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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Turning your passion for writing into profits

Have you ever tried to consider a writing career? Or perhaps you're just one of those who make writing just a passion and not a profession or income-generating instead? To those who can write (I mean like one who has a great potential and deep love for writing), turning what is just your passion or hobby into profits would be not only exciting, but most promising as well. First you have to gauge which writing fields you would best fit up with and learn to make some adjustments whenever necessary. As long as you can adjust and becomes a versatile one in the process, writing for profits would be just as easy as a walk in the park. The most important thing to consider though is for you to express clearly of your thoughts and ideas through the written words. The following are just some of the tips, based on my own experience, on how you can generate income from what is just your passion or hobby:

1. Be an active contributor. You have to find or search for publications that accept submissions in the fields of poetry, fiction, or essay. It is also one way, for budding writers out there, to get the exposure that they need for their works. Some publications do have writing contests as well, so why not try your luck in there.

2. Be a ghost writer. It is to write like for example, a book, in behalf of someone who can't afford to write for some reasons. Ghost writers are always for hire and they get paid for their labor and talent. In ghost writing, you won't be able to own your works but the copyrights will be reserved for the person or institution that you are serving for.

3. Be a content writer. This is the same as ghost writing although it focused more on internet marketing as well as in providing contents of a certain product or service of a particular website and usually to include SEO (search engine optimization) techniques. A content writer usually receives $10 to $15 per 400 to 500-word high quality article or $250 to $300 per project or higher.

4. Become a blogger or online publisher. Whether you own a domain or not, the success of one's website depends on the expertise and ingenuity of the one running it. Of course, you have to populate your site with relevant and high quality contents. Once you get your site established as well as get the traffic needed to attract advertisers, then that's just the beginning. Imagine your own self earning big bucks on advertisements even while you're away on a vacation. It requires some great skills, a lot of patience, and tons of hard work before reaching that status though.

5. Write your own book. While this one requires a lot of your time and, to some degree, money, that’s one best way to earn something on what you’ve had worked hard for. Once you’re done writing your very first novel, or perhaps a collection of your poetry compiled for a book, you need to find publishers who will be interested in your works. Your success as an author depends on the promotional method being applied to make your book reach the necessary income gained from sales. You can also self-publish your book via online. Lulu and Amazon are just two of the many websites that cater online self-publishing service to authors.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas and the best of gifts we can give to others

Christmas is the best time to reflect on what Christ has done for us and to express such examples through action. Of course, we have to give out of what we can afford to give to others; to reach out to everyone, most especially those who need it most, as each one of us deserves to receive a heartily given gift. The best gifts we can give someone are our time and love. But, sometimes, still we can express it through material things as long as they are heartily given. The Almighty God has given us the priceless gift of love through Christ.

I’m sure not all of you would agree about the fact that Christmas is being celebrated on the 25th of December. Maybe I will agree with them on that but then, I won’t. It doesn’t matter if whatever specific date you would have to celebrate Christmas but what’s important is that you’ve got to celebrate it no matter what. After all, no one knows about the exact date of Christ’s birth. Some Bible scholars cited the month of September as the month by which Christ was probably born. But to celebrate it instead on December 25 is so much better than to not celebrate it at all.

So, in this very important occasion, allow me to express my best of gifts that I can afford to give by investing time to write this short article. I hope that, by sharing this, I can enlighten, inspire, and enrich some souls who are willing enough to as well invest some of their time reading. While I may not be able to reach out to everyone personally, hopefully this one may have to fill in for whatever the gaps. May the spirit of Christmas touches everyone’s hearts and reflect on the gift of giving—the gift that keeps on giving.

My wife Leah, son Nathaniel Harris, and myself wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! May the Almighty God bless us all!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Who were the Bible was referring to as the Sons of God in Genesis 6?

The story about a giant race, mentioned in Genesis 6 that once roamed the Earth and co-existed with ordinary mortals will be a subject for as many interpretations and debates as there are Bible scholars willing to invest some thoughts on the said topic. The Bible has given us a clear picture of what kind of world it was like in Noah's time yet  leaving us some passages worth spending much of our time pondering in Genesis chapter 6:  "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply in the face of the Earth, and daughters were born to them, that the Sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall always abide with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the Earth in those days; and also after that, when the Sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."

