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How To Write A Novel In Just 30 Days!

Before anything else, please do note that I never write as an expert, I always write from my own experiences and this piece is no different.

If you are reading this piece, it means only one thing. You are either a writer or have interest on writing which mean you can write. However, we all know that writing is not always easy, we must not only have skill, talent and passion but also commitment to write, and discipline in writing is, needless to say, very important.

If I say writing is still the easiest part, many writers out there would definitely agree. Experienced and skillful writers can churn out books in a very short period of time and I can attest that too from my own experiences. I did in fact write five books in this year alone and I could have easily written more if I wanted to.

Still, writing a novel in just 30 days is still a monumental task, but not impossible. Many have done it through National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo in short, the annual novel writing month in November, and here are some tips on how you can do it as well.

Preplanning is paramount. The prose or storyline must be thought out well before the actual writing starts, at least in general, and all the small details of the story can be added on later on one at a time.

As you already know the main storyline by now, you must think out of those other small details well in advance and know precisely how to put them into words. If you do both thinking and writing at the same time, it will consume too much time and you won’t be able to write more. The best way to think it over is right before the bedtime, go through each word and sentence of the next day’s writing once more again, and the writing will become very easy and flowing the other day.

Commitment is very important. We writers have our own different choices of writing time, some prefer the morning, and the others afternoon, evening or even nighttime. It doesn’t matter which time of the day you do write, just write and write on a daily basis. If you care to ask, I write on the office hours and only write on weekdays.

A modern day novel is at least 50-60k words long, by that calculation you need to write at least 2k words in a daily basis, and must be prepared to commit your time from the start to the end. And we all know that it is not that of a big deal for most of us.

All we need is a little bit of discipline, spend less time on social media, and avoid distraction of other kinds if possible.

And avoid using big and complicated words, write in simple words and short sentences, and write in a daily basis without excuses. The hardest part is said to be making the final decision, once the decision is made, all you need is to stick to the plan to the end. And with right discipline, commitment and perseverance, it can be achieved pretty easily.

If this is still not encouraging enough for you, think about the joy, excitement and sense of achievement that it can bring along after the job is successfully completed. The experience is just phenomenal and beyond words. Are you ready to give a try? Accept the challenge with open arms and make yourself a very happy writer today!

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www/timigurung.com

Maybe it’s about time I should review my premium account at Linkedin!

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Although I have been using Linkedin for many years, it has almost been two years since I have premium account and I am already having a second thought about it. The premium account certainly has many advantages than the basic one and I will be the first one to admit that I have definitely underused them. But I am not talking about the service plans here, I better leave that job to the service provider, and come straight to the point for which I am writing this piece today. What I am talking here is about the actual content, standard and the way I felt about Linkedin in recent days and nothing more.

Before anything else, please let me remind you here again that I never write as an expert, I always write things based on my own experience and my views here are presented as a user. If you were looking for an article full of statics, analysis and tricks, you will be duly disappointed.

I have seen people complaining about the content and standard of Linkedin, they say Linkedin is becoming like FB, and I do agree. It was supposed to be a platform for professionals and businesses. But most of its contents strike similarity with FB and most of those posts displayed in its thread lines are rather personal or family oriented. I have seen people using the same post on FB, Linkedin and other social media platforms regardless and that somehow blurred the line. Pictures of scantly clothed model or revealing women occupied more spaces than relevant posting and business-related posts are getting lesser by days.

Yet, the most disturbing practices of them all are the political ones and people have been abusing it as a platform for expressing their political agendas, belief and rants. Some of the posts are quite frightening as well and they are mostly full of epithet, insult and mudslinging. Linkedin was meant to be for professionals but it seemed like it has been hijacked by political cronies and loonies and they are allover again.

The other nuisance of Linkedin nowadays is the pettiness among its users and they tend to post almost anything from fortunetelling, sightseeing to trolling. Fake, pretenders, scammer and schemer are almost everywhere preying around for easy targets, so are whistleblowers and the game of cat and mouse plays on.

The content, standard and professionalism of Linkedin have drastically gone down in recent years and I have been noticing it for sometime. But two of recent experiences have cleared my doubts. In one event, when I posted about palm-reading, (Yes, I am among the transgressors) I hit more than five hundreds LIKES and had more than one hundred profile views. In the next event, when I posted for a job asking for book cover maker, only one guy showed interest. Needless to say, I was genuinely surprised. Despite the contrast between the two events, it clearly showed the current status of Linkedin and it disturbed me.

