Book Review: You Have to Stop This

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WARNING: This review contains spoilers. It’s written for busy parents who want to know what their child is reading–but don’t have time to read the book for themselves. Now for the review…

In this fifth (and supposedly final) book of the Secret series, a class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a mummy.

As punishment, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are sent to work for the mummy exhibit’s curator-only to be blamed when the mummy disappears.

As Cass and her friends race to clear their names and discover the Secret, they run into the evil Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L-who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Secret before the kids do.

The Good Stuff

Pseudonymous Bosch did it again! You Have to Stop This is a funny, suspenseful story for kids that’s hard to put down.

This book is part mystery… part “coming of age” – but the main theme that runs through the entire series is friendship. It’s rewarding for the reader to see Cass and Max-Ernest start off as loners and end up as close friends who trust and need each other.


As with the other books in the Secret series, any “violence” is of the mild sort.

For example:

– The Lord Pharaoh’s ghost tries to replace the mummy’s missing finger by cutting off Dr. L’s finger to put in its place. (This is “told” – not “shown.”)

– Cass and her friends are grabbed by Lord Pharaoh’s henchmen. Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are tossed outside, but Cass is locked into a canopic jar – a container which was historically used by Egyptians for storing the organs of the dead.

– When rescuing Cass, Yo-Yoji tackles Lord Pharaoh and pins him to the floor.

Magic, Sorcery and Spirituality

You Have to Stop This contains many references to ancient Egypt and its gods-Thoth, in particular.

For example…

– The Book of Thoth is said to contain all the spells in the universe.

– Cass has the Ring of Thoth in her possession-and it contains magical powers. When placed on the finger of the mummy, the Secret would be revealed.

– If the Lord Pharaoh learns the Secret first, he will become immortal and all-powerful. He would no longer be just a ghost. He would be able to claim any body he desires as his own and walk the earth like a living god.

– When Cass places the Ring of Thoth on the mummy’s finger, she has some kind of out-of-body type of experience where she’s flying over the Nile River.

Sexual Content


Drugs and Alcohol


Foul Language


Other Negative Stuff

As with the other Secret books, Cass and Max-Ernest have to do a considerable amount of lying to their parents in order to have their adventures. And that’s not all…

Pseudonymous Bosch mentions a “private part” that supposedly fell of the King Tut mummy. (You might have fun explaining that one to your child!)

Also, a waitress in the casino and some of the dancers in Lord Pharaoh’s magic show are described as “nearly naked” and “scantily clad.”

My Two Cents

You Have to Stop This really is a fun read for kids. The characters are likeable… the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns… and the illustrations are whimsical. Plus, the “extras” thrown in by the ever-intrusive narrator add to the book’s appeal.

Overall, You Have to Stop This is an entertaining, kid-friendly book. It’s totally appropriate for the recommended age group – ages 9 and up.

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Professional Ghostwriter

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What is it like to be a professional ghostwriter? The hours are terrific, as you set them all yourself. You can take off as many weekends, holidays or as much vacation time as you like, and you can haul your notebook along with you anywhere you go. So you are free to work literally anywhere in the world. You are not bound by the usual bonds of time and space; you are your own independent agent.

Also, you get to write stuff for a lot of different kinds of clients. As a professional ghostwriter, you are often asked to specialize, and I do frequent memoir assignments, especially for armed service members. But I like doing a much wider variety of jobs, performing work on fiction novels of all types, life stories and nonfiction novels too, having done work concerning the Holocaust, Dr. King, English horse racing, Russian private schools, the US Marines, house party sales, Haitian voodoo zombies, etc. And my work as a professional ghostwriter on a fiction book about the Antichrist sold over 12 copies a day from the author’s website, for well over two years.

A professional ghostwriter must be prepared to take on unusual assignments. Sometimes, my clients don’t even use a computer, such as the Vietnam veteran I’m currently working with who needs me to contact his stepson in order to continue our work on the project. In cases like this, I often work from tape or CD transcripts prepared by the client, sending the original material to a transcriptionist in order to put it into Word documents so that I have the background materials for the manuscript in progress. I only do book ghostwriting and editing, but sometimes a professional ghostwriter also handles screenplays and scripts, music and music lyrics too. I do refer work like this out to my team of professional writers, editors, marketers and others.

When you are a professional ghostwriter, you should have access to working with a variety of materials, such as transcribed notes, Word, WP and PDF documents, hand-written notes when possible, phone transcripts and conversations, Skype calls, etc. You have to be willing to communicate and interact closely with your client, using email, snail mail, phone and Skype, Internet messages, etc. The lines of communication must be constantly open, so you can deal with every small or large problem that comes along. As a professional ghostwriter, you must carefully live up to your title.