But who were the Bible was referring to as the Sons of God in Genesis 6? Were they the fallen angels or the godly line of Seth? Many Bible scholars, especially the conservative ones, were buying the theory that the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 directly refer to Seth's descendants while the daughters of men are those of Cain's. There are instances, however, that the phrase "Sons of God" was also used to describe kings. It was believed that, at some point of time, Cain's line has ceased to be productive resulting to produce only female offspring while the line of Seth, on the other hand, continued to produce strong males. In the passing of time, Cain's line have successfully lured the robust males of the line of Seth and thus the intermarriage between the two bloodlines began.

I beg to disagree with that theory because, in the first place, talking about the "tribe of Seth" is nowhere mentioned in the book of Genesis. The word "nephilim", from the Hebrew word nefilim which refers to a race that once dominated the world before the Great Flood, do not only refer to mighty men but a giant race that actually existed in those days. For me, the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 are the fallen angels; their intermarriage with ordinary mortals produced a hybrid race never before experienced in the history of the world. Although the angels, a perfect-spirited group of persons created by God, are not designed for marriage purposes, but they can freely choose to wear on a human flesh to hide their angelic beings. Freedom of choice is something God has allowed for all of His created beings to exercise. It was through that free will that Lucifer, the choicest of angels, fell short from the grace of the Lord (Isiah 14:12-15). The result has become the evidence itself: a giant race. Archaeological finds of giant skeletal remains in many different places of the world only made the claim  about the past existence of giants stronger. Psalm 8:5 would be supporting the fact that the angels are, compared to humans, a little superior: "For you have made him (the man) a little lower than the angels". The Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 is no doubt the fallen angels of God and their intermarriage with the daughters of men were true, literally.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The end of the world should start with a flash of lightning

The good thing about the end of the world, as what was being hyped to the full would end today, the 21st of December 2012, is that it's not going to happen yet. Some people may have just misinterpreted what the Mayan calendar was saying: December 21, 2012 is the date believed to be the beginning of a new cycle and not, as what many falsely announced, the end of the world. So what if the world ends today? What can you do about it? If you can do something to stop it then good, if not then just fine.

The end of the world I think, if you're going to ask me what's my idea about it, should start with a flash of lightning that will be seen throughout the four corners of the world. Then there will be a huge confusion from almost every direction, people will run to and from as if clueless about what's going to do of what's happened. But that's only my idea. I hope my imagination betrays me because I would really like to see the end of the world as something that we should not be afraid of. It's a transition by which the old is giving way to a new, much better form.

Scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have earlier announced that the said apocalypse to occur on December 21, 2012 has no scientific evidence to support such a claim and that the world would continue to keep on spinning even after that. So, for me, end of the world is no big deal. Or, is it? And how would you like it viewing your own self, though the end of the world you may have survived, only to live for 60, or maybe 70 something years of your entire life? But the apocalypse may have found a new form of humor in the words of Robert Graves when he compared it to a perfect poem which is, according to him, impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Donaire will fill in for what Pacquiao has missed in his last fight

A few hours from now, and exactly one week after a devastating sixth round KO loss by Pacquiao to Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, we will be witnessing another showdown between boxing's Mexican and Filipino rivalries this time with the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire against a Mexican veteran Jorge Arce at the Toyota Center of Houston, Texas. The two will be fighting at 122 pounds category and we can expect fireworks to explode come fight time. Donaire is a tremendous counter puncher whose left hand, packed with power, floored the likes of Darchinyan, Montiel, Nishioka, and many more. The "Travieso", on the other hand, is a Mexican warrior who will be there to put a pressure upon Donaire and his experience inside the ring will also be a great factor.

Donaire, known as a techhnical fighter, can easily shift to and from of his style to send to school the brawler Mexican with textbook-style precission punching. In comparison, style-wise, the Filipino Flash is the better, and the more skilled boxer than Pacquiao. But what makesPacquiao a great fighter is that he possesed such a kind of ferocity akin of a storm. His speed is packed with power and that is a winning combination which the Filipino Flash also have.

