What genre should you write in? Thriller books sell a lot of copies. So does science fiction, romance and even erotic fiction books.
A few years ago, a book marketing expert told me self-published authors earn a good living writing in these genres.
I wanted to earn a good living from writing books too.
So I spent a couple of months trying to write a thriller book that I could sell. I got up early every morning to work on it. And I hated it.
The process felt a lot more like work than anything enjoyable, and I couldn’t get the story right, let alone finish it. …
Teaching teenagers about money is a demanding job that doesn’t pay very well, if at all.
A while ago, I read some Irish research placing the cost of raising two children from 0 to 24 at half a million euro. I’ve got three kids, so you can imagine how I felt about my bank balance afterwards.
If you’re got teenagers and are anything like me, you’ve probably caught yourself giving them what they want because it’s the easier option.
They’ve got more free time than you do to come up with the right arguments or persuade the right parent.
Still, before they go out into the jungle, they’ll need to acquire some basic skills, like negotiation, delayed gratification and how to invest in themselves. …
Parenting is a lot of work.
I’ve got three kids, aged 18 months, nine, and fourteen years. I sometimes feel like I’m working at the coalface of homeschooling, cooking meals, managing playdates, and negotiating minor domestic disputes.
Our house is loud and all the more so now that we’re at home a lot more. It sometimes feels hard to avoid losing my patience and just wanting a break.
While reading one Sunday night, after they all went to bed, I came across this ancient zen proverb about the meditative nature of work:
‘Chop wood, carry water.’
Beginners, experts, and everyone in-between face daily mundane tasks that demand attention. So instead of becoming overly-analytical or emotional, focus on the task at hand. …