Bullshit London Tours

Bullshit London CollageWhat an exciting weekend that was!

Whether you’re new to London or have lived here for centuries, Bullshit London Tours are sure to entertain and surprise you! I managed to piggy-back off a group of six Australian tourists that had booked an off-peak tour (main season is April – October) with our host, guide, and comic entertainer, Reuben Williams (if that name is to be believed!)

Learn who stole the clock from St Pauls… where God lives… the world’s smallest children’s prison… and much, much more…!

My favorite part had to be the guided tour of the famous Swedish soap opera film set…

As said, if you thought you knew London, think again!!!

For more details and bookings, check out their website: http://www.bullshitlondon.com/

“A tenner! This tour’s worth more than a tenner…”

“Oh, okay, here’s twenty!”

“Twenty! Twenty? Nah, nah, you have to haggle…”

If Monty Python did London tours… this might well be it.

 

SPECIAL TIP: Ask them about their special pub crawl…

 

#AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: Pat McDonald – “The Blue Woods Trilogy”

patmcdonaldWelcome to the next author interview… I have the great pleasure to introduce a very talented author, Pat McDonald. If you like intelligent crime fiction, this trilogy will have you hooked from book one. Imaginative characters and absorbing plot lines. If any of my production company chums are reading this, I think these would make excellent TV drama… But enough high praise, let me allow Pat to tell things in her own words:

 

  1. Your background is law enforcement. At what point in your career did you start thinking about writing a crime novel?

Writing is all I have ever wanted to do from when I wrote poetry and short stories as a teenager, it was my ambition to return to creative writing when I finished my career of which the latter part was spent in law enforcement. After seventeen years immersed in that arena it was inevitable that I should begin there although it wasn’t a conscious decision, it just happened. Perhaps it was a need to download much of what my head contained and then leave it behind.

patmcdonaldbookI had a wealth of experience that I have used as a framework in which to allow my imagination to run riot. Inspiration for my books comes from my observations of the real world, which I think is reflected in them. The world is full of inexplicable phenomena and extraordinary people and provides me with sufficient material to allow my imagination to take it and ask ‘what if’ in those circumstances this was to happen. Just a twist can take something ordinary and make you wonder at it. I do think, however, that I have some deep recesses of my mind where lurks a murky pool of things to draw upon!

  1. You’re now on your third novel, do you find it is becoming easier to write or harder, and why?

I only intended to write one crime novel and as a ‘free flow’ writer my stories just pour out, so much so that I find it hard to end something I’m doing. This is why I have begun my crime fiction with a trilogy. I usually find I have more than one ending which leaves me with a cliff-hanger and a carryover plot – it is after all a potential real life series and real life doesn’t neatly fit most of our everyday time lines. I did manage to end the trilogy, although it would lend itself to a series if ever I chose to return to it. I would say that writing has perhaps become easier, although I would prefer ‘better’, sufficiently to try out something else.

  1. patmcdonaldbook2Do you draw on any specific experiences in your law enforcement career? Can you elaborate?

I haven’t taken any of the actual crimes from my experiences, but rather the setting and the process of law enforcement. However, I deliberately set it earlier than present day because some of the things I write about would not be allowed to happen today. My imagination can take a potential view of the ‘ordinary’ and turn it into something else entirely. Although my books are set within an imaginary police force, they also encompass the lives of the officers involved and the villains they have to deal with; sometimes the two become so fused that it is hard to separate them. My books are fiction with a real edge. They present characters and scenarios that I hope reflect reality, but the kind that doesn’t end in happy ever after – well real life doesn’t does it?

  1. If you couldn’t write in the crime genre, what would be your next choice and why?

My current work in progress is a move away from crime to a different genre. My Y.A paranormal thriller Breaking Free is about stalking and is set in the North of Wales, UK. It has a hint of historical W.W 1 drama that is surprisingly haunting! One of the characters in Getting Even escapes from the clutches of the bad Detective Chief Inspector and although he pursues her she drops out of the plot. I wanted to find out what happened to her, so I pick up the story when she returns to a small but close community in North Wales. I wanted to explore how someone could ‘lose’ themselves and to examine further about stalking and its outcome. I have recently found my ending to this story and am working the plot towards that end.