My bold prediction for this fight is that this won't go past six rounds with Donaire winning by knockout. This will even becomes a Fight of the Year candidate if Arce can put up a good fight against in an extraordinary way. The Filipino Flash will simply fill in for what the Pacman has missed against a Mexican a week ago.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Marquez got the better of Pacquiao via a stunning sixth round knock out

Pacquiao's humiliating loss to Marquez in their fourth encounter of what was considered as one of boxing's great rivalries reminds me of Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton some three years back when the Filipino fighter sent him to dreamland, lying flat on the canvas for a couple of minutes unconscious. That was the kind of Pacquiao we are accustomed to of seeing and was hoping to see on Saturday night (Sunday noon of December 9th, Manila time) but ended just tragic in the blink of an eye for the man we thought could expire "El Dinamita" and shut his mouth up. In spite of how it turned out to be, the fight did not only live up to expectations but was only adding more ingredients to the recipe. The fight, with three knockdowns and brutal, was in the level of a classic like the previous three  fights between them were, only this time we saw the "Pacman" taking a dose of his own medicine.

Pacquiao, as what he has promised, was the more agressive as he chased Marquez from the opening bell and tried to plant shots only to be countered well by the master technician from Mexico. Pacquiao won the round, though. The second round was a conservative display of search-and-destroy as the two warriors engaged in a mixed slugfest and boxing. The third stanza, however, is an indicator how stronger Marquez has become for this fight as he dropped Pacquiao with an overhand right straight to the head. But Pacquiao recovered and continued to pounce on at Marquez with his flurry of punches until his face became a mess of blood and even floored the Mexican in the fifth canto. Round six was a total war as the two exchanged heavy shots. Pacquiao appeared to clearly dominate the fight as he pinned the bloodied Marquez to the ropes in the corner and, while trying to finish the Mexican warrior off, only seconds away from the end of the round, caught off guard, he took a wild right straight or semi-right hook counter from Marquez as he fell with his face towards the canvas. Referee Kenny Bayless, upon seeing the nature of such a devastating knockout, did not bother to count anymore and immediately waved the fight off.

Many people, and the whole boxing world, were shocked. How did Marquez get such a power infused onto his system, his arsenal (the right hand in particular)? Is he on something? As we can see, Marquez got bigger and he has built up excellent muscles in only such a short period of time he looks like he's more of a body builder than a boxer. But wether he's on to something or not, we must also try to see the fact that, in this fourth encounter with his arch-rival Pacquiao, he has so much worked hard for it and prepared in a way that can motivate him to only think of winning.

Marquez is the better boxer but he's not as strong as the Pacman. That's why he changed things in the training camp. He hired an expert strength and conditioning coach to do the job for him. I think the proper application of plyometric exercises and lifting weights, aside from the overall nutritional factor, to a boxer's training regimen have worked wonders for Marquez. His fighting style he just left it at that, knowing he's always good at what he's already better at, but focus more on trying to add up some power in his punches. And as the saying goes "you can't teach new tricks to an old dog", but you can always try to improve things out though. Marquez has just proven it to us in his fourth outing with the Filipino boxing icon.

I'm not going to say that Pacquiao did not train as hard as Marquez, or was not that sharp as he can be during the fight. But Pacquiao, as what was his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza have been telling before the fight, has abandoned the plyometric exercises he was supposed to necessarily undergo with and concentrate more on boxing techniques with trainer Freddie Roach instead. Pacquiao has fought a good fight and has nearly busted the lights off from Marquez if not for that single punch the Mexican was able to throw in the remaining few seconds of the sixth round that changed it all. We need to praise Marquez for the victory he so deserved and for Pacquiao, we owe him respect for putting up a good fight and may this one served him a lesson, there's always a next time. So he must better luck for the Pacquiao-Marquez 5, if that fight will ever happen, to seek redemption.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pacquiao-Marquez 4: Both fighters must knock each other out, or nothing

Scene from the Pacquiao-Marquez first encounter.
Although the "Pacman" may be looking as ripped as he can be in every fight, one can not discount the fact that Marquez, while preparing for the fourth encounter with ring nemesis Manny Pacquiao, is in great shape and building up superb muscles he looks like the smaller version of Lou Ferrigno. The "Dinamita" from Mexico, surprisingly, will be the bigger guy now when they enter the ring on Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the MGM Grand Garden in the Sin city of Las Vegas. But as they say, "muscles don't make a fighter" but for one to have possessed a killer instinct is, let alone collide in the squared circle and fight with styles as "styles", the sweet science may sometimes prove, "make fight".