Finally, a professional ghostwriter is willing to work within a client’s budget, with reasonable limits. The ghostwriter must take all payments in advance in cases where the book is not by a celebrity or likely to sell extremely well, but should be willing to break up the payments into affordable monthly installments. Charging less than standard book ghostwriting rates can help a professional ghostwriter establish a firm client base, as many ghostwriters find that word of mouth is the best source for new and returning client contacts. A professional ghostwriter is always willing to work hard for the money, and to provide other related services enabling publication and other marketing needs, such as book proposal and query creation.

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Requiem For a Spanish Peasant

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Ramon Sender was born in Huesca in the North of Spain in 1902. He was a journalist and writer. The novel was first published in Mexico under the title "Mosén Millan" in 1953 and got its current name – Requiem for a Spanish Peasant – since 1960. The motive that the book was first published in Mexico was due to the censorship in Spain during those years. (wikipedia)

They say that the bible is literature and therefore open to interpretation. In the same line of reasoning it seams logical that there are so many branches in (Christian) religion as each has its own interpretation of the sacred word.
For the summary of this book I would turn this completely up-side-down: as this novel is also literature, the story can be interpreted in many ways, yet a certain fact can only be interpreted in a single way without ambiguity: and that is the role the (defenders of) the church played in the Spanish civil war.

The novel offers a serene and quiet sequence of events of which the real civil war seems absent. Instead of explicitly showing the atrocities of the civil war the story focuses on the action of a single man, the protagonist of the story. Only when following his actions the reader learns why this war is called a "civil war." The protagonist in question is a parish priest.

The title of the book – Requiem for a Spanish peasant – reiter to the mass the priest is preparing a year after the death of the peasant. When preparing the mass, the reader is served with a short biography of the peasant, leading to a climax of his death.

The form in which the novel is written is also quite unique; on one hand it follows a simple sequence of flashbacks or even a sequential countdown to the climax as if the damage could not be prevented. And the story is mixed with the singing contributions of the altar-boy, who gives his own view on the events in between the story told by the narrator and priest.

Als the characters on the background of the story help to give depth to the novel. The mother, Jeronima, of the peasant for instance, pleas when a young doctor enters their house:
"I can tell what they miss by the way they are showing off."
"Both kids and animals are fond of those who like them."

And then the book is interesting as an object of understanding the Spanish culture. I would argue that a lot of what is written in the novel continues today; differences between peasant and landowners but then in a modern terminology … as is the church in Spain: still very present in the daily life.

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The Damned Human Race – A Critical Analysis

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‘The Damned Human Race’ by Mark Twain is a satire on the mankind that reflects how it has ended up into a state worse than that of the animals. The writer aims to highlight the darker side of the coin of morality which according to him, like any other virtue, carries its own vices. He makes use of argumentative, cynical and indignant tones throughout his essay and shows an admirable coherence in it. The language is kept moderately easy with fairly lengthy sentences and very few jargons. His audience is the entire human race which is expected to reconsider its actions and reflect over them. The essay has successfully attracted its readers towards the purpose and is very thought provoking.

The writer tells that how his studies of behaviors of animals and humans have made him conclude that humans have descended from the higher animals. The use of irony during the comparison, in the introductory paragraph, draws the readers quite effectively. The writer then clearly describes how his conclusions are not based on mere assumptions or guesses, but indeed are the results of the scientific method. He then specifies the human race to one distinct group of specie and moves on with his experiments.

The writer then argues how an earl killed seventy two buffaloes just for his pleasure, in contrast to which anacondas did not attack calves in excess to their requirements. He then uses deductive reasoning to determine that not anaconda but man himself has descended from these animals which is an irony in its nature and is straightly in contradiction to Darwinian Theory. The reader may find himself opposing to the writer’s stance initially, but the writer tries his best to leave no gaps for his reader to not be convinced in later paragraphs.

He connects the conduct of this earl to the common behavior of human race whose ‘lust for more’ has no end to it. The writer’s efficient use of descriptive tools has added beauty to the essay and has made it more captivating. He states that his experiments on squirrels and bees have given quite astonishing results and have proven that animals do not accumulate extra food even when persuaded to do so. It is only man that is found stockpiling millions of money not even needed.

Further he maintains that it is only man that keeps hatred alive in his heart and keeps coldness within. It is only he who can impose himself on other fellow members and enchain them for his own benefits. Vulgarity and insult are man’s own inventions too. The writer gives examples from history all over the world to prove the wrong use of power by man himself. The way in which he cites all the incidents is very persuasive and the rhetoric is well maintained.

Sadly, man is also the only animal that attacks in groups and wages war on its fellow human beings. The writer gives examples of Hessians and Napoleon to support this argument and shows how man is involved in robbery and other crimes which animals cannot commit. Man is also the only religious animal. The writer again uses satire and symbolism to explain the status of man in the world. He attributes him of killing his brothers in the name of religion with an unbelievable ease and refers to the cases of Caesars, French revolution and Mary’s day in England.

