Virtually every resource possible for this type of Copywriter. Great advice, tips & tricks for successfully writing and marketing quality content.Virtually every resource possible for this type of Copywriter. Great advice, tips & tricks for successfully writing and marketing quality content. Easy to understand, plain language. A must own resource for any Copywriter's shelf!...more
A necessary reference tool for any Freelance Writer. Some slightly dated material on web writing but that's to be expected in such a fast changing indA necessary reference tool for any Freelance Writer. Some slightly dated material on web writing but that's to be expected in such a fast changing industry. The benefits of direct advice, tips, hints and examples from Bowerman's own arsenal far outweigh any material that isn't current for 2013. I will buy his follow up. Bowerman is a new favorite Author for me - a budding Freelance Writer - and I'm thankful for his simple language and easy to understand descriptions. A must read for any Writer who is also an entrepreneur!...more
Living through a recession would be hard enough on anyone but for the lead character, Lily, in Sonya Vaughn's Words Falling Like Water, a recession isLiving through a recession would be hard enough on anyone but for the lead character, Lily, in Sonya Vaughn's Words Falling Like Water, a recession is just scratching the surface of her problems. With a husband who has not only made himself virtually non-existent but also has essentially left Lily in the dust to clean up every mess around her (including raising her son all but alone), it’s no doubt the woman might snap. Add in a boss from hell in a dead-end job that proves her only option at the time, a flailing nationwide economy, and a young child that doesn’t know any better than to call for his mom (regardless of how little sleep she’s getting) and you have a recipe for disaster.
Or do you?
At every turn Lily is smacked with the worst life can throw at her and more. But despite everything, she keeps her hope alive (no matter how bleak it might be) that things can and will get better. But can she get out of the auto industry and turn her life around before the industry pulls her down into the depths of despair like her husband?
I enjoyed the honest dialogue and heart wrenching prose that showed just how vulnerable we can be when the country takes a nose dive and we are caught in the middle. Marriages, jobs, relationships, bank accounts – they could all flail. It’s what we do after the tornado passes over that proves our worth as a character and Vaughn has shown us a strong and resilient character in Lily.
I didn’t know Michigan at all but it didn’t matter, the setting had little to do with the story other than Lily being from Detroit and struggling to survive when the city is hit hard.
The reader is never really told what the husband did for work prior to his layoff but it is inferred he too was in the auto industry. There were a few spelling or punctuation mistakes throughout but for an Indie publication this book is well constructed. It took me a few minutes to figure out Kristina was the sister, I wanted more from/with her. She was always there but it felt like the conversations between the sisters were sometimes rushed for pacing instead of really hashing it out like Lily does with her husband. A lot more could be developed on the sister's relationship. There were times it felt drawn out, many of the scenes at her job could be cut or cut back - once the reader is set up to understand the evil nature of the boss, the frantic pace in the office, etc. it is unnecessary to continue making the point.
Overall though this is an extremely solid effort from a first time novelist and I’ll look forward to reading future books from Vaughn....more
The back and forth writing style bouncing around from character to character is tough for me to follow because I read in bits and spurts so it becomesThe back and forth writing style bouncing around from character to character is tough for me to follow because I read in bits and spurts so it becomes hard to keep up. With that said the narrative is good, there are plenty of clear descriptions and I enjoyed some of the dialogue. With so many characters though it made some of the voices seem flat. There wasn't enough to fully develop who they were and so it was hard to get a read on what they'd look like, dress like, be doing in their world. Others like Bourne, Soraya and Moira were pretty well developed and clear. The story did come together in the end but it felt slow at times getting there. Again, this could be because I wasn't reading often but I also didn't race to get to the book either. Take that for what it is I suppose. A decent novel but not one I'd likely read again and I probably won't continue reading the rest of the Bourne series....more
A good book to accompany other books on ways of living Green. With recipes and infusions for herbs, vegetables and other earth related items this willA good book to accompany other books on ways of living Green. With recipes and infusions for herbs, vegetables and other earth related items this will act as a handy reference tool for Green living. Written in basic language without necesity for ritual or related religious connotations the practices included are easily completed by the everyday Green practitioner. Well written and practical reference manual....more
**spoiler alert** I haven't read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (his first book) but have been following Tucker on Twitter for a while (he was mention**spoiler alert** I haven't read I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (his first book) but have been following Tucker on Twitter for a while (he was mentioned by one of my very favorite Authors so I figured why not give him a follow). No matter how infrequently he posts over there I never fail to laugh or agree with what he has to say. So when my husband and I were on our anniversary trip and found ourselves in a used book store to pick him up a beach read, and there was Tucker Max on the front table, I encouraged him to buy it. He did, started reading and I heard him laughing pretty consistently: "What's going on now?" "He's trying to have sex with a midget." I decided to give the book a read after he was done with it because it sounded too implausible to be true.
Trip complete, we returned home to where I work as a full time Writer. There are days I do little else but read; having exhausted my own, I picked up my husband’s book. The first 200 or so pages had me rolling. The opening sequence in particular WAS HYSTERICAL and the first handful of stories about his drunken-self hooking up with all kinds of women really did make me laugh. We've all known this guy, some of us probably slept with this guy in college or shortly thereafter. It was kind of fun to get the impression from the other side of that hook-up from someone who won’t hold back on telling it exactly like it is. The thing is, after the eleventh time of reading (pretty much) the exact same story on loop about sex and drinking, where the only thing that changed were the nicknames he bestowed upon these girls, I was no longer shocked or amused. I was just bored.
The stories, I suppose, were meant to be progressively funnier because they were increasingly more "bizarre" and "outrageous" but the truly shocking thing was that nothing changed. In 400 pages that spanned about 6 or 7 years of this guy's life, nothing changed. After a while I was over it. I read to the end just to see what would happen. Turns out what happened is that Tucker Max gathered enough material to warrant two more books on the exact same topic(s). Yea. I’m sure the die-hard fans swarmed book stores earlier this year to buy them both; I likely won’t take either one out of the library. And I’d say sorry for that but I’m too busy yawning to apologize.
His titles are genius, the honesty of his I’m-saying-it-regardless-if-you-like-it-or-not attitude is refreshing, but I'm just glad we saved a few bucks when we picked up this book. I’m perfectly comfortable with getting it as sloppy seconds....more
Though there are many regionally specific references in the narrative & dialogue I have to say this book was a great read. Even as an American. EsThough there are many regionally specific references in the narrative & dialogue I have to say this book was a great read. Even as an American. Especially as a woman. I was laughing a lot at the subtleties of the depths of Rob's feelings for, well, Rob most of the time. But sometimes Laura too. Good interweaving of relationships and the story flowed really smooth as if reading it in real time. Great pacing.
I'd seen the movie first and was pleased to see some direct quotes, some of my favorite lines in the flick, were taken directly from Hornby's book. Plus it was cool to see the additional situations, the different twists and turns Rob took in the book as opposed to what was needed for the screen.
I've seen most of the movies made from Hornby's books and enjoyed them all so I have no doubt I'll enjoy his other books just as much as I enjoyed High Fidelity....more