If I cannot find the professionals I was looking for in Linkedin, what is the point of having a premium account here then? The main reason why I am still in Linkedin is to find professional or business people so I can fulfill my job as a professional. I asked this question to myself immediately and you should do the same as well. I already have FB and Twitter for my families, friends and followers.

The other thing that concerned me about Linkedin is this – one of my good friends told me that she stopped receiving notifications about my posts for a long time. Whenever we post something new, all of our connections were to get noticed. This has always been my understanding about notifications from the very beginning but that seemed to be not the case here. Please correct me if I am wrong here. But that is the main reason why we have connections at the first place, right? They shouldn’t be selective on sending notifications.

Maybe it is about time I should review my premium account on Linkedin. If I cannot get what I want from it, e.g. professional and business related help, why should I waste my hard earned money? I am genuinely contemplating of a change.

I have almost seven thousands connection and still LIKE each and every one of them when they have work anniversary. I used to wish them all HAPPY BIRTHDAY before as well but I have stopped now as I felt that was maybe too personal. I have always tried to be a nice guy and whenever my connections have done something for me, I have always reciprocated. Yet, I only have just a few of them with whom I do have a good connection and I hardly hear from the rest.

For many, the connections are nothing more than just a number and perhaps we just want to be friend with each other only to make our profile page look good.

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com

The ever changing political scenery of Hong Kong that keeps on surprising me!

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After the Chinese and the British had finally agreed on Hong Kong’s future back in 1984, the new term of ‘One country two systems’ was coined and the form of governance in post 1997 Hong Kong was duly established. But nobody knew for sure what it was going to be like and people had reasonable doubts on whether it was good for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong people were genuinely scared of red China, many rich and able ones had opted for a new passport and only the poor and feeble ones were left out without an escaping route. Doomsayers had predicted for a serious brain-drain problem hence putting the future of Hong Kong as an international financial hub in real danger.

As we all know, nothing of such calamity ever prevailed and Hong Kong still remains one of the best financial centers of the world even today. It has already been a little more than 19 years since the British had left Hong Kong and it is still going on as strong and vibrant as it was before 1997.

The new policy of ‘one country two systems’, the brainchild of China’s by then paramount leader, late Deng Xiao Ping, which means Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong, seemed to be working pretty well hitherto and the initial doubts and fears of Hong Kong people had all but cleared by now for good.

However, the new phrase of ‘Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong’ has been taken too literally by the Hong Kong people and everybody seems to have a go at it. Since the handover, almost everyone started complaining about almost everything, the streets were full of rallies and demonstrators, and activism filled up Hong Kong’s most weekends. Surprisingly though, there were hardly any grievances or demonstrations in Hong Kong when the Brits were still the colonial master.

Why such a sudden change? Pundits can certainly provide many explanations and there is no doubt at all that they can be right as well. But as far as I am concerned, one wise man got it quite right and his explanation was something like this. ‘When the Brits were ruling Hong Kong, nobody dared to speak out. Now, it is the locals who are running the show and suddenly everybody found their lost courage. Why? Because the Brits were from different race but we are all from the same race now. People see no difference between themselves and the local leaders hence feel easy and comfortable to speak out.’ I couldn’t agree more.

Hong Kong leaders are not seasoned politician, they are mostly bureaucrats suddenly put on the limelight through connections and sometime due favors. The top dog of Hong Kong incorporation is called chief executive of HKSAR or CE in short and elected by a coterie of 1200 elitists favored by Beijing. The 1st CE of HKSAR, Tung Chi Hwa, resigned due to health issue but the real reason was the failure of implementing article 23, the security law targeting subversion and sedition. The 2nd CE, Donald Tsang was embroiled in alleged bribery charges and his chief secretary is still in prison. The 3rd and current CE, CY Leung is probably one of the most disliked persons in Hong Kong and the next election for CE is due on 2017.

But the real show of discontent, disagreement and disrespect is utterly displayed in the chamber of legislative council, the top body of lawmakers in Hong Kong and people got to see it almost in a daily basis. Despite being elected through geographical and constitutional constituencies, the 70 legislatures are mostly divided into two groups – the pro and the opposition camp, and my God how they fight like spoilt children throwing banana, water bottle and files at each other when epithets were not powerful enough.