The writer shows cynicism while calling man foolish for not being able to learn tolerance which animals would do when tamed. He compares the two groups as control groups of a scientific experiment and logically proves how his results show that men cannot learn acceptance like animals. The symbolic use of people of different regions in the exemplar evokes an emotional response in the reader and creates a contemporary relevance for them.

Twain then concludes that the actual reason behind this behavior of humans is its morality. Had man never distinguished evil from good, he would have never inclined towards it. The writer makes use of logos appeal in the essay and his own understanding of the idea is unquestionable despite the fact that the topic still remains debatable. He is seen maintaining a liberal and unbiased point of view throughout the essay with a tone that also turns bitterly true at various points. My personal views are in accordance with that of the writer’s and It would not be wrong to say that the writer has not only fairly judged the human behaviors but has also done justice to them in his explanation.

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Prayer for Backstabbers

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To all my backstabbers,

I appreciate what you’ve done for me over the years although at the time I tasted the poison of your betrayal it felt harder than anything else to bear.

Unfortunately I know some of your names and faces and that fact will remain with me forever since knowledge is a terrible thing, good and bad. It’s like toothpaste – once it’s out, it’s impossible to push it back to where it came from.

Thanks to your personal attacks, I was forced to stop on my tracks and think about what I took for granted or sacred in my life, more so than my true loved ones could ever do.

I considered in great pain all your rumors, allegations, the things you’ve said behind my back to cause me lose that job or that relationship. You’ve forced me to look into my raw wounds with an unflinching eye and take a massive inventory of my mind and my soul.

In there I found many things perfectly pure and innocent of any evil. Many joys and pleasant blessings that still defines today who I am, thank you.

Yet I’ve also found in there plenty to improve, to buff and shine to a brilliance that I didn’t know I was capable of doing.

So, although your numbers are very few thankfully and you usually scamper away to more precious morsels when I neglect you and refuse to turn back your arrows, your positive impact on my growth has been significant.

May all who yearn for growth and light be tested against your blessed adversity like a rusty piece of blade becomes the perfect sword it is when tested against the illuminating resistance of the sharpening stone.

May God bless you for your precious presence in my past and your inadvertent teaching of forgiveness and peace.



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Freelance Writing: How to Become Super Successful

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Freelance writing is how many writers earn money.

Writing books is great too, but the income may not be consistent enough to live on, or it may not be enough.

That’s why many writers turn to freelance writing to make sure that they can earn a full-time income from their writing.

The ‘trick’ to working this way is to make sure you have plenty of projects to work on and that means finding enough writing markets.

And to help you I’m going to tell you about three types of freelance writing you can start doing straight away and where to find them.

  1. Writing for Magazines and Trade Journals. This is probably the easiest type of freelance writing to do. You look through magazines and trade journals, look up their submission processes online to see if they accept freelance work and what their rates are, and then send in a pitch. You can also find these types of writing markets online by doing a quick Google search of “magazine writing submissions” or “writers’ guidelines” or “write for us” or something similar. Alternatively, sign up for writing newsletters from bloggers who share lists of current writing markets to their subscribers.
  2. Writing regular blog posts. Once you start looking you’ll probably also find regular work writing for blogs and other websites. There are millions of sites online and many of them are looking for regular writers. If you can find a few of these they can provide you with a consistent income.
  3. Writing competitions. Many writing competitions are highly paid. And even if you don’t win, you still have a piece of unpublished work that you can re-slant for another submission somewhere else at a later date. I recently told my subscribers about a scriptwriting competition for a 60-minute stage play with the winner receiving ï¿¡3,000 British Pounds plus a ï¿¡3,000 advance against 8% of the box office takings. Not bad for a 60-page stage play (one page = one minute approx.).

So even if you’ve never thought about freelance writing before, don’t dismiss it because it’s a great way to earn income because as I’ve shown you, even writing competitions can pay well.

And not only is it freelancing a great way to earn money, but writing regularly and working to deadlines really helps you to create a daily writing habit that can go on to help you for the rest of your writing career.

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20 Fundraising Ideas For Non-Profit Organizations

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Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways in which to raise money to support their relative operation. The following list provides some traditional methods for generating revenue but it also includes some ideas you may not have previously thought about or considered. Assess which methods might work best for your organization, then develop and implement your fundraising plan.

1. Applying for foundation and government grants, based on your mission statement and the areas they fund.

2. Negotiating contracts with governmental entities and / or the private sector to provide specific services.

3. Selling advertisement space in your newsletter. Consider offering different levels of advertisement to accommodate the advertiser's needs and budget.

