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I have spent a few days mulling over publishing another book while still preparing for a 2013 full of events and activities that will fill my schedule and almost wear me down.  I have spent some time writing some articles online and feel that it is time to share with some of my blogging audience this side of both myself and Life Path.

My latest article has been posted on Wizzley about MLK.  It is one of those new ventures that I havebeen working on since I started freelancing online in 2011.  Post comments online and share your sentiments.

See more articles that I have posted online:

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If you have an idea that has not been put in print or published online, you may have the makings of a how-to article ripe for picking over by others.  Build up an arsenal of articles on online article directories and sites like Triond and Bukisa.

  • Use your communication skills to reach broader audiences. 
  • Use technology to assist you in reaching others. 
  • Make your works stand out from the crowd.

Write what you can.  Write all that you can.

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“Prayers never die.” – E.M. Bounds

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” — John Wesley

“If you are too busy to pray then you are too busy.” -W. E. Sangster

Some of the top Christian writers on prayer would have to be:

  • E.M. Bounds
  • John Wesley
  • Andrew Murray
  • W.E. Sangster
  • R.A. Torrey

I say that these names are among the top Christian writers on the topic simple due to the expansiveness upon which they wrote on prayer as well as the depth that they wrote on prayer.  Some of their titles that may be of help to you are listed below.

  • How to Pray- John Wesley
  • Teach Us to Pray- W.E. Sangster
  • Andrew Murray on Prayer– Andrew Murray
  • The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer– E.M. Bounds
  • The Power of Prayer-R.A. Torrey

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To Walk by Faith

For we walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith is not about what we can see, control or orchestrate.

Faith is about what we cannot see.

Faith is about what we do when things are entirely out of our control.

Faith is absolute trust in God— trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us.” – Oswald Chambers

Faith is about how we hold on when the things that we seek to orchestrate are squashed and all sorts of other inevitable things begin to snowball into an avalanche of trouble and turmoil.

We have to have faith that causes us to walk without having any indication of a map or guide.  We need to have faith on a level that will allow us to stand throughout the seasonal storms of spiritual warfare.  We have to discover the depth of our own faith at a level that will cause us to uphold God’s truth without losing our minds based upon on how bad things look for us.

We need to have the kind of faith that allows us to walk by faith and not by sight.  Our testing will true show the degree of faith that we possess within us.  Find your faith and go forward in faith.  Fully trust and depend on God by His Spirit and based on His Word.

“The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it.”- Oswald Chambers

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Master the Spin | Bruce Jackson | Blog Post | Red Room.

How well can you spin your own story? Do you offer memorable or motivational memoirs? Do you get real creative with your creative nonfiction? How well do you spin?

This link will lead you to a creative challenge that only a writer could love.  Enjoy yourself!

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill

Not long ago, the State of California and its legislators figured to get a few more dollars from business by taxing goods, products and any items sold on the Internet that had a connection to California.  It didn’t hit me until I got an email from Amazon about my Amazon Associates account facing potential closure due to the fact that I live in the Golden State.  I was just catching my breath again when I received another email that said that it was a done deal.  The night before I had been an Amazon Associate with MP3 samples teasing reading on my blog and magazine images from Relevant and Outreach on the same hone page, linking my blog readers to an Amazon storefront- astore as they call them for their own viewing. 

No more, though.  That is over.  If I have not gotten over that, imagine my Christian dismay when my other affiliate program Christian Book shot me a casual email that said it was cutting ties with its California-based affiliates.  That just added to the barrage of additional junk that gets piled on in the midst of a budget crisis.

I was seeking out just how I planned to get some things done and fought with myself to see things clearly and optimistically.  I had been kicked here and as I turned the other cheek I was gracefully given another swift kick right there, too.  I was fed up as a freelancer who also gets a few coins here and there on my blogs and articles when people click on or through the affiliate ads for Amazon and Christian Book.  Luckily, I hadn’t heard from Google AdSense acting irrationally, too.

