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Old 11-05-2019, 01:01 PM   #121
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Congrats Al on all of your success. I have 2/3 Best Sellers (in my head) and am contemplating about starting my first novel. I know the world is full of unfinished 1 chapter books and am a little weary about adding to them.
Is there any advice you can give to someone just starting out about layout or any aspect you consider important ? Any advice is appreciated. Thank You in advance :-)
A few years ago I was where you are now.

I suggest you take a look at my How to Write shelf on GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/lis...te&sort=rating

These are particularly good:



I have a rule: Once I start writing, I must finish writing the book. Several of my books wouldn't have been finished without that rule. Outlining will help you know whether the book will work before you start writing.

Those books should inspire you. Good luck!
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:22 AM   #122
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I appreciate the timely response and the suggestions. I will absolutely take a look. I actually just finished doing a rough sketch outline. I keep having different “scenes” pop into my head and feel I have a story to tell. As you know, the trick is to make those “scenes” into a cohesive story. One, where someone will find interesting enough, to want to read. It kind of brings a whole new meaning of getting into your head. Lol
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:35 PM   #123
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Hi,

I am blogging about early retirement in Sweden. There are some challenges: High costs of living, lower "top salaries", high taxes. Nevertheless, it is possible!

The biggest difference is that pension from the Swedish state has to be a building block of your plan. This is the case in many countries, so hopefully what I write will be helpful for many of you.

You find the link to my blog under my user profile ->

Check it out: www.plan-g.se!contact info.
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Old 11-20-2019, 12:18 PM   #124
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Al, what software program do you when writing ?
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:21 PM   #125
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Al, what software program do you when writing ?
Sorry for the delay! I use and recommend Scrivener. Here's an article I wrote about it:

https://danalatorre.com/2016/01/19/a...drive-ms-word/
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:27 PM   #126
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I have read about Scrivener. I can see how it can be helpful in keeping things organized.
No worries about the delay. I fully understand the very real struggle for time.
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Some christmas sketches..

This is a set of off-the-cuff christmas songs i've made the last couple years. Maybe someday i'll make a christmas album with more polished versions. For now , I hope you enjoy them such as they are. Cheers! i'm not smart enough to get the playlist to embed directly. if you know how. let me know and i'll fix it

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...AvIz85RHrnSFcv
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Damn! Al Macy is killin' it over here! Nice job!

I get together on Sundays from 11AM-4PM for a free jam with my friends. We record everything. It's always something different, but here's an improvised live track from a couple of weeks ago....

https://soundcloud.com/tedprice/blind-edit-free-jam
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Old 02-02-2020, 10:33 AM   #129
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I get together on Sundays from 11AM-4PM for a free jam with my friends. We record everything. It's always something different, but here's an improvised live track from a couple of weeks ago....

https://soundcloud.com/tedprice/blind-edit-free-jam
Phenomenal beat on the tunes you have here:

https://soundcloud.com/tedprice

I'm always interested in what it is about a tune makes you start tapping your foot, etc, within one or two beats. Whatever it is, you've got it.

How do you make those? Instrumentation? All sampling? Great stuff!
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:21 PM   #130
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Phenomenal beat on the tunes you have here:

https://soundcloud.com/tedprice

I'm always interested in what it is about a tune makes you start tapping your foot, etc, within one or two beats. Whatever it is, you've got it.

How do you make those? Instrumentation? All sampling? Great stuff!
Thanks Al! I wish I were as prolific as you. I've been doing this since I was a teenager, so I've had a lot of practice. I'm a keyboard player by training. it's not my career, just a major hobby.

It's obviously a mixed bag. Regarding rhythm, some songs use samples, others are live drums, some use drum machines. It's usually a combination of those things. The music on my site spans many years, so it covers a lot of different musical styles and recording technologies. Playing live is my favorite.

Most of it I do at home with my friends. Here's a picture of my studio...
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:08 PM   #131
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I published my next book. This will probably be my last, because the editing and publishing stuff is getting to be too much like work. In any case, I'm going to take a break.

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Great job Al,
The cover makes you want to read it.
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A short acoustic tune I learned last week by jazz drummer Paul motian

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Old 12-08-2020, 03:51 AM   #135
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Hi all,

I just want to present my blog about FIRE.
I live in Belgium and keep detailed data on my portfolio and plans to FIRE.

https://roadtriptofire.com/

Especially if you are interested in EuropeFIRE its worth checking it out!
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I'd forgotten about this thread, but here's an update.

Last September my daughter and I published "Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence" through ChooseFI Media. It's my second book, her first, and our first through ChooseFI. We also recorded the audiobook (in our own voices) with our back&forth format of telling stories around the kitchen table.

The foreword was written (and spoken) by JL Collins of "The Simple Path To Wealth." We talked about that after I saw his daughter Jessica's presentation at FI Chautauqua 2019.

As always, I'd suggest seeking it at your local library. There are six copies in the Hawaii State Public Library System, and I'm sure more libraries across the Mainland have followed suit.

If you're planning to buy then it's at the usual places:
https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Money...dp/B08C9G4LXC/
Barnes &Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rai...ner/1137285243
Wal-Mart seems pretty expensive:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Raising-Y...6127/816565775

In audiobook, it’s finally out on Audible as well as Google Play:
https://www.audible.com/pd/Raising-Y...qid=1610555905
https://play.google.com/store/audiob...AQAAAEAc-Gy4YM

Sales have been gratifyingly brisk. The book earned out its editing & printing costs in only two months and it's been carrying its weight in the ChooseFI catalog. It'll be interesting to see how the audiobook sales compare to the other formats, because I think audio will outsell everything else combined.

Carol, her spouse, and I post occasional updates at childFIRE.com. Our granddaughter is collecting the whole set...
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I'd forgotten about this thread, but here's an update.

Last September my daughter and I published "Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence" through ChooseFI Media. It's my second book, her first, and our first through ChooseFI. We also recorded the audiobook (in our own voices) with our back&forth format of telling stories around the kitchen table.



Sales have been gratifyingly brisk. The book earned out its editing & printing costs in only two months and it's been carrying its weight in the ChooseFI catalog. It'll be interesting to see how the audiobook sales compare to the other formats, because I think audio will outsell everything else combined.

Carol, her spouse, and I post occasional updates at childFIRE.com. Our granddaughter is collecting the whole set...


Congrats! Thanks for the update.
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Thanks to MichaelB for pointing me to this thread! I just joined the forum and my intro post is here.

I've been writing The Next Phase is NOW blog since I retired at 47 last year from my 23 year career in biotech. I wasn't entirely sure where it would go when I got started, for sure. It has turned out to be a really useful tool for me to document and process all the changes that have come on my FIRE journey. I hope that others on the path will find use in my experiences shared, irrespective of their own timeline.
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My good friend of nearly thirty five years and I recently started a YouTube channel and podcast called "Two Sides of FI". We're both 47 years old living in the US - one in California and one in Maine. I have achieved my FI target and retired early, and he is still a few years away.

This isn't another "how to" show! Our belief is that because we know each other so well, we can have really candid conversations about our respective FIRE journeys. Given our different backgrounds and personalities, there are many differences in our approaches and perspectives despite the many things we have in common.

I hope you'll consider checking us out! Our first five episodes are now available, along with shorter Highlight videos if you prefer that. We believe we've got something different and compelling to offer, and hope you will agree. We welcome feedback on how to make our channel even better for the community. Thank you!

Two Sides of FI:
https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoSidesOfFI (YouTube)

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...i/id1560745986 (Apple Podcast)

https://open.spotify.com/show/0tTwIf...Qf-3p3lt6bkcwA. (Spotify Podcast)
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