For You

the most concise work of applied philosophy ever known

What this is

This is a short booklet that introduces philosophy to readers in a practical way.  It is not the same as a critical thinking textbook, nor is it a ‘corporate philosophy’ lesson.  Each of the 5 major branches of philosophy are covered in one chapter.

The reader is not expected to know much about the subject.

What it has to do with being young or self centred

Personally, I started studying philosophy for a while when I was young, but adult.  I was always reading the philosophers to see what, if anything, they had to say might be of personal relevance or of personal use.

OK, I admit that Time and Cosmos are part of philosophy, but not all philosophy is the same and a lot of it involves the issues of ‘what is the best way to live’.  I won’t go into it much further; I just wanted to point out that I wrote this booklet assuming that you might be just as interested in philosophy you can put to use for yourself as I was.

Again, this one is not a critical thinking textbook, but there are some tips about logic in this book, which is also what at least 50% of critical thinking is rooted in.

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Who the heck is that lady?

Lisa Bevere, during her 50s often unapologetically refers to herself as a Sicilian grandmother.  She is a rather famous Protestant Christian preacher.  She’s American.  She is a wife, a mother and a grandmother.  She has also written a number of books, specializing in Christian inspirational nonfiction.

Writers Again

Because of that, she could call herself a writer and an author without lying.  I don’t know whether or not she thinks of herself that way.

Book Promotions

This means that Lisa Bevere is dealing with book promotion, just like all the other authors.  Like all the other authors, she has a unique way of doing it, but despite the uniqueness, a great deal goes on that is just like all the other book marketing that really works.

Factoids

There is a lot of public speaking involved during which she is the one doing the talking.

There is a significant amount of travel involved with the position.

There was a lot of money poured into the speaking, traveling and other marketing, but that means that all that money now also needs to be brought back in just to break even on the books.  Because she does a lot of preaching, it is theoretically possible that she has saved massive amounts of money on publicity by being allowed to promote her books right along with a series of public speaking engagements (preaching for God in her case) that may be supported financially by the churches who would have had her come and speak had she not written the book….but if they did not let her mention the book, the value of those efforts as book promotion would plummet, but not be totally destroyed.  I do not know if it is that, or if the publishing company just fronted the money for the promotions.

Desires

Like all the other writers, I desire certain kinds of support and outcomes.  The kind of publishing company and publishing contract is tied up in professional desires; aspirations as desires.

Recently, right here online, I have discovered another slew of fellow-authors who are also, often, dealing with trying to promote their work, my work, your work despite smaller budgets and publishing contracts that aren’t “the dream book contract”.

The reality of every profession is more complicated than it seems on the surface and from the outside.  Writing and publishing abide by that same principle.

Writer, Reader, check it out:

I invite you to check out works listing with links to buy .

Unlike many authors, the main editor of both my novels and the little nonfiction philosophy booklet was actually me too.   My works are not all the same genre.  They were not all put out by the same publishing company.

None of them had more than $50,000 put in up front by a publishing company and none of the publishers provided me with any marketing budget whatsoever.

There are other authors around.  You know how it is: in a bookstore, library or online writers group it starts to seem like everyone writes books.  The other day I was reminded by another woman, that not everyone does.

Most of the readers don’t also write books, but some do or will someday.

Another Post 1/2019

Well now,

The other day, right before the year changed, another author posted a comment on one of my posts.  It did ‘work’ and draw me to the website.  Some younger man seeming to have covered some terrain that hasn’t been the same for me.  He wrote about working on his online presence and eventually becoming a financially successful blogger.

Now and Then

To be truthful, lately, I have started blogging again after a bit of a lapse.   However, at the moment, when I review the stats, it seems that my best year was in 2012 during which time I was living in a village in Northern Germany in an apartment with my son.  The little philosophy booklet Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them got published but the writing contracts I was getting via Internet facilitated connections with other real people flagged and so in terms of contract writing I had my worst year in over 9 years.

Yet that same year it seems more people read my blog posts.  The thing is, despite supposedly having an analytical mind, I have no idea what I did that people preferred unless people have an evil joy in my misery.

Strange, mystical observation

While reviewing my WordPress blog statistics I discovered a bizarre coincidence.  The peak number of ‘reads’ that were marked in one day at my blog is the number 499.  Now, if and only if you have ever spent time in or around Syracuse, NY might you even notice that by some bizarre coincidence, there is one building downtown 499 (Such n such St. or Ave.) where the number is large, clear and up high, reaching above most of the downtown skyline.

The other day when I saw that 499 sticking up boldly in the midst of downtown Syracuse,  I had such an eerie feeling that I reviewed my blog statistics only to find out that it was really true:  499 also = the highest volume of views at my blog so far…but the event occurred in 2012.  During 2012 I never once set foot in downtown Syracuse, NY.  Perhaps my mother or sister did, but I didn’t.

Conclusion

Bizarre.

Perhaps you all just need to know that when I have authored something intending to sell it to people I did try to make something that would work well for both of us.  You would be inspired, or caused to think, or entertained.  You would not waste your money but might spend on what I have done for the same reason that you like to be paid when you work.  I tried to harness creative energy and use it so that it could serve you rather than only serving me, but serving you-us rather than you-but-not-me or me-only.

Please help clue me in here folks, to what might really work.

