What NOT to write to cancer patients – please

Having had cancer twice myself, I cringe sometimes at the comments well-meaning people write on social media to a friend or acquaintance who is “battling” cancer. Encouraged by the tabloid media who love to dramatise cancer even more than it deserves, with “gruelling treatments,” “terrifying surgery,” “fighting for their life” and other exaggerated clichés, commenters tend to turn someone’s cancer journey into World War 3.

how not to write to cancer survivors

Much as the media love these terms, we cancer survivors never talk about “cancer-free” or “all-clear.” With cancer, you learn never to think “never.”

Some comments that may not do as much good as you’d like, and why …

“You’re strong – you’ll beat it!” Unfortunately cancer doesn’t discriminate about who it hits – it can occur in the fittest of athletes as easily as it can in someone who is physically weak. [Read more…]

New authors on Black Friday: get your book published professionally

**Do you have a superb idea for a book, but don’t know how to go about writing and producing it?
**Does writing a book seem a lovely idea, but such a large project is a bit scary – especially if it’s your first one?
**Or … do you want to start a bit smaller with one or more booklets – and/or eBooks – to establish yourself and your credibility with a lesser commitment (and reduced cost?)

Get your book written and published - without the scams

That wonderful feeling when your new book is actually published and out there…me with my latest. (And over-bleached hair – apologies.) Photo by Kate Everall .

**Do you wonder if there’s an audience for your book idea, and how to tailor it to appeal?
**Have you explored the idea of using a book publishing service but been scared off by publishing scammers? (And there are many…)

The help you need to write your book and get it out there

The bad news, is that writing a book today just adds to the millions of books out there all fighting for attention on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other online outlets, plus the few large bricks-and-mortar outlets that still manage to keep their heads above water.

The good news, is that there are now several more ways to publish a book and none of them carry the old-fashioned stigma of “vanity publishing.” [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving, USA!

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Thanksgiving greetings

 

Be careful when carving the turkey…Cartoon about Thanksgiving

 

And don’t go too wild on Black Friday!

Thanksgiving article

 

 

What to write to someone who is depressed

This article is not about the professionals’ answers on how to deal with depression. It’s about how we as ordinary people should react when faced with a friend or family member who is dealing with it: the professionals are the next step, if necessary. In the meantime, how can we help our friend appropriately?

How to handle depression in a friend

The most important thing to your friend at this point is just to know you’re there for them

What about your initial response to a friend who is depressed?

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Bid writing – not as scary as you think

One of these days you may be asked to write a bid, whether you work in the commercial world, the public sector or even the third sector. Here we welcome bid writing expert Nicola Gordon-Thaxter CP APMP of NGT Associates Ltd, who shares her top tips with us now… 

Bid writing tutorial

Message from the President of the United States, to the two houses of Congress at the commencement of the first session of the Thirtieth Congress, December 7, 1847…

**Are you a small business owner who has to bid for new or existing contracts?
**Do you find it daunting, time consuming, perhaps a little bit scary?
**Bidding can be all of these things at times but you still have to win new work, right?

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Why English is a lunatic language – listen, learn and laugh

Have you ever tried to explain to a non-native English speaker how pronunciations in English are, er, a little difficult to understand?

English language humour

I’m just going to stop here and let you laugh as hard as I did when I first listened to this…

Here follows the most delightful and funny exposé of English language lunacy that I’ve heard in a long time.

English language lunacy only needs a short introduction

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