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Facebook – Dislike Button Coming

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Facebook have finally buckled under and listened to user demands. But, it won’t be what they’ve all asked for.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, it will be in the form of a “sad” button, he feels that a dislike button would be insensitive to other users.

Even though Facebook admit that this button will be used for showing negativity, but I think they are prepared to take the chance.

After researching, there appears to be no conformation on dates that they will be rolling this out.

Facebook Cancelled Harvard Students Internship

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Well, it appears that Facebook have revoked a Harvard Students Internship after he revealed a flaw in their system.

The flaw was discovered a few months by the Harvard Student, which prompted him to make a tracking discovery app for chrome to locate where your friends were.

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Even though this app prompted Facebook to change some of their ways, it still doesn’t take away that many of us in the know knew about the Facebook tracking for a while.

If you look back in my archive, you will find several articles on Facebook tracking.

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It’s Been Too Hot!

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15 July 2013:

Today is another hot day, and this means that I will spend most of the day melting. I had better be careful because I might melt so much that I’ll turn into a big puddle. The thought of water seems very inviting at the moment, it’s currently 27c and it feels more like 32c because there isn’t any wind; the air is drier than sand paper and it feels like there isn’t any air to breathe.

Anyhow, let’s stop discussing the weather, they always say that it’s one topic you shouldn’t start off within a blog because people find it boring, but to be honest, I’m only giving you an idea of what I’m going through. The thing is, while everyone embraces this hot weather, I sit in my room wishing for rain to come along. I know I’m weird, but I can’t cope with this heat, my body starts to break down when it goes over certain temperature.

16 July 2013:

I forgot to mention yesterday that I brought a new TV, it’s only a small one, but it will do the job. The new TV is ultra thin and it has an LED screen, this makes the colours and quality more sharper.

I’m only going to make this blog quick because I have so much packing to do before the move, lucky for me that I don’t have much to pack. It is to be hoped that this move will go smoothly, but knowing my luck something will crop up to annoy me.

Anyhow, I’m off now. I don’t know when I will post the next blog, but it should be at the end of the week, or at the latest it will be Saturday. So, until the next blog, stay safe and keep cool!

Self Publishing for Everyone!

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Well, I’m back again. I’m sorry for missing yesterday’s blog, but due to sickness, I was unable to write anything, or do anything for that matter. Now, unfortunately I was unable to attend Mia’s birthday party yesterday, but thanks to my sister, we have some photographs to share on the blog. These photos will be in colour on the blog, but in the summer season of BloggyBook, they will be in black-and-white (I will put the pictures at the end).

So, what have I been up to? Well, apart from feeling sick, nothing much! I’ve spent most of the time writing out new ideas for stories, and I’ve also been thinking of new plots for the novel I keep mentioning.

Anyway, let’s bring this blog around to something more interesting. I’ve been thinking recently about the burst in self publishing over the years. This method has helped authors achieve success, without they need to be with a proper publisher. When I first started publishing my books, I was apprehensive about what I needed to do, at first I thought I needed to approach an established publisher, but this all changed when I discovered self publishing.

Self publishing gives you complete control, no contract, no deadlines, and best of all you control what you earn from your books! If you go with the right self publisher, you are able to reach customers from Amazon and other services. The best thing about being on the other bookstores is that your book is always in stock because it’s printed on demand, now this doesn’t apply to every retailer, but most of them offer a print on demand service that allows your book to be in stock 100% of the time. Some of the retailers will offer an estimated time of delivery, this will mean that they will source your book from your publisher or other retailers because they can’t offer on demand printing. This method of sourcing your book from other retailers is a standard practice for many bookstores worldwide.

So, what are you waiting for? Get writing your new books and unleash the potential you have to become an author. If a simple man like me can do it, then so can you! Don’t think of what if’s or maybes, just get yourself out there and start writing because it doesn’t matter if you fail or succeed, the only thing that matters is that you tried and gave it your best, and who knows? You may become a well-known author in years to come.

The two self publishers I recommend are Lulu.com and createspace.com (Amazon), I have personally chosen to stick with Lulu.com because that’s where I started at the beginning and I don’t want to leave them.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed my insight on self publishing, I’m going to sign off now and I will speak to you all tomorrow. As I promised, the photos will be after this paragraph.

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Amber at Mia’s Eighth Birthday Party

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Amber & Hannah (Sister Love)

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Mia, Granny, Amber & Hannah – Picture together

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Mia & Amber – Picture together

 

 

 

Third Person Writing Attempt

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I’m going to do something a little different with the blog today, and that is my attempt at third person speaking. I always have a problem with third person speaking, if you look at my books, you will know is that I write as I talk. It seems silly, but I’ve always written like that. Today will be the test of my third person speaking, so try not laugh when I get it wrong!

