A job lot - occupations from times gone by

This week’s article (more like a list) is another dive into my research with a little sidekick to the left. In other words, I started with looking for the job title of the guy who had to walk around lighting street lamps back in the 1800s (lamplighter) and was distracted by a whole raft of occupations no longer around. It started me thinking of the impact automation is having on our current economic situation and the rather obvious realisation that, of course, what goes around comes around. Just as lamplighters lost their jobs with the advent of electric streetlights so to do so many people today as algorithms, robotics, and automated processes change our workscape. Let’s look at a few examp

Book review: Fading by Cindy Cipriano

#bookreview Fading #author Cindy Cipriano Published by Clean Teen Publishing Leath Elliott is a seventeen-year-old competitive shooter living with her mother in Woodvine, North Carolina. Leath's father was killed in a tragic accident when she was fourteen, and her friend Victor Santana has been there for her every step of the way ever since. But the friendship starts to change when Victor develops deeper feelings for her. If that wasn't complicated enough, newcomer James Turner, an emancipated minor with a dark past, wanders into her sights. Leath is captivated by him and wonders if he might be the boy of her dreams - literally. Fading is the first book in an exciting new fantasy romance ser

How to start writing urban fantasy

Urban fantasy is a type of speculative fiction set in “real worlds” with fantasy elements. You might prefer storyline and characters that flirt with the paranormal. Perhaps you're more interested in Science Fiction or magic realism. Whichever genre you prefer, urban fantasy writers have it covered. If you'd like to try your hand and at writing in this genre, simply follow these step by step instructions to get started with your first urban fantasy novel or short story. 1. Location Choose a location that you relate to and know really well. Write down aspects of the setting that stand out in your mind. Bullet points are fine. Remember that this is fantasy, your location can be anywhere in the

Another year reached... 2019

Well, 2019 has been looming on our doorsteps for quite awhile. If you work in any kind of project planning type of industry, you're probably well into working toward deadlines that you can no longer put aside as being "next year". Both my day job and my writing are future-oriented so having finally made it to January awakens more of an growing dread at those deadlines inching their way toward me than any real excitement of a new year ahead. Add to all that, is the fact that in Australia it's bloody hot! I manged to squeeze a few days dedicated to solely to writing after an enforced two week break over Christmas and the New Year period and am happy to say I completed a slab of writing for my

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