About me


I am a self-published Author of Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work – An A-Z ‘How To’ Guide and How To Get Started With Twitter For Absolute Beginners, Get Going and Get Growing, A Step-By-Step Guide – On Amazon Kindle. My huge passion for writing knows no bounds and I am currently working on another two books for differences audiences. 
I am a Social Media Trainer and Business mentor, retail specialist, T-Shirt designer/seller and an Embrace Your Quirky/Authenticity ‘Quirky Coach’/Advisor. I created my Own Embrace Your Quirky Philosophy to finally over come depression in 2012 without medication. I had been depressed throughout most of my life up until that point – I used to hate my life and not want to be here and was in tears quite a lot. Now I love my life, and love living my way, to the max! My philosophy is all about being your truth authentic self regardless of what anyone else says, thinks or does.
I am also an ambassador for asexuality and my mission is to spread awareness of asexuality around the globe to get it recognised as a sexual orientation in it’s own right so that asexuals never have to live in fear of ridicule ever again. I design and sell Asexual T Shirts, provide educational videos on my Asexualise my Asexual Life YouTube Channel, and also offer coaching/mentoring and other services to asexuals. I run the Asexual Business, Gurus and Entrepreneurs Group on Facebook and have a site with Products, Resources and Services for asexuals at www.asexualise.com. I am currently working on my first non-fiction book about asexuality called – ‘Asexual Perspectives. Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Diversity’ and interviewing asexuals around the globe for it. I have had an amazing response so far and it will change lives.
I love writing, informing, educating, inspiring and learning. My mission is to create products and services to enhance people’s Personal and Professional Development, all the while embracing their quirky. I am looking forward to one day being an inspirational speaker on stage in London and to having my own e-book store with many different books on it – I already own the store and after the last 3 years training I am now creating my books to go on it and Amazon.
How It All Began

I got my first job working for the Totnes Times as a Data Input Clerk.  It was through that role that my passion for writing blossomed.

Although my main job was to type up copy, I was more interested in creating news stories.  I remember the editor asked me to go out on location for one story about why two girls were in Victorian costume.  Another time she asked me to conduct an interview over the telephone for a sporting event and she used an idea I had for another story.  Even though I didn’t get credit for any of these, I knew I must have something special for her to use these stories and that boosted my confidence no end.

Unfortunately, it was a part time job which hardly covered the costs of my transport.  It wasn’t long after, I got a different job, nearer to where I lived in Exeter.  It was in retail and I have worked in retail for over 17 years since then.

During my 17 career in retail, I have learnt a lot about selling and have worked my way up from being a part-time sales assistant to being in management for over 7 years. In my management roles, I interviewed, recruited, trained and coached staff. I have been made redundant twice and still worked my way back up the ladder. So I feel I am in a unique position to be able to offer help to others who have been made redundant to get back into work. Which is why I created my book, that will be available to buy on Amazon soon. It is called Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy to get back into work and is an A-Z ‘How to’ guide. What makes it a quirky book,  is the fact I have crossed over two genres, an A-Z guide with a ‘How-to’ book. That to my knowledge, has never been done before. It also takes a holistic approach to redundancy, treating the inner being, and getting back to the roots of what you were born to do, before dealing with the practicalities, such as job applications and interviews.

At the end of 2011, I took a year out from my career in retail to focus on my writing and setting up my own business called Beat Redundancy Blues to help people who are redundant or unemployed to get back into work.

During this time I completed two business courses, gained a PTTLS Level 4 teacher/trainer qualification and an IAG – Information Advice and Guidance Level 4 Diploma, along with several Adobe courses. In October 2012, I decided to return to a day job in retail, working as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist for John Lewis. I use the money from this job to pay for bills whilst working on my two businesses in the evenings and on my days off.

I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery for the Recovery Learning Community, that is for people with mental health difficulties, their family, friends and carers who support them.

My redundancy website: http://www.beatredundancyblues.com It is an invaluable resource for anyone who is:

  • Redundant from their job
  • Currently job seeking
  • Looking for work for whatever reason
  • Wanting a change of career
  • Lacking in direction
  • Wanting motivation and inspiration

I am pleased to announce that beatredundancyblues has already won a Special Recognition Award:

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On July 20th, 2013, I officially launched www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk. It is similar in content to the .com version, with access to Job Sites, Recruitment Sites and Courses Sites from within the one site and has top blogs posts from other recruitment sites on the home page – helping you even more!!

