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Friday, October 30, 2009

Madonna Building School In Malawi

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Madonna builds a school for the

Madonna is building a multi-million
dollar girls' school.

In the village of Chinkhota, Malawi,
outside of the capital of Lilongwe,
the school will hold 500 students.

It's scheduled to be ready in 2 years,
at a cost of $15 million.

The AIDS epidemic left a million children
orphaned there. There are 13 million
impoverished people in Malawi.

The singer has adopted 2 children from Malawi.
Now, she's giving opportunities back to other
underprivileged girls in the region.

"Growing up in a privileged life, I took
education for granted, but coming to Malawi
taught me lots of things. I have learned to
appreciate what life gives," Madonna said.

She plans to build other schools in the
surrounding African districts. Also, she
wants to construct schools in other
countries as well.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scene: How To Write It?

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A scene has a beginning, middle,

and an ending. It moves the

story along. The scene has

a purpose. A scene flows


A scene is a few paragraphs,

five pages, or twenty pages.

It depends on you.

Any word not doing its job

is deleted. Bloated, meaningless,

words take-up space, and slow

the story-line down.

The scene informs the

reader, shows the conflict

a character is having.

A character's conflict is

between nature, or against


A character fighting a wild-fire

is an example of man against


Neighbors on different issues

involving politics represents

man against man.

The initial scene introduces

characters, sets a mood,

back-ground information

can be given, suspense

is stirred in, and the

reader meets the view-point


The scene acquaints the

reader with the character.

Don't give too much information

at one time, or discuss many

characters in a scene.

The first scene's focus is to

present the main character.

Perhaps, you'd like readers

to know how the main character

handles problems, the issue

at hand.

Is the character aggressive?

He/she likes his/her fists to

meet mouths, teeth? Or,

he/she starts confusion, and

disappears. Will he/she

repeat him/herself?

Give an idea of his/her faults

in the scene.

Set the mood. Is the day

dark and gloomy? The

character is seeing shadows,

argues easily?

The back-ground information

given should be what's

necessary. Select carefully

the information shared.

Conflict dissolves confusion

into the scene. In other

words, suspense is sprinkled

into the mix through a problem.

Suspense keeps the reader

wanting to know what happens


I suggest that you work

with the first person

view-point, I.

This particular view-point

character isn't in every

scene, and readers find out

information through

that character.

Still, the first person

view-point is easy to

work with.

Now, it's good practice

to read the work of

your favorite authors.

Read works of authors

in general.

Take note of how they

write scenes. How are

the scenes started?

The middle? Ending?

Re-write the scenes

from your imagination.

Are you happy with

the scenes? The

more you practice,

the better you'll

become at writing


Did your scenes resemble

the original?

If no, well done.

The scenes should be from

your imagination, thinking.

If yes, try writing from a

different angle. Always

look at ideas upside down

and inside out.

A suggestion is to write

a scene with everything

you want to put in it. Go

back to slice-away

useless words, and words

weighing down the story-


The result is your scene.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Titles: An Alternative

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"I'm still not sure how to
title my work." You said.

Let's look at an alternative
method of picking a title.

Slowly read through your
work. Write down the
words that are mentioned

Make lists. Select the words
that are attention grabbing,
and creative.

Search engines like Google,
Yahoo, and MSN sift through
their databases looking for
pages that satisfy the words
submitted to them.

Key-words make excellent

Key-words are typed in a
search engine when someone
is looking for something.

"How to figure out what key-
words to use?" You pondered.

Determine what words best
describe your work. Or, what
words will people type in a
search engine. Think of anything,
everything, people would type in
the search engine about your topic.

Prepare a list of key-words that
pertain to your article.

The best words describing your
work is selected as a title. Also,
the words in the title are sprinkled
throughout the piece.

Take a look at the excerpt.

Critique and Write: How?

Read through your story, essay,
article, poem, or draft. Do it once.
Put your work aside.

You need a mental break from
your work. Talk to friends. Start
a new project, treat yourself, or
join a writer's forum.

On day two, read it out-loud. You're
checking for mis-statements, typos,
omissions, syntax errors, grammatical
slip-ups, and weak writing. Is the
correct phrases situated in your
writing? Take notice of run-on

Reading out-loud allows you to hear

Subjects and verbs match?

Have you done this?

It just happen, and I didn't get
a chance to respond.


It just happened, and I didn't
get a chance to respond.