Attempt:

Johnny, always loves to play with his ball. He would bounce it everywhere, off the wall, off the ceiling, off the floor, and even off the window. Johnny’s mum would get very angry with him, ‘stop bouncing that ball!’ She would say. Johnny would just ignore her, and carry on bouncing his ball everywhere. One day Johnny’s mum decided to teach him a lesson, she hid his ball away from him. ‘Where is my ball?’ Johnny asked. ‘I have hidden it Johnny, I’ve told you many times to stop bouncing that ball!’ She replied. Johnny started to cry and went to his bedroom. He lied on his bed with his head underneath the pillow. After five minutes, Johnny’s mum went to see if Johnny was okay. She slowly opened the door and whispered ‘Johnny, are you okay?’ Suddenly there was a big moan, ‘No’ he mumbled. ‘Now, come on Jonny, I have told you about bouncing that ball around the house.’ She replied. Johnny slowly lifted his head from underneath the pillow and said ‘I’m sorry mum, can I have my ball back please?’ ‘Of course you can Johnny, but promise me that you won’t bounce the ball around the house again.’ ‘Okay, mum, I promise.’ Johnny’s mum handed his ball back and gave him a hug. From that day onwards, Johnny, bounced his ball outside.

So, that was my first attempt at third person writing, I do hope you enjoyed it and I hope I can do more of this in the future. I’m going to sign off now because I have a huge stomachache, and the chances are, I am probably going to be sick! Anyhow, until tomorrow, stay safe and be well.

Mia’s Eight, and Free eBook!

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What a busy twenty-four hours it’s been! I’ve been unable to sleep and to top it all off, I’ve had many pains across my stomach. These were caused by my self-inflicted addiction to Jaffa cakes and rich tea biscuits.

Anyhow, let’s move swiftly on to today’s events. Today was Mia’s (niece) birthday, she turned eight years old. I can remember when Mia was first born, she was just a little thing. The first time I held her in my arms, she looked at me and thought ‘Oh my god, what’s that ugly thing?‘ Only joking, she lied in my arms and gave me a big smile. I think there is a photo of me holding Mia around here somewhere, but I can’t remember where it is because we have a large collection of photos.

I have also loved today because I have seen K again, which is two times this week, but I don’t mind, she is a pleasure to have in my life and a fantastic best friend. The reason for going around today was to sort her iPhone because yet again it’s failed, thanks Apple! I’m sorry to say this about a company I follow religiously, but you are starting to lose touch with your customers. The problem with K’s phone isn’t purely software issues, it’s also partly hardware issues too. I don’t want to bitch about Apple, but on this occasion I’m making an exception because you seem to blame your own software, rather than the hardware it runs on. This issue alone has started to concern me because it’s like they’re refusing to replace the handsets, which could happen to me in the future and I don’t want this to happen, it’s bad enough that I get withdrawal symptoms from not using the Internet after twenty minutes, and in all honesty, I couldn’t live without my phone, so it better not break down on me or else I am going to cry!

Now on the different subject, I have spent all night writing a free e-book about how we judge each other, and how we are all guilty of judging someone. This book is available free from my publisher (lulu.com) and you can download it right now! The best thing about this book is that it will stay free forever, how about that the commitment? I will of course leave all links at the end of this blog.

Anyway, I’ve just out to the shops to pick up some food, and no K, I didn’t buy any Jaffa Cakes, wish I could, but they’re bad for me. So, on that note, it’s time for me to sign off again. Don’t forget to download your free copy of my new eBook.

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Author Mentoring

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Well, I’m starting to feel much better, which means I can start writing more contextual blogs because I’m able to think correctly. Today has been very good for me, I have started to get my appetite back and I also met up with my best friend K. Talking about my appetite, this morning I started to crave sausage rolls, I don’t know why, but I did. So, you would think I only had one sausage roll, well, you thought wrong, I had four! Even after I ate those, I was still hungry, so I decided to have a whole packet of cookies, keep in mind that the cookies were double chocolate chip, who couldn’t resist those? Anyway, to say the least I was stuffed after that meal.

Anyhow, let’s discuss the topic of this blog. While I was out today with K, it came to me that I look up to K as a mentor, and I don’t mean this in a bad sense, but in a good sense. When we discuss things, it always feels like we connect and understand each other, but we also give each other advice. Now lately our conversations have been about writing, which is my fault because I like talking about it. As we discuss this topic, ideas bounce off each other and in a way that helps me to be more creative. The best thing I like about these conversations is the way K explains her feedback, for example my writing style, sometimes I will forget how to use speech marks or even question marks. This feedback has got me far over recent months, but I guess this is like any Author. We all rely on feedback of some kind, and even if it’s good or bad, we take the feedback and carry on.