My second business: I am changing my quirkybooks.net website into a much more attractive website with an e-Book store to publish my own books.

Check out my redundancy blog at www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

Follow me on Twitter: @quirkybooksnet or http://twitter.com/beatredundancyb

Like me on Facebook: facebook.com/quirkybooksnet or facebook.com/beatredundancyblues

Happy writing

Sandra

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166 thoughts on “About me

    1. Oh Patty, I am very happy to accept the award, thank you so much. It’s just for an official acceptance in the form of a post, I am about a year behind with my blog award nominations. I may have to disregard some rules and just nominate a few people with each of the awards I have received, otherwise, it will be hard for me to ever catch up xx

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    1. Hi Keeppicturing. Thank you so much for nominating me and for saying I am a good soul. I am thrilled and accept it with open arms. Although I have received this award before, I am always happy to receive it again. I appreciate any and all awards that I receive, because it means that people have taken time out of their busy day to think about me and my blog. I am really behind with officially accepting blog awards at the moment. Months behind, in fact, but I do intend one day to catch up on all of them. Thanks once again and congratulations to you for receiving the award in the first place..

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    1. Hi Emily, thanks so much for stopping by and following this blog. Even more thanks for your confidence, support and kind words about me. I am thrilled that you find me an inspiration and like the quirky me. You have made my night and day more special and happy.

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    1. Hi, you are very welcome. It’s a pleasure to meet you too, it would be amazingly great to stay connected. I am happy to welcome you to my wonderful world of quirky. You sound like an awesome and quirky person, who is full of life, love it.

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  1. Hi Sandra, I received 2 award nominations within the past week and decided to participate this time. In my acknowledgement / nomination section, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award due to the way you strive for success, your great info and solid community. You inspire me. Take a look when you get a moment and thanks for all your great work! http://quickmeups.com/2014/07/15/lovely-inspiring-blog-awards Thanks for supporting, take care!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marjma, I am blessed by your kind and caring words. How lovely that you call my blog inspiring; that’s great. Thanks for joining my community, it’s an absolute pleasure that you are part of it.

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    1. Awesome, I am glad you like my site. All feedback is welcome and if there is anything specific you are looking for please let me know. If I can help, I will. Otherwise, enjoy, and I look forward to speaking to you more.

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      1. Hi. I am very interested in you doing a guest blog post for me. My Author Interview with Ian Kane will be posted on Monday 26th of May as I have a few other posts I need to do before then. I would be interested in your guest post after that. If you could let me know what you would like to do a guest post on, that would be great. (Your travels of something else?) Please email it to me at quirkybooks.net@quirkybooks.wordpress.com

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      2. I stay up way too late, 2am most nights and I have to be up just after 7.30am for my day job. I am away from my desk for a couple of evenings this week, though, and have to prepare for my Author Interview with Ian Kane on Monday. No rush.

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  2. Hope all is well. Just thinking of you! I haven’t been able to connect as much with my fast pace travels through Australia and New Zealand, but know that I think of you and hope you are well.
    Jess

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    1. Hi Jess, lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your heart warming comments that have made me feel great. As usual, I am busy too. I am currently working on the final amendments of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book. I am off to London next week to The Business Show. I made some fantastic contacts there last year and I hope to do the same again this year.

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    1. Bless you and thank you so much. I gratefully accept the award with happiness in my heart. I am on a blog nomination break for now until February/March next year, due to being ill at the moment and having a book deadline. I have to finish it by the 20th of January but I will definitely do a post. Thanks once again. I am thrilled.

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      1. I am self-publishing on Amazon actually. Publishing houses usually use their own illustrators, whereas I can choose my own and she is great. My illustrator has done the e-Book cover but needs my book complete for the printed book cover. She needs to move on to other projects and her fairly new job requires more time than before, hence the deadline.

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      2. I am still learning about the publishing process on Amazon as I have never done it before. I am finding it a challenge because there is a lot to it. At the moment, inbetween resting, I am re-editing and re-working half of the book that I have already typed up. Amazon have a specific format that one has to use. If I am in a lot of pain from being ill, then I can’t do any work on my book. My book is called – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work – An A-Z How to guide. It’s unique and quirky because it looks at many different aspects of redundancy, including holistically and I am mixing 2 genres an A-Z guide and a How to book. I don’t think that, has been done before. When I finish constructing my quirkybooks.net e-Book store, it will be available to buy on there too. That will not happen until after its release on Amazon and I am hoping to do a blog book tour first.

