Saturday, March 6, 2010

Robin Jay The Art of the Business Lunch - Writing Reviews - Linda Randall

Robin Jay has become a sort of mentor to me.

She sends me words of encouragement almost everyday via email.

She's a smart and intelligent woman who helps to instill positive thoughts into everyone she comes into contact with.

As an Executive Business Person she knows what it takes to reel in those clients by having breakfast, lunch or supper with them.

Most business persons prefer to have meetings in the morning or early afternoon so that they can take the rest of the day to work on their projects.

Someday I'll be having lunch with the "Queen of the Business Lunch" from Las Vegas.

In the meantime I'll have to enjoy my emails for now.

Robin  told me she had some books that would help me with my self-confidence.

Struggling to become an author, writer with no previous education I have my daily ups and downs.

Robin is always there rooting for me, encouraging me to press on and forward with my goals.

She's even introduced me to other people in the business.

I have been blogging about one of her books - The Power of the Platform - Speakers on Success  because it has changed my life!

I will also be blogging about the other two books she sent me starting next week.

The Power of the Platform - Speakers on Purpose and The Art of the Business Lunch.

Judging by the book covers, these positive words will also help make a difference in my life.

I'm in my 40's and I'm starting a brand new career with no education or training.

So far I've been doing something right because thousands of people are visiting my blogs and learning just like me.

I appreciate all of you!

I just wanted to write a thank you note to Robin Jay and to my readers for being so supportive of my goal to become a writer, blogger and soon a published author!

I wrote an article for Niagara Community Newspaper (St Catharines, Niagara Falls Local News, Events and Writers) and Jeannette Louise Tossounian will be publishing my article "Ghost Tales - Niagara is Haunted by Linda Randall " sometime during the week of March 7-13th, 2010."  This is a special time for me each year.  My father passed away back in 2004 in this time frame.  I'm going to be writing to make him proud of me.  I love you Daddy and I miss you! hugs xoxoxox

Friday, March 5, 2010

Les Brown - Motivational Speaker - The Power of the Platform - Speakers on Success

I just posted my Chapter Eight Book Review for Les Brown - When Things Go Wrong, Don't go with Them! From The Power of the Platform - Speakers on Success - Robin Jay, Jack Canfield, Nick Hall, Charli Douglass, Andy Ebon, Amanda Gore, Jim Fannin, Tana goertz.

I've posted an index from Chapters One to Eight on blogspot and the main articles are on The Idea Girl Says.

I find this book helps me make some very wise decisions of late.

Today I was trying to figure out what I want to do career wise.

Do I want to expand from being just a writer/author/novelist into a Public Relations Person?

I'm talented in sales and networking, so I'm going to try it.

I want to be more like the movie "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey.

I want to take some risks and see what happens in life.

Les Brown talks about "opportunities my come in the way of defeats, setbacks,  and failures."
[quote from book - the power of the platform - speakers on success - chapter eight]

I could really suffer a setback in my goals by not saying yes.

Sure I'm terrified that I could fail miserably at this, but then again I could shine like a star.

I won't know until I try, right?

So I'm going to give it my best shot and see what happens.

I'll keep you posted!
Linda Randall
Idea Girl Consulting

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Niagara Falls Photos - 4Triple5 Cafe - 4555 Queen St - Music Bar

I first stepped into the 4Triple5 Cafe last summer.
History of a Haunting was performing there that night.

Sayge was a channelor who has the spirit of Zoltar take over his body then answer questions about the present or future.

Some people asked about a little girls ghost that was haunting them at 3 a.m. in the morning.

Another woman asked about her career plans.

I asked about a case I was working on at the time.

I wanted confirmation that where I was looking was the right place to start.

I was excited to see the lovely art on the walls.  They really celebrate works of Art on Queen St in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada.  Dean Tedesco has been working hard with the downtown core group to revitalize the area and make it a major tourist attraction.

Various Artists display their work here on the walls.

You can even ask to purchase some of the art here or visit the local Art Galleries and Curio Shops nearby.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't be Dating or Having Sex - Ellen Rakieten - Anne Coyle - Available March 16, 2010 - Barnes - Noble - Book Stores

Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't be Dating or Having Sex - Ellen Rakieten - Anne Coyle - Available March 16, 2010 - Barnes - Noble - Book Stores

This book looks like it could help out a lot of guys.

Remember Greg Behrendt's He's Just Not That Into You?
I studied that book like a religion and it helped me get out of a bad relationship.

I was amused by their book trailer and asked if I could make one of my own.

I was also blogging about it when Robin Jay told me about a new book that would be coming out soon.

You can order it here from Amazon.

The video is posted on The Idea Girl Says Word Press - Writers New Book Trailers - Blog

For more details on the book or video responses visit

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Munroe Series - Writing - Creating Outlines - Linda Randall

Well Today I'm working on The Munroe Series again.

I wanted to start writing book two but I had to go back and read some of book one to get my rhythm in writing.

I'm also making a note of my outline.

I didn't create an outline for this series and I should have.

Outlines are great.

It helps to keep your story in perspective and it stops you from writing down a rabbit trail.

The Outline should be Chapter by Chapter and I also make a note of what page that chapter starts on.

