Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman

Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the HeartlandGitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the Heartland by Phil Hamman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This real crime non-fiction came to me through a co-worker, who occasionally suggests and loans me books to read. It’s about the murders in my state, bascially it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live, so entirely relevant.

Anyway, it follows the lone survivor of a horrible murder scene throughout the event, the aftermath, and how she was eventually able to move on and create a fulfilling life for herself.

As a fan of crime novels myself (having read a few), this one does read a little different, but still enjoyable, and like I said, it had relevance to myself and anyone from South Dakota or Iowa.

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners by Jason Ferrison

Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! (Acrylic Painting - Acrylic Painting ... Oil Painting for Beginners - How to Paint)Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! by Jason Ferrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So to be clear with this ebook, it was somewhat obvious that the author of this ebook does know about acrylic painting, however they don’t really know how to write about. Some of the grammar, spelling, and general writing pattern was just a bit off and in some cases made the writer seem less knowledgeable about their subject. (There were several uses of “apparently” that made the author appear less confident.)

Apart from the writing, this is a basic “how-to” for acrylic painting. For reference, I did have a painting class in college, and since then have been to several painting classes since then. From this perspective I did appreciate the information in this ebook.

There’s a chapter on the history of acrylic paints, one on practical supplies, one on techniques, another on tips, and so on. I found it to be a good starting point, though I doubt the validity of “mastering acrylic painting in 24 hours” in the title as this ebook would be enough to get you experimenting, but I doubt you would completely master anything in 24 hours.

Anyway, I did like it, it does have some good points, just remember this person knows more about acrylic painting than writing.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right away I can tell why this book is a classic. While it is specifically focused on war and war tactics, a lot of it (I would even say all of it) can be applied to anyone in a leadership position, or anyone in business.

Let’s back up a bit. This is an old book, like written originally in the B.C. era where not a lot of factual data can be found simply because it doesn’t exist or has decay to a point where it isn’t trustworthy. This book has existed in one form or another since then, and many other writers or authorities have added their comments to each new edition. Basically, there is some good information here, despite it being ancient.

Ok so it’s old, but it’s about war, right? Well, it’s about strategy, organizing your soldiers, keeping their loyalty, what to do in certain situations, knowing your enemy, and many other tips on how to win battles and the war. It’s about being a good general, or in more “general” terms: being a leader.

If you’re going into business, getting a promotion, or even just want something classical and quick to read, this is a brilliant book. I’ve got the Barnes & Noble version, and it is a very nice little book to carry around.

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7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short ebook about seven actions we do or don’t take as writers that could make or break a story’s success. Some things seem obvious, others not so much, but we’re all guilty of one or the other from time to time. I know I am.

This is a brief look into what writing is really about (not just the story), and some of things we writers forget about while we’re busy writing or being inspired. I connected with the time management “mistake” since I have a constantly fluctuation day job (shift work) and my time management skills fluctuate day by day accordingly. There are a few tips to help this, and that’s what I’m taking away and working on these days.

It’s a free, easy read, so take a look and see what “mistakes” you’ve been making.

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Life Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

Life Writer's GuideLife Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so this is not the step-by-step walkthrough of how to write a memoir, biography, or autobiography, but this does get you thinking about all the ways to write about your life (or someone else’s) and the legal technicalities you might approach.

For instance, writing about someone famous may be difficult because you might need permission from them or their estate to even begin writing or researching them. writing about people you know can be tricky also, you’ll need their permission in some instances, and then ethics come into play. How much about them can you actually write about?

This ebook does get into the differences of writing each type of non-fiction biographic work, such as what makes a memoir different from a biography, and how not to make them boring to read. It really is a nice little ebook to have if you are thinking of writing such things. Even if all you want to do is keep track of your family’s stories for the family tree, this ebook is very helpful.

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Meet a Jerk, Get to Work: How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero by Jaqueline Girdner

Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero by Jaqueline Girdner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked the though processes behind the idea of this book. This is plot solver, or even story if you think about it hard enough.

The basic idea thrown out in this little ebook by author Jaqi Girdner, is that there are Murders and Murder Victims for your story plots in everyday life. I’ll give an example. Say that someone cuts you off badly in heavy traffic. That someone’s an butthead, and now your murder victim. That’s it in a very basic way, but you can take it further. Bullys, generic jerks you know in your life, or even something that’s happened to friends or family when someone exclaims “I could have killed him!”.

The author obviously explains better how to take these situations and turn them into real life page turners, but it’s still a really neat idea. I’m glad I read it.

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Ways to Make Extra Money Writing by Kerrie McLoughlin

Ways to Make Extra Money Writing: How I Make $2K Per Month Part-TimeWays to Make Extra Money Writing: How I Make $2K Per Month Part-Time by Kerrie McLoughlin

This is not a how to ebook, not at all. Basically, the author talks about what she does (writing parental advice) and where she writes it. It’s a list of blogs, magazines, and other websites where she writes in very specific niches.

Some websites are a little broader, she does mention the website Fiverr.com, but mostly its parenting advice specifically. If you’re interested in the niche, its a neat little ebook with some information on who to contact to expand your repertoire. If not, well there’s not going to be much help in this little ebook.

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