The Creative Project Manager is Ready!

Hi,

“The Creative Project Manager And Now for Something Completely Different” is my book about how to manage a project in a creative, collaborative approach that works. It is now available in paperback at Amazon and Kindle ebook  as well as at your favorite online retailer in print and ebook formats. You can also read my article about the Python comedy team as a example of creative project management at PMI.org’s Knowledge Shelf.

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White Noir, My new Mystery

If you like film noir movies and the novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, you’ll enjoy this cold, fresh take on a hot Los Angeles detective tale.

Blake Massey is the only private eye for a thousand miles and his only chance to stay alive is to trust a beautiful woman. That has never worked out for him before…

White Noir – A Blake Massey Mystery is available as a paperback from Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, or as  an ebook from  Amazon Kindle, Smashwords,  and Lulu.com. Click on the highlighted links to purchase or read an excerpt before buying.

White Noir is a violent look at life in the harsh arctic barrens, where untold wealth lies hidden underground. The people are strange, the climate unforgiving and the women hidden under many layers of clothing. Massey is a classic LA detective except there are no palm trees, no sandy beaches and no traffic outside his office trailer. This noir mystery is ice cold and raw as an arctic wind biting on exposed flesh.

Check out the sample chapters on thevarious book sites site before buying.  I know you’ll like Remarkable Bay and Blake Massey, a guy just trying to start over in one of the most remote and beautiful places in our world.

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Staying alive for Blake Massey means trusting a beautiful woman. It’s never worked for him before but this time, maybe she’s telling the truth…

Movies We Love in Times of Depression

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Feeling down? Then watch a movie and escape from the everyday.

 

A new MarketBOB ebook on Amazon.com!

Emotions shapes our lives and our futures. Understanding the emotions of crowds will help you to achieve your goals and convert your dreams into reality. Now, with the latest mood shift in the markets, This book is offered for a special price as a feature bonus for readers.  You need to know how the national mood affects your future.

Nervous about the future, especially now?  Understand that emotion shapes our lives and our futures.

Understanding the national mood will help you to achieve your goals and convert your dreams into reality.

Do you act differently when you’re depressed?  Are you slow to make decisions or take action?  Do you hesitate and hunker down, waiting for a better time to take a chance on something new?  Now imagine if you’re not the only one thinking like this.  What if the majority of people in the country shared these feelings?  If we are all depressed, we don’t buy as much, take as many trips or invest aggressively.  We lose our confidence in the future, especially in the predictability of tomorrow being “normal”.

Now, imagine if you could take a poll of people’s emotional state of mind, their collective mood?  Would this be important to you, knowing you’re not alone?  Well, the weekly box office is a national poll of our emotions.  The choices we make together when we choose a movie at the local theater is based on how we feel.  Are we sad, happy, angry, frustrated or scared?  Do we want to escape our daily lives, watch a story about someone else having a worse time that we are?

There have been three depressing decades from an economic point of view in the last 100 years.  The 1930s, 1970s and the 2000s were tough times for everyone.  During these tough times, the big question on everyone’s mind is “when is it going to get better?”  This book is an analysis of the weekly movie box office and the financial to create a profile of movies we like when we’re positive or negative about the future.  In times of depression (both emotionally and economically), we like different movies than in times of prosperity.  It depends on the movie genre, story and quality.  Each factor contributes to our “movie mood” and a measure of our collective state of mind.

If you only invested in the Dow Jones Index during these three decades, you would have lost 44% of your money over thirty long years. Isn’t that depressing? What movies would you go and see? Disaster movies? Horror? Screwball comedy? Yes, all of these genres. When we are losing money, depression makes us want to see movies which cheer us up, provide an escape from our troubles or release from our tension and anger by watching someone suffering even more than we are. When the world is going against you, you go to the movies.

Learn how the great movies of the past marked the turning points of bull and bear markets. All Quiet On The Western Front was the top movie as the DOW started a 89% crash in 1930.  Young Frankenstein turned the market around in 1974 and The Dark Knight preceded the Great Recession of 2008.  The movie mood at the box office measures the emotional mood of investors.  All you need to do is look back at the past.  Imagine doing investing research every week by going to the movies!  Sound like more fun that reading financial statements or divining chart patterns?  Get started using the box office as an indicator of the emotional mood of the investing herd with this book.

