Review: “A Wind Doth Blow” by Daniel Kelley

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Daniel Kelley has written, in A Wind Doth Blow, a romance story with a different take, and one that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. The protagonist is an artist with what has to be called an obsession with his oboe-playing neighbor that quickly begins to consume his every waking moment, and causes him to doubt himself as a person. A fully fledged, well-rounded character, you find yourself pulled into his existence, cheering him on to take the plunge and declare his affections for the enigmatic Elise. I won’t spoil the ending for those who have yet to read this masterpiece, but trust me, it will leave you gasping for more.

A Wind Doth Blow is available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/A-Wind-Doth-Blow-ebook/dp/B00AC8B6F8/

A Wind Doth Blow

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Metal

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Of the five basic elements, metal stands for autumn.  Over at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, she’s asking that we show it with a group of photos.  Well, here’s my take on it:

A combat helicopter is metal personified.
A combat helicopter is metal personified.
Lots of metal - and plastic too - here.
Lots of metal – and plastic too – here.
Metal statue in Cape Town, South Africa
Metal statue in Cape Town, South Africa
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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This week’s photo challenge is a doozie.  Illumination.  Check it out  here.  Going through my photo files, I  had a devil of a time chosing one that said ‘light’ or ‘illumination’ to me.  After much hand wringing, and several vodkas, I finally came up with this.  Hope you like it.

This insect on a leaf, backlit by the sun is an example of illumination in nature.
This insect on a leaf, backlit by the sun is an example of illumination in nature.
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Diplomatic Security: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

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English: Diplomatic Security Great Seal resized (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A symposium on diplomatic security at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in September 2012.

http://youtu.be/yDCKq2l_n7k

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Review of ‘Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets’

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Lavin in 2005
Lavin in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets, by Frank Lavin and Peter Cohan, Wiley (Asia), Singapore. 2011.  ISBN: 978-0-470-82816-8

Like it or not, we live in a globalized world where borders have little meaning anymore in an economic sense.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a manufacturer of widgets in Waukegan or a writer of fiction in a basement office in Washington, DC, you have to be able to pitch your product to a global world, or risk being sidelined and forgotten.

Frank Lavin, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and undersecretary for trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Peter Cohan, president of a management consulting and venture capital firm, have written an excellent book on not just surviving, but thriving, in that world.  As practitioners of international trade, they know what they’re talking about.  Moreover, unlike a lot of books of globalization and international trade, they’re able to explain it in terms that don’t require an advanced degree in economics and finance to understand.

While this book is written for companies looking to invest in foreign markets, its common sense approach to international trade and cooperation apply to anyone who has a product to market, even writers.  The whole book is useful, but parts one and two, which address market analysis, self-awareness, and developing marketing strategies are the most valuable.  The case studies that the authors use to illustrate their points are interesting, but as a writer, I only find them mildly useful.  The background and the final part, on taking action, though, were valuable in and of themselves.  If you’re pressed for time and can’t read this book from start to finish, just go to pages 213 and 214 and read the first two pages of Chapter 10, “Take Action.”  These few brief words should be engraved on parchment, framed, and hung in the office of every one of us.

You don’t  have to be a businessman to appreciate this book.

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What are Your Writing Goals for 2013?

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Every writer, in order to be successful, must be disciplined.  One of the ways to become disciplined is to set goals and then work toward them.  What are your writing goals for 2013?  Will this be the year you finally make it out of the slush pile to the top of the editor’s stack?  Join the discussion on my Amazon author’s page and share your goals with other like-minded individuals.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/forum/cd/discussion.html/ref=cm_cd_fp_ef_tft_tp?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx146H6A41B26QT&cdThread=Tx3DH6HGJM3AQF8

 

English: Picture I made for my goals article
English: Picture I made for my goals article (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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When Pigs Fly

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When pigs fly

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows – Week 16

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Somehow I’ve been missing this Photo Challenge, but I thought I’d give it a whirl.

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How Caviar Became a World Famous Delicacy

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English: 10 Caviar tins (Russian and Iranian):...
English: 10 Caviar tins (Russian and Iranian): Beluga on the left, Ossetra on the center, Sevruga on the right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever wondered how something as unassuming looking as fish eggs could be considered such a prized delicacy around the world?  Read here to find out how a Greek seaman made Russian caviar world famous.

 

 

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