Everything boiled over in 2014. People took the streets in sheer frustration and almost paralyzed the city for the next 79 days. The civil disobedience movement started as ‘Occupy Central’ and got a new name as ‘Umbrella Movement’ at the end. It was quite a phenomenon by itself that it actually happened at the first place. Most importantly, it gave Hong Kong students the first taste of politics as well as activism and it was for the very first time ever they had played such a big role in shaping Hong Kong’s political scenes. They were the undesignated leaders of the new movement and made to shine before they were actually ready. It was quite an achievement for a city like Hong Kong where money talks the most and ‘Umbrella movement’ has given other name as well for Hong Kong.

But at the same time, the movement also laid bared other weaknesses as well as immaturity of our current political system. The movement was a mess, leaderless and rudderless all at the same time, and the participants were left alone and unguided at the latter part of the campaign. They were mostly of their own and did as they liked. The organizer of occupy central and its so called three leaders were nowhere and left the movement earlier when others stayed on. The pan-democrats, the opposition camp was nowhere to be seen as well, so, the new and inexperienced students’ leaders were forced to lead the campaign at the end. However by then, it had already lost its value.

The biggest loser of the ‘Occupy Central’ movement was the pan-democrats and many had lost their mandates as politician as well. The scandal of being allegedly enrolled by media tycoon Jimmy Lai didn’t help them at all and seriously harmed their name. It left a vacuum in the political stratum and new aspirations had to come in from somewhere before it could fill up the void.

Here come the new breed of political groups and activists, also known as localist, which are brutally loudest and propagate for a completely new Hong Kong that has less to do with China. Bring in overly-hyped media onto the game, add western hypocrisy on top of that, and what we will have at the end is a very loud, hot and overly excited crowd that will do almost anything to make themselves popular.

Independent was a taboo in Hong Kong and nobody dared to talk about it until recently. But now people not only talk openly about independent Hong Kong but also freely advocate about it and nobody seemed to worry much about the consequence. The recent election of two new legislatures from the localist camp and the oath-taking-fiasco they had created is the testament of Hong Kong that time is changing.

However, people have completely forgotten about one very important point and that is China’s patience. Many might not agree but barring from the booksellers case, China has been extremely tolerant towards Hong Kong, it has duly kept its promises with less interference since the handover, and I must say, that is quite commendable as well as surprising.

As we all know China is on the rapid ascension now, unity and integration of Chinese people is the main priority of the rising nation, and separation or disintegration is the last thing it wants to hear for now. Needless to say, what is happening in Hong Kong nowadays is a serious issue and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If China loses its patience tomorrow and really come for you, trust me, you will have nowhere to hide, and no power from the world can save you. What’s more, all of those so called supporters or sympathizers of yours will be the first one on the plane home. They are all here for a temporary basis, but you will be staying here for life.

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com

How I Learned to Interpret The Meaning of my Own Dreams in Those Years?

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As we all have dreams while in sleep, we don’t pay that much attention on them and we do mostly forget about it after we woke up. Dreaming can be both common and surreal at the same time. Sometime it is good and interesting, the other time it is bad and even scary. But they are too sketchy and nonsensical in most cases and manifest nothing more than a myriad of blurry visions that holds not much significance in our daily life. We mostly remember the scary ones for quite sometime though, especially when we are young but it won’t last for that too long anyway hence no importance.

Having said that however, dreams can still hold great significance in our life and paying attention on our dreams can be really helpful sometime. It works like a premonition, sort of intuition or presage like if I must say, and can save unnecessary hassles in our life. You might not believe it but it is quite true that I have somehow learned to interpret the meaning of my own dreams in those years and trust me they have been pretty accurate as well as helpful. Of course, I cannot probe for others but I am only writing from my own experiences and believe that if you pay more attention in your dreams, you can find some patterns of particular dreams and easily interpret them.

Here are few examples of mine that might amaze you but are true.