  1. What are the elements of writing you love and dislike the most?

I am a ‘free flow’ writer and as such do not plan my books. I sit with a blank page and allow the stories to develop as I write. I found this method surprising when I began, but love it and believe it works for me as a creative story teller. When I begin to write the next chapter or sub-chapter I have no idea what I am about to write. I love more than anything developing the characters that I create and imagine myself as each one whilst writing their particular chapter or sub-chapter. I love ‘oddball’ characters; describing and developing them gives me great pleasure. P.C Hugo Bott is a particular favourite and the most unlikely police officer who enters at Rogue Seed; he is a legend in his own police force for being in the right place at the right time and despite his communication limitations is a successful crime fighter or is he? I believe that most writers dislike the editing process the most; getting a book polished sufficiently for publication I found the hardest part of being a writer. But then my first book Getting Even is a lengthy one. I did however improve as the trilogy progressed and learnt how to reduce that, which may be why after publishing Boxed Off in December 2014 even that process began to become enjoyable!

  1. patmcdonaldbook3If you could offer one piece of advice to an aspiring writer, or someone considering writing a novel, what would that be?

I think that every writer will be different and I do have my own way of doing things. I would and do advise writers just to write. I tell them to stop trying to conform to a preconceived set of ‘rules for writers’, which I believe stifles creativity. Let it flow as you think it, give reign to your thoughts, ideas and imagination. I do speak out about people who write books and articles on how you should write, what words you shouldn’t use and a whole gamut of advice on the destruction of the adverb, because I believe it frustrates and destroys genuine expression. Think about your story and be true to it; you conceived it because you wanted to tell it, so concentrate on how you imagine it could proceed and end. Your style and way of writing is as valid as anyone else’s. If we all conformed to the one set of rules it would be like writing to a formula – how boring would that be for literature? Ask yourself though, is there more than one ending? There is nothing worse than reading a book and finding yourself disappointed by the ending. But at the end of the day it is YOUR story, so be true to yourself – how would you want it to end with a ‘bang’ or a ‘whimper’?

British Crime Author Pat McDonald lives in a rural part of the Midlands, United Kingdom. She previously worked as a researcher, project manager and programme manager in the NHS and in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. She is now a full time novelist. Her crime trilogy (nicknamed ‘The Blue Woods Trilogy’ because of an over active imagination at disposal of bodies!) consists of Getting Even: Revenge is best served cold, Rogue Seed and newly published Boxed Off.

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pat-McDonald/e/B00R372WK4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1424778904&sr=1-2-ent

Author Website: http://t.co/ImQ9ZT2ZbZ

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-Mcdonald/502374626484358?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: Pat McDonald @issyblack

 

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The Shepherd Cover ArtANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His latest book, a short, inspirational parable THE SHEPHERD  is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance. Most recently you can see him back on the sets of films and in front of the modelling camera again.

The Fun Never Stops…!

copyright vanessa champion 07747 025 361Sorry for the prolonged absence, folks!

I’ve been busily putting things together in my alter-ego as an actor and model… getting headshots taken… getting my feet wet back on film set… auditioning for new roles… building footage for my showreel… and networking with fellow actors and creatives. This all takes time away from my writing passions.

You can check out my acting and modelling website here.

I’ll soon be back to interviewing fellow authors, and I might just expand into interviewing upcoming actors as well.

Thanks for all the continued support…!

 

Be well. Be One.

#AUTHOR INTERVIEWS: Brian Connell “Msomi And Me”

WELCOME to another author interview, this time with an exciting adventure writer, Brian Connell, who was born in Kenya and spent most of his youth with famous wildlife photographers and film makers. He built and ran a game lodge for many years, and is a huge advocate for wildlife protection. His two books, “Msomi & Me” and “Elephants Are People Too” make exciting reading for both adults and children.

Here’s what he has to say:

Author Brian Connell
Author Brian Connell

“Having been brought up in East Africa, in the company of some of the greatest wild-life photographers and film-makers the world has ever seen, it was only natural for me to attach a camera to myself and follow in their illustrious footsteps. I am by no means in their league, but the lessons I learnt from them has, in my humble opinion, led me to make some worthwhile images.

Taking photographic skills and a love of the bush, I started a bush-camp in the middle of nowhere with the intention of running photographic workshops in the wilderness of Africa. For seven years I had an absolute ball, enjoying a lifestyle that few have ever experienced. My mentor, Msomi, and I lived in close proximity to the wildlife; learning, teaching and above all: living!
This collection of anecdotes will give you, the reader, a fair idea of what living in paradise is all about. Interspersed in the text are a number of stories that I have collected during my travels – myths and legends and wonderful stories from Africa. While having little to do with life in a game lodge, they show a side of Africa that few people know about. I hope you enjoy them – I do.”