I assessed my situation.  Affiliate revenue did not even account for one-third of my total business revenue or a high percentage of my online income either.  My mainstay is the purchase of articles, poems and fillers that I write as a freelancer online.  I get a pretty good amount from Helium and Textbroker.  I am starting to get some real traffic on HubPages, too. 

What I am saying is that I don’t make a lot of fuss over what didn’t make a big difference in the bottom line or in any major category of life such as salvation, family and sanity.  Amazon only dropped me as an affiliate or “associate.” I am still listed as an author on the siteI am stilled adding books and tweets on the site, tooIn fact, my publishing site is still working with me as I struggle to complete another book of poetry and a few sets of materials on Bible study and devotion.

I just added a new video to my author profile on Amazon so go and check it out.

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare. 154 Sonnets, 37 Plays (Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth...) & the narrative poems (Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece...)“To be or not to be…”

“Beware of the Ides of March…”

“Something is afoul in Denmark…”

“Et tu, Brute?…”

William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Two-Disc Special Edition)Hamlet Julius Caesar.   Shakespeare wrote all of these words. They are contained within his plays and have echoed on stage and in classrooms for years.

We can say that we don’t put much stock in what others have to say, but our own actions dispel that notion. Attend any seminar throughout the nation, listen to any speech on the radio or TV, or read any editorial in your local newspaper and you will see that many of these same people use quotes from others to drive home their point. The quotes may serve as accent points to highlight the theme and meaning of the author’s point.

HamletTest the theory. Visit quotations page on the Web to see quotes available by subject or topic. See how you may be able to use quotes and add some color to your presentations and reports. Include some background information that helps shed light on the quote’s connection to your topic or theme.

These words seem like something good to share to break the ice and open a speech:

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

Inactivity is death.
I find capitalism repugnant.

Be sure to study up the author of the quote. You do not want to quote someone who was totally opposed to government and bureaucracy when you go to endorse a political candidate. Inform yourself with as much information as possible related to the author and the context of your quote.

The quotes above come from: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Fidel Castro. It does matter where you get your material from.

Famous Quotes from 100 Great People (Mobi Reference)

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Writers Write

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I say write your heart out at every shot that you get.  If you get rejected, so be it.  Make the most of your writing opportunities.  You can do so with a traditional publisher or you can go the route of self-publishing your own work.  I go so far as to post my poetry online.  I even try my hand at some popular blogging strategies that may or may not seem so profitable.

Christian Writers' Market Guide 2011
How do I do so?

  1. Maintain an online profile
  2. Add/ contribute content
  3. Write when I’m on
  4. Write when I’m off
  5. Read and read a wide variety of genres and publications
  6. Write some more

2010 Poet's Market

The Writer2011 Writer's Market

The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters

2011 Guide To Literary Agents

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Even the rap wannabe who will never be and the boy band reject who can o without American Idol and show that America (Don’t) Got to Talent can upload an MP3 and a video clip and be on his way to content gold.  He just has to add some Google Adsense or a few Amazon affiliate links, and then he’s all in there.

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“Opportunity exists where you find it.” – John C. Maxwell
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently

Find your own opportunities.  Don’t wait on someone else.  They won’t knock on your door.  They won’t yell out and beckon you unto them.  You’ll have to search and seek them out.

Some will be obvious.  They’ll be right before your face.  They may be sitting right in your own backyard.  You will simply have to recognize them as opportunities.

Some will be more obscure.  They may appear to be obstacles or challenges.  Yet, you will discover an opportunity to put your talent and skills to work on discovering a solution.

Some will need to be created. When I didn’t find much success in peddling my self-published books through online resources, I decided to turn my lessons learned into resources that drew people into me.  I wrote a blog and published a newsletter where I could get people’s attention and inform them about tidbits of what I had already published and what I was currently working on with my writing.  it does work, but I had to find a way to make the opportunity work out for me.

Find your opportunities today.

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