4. Selling advertising space on your website. Consider offering different levels of advertisement as stated in # 3 above.

5. Developing and hosting annual fundraising events, such as golf tournaments, walk-a-thons, cookoffs, etc. Consider having a raffle or silent auction as part of your fundraising event.

6. Participating in a "combined company campaign." This type of campaign includes nonprofit organizations that are looking for donors and a list of companies involved in the campaign. Company employees can choose which nonprofit organizations that donate to, and the amount of their annual donation.

7. Selling products with your organization's logo, such as pens, key chains, T-shirts, bumper stickers, etc.

8. Developing and running a small business. Besides generating revenue, this social entrepreneurship venture could provide an opportunity for clients to develop work skills and / or work.

9. Developing and selling a cookbook consisting of favorite recipes from staff, board members, and other holders.

10. Capitalizing on the expertise and experience of your staff members, develop and conduct training programs where attendees pay a fee. Record the training sessions and develop CD / DVDs and / or training manuals for sale. Sell ​​these products on your website.

11. Collaborating with other agencies to develop and host conferences where individuals pay a registration fee to attend.

12. Developing a multi-level membership program. The higher the membership level, the more perks the member will receive.

13. Developing a planned giving / estate / endowment program. Individuals interested in your mission may want to ensure that part or all of their assets are distributed to your organization when they die.

14. Developing a memorial gift program. This gives individuals the opportunity to make a gift in memory of a loved one or friend. Or, they can make a gift as a living tribute in honor of someone they care about.

15. Developing and sustaining relationships with for-profit corporations that share your mission and / or have the same interests.

16. Soliciting contributions from board members or requesting that they contribute a specific amount of money per year. If they are unable to contribute their own money, then they should be responsible for soliciting funds from family members, friends, or collections to equal the amount for which they are liable.

17. Developing and implementing a fee-for-service program, based on the client's income or ability to pay.

18. Sub-leasing office space. If you have extra space available at your organization, consider renting it to an individual or another organization.

19. Hiring or contracting with a grant writer or development director. These professionals not only save you time and energy, but they are skilled in identifying and securing funds from a wide variety of sources.

20. Develop a volunteer pool. Volunteers can tackle projects that you would normally pay a staff person to do, saving you hundreds of dollars. Also, empower your volunteers to solicit pledges, and identify and secure potential sponsors.

Fundraising is an ongoing process for nonprofit organizations. Although it is suggested that you try as many of the ideas above as possible, select those methods which may work best for your organization, depending on the size your staff and available resources. Then develop, implement, and monitor a fundraising plan.

Copyright © 2009 Sharon L. Mikrut, All rights reserved.

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Taking Care of Your Computer – 7 Useful Tips

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There are many reasons why you should take care of your computer. Number one, is that it's a major investment for most people and you would probably like to keep it running for as long as possible.

There are various things that you can do to help prolong the life of your PC, both hardware and software wise. It's always a good idea to keep your computer clean. A clean computer runs faster and lasts longer.

Here are some ways to clean and maintain the software (your operating system) on your pc.

1. Run the defragmenter utility, at least once every month or two. In Windows XP this can be done by going to your Start menu, then All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then select Disk Defragmenter. The defragmenter will help ensure that your files are located at the right place on the hard drive and should boost the overall speed of your computer.

2. Clean up old files. When you install / uninstall software frequently it can leave many unwanted files in temporary and system folders. In Windows XP, you should run the Disk Cleanup utility once and a while to clean things up. This utility can be found by clicking the Start menu, then All Programs Accessories, System Tools, then select Disk Cleanup

Scan for viruses. Viruses can cause your computer to be slow or not work at all. You should always have a good virus scanner installed and keep it up to date. Some well known virus scanners are Norton, McAfee, and AVG.

4. Scan for other malware. Other malware can include spyware, adware, key loggers, and Trojan horses. These pieces of software can get installed without your knowledge when you install another program or visit a website. They can cause your PC to slow down considerably. Spybot Search & Destroy and Adware are two well known malware scanners.

Here are some ways you can keep your hardware running smoothly.

1. Clean out the dust. Computers are notorious for accumulating dust. Every once and a while you should open it up and clean it out. This can be done with a vacuum cleaner or a can of dust remover.

2. Keep your PC cool. You should always make sure that you keep your computer in a well ventilated area. By doing this you help keep the PC cool and, therefore, will prolong the life of your hardware.

3. Buy quality hardware. When you buy new components for your PC try and get good quality parts. If you get components from reputable manufacturers you can be sure that you will get good technical support and the parts will be well made and not cause problems with other hardware.

These are just a few little tips to help you keep your computer running for a long time. There are many other things that can be done but by following these few tips you can be sure that you will reduce future computer problems.

