The Art of War for Writers

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The information in this book is broken down into three main sections.

  1. Reconnaissance – How to build a foundation for success.
  2. Tactics – How to improve your writing skills.
  3. Strategy – How to publish your book. 

I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing skills or in publishing a book.  It’s full of practical advice for writers at every level,  and it was fun to read.

My Cattle Dog Needs Help

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Blue is an Australian Cattle Dog and he loves to put things in a group.  That boy will herd anything.

Blue is now trying to herd bees.  He stares at them while they are fluttering around the flowers, but if they try to leave the area he pounces and nips at them.

I tried to explain to Blue that bees are an important part of the ecosystem, so he should leave them alone.  Also, getting stung by bees is painful.  However, Blue is ignoring my advice.

I need to find some cows, sheep, chickens, cats, or small children for Blue to herd.  He needs help to channel his herding drive.

Betty White’s Book

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Betty White’s book is excellent.  She discusses her childhood, work as an actor, personal life as an adult, her passion for animals, and gives general advice to the reader.

Here are my favorite passages.

I prefer the company of animals to humans.  Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.

I think everyone needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.  You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly.

Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. 

You can’t get carried away with your image, because you know better than anyone else who the real person is.