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      3. Wow, your book sounds great! Mixing 2 genres must have been a challenge. What made you want to do that? Creative! I can’t wait to check it out when it releases. I would love for you to do a blog tour of the book when it is published. I can’t wait to hear more about it. Redundancy is definitely a hot topic. So you work for yourself I take it?

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      4. I love being quirky and different. My whole point of my writing is to express myself and my quirkiness in a way that benefits others. I like to read something different and my motto is – Read the difference. I also much prefer writing to reading – In fact, I didn’t used to like reading. – A bit of a shock for a Writer, I know. I am usually a slow reader and that is why it used to bore me. Nowadays, I like reading self-help, business and how too books. (Plus kids picture books.) Those are the genres I love to write. I find those books are much easier to read because of the ease of structure and length of chapters. I thought an A-Z guide would be a brilliant idea for a How To book because readers have got 26 ways or concepts of doing something, in an easy to read step-by-step how to guide. I am currently working on the exact layout/style as I am re-editing/re-working on the book. Let me know if you wanted to help me out with the tour. I am off sick from my main job at the moment. I work full-time in John Lewis. 5 days a week but I have been off sick since the 5th of December when I was taken to Bristol hospital. I am at home now but have to rest a lot more and don’t have as much energy as normal and have some unpleasant symptoms. Eating is a problem. I am also a self-employed Tutor part-time and my book publishing will be self-publishing so on a self-employed basis too.

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      5. Wow, sounds like you have your plate full with everything you are doing. Very ambitious! I love that you are pursuing your dreams, and part of that involves you celebrating your differences, being different, and the quirkiness of it all! You go girl! You will inspire so many people through the process. Thanks for giving me an insight into your life and all that you do.
        If you think I could help out with the Tour let me know! I’m sure I would be helpful, but if you think I could be, then by all means!
        Enjoy the rest of the weekend and Merry Christmas.
        -Jessica

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      6. Merry Christmas Jessica. You will definitely be able to help with the book tour by doing an interview with me or something similar if you would like? The tour will be after it is published. I have had a break from writing it on Christmas day but realised when I was writing it, that it is 26 ways to break down the barriers of redundancy and that it will most likely be more than 26 barriers it tells people how to break. One of the presents I got for Christmas was a writing journal. Thanks for wanting to know more about me and my writing, I love talking about it. Happy Boxing Day.xx

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      7. Merry Christmas to the future! It’s Christmas day here in Canada! I am happy to learn more about what you are doing! Enjoy the break from writing and take the time to be with you friends and family.
        Talk soon,
        Jessica

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      8. Hi Jessica, a belated Happy Christmas and thanks for your interest in my writing ventures. The day after boxing day I was editing my manuscript. I was signed off sick by the doctor again yesterday, not good but at least I can rest and write when I can. Happy new year for tonight/tomorrow.

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  3. Hi Sandra, I know how busy you are but I wanted you to know that I’ve nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award. Don’t worry about getting to it, just know the sentiment in which I send it to you and to say how much I appreciate you. Hope you are feeling better… x
    Here is the link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/12/10/just-imagine-a-beautiful-sisterhood-award-part-two/ Congratulations!

    I’ve also done my acceptance post for The Blog of the Year Award 2013 and again, thanks so much for thinking of me, it means a great deal.
    http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/12/10/going-out-in-style-blog-of-the-year-award-2013/

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    1. Thanks so much for the blog award sherri. I am thrilled, it’s a new award for me and I really appreciate the sentiment and feeling. I will do a post next year but it will probably be February or March when I get round to it. When I release my book, I am hoping to do a blog book tour or interviews at the very least.

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      1. You richly deserve it Sandra and you are so very welcome! It is a new award for me too and such a thrill to receive it and then share it with you! No worries, just get to it as soon as you can. I understand!

        When you are ready to release your book let me know as I would love to be able to support you and participate in your blog book tour 🙂

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      2. Thanks for the offer to participate in my blog book tour, I will gladly take you up on that offer. I think it will start in February. I will let you know nearer the time. Thanks so much.xx

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    1. Bless you, thank you so much. I will gratefully accept it. I am very behind with my award nominations so it may be a while before I do them. I am off work sick at the moment and have to rest regularly. Thanks for nominating me, it has cheered me up.

