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Posts of long term interest to many people

Before we get started, I’d like to ask your help in a matter that affects every author, publisher and reader. Many writers and publisher approach me for reviews. I have to tell them, currently I can only post a review on one Amazon site, which is the Australian one. Please read my post about it here.

Second, my 17th book is published. This is Hit and Run, which many of my fans have told me is my best to date.

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that’s now threatening us with extinction, and replacing a culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.

Bob and Ella 100110
Ella lived next door to me for over a year, and as you can see, adopted me as a grandfather.

So far, I have retired 5 times as:

  • Research scientist
  • Builder’s labourer
  • Nurse
  • Director of my professional association
  • Psychotherapist

I am still going strong as a storyteller, writer and editor. To date, I have 17 published books you can inspect at http://bobswriting.com (read the first chapter of each). Five of them won awards.

Also, I do professional editing, for a number of small, independent publishers and a steady stream of writers pre-submission.

What genre do I write in? Rather than a square peg in a round hole, I am a fractal-shaped peg that makes its own hole, so my writing doesn’t fit in genres. My main aim is to entertain, but as with every other writer, my belief system underlies everything I write.

What is that?

Have a read of my essay, How to change the world.

I have been publishing my newsletter Bobbing Around since mid-2000, and now I am continuing it here. The archivers of the many past issues are listed at the original Bobbing Around.


Other things worth reading here

I’ve started a new project. Over the years, I’ve answered many cries for help. Some are recurring issues, and I intend to collect related ones with an explanation, so they are readily available for people suffering from that issue.

The first one is Answers to self-assessed sexual abusers.

Even more frequent is the terrible problem of being tortured by obsessive thoughts of committing murder. As we know, all too many people give in to such urges, but those who contact me have resisted, and want the obsession to go away. Here are links to 20 such q&a exchanges.

There is a reason that murder urges are so common. Read an extract from my coming book, From Depression to Contentment: A self-therapy guide about the work of John B. Calhoun, which provides a perfect explanation.

There are pages about several of my books, with links to my web site where you can read the first chapter of each. Anyone who provides me with proof of purchase of any of my books, anywhere, in any format, has earned a second title, free. Sending me a review qualifies as proof.

The essay, But there is no need for despair.

A person made a comment on this essay, and I responded in some detail. You will find my answer thought-provoking and powerful.

A lady sent me a letter of despair at the way global society is committing suicide. Here is my answer to her.

On the same topic, it’s worth reading my correspondence with a young woman who was in despair about the end of humanity.

The 4 Rs of sustainable use.

An explanation about predicting disasters.

My assessment of a Vipassana retreat that has been of major benefit to me.

Several entertaining and instructive interviews, some by me, others of me.

You can listen to a radio interview in which Diane Wing asks me about “Challenges for Humanity.”

Hit and Run, my 17th published book

Hit and Run is now available for your enjoyment.

Several of my regular beta readers have judged it my best novel to date.

More interviews

Since the publication of Hit and Run, I am back on the interview trail. Several of my online friends have let me know that I STILL manage to surprise them with new answers to common questions, and of course each of my hosts asks something unique. So, I hope to entertain, inform, and maybe even inspire. Please visit, and if it’s within the period for comments, you may even win a prize.

Joan Y. Edwards

Joan and I have been friends since 2012, when a comment I made on her site tickled her fancy. She taught me how to navigate WordPress. Please visit our chat.

Lynda Dickson at Books Direct

I am delighted to let you know that Lynda Dickson of Books Direct has interviewed me.

If I say so myself, my answers are pretty good, and even old friends might find some of them illuminating.

Mary Tod, A Writer of History

Mary is a high-profile historical writer, who does a very informative annual survey of readers, and has interviewed several famous writers. I consider it an honour that she has interviewed me, too.

Given the focus on historical writing, the questions and answers in this exchange are substantially different from my other recent ones. Please have a look, and spread the word.

Norm Goldman of Bookpleasures

Norm has a highly popular site, and I think you’ll enjoy our exchange of questions and answers.


My interview for Queendom blog was quite long, and so has appeared in two parts. I think both are entertaining and informative.

Part 1.
Part 2.

In July, 2017, Margaret Carter asked me some interesting questions. Check out my answers.

I have just re-found Sally Odgers’ interview with me after Ascending Spiral was published.

27th June, Cheryl Holloway had me on her blog. I am very impressed with this lady: despite having brown skin and being female, she has wonderful professional achievements as a journalist.

