Posts Tagged ‘in’

The face of satisfaction!!!

April 5, 2012

Here’s a picture I took of my sister in law from Colorado after eating a lobster.  Her, my mother in law, and my wife’s aunt were visiting us here in Maine, and they wanted to try a lobster dinner.

They loved it.

Book reviews on youtube

June 22, 2009

As I reflect over the past failures of my youtube channel, ‘APB148’ the words of Polonius to his son Laertes hit me like a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.  “This above all, to thine own self be true.”

The problem with my channel, I realized, was I was trying too hard to be like the other, more successful, youtubers.  When I started my channel, I had the idea that it would be a decent channel, family safe that would inform, as well as entertain.  The only part of that I accomplished was the family safe part.  Last night I reached a decision on how to proceed in the future.

My channel is going to do book reviews on the books that most schools have on their reading lists.  This will include classics, as well as contemporary.  My format is simple; I will start by either reading the first five sentences, or reenacting a scene.  Then I will do the review, which will include the technical aspects of the book, and how well it ends.  Then I will give my recommendation on whether it’s a good read or not.

I do not believe in banning books, but there are certain books that don’t belong on required reading lists, like “The Catcher in the Rye”.

Here’s my challenge for you, I would like to know what books you think I should review.  It would help me know the way to start.

Enjoy,
Allen

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Don’t let your writing get boxed in.

April 29, 2009

This morning, an e-mail came in asking, “What do I do when I run out of ideas to write about?”  His problem, based on the question, isn’t that he’s run out of ideas, but that he’s locked himself into a box with a lock on the inside.  What he needs to do is take the key out of his pocket and unlock the door.

We all have experienced this problem, and in time find our own key.  If you haven’t found your way out of the box, here are a few tips that may give you a key.

Change focus: Another way to put this is to change direction.  If you write business articles, and you think you can’t write another word on business, try nature.  Not only do you open yourself up to a new market, but you may just give yourself a fresh take on business you never even considered.

Change source material: If you get all your ideas from newspaper headlines, try another source.  You can go for a walk and see what a little kid playing can teach you.  You can get ideas for business writing from the help wanted section, or an idea for a novel from a garage sale.

Find a new angle: In this blog alone, I’ve found a few new article ideas alone.  A good example of this is; the business article writer’s attempt at nature can yield articles on how business can model itself from nature, or an article on eco-friendly companies.  The beauty of a new angle is that you can turn to older material, and still give readers a fresh look.

The most important thing you can do to break out of your box is always carry a notebook with you for ideas.  You never know when an idea will hit.  I know I’ve said this in previous blogs, but this idea is too important not to put it in.

Challenge:  Look at a past article, blog, or even short story, and write down three new ideas for future articles.

Enjoy,
Allen