Acquiring, building, and running a game lodge in Africa must take up a lot of time, however did you manage to find the time to write your books?
Quite correct. Running the lodge was extremely time consuming, but a tremendously fulfilling experience. By no stretch of the imagination could it be called ‘work’. I unwisely formed a partnership with an aquaintance who skipped with all the cash and some of the assets, forcing me to sell up and leave the lodge just to try and stay out of debt. As it was, I ended up owing the banks an absolute fortune. The books were written quite a while after the devasating loss of the lodge, suggested by a good friend as a way of getting over the pain. It worked, to a degree.
There must be lots of adventure in your experiences growing up, how did you decide what to include and what to omit in your stories?

I was brought up in Kenya, in the company of many of the wild-life greats. Armand and Michaela Denis, Alan and Joan Root, Des and Jen Bartlett to name a few. It was their influence that engendered my abiding love of the wilderness. The stories in the books are solely experiences we had while at Nokuthula, my game lodge.

Do you think you missed out on anything important by growing up in East Africa? If so, what in particular, and how do you think you would be different for it?

I probably did miss out on a lot of important stuff, but each individual has his or her own idea about what constitutes ‘important stuff’. I was too busy having fun, adventure and excitement traveling around with my film-maker friends to worry too much about was going on politically, or even socially.  This desire to be in the bush as often as possible resulted in losing out in the girlfriend stakes and becoming a bit of a loner. On the plus side though, it exposed me to people from all religions, colours and social strata, making me tolerant of all and better person for it.

10749918_592661784195430_5264524405469079307_oWhat was your favourite book as a child and why?

I was, and remain, a voracious reader, but if any one book has to be singled out, it is Jock of the Bushveld. It really made me wish I had been born into a much earlier time.

Is there an element of writing you dislike or find challenging? How do you overcome it?

I have a well-known sense of humour and am able to find the funny side of virtually any situation. This trait comes over well in my books, but it is patently obvious, when writing about poaching, for instance, that my emotions are running wild. My writing style tends to change a bit, something my readers have commented on. The only way to overcome that sort of challenge is to write it as if I was speaking aloud, warts and all, and let the emotion flow. Writing about man’s inhumanity to animals is the most challenging and emotional experience for me.

Do you have any tips or advise for new authors and writers?

I write about my personal experiences, so it’s perhaps a bit easier than writing a novel. I tend to day-dream a bit, telling myself stories in my head and let my sub-conscious work away at it for a while. Then write! Let it flow., and it will! Let the words appear, disregarding good grammar or ‘correct’ sentence structure. You can always go back and edit. But above all, don’t be shy to display your emotions if writing about something dear to your heart.

Would you like to add anything?

My books tell stories of Africa, a place of mystery and adventure even today. But Africa’s wildlife is in dire straits with the terrible poaching epidemic currently underway. I would plead with anyone who has a heart and a sense of adventure to read my books, get a feel for the wonders of living in the bush and doing everything they can to help out.

 

Click on any of the pictures above to access Brian’s website, and please share this interview with your friends. Together we can all do our part to help protect the dwindling wildlife around the world that is being cruelly slain illegally. Once the wildlife is gone, there won’t be any more!

 

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for both children and adults. His elaborate first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#Author Interviews: Simon Largo – “The Storm Slayer”

stormslayer-largo-ebookWELCOME to interview three in my author series. Today I have the pleasure of introducing Simon Largo, author of THE STORM SLAYER, a slick, crime thriller released last week:

 

  1. From your bio on your website, it looks like you started by writing screenplays. What made you choose that medium first and not jump straight into writing novels? 

Well I always loved the idea of either producing a film or being a film director. Then I realised that was going to be a tough call, so decided to try my hand at writing screenplays instead. I found the creative aspect fun and it pushed my imagination as I was writing them on spec. The idea of writing a full length novel at the time was too daunting! I was so lucky to have been signed by an agent early on, but thought that was it. When success didn’t follow I almost gave up. 

  1. Did ‘The Storm Slayer’ start off as a movie script idea? If it didn’t, what was your inspiration?

In my mind it was a movie, for sure. But I had been reading so many great thriller novels over the last couple of years, especially Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, I thought why not turn it into a novel as a break through idea as trying to sell a screenplay with no track record is very hard indeed. However maybe I will sell the movie rights for my debut novel or one the follow ups – that would be fantastic. At least if I was asked to assist or even write the screenplay, I know I could do that with my experience.

  1. What made you use New York City as the location for your novel?
Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo
Author of The Storm Slayer, Simon Largo

Well I’ve been there a couple of times over the years and it’s like most movies I watch seem to be set there! It was a natural choice. The place is so alive. The crime thriller genre was made to be immersed into NY culture and its environment in my view.