On 15th June, Joanne Tropello of Pandora’s Box Gazette released a second interview with me. This time it is about writing nonfiction.

More interviews are coming. Please have some fun reading my answers, and leave a comment for a chance to win a book. Also, please support me by spreading the word.

I am interviewing admirable people too

Rajat Mitra

Please visit my interview of psychologist and author from India, Dr Rajat Mitra.

This is not your usual writer interview, but covers deep issues like how young people become terrorists.

And I’ve enjoyed interviewing Cheryl Holloway, who can be an inspiration to anyone on how to overcome prejudice.

Past interviews

In the nature of a blog, when I have sent a guest post to someone, or been interviewed, the item soon gets buried. I have obtained permission to reproduce such appearances at Bobbing Around.

On 27th October, 2017, I featured on the EPIC blog. I have reproduced this interview.

Guest blog for Joanne Tropello at Pandora’s Box Gazette went live on 17th of May. It is reproduced here.

On heroes, posted at at Beverley Bateman’s blog on the 5th of June, 2017, is here here with permission.

Similarly, What makes a good children’t book? was a guest post at Bonnie Ferrante’s blog.

You will find my interview at EPIC’s blog entertaining and perhaps challenging. You need to scroll down a little to find the start.

Guardian Angel

I am doing something new for me: have published a novel via KDP.

Please check out the book page at my website where I have the synopsis, two extensive samples and a few early reviews.

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge


80 Responses to About

  1. Dear Dr. Bob,

    I am very proud of you. Your blog is looking great. I love the view of the mountains. Thanks for being a grandfather to our world. Congratulations on your many books.

    You are a jewel. Always remember that.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    Liked by 3 people

  2. bobrich18 says:

    Thank you Joan. I am doing my best following your instruction manual on setting up a WordPress blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    Joan and Bob. Way to go. Two of my fave, generous writers working together.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Chris Gallard says:

    Excellent froth my friend.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. davidnorman59 says:

    Well done again Bob 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. I enjoy your writing and your contributions immensely. I want to be like you when I grow up!

    Liked by 2 people

    • bobrich18 says:

      You’re doing pretty well in your own field, Paul. And you’d make my glasses fog up if I had any.

      You must have paranormal abilities. That very phrase “I want to be like you when I grow up!” occurs in my latest book, which has not yet seen the light of day.


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  7. What a lovely tribute. (I want to be like you when I grow up.) You must be an example to your grandchildren, Bob.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. bobrich18 says:

    When my son was 15, I told him he’d have to look after me when he could defeat me in rough play. He became very gentle after that. (He is an aikido exponent.)

    Liked by 3 people

  9. I did not know that you were a researcher and a nurse! What did you research?
    I love that you spend time with your grandchildren!
    I can imagine that some people struggled with withdrawal from electronic gadgets at the retreat. If we all purposely spent time away from them, we could be more aware, more mindful,connected to our thoughts and to relationships.

    Janis L. Silverman, author

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    • bobrich18 says:

      Hi Janis, thank you for commenting.
      My research was on cognitive psychology: how people think; specifically how short term memory works. Later, I had a job at Australia’s government funded research organisation the CSIRO, running surveys on things like energy conservation, privacy, safety in the home etc.

      I wasn’t able to be a therapist until nursing toughened me up!

      I do love my genetically related grandchildren, but the “professional grandfather” refers to the many young people who email me out of despair, and almost always I am able to steer them toward growth, inner strength and decency. It is one of my gifts (and therefore responsibilities) in this life.

      The Vipassana retreats are brilliantly designed to maximize habit change, in the same way as boot camp in the army is. Basically, you have literally nothing to do except what you came for!

      Look after yourself,


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  10. bobrich18 says:

    As I say in one of my projects on this blog http://wp.me/p3Xihq-8N
    “An act of kindness carries its own reward.” The more you give, the more you get.
    Incidentally, adding to my lists there earns people a free short story.

    Liked by 4 people

    • John Harland says:

      It is important to allow others to give and to be kind to you as well. They too need the pleasure of giving and caring.

      Otherwise giving can become like a weapon, like the Coldness of Christian Charity.

      I suspect that what Jesus may have said about reciprocity of giving might have been missed in the retelling by people keen to show themselves to be virtuous beyond those around them, or to portray Jesus’ ideas as impractically idealistic. (How else could you wage war and be “Christian”, or be Donald Trump and “Christian”?)