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    1. I am so excited, it is my first award of this kind for this year. I am absolutely thrilled that you have chosen my blog and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am behind with my award nominations but I intend to catch up with each of them during this month. Thanks so much.

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      1. Yay! I’m excited for you 🙂 You deserve it!! No worries, there’s no rush. I’m behind too, so I know the feeling. Good luck and can’t wait to read more of your blog 🙂

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  4. Hello! I just found your blog through Sherri’s “One Lovely Blog” post. I have had a lot of different titles in my life too. I have followed your blog and I look forward to reading your posts. 🙂

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    1. Hi Sherri, thanks so much for the award and for your lovely words, that is so kind of you, I am thrilled. I will pop by your blog and officially accept it in the next week as I am prepping for teaching in the evenings for Monday. I am way behind with officially accepting blog awards on my blog by doing a post about them. I intend to catch up with this in December. Daisy is booked in to the vets for a check-up tomorrow morning. The week after next I have got teaching again on one of my days off and the other day off a volunteer Health Buddy meeting.

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      1. Ahh, you are so welcome Sandra, I know you are so busy so no problem, there is no rush at all 🙂

        I hope all goes well with Daisy tomorrow and all your busy days ahead…

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      2. Thanks for understanding. Finally Daisy is on the mend. Her stitches are dissolving and her skin is healing nicely. She had been jumping and rushing around again. I am a bit behind with everything at the moment. I still intend to share you redundancy story but I am not sure when. Things didn’t run smoothly for teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery on Monday and so I have to re-do some of this week’s session plan.

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  5. Any friend of Ute’s is a friend of mine. Especially positive folks like dear Ute. My photography blog is http://www.throughharoldslens.com. We hope you will come visit us and join our journeys. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best. Harold

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  6. Dear San, Gone through your new website and it feels good to tell you it’s splendid, your profile ditto. Thumbs up to you, I tell you, dreams are a big part of our lives and you must do whatever it takes to make them a reality. Don’t ever stop dreaming! Don’t ever stop wanting what’s right for you!

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      1. I have just been creating a new News And Inspiration page for http://www.beatredundancyblues.com and I looked at the guestbook and I apologise that it isn’t working properly. There is a problem with the database configuration. I have had to remove it for now. Thanks for letting me know. I have got a blog on http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk and any posts or pages can be commented on. In fact I have just published a new post on there http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk/sell-yourself-to-yourself/ I hope you enjoy it.

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      2. Just gone through. Splendid work, especially considering the practical steps you outlined.

        Keep the ball rolling, San. You can never know how many lives you’re touching for good.

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      1. Your most welcome dear. 🙂
        There are certain rules in accepting this award.
        1. Display the award logo on your blog.

        2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

        3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your Word Press experience and family

        4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

        5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love

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  7. I wanted to tell you on here rather than my blog. I had a date yesterday (7th) and … well … I hope others are better than that 😆 She suggested the place and then proceeded to tell me she knew of it because another date told her it was there. She even told me what she had there with him. And of other men she was chatting to. hehe. Oh well, one down millions to go 😉

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    1. I don’t mind you writing on here, I just hope you know these comments can be seen by others. If she was chatting about other men like that she is probably either insecure or a bit up herself and basically not listening to or taking an interest in you. You are so better off without her. Your 7th, wow! you are doing so well. In the early part of last year when I was looking for someone I tried e-Harmony and no one was suitable. I never met anyone in person. A waste of time I think. I realised I was happier being single so have celebrated just that. Maybe you should do a post to some of your bloggers, asking them to apply to date you. You have a lot of ladies following you.

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      1. 😆 No, I meant yesterday was the 7th It was my first date. And the only person to talk to me on there. I tried chatting with several, but they don’t answer, she was the only one that did. I don’t mind this being seen by others, she just knows where my blog is. She did a search for my username on there which was kattermonran and of course found my blog. So I’ve changed it now 😉 It’s now Mr_Mondrak

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      2. My name used to be Mondrak, and my email address is mondrak. I couldn’t use that as it said it was the same as my email address, so I added the Mr before 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, I am absolutely thrilled to be getting my number 2 of this award. It is a deep and meaningful award and it means a lot that you have chosen to give it to me.

