E-Book cover design tips and suggestions, can apply to print too

E-Book cover design tips and suggestions, can apply to print too

J.R. turns to David before they finish carrying Elmar out of the apartment. He stares at Elmar for a second, then turns again.
J.R.: I didn’t plan for this.
DAVID: Neither did I.

They continue dragging Elmar out of the apartment, Karen leads the way, she locks the door behind her but keeps a constant eye out on her surroundings.
Carlin, J.R. and Elmar near the elevator as Karen continues scouting the hallway.
J.R., more nervous than he has ever been, presses the button to call the elevator.
KAREN: We’re still good. Just one floor.
The doors open to reveal a 20 something year old MALE NEIGHBOUR.

The Male Neighbour stands alone, slightly buzzed. He notices Elmar with both arms wrapped around Carlin and J.R.
Initially he stare, somewhat disturbed. He also notices Elmar’s bold stench.
The Male Neighbour then chuckles.
CARLIN: [to break the tension] Too much to drink, haha…
MALE NEIGHBOUR: I know how that is, you’re good friends being there for him.
KAREN: [afraid] Bye guys, call me.
She begins heading back to the apartment.
The elevator doors close.
Karen pauses in front of her front door. She glances around it, then back down the hallway, noticing the other apartments.
She then slumps, her legs lazily stretched out. She strokes the carpet and just takes a second to breathe and think. It takes all the strength she can muster up to refrain from crying.
She inhales deeply and rises her feet, before heading back in.
Karen enters the apartment and stands in the hallway. David looks afraid, still cowering in the closet, but he stares intensely at Karen as she closes the door behind her.
KAREN: And so what do we do now David?
DAVID: [wincing] Let me… Let me go?
KAREN: In due time, I just want to wait for their call.
DAVID: Their call?
KAREN: Yes, to make sure everything’s okay.
Karen sits beside David.
KAREN: Look, I decided on the best solution. It took me quite a long time, I’ve been throwing out hundreds of ideas and so did J.R. but–
DAVID: — Please don’t hurt me.

Daily quote:

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?


“And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them” Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter

“And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them” Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter said on “Moment of Clarity” from the Black album. And it’s very true. If you’re down on your luck it’s extremely hard to help those around you that need you. Someone has to be in an advantageous position. We all regularly get too proud to ask for help, especially from our families. Our families are those closest to us and most likely to offer a helping hand but our pride jumps in and refuses to allow us to show our vulnerabilities.

That’s quite normal in many cases. It’s hard to ask for help. We always assume we can bear the burden of whatever’s going on, but we can’t always.

So what’s your plan of attack? It can’t just be to hope that money comes your way, you need some tactics. You need to veer away from extremely low yielding savings accounts and get involved in the volatile and risky stock market which can pay off in high dividends or make you lose your investments. However, your savings account likely won’t be of value until you’re desperate later in life.

Daily quote:

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?


How to make YouTube videos compete in an oversaturated subject

How to make YouTube videos compete in an oversaturated subject

KAREN: Please Carlin, we will tell you everything in the car.
CARLIN: [crossing his arms] Now.
J.R.: We either get on with it and explain in the van or you never see Karen or I again.
CARLIN: Fuckin’ melodrama, Jesus! Fine. Whatever. Go.
J.R.: Park by the dumpsters with the back doors unlocked. Call me instantly if the area looks busy or you see anyone. You shouldn’t. Nobody goes there at this time from this building. Rarely anyway. If you see someone, call.
Carlin’s breathing deepens.

J.R.: Please, go now. I’ll explain in order.
Clearly angered and confused Carlin leaves.
J.R. heads to the closet.
David, nervous and distressed locks his crying eyes on J.R.
J.R. removes the gag.
J.R.: Hungry now?
DAVID: Yes, please, anything.
J.R.: Karen, bring the shake.
Karen emerges with the protein shake.
David tries to articulate a “Thank you.”
J.R.: Silence. Drink this.
He feeds David the protein shake. Once finished J.R. tries to put the gag back in but not before David manages to speak.
DAVID: (falling apart) Please, don’t gag me. I can’t take it and I keep passing in and out… And I won’t yell, and I won’t say a thing…. I just want to go home. And I won’t tell anyone about this, or you, or anything… I won’t contact Sam. Nothing. And I’ll leave, I’ll be gone. Nobody will know. And I won’t. I won’t do anything. Please, please. No more darkness. No more gagging. Please!

J.R.: I’ll let you sit here with the door ajar. [beat] Condition number one is I’m tying your legs so you can’t run off. Condition number two, the gag can stay out so you can breathe. [beat] If you try to leave, or yell both will go back and I won’t be able to trust you, so I might not be able to…

[stops verbalizing his thoughts] Are we clear?
Karen looks at J.R., unable to determine whether she’s turned on by his authoritative demeanour or disgusted.
DAVID: I promise.