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  11. Erin Ireland says:

    I’m sure your Kookaburra and your little friend Ella Have gained much through your gentle acts of kindness. The little pleasant things in life are many times what bring us joy. .

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Well, all Kookie got was a selection of grubs hiding in the wood I split. But then, birds are wise and have simple needs. Buddha and Jesus tell us that’s what we should aim for too.

    You might enjoy my bird poem at http://anxietyanddepression-help.com

    At times of great disappointment, I have been known to recite it to myself over and over.


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    • pendantry says:

      Brian has some ideas about birds, too…

      Liked by 4 people

      • Dr Bob Rich says:

        Pendantry, thank you for exploring my blog.

        You know, I’ve never seen a Monty movie. Haven’t had a TV set since 1975 (liberation!), and rarely go to the movies. I did read one of the books ages ago, but I thought I was funnier than he.


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      • pendantry says:

        ‘Exploring’? I’ve barely skimmed the surface. But I’ll be back. Especially if you really are funnier than Monty Python.

        Wait… you’ve never seen Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’? Definitely one for the bucket list — I would advise sooner rather than later, as you’ll want as many repeats as you can manage.

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  13. Dr Bob Rich says:

    The two funniest movies I’ve seen are “The gods must be crazy” and Peter Sellers’ last movie, “Dr Fu Manchu.”

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  14. Dr. Bob-I’m sure you are a wonderful person but TV has much to offer since 1975 (40 years of Saturday Night Live), Monty Python,Dr.Who, John Stewart,Keith Olbermann when he was a political reporter, the Rebecca Maddow Show, Key and Peele, AND ANYTHING EVER TOUCHED BY ROBIN WILLIAMS. (Yes-even the second act of Popeye. Deal with it.) It is my only companion now that I can’t get around but when I was active I would cook all day-12 hours,listening to TV and never see the screen.There’s a lot of crap on tv and a lot of good stuff. Johnny Depp,because even his bad is good. Skip The Hunger Games. Read the series in 3 days.Enjoy and miss 2 years of hype.The books were rich.The movies were thin and I don’t know why-too little money? “The gods must be crazy” was sad.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Potato Mother? As it happens, potatoes are my second favourite vegetable. (First is chocolate, of course.)

      Certainly, everything depends on life circumstances. A person who has mobility problems, and/or is socially isolated, and perhaps also has some kind of problem with reading books, will find TV a blessing.

      However, TV can be a curse if used as a child minding device, as it often is. Same is true for computers, X-boxes and mobile phone apps, because they all replace real life, and physical activity.

      My main objection is the message under the message. The TV is the most powerful tool for brainwashing people into the myths of a crazy culture: consumerism, selfishness, tolerance for violence, focus on physical appearance over inner beauty, the romantic myth (I can only be happy when I find my soul mate, and then I’ll be happy everafter).

      If TV was not an effective brainwashing tool, then there wouldn’t be so much invested in ads. Actually, though, the messages carried by programs in between the ads are more powerful and deadly. And they are the same messages.


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      • Al Harris says:

        Thanks for the introduction to your Blog Mr Rich, Bob. 😛 I definitely think I need a “writing” from you. though – how have you managed to grow chocolate as a vegetable.

        I’m off now Bob. I feel the same about reading Blogs as you find about watching TV/going to movies.


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      • Dr Bob Rich says:

        Thank you for visiting, Al.
        A blog is just a web site with one difference: it is 2-way. You could visit one of my other web sites, where I have lots of good stuff — but there is no convenient way for you to leave a comment.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      I forgot to respond to “Gods must be crazy.” I didn’t find it sad, but hilarious. “She has flowers on her panties!” “I collect manure.” A debate with a chimp up a tree…

      It is a completely accurate anthropological study, both of the Kalahari Little People and of white South Africans. And I love the underlying messages.

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  15. James Choron says:

    Dr.Bob, I can’t believe that I finally found you again. I’ve been looking for months!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Armiyao Harruna says:

    Dr. Bob, I’m an African writer with a self-published book since March. Initially I was not made to understand that I’d be paying some monies apart from the initial publishing fee of about £500 for the 472- page story. When it was getting to print I was requested to pay for several items like advertising, Library of Congress, you name it. I couldn’t do anything and we broke contact from that point, even though the book is being sold online at Amazons and other outlets. Nobody from the publishing house has contacted me on quantity sold so far online and print copies sold by the publishing house. What’s your opinion about this? Fact is, I’ve many books in my head and I can’t dare do anything now if my first work is thus treated. I’m elderly in age.

