BOOK REVIEW: “Everybody Writes” by Ann Handley

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How do people make thousands of dollars as a writer?

Where do you find clients to pay for your hard-earned work?

How can you get people to see your content?

Content writer Ann Handley wrote Everybody Writes because she knows the tribulations beginning writers face. Writers don’t have to live the typical broke writer’s life forever. This book is dedicated for readers like you to upgrade your writing skills and offer valuable content to people all over the world.

Here’s what you need to know about this book:


“I want to tell you that the key to taking your writing muscles from puny to brawny is to write every day.”-Ann Handley

News flash: your first publication won’t bring you overnight success. You need a little more consistency to create a full-time writing career.

Don’t worry, you can start off small. I’ve practiced writing every day, anything from blogging to fanfiction to get the writing flow going. I’ve started writing 300 words a day. Now, my daily word count ranges from 600 to 1,000.

Some people might say you don’t have to write every day. Remind yourself of your goals and how soon you want to reach them. Sure, your brain does need a break occasionally, or else you’ll burn out.

The people who tell you to slow down usually are not in the right places themselves.  It’s like a lazy couch potato telling you to stop working out every day. You’re not going to follow the bum’s advice if you’re planning to fit into a hot bikini next summer!

Whatever you do, make writing a habit. It’ll be your best friend in the long run.


“Readers will read what you write only if something is in it for them.”-Ann Handley

Do you read “How To” articles for pleasure or you need something to improve your life? I picked up Everybody Writes because I want to know more about being a better writer. I’m not perfect. I always wonder what I’m missing and what I can do well.

Look at these example articles from Neil Patel and Jon Morrow. Both offer original content for writers to improve their profession.

Remember, write what your readers can take away. You can always write for fun, no matter what. Don’t forget to use your writing skills to enrich people’s lives too. You’ll receive many rewards in return.


A writer won’t go far without an arsenal of writer’s resources. Handley has a whole warehouse of recommended tools in her book. Here are a few samples:






Everybody Writes will help you improve your writing approach.  I was satisfied Handley offered more advice than “cut out those darn adverbs” or “write with feelings.” C’mon, writers need more practical help.

Don’t read this book and set it aside, act right away!  More action, more money; The writer’s dream, right?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Occult America” by Mitch Horowitz

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What comes to your mind when you come across the title Occult America? Secret societies? Government conspiracies? The Eye of Providence?

Mitch Horowitz composed Occult America as an overview of alternative spiritualities rising in early America, not glorified conspiracy porn (I tend to read those anyway). These beliefs include theosophy, alchemy, Hoodoo/Voodoo (there’s a major difference), and New Thought.

If you’ve been down occult studies avenue, you might recognize the following figures mentioned in this book: Manly P. Hall, Helena P. Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce.

As much as I love learning about the occult, some chapters in Occult America almost made me doze off. Some of the chapters read like a dry textbook.

On the other hand, I’ve captured some interesting notes:


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New York detectives cracked down on tea readings (via Wikimedia)

The State of New York created a ban on psychic reading services. This way, no con artist can run off with peoples’ money predicting outlandish events of adultery and whatnot. Fortune-telling had to be free, or psychics were sent to court. However, they could accept tips.


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The Theosophical Seal (via Flickr)

For a while, I’ve been wondering if any African-Americans joined the famous Theosophical Society. Founders Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott created the group in 1875 at New York City.

Almost everybody I’ve read about who was involved with the society was either white or Indian. Where were the black people? Were they allowed entry?

At last, Horowitz pointed out Robert T. Browne,  a mystic who became one of the most prolific African-American writers of his era. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1915.

Browne wore a turban to disguise himself as a mysterious foreigner. He didn’t want to put himself on the spot of much racist nonsense.