Daily quote:

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Richard Branson


The J.O.B. abbreviation is true, unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job

The J.O.B. abbreviation is true, unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job. Plan for book how you intend to launch that and change everything, inspired by voogd simple phrase too much information, lack of implementation. In theory of everything is a numbers game, this is what I need get everything sorted

Karen opens the door and CARLIN (tall, strong) walks into the doorway. David emphasizes his calls for help, but remains ignored.
CARLIN: What’s that?
KAREN: [awkward] Nothing, uh, come in.
Carlin enters the apartment.
CARLIN: So, how’re things?
KAREN: Um, you should talk to J.R. about that…
CARLIN: Yeah… Alright then?
J.R. stops Carlin before he gets too far into the place and spots Elmar.
J.R.: Hey buddy, how’s it going?
CARLIN: I’m fine, everything okay?

J.R.: Well yes, why wouldn’t it be?
CARLIN: You requested I bring my van out of the blue and wouldn’t tell me why over the phone. You said you wanted it for two days which means I had to get someone to cover for me tomorrow and… Now Karen’s all weird and shit. That’s why.
J.R.: Yeah, well..
Carlin walks past J.R. into the living room and sees Elmar slumped and bound to chair. David’s muffled cries continue from the closet.
CARLIN: [disturbingly calm but curious] So. What’s this?
J.R.: That’s for the van.
CARLIN: THAT’s for the van?
J.R.: Yes.
CARLIN: And the explanation?
J.R.: For the van too.
CARLIN: Is it bad for me to be here right now?
J.R.: Definitely not.
CARLIN: It seems like it is.

J.R.: No, I need your help. I really need you here helping right now.
Carlin’s lost.
CARLIN: So what do I do?
J.R.: Right, where’s the van?
CARLIN: It’s parked in your parking spot.
J.R.: I need you to move it beside the garbage dumpsters and recycling. There’s no camera there.
CARLIN: You realize this is fucking me up right now, right? What’s going on?
J.R. tenses up and deeply exhales a sigh.
J.R.: All will be explained. Just listen for now. Firstly, have my number lined up on your phone and ready to be dialled instantly if you see anyone —
CARLIN: — okay, explain what this is. Is this a joke?
KAREN: Just listen.
CARLIN: Don’t tell me what to do! Tell me what’s going on. Now.

Daily quote:

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” Natalie Goldberg

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?


The 1 Page Principle

The 1 Page Principle is a very sound way of tackling any and all writing projects. Whether you’re referring to a book, a screenplay or something you want to write for a website or blog post, the one page per day principle is a great tool to have your ‘juices flow’ and actually get you going by setting the bar very low.

Some people may reduce this to the one sentence principle or ideal, but that’s ridiculous. Unless of course you’re a poet and you need the lines to be perfect but by and large, your audience wants a mixture of profundity and volume rather than just something profound.

The 1 Page Principle

The 1 Page Principle: Basics

Begin today by sitting somewhere, or standing, the choice is yours, and simply placing your thought to paper or to a keyboard. From there, see where you can go. The idea is to get into the practice of doing rather than planning. Four hundred pages worth of notes aren’t the same as a four hundred page first draft which can then be revised into a perfect 90 page screenplay or a 300 page novel. Who knows where it will end up? If you don’t write anything you can be certain of the result.

Once you develop this rhythm it actually becomes very easy to keep going, but it’s the habit that needs creating. Get used to writing daily, even at that 1 page principle minimum. If you write more, fantastic! Keep going. Let that flow continue until the thoughts are out, festering and formulating something new. Just don’t be one of those writers that has plenty of great ideas but no worthwhile work to show.

Many people undervalue how great amounts of minimal effort compound and become something significant. Just a page a day is 365 in a year, and more is of course more. Start honing the 1 page principle discipline and get your work off the ground. Everyone that you know is sick of waiting and are hungry to devour your work (even if it’s sub par, they can respect that you tried at least).

Daily quote:

“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” Savas Dimopoulos

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?


Compounding – how vital it is in all aspects of life

Compounding – how vital it is in all aspects of life. Health and exercise



A bit each day, writing a bit each day amasses

J.R.: [irate, but less loud) — on you? No, it’s not your fault at all. Never. How could it be? We’re done Karen, done! Prison’s our next home. Say “adios” to our dream lives. That’s done now.
KAREN: This isn’t the time J.R.! [beat] I’m sorry, you know I am. But you know I didn’t plan this.
J.R.: How the fuck is that relevant?
KAREN: [knocking on J.R.’s head] Solutions! Solutions! Find a solution!
J.R.: Don’t push your luck.
KAREN: Get away from me then.
J.R.: Gladly.
J.R. heads to the bedroom.
Karen remains still and begins quietly weeping.

