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How to whip writers block and procrastination into shape – take the challenge!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

This month I’ve been taking part in NaNoWri challenge – 50, 000 words in a month, via the Harlequin site.

Never mind that I started late. I’m there now and clocking up words on my new idea for a romance novel.

Working with a group of like-minded people, even if they are all on-line, is incredibly, incredibly motivating and encouraging.

The other thing that works well for me is rewarding successes – and offering myself bribes.

My first bribe was a scented candle when I reached 10,000 words.

Now my next bribe will be a massage when I’ve made 20,000 words – only (she says optimistically) 6160 words to achieve this reward.

I’d like to achieve by the end of this NaNoWri challenge. So what with four days left that leaves 1540 words a day, maybe 770 in the mornings and the same in the evenings to pace myself. She says have devoured the eBook Daily Rituals (which is a brief analysis of some of the world’s best known and loved authors. A great read – very encouraging on so many levels.

I could stretch it to 25,000 then I’d achieve the huge psychological challenge of attaining the halfway mark to a completed book – but with only four days left and a lot happening in my personal life I don’t want to set myself up to fail.

What are your favourite ways of whipping writers block and/or procrastination into shape?

Don’t wait – create a great job

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Saturday 06 Feb 2010

It’s a ballsy move starting a business when you’re young,” a senior careers professional recently told me. “I’d be keen to know how it works out.”

Ballsy or smart? In today’s labour market where applicants are many and jobs few, the odds are stacked against people gaining work in their preferred field.

In the wake of the recession recent graduates are finding it even harder to find placement this year, confirms Dale Bailey, area manager, Northern Career Services Rapuara. “There is I think an interest in employers to get a quick start on the recovery. Employers are thinking about how long it will take to get you up to speed, so people with skills and experience may look more attractive to a potential employer,” he says.

It’s a catch 22 – no experience, no work. No work, no experience. However a lack of experience doesn’t have to be a barrier to employment – not if you employ yourself.

Read the rest of Cassandra’s NZ Herald article here


Life transformed by faith in the stars

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Saturday    May 15, 2010

An astrologist uses mathematics to predict success

Despite having endured more than her fair share of suffering, Marianne O’Hagan is a woman who exudes warmth, compassion and a zest for life. Her traumatic childhood experiences, deep love of humanity and multiple job losses have guided Marianne to her true purpose in life, where she has carved out an impressive niche for herself as an astrologist.

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Contract a path to security

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The past few years have been extremely tough for sales and marketing job seekers, particularly those at the higher end”, says Sian Humphrey, manager of Robert Walters’ sales and marketing division.

But the outlook for job seekers seems brighter as optimism and increased demand for goods and services returns to the market.

For the majority of organisations, the days of recruitment freezes and positions being put on hold have passed as clients are given the green light to recruit, Humphrey says.


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Room in sales for the best

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Marketing revival drives need for top talent – tips for job seekers
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Let go and taste freedom

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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Switch the lights back on

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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Fake it until you make it

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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Following passion bears fruit

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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Courage to choose another path

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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