I think in some respects that every author needs a mentor of some kind, whether it’s a family friend, acquaintance, best friend, or even some random person you see down at your local pub. As an author you always try to find inspiration, and the reason we do this is because our minds can only go so far. This doesn’t just apply to author, but in respect, it applies to many industries. No matter what we do as human beings, we seek inspiration wherever we go, and this inspiration can be found in anything, it could be a blade of grass scuttling through the pavement or even, the wind blowing you off your feet. The point is, we all seek inspiration, we all need something or someone in our life to give us the extra push we need to progress.

I can certainly say that K has been my mentor throughout recent months. She alone has inspired me and pushed me towards writing more creatively. When I think about it, I don’t think I would have started to progress if she didn’t come along in my life. Also, I don’t think I would have started writing a novel if it wasn’t her giving me inspiration to make something big. The one thing I do know is once the novel is published, it was certainly go a long way.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this blog and I also hope that you take advice within this blog. Just remember one thing, we all need inspiration. So, I am going to sign off, speak to you next blog!

First Novel on its Way!

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I have been awake yet again for another night, these pains are not easy to deal with, it seems like every day I get growling pains. Today’s pains are unpleasant, it feels like a knife is being jabbed into me. Even though these are unpleasant, I am lucky to have all the medication I need to calm down the pains. Trying to sleep was so hard, no matter what I tried the pains wouldn’t stop.

Anyway, let’s stop discussion these problems, I don’t want to depress you all. While I was up all night, I decided to add a new part to the novel myself & K are writing together. I can’t remember if I mentioned before, but this will be the first novel I publish, which may seem silly because I’ve published five books already, but this will be the first full on story and hopefully there will be more than one book to the series. When this is published, I think I will be using a different publisher for the paperback version because it will cost less money to distribute, which means it will cost less to produce. I won’t be changing the e-book publisher because they offer better distribution to online marketplaces.

So, apart from this I haven’t got anything else to do on this lovely Sunday afternoon. I will of course carry on writing more to the novel, and I think I need to reformat the current blogs for the BloggyBook series. Anyhow, with that said, I’m going to sign off. I definitely need to get some rest sometime today because these nights are making me tired!

Coma, it was a Dream?

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Friday is upon us, well its nearly over here. Anyway, let’s stop discussing the days of the week and let’s discuss the film Coma that I mentioned in my previous blog. Before I start, I would like to say spoiler alert, spoiler alert, if you don’t want to know what happens then press the back button on your browser to view my other blogs.

After many days of reminders from K, I finally sat down to watch the film Coma. The film itself was very interesting, it had many twists and turns, and a very unexpected ending, and to this day it has annoyed me because I wasn’t expecting it to happen.

The film starts out with the student nurse (Susan) suspecting that there has been foul-play going on within the hospital. As the film progresses she finds out that patients are coming in with normal injuries and then they end up in a coma, from this point onwards I thought the hospital were harvesting the organs and taking them out once they died from vegetation. Nothing else entered my mind until Susan started investigating the Jefferson Institute. Mrs. Emerson who was a lead carer at the Institute made a frightening admission, she said to Susan that she was unable to have children and that she made a promise to God for sparing her life. As Susan tries to escape the Institute, she finds many female patients that are pregnant and their babies were still alive.

This seemed like a desperate act by Mrs. Emerson, it was obvious that she was hurting because she couldn’t have children, and somehow this was fulfilling that need, but in some respects, her actions were psychotic. Please don’t misunderstand my words, many women would like to have children, but they’re unable to, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but during this film it is clear that the character was suffering from emotional issues surrounding this news of not being able to have children. (I needed to add this in, to make sure I wasn’t coming across as evil.)

While I was watching the film, I kept those two scenarios in my mind, I wasn’t expecting what happened at the end. When the film gets to the end, Susan wakes up in a hospital bed. I thought to myself, hospital bed? Then, after that Dr. Mark Bellows strolls in and sits on her bed, and says it’s okay, it was only a dream! From this point onwards I became annoyed, a dream? How could it be just a dream? This was totally unexpected, but I should have caught on, Susan has a fall at the beginning at the swimming pool and for some reason the next scene was with her getting up from that fall, it was there straight away, how did I not catch on?

Anyway, apart from the ending, the film was fantastic, like I said before it had many twists and turns and many plots, what more could you ask for? So, I’d definitely recommend that people watch this, please remember that there are two versions of this film, there was one made in 1978 and one was also made in 2012 (the one I watched). They are both based on the same storyline, but I am guess that will be some difference.

So, there you go that is my opinion about the film Coma. I hope you all enjoyed it, I am now going to sign off and try to find a cure for my sore throat, don’t forget to join me tomorrow for another blog filled with joy and happiness!

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