I have a notebook where I write down the date, what I've worked on and anything that needs to be taken care of.

In Microsoft One Note I have a "To Do List"

I keep track of things that need researching, characters names that I keep misspelling and other facts that are pertinent to the book.

I love it's auto save function.

I wish they had that on Word press!

I think they do but it only goes every so many minutes.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Blogsplash - Friends of Thaw - Author Fiona Robyn - Chapter One - Linda Randall - The Idea Girl

Meet Ruth. She doesn't know if she wants to carry on living or not, and she gives herself three months to decide. Her diary is my novel, Thaw, and you can read itfor FREE, beginning today.

Why am I giving a novel away for free? Because I am a writer, and I want to share my characters and their stories with as many people as possible. And maybe, if you enjoy it, you might want to read more of my books.

Become a follower of the blog page now. Follow onTwitter. Join the Facebook page. Forward this email to your novel-reading friends. Thank you.

Over to Ruth.


These hands are ninety-three years old. They belong to Charlotte Marie Bradley Miller. She was so frail that her grand-daughter had to carry her onto the set to take this photo. It's a close-up. Her emaciated arms emerge from the top corners of the photo and the background is black, maybe velvet, as if we're being protected from seeing the strings. One wrist rests on the other, and her fingers hang loose, close together, a pair of folded wings. And you can see her insides.

The bones of her knuckles bulge out of the skin, which sags like plastic that has melted in the sun and is dripping off her, wrinkling and folding. Her veins look as though they're stuck to the outside of her hands. They're a colour that's difficult to describe: blue, but also silver, green; her blood runs through them, close to the surface. The book says she died shortly after they took this picture. Did she even get to see it? Maybe it was the last beautiful thing she left in the world.

I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to carry on living. I'm giving myself three months of this journal to decide. You might think that sounds melodramatic, but I don't think I'm alone in wondering whether it's all worth it. I've seen the look in people's eyes. Stiff suits travelling to work, morning after morning, on the cramped and humid tube. Tarted-up girls and gangs of boys reeking of aftershave, reeling on the pavements on a Friday night, trying to mop up the dreariness of their week with one desperate, fake-happy night. I've heard the weary grief in my dad's voice.

So where do I start with all this? What do you want to know about me? I'm Ruth White, thirty-two years old, going on a hundred. I live alone with no boyfriend and no cat in a tiny flat in central London. In fact, I had a non-relationship with a man at work, Dan, for seven years. I'm sitting in my bedroom-cum-living room right now, looking up every so often at the thin rain slanting across a flat grey sky. I work in a city hospital lab as a microbiologist. My dad is an accountant and lives with his sensible second wife Julie, in a sensible second home. Mother finished dying when I was fourteen, three years after her first diagnosis. What else? What else is there?

Charlotte Marie Bradley Miller. I looked at her hands for twelve minutes. It was odd describing what I was seeing in words. Usually the picture just sits inside my head and I swish it around like tasting wine. I have huge books all over my flat - books you have to take in both hands to lift. I've had the photo habit for years. Mother bought me my first book, black and white landscapes by Ansel Adams. When she got really ill, I used to take it to bed with me and look at it for hours, concentrating on the huge trees, the still water, the never-ending skies. I suppose it helped me think about something other than what was happening. I learned to focus on one photo at a time rather than flicking from scene to scene in search of something to hold me. If I concentrate, then everything stands still. Although I use them to escape the world, I also think they bring me closer to it. I've still got that book. When I take it out, I handle the pages as though they might flake into dust.

Mother used to write a journal. When I was small, I sat by her bed in the early mornings on a hard chair and looked at her face as her pen spat out sentences in short bursts. I imagined what she might have been writing about - princesses dressed in star-patterned silk, talking horses, adventures with pirates. More likely she was writing about what she was going to cook for dinner and how irritating Dad's snoring was.

I've always wanted to write my own journal, and this is my chance. Maybe my last chance. The idea is that every night for three months, I'll take one of these heavy sheets of pure white paper, rough under my fingertips, and fill it up on both sides. If my suicide note is nearly a hundred pages long, then no-one can accuse me of not thinking it through. No-one can say, 'It makes no sense; she was a polite, cheerful girl, had everything to live for,' before adding that I did keep myself to myself. It'll all be here. I'm using a silver fountain pen with purple ink. A bit flamboyant for me, I know. I need these idiosyncratic rituals; they hold things in place. Like the way I make tea, squeezing the tea-bag three times, the exact amount of milk, seven stirs. My writing is small and neat; I'm striping the paper. I'm near the bottom of the page now. Only ninety-one more days to go before I'm allowed to make my decision. That's it for today. It's begun.

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Warmest wishes,

Fiona Robyn

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Posting Videos on The Idea Girl Says and Idea Girl Consulting Wordpress -Linda Randall

I've been busy with my boxes all week and I'm still not done!

Its going to take me a few days to get my place in order but once it's done I'll be able to concentrate on writing the munroe series again.

I will also be working on the calamity girl manuscript and posting more chapters online for everyone to read.

I don't seem to get any feedback from the novels.

I was hoping that people could tell me if they like the stories or if its just not their type of book.