J.R. emerges, looking awful, but less aggressive. Elmar remains the first thing he notices whenever he enters. Each time he becomes a little more desensitized.
KAREN: Have you calmed down?
J.R.: What time is it?
Karen pulls out her cell phone.
KAREN: 9:40.
J.R.: So soon enough the car rental places will open… Or we could get Carlin’s van.
KAREN: You want to involve Carlin?
J.R.: There’s nobody I’d trust more.

KAREN: Yeah but —
J.R.: We could use his van… I could call Carlin, he could help us drive Elmar far away. He’ll never be seen again. No need to worry anymore. Plus he has the strength to carry him any significant distance.
KAREN: Fine. Call him.
J.R. pulls out his own cell phone, and speed dials Carlin from his contacts.
J.R.: [into the phone] Hey man, I need your van for tonight. You’re not busy are you?
[beat] Okay, yeah, don’t worry. I’ll pay for it.
[beat] Don’t worry about that, I’ll explain tonight when I see you.

[beat] Yeah, I’ll explain everything tonight.
[awkward laughter to have everything appear normal beat)
Yup, yup. Yup.
[beat] Two days should do it.
[beat] Yes, two days… I’m paying for it. I already said so. Don’t worry.


Understanding the basics of online businesses

Understanding the basics of online businesses

KAREN: Why wouldn’t I have told you already?
J.R.: Okay, fine. Tonight we get rid of him. Drive him to wherever and dump the body. Somewhere with deep water. I’ll attach the dumbbell you hit him with for sentimental purposes.
KAREN: Funny.

J.R.: No, really, we need to get rid of any trace. We need to clean the dumbbell very well and get rid of it.
KAREN: And how do we get this body out of here?
J.R.: You work it out, I’m doing every fucking thing else here.
J.R. storms off to the hallway.
J.R. stares the door handle again.

He heads into his bedroom and returns with clothing and thick packing tape.
Rapidly J.R. opens the door, the light assaults David’s eyes.
David then cowers doing his best to cover his face and prepare his body for a beating.
Instead, J.R. grabs David’s hands and wraps them in t-shirts, creating tight knots, and weaving David’s hands into an incapable state. He then repeatedly wraps the packing tape, restricting any possibility of dexterity.

J.R.: Fuck you for doing this.
J.R. motions as if he’s about to say something personal or spit on David, but he stops himself mid motion.
J.R.: Really, fuck you.
He slams the door shut. David cries.
As he enters the room, J.R. keeps his focus on Elmar.
J.R.: You should have just called 9-11.
KAREN: But you told me —
J.R.: Fuck what I told you, when do you ever listen to me anyways?
He turns to face Karen and moves right in front her face, almost close enough to kiss.
J.R.: [shouting] Why now? Huh? Why? [beat] Why at this fucking point in time?
KAREN: [yelling back] Don’t take this out on —

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” Laurie Notaro


How to manage debt versus time for an existentialist

Debt vs time. Job to slowly pay away

Investments and taxes factored, % of connection too

Working out exactly what you owe, how that will grow over years and what you’ll have to make in order to pay the taxes on it. You may not have considered this on the way down (when you acquired the debt), but in order to skip bankruptcy efficiently, you should have this all mapped and understood.

Start by paying the lowest cards and debts you have off first.

Ramit sethi talks about earning more rather than scrimping by, and I agree whole heartedly, but in the short term you may have to make some sacrifices in order to accelerate your exit from being in debt.

David spots Karen coming with their first aid kit in her hand. He smiles, wounded in more ways than one, but touched by her sensitivity.
She kneels by his side and looks at his scraped cheek.
KAREN: Ouch…

Examining the wound, Karen continues into her kit looking for a band-aid.
KAREN: I know it’s not much, but also the scrape isn’t that severe.
She applies the band-aid to his face to cover the scrape. David’s eyes smile for him, partially tearing up.
KAREN: Now, please talk softly, does anything else hurt?
Gently, she removes the gag.

DAVID: [whispering] No. Please let me go, I promise I —
J.R. bellows from the other room.
J.R. (O.S.): There’s no other sounds! I’m not deaf! Put the gag back Karen.
She picks up the gag and moves towards David’s mouth.
KAREN: [tenderly] I’m sorry, but I…
DAVID: I understand.
Slightly rolling his eyes, David opens his mouth.
Karen fills his mouth with the cloth.
KAREN: Thank you?
David nods.

Karen enters the living room, J.R. is seated on the couch. She puts her hand up to act as a wall blinding her from Elmar.
KAREN: Found a solution?
J.R.: Nope. You?