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Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin, Former British Hill Station

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Certainly the most 'unburmese' yet one of the best known cities and favorite tourist sites in Burma is a formerly very small Shan-Danu village that the locals call 'Pyin Oo Lwin'. It is located in the Shan hills, some 42 miles / 68 kilometers north-east of and some 3.220 ft / 976 meters higher than Mandalay from where to get here takes about 2.5 hours by car. Starting in Mandalay one has first to pass the plain north of Mandalay and then drive through the steadily climbing foothills of the Shan mountains.

What Pyin Oo Lwin (1.070 meters / 3.510 feet above sea level) has in common with Nurwaelya in Sri Lanka and Dajiling in India are three things: they are all hill stations, have all a pleasant temperate weather and are all very British. This because all of them were created by the British as a reminder of the 'Old Country'.

What Pyin Oo Lwin was and still is it owes to the facts that it lies at a strategically important point in Upper Burma, that it has an even during and at the height of the hot season very pleasant 'European' micro-climate and to a British officer of the Royal Bengal Infantry: Colonel May.

After the last member of the Konbaung dynasty and last and very cruel Burmese King Thibaw (under whose short, seven-years merciless reign (1878 to 1885) every year many thousands of Burmese were killed) had spend little time to severely alienating the British by , among others, sending his forces into the territory of then British India. Upper Burma was within two weeks effortlessly occupied by the British colonial forces in 1885 and Colonel May stationed at the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin in 1887. He 'founded' the town, then named in combination of his name 'May' and the Burmese term for town 'Myo', 'Maymyo', which is the name the town is mainly known by especially outside Burma.

Maymyo, the small town with its many Tudor-style brick and timber houses that has once been Burma's best known and most popular hill station has plenty to offer to both foreign visitors and locals. This also goes for its surroundings – well known for their natural beauty made of and contracting green, tree-covered hillsides and picturesque waterfalls.

Something that immediately upon arrival in Maymyo catches the eye is the somewhat out-of-place and out-of-time appearing mode of transport; very romantic, horse / pony-drawn, brightly painted and picturesque enclosed miniature coaches from bygone times. These carriages offer sufficient space to sit in for two passengers but get a bit overcrowded with four adult passengers squeezed into it.

Depending on the view one takes or equation one prefers they are looking like coming just out of either London's pre-automobile streets or the American Wild West's Wells Fargo days. However, the stage coach is Maymyo's chief means of transport. Around town the ride in them is a little bumpy on the hard seats, though. But that quickly pales into insignificance against the backdrop of this small but in many aspects still so 'British' town.

The main attraction and center of the town – though not located in the center of the town – is the on the day of its opening in 1917 some 170 acres and in present days some 472 acres / 175 hectare large Botanical Gardens, now called 'Kandawgyi National Gardens', that include a some 70 acres big lake.

This extremely beautiful botanical garden and magnet for locals as well as foreigners would – although it is already significantly enlarged since it was first opened – not exist if not the botanist and British forest official. Charles Alex Rogers had created it from 1915 to 1916 with the help of Turkish World War One POW gardeners the British army had made.

There is a little island in the lake located on which is a small stupa. The garden, on the one hand, a natural landscape, on the other hand, a professionally arranged, wonderful park, yet not quite either can be given a bird-eye view from the top floor of the 10-storey high 'Nan Myint Tower 'that is located in it. The tower is built in a style resembling a Burmese watch-tower. From up there one becomes more aware even than while strolling through it on the ground that the garden is a center of botanical study; a colorful, aesthetically arranged medley of trees, plants and flowers. That is to say, a patchwork of areas of different shades of green composting meadows and eg pines, chestnut trees, oak trees, poplars, interspersed with brightly and distinct colored patches of colorful blossoms of eg rhododendron, chrysanthemum and orchids, and so on.

What makes all this natural splendor of both the park and the planet possible is apart from the expert landscaping and gardening of the park the rich soil combined with the very favorable micro-climate of this mountainous region that is much cooler (by up to 18 Celsius-degrees) than the hot plains but never so cold that it freezes although it can get quite chilly here For this reason visitors coming from the hot plain to Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin should be reminded that bringing along socks and pullover is definitely advisable.

It is this perfect climate that effected two things. Firstly, that all varieties of trees, plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables, both native and European are sprouting here in abundance and year-round and that, secondly, here is a very pleasant living environment for humans.

The perfect, temperate weather results in the fact, that Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin and the area surrounding it is a main supplier of high-quality vegetables, fruits, coffee and flowers not only for the town itself and the lowland markets in closer vicinity ( what includes Mandalay) but also farther and far-away towns and cities including even Yangon.