  1. Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from?

The movies where else! For my lead character, Detective Mason Trent, in The Storm Slayer, I was inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry and Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Both absolute classic films. I liked the portrayal of Eastwood and McQueen in character for their nuances, toughness and also their emotional traits. I guess Mason Trent is a hybrid of them both.

  1. If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?

Don’t give up! I haven’t. I almost think it better to write as a mature writer as you have a lot of life experience which can help in character development and story narrative.

  1. Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?

The Innocent by Rachel Abbott – not a new book, but only recently discovered her works following something I came across on a blog by NY Times bestselling author, Joanna Penn (www.thecreativepenn.com). The book is a good crime thriller. The murderer in this case is a woman. You know that after the first few pages, so not giving anything away really. Rachel went for the self publishing route and ended up selling 400,000 copies of that first book. Inspiring for any indie author.

  1. Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you are a new writer, or aspiring to be one, do it! Life is too short to always think if only. I wish all my fellow authors the best of luck in 2015.

For more information about the official release date of his debut novel, check out Simon’s website: www.simonlargo.com

 

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#Author Interviews: Mistral Dawn – “Taken By The Huntsman”

WELCOME to the second in my author interview series. A new, up-and-coming author today, Mistral Dawn – a pen name as intriguing as her romantic fantasies! Her debut novel, Taken by the Huntsman is doing well on Amazon, but first a few words from the pen-mistress herself:

 

  1. “Taken by the Huntsman” is a fantasy romance novel. Have you always written in this genre or did you evolve into this?

Taken By The Huntsman is my first novel.  The book I’m working on now is the second one in the series, so it’s also a fantasy romance novel.  Before Taken By The Huntsman my writing was mostly limited to school papers and letters of complaint. 😉

  1. Where do you gain the inspiration for your main characters from, people you know or your imagination?

TakenbytheHuntsman AmazonWell, The inspiration for Taken By The Huntsman came from a dream I had after a rather spirited debate with an online friend about the nature of consent (and some other political issues I won’t bore you with).  When I woke up I thought about the dream and realized it might make an interesting story (as well as provide me with a soap box 😉 ).  I texted a friend and asked her if she thought the idea had merit.  She said she did and so I wrote the first couple of chapters and emailed them to her asking her to read them and tell me if she was bored yet.  She was kind enough to say that she wasn’t bored and that she’d like to read the rest of the story, so I wrote it.  The ideas for the next few books and short stories came from characters who came to me and told me that they deserved a story too, and it was my job to write them.  So I will! 🙂

  1. What do you find the hardest part of writing a novel is, and how do you overcome it?

The hardest and easiest part of writing was the sex scenes.  OMG! They were so much fun to write! After all, who wouldn’t enjoy letting their wildest fantasies run wild through their head? 😉  But sometimes it’s hard to rein them back in to the realm of the possible.  Also, I’m a woman so I’ve never made love as a man.  What do men think about during sex?  How does it feel to them?  How, exactly, does one make love to a woman?  These are all important questions!  And has anyone ever noticed that many men have difficulty expressing feelings in words?  I need input people! 😉

  1. If you could give any advice to novice and aspiring authors, what would you suggest?

I’m very new to writing, so I don’t know that I’m the best qualified person to give others advice.  Someone told me to read a lot and write what you feel.  Maybe that will help others as well. 🙂

  1. Are you reading anything right now, if so, what is it and why?

At the moment I’m reading Seed by db nielsen. Seed was chosen as the first book being read by the #IndieBookBeSeen GoodReads book club.  Congratulations db! 🙂

  1. Thank you for participating in this interview, is there anything else you’d like to add?

You’re welcome, and thank you for having me Anthony! I’d just like to tell my readers:  Thank you so much for reading my book!!  I appreciate the fact that you’ve given your time and your money to experience my work; it humbles me that you have been willing to do so.  I value all of your feedback, both good and bad, because it can only make me a better writer and help me create a better product for you to enjoy.  So thank you, as far as I’m concerned you’re totally awesome! And please keep those reviews coming! 🙂

 

To keep abreast of Mistral Dawn and her future publications, check out her own blog here:  http://www.mistralkdawn.blogspot.com

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

#janwritingchallenge BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE

I’m always on the lookout for exciting ways to motivate writers – myself included – and share the good stuff that’s out there on the internet.

balls-deep cover1Via one of my new twitter followers, I found this great idea that has developed out of the wonderfully successful NaNoWriMo phenomenon: it’s a monthly 500-word a day writing challenge WritingChallenge.org

Writing, by its very nature, can be a lonely process, and this is an excellent way to connect with other writers in the challenge and share the motivation and encouragement, as well as developing relationships with other writers.