 

 

Scattered Author Thoughts – Related to both real world and fiction 2013

Someone Facebook posted the question “If you were the main character of the novel you most recently read who would you be?”  Well, I truthfully but perhaps snidely commented that I am the author of the novel I most recently read.  Maybe that wasn’t the best way to handle it.  Then again, maybe I should have just answered the question.  The thing is, in my novels there is usually more than one main character.  If that is a major author-sin or crime, then we know what the problem is.  If I answered in relation to the novel I most recently spent time editing the answer is that one way or another the “I” is an interstellar mercenary, a brand spankin’ new mercenary order.  My choices are a young Naav Captain – female, 23 years old, engineered for the warrior life, and a 52 year old hard ass man from planet Earth called Kiel Bronson.  As I am the author I am already neither of them and both of them and so many others.  The time is thousands of years into the future compared to 2013.  The location is close to 30 Light Years from here on planet Earth.  …and it is about the best way to kick some ass, for pay.   Wow, huh.  As a real person I am a delicate, nonviolent peacenick pansy waisted Hippie-esque Earthling who would be terrified of either of those ‘main characters’ if I met them.

That just came through Facebook’s News Feed today.

Seasonal Notes:  Do you have a holiday surrounding your birthday?  If so, which is it and how did it effect you?  This is not a rhetorical question unless you choose to not post a comment.

Five Big Questions in Life:  The main characters listed above are mainly dealing with just 2 of the 5 questions covered in the nonfiction booklet Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them:  1) What is the best way to live?  2) Right & wrong: how to know which is which and are they absolute or relative?  http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-Answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382708108&sr=1-1&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

What is the best way to live? 2013

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them.

This is another of the most famous and important philosophical questions that exists. In fact, some of the different philosophers can be organized according to which of the Big 5 Questions they answer and deal with.

This one involves some of the most intense personal practice that anyone can do. For hands on people who like to take action, dealing with this question is very fulfilling. One looks around and sees that there is more than one way to live. People live differently for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons involve matters we have control over and other factors are beyond our control.

The best way to live is normally influenced by what natural and social forces seem to govern. Our gender, our age and our cultural identity all influence how we view the world, what our needs and expectations are and how we operate. Within the limitations placed upon us by those factors most of us find that we still have room to maneuver – there is some element of choice somewhere in our life.

Both religion and politics are involved here. Some people are born in nations where they have the free choice to move to many other countries of the world. Others are not. For those that do have that freedom, then they may choose to live in part by which type of politics they prefer. They may select a place where they feel they have the best economic chances. They may choose their preferred climate.

To read the rest, get yours now. Currently on sale at: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353177143&sr=1-9&keywords=five+big+questions+in+life

Review of Available material

 

   

When you are in the market for something to read, I want to know.  Admittedly, I want to know because I want to know if my work is a match for your needs. 

Contemporary fiction novels: urban, mysterious, uses a group – you can decide which one you feel is the lead, of good guys.  You may conclude that the attorney is the lead because he arranges the meetings.  How about right about 300 pages?  There are a few ways that you can get it.  If you are the type of person who loves ‘bootlegs’ and ‘independent’ or ‘small time’ artists, then you can check out the messy but real wild Cafe Press version of An Adventure in Indianapolis. 

http://www.cafepress.com/uranianfiction.354288344

 

If you need more order but are not a neat freak – so to speak, and have a Kindle then the ebook you can get through Amazon.com or directly through your Kindle might suit you.

http://www.amazon.com/An-Adventure-in-Indianapolis-ebook/dp/B001F0QG7U

 

If you strongly prefer nice tidy books, then the thing to do is contact Alethia Publishing and pre-order it so they will send you one ‘hot off the presses’ so to speak.  That’s sales@alethia.in.co 

 

If fiction rubs you the wrong way and you feel ‘practical is better’ then I strongly suggest you go ahead and buy Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them.  It is short, dense with important information and tackles intense questions such as ‘Is there a God?’ and ‘Are right and wrong eternal or only relative?”. 

http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=pd_ybh_3

 

Excerpt from Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them by Miriam Pia

Chapter 2: What is the world really like?
The fancy way of saying this is,
What is the nature of reality?

Well, this is one of those questions that you have to be in the right mood for. There are those to whom seeking an answer is the source of their career. Scientific researchers and clerics are amongst those who, like many of the philosophers, are wondering what the world is really made of – quite literally. Not only that, but ‘how do we know what is true and real’ and what is illusion?People who picked up this book who are not interested in this question may just skip it and go to the next chapter. A lot of the people who bought this book, actually like this question,even though it may seem strange if, say, you were just picking out drapes for the living room and suddenly ‘there it is, a question about the nature of reality’ and do the drapes go to just below the window sill or all the way down to the floor and will they match the sofa?Maybe you really think that way.OK, well, to start, on a daily basis, it certainly seems as if there is a lot which we take to be the truth. The sky is real, the kitchen is real; the need to buy toilet paper when one runs out is also real. At the same time, there is a lot in the world that doesn’t seem to even be real.Silicon breasts are not real in the same sense as natural ones. Lies are real too, but also not the way telling the truth is somehow real in a different way or more real, or real on more levels.We have our senses and our minds.

http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356296209&sr=1-1&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life