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How many times have any of us said that we should write a book. In answer to a question such as ” How did it go with such and such?” you answer “Oh,I could write you a book!”

It is something all of us aspire to do at some time or another. Taking time whilst away on vacation could be just the thing to get your ideas in order and make a start.

Here’s a cool article in Atlantic.com, I found the other day…hope you find it interesting.

How to Write a Book Without Losing Your Mind

A few months ago, I promised some nice people in New York that I would, sometime very soon, write a book.

Since then, I have:

Called my mom rejoicing.

Called my mom crying.

Considered changing my Twitter bio, then thought better of it.

Considered emailing all my ex-boyfriends and mentors to let them know I?m an impostor, then thought better of it.

Extensively researched three different long-form writing softwares, only to find that I prefer the first one I ever tried

Researched and bought several different types of special German pens, only to find that I prefer good old Paper Mates.

Now just one task remains: Write the thing.

To that end, I recently consulted with some productivity experts to figure out how it is that people?such as, hopefully, myself?are able to accomplish big, long-term projects, within the time allotted, and ideally with minimal psychiatric help.

I reached out to Laura Vanderkam, who has written several books, most of them about the art of getting things done. (She sees your Lean In and raises you I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time.) She has a book come out every 18 months to two years, but most of the writing gets done in six months, she told me. After that, she?s editing and promoting the book. And between everything, she?s blogging, podcasting, speaking, and traveling. Oh, and she has four children, ages 11, 8, 6, and 3.

For writing projects specifically, her advice was to ?write fast, edit slow.? She aims to write a chapter every week, and within that week, to write the bulk of the chapter on Monday and Tuesday. That means she?s often pumping out as many as 4,000 words a day. Then, Wednesday and Thursday are for editing, and Friday is a ?catch-up? day, a net in case you fall off your productivity high wire earlier. The key is to write a really crappy first draft, then take extra care in rewriting it.

?When you write a lot ? you know that the first thing you write is not going to be perfect,? she said. ?You?re going to be writing all sorts of stuff that won?t be in the final draft, including writing ?insert this thing here? in brackets. You will make it better, but it?s so much easier to turn something into something better than to turn nothing into something.?

Phew, that?s reassuring. The ugly sentences I see on my screen aren?t really my writing, they?re my little book embryos, with flipper hands and a tail. My beautiful word baby won?t emerge till months from now.

What not to do? Wait till the last minute, Vanderkam says. Besides, if you get done early, you can take a break from your work and come back to it with fresh(er) eyes.

Not that you would ever put things off, anyway. Joseph R. Ferrari, a psychologist at DePaul University, told me that most people are just occasional dawdlers. ?Chronic procrastinators,? Ferrari said, make up only about 20 percent of the population, and the only way to help them is therapy. I don?t know if I?m in that 20 percent, but getting special anti-procrastination therapy seems like exactly the kind of thing I would do to procrastinate. I might also clean up my desk?which, it turns out, might actually work. In one study?Ferrari recently did with colleagues, people?s level of clutter predicted their tendency to procrastinate.

Sometimes, though, I clean because I feel like I?m not in the right ?mood? to write. But mood is meaningless when it comes to getting things done, as Timothy Pychyl, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, told The Washington Post in 2016. ?I have to recognize that I?m rarely going to feel like it, and it doesn?t matter if I don?t feel like it,? he said. It?s also a myth that you need a ?good chunk of time? to really get going on something. The famously productive business writer and Wharton professor Adam Grant says he?ll even use the eight minutes between meetings to get started on a project.

Getting started?and other small victories?might be all it takes. Linda Houser-Marko, a research psychologist at the Johnson O?Connor Research Foundation, once did a study in which she found that it?s better to measure your progress toward large projects in terms of smaller, incremental ?subgoals??whether it be a chapter of the book or a small portion of your dissertation?rather than the larger objective. This is especially helpful when you struggle, she found. ?The higher-level goal might give you more meaning, but the lower-level goal is better when you have setbacks or when you?re not making as much progress,? she told me.

Talking to Vanderkam?best-selling author, empress of time?I suddenly felt smart, capable, and not like someone who would open Instagram on her web browser just because she?s too lazy to get her phone out.

?If you?ve written 800-word articles in a day,? Vanderkam assured me, ?you?ve already written a book in six months anyway. You just have to do a little, then do a little bit more.?

At least, that?s how she does it.


The Island with Two Airports

The beautiful island of Saint Lucia has two airports. Although only 26 miles North to South, this might seem a little excessive but the reasons are easy to explain.


The smaller of the two, originally known simply as Vigie Airport, is located in the North of the island. It’s too small to land large wide bodied jets and therefore for the most part services, inter-island travel. LIAT run daily schedules to most other islands direct or non-direct. For many years, American Eagle ran a regular, very useful service between Saint Lucia and Puerto Rico. This became the port of entry to the USA and from Puerto Rico you could fly anywhere in the United States.

August 4, 1997 – ?Vigie Airport, was renamed the George F. L. Charles Airport.

This decision was taken by the Cabinet of Ministers in recognition of Mr. Charles’ dedicated service both as a champion in the struggles for the working class, and as a statesman.

One of the most significant events in Mr. Charles’ career as an advocate for the rights of the dispossessed, occurred in 1945, when he was employed as a time-keeper on the renovation and extension project of this same Vigie Airport. A wild cat strike (the first militant trade union action of the island) by workers on the project, placed him into sharp focus as he expressed solidarity with the workers. The workers at that time were affiliated to the St. Lucia workers cooperative union. Mr. Charles became secretary to the union branch.

The event at Vigie Airport marked the beginning of a l

ong and difficult struggle on behalf of the workers of St. Lucia. It is from this base that Mr. Charles launched into populist politics.

Mr. George Frederick Lawrence Charles was the first Minister of Education and Social Affairs and first Chief Minister of St. Lucia.


Hewanorra International Airport??UVF, located near Viuex Fort in the southern area of Saint Lucia?is the larger of Saint Lucia’s two airports and is managed by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). It is on the southern cape of the island, about 53.4?km (33.2?mi) from the capital city, Castries.

The airport is a Fire Category 9 facility that handles 500,000 passengers a year and can accommodate Boeing 777 and 747 and Airbus 340 and 300, and other long-range intercontinental aircraft. Aircraft maintenance is carried out by Caribbean Dispatch Services.

Hewanorra International Airport was originally named Beane Army Airfield and was used as a military airfield by the United States 6th AirForce during World War II.?Beane Field was activated in early 1941 with a mission to defend Saint Lucia against an enemy attack.It was also used as a base/support airfield during the 1983 intervention in the nearby island of Grenada.

The former base was then refurbished and converted into a commercial airport.There is still a disused northeast/southwest runway north of the main east?west runway that was part of the military airfield.

The name of the airport is an Amerindian word meaning “[land of the] Iguana”, referring to what the Island Carib Indians called Saint Lucia.


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