The December 8, 2012 showdown of Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion from the Philippines, and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico (mark it on your calendar), should be one that is explosive and breath-taking non-stop action from the get-go. Both fighters must knock each other out or else this fight should not happen at all in the first place. We've seen enough from both of them as they engaged in a 36 rounds of war that is classic. It doesn't matter if who won the previous three fights between them but this fourth one should be the last and the winner should take it all by winning convincingly.

These two warriors will have things settled out and the only way to do that is for both of them to knock each other out. It should not go to the scorecards or else the fight will be just a de javu of some sort from the previous three. The "Pacman" must be his old self, with guns blazing, firing rat-tat-tat and a boom-boom-boom where the "Dinamita" will have no time to think about counter-punching. Marquez, on the other hand, is a very technical fighter. He knows, from a technical fighter's point of view, where the punches should come from and he masterfully counter it with a shot of his own. The original Pacquiao, before trainer Freddie Roach has transformed him to become a refined fighter, is a raw, do-or-die fighting machine smashing at anyone that's put in front of him. Pacquiao's left hand, as lethal as it is, is the main weapon in his arsenal.

The technical fighter in Marquez will be most effective only, to his advantage, if he fights another technical fighter as well, or a boxer instead of a puncher. This is why Pacquiao should bring this to the level of a street fight. If Pacquiao, for this fight, would only do pure boxing he will surely be defeated on points. But, who knows, Marquez, at this time, can as well mix it up with whatever Pacquiao's bringing on the table. No doubt these two fighters are in their best of forms and in perfect condition for this fight but each must need a knockout victory to win.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Poem for the rainy days--and a super typhoon named 'Pablo'


"Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;"
   --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Upon knowing that the super typhoon “Pablo” had already entered the Philippine area of responsibility and landed somewhere in the eastern part of Mindanao, in Davao Oriental to be exact, I started to become more vigilant by checking up on the news every now and then. "Pablo" was only named as it is when the said typhoon with an international name of “Bopha” entered the Philippine area of responsibility. Typhoons, which are a regular visitor to the country every year, are nothing new in the Philippines. This is because the country's location in the globe, being just above the equator and getting sandwiched in-between by two great oceans (the Pacific Ocean in the east and the South China Sea in the west), has become the passageway for any tropical depression that develop somewhere in the Pacific ocean to become a full-blown typhoon en route to the western direction reaching as far as the mainland Asia.

Instead of thinking for what negativity the super typhoon Pablo may have to cause on, I wrote a poem that brings in the bright side of every situation by trying to go beyond superficial seeing; something which we can draw a lot of hope from by changing the way we look at things, and to learn to deal with what is going to happen good or bad and move on. So this was it, fresh from conception, and impromptu the "Poem for the Rainy Days--and a Typhoon named Pablo" would like to have you puzzled, or, perhaps, convinced:


something was taking place everywhere and my face didn't ring a bell but
in the process this still face wakes up--this other person calling to invite me
only now i can actually experience--and how long?
moving in at a thrilling speed
and this evanescent joy
being over and above:
an easy pattern blowing
with greater force upon
a crowd of tiny
liquid crystals.

because i would love to see it, and feel, fully comprehend.
not as the highest possible conception of a landscape but, in full view, something
i would rather see with the morning glow than discover.

the winds may shift
as i heared them pacing across a space that was dark, but to get out of this mental fog of fury,
seized me with a kind of fear.

not anymore.
poetry has it translated between the senses and, all at once,

it flies at me as if it was the most natural thing--
somehow finding it attractive.

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