Use plenty of strong verbs.
Adjectives are used, but not

Was the wrong word typed?

You meant to type here, but
hear was written. Or, pair was
intended, and pear graced your

Glide through the editing process
slowly. Go through your work as
many times as needed.

The bigger the writing project, the
more times it needs critiquing.

Remember, easy to read text
appeals to a wider audience.

Write as if you're talking to an
acquaintance, friend, in non-fiction.
Provide easy to understand wording,
and be direct.

When non-fiction is read, questions
comes to mind. So, look for
possible questions as you critique.
Anticipate questions, and answer

During the critiquing process, answer
questions from the reader's point-of-

Or, answer commonly asked questions
about your work.

What would you ask? Is a point
confusing? Clear-up jumbled

In fiction, grab, hold, the reader's
attention. Often, readers escape
into the story world, because it's
written well. Many times, people
identify with a character, dislike,
a character's best friend, know a
person similar to the villain, and/or
something in the story makes him/her
angry, happy.

The critiquing process is more
challenging than the writing. Still,
it's part of the writer's job.

It's, certainly, my least favorite

Follow these easy, but effective,
steps to critiquing your work.


What key-words would
you pick?

Possible key-words are:
how to critique, edit, write
better, step by step critique,
critique fast.

What did you come-up with?

Note: There's a tool to help with
checking for key-words. It's called
Google Adwords Keyword Tool:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Writing: It Picked You

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Sometimes, in life, a
path picks you. You
want to pursue a different
goal, but find yourself
engulfed in writing.

You read a book. It was
last week.

"How did it get published?"
You pondered. "I could have
written it better."

You have the urge
to re-write it. It
plays over in your

Writing picked you.

You've read many
greeting cards, and
each one you complained

Your creative ability
is ignited. You, actually,
wrote down greeting
card sentiments. People
compared your writing to
greeting cards purchased.

Everyone raved that your
writing of greetings outweighed
purchased cards.

Writing picked you.

A newspaper article
was poorly written, in
your opinion. It wasn't
one article you read,
but many.

You've read several
daily papers, and they
lacked something.

Writing picked you to
do a better job. Or,
it's your green-flag
to write articles.

You commented on
a second book.

"Why didn't the author
write it from another
view-point?" You

You find yourself
asking the same

This is how writing
picked you.

Was English a
favorite subject of
yours? Have you
always had a way
with words? People
have remarked on it,
but you decided
against writing.

Still, for one reason or
another, you're asked
to write the review, business
proposal, and/or greetings for

Writing picked you.

However, you don't want
to write full-time. Continue
at your present job. Try
writing when it's convenient,

It's a waste of time, energy,
to complain. Simply, start

"I'm not sure." You looked
at the door.

Some of you have a
head-start. You're
writing already. Take it
to the next level.

Work on a project.
Don't let anyone see
it. Some prefer it that
way. Or, let people
know what you're

The word-of-mouth
advertising brings
more business than
a paid ad.

Get the opinion of a trusted
friend. Show him or

The point is to find
time to write. It
picked you.

"Still not sure writing
picked me." You

There is one way to
find out, and that is to
begin writing.

If it's not for you,
move on.

You will know if writing
is a fit. The passion for
writing burns from within,
and constantly calls your

Start writing something
that excites your creativity,
and go from there. Or,
write the first word that
pops into your mind.

Connect the words into
fiction, or non-fiction. Shuffle
the words around, and add
more words. Write a new article
using the new version of words.

When writing picks you,
there's no choice but to

Thursday, October 1, 2009

AT&T Called Google A Violater

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AT&T wrote a letter, to the Federal
Communications Commission, explaining
that Google violated the fair
competition principle.

AT&T and other phone companies aren't
allowed to block any numbers. It's
known as the common carrier laws.

AT&T alleged Google's call blocking
is in direct violation.

According to Google, the principle
don't apply. They offer a software
application that's helped by other
companies, and it's free.

The Federal Communications Commission
doesn't have any say, jurisdiction,
over software applications.

AT&T and others have been in opposition
to Google. It's rumored that's why
Google Voice application for Apple
iPhone was turned-down.

Google wants an open Internet, and
more free bandwidth to broadcast TV

AT&T and other phone companies feel

Google and AT&T, both, have supporters,

The Federal Communications Commission
hasn't given its opinion on the latest
issue, and there's no indication when
it will.

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