Category Archives: Bob’s Books

What the BookLife Prize judge thinks of From Depression to Contentment

Idea/Concept: Condemning pharmaceutical approaches in handling depression, this practical guide to self-healing presents a commendable alternative to traditional medicine. With a strong case against accepted notions about treating sadness and despondency with drugs, the book adheres to a do-it-yourself plan … Continue reading

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Bobbing Around Volume 19 Number 6

The primary end of personal possessions is to relieve hunger, thirst, and nakedness, and if more than sufficient remains it should be transmitted into good works. Galen Habitat loss, pesticide use, invasive species, and climate change all have likely played … Continue reading

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Interviewed from the male perspective

Only… the interviewer was a nice young lady, Lana Turner. I don’t know why she does things from the male perspective, but don’t mind either. Almost everyone seems to like my interviews, but there is at least one exception — … Continue reading

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Oddballs from an oddball

Our November topic is: What is the oddest or most unique character you have ever dreamed up, and how did they fit into a story? The dictionary definition of an oddball is “a strange or eccentric person.” I certainly qualify, … Continue reading

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Hey, what?

Rhobin Courtright set her group this topic: “What unique situations have occurred in the writing process of any of your novels? Perhaps, but not limited to things like where what you planned changed, or the direction you thought the story … Continue reading

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RIP?

For months now, I’ve had a dry spell: I want to write, but the juices aren’t flowing. It hasn’t been writer’s block as such, but much more like repression I’ve observed with my clients who have a terrible need to … Continue reading

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Yvonne Rowan reviews From Depression to Contentment

Are you steeped in depression? Feeling sad, but don’t know why? Plunged into a seemingly endless grief? What if you met someone whose greatest joy in life (yes, greatest joy) is to take you gently by the hand and lead … Continue reading

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Thickening the plot

In September, 2019, Rhobin wants to know, “In designing your plots, what do you rely on most: personal experience, imagination, or research?” Well, Rhobin, all I can say is, I don’t know! Twenty years ago, I could have given a … Continue reading

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Victoria Chatham reviews Anikó: The stranger who loved me

I can’t remember when I have started re-reading a book before I’ve even finished it, but that is what happened with this book. I was enthralled with the story from page one. The cast of characters was the author’s family, … Continue reading

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More about Anikó

I attended a writers’ conference organised by well-known Australian writer, John Marsden, in 2003. We were each to deliver a speech to promote an unpublished manuscript. Several publishers had their acquisition editors there. For my contribution to the August, 2019 … Continue reading

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