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  17. Ray Mathway says:

    Hi Bob,
    just read your “Voting for Consensus” (speech given at Akademos) – had to laugh as it mirrors my experience in trying to set up a small “worker’s co-operative” 🙂 Will look at more of your pages as patience allows – really hate reading off a computer screen.

    What’s the prize for winning the Rat-Race anyway ??

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      The prize? A rat of course.

      I much prefer to read onscreen than on paper, for several reasons.

      1. I can zoom. Nowadays, when I read on paper, I need to wear glasses. On my computer, I just magnify the view.

      2. Backlighting. This really reduces eye strain.

      3. Search function. In most programs, you can search for a word or phrase. This is really useful when editing. On p 287, Sue’s son is called Jim. When I return to p 1 and search, I find this is the first instance of the name. So, I search for Sue, and find that on p 32 the son was Jake. Try doing that on paper.

      4. If it’s not in my computer, it’s not real. I can’t read my own handwriting, so have learned to think on a keyboard. When I take minutes at a meeting, it’s done by the end of the meeting, only needing a bit of tidy-up.

      5. I can take as many books with me as I like, without paying excess baggage. In 1991, I went to Europe from Australia, carrying 40 books with me.

      6. Most important, electronic books don’t eat trees.

      About consensus, the trouble is that it’s foreign to European-based cultures. The only way it can work, paradoxically, if an authority figure forces people to accept relevant training, as in the Australian army.

      Anyway, I am delighted at your comment.


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      • Ray Mathway says:

        As an electronics technician, I am now anti-technology – not because technology itself is a bad thing but because it is mostly badly thought through & badly designed.

        Next term I’m giving a 10 week class to Seniors on Alternative Societies (including Nil-economy & Intentional Communities) …. I expect the same lack of understanding as on Concensus so will spend the first class (or three) explaining the terms & definitions used 😀

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      • kartofflmuter says:

        I never sat my children in front of a TV unless I was in front of the same TV. That way I could say,”Do you understand that ? Did you laugh because they fell down or because they got hurt? That’s called slapstick.But it’s not really funny when people get hurt,is it?” Yes. I was a pill. Our first child was such an avid reader that in 2nd or 3rd grade,he invariably won the reading award each week and each month. Finally they just had the “Robi” Award and second place. He read three or four children’s books a night. By 6th grade ,his reading level was 1st year of college. They tested him and said he was nothing special.Not talented or a genius. In fact when he was a toddler,they’d suggested he was deaf or hyper active. I left him alone and brought him books from the library.Sci-fi.Heinlein. Ender’s Game. Spider Robinson. Dune. Zelazny. We had rousing discussions over dinner on the finer points of mirror worlds and time travel. I really should have been a Tiger mom and pushed all the kids but they were all so smart I didn’t see the point . Oh well.He went on to become the youngest director at Yahoo,quit,moved to Seattle and started his own company.Google has put money in it. Not deaf.Not dumb.

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  18. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Yes. Technology, science are tools, which can be used for good or bad, well or badly.

    I am a member of an intentional community that has survived over 40 years. I suggest that rather than telling them definitions, do an exercise. This group has come together because they want to build a community. They have $x they can pool, and want to buy land and build houses on it. You can specify their pretend ages, say, all in their 30s and 40s, with children. They now need to design a manifesto that sets out the aims of the new community, rules for making decisions and handling conflict, how to deal with costs, etc.

    Much more fun. You can provide links to resources, e.g., http://mudsmith.net/moora.html and http://mooramoora.org.au

    There is Findhorn, Crystal Waters, Tuntable Falls and many others.


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    • Ray Mathway says:

      good idea for the exercise Bob. I’ve already made a list of websites of long-term Oz & overseas communities – amazing how many there are ! I went to Tuntable Falls & Crystal Waters several times in the 80s/90s. I also plan to cover those that have failed or failed-to-launch ….. mistakes teach you things too 🙂

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  19. Dr Bob Rich says:

    kartofflmuter, that way of using TV shows you can wring good out of anything. Well done.


