Asexual Perspectives Print Edition – More Book for Your Buck!


After having problems with the typesetting of my Asexual Perspectives book, and not being able to edit the work of the original typesetter because he had used a programme called Latex, which you need to know how to code to use it; and being left with a PDF that was unpublishable due to the incorrect Prologue being in the book (it was omitted when it shouldn’t have been; and the wrong one added back in), and the TOC numbered incorrectly in two places and faulty source files with incorrect gaps throughout – after a few tearing out my hair sessions, I finally found a free PDF to word converter, here it is if you should need to use it https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-word so I could work on editing a previous version, without the gaps and correcting the mistakes, including a few grammar and spelling errors on my part too.

After painstaking months of working with the typesetter since January, and another 3 nights last week, working on all the issues, I am relieved that I could finally print this final 560 page book proof, before ordering a copy to check from Amazon, and then hitting the publish button to the world. It must have been edited well over 15 times, considering all the editing I did prior to the typesetting, and it has gone through a final proof read and edit these past two days, and I am doing the typing up of those as we speak. I love writing but all the book formatting stuff is tough!! I want to get back to my soul love of writing – yes, I said soul – because without writing in my life, my soul feels like it has a part of it missing. But I am also going to start doing online training courses too.

I have not tried Facebook Ads before, but I am going to with this book, when I have a copy in my hands and it is published. If you are a writer, have you ever tried Facebook Ads before? I did a high level marketing course last year, so going to use what I learnt in that for the AD. I feel a lot more confident doing this, as I am also a registered publisher under Quirky Books!

Making a full-time living out of writing, is my dream, and I really want to write more books for asexuals, as this is my huge specialist niche, so please wish me luck and a lot of sales with the AD!! With 560 pages of insights into asexuality and how asexuals survive in a sexualised world; and busting through many asexual myths and stereotypes about love, live and sex, including arousal and masturbation, it will be an intriguing read for both asexuals and non-asexuals alike!! It is told in the voices of 46 different asexuals around the globe and my own, and took me almost a year to interview for it and write it, so the readers are getting more book for their buck!! And an educational, humorous, journey too!!

As always, stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra xx

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ESCAPE! Inspirational/Emotional Poem By Sandra Bellamy


ESCAPE! Inspirational/Emotional Poem By Sandra Bellamy. Sometimes life does not go according to plan and people are not all they seem to be!! I am glad I found him out.

Character Crazy! A Writer’s Poem By Sandra Bellamy


Character Crazy! A Writer’s Poem By Sandra Bellamy. Are you a writer? Have any of your characters ever driven you crazy? If yes, then this poem is for you!! Can you relate? Comment below!! Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe!!!

Business Showcase South West – With Dragon’s Den Inspirational Investment Winner at only 18, Jordan Daykin !


Dragon's Den Winner!!
Me, Sandra Bellamy, with Jordan Daykin at BSSW, Dragon’s Den Investment Winner at 18 years old, in 2014!!

I recently went to the Business Showcase South West in Bristol #BSSW. There were lots of seminars throughout the day, including one that featured Jordan Daykin, who won investment from Deborah Meaden in the hit Entrepreneur TV Show Dragon’s Den! He was only 18 when he won that investment in 2014 – making him only 21 years now and his business GripIt – is now worth over £14,000,000. It was awesome to hear his inspirational story!!

I did a live 5 minute pitch to 2 people, to be a TedX Speaker about Asexuality at the next TedX Bristol event in November this year. I already applied with a 1 minute video pitch, 100 word pitch and a bio! And my application has not yet made it or been declined. If you don’t know what TedX is, it is a local Ted talk – or rather talk(s) on stage, on a particular subject that a person has experience or knowledge about – which often makes them seen as an expert. The last Bristol TedX in 2015, had all 1800 seats sold out and about 2000 attended. It is the biggest TedX talk in the UK and possibly in Europe. All speakers are voluntary and the money goes back into a bigger and better show for next time. If I got it, it would be truly life changing for both me and asexuals around the globe – especially since some Ted talks are viewed on YouTube in their thousands and millions. Keep your fingers, toes, and everything crossed, that I make the final cut!! Pitching to be a speaker continues until July – so I have to wait and see! I know at least I tried and will have no regrets as I have done all I can to get through, and although I think I will be good at speaking on stage, in front of that many people is something I will need to be brave to do – but I am a warrior, so it will all be good!! And let’s face it, I was born to be on stage really!! Just have to push myself to do it and go for it!!

