"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Friday, August 24, 2007

How to tell what I am, or What to Write Using a Life Story Template

Wonder if there is a topic more significant, compelling, or familiar to us than our own life stories as we have lived? Believe it or not, I picked up Victoria Ryce's By me, About me, in a store, and felt that this is a perfect subject that would inspire us to spell many tiny little moments that we have lived.

Moreover, this book with its templates* to write every little bit, helps ANYONE desirous of doing all-of-the-above. It also helps those who are interested in any of the following areas, such as, developing writing skills, dig the creative insights, externalize the moments to show and tell what you are, in fact. Call it autobiography or showing your true colors, to say: I am real and experienced, as well."

In short, here is an opportunity. Answer what YOU want to answer using this book's templates. There are 140+ questions at your fingertips.

*The book is full of templates or blank pages for you to fill, each page offers a question (aka clue to whatever details you could possibly add), such as:
  • My name, or names, and how I came to be called that (in the chapter: Childhood and family adventures)
  • The best boss I ever had and the worst one (in the chapter: Life as an adult)
  • The role spirituality has played in my life (in the chapter: Views of the world)
  • The saddest day in my life (in the chapter: The inner self)...

  • About the author: Victoria Ryce is a caregiver based in Picton, ON. She is also the author of Marketwise
    . And the book By me, About me is published by Raincoast Books--Raincoast Books is the Canadian publisher of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    Everwood Television Show

    Welcome to the TV.com Blog for Everwood

    From Booklist
    Epstein, author of Crafty Screenwriting (2002), draws on his experiences writing for the television shows Naked Josh and Charlie Jade to create an essential guide for those hoping to break into television writing. Epstein starts with the big picture by examining what great television series have in common: a hook that draws viewers in, compelling characters the audience cares about, and stories that unfold naturally on the small screen and make people want to return to the world of the show every week. From there he gets into the specifics of how to write a good script. Here he tells writers to create a beat sheet--something similar to an outline--of their episode before sitting down to write the script. After offering insightful writing hints and tips on how to write comedy, Epstein walks writers through finding jobs writing for television--and how to get along with everyone from story editors to show runners once one does. Enlightening and straightforward, this is a must for anyone who wants to write for television. Kristine Huntley

    Table of contents
    I : The Hidden Structure of a TV Series 3
    What Makes Great TV? 4
    A Hook 8
    An "4Attractive Fantasy" 11
    Characters We Never Get Tired Of 14
    A Place Where Stories Walk in the Door 28
    Episodic vs. Serial Stories 33
    Demographics and Networks 36
    The Show Bible 38
    2 ° Great Episode Ideas 41
    The Springboard 42
    What Makes a Great Springboard? 46
    How to Come Up with Great Springboards 51
    What Makes a Bad Story idea 56
    Mixing and Matching 62
    Themed Shows 63
    Continue Table of contents

    Saturday, August 18, 2007

    Amazing Pace: Turbo-Charged Business Development

    NB. The following is not about a book with a similar title, Amazing pace : the story of Olympic champion Michael Phelps from Sydney to Athens to Beijing, by Paul McMullen.

    Here we are sailing in a different pace and in a different style, called busienss development. Amazing Pace: Turbo-Charged Business Development
    Dr. Earl R. Smith II, ISBN: 1424186277, 183 pages.

    Following is a description of the book:
    I’ve never met a CEO who was really happy with the way business development was working. They all end up saying the same thing. “Traditional solutions fail to produce expected results while regularly generating unexpected costs. There needs to be a better way.”

    Amazing Pace shows you how to turbo-charge business development. Over decades of experience as a CEO, board member and senior advisor, I have developed a unique approach to turbo-charging business development. It involves: 1) a board of advisors, which is populated by very senior people who are dedicated to driving the top line; 2) a different approach to resourcing and organizing a company’s senior management team; and 3) an approach that focuses on building revenue in large chunks.

    This book will show you how it’s done. It will also help you avoid the pitfalls and leverage the strengths of your company. Read on—this really works!

    Table of Contents
    The Conundrum that is Business Development
    Chapter 1: Five Reasons Why Business Development Is So Difficult To Get Right
    Chapter 2: Seven Reasons Why Advisory Boards Don’t Produce
    Chapter 3: Battle at the Cottage Gate
    Chapter 4: Dysfunctional Advisory Boards – A Family of Problems
    Chapter 5: Advisory Boards as Business Development Engines – The Beginnings
    Advisory Boards
    Chapter 1: Turbocharged Business Development
    Chapter 2: Benefits and Costs
    Chapter 3: John’s Questions – Round Two
    Chapter 4: Change Management
    Planning for Two Journeys
    Chapter 1: Change Management
    Chapter 2: Board Design and Population
    A Working Board
    Chapter 1: The First Board Meeting
    Chapter 2: Conflict, Renegotiation and Removal
    Chapter 3: First Blood
    On Leadership
    Chapter 1: Leadership That Empowers – The Fire of the Mind
    Chapter 2: Leadership that Limits - The ‘Completeness Doctrine’
    Chapter 3: A Balanced Senior Management Team
    Managing Mt. Rushmore
    Chapter 1: Anniversary
    Chapter 2: Assessing the Impact
    Final Thoughts
    Contact Information

