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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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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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
I don't listen to classical music very often. If you don't, either, maybe we should start. Here's a summary of a University of Helskinki study of the influence of classical music on our genes, as reported in Science Daily: Although... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Time to Write
"What I'd really like, in fact, is to be young and middle-aged, and perhaps even very old, all at the same time--and to be dark- and fair-skinned, deaf and hearing, gay and straight, male and female. I can't do that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Time to Write
There's no shortage of cliches to avoid in films and novels, and here's a great illustration of one of them: 89 scenes in which someone sits bolt upright as they wake from a nightmare (screaming optional). The collective effect is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Time to Write
ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCES ITS 20th SUMMER SESSION! About Odyssey Each summer, writers of the fantastic come from all over the world to attend the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Odyssey is one of the most highly respected programs for writers of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Time to Write
I've written about this before, but I STILL see people charging for this information, so I'm going to give you the procedure for making your book a best-seller on Amazon--however, please be aware that this doesn't count for a lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Time to Write
Just got this--cover of the 2nd edition of Creativity Now in simplified Chinese. You can get it in English, too--published by Pearson and available from your favorite bookseller. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Time to Write
Hi John-Boy, I'm sorry to hear that you, like so many others, have had a bad experience. It might be worth checking whether you can join the Author's Guild as an Associate Member--it's based in the US but they may accept people living elsewhere. If so, you can have the contract reviewed by one of their lawyers without cost (other than the joining fee). The change of name wouldn't invalidate the contract, but if they failed to inform you of crucial information that would reasonably be expected to be divulged, you may have a case. I wish you good luck. Thanks for sharing your story, it may save someone else from having the same experience.
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What I'm suggesting is that people who charge for their books get either an editor or a friend with a good knowledge of grammar and punctuation to look at the manuscript and make corrections before the book is offered for sale.
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The great thing about self-publishing is that anybody can do it...the bad thing about it is so many people are doing it that it's hard to find the good stuff (or to help people find it, if you're the author).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Time to Write
There are a variety of sites on which authors can showcase their work and get feedback from readers. At one of the biggest, Wattpad, readers can comment on your work, follow you, and vote for their favorites. The site is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Time to Write
I see that somebody has an ebook out called "8 Hour Bestseller: How to Write Your Bestselling Book in Record Time." I guess in an era of the supposed 4-hour work week, 8 hours is a long time. The author... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Time to Write
If you want to write a children's book you may want to know how much description of the illustrations you should include. In an interview with the author Tara Lazar, illustrator Troy Cummings talks about how he went about illustrating... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Time to Write
So you've published a book and nobody's reading it and you haven't made any money?You're writing the wrong things! You should be writing reports for the government. Nobody reads those, either, but the money is great. You should be writing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Time to Write
The interpretation of these rules is mine, not the Dalai Lama’s, but I hope I’ve stayed within the spirit of his intention. 1: Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk Yes, there’s a chance nobody... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Time to Write
I don't know if this is new, or only new to me, but this morning I got an email from somebody I know, saying they had tried to send me a pdf but weren't able to, so they wanted me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Time to Write
What percentage of Americans do you think read at least one book or e-book, fiction or non-fiction, last year? A new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts reveals it was 54%. Thirty years ago, 56% read at least... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Time to Write
Sometimes writers who are offered a publishing contract are so happy that somebody wants to publish their work that they don't look carefully enough at the fine print. One aspect you want to check is what kind of editorial control... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Time to Write
Little, Brown Publishers set up a site called Novl ( on which all their teen properties and book projects were featured. The content included book trailers, author guest posts, and author playlists. Now they are turning it into a digital... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Time to Write
In an interview, writer/cartoonist Linda Barry talked her love of drawing when she was a child, her mother's attitude toward Linda's using paper, and how it still affects her: "The only blank paper in the house was hers, and if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Time to Write