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Joseph Smith (via Wikimedia)

I have a limited knowledge of Mormonism. Much of what I know is the Golden Plates, Salt Lake City, polygamy, and the cycling followers’ unexpected door-to-door visits. What I found in Occult America about Mormon founder Joseph Smith was most intriguing:

“Joseph Smith’s family owned magical charms, divining rods, a ceremonial dagger inscribed with astrological symbols of Scorpio and seals of Mars, and parchments marked with occult signs and cryptograms popular in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England and American folklore.”

How is this not mainstream info? This makes Smith more of an interesting character!


Read Occult America if you enjoy dabbling in occult studies. You might learn something you haven’t known before.

Make sure to check out Mitch Horowitz too! This hidden world is his paradise. Thanks to him, he reveals America has more mysterious origins beyond our limited imaginations.

If you haven’t noticed already, occult imagery is all around us. It pops up in our faces every day!


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16 Inspiring Quotes from Sanaya Roman’s “Creating Money”

Sanaya Roman is an experienced channeler in close contact with a nonphysical entity named Orin. Together, they produced written works such as Living With Joy, Opening to Channel, and Spiritual Growth.

In my review, I’ve remarked how much Creating Money (review) has transformed my outlook on money. Money is on our minds every day. We’re always thinking of ways how to make more, wishing we had more, and planning ways not to lose it.

Do you find yourself in this repetitive cycle?

Here are 16 inspiring quotes I’ve highlighted while reading Creating Money:

  1. “By setting your intentions to become abundant, you are making it an inner reality, and it is only a matter of time before your intention becomes a reality in the outer world.”


  1. “Every time you are willing to take a risk, you increase your ability to trust and believe in yourself.”


  1. “If you keep focusing on what you want and take action as appears appropriate, the obstacles will probably start dissolving.”


  1. “If, for instance, you catch yourself saying, ‘I don’t have enough money,’ simply say ‘I have an abundance of money.”


  1. “Imagine that there are many flows coming into you from the universe, and each one offers a way money can come to you.”


  1. “Love getting there as much as being there.”


  1. “Rather than saying, ‘I can’t afford to buy this, say ‘I choose not to buy this at this time.’”


  1. “Since you live in a world of form and substance, action is the physical link to having what you want. You can develop trust by putting your ideas into action, getting feedback, and seeing the results.”


  1. “Start developing your manifesting skills with things that are easy for you to create.”


  1. “The earth plane is a special place. It enables you to practice becoming clear on your thoughts before they are manifested all about you.”


  1. “The skills and experience of your past are your net worth, and you can turn them into money.”


  1. “There is no limit to what you can create. You live in a limitless world; anything is possible.”


  1. “To create many flows of money in your life, learn to give and receive freely.”


  1. “Trust is the link between the mental world and the physical world. It provides continuity during the time that lapses between the conception of an idea and its manifestation. Realize that your dreams are already real on the mental plane; they are just awaiting the perfect time to appear in your physical reality.”


  1. “Your dreams and fantasies are showing you your potential.”


  1. “Your life’s work may not yet exist as a job you can find. It may be a job will create.”


Which quote is your favorite?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Creating Money” by Sanaya Roman & Duane Packer

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Are you paid to do what you love? If not, what’s holding you back?

Creating Money can help you change your mind about money. This book reminds readers they are the source of their wealth. The belief that money only comes from the external world is an illusion.

Your source of wealth doesn’t come from your parents, employer, or your fancy college degree, it’s you.


Creating Money implies creation is the source of money. The book recommends spending more time building what you enjoy instead of dying inside doing something you don’t love.

Time is an illusion. You’re expected to be paid by the hour, but your time’s limited. You’re not immortal (unless you’re a vampire). Don’t you think it’s odd to give your time away in exchange for pay?

It made me realize how most of us are paid for our presence in the workplace than our creations. Meanwhile, some people receive millions for their work on one product. Think about that!