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  20. kartofflmuter says:

    Well-just about anything. We listened to Rush Limbaugh on the radio while running errands one week.For an entire 5 day period,I kept my mouth shut. This was harder than you might think if you knew me personally.I knew how to drive and had a car to drive when our second child turned 3.Robi was still in elementary school.It was the happiest time of my lfe. We were driving to Dr. appts and the grocery store. At first,he didn’t say anything either and on the third or 4th day,he said something.I remember we were at Albertson’s getting out of the car. “Feminazis”-that was is name for women he didn’t like. So my son asked why were listening to this jerk and I said that this jerk invited anyone to listen to him for a whole week to decide for themselves. So? He said he had made his decision. We put in a Hindi Cassette tape when we left and never listened to the jerk again.

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  21. Mona M says:

    Wonderful Grand-Father, Thank You for sharing your blog and your wisdom that resonates so much within me. Sharing with you one of my most favorite Indian quote: “In the end, it’s all going to work out. And if it doesn’t work, then it’s not the end”. 1000blessings, Mona, Rajasthan.

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  22. Launa Exe says:

    Great Post, I love this, you give me a exciting.


  23. mjnieto7 says:

    Thanks Bob for your book give away. I am not signing up because I already have a copy but will spread the word around and offer details to sign up for the book. My old playmates are always available for a freebie, and some actually LIKE to read !
    PS Love Mona’s wisdom.Not much is working for me so it must NOT be the end !!

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  24. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    It is lovely seeing so many of my writing towels chiming in on Bob’s blog! Thanks to all of you were dropping by.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Carolyn, I think that’s your phone not listening to you correctly when you dictate to it. Maybe visitors could suggest a few plausible meanings for writing towels?

    Liked by 1 person

  26. grayshame says:

    your extremely insightful comment drove me here and dropped me off. fifteen published books is no easy feat. i love your claim of not fitting into a genre. i sense an individuality in you which is quickly seeping away from today’s age. thank you for existing.

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  27. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you. I saw your gravatar image on another site and thought I’d check your site out. It’s a pleasure to find someone with a vision for the future generations!


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you for the honour of your visit. I’ve had a quick look at your blog. Didn’t see anything about you personally. Are you “senior” enough to have fought in WW2? I was a baby then…

      You will probably enjoy the book I’ve just published, Guardian Angel. Please check the new page on my blog and web site.



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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Cecilia, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.
      Life is too short to be treated with the seriousness it deserves. They say, you get busier once you retire, and I’ve retired five times so far. I simply don’t have the time to write a new post each day.
      Besides, I know that many of my friends are also busy people. A post a day from me would soon become spam.


  29. Gosh I always knew the best stuff was right in from of me! Thank you Bob!


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  31. Dr Bob Rich says:

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  32. lifestyles says:

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    Lovely blog,


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    This may be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you for visiting. Today, I’ve worked quite a bit with my pages and blogs, and had no problem.
      Can you try a different browser? Or access the site on another device and see if the problem persists?


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  36. Mem says:

    Hello Bob Marianne Isaacs here . It’s lovely to hear your voice in print after all these years . We are all good .

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  37. Very impressive blog. I admit I have to spend some time going through it. Enjoyed reading about you and your writings. Take care.


  38. acflory says:

    Hi Bob! -waves- Your email came at just the right moment as the internet privacy debacle is making me very unhappy with newsletters provided by big tech companies such as MailChimp. As such, I’d far rather visit your blog. 🙂


  39. Miriam says:

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to
    this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding
    your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and
    will share this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Miriam, thank you. I have enough for my needs, and my wife and I have done our best to live in voluntary poverty for many years (sometimes the money came in, like it or not, because people sought out my services).
      Far more important to me is to make a difference. If you want to be of service to me, the best way is what you have offered: to bring other people here. Also, all my books, fiction or nonfiction, are intended to make this planet a better place to live.
      Have a good life, my dear.


  40. Hello there mr. Bob , this is Independent Author T. Ponder (i.g: writer_author_t_ponder) I have my rough outline manuscript of my Novel out in my webpages at GooglePlus BUT here is a special description:

    As an independent author and writer, the groundwork that I had to do to personally develop my Novel/Novellette was complex….emotionally taxing: Deep reflection in specific areas that held/holds significant meaning to myself and people I have met in the past. Preservation of aspects of realities truths, with Fictional Stories….a little less than 10,000 words as the Standard Novel.

    Categories: (Dark Humor, Educational Development, Romance, Thriller)

    My working Titles for this Novellette are:

    “streamline tales”
    “the streamline novellette”
    “nuance of streamline”

    FB: Tevin Ponder T Ponder .


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