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    Shelf Location:
    Business > Industry
    Economics > Business and Industry
    Finance > Business and Industry
    Business > Management

    Friday, August 17, 2007

    Best Practices in Book Marketing

    Interesting insight and Web sight of authors to promote books:

    http://bighominid.blogspot.com Water from a Skull
    Web Analytics: An Hour A Day

    http://multifaith.blogspot.com Cyber Worship in Multifaith Perspectives

    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    Wiki Demystified - Plus Google and Minus Google, and No Google

    Two stories motivated this post:

  • Search Google without wikipedia - a Firefox search plugin

  • Recently there has been quite a stir within the SEO community with people seeing a huge dominance of wikipedia in the Google search results (Graywolf has been one of the more vocal critics recently with a whole load of posts - although he’s been writing about it for some time).

    But don’t just take Greywolf’s word for it - there’s plenty of articles about this, most notably recently the google cache wrote about how 96.6% of wikipedia articles rank in the top 10 of google.

    It has been noticed outside the world of SEO as well - PR Blogger has just written an analysis of Fortune 100 companies’ wikipedia pages.

  • Yahoo gets upper hand over Google
    "Larry Freed, president of Foresee Results which did the survey for the university, pointed out that users don't see anything different in Google's portal from what they saw three years ago. But Yahoo has refurbished its portal and gained in points." More on this Yahoo! Overtakes Google in Latest American Customer Satisfaction Index survey

    My 2 cents:
    The above search result, limiting search, is and was a common practice already and offered by Google. What's new that adds with a plugin? I don't know.

    FYI. Search Google with a minus sign (or go to advance search feature and select: without the words), and see the results for: medicine -wiki, -wikipediahere and here for medicine here (without any search restrictions)

  • Wikipedia edits

    There was significant interest in our piece yesterday on the online tool that shows the identity of organisations where employees have changed Wikipedia pages.

    The focus of the story was changes the CIA had made to pages, but other organisations - including The Vatican, the US Democratic Party and US company Diebold - didn’t escape our attention.

  • New tool exposes self-edits in Wikipedia
    A new tool can help trace anonymous Wikipedia edits -- and improve the reliability of the online encyclopedia.

    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY (08/16/2007) - A word of caution about editing entries "anonymously" in Wikipedia: a tool has been developed that can show who made the changes.

  • Organizational Anonymous Editing of the Wikipedia for Public Relations Benefits

    My 2 cents:
    Does identifying the organization or collective group of people editing it (more so do that without expertise), doesn't increase or decrease the value of tool. And comparing this Wiki, with Enclyclopedia Britannica has already been dealt in the media: Wikipedia study 'fatally flawed'

  • How To Find Sites Faster Online Without Using Google by Rohit Bhargava

    See also my previous posts:
  • Top 7 Alternatives to Wikipedia
  • 'Wiki' Wins Place in Oxford English Dictionary
  • Wikipedia and Academia Hit News Headlines Again
  • Is this yet another Wiki in Library and Information Science
  • Researchers Turn Web Blather to Books

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  • Thursday, August 02, 2007

    Editorial: Ten Years of Reviewing the Web, 1997–2007

    Editor and Publisher IRVING E. ROCKWOOD

    PS. This is not a review from me.

    CHOICE August 2007
    Web X

    Nine years ago this month, Choice published its first issue devoted to the Web. That August 1997 special issue, Web I, was a milestone in many ways. It contained Choice’s first Web reviews, some 190 of them. It was, so far as we can tell, Choice’s first August issue. And to our subscribers, who received twelve instead of eleven issues (July-August is combined), it was an example of a lagniappe, that delightful New Orleans practice of rewarding one’s customers by giving them a little something extra.

    That little something extra has evolved over the years into something a bit larger. Today’s Web issue is hard to distinguish from a regular installment of the magazine. In fact, with 756 reviews and an expanded set of editorial features that includes Choice’s first ever Outstanding Academic Web Site list (page 68)—not to mention Laura Cohen’s bibliographic essay “Blogs in Academia: A Resource Guide”(page 7), the 2006 edition of Susanne Bjorner’s “Buying Guide: Online Resources for Academic Libraries,” and “Recent & Forthcoming Internet Publications, 2006-2007” (page 17)—Web X is actually one of this year’s largest issues.

    But perhaps the most interesting aspect of Web X is that it exists at all. That wasn’t something those of us who were present at the creation of Web I ever anticipated. Web I, we thought, was a one-time special production whose primary purpose was to announce that Choice was now reviewing the Web. continue reading