Day: January 16, 2013

Review: “The Iron Bloom” by Billy Wong

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Iron Bloom by Billy Wong is an interesting story. It’s about Rose, something of a tomboy, struggling to make it in what is clearly a male-dominated world. The story opens with the reader being plunged right in the middle of action as Rose confronts a murderous stranger at the home of people for whom she works (or, at least that’s the impression one gets). Nearly killed, Rose m manages to slay the intruder, save the only child of the unfortunately slain parents, and make it home where she miraculously survives the terrible wound the marauder inflicted upon her.

English: A Red Rose at Bloom
English: A Red Rose at Bloom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So far, so good. But, this is just the beginning of Rose’s adventures. A tale of derring-do and coming of age that would be rated as outstanding but for its failure to follow the conventions of this type story. The author uses modern language for the most part, and it is frankly jarring. Breaking the rules of the genre works sometimes, but having dialogue that sounds like a teen at the mall coming from the lips of a girl who has just slain a sword-yielding murderer is a bridge too far.

Having said that, and the criticism is meant to be constructive, I found it an interesting story that has only that one flaw. Not a fatal flaw, but one hopes that if there’s a sequel, it will not be repeated.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

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The next element in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Water. Here’s my take on that.

A goose swimming in blue water.
A goose swimming in blue water.
"Sunshine on the Atlantic at Tenerife"
The sunshine reflecting off the ocean off the island of Tenerife.
Building in Amsterdam reflected in the water
Building in Amsterdam reflected in the water
Lake Kariba at sunset
Lake Kariba at sunset
Taking a rope ride across the Zambezi at Victoria Falls
Taking a rope ride across the Zambezi at Victoria Falls


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A guest post from UK  financial blogger Lucy:

People say that “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance.” So you need to be prepared to take risks and face it when you plan to start a business. A well-structured plan will definitely build a business. However, here are a few ideas to help you get started:

Things to know before starting a business,

  • Plan your business ideas according to the market demand
  • Be ready to face business challenges and failures
  • Know the strength of your business plan
  • Gather your investment
  • Know who your team includes
  • Know your business work place

So, if you are clear on the above, and are searching for business concepts, you have come to the right place to get the information you need. Check out the ideas below on the best new businesses to consider.

Top 10 business start up ideas

Creative business

We’re all creative in our own way. So use your creative ideas to earn money. There just might be people who will like your creative products and buy them. You can earn a lot through selling the things you make as a hobby.

Some examples of creative business are Boutique, Interior designer, Crafts seller, Sports trainer, Jewelry making.

Online business

Online business is in high demand. You can earn a lot doing internet business, and the good part is you never have to leave home.

Online businesses includes Blogging, Affiliate marketing, Data storage, and online product sales.


This is a process of earning from your experiences. There are many people around the world who are in need of your advice to solve their problems. Let the experiences you’ve gained make money for you by offering to help people. Consulting can be face-to-face or online.

Areas of consulting include Virtual assistant, Financial and health insurance assistant, and Management consultant.


Products can be sold either online or directly to consumers. Plan to offer discounts or promotions in order to attract people to your products and potentially increase your profits.

Sales business includes Wholesale food sales, Product sales etc.


Foreign language skills are in demand. If you are fluent in another language, you can offer your services as either a translator of documents or as an interpreter. The advantage of translation services is that they can be done online.

Cleaning and custodial

This field has experienced rapid growth in the past 5 years. People are having their homes, vehicles, and pets taken care of by cleaning agencies. There is also the possibility of commercial cleaning contracts for offices, small factories or stores. Among the fastest growing cleaning businesses are Vehicle cleaning, Pets cleaning, House cleaning

Event management

Due to the hectic pace of modern life, many people find they don’t have time to arrange social and other events themselves. In addition, organizations often find they lack the skills to effectively stage events. Event management specialists are in demand for the whole range of activities from decoration, catering, venue selection and preparation, and other services.

Examples of event management include birthday parties, weddings, and receptions.


This is a type of work that covers a wide range of activities, from caring for people to house sitting. Success in this field requires empathy and attention to detail. Caretaking tasks include childcare, eldercare, house sitter, and pet caretaker, among others.


Recycling involves collection of recyclable items and either recycling them or transporting them to an appropriate facility. Some items, such as cans and bottles, are often recycled into art objects or other useful items. Care must be taken with such items as computer or TV parts which often contain harmful or toxic materials. Check with your local government for any license requirements for this activity.

Computer or Electronic Repair Technician

A fast-growing field, computer or electronic equipment repair requires specialized training. In many cities there are schools providing such training, but it is wise to check the credentials and student post-training employment records before enrolling.

Author Bio: This guest post was contributed by Lucy, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Find out more about her blogs