Speaking of fruits. The Europeans' – and especially British – favorite fruit that makes up the genus' Fragaria 'of the family' Rosachilaensis', commonly known as' strawberry ', is growing here galore through the cooler months of the year. Surely, what there before immediately springs to the mind of Western early post WW II generations visiting this town is the 1967 Beatles-world hit 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

The very pleasant living environment results in the fact that Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin was soon after being occupied by the British converted into a retreat for European, predominately British- business people, civil servants and military personnel, in recognition of which many companies and private people started to build smaller and larger 'English country mansion-style' houses. Not only are many of them still standing but they are also strikingly good preserved in their original architecture. Other houses, however, are architectural marked by a strange, yet interesting and more often than not even beautiful English-Indian style-mix.

The town is dotted with a total number that may well exceed 100 of these Edwardian and Tudor style teak wood and brick buildings that stand solemn witness to Maymyo's colonial era. One of them is the 'Canda Craig', the former chummery of the 'Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation' (BBTC), in present-day Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin the 'Thiri Myaing Hotel'.

By the, it was a dispute over the exploits of the Bombay Burmah Trading Company between the Burmese king Thibaw and the British that made the British draw the line what, in turn, led to the third Anglo-Burmese war and, finally, to the founding of Maymyo.

That the BBTC was engaged in wood industry-based business (teak logging) becomes evident through the abundance of teak-wood that was used when constructing this wonderful building in English country mansion style. A notable masterpiece of carpentry is the sweeping staircase that leads from the lobby up to the first floor.

The Canda Craig has lost much of its appeal without the Deceased. Bernhard, the chummery cook from the colonial era who was the soul of it all. Neverheless it still bears a lot of very British features not only as regards the building as such with its big fireplace, the 'Hedera helix' (ivy) covered ground-floor walls and the beautiful garden in which it is embedded in and surrounded by, but also in its offerings: Morning Tea, 'Fife-o'clock-Tea', Roast beef, log-fire in the fire place (when it is too cold), the lot.

But there is yet one more British element. As rumour has it, the Canda Craig is haunted by ghosts. But this is nothing to worry about. It may well be Mr. Bernhard's ghost, roaming the premises in his last ditch attempt to uphold British tradition. After all, what could be more British than a haunted house? By the, in the early 1970s the in 1941 in America born novelist and travel writer, Paul Theroux lodged as described in his 1975 published book 'The Great Railway Bazaar' in the Canda Craig. Theroux won in 1982 the 'James Tait Black Memorial Prize' for his book 'The Mosquito Coast' that was 1986 made into a film, starring Harrison Ford)

One of Maymyo's / Pyin Oo Lwin's other signs of its colonial era is, apart from the previously mentioned Edwardian, Victorian and Tudor style buildings located among other on the Mandalay-Lashio Road – the 'Purcell Tower', Maymyo's clock tower, a copy of the clock tower in Cape Town / South Africa. The Purcell Tower that is located on the Mandalay-Lashio Road in the town's center (opposite the market) is just like her kin in Cape Town a present of Queen Victoria who lived from 1819 to 1901.

Queen Victoria was seemingly a stickler for punctuality for she has presented a lot of other clock towers to a lot of other towns during her reign. The Purcell Tower's bell chimes the same 16-note-tune in hour-intervals that is to hear from its 13.5 tons weighing brother 'Big Ben' in the House of Parliament (London) 320 feet / 98 meters high clock tower.

The town's main street, the High Street, being part of the famous 'Burma Road', linking India's Assam with China's Yunnan – is lined with a large number of partly Tudor-style homes and partly buildings of indefinable architecture. The people living in these houses are, as the rest of the town's residents, a melting-pot of different ethnic groups and nationalities such as Burmans, Shans and sub-tribes, Chinese and to a large degree Indians and Nepalese, descendants of the Indians and Nepalese Ghurkhas of the British-Indian army who put down roots here after the war.

These people still keep up some of the old traditions in both their private lives and their work as hoteliers, waiters, gardener, coach-driver, etc.

The multi-nationality of the population is reflected in its multi-religiousness. Christians, Buddhists and Moslems, all have their own places to worship their respective deity / deities. The on the town's north-easternirts located beautiful Chinese Temple (a 10-minutes stroll from the Canda Craig) with the bright yellow roofs covering its numerous buildings, the huge green mosque on High street (close to the Purcell Tower), three churches , the Gothic-style brig-structure of the 'Shwe Hnalone Taw Catholic Church' (which is the translation of the original English name 'Sacred Heart Church' into Burmese), the 'Immaculate Conception Church' and the 'St. Michaels Church 'as well as the picturesque' Maha Anhtoo Kantha Paya ', are all remarkable examples of this.

The 'Maha Anhtoo Kantha Pagoda' (Pagoda of the subordinate Buddha), from the wall surrounding it and its terrace to its orb-crowned vane dressed in a combination of dazzling white and shiny gold, is by definition a 'Uddisaka Zedi' as it is enshrining an image of the Gautama Buddha.

