Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Book Review - October 2016

You Being Beautiful: The Owners Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty  is my October Sunday Book Review.  You may wonder why I selected this book. Well, after 18 months of outrageous comments on beauty and body image, I thought it was time to resurrect a book that really address healthy beauty. 

 Michael F. Rozien, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. dedicated this book- 

"To all who radiate outer beauty because
 they treasure inner beauty."

These  doctors prescribe measures for a healthier life which in turns makes for a happier you. If you are  healthy you radiate beauty. You don't need plastic surgery, expensive gym memberships, or costly creams and potions. You need to take care of yourself.

I recommend this book for everyone. It is a great read for busy parents and stressed out career couples. Placed this book in the bathroom or on your kindle. I promise, it inspires.

Below is the "Inner Beauty Quiz" link. It is  lure to entice you to read this book: Beauty Quiz

Click on the following links to check prices for copies of this book:  Ebay or Amazon

Fill your tub with bubble bath and read.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Be Strategic: Mind Map

Another tool for managing  a story, scene, chapter, blog, character, or planning a novel is "Mind Mapping." It is not outlining in the traditional sense. It doesn't require a writer to use Roman numerals, the alphabet, or Arabic numerals. The following link takes you to a site that demonstrates various types and uses of mind mapping.

 Mind mapping maintains status among management skills. It cuts through clutter for several Quality Process Improvement systems. It keeps a group of highly charged and motivated individuals on task.

Mind mapping tools are simple. A large white board, an erasable marker, and eraser works fine. My preference includes large "stickie" pads. Write you ideas down.  Paste them on a wall. You can move the parts around anytime in the writing process.

Mind Map Applications exist.

Google Play's mind maps on located on

Apple offers a wide selection of apps for mind maps at various prices for iphones, ipads, and iwatches.  Search in Apple Store for "Mind map apps."

Microsoft has several apps check out

Have a terrific idea,  can't wait to meet the rest of your characters, mind mapping helps with you get it down on paper.  Write a description about each of your characters at the moment of concept using a mind map. You can place the character in a character file for your current book or a future one.

Wake up in the middle of the night with a story idea. Map it.

Writers need tools to store and organize ideas. Mind Maps help authors write it down.