“Be the one who decided to go for it.” Unknown


You are never too old, well, in most circumstances. The same applies to youth though…

Targeting audiences and demographics. You are never too old, well, in most circumstances. The same applies to youth though…

The desire to get better and improve and working hard at it. The will and desire to change it.

Try, fail, try, fail. Who cares where others are, be happy for them while not dwelling or becoming bitter about your position in life. Strive and you can achieve. Seriously.

When I was 20 I thought everyone older than me that wasn’t a parent with plenty of cash had failed. I judged people endlessly. Why? The naivete that youth boasts allows people to assume how easy it is to avoid the traps and pitfalls of life. It believes you won’t get stuck in something repetitive, or be lazy and follow down the wrong path. It assumes it knows best, until it gets some life experience.

In my late 30’s now I’m well aware of the time I’ve spent and what I’ve spent doing with it. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Would I do it all over again the same way with hindsight? No. Do I have regrets? Yes, but I don’t dwell on them because there’s no point and it won’t improve upon anything. Instead I try my best (try being the operative word) to create and stick to the new goals I now have. That includes the catching up I have to do.

You are never too old

Point blank. Unless it’s a biological clock issue (which these days can have attempts to push), many things don’t have a real time restriction aside from those we perceive to be there. We have a tendency to assume that you have to grow old gracefully, that you’re no longer accepted at concerts or you can’t play certain games. That’s just not true. You can do whatever you want as long as it isn’t against someone else’s consent.

Goals are a major thing. Why not learn a language or skill? Yes, it takes time and yes, you may have other obligations. So what? Work around them. Find a way through. Don’t make excuses and hang up life because you’re no longer 21. It’s your choice. Every action is your choice. Make the right one and start something that’s important to you or makes you or others happy. It’s worth it.

You’re never too young

Actually, yeah, you sort of are in some cases. But in terms of learning or developing skills like language or sports of programming, you can start whenever. The more time you spend on developing a skill as with when you’re older, the better you’ll become at it. Perfection takes practice, and even then it won’t be reached. Try anyway. Try again. And again. And, yes, again.

Daily inspirational quote:
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Ali

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?


Getting in the black, by the numbers

Getting in the black, by the numbers

Exercises to help you determine how to get back on track.

J.R.: Where are you going then?
KAREN: Somewhere else.
J.R.: And us? And me?
KAREN: Nothing has changed. I just need to get out of this place and away from this for now. We’re fine. Call me when you’re done.
J.R.: This isn’t like I’m watching a movie or going to the gym, how can you put this all on me?
KAREN: I’m not. I know I’m just not helping though.
J.R. pretends to have reached an epiphany.
J.R.: Want a couple of drinks to calm down?
KAREN: I’m going babes.
J.R.: [angry] Do what you want.
He storms out of the room.

J.R. nurses a whiskey glass. He’s now on his fourth. A Playstation controller sits in his lap as he exhales, deeply staring at the screen.
Karen emerges, empty handed. Noticing Elmar she seizes up, fixated on him before forcing herself to make contact with J.R.
J.R.: All packed up?
KAREN: Yes, but no.
J.R.: Not now Karen, just get to your point.
KAREN: It’s not fair for me just to leave you like this.
J.R.: Cool. Whatever.
J.R. leans forward nonchalantly and turns to connect with Karen’s gaze.
J.R.: Want a drink?
KAREN: Just “cool”?

J.R.: Yes. I’m having whiskey, it’s good.
Karen puts her tongue to the roof of her mouth and rolls her eyes. She had expected more of a thankful response.
KAREN: I’ll get us both some more.
J.R.: [downing the remaining] Cool.
Karen grabs his glass and turns around, she can’t help but pay attention to Elmar. The mere sight of him steals her breath, paralyzing her movements.

She regains her composure and continues with speed to place the glass in the kitchen. She then heads to the bathroom.
Walking down the hallway, she hears the murmurs muffled by David through his gag and winces.
Karen and J.R. both lie passed out on the couch, exhausted and drunk. Hungover, J.R. wakes up, he carefully passes Karen trying to fight through the strong pain he’s enduring. Impossible to avoid, Elmar attracts his attention which for a few short seconds is unbearable.
With his head down, he reaches a semi-upright position, trudging towards the kitchen.

O.S. David lets out a large yell, muffled, but loud enough for J.R. to notice.
J.R.: Shit. Yeah. Great.
Gripping the wall, J.R. heads to the closet and opens the door.
David reacts again to the light, his face is reddened from the tears cried the previous night.

J.R.: Shit man, you must be hungry.
David nods, and grimaces.
J.R. turns, but while doing so, David’s repeated attempts at speech draw him back.
J.R.: If the gag is removed, no shouting right? I’ve got a headache right now…
David nods.
J.R. removes the gag.