The pagoda is at the time of this writing scarcely 40 years old and the incident that has led to its coming to be is as strange as it is note-worthy. Here is the story.

A China-bound truck coming from Mandalay laden with three very heavy Buddha images made of marble, passed through Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin when for whatever reason one of the images obviously decided not to continue its journey anymore and to put down roots in Maymyo. It simply knocked off the truck on a hill-top just outside the town and landed on the ground without suffering any damage. It successfully monitored all following attempts of being loaded back on the truck and (logically?) The easiest solution to the problem seemed to be to build the Maha Anhto Kantha around the Buddha image to give it a new and permanent home.

Another pagoda, the 'Naung Kan Gyi Pagoda', is located on a hill-top north of the town. From here one has an impressive view over Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin and the surrounding hill sides.

Other points of interest outside Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin are the 'Dat Taw Gyike waterfall', the 'Pwe Kyauk waterfall', located some 8 kilometers / 5 miles out of town in Lashio direction, the Wetwun Waterfall ', some 24 kilometers / 15 miles outside town, and the more spectacular 'Anisakan Waterfall' in Anisakan village, which is located some 8 kilometers / 5 miles away in direction Mandalay.

The Anisakan is a five-part waterfall, the part in the center being the most spectacular one.

Also well-worth being visited is the 'Peik Chin Myaung Buddha Cave' complex with a waterfall cascading out of the cave's mouth. The cave's main shrine with its stalactites growing down from the ceiling is about one mile away from the cave's entrance. It houses – surrounded by other statues – a Gautama Buddha image in a closed mudra posture. This 'Bhumisparsha mudra' position is showing Gautama Buddha calling on mother earth to stand witness to his moment of enlightenment.

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Why Should I Use a Ghostwriter?

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People often don’t understand exactly why you should use the services of a professional ghostwriter. I’ll try to answer this question within this article, at least somewhat. These ideas come from my freelance writing experience, which I’ve had since before 1980. And my online affordable ghostwriting services business experience, as of 2003 and further, involving over 300 books, films and other projects.

For one thing, in order to become a proper ghostwriter, you must start out as a professional freelance writer. Or you must begin as some type of professional writer, working for pay for other people. If not, you’ll require an English (or other language or languages) degree(s) at an established university. Unless you’ve got “mad skills” at writing by yourself. Even then, you really must work as a writer and be published several times, in many different places.

Then, it becomes a matter of setting up your shingle. Online, this is done by setting up a ghostwriting services website. Also by being on social networks, joining writer’s groups… endless finding ways to promote your ghostwriting business. There is a lot on and offline. Join lots of writing, editing, marketing, publishing and other groups, activities and organizations.

You might start out as a book manuscript editor – pretty good work. Charging much less, until you get your feet in the doors you seek. You might be able to churn out great copy that follows guidelines. Or otherwise write well enough. But your work usually needs editing as you go.

Also, that you can make pretty decent money. As a freelance writer, working as a ghostwriter. Anywhere from $24,000 to $500,000 USD or more per year. People gripe about it all the time, as though it’s such an arduous chore. It’s just a way for your author clients who don’t really write. Or who don’t have the time. Or the skills. And they hire a professional freelance writer, the ghostwriter. To work on their book, screenplay, music, business documents or other ghostwriting services project. Our agency does that all the time.

Then, the author usually takes the credit for the work. But the ghostwriter gets upfront pay. For turning out hopefully excellent written copy. The author gets the credit, the ghost gets the money. Sometimes, if marketing goes well, the author also gets payment for the work published or otherwise sold under their own name. Instead of under the ghostwriter’s name. This is not plagiarism, poor man’s work, or anything else so awful. Ghostwriters can make decent money. Helping author clients take ideas out into full fruition.

A lot of these authors are celebrities. There are also memoirs written by ordinary people, who need professional assistance. Sometimes, partial credit is shared, with an “As told to So and So” the ghostwriter. You can run a whole ghostwriting services agency this way. With shared credit instead of only upfront pay. But nowadays, most ghosts accept just payment(s) in advance. Check it out carefully before you hire a ghost or do any work as a ghost. You don’t want to get in over your head. Writing for someone and not getting paid for it.

The idea in general is the ghost gets paid upfront. Then the author gets professional, polished work. When the author doesn’t have time to write it themselves. Nor the skills. Or the established knowledge in their fields. At least, not enough of it for a great job of work. A lot of business people hire ghosts to write their copy. Because they simply are not writers themselves. Or they can write, but something precludes it. Time is of the essence, you know? Business people and memoir clients especially seek out our help.