If you want to try something in life and have been thinking about it for a while – I say, go for it!! Life is too short!! Keep writing and stay quirky – always xx

Oh and if you have not got a copy of my Asexual Perspectives book yet, you should!! It is great to know about all sexualities because you never know who you will meet that may be the love of your life and if they are Asexual, it is really important to understand them!!

BSSW Dragon’s Den Winner

Jordan Daykin With Alison Edgar – The Entrepreneur’s Fairy Godmother!!

 

 

Devon County Show! Technology Vs Crafts!


360 Immersion Experience in Radio Devon Marquee
Array of hand knitted poppies
Lots more Hand Knitted Poppies
My dad’s Dragon poker
Close up of my dad’s Dragon poker

On Thursday this week I went to the Devon County Show on the outskirts of Exeter; which is the city where I live in Devon, in the UK.

I would say it is predominantly crafts and countryside driven. Which means there are lots of crafters around. These poppies in the picture are all hand knitted but look so real. My dad is a retired blacksmith who does regular blacksmithing courses at the same place where the Devon County Show is held. He also enters the show’s blacksmithing competitions and this year he won a prize for his poker being chosen by Sophie – the Countess Of Wessex! Who is married to Prince Edward. He also got a second and third prize for other categories.

What I love about the Devon County Show, is that it shows off so much creative talent and skills, from art, to hand made soap and fudge; to the latest in technology; to outdoor clothing, spa pools and both indoor and outdoor furniture. It really is a mixture. The show is on for 3 consequetive days and it ends today.

I loved watching the screen of the guy with the headset on. He was in outer space in a 360 immersive experience, and he had to climb a ladder on the outside of the aircraft. A guy who was 80+ years old had a go on it after this guy, and did not want to stop!! 

So often crafts and technology are thought of as polar opposites; one bring artsy, the other more scientific. But both this and the other crafts, all require a great deal of creative thinking and action taking to produce the outcome. Someone still needs to create the virtual reality world. As a writer, I know what an enjoyable but sometimes painstaking experience the action taking can be. The experience of writing non-fiction, is not the painful part, but the editing, typsetting and everything else, can be tough. I am on the 3rd Typsetter for my Asexual Perspectives print version of my book!! I won’t be paying someone to format for me in ‘Latex’ in the future. #lessonlearnt

Write soon and stay quirky.

Sandra xx

How to Unleash the Kid in You! And Be More Powerful Beyond belief!


What if I were to tell you, that unleashing your inner kid is one of the best tools you can use in your life or business? That it can set you free from the things that are holding you back and that unleashing it could give you that new lease of life and freedom that you so richly deserve?

You are likely to have been conditioned from a young age to believe you need to be an ‘adult’, and you should always inspire to be an adult – but why? Some would argue because you become more responsible and make better decisions, but do you?

What I have discovered is that without unleashing your inner kid, you become less flexible; more stuck in ideas; more rigid, and more fearful of trying new things, or of criticism. This can cause mental torment and be extremely unhealthy in not allowing you to live your life – as your true, authentic self, and achieve your full potential so you can be very happy.

Kids try new things out; they explore; they ask lots of questions; they are curious about the world around them and not afraid to speak their mind. Think about how useful these skills are to your life and business? They will stop you stagnating. They will allow you the freedom to try a variety of things, including jobs, and maybe start your own business. They allow you to think for yourself, so you can stimulate your mind and come up with your own solutions to problems, so you can make more decisions, and learn from the challenges of those decisions – kids don’t worry about making mistakes, they just get on and do stuff!

These are the strategies I want you to take on-board, I want you to be that kid that never says never, that always believes in fairy tales and magic – that the impossible can become possible. But where you will benefit the most, is the action taking, the further knowledge, resources and experiences, that are available to you as an adult – combined with the relentless, no fear attitude, and an abundance of energy from the Kid within you, that always wants to inspire and try new things and is not worried about making mistakes but who wants to explore life and make their own mark in the world!

Are you up for the challenge? How do you embrace your inner kid?

Write soon and stay quirky.

Sandra xx

Disneyland Paris 21st Mindset Birthday Celebration! 25th Disneyland Paris Anniversary!



Last week I was at Disneyland Paris for my 21st Mindset Birthday and their 25th Anniversary!! I was completely at one with my soul – loved it!!

Check out my Disneyland shopping spree video!!

As always, stay quirky
Sandra xx