The book teaches you to expand your thoughts for an expansive life. Believing you can’t make so and so money because of X, Y, and Z won’t get you far; You must have an unlimited mindset:

“Unlimited thinking increases creativity, expands possibilities, draws opportunities to you and allows you to have more. Unlimited thinking lets you experience in advance the feelings you will have when you have received the abundance you want, and these feelings are the vehicle that brings you abundance.”

Make time to do what you want. Don’t sacrifice it all because of other people’s limited thinking. You have one life, you don’t want to miss out.


“Money is energy, and it exists in all realms.”

Money is based on energy, not time. You can convert your actions into cash. Think about the successful eBook writers on Amazon. They didn’t wait around for traditional publishers to give them the exposure and royalty pay they desired. These authors took matters into their own hands and sold their stories anyway.

There is an infinite amount of ways money can come to you. All you must do is decide to open the gates and let the energy come flowing in.



Creating Money had me switch my old financial beliefs. I have missed out on many great writing opportunities in the past because I believed I couldn’t achieve them.

Months ago, I found a sweet writing gig paying hundreds of dollars for book summaries. The problem: they wanted 2,000-4,000 words per summary. I’ve never done that before, so I chickened out.

Now, I can write at least 3,000 words a week. It all comes down to focus and discipline. I’ve changed my mindset on my capabilities, and it came with pleasant surprises. I might look back at that book summary gig again.



Where do you see yourself five years from now if you’ve taken all the possibilities the universe provides? Happy, right?

I love how Creating Money expresses how powerful we are. Imagination is a wonderful gift.

“Imagination was given to you so you could transcend the physical world.”

Creating Money helped me destroy my old thoughts about money. I’ve been in some tight spots with money, and this book encouraged me to take serious action. You’ll do the same when you’re done with this book.


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My September 2018 Book Haul

Man, my September book haul was short, but three great events happened this past month:

 I’ve posted 30 book reviews!

One of my New Year resolutions was to publish 30 book reviews on this site. The two remaining goals: reading 333 books (including comics) and catch up with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

So far, I’ve only read Interview with A Vampire in the vampire series. I have a long way to go before the end of the year. If I don’t finish on time, I can always finish in 2019. No need to have a panic attack over it.

I’ve turned 30!

Yep, this duck is 30! One of my birthday gifts included a sweet vintage copy of The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont (Charles Haanel).  Check out my review and my favorite quotes (all 43) from this book. I loved this book so much I had to keep a copy!

Duckie’s Book Nook turned 3!

Thankfully, WordPress reminded me of my blogging anniversary. I have to say I’ve progressed much since 2015. The books I’ve read have stretched my perspectives (and my consciousness). I’ve met many book bloggers since the beginning. Here are a few you should check out:

With all of that said, here’s my haul:

Adult Fiction

  1. Mona Lisa Awakening by Sunny

Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Conspiracies by Alex Monaldo
  2. The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook by Alina Bradford *REVIEW*
  3. The Hermetica translated by Brian P. Copenhaver *REVIEW*
  4. Japan by Rui Kanda
  5. UFOs and Aliens by Alex Monaldo

Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga

  1. Lick-It Man by Camille Carida *this was wacky af*
  2. Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero
  3. Splatoon volume 4 by Sankichi Hinodeya

What did you read this September?

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BOOK REVIEW: “Hermetica” trans. by Brian P. Copenhaver

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  • Title: Hermetica (Goodreads)
  • Author: Brian P. Copenhaver (translator)
  • Publication: Cambridge University Press (August 28, 1992)
  • Genre: New Age/Metaphysical, Philosophy
  • Pages: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I honestly wasn’t expecting The Hermetica to read differently than the previous Hermetic books I’ve read. This book is more academic than anything! You’re not going to understand every page at once.

Thank goodness, translator Brian P. Copenhaver created an entire section of notes for readers to gain a better comprehension of the material.

My first reactions to the Hermetica were quite negative. I was about to discard it after the first 30 pages or give it a low rating. It wouldn’t be fair to give Hermetica a low score because I didn’t understand it (unless it’s really jacked up). I only needed more time to learn from it.