So join me in reviewing 30 years of depression and the movies we loved during these dismal times; movies like King Kong, The French Connection, The Hangover and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Each opened during a pivotal turning point in our history and confirmed a change in movie mood, a new wave of depression or optimism.  If you understand the emotional signals from the box office, you can take action in your own life with greater confidence, either to follow the crowd or move against it to seize new opportunities in your life, both financially and personally.  Are you considering moving to a new job, changing careers, retiring early, going back to school or starting a business?  Whatever changes you want to make in your life, it helps to know the mood of the nation.  Emotion shapes our lives and our futures.  Understanding the emotions of crowds will help you to achieve your goals and convert your dreams into reality.

Movies We Love in Times of Depression//

Dig Three Tunnels: The Great Escape to Personal Financial Freedom

Hi, I’ve just written a new ebook on personal finance based on the lessons learned from the WWII story, The Great Escape.

Learn  how watching The Great Escape can set you on your way to Financial Freedom!

Check out my book on personal financial freedom: Dig Three Tunnels: Your Great Escape to Personal Financial Freedom. It’s only $2.99, available as an ebook at Amazon for only $2.99. Learn from these brave WWII soldiers how to break out of your own situation and head for the trees and freedom!

The Great Escape had three tunnels: Tom, Dick and Harry.  Experience had taught the officers that tunnels are risky and once discovered, hard to start over.  You have to think the same.  If your escape plan relies on one tunnel, you could be in danger of exposure.  You have to diversify, manage risk and keep several options open for your escape.

So, if you’re a POW (Prisoner Of Whatever holds you back), don’t keep bouncing the ball against the wall.  Decide to escape and get planning to dig those three tunnels.

Dig Three Tunnels Your Great Escape to Personal Financial Freedom//

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Escape to a happier life: learn from best escape artists from WW II.

Writer Sites With Good Stuff

For me, one of the great joys of the Web is to visit other writer’s web sites and check out what is happening with their lives, work and interests.  The following is a list of writer sites that I enjoy visiting and you should too…

http://www.carlhiaasen.com/ One of my first writer’s conferences was in Vancouver and I had the pleasure of listening to Carl Hiaasen talk about writing and his work.  He has a quirkiness and an attitude that I admire.

http://www.nelsondemille.net/ Nelson DeMille writes characters that ring true, have scars that make them real and again, the right attitude towards life’s priorities.

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/ Any writer who names a character after Hieronymus Bosch is okay by me.

http://www.danbrown.com/ Okay, Mr. Brown is THE publishing phenomenon of the 21st Century.  Go thou and do likewise…

http://www.ken-follett.com/ Mr. Follett is a great writer, great researcher.  Check out his Master Class on writing…

http://www.harlancoben.com/ Harlan Coben is a great writer of the individual thrust into the hell of circumstance.  His books are unique and disturbing.  He also had a series of detective novels about an ordinary guy named Myron mixing with extraordinary characters.

http://www.donaldwestlake.com/wks_bkex5.html Donald Westlake is an inspiration to me, a production god of the craft of writing.  Just check out his list of over 60 books that he has produced under at least four different names.

http://www.elmoreleonard.com/ He is the man of sparse prose, crisp dialogue and characters that re-affirm your faith in the resourcefulness of good and the stupidity of evil.  Absolutely check out his 10 rules of writing.

http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/ A very crisp, informative and almost friendly site, one of the best writer sites you will ever visit.  Hats off to Mr. Gibson for spending the effort to make it wonderful.

http://www.stephenking.com/index_flash.php The Stephen King web site has a slick, glossy look and feel with lots of information about his current work, movie adaptation and a message board.  I keep tabs on Mr. King because of his great book On Writing that is about the clearest and most honest book about a writer’s life and methods that I have read.

http://www.suzeorman.com/home.asp Another publishing phenomenon, who talks about one of my favorite topics.  Okay, my favorite topic…money.  I hope one day to write a personal finance book that is 1% as successful as Suze.

http://www.neilgaiman.com/ I respect writers with a visual style and  Neil Gaiman is very visual and always imaginative.  His journal entries on his web site are great and one wonders how he gets time to do half the stuff he does.