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      1. You’r very welcome. You deserve this! Hope you receive the award as you absolutely deserve this! Your blog is very interesting, and I love reading your posts. Best regards! Have a nice day 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the Tag. I am seeing my mum for Easter at the moment and have a busy few days coming up but I will get around to answering and nominating soon. Happy Easter.

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  8. Many moons ago I’ve done many things. The passion to write has never left. And for two years of so the blogging community that I have become in contact with entertain and inspire me.

    Good luck in all you do. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks so much. I am glad that writing has never left your soul. Writing is a part of me and to not write would to not be me. There is certainly many talent blog writers out there with bundles of talent. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for the Award. I have been poorly with a chest infection for a month and have a little catching up to do where awards are concerned but I definitely accept and will give my official acceptance speech and nominations before the end of this month. I am so honoured and very much appreciate this award. I am thrilled. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      I was recently awarded a Special Recognition Award for beatredundancyblues. A great moment.

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  9. Hello Sandra,

    I know it is the 13th of January, but I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success, especially with your publication endeavors. I can feel that you are heading towards some light, so I hope it is a good sign for your bright writing career. 🙂

    Finally, I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Sandra.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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    1. Thanks Subhan, that’s so lovely of you. Do you see light because you are a bit of a psychic or because you are a very positive person? You always write from the heart and are not afraid to show your emotions, that’s what makes your posts so lovely as well as you as a person. Your posts do not disappoint, they are lovely.

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      1. Psychic? ah, no, hehe. 🙂 I once heard that gifted people are given the gift of the vision, the gift of the hearing, and the gift of the gab. I met someone who was given the gift of the hearing as he keeps hearing angels talking to him, and he makes prophecies of my future and some of them have taken place already. We kept talking about this in our national language, Indonesian, and I got so excited when he told me something’s gonna happen, which do happen eventually. My ex girlfriend has the gift of the vision as she could see people’s aura, and sometimes the spiritual beings I cannot see. And someone told me that I have the gift of the gab. However, while the truth for the first two cases is undeniable, I must say that I do not succumb to the the third assertion. I appreciate what she said, but I think I am still far away to be said being given the gift of the gab.

        The only thing that I can tell is that I can ‘feel’ something is going to happen, and in some cases that truly happens. It is like the inner voice that I have in my heart. So ‘see’ may not be the right word choice in there, sorry about that. I didn’t see anything, but I could feel something good is going to happen to you, with your book publication. So I keep my fingers crossed for you. Hope this clarifies, Sandra.. 🙂

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      2. I have the gift of the gab and I am proud of it. Writing is talking on paper, I love to talk and I love to write, so it’s all awesome. I really hope your feeling is right, I am waiting to hear back from a publishing company but they have been taken over by another company and I am waiting for their answer on my title but I am changing my quirkybooks.net website into an e-Book store this year and have got a book that is two thirds done in draft form so that should be out to buy sometime later this year. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I really appreciate your support.

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      3. Hi Sandra, I am sure they won’t notice our conversation here, I guess a bit of frankness doesn’t do any harm, so with the publishing house that’s being taken over, I have in good faith that you were referring to Penguin being acquisitioned by Random House, hehe. 😉 but whatever the publishing house is, I keep my fingers crossed for you that your book deserves publication and will serve well for humanity. 🙂

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      4. Ah! Bless you. No not Random House. It’s a book about redundancy so non-fiction and will help others. I don’t want to say to much for tempting fate. I have another redundancy book that I am currently working on for my e-Book store.

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      5. Thanks for you well wishes. I was trying not to temp fate but then when Diana from Twitter Tweeted that I was an author needing a break, to all her followers, I asked if she would mind telling my potential publisher that and then she asked me to explain more and wants to seriously help me. After figuring I could do with any help I can get, I decided to tell her.

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  10. You are very advanced in thinking. It can be seen from your career and how you set up your own company. It is not easy to run a company, is not it?. When I started my company, I just think, that my company is not a lot of competitors, difficult to imitate, and can survive for 10 years. I am sure you will continue to open more and more companies. You have a lot of experience …. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Hilal for your kind comments and support. Although I have been blogging for a while I am still in the start-up phase with changing my website quirkybooks.net into an e-Book store in the coming months.

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      1. Awww we hope you feel better real soon! Hopefully your gift will cheer you up when it arrives 😀 I have received your email, I shall post it this afternoon so it will hopefully come real quick 😀 xx

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