packing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Time to Write