There’s always something that makes their own work sound amateur. Inadequate. Confusing. Stilted, lazy, boring, not the work of a pro writer in other words. Sometimes clients even have major learning disabilities. There are plenty of people who can read, but not really write! At least, not in American English. I’ve had a lot of English as a second language clients. You can see the problems right away. However, it takes a while to understand the client, too. Often. Communication and trust are essential. You have to establish a rapport. If you don’t, money, faith and time become serious issues.

I’ve noticed my clients tend to repeat their wording too frequently. Or write abysmally. They don’t have lots of time to spare editing their own work, is usually what it is. But they need to supply you with plenty of background material. In order for the ghost to not be truly writing their project for them. There are ghosts who do this; the author gets all the credit, and all the work was done by the ghost completely.

I’ve never quite worked this way myself. Although I have done over half of the entire book or project. There’s a reverse case: some of the author clients eventually learn how to write from their ghosts. It’s a lot of different case scenarios. I’ve been doing this since 2003, so I know a lot. About what most people don’t understand about working as or with a ghost. But I’m forever learning something new. Over time, I’ve learned to send work out to experts in various specialties. Instead of taking it all on myself. I have ghosts now working for this ghost, so I can spare time for other things.

Other than that, author clients certifiably need to have a professional writer go over things. Or they simply won’t be properly published or reasonable read by their audiences. A once over before publication, or a complete job done by the ghost on nothing but scratch material. An online freelance ghostwriter or book editor will do these things for you! But in most cases, the author client must pay the writer. In installments upfront, or through other upfront methods. Unpaid writers do not do very good work, you see?

Book coach, book guidance, book proposals to land 50% advances, and many other types of ghostwriting services done. The music field is especially overflowing with new ghostwriters. Rap and hip hop artists are usually using ghosts nowadays. The camaraderie, communication and rapport through ghost partnerships are genuine and fulfilling. You get moral support for all (or at least most of) your projects this way. If they are original ideas, yours, and somehow something that might sell.

Or a beloved family memoir, or other life story, to be finally gotten out to the world. Supportive abuse victims are great clients. For overcoming huge obstacles and being success stories. A great life makes a great history for your family, friends and others. You keep the copyrights, the ghost gets paid. That is the most important thing to a ghostwriter – earning a living, making the bills on time. Landing paying, important and wonderful clients. In a manner that works, that’s on schedule roughly at least. Where it all works out for both parties.

Sometimes, a client isn’t pleased with the ghost or the work. And too often, with anything but their own ideas or schedules. And some clients are downright impossible! It’s never fun to work for a bully, a huge rush client (I need it from the beginning of the project by tomorrow, by the way, it’s 200 pages long) or someone who downgrades their ghostwriter.

People who want a full book manuscript, finished and ready to go to printing in one week make no sense at all. Even when it’s a 35-50 page eBook, the ghost will need a bit more time than that, always. Some ghosts can do rush work, but it’s usually what it sounds like. You can edit in one-two weeks, but not ghostwrite, unless it’s very short and simple. But equally as important is the fulfillment of committing to a job well done. The ghost’s records must indicate they did excellent work – so they are hired again. A ghost who does poor work is punished, please be aware of that. By not getting further jobs!

And you as the ghostwriter, you’ve got to make sure everything reads soundly, wisely – and good enough for government work. Far better than that, if you want to make any real money. Your client will be checking off whatever you do, while paying you for it. The idea is the client and the ghost talk, write or communicate somehow often enough. To establish the basis for the work. You take time off, so does the client, and you let each other know about things.

Often, clients are hiring special, distinct skill sets in a ghostwriter. So that their written copy can sell. Widely, or to a definite platform or other well-established book or other market. We offer broad-based marketing services to handle any platform needs. And your work must sing, chant, illuminate and roar! Or at least read professionally enough so that the author is not embarrassed by how sloppy things look. Or how poorly their original works would have sounded, if they hadn’t hired a professional ghostwriter.

Hire a professional ghostwriter or book editor, that’s the ticket. Or some other professional. Not just your next-door neighbor, your cousin or a “special friend.” For it’s true, if you get a sloppy, poor, risky, inadequate or outright crooked ghost – you won’t be happy. This can of course be due to sickness on your and/or the ghost’s part, or even a car wreck. It’s important to trust fully enough to not be taken in, but to not be oversuspicious. Life is an integral part of things.

Accidents happen. Computers blow up, spouses die, family fortunes sink overnight. The American and world economies matter. But, why be pessimistic about it? Life is too short. Things usually go quite well for any and every worthwhile ghostwriting services project. Even when you land the wrong ghost, rewriter or editor! Because fortunately, you can always hire a new ghost and then get much better work. Through the years, we’ve helped such clients get back on their writer’s feet, frequently. Check out a ghostwriter soon! Or for that matter, become one yourself and see what you can do.

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