1. Flying – It is a very common form of dream and almost everybody knows its meaning. If you were flying in your dream, it means you are still growing and only children of growing up age tend to have such dream. It also is said to be the reason why grownups won’t be having such dreams anymore.
2. Seeing fish – If I see a fish or fishes in my dream, the next day I get cold and it is pretty accurate as well.
3. Seeing fire or visiting toilet – It is the worse of them all. Each time I saw one of such dreams, I know I am in trouble and no matter how cautious I am, I always end up arguing with someone.
4. Touching someone’s feet – It is a common tradition of Nepalese people, we do touch elder’s feet to show our respect and blessing. But whenever I saw this particular dream, I always end up receiving bad news or got blamed for something that I wasn’t responsible for.
5. Riding a galloping horse, crossing a bulging river, and climbing a majestic hill – They all portent for a good result, especially when I am waiting for any and the particular dream seen just before the waking up is the most accurate one. Needless to say, whenever I was waiting for some results, whether it was at school or in life, I always had some sort of indication from my dreams and I somehow knew the final outcome beforehand.
6. Running downhill – It means only one thing – bad news or failure.
7. Misc. – Seeing gold bullion, pile of white rice and abundance of fruits were all for good omen. In contrary, seeing a dead relative, being lost or panicked, showering with bundles of money and got beaten up by unknown people were all for bad. Some people believe in opposite effects of the dream but for me it is not.
Just like everybody else, I didn’t pay much attention to my dreams at the beginning but when the patterns started repeating itself again, I was intrigued and started paying more attention before finally believing it.

I am neither a psychologist nor a dream doctor, I am just a writer and as I always say, I just write from my own experiences. Needless to say, different people have different habits as well as characters and I won’t be surprised if this sounds totally irrelevant or unheard of for others. This is the account based on my own experiences at the best and nobody has to believe in it. All I am trying to do here is to share my experiences and if you are still reading this now, my aim of writing this piece is duly achieved. Meantime, maybe you should start paying more attention on your dreams as well, who knows? It might have some pleasant surprises for you too!

Thank you so much for your time, all the best and take care!

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE! http://www.timigurung.com

Why New Migrants Always Fail to Integrate Into The Mainstream Society?

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Thanks to globalization, migration has become a global phenomenon and people are always in the move. Some migrate for family reunion, other move for job, pleasure or new venture. But most people move from one nation to another for better life and economic migrants are said to be the main reason why people move in such great numbers.

Barring irredentism, migration is always a very hard journey and many will fail along the road. Starting a new life in a foreign country is extremely hard. It is not only the language, tradition, and custom that are different but also the whole damn way of life as well. And everything has to be restarted new from the scratch again. One’s entire life can slither away while trying to adjust oneself to the new surroundings.

But the hardest part of them all is the stereotyped perception that the locals harbor about the new migrants and it said to be the main reason why new migrants always fail to integrate into the mainstream society. The locals dislike, denigrate and discriminate against the new migrants; the laws and systems of the new land itself unfairly treat new migrants; and the locals not only believe but also behave as superior to the new arrivals. As a result, the mainstream society will not only ignore, bully and look down to the new arrivals but also segregate them. It would eventually create an invisible barrier between the two and make the process of integrating into the main society very hard.

The systematic policy of discrimination and disparity creates an unfair society and avoids better opportunity to the new arrivals. As a result, the new arrivals end up doing lowly odd jobs and rarely prosper in their newly adopted home. Lack of opportunity and successes not only frustrate them but also make them sad and homesick. It is about time when they feel unwelcomed as well as unwanted and will start seeking out for changes.

First of all, they will start searching out for their own type, make friends and create association for a long term goal. It will start with families and friends, and then origin of place, village and area, followed by hobbies, professions and connections. Individuals will become groups, groups will become communities and communities will become institutions. Only then, the locals will start noticing the very existence of such communities as a whole and treat them better if not as equals.

If the numbers of such new migrants are substantially big and they managed to unite as one, it can become a powerful institution and can fight and protect for its own rights, benefits and identities. It is the only way of making the locals listen for their needs and the key word is always ‘United as one’. If not, it will be just too insignificant for the local authority to pay any attention towards them.

In search of new home and respect in the society, the new arrivals will have no choice but to start creating a small nation within the nation and it will keep them away from the mainstream society. They will try finding new hope, success and meaning of life within their small world and learn to be happy with it.

But it comes with a price. As the chance of being integrated with the mainstream society will be lost once and for all, they will never become the part of the new nation as a whole and having such pockets of unknown and foreign element within the society is risky. Everything will be just fine as long as they are happy. But as well know, it is mostly at the bottom tiers of the society where vices flourish and give room for troubles including homemade terrorism.

Frustration, resentment and delusion are the main roots of evil. If not handled with care, it can easily become a serious problem for any society. Relevant parties should heed and help support the new migrants in the best possible way so they can integrate with the mainstream society. As the saying goes, ‘Precaution is always the better cure’ and we should never take the plights of those new migrants so lightly.

TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com