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What Made Oscar Wilde Great, a guest post by Bradley Taylor

February 7, 2014

Oscar Wilde has attained worldwide critical acclaim as one of the most proficient, insightful and exceedingly witty authors of his generation. He is celebrated globally for his literary prowess and remains one of the most widely read and translated authors in the English language. Therefore, what better way to demonstrate Wilde's literary greatness than through his own words? Listed below are some of Wilde's most memorable quotes; seeped in his famous wit and formidable intellectual insight.

“The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster”

A large part of Oscar Wilde's success was his ability to rise above criticism. He lived his life, and created literary works, in tune with his personality and flair irrespective of the vast amount of criticism he often received. However, brilliance is never ordinary. By taking risks in his literary works as well as in his social escapades, Wilde pushed boundaries and subsequently defined himself as one of the most accomplished writers of his age.

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"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination"

Wilde has become famous for his deeply insightful, thought-provoking quotations. This quotation exudes his greatness by encouraging others to pursue excellence. Wilde engages his audience, motivating them to engage their imagination and discover what it is they really want to achieve in life. This innovative and revolutionary thought process remains applicable to any aspect of our lives. For example, modern entrepreneurs continuously engage their imagination to seek new ideas to further themselves and their career ambitions. This quotation exudes Wilde's greatness because it displays how the insightful messages within his works maintain their relevance to any generation; past or present.

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 “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

Wilde presents his readers with a stark realization connecting advice, skill and communication. Within this quote he reveals that you can possess a great deal of skill and advice regarding your chosen profession, yet no-one will know of your abilities unless you share them with others. This advice is particularly relevant to our current generation which is highly dependent upon online social networking communities. If you affiliate yourself with as many social networks and online communities as possible, you can promote your personal or professional skills to a massive audience. Irrespective of your personal or career ambitions, sharing your skill sets and ideas can exponentially improve your credibility and popularity within your chosen field. Successful businesses capitalize upon this technique regularly; influential entrepreneurs like Wilson Luna and Jack Canfield promote their literary works on business sites and publicize reviews from various fans to consolidate their professional reputations as skilled authors. Even Oscar Wilde himself was as prolific a social figure as he was a literary figure, if not more. His overwhelming propensity for scandal captivated a vast audience who subsequently sought out his literary works with an ardent curiosity.

These insightful principles reveal one of the most fundamental elements of Wilde's greatness his literary messages and remain just as relevant today as they were when they were originally written. We can apply his attitudes towards social conventions to our current generation and continue to glean vital insights. This remarkable ability to imbue knowledge which transcends generations is what makes Wilde one of the greatest social and literary figures that ever existed.

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About the Author

Bradley Taylor is a freelance writer from Derby, England. He is a motoring enthusiast who loves writing about cars and everything automotive but is versatile and also writes across a variety of other topics. You can connect with Bradley on Google+ and follow his updates on Twitter.


Top 5 books on the Mazda MX-5, a guest post by Bradley Taylor

February 7, 2014

The Mazda MX-5 has been held with high esteem since its release, revered by many as one of the world's most accomplished lightweight sports cars. Here are five books which offer exclusive insight into the MX-5's conception, as well as information on how to maintain repair and customize any model of this outstanding roadster.

1. Mazda MX5 1.6 Workshop Manual (Enthusiast's Workshop Manual Series) by Rod Grainger

This book is perfect for any MX-5 enthusiasts who want to learn more about t...

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Announcing Changes In Betrayed, the novel by Wodke Hawkinson

February 5, 2014

After we published our novel Betrayed, a reader inspired us to write an alternate ending. We started at Chapter 49 and took the story in an entirely different direction. This extra release was titled Betrayed - Alternate Ending. After some time had passed, we then decided we should put together a book with both the original story and the alternate ending in one publication. This we called Betrayed Includes Alternate Ending. So, we had three books with Betrayed in the title. Very confusing.

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Top 5 books for learning mathematics, Guest Post by Bradley Taylor

January 29, 2014

Students face a large workload throughout their academic life, which can lead to stress in certain topics. Mathematics is a cumulative skill and it can be immensely difficult for a student to develop their skills if they have misunderstood or not been taught certain fundamental principles. This inaccessibility to vital skills can hinder their confidence and future academic and work prospects. It is worthwhile investing in a mathematics learning guide to teach children the topics which they ...

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Cover Reveal for Jumper Bounces Back by Rebecca Scarberry @Scarberryfields

January 29, 2014

Message from author, Rebecca Scarberry:

I want to thank all of you for voting for the cover you like the best. Steve Caresser, with @ePrintedBooks read your comments and listened. He has revised book cover #2 in ebook and paperback. I hope you all like them and will read this book to your young children or grandchildren one day.

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Help Rebecca Scarberry @Scarberryfields Choose Her New Book Cover - Please Vote

January 25, 2014

Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter) needs your help. As you can see, the font is different on each cover. Which one looks best? Please vote on one of the covers below for book two in her Jumper series of children's picture books by using the comments section at the end of the post:





JUMPER BOUNCES BACK (Book two in the Jumper series of children’s picture books)

Jumper, a big red, humorous beach ball, is back sharing his adventures. Will he find hi...

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Announcing: ZEKE now in audiobook!

December 13, 2013

We are excited to announce that our novel ZEKE is now available in audiobook, narrated by talented actor, Michael Hanson. We hope you enjoy it!

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The Winter in Fort Mohave, Arizona, A Christmas Story by Becky Scarberry @Scarberryfields

December 1, 2013

I want to tell you a true story about the winter I spent in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

In November of 1997 my husband, Rick and I were living in Rogue River, Oregon. We lived on my father’s non-working farm with our three cats, eight chickens, and a dog. We were having some problems, I won’t go into. We decided we needed three months away from home to relieve some of the stress.  

Rick’s father had passed away a short time before this. He and his older brother inherited their father’s...

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Top 5 Books On Luxury Cars, guest post by Bradley Taylor

November 9, 2013

The next best thing to driving or shopping for a luxury car is to turn through the lush photographic pages of a glossy coffee table book on luxury cars (when it’s not playing eye candy, that is) and feast on some auto erotica.

Here’s a line-up of the top five books on luxury cars that any auto or style nut must have, in no particular order.

1. Exotic Cars (First Gear) by John Lamm

This is not a coffee table book since the 256 pages are compiled into a handy paperback that makes for...

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Just 99 Cents! Castles, A Fictional Memoir of a Girl With Scissors by Benjamin X. Wretlind

October 22, 2013
Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors by Benjamin X. Wretlind has garnered a solid 4.5 star rating. Part of the Big 99 Cent Ebook Sale Oct 21 - 25!

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