Quick Update - Hang in there!

Quick Update - Hang in there!

 Okay, so you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little quiet over the past several weeks.   It’s been a busy period of real estate acquisitions and writing (albeit not blog work).  I’ll fill you in on the real estate stuff in coming weeks, but for now I’m going to give you a quick sneak peek into the upcoming writing projects.

First, I have a self-published novel that I’m targeting for release on December 1st, 2018.  I’ve worked on this story for over a year and half now.  I’m extremely excited about this one and there is some method behind the thought process on self-publishing.  Those mystery readers who are into personal finance will dig this story line.  I’ll do a separate post on this soon.

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You Are What You Read

You Are What You Read

There’s a famous computer coding concept known as GIGO – Garbage In / Garbage Out.  If you put sloppy coding (information) into a computer, you will get equally or greater sloppy results.

The human brain is essentially a computer.  It’s an easy concept to understand from there, right?

If we put bad stuff into our brains, then we’re going to get poor results out.  Duh.

For the most part, as adults, we can control what goes into our brains.

We can turn off the television or, at the very least, turn the channel away from the latest excuse for reality TV and switch over to a worthwhile documentary.

We can power off the video game or choose to play a non-violent one.

We can choose which informational blog posts to read (thank you for reading this one, btw), instead of jumping over to TMZ.

Above all, we can choose to read a book.

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On Writing Good

On Writing Good

When I was in junior high school (the early 80s), an English teacher handed out a list of funny writing rules.  The list had been typed and mimeographed.  It didn't attribute any authorship to the work.  I loved these guidelines so much that I later typed them into my computer during college.  The paper I’d been given years prior was badly worn.  

Recently, I rediscovered the list and conducted some research, wondering if there might have been a source to this list.  A different version of it appeared in The New York Times Magazine, November 11, 1979 in the article The Fumblerules of Grammar.  It was written by author and columnist, William Safire.  I can't guarantee it, but this appears to be a possible source for the material.  However, Safire collected suggestions from his readers before creating his list of bad grammar rules .  He did mentioned that English teachers had been doing this for years.

I found a couple other locations around the internet that have added to this list or have variations of it.  However, none of the additions seem as good as the simple list I was originally given.

Therefore, with a nod to Mr. Safire, I’m sharing the basic list as provided by my junior high English teacher.  Hopefully, you enjoy it and learn from it as I have.

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Sometimes You Have to Ignore the Voice in Your Head

Sometimes You Have to Ignore the Voice in Your Head

Creating Building-Income and then developing weekly content for it has been a great experience.  It’s allowed me the opportunity to meet other bloggers who are creating some really great work.  Studying their content has given me a goal to strive for each week and beyond.

I’ve also had the chance to connect with some readers who have had questions about some of the articles I’ve written.  In thinking about how they have responded, it’s given me new ideas for articles as well as a potential road map for the future.

The entire process has allowed me to sharpen my writing, both in voice and in time of production.  I wake up every morning and spend an hour or two creating something new.  I believe each day is helping me develop a stronger presence within my words as well as decrease the time to actually produce an article from idea to post.  It’s a wonderful and heady experience.

Above all, though, it’s finally given me the opportunity to grow more comfortable with "The Little Editor," that entity on my shoulder who questions every move I make with my writing.

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