Since I have two projects on the go at present: BALLS-DEEP IN PARADISE – a new, semi-autobiographical novel about some of my experiences in Costa Rica, and THE SHEPHERD WORKBOOK – a self-help companion guide to my inspirational parable “The Shepherd”, this challenge seemed like a brilliant idea to participate in. Those that know me know I’m a terrible distraction-freak… and the slightest thing can send me into a tizwas of procrastination for no reason whatsoever!

I joined late, but that’s okay, they are a relaxed bunch – it’s all about encouragement and enjoying the experience of writing, not about the birch and cane! For me, it’s just nice to have an accountability group out there to keep me focused on my goal of actually getting these both finished in a timely manner.

Click on the links above to find out more, or simply tweet with ‘#janwritingchallenge’ and I’m sure we’ll find you soon enough. Enjoy your writing experience, good luck, and a very happy New Year to you all!

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

Looking To Interview Authors in the New Year

cropped-464125_10201158437581790_1769445202_o.jpgMy philosophy is to always help those around me and share my success. With this in mind, I have made a promise to help promote my fellow authors even more over the coming 12 months by posting interesting interviews with them on this blog and sharing it on my other social media networks.

So, if you are an author, know of an author, or would like me to approach an author for you to interview, please either email me here, or better yet, add a comment at the bottom of the page.

We all need more help promoting ourselves, and as writers it can be particularly difficult to juggle writing and promoting, I’m just trying to share a little bit of the love around…

Thanks for all your help!

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49q hard coverANTHONY DONNELLY blogs about all things writing, inspirational, and motivational. He has published a number of books for children and adults. His first novel 49Q? THE ENIGMA CONTINUES is currently climbing up the Amazon charts, and is available in Kindle or paperback. When not sat at his keyboard writing, he can be found in Costa Rica, North America, or somewhere in Europe motivating and coaching individuals and groups in self-development techniques and life-balance.

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions – the pros & cons

Happy-New-Year-Wish-WallpaperIt’s THAT time of year again, we’ve all (hopefully) enjoyed the Christmas break; families reunited, we all overate and drank far too much, and we probably talked about the New Year… and that usually means somebody has made a resolution to change something in their life. Perhaps they want to quit smoking, change their job finally, get a partner, dump a partner, whatever it is, thousands of people are thinking ‘out with the old in with the new’ for 2015.

I’m all for people wanting to be at their very best, but just making a commitment to change is not enough to ensure success – it is merely the first step. Personally, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions for that very reason. Yes, the hype is all well and good, and it’s great to make a decision to change with other people, but there are many cons to this too. Here I outline just a few ideas to make your resolutions stick this time:

  • Have an accountability partner!

Studies have shown conclusively that making and sharing a decision with another person that will hold you accountable will massively increase your chances of success. You want to pick someone who’s going to be supportive and encourage you, but who’ll also get tough with you when needed. Why not pick a colleague who’s made a resolution too?

  • Write it down!

A goal that’s written down is far more likely to be acted on, it’s not just a thought or an idea in your head any more, it’s a tangible thing. If it’s an objective (like saving money, quitting a job, etc.) make sure it has a realistic date to achieve this by. A goal with no date is like firing an arrow without a target. Add detail to your goal. What will you feel like when you achieve it? Visualise what it will be like. The more concrete you can make it seem now, the far more likely you’ll be to keep going and succeed.

  • Make a plan to succeed.

Just hoping you’ll hit your goal is almost always asking for failure. Have clear, small, written down steps of the ACTION you are going to take to reach your goal. It’s not a race, enjoy the journey, track your progress, and celebrate the small successes along the way.

You still have time to act on these suggestions before New Year’s Eve, get the right habits going now, involve your friends, have fun enjoying the new change. I’d love to hear about some of your resolutions in the comments section below, and if you need any help or support, just ask for there. I’ll do my best to answer as many as possible before the end of the year.

Good luck to you all!

 

The Shepherd Cover ArtAnthony Donnelly is the best-selling author of the inspirational parable for new leadership, “The Shepherd”. He is also a full-time motivational coach and hypnotherapist. He will be publishing a companion workbook to compliment his parable early in the New Year to share his teachings lessons, and advice on self-development and permanent self-transformation.

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