Book map for the bookworm

Book Map – I love this concept. 600+ titles dot the streets, parks and bodies of water. It would make a great gift for a bookworm.

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Book Map
In this age and era, most of us do not really need a map in our lives since we can pull out an interactive one straight away on our smartphones.

But when I saw this gorgeous book map, I stopped and marvelled at it because contained within the labyrinth of streets and alleys, there are more than 600 literature titles packed into it. Doesn’t that already make this fictional work droolworthy? A Christmas gift idea for your bookworm friend perhaps?

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The map can be bought online HERE.

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Back to Work…

Not that I’ve actually been on vacation or anything so fun and relaxing. I’ve spent the last month or so focusing on “mining for new clients”, as they say. Who are they? And how does one go about the mining part? That’s what I’d like to know. That’s the art of marketing, and marketing yourself, in particular, I suppose. How many of you find that last one a bit of a challenge?

On another note, I have some great news. Over the past year, Tidings Editor-in-Chief and I have been developing ideas that will take both print and online versions of the magazine onto bigger and better things. We will be rolling them out slowing over the course of 2014. You’ll notice the first change with the new year’s first issue – a name change! Continue reading → Back to Work…

How to Read (More)

Point #1 is key for me. Scheduling reading time sounds silly, but it really does work!

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Believe it or not, you have more time to read than you think. Here are some practical tips to help you work through that lengthy reading list.

On average, I read 2-4 books per month, but I’m just as busy as you are. I’m a husband, homeowner, 2x dog owner, blogger, itunes addict (which, you know can be quite time-consuming), I work full-time as a freelance editor and author, plus I have a part-time job, and on top of that, working through the process of adoption. So I’m pretty busy just like you. And just like you, I have a long reading list that I’m just dying to dig into (it’s over 100 books long). The most likely difference between you and me is that I am steadily making my way through it.

Jealous? Just follow my five simple tips and soon you’ll find yourself marking up…

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Top 3 Traits of a Good Writing Tutor

So, you’ve found yourself in a situation where, for one reason or another, you have to (or want to) improve your writing. Why not hire a writing tutor or take a class? Great idea! But, how do you know you’re getting your money’s worth. I suppose if, by the end of the session, you’re a better writer than you were, then you’ve succeeded.

I loved writing classes all the way through school and into university. I was the one who’d say (whether asked or not), My career goal is to write essays … forever! (Shout out to all the geeks out there. Do what you love!). Whether for fiction or non-fiction, I’ve taken some writing courses that were very practical and others that were, let’s say, useful in other ways, like a creative writing class in which we spent most of our time meditating and delving into each others’ past lives. Continue reading → Top 3 Traits of a Good Writing Tutor