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“Corpus Hermeticum” via Wikimedia

The Hermetica is divided into two sections: Corpus Hermeticum and Asclepius. Both are dialogue pieces discussing the mind, the soul, mortality, and divinity.

“Mankind is twofold -in the body mortal but immortal in the essential man.” Corpus Hermeticum I

“Mankind is the only thing that is twofold: one part of him is simple, what the Greeks call ousiōdēs, what we call a form of divine likeness. What the Greeks call hulikos and we call earthly is fourfold. From it is made the body that covers over what we have already turned divine in mankind; it covers the divinity of the pure mind, which rests alone with its kindred, the thoughts of pure mind, at peace with itself as if sheltered by a wall of body.” -Asclepius

According to Trismegistus, we are more than mere mortals. Each and every one of us is a divine being wrapped in human flesh. We can choose to live our regular third-dimensional lives or go beyond, expanding our multi-layered consciousness. The power of the mind and the unlimited soul is gifted to us, but we barely take advantage of its full benefits.


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“Library of Alexandria” via Wikimedia

If you enjoy reading esoteric works, hermetic philosophy and don’t mind in-depth academic readings, do read Hermetica.

I highly recommend finding a library copy before purchasing it. Prices can be high. You don’t want to waste money on books you’ll won’t understand. I also suggest familiarizing yourself with Hermeticism by reading works like The Kybalion.

Reading Hermetica all the way through the was quite an obstacle. Things became clearer when I reviewed my highlighted passages multiple times.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook” by Alina Bradford


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“For the love of God, don’t write for free!” – Alina Bradford, author of The Fluff-Free Freelance Writer Master Course Workbook

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One thing I loved about The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook is its brutal honesty. This book is not going to tell you a million dollars will fall into your lap for writing one measly article for “exposure.” Don’t settle for exposure articles as a full-time freelance writer.

Seriously, you have bills to pay. Exposure won’t pay for your groceries or rent!

Alina Bradford has been a freelance writer for over 20 years. She knows what’s up and has plenty to offer to get you on the right path. Throughout her book, Bradford lays out assignments to step up your writing game. You’ll learn how to build your portfolio, SEO, establish your brand, and more. This book is not too thin or too in-depth with information. Additionally, the author clearly states the dangers encountered in freelance writing.


Some freelance writers began their careers with content mills and are okay with it. Others avoid them like the plague. According to Bradford, content mills are the dark places Mufasa warned you about.

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Content mills are writing agencies where writers exchange their time pumping out articles for small pay.  It can range from five cents a word to five dollars an article. Imagine being paid $11 for a heavily researched 1000+ word article. Doesn’t sound too sexy, does it? Content mills will only run you into the ground.


Okay, you have little freelance writing experience, and content mills are the devil. What are you supposed to do? Bradford recommends daily gig searches on sites like Freelance Writing Gigs and Writers Weekly to pitch to potential clients. You send an e-mail with an enticing headline and a short summary describing your article.

Pitching may be intimidating, but it gets easier the more you repeat the process. Yes, you’ll face rejection, but don’t let it stop you from your long-term writing goals! Here’s Bradford’s advice on the matter:

“Apply for 20 solid gigs per week until you start bringing in the clients you need to pay the bills. Once you get clients, don’t stop. You’re never done searching when you’re a freelance writer.”


I’ve pitched to a couple of freelance writing gigs. Some have kindly rejected me and others I didn’t receive any response at all. I kept pitching, and companies finally hit me up with acceptance notifications. I received one accepted pitch in August when I originally pitched to the company way back in January. Patience and repeated action truly work!

Sick of the broke writer’s life? The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course Workbook will relieve you from that position. Check out the book now and follow Alina Bradford on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Are you a freelance writer? What’s your favorite freelance writing tip of all time?

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