Saturday, 29 October 2011

FireStep Publishing – Seeking Submissions

I recently received my book review assignment and it came with a business card from FireStep Publishing. One look at the card and I knew that the publisher needed unsolicited submissions from writers (confirmed on its website). What else could make a book publisher adopt such a tactic?

Anyway, Firestone Publishing are actively seeking manuscripts from unpublished and published writers. FireStep Publishing is a division of Tommie Guides military booksellers and publishers.

For interested writers, it is worthy to note that FireStep Publishing majors in military history genre; fiction, non-fiction, and poetry under this genre are welcome. Please take a look at their titles before submission.

Full submission guide can be found on their website. Good luck.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

A Reaction to Wall Street Riots

Ps 37:30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,  and his tongue speaks what is just.

Herman Cain said of Wall Street protesters: “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself.”

Several hours later, he said of the same people: “They might be frustrated with Wall Street and bankers, but they are directing their anger at the wrong place. Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies…They ought to be over in front of the White House taking out their frustrations.”

I have always have a nagging thought that some well-to-do folks see poor people as lazy, laid-back, and lacking in drive for success. Herman Cain’s first comment smacks of this kind of view. His second comment seems more measured and thought out. However, he still did not consider that the so-called “big-banks” actually had a “big” hand in causing global recession. The bankers have not taken responsibility for that fact…more importantly, they have not cleaned up their ways. The US government is supposed to be a rod for correcting or punishing offenders. Why aren’t they doing their job as far as banking regulation is concerned?

As for the Wall Street protesters, their violence would never bring a desired change. A better solution is to vote out politicians who pay lip service to the electorate. Also, there is a need to be wary of politicians who make such statements like Herman Cain’s. A great leader needs to think deeply before speaking publicly. Cain did not do that.

Monday, 17 October 2011

WikiLeaks and the Age of Information

The word ‘wiki’ has never has so much mystery, wonder, amazement, fear, worry, and trepidation. The feelings listed above actually depend on who you are and what you do. If you are just an average citizen who is an internet troll, then the first half sums up how you feel at times. If you are a western politician with a high position in the government, then you are prone to experience the second half of the emotions, you may had ‘with sleepless nights’ on top of that.

Information has become a potent weapon that open eyes and disturb governments. Centuries past, if you print a true story about a king or queen or any other kind of ruler, you may find yourself in a murky dungeon or adorning the hangman’s noose. These days, such information annoys and frightens politicians like a cat under a pile of snow who will do anything to get out of the predicament it finds itself in.

I have not read much about Wikileaks. I have no doubt about the truth of some of the so-called ‘revelations’. I can smell fear – the way members of government talk to the press, the statements and the kind of words used, and the embarrassment and terror on their faces.

Wikileaks is just the first of this kind of release. Many website will follow with hacker getting their hands on valuable information and desiring to let the whole world know. Also, there will be the ‘fakers’ that will spin lies and cause panic around the world.

There had been the age of kings – when good kings rule and bad kings oppress. There had been age of knowledge when wisdom enlightened and evil geniuses wrecked havoc. The age of religion brought truth and falsehood. Creative innovation and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction were part of the legacies of industrial and technological revolution.

As for the age of information – truth will emerge and lies will spread. As we troll the internet and read of the latest scientific studies, we must take heed to what we read and hear. Any Jack (like me) can sit down and right anything on the internet, you know. As powerful and liberating as that sounds, I don’t think some of us think a lot before we write things (just like some folks never think before they speak). Beware of lies and falsehood disguised as facts and figures.

Welcome to the age of information where gossip is king.

Wait. Have you gone of CNN website of late? There was this guy……

Mornings and Beginnings


Morning can be one of the most refreshing time of the day for a lot of people, me included. It is a time to start again, to look forward to the day and plan towards whatever the heart desires.
Such is how I am feeling today – fresh, revitalised, and hopeful. I hope the dreams God has put in this heart of mine will be realised and fulfilled. For it is one thing to start well, and it is another matter to finish…well.



 

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