The latest issue of AWAI’s Barefoot Writer

In this issue:

* The Money Parachute That Transports Writers From Crisis to Opportunity

* How to Get Unstuck and Find Your Real Success

* Is Your Chief Writing Tool Slowly Killing You?

* Trading Joy for Joy (with Side Perks)

* The Ultimate Success Accelerator

* Building Up From Zero Confidence

Click here to read the August issue.

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The latest issue of Independent Healing 

In this issue: How physicians are protecting themselves and their families during the pandemic.

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I’ve done a fair number of things in my career that I’m proud of. I’ve also done a few that I’m trying to forget – but developing Rancho Santana, a resort community on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, is not one of them.

Click here to read some of the latest Rancho Santana news.

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“How to Bleed in the First Line” by James Altucher

“I like to study first lines,” James writes. “They have to be powerful: a few simple words that compel us to read the next 300 pages. How do the authors do it? How can I do it?”

He goes on to give us 12 of his favorites. A few examples:

* From The Stranger by Albert Camus: “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.”

* From 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez: “He’s facing the firing squad. How did he get there?”

* From Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: “All this happened, more or less.”

* From A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: “It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.”

* From Beloved by Toni Morrison: “124 was spiteful.”

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The latest issue of AWAI’s Barefoot Writer

In this issue:

* Write About Real-Life “Happy Endings” and Get Paid $1500 to $2000 per Project

* Celebrating the “Anti-Goal” Could Bring You Bigger Writing Wins More Often

* The Writer’s Freedom Ladder for More Sunny Days and Checks En Route

* The “Non-Salesy” Steps I Took to Grow My Case Study Work

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Fox 8, a novella by George Saunders

Fox 8 is an illustrated (line drawings by Chelsea Cardinal) story whose protagonist is a talking fox.

Saunders is a huge favorite of mine. His stories are emotionally compelling, darkly humorous, and wokely-smart. Formerly  a geophysical engineer, he has published four collections of short stories, the novel Lincoln in the Bardo (for which he won the Booker Prize), and a beautiful commencement speech: “Congratulations, by the Way – Some Thoughts on Kindness.”

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The latest issue of Independent Healing

What medical care is safe during the pandemic? In this issue, you’ll learn about the 8 kinds of medical appointments you may be able to skip until the coronavirus threat passes… and 4 types of care you should never delay.


* The one type of medical facility most likely to spread COVID-19

* 7 questions about coronavirus safety you should ask before going to an appointment

* The surprising coronavirus-Alzheimer’s connection

* If you have achy knees, you should never let your doctor give you this common treatment

* Contrary to what doctors have been saying for decades, eggs actually improve heart health

And much more…

Click here to read the July issue.

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