5000+ WordPress Followers

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So I recently just reached 5000 followers and I really wanted to thank everyone that has followed my blog!! You guys are amazing and it really makes such a big difference in my life to have all of you guys support my writing!

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There are so many of you who leave the most amazing comments who I’ve been lucky enough to get to know and I definitely consider you guys friends. And for everyone who I haven’t gotten to know yet don’t worry there’s a lot of time to do that because I am not going to stop blogging anytime soon!

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I know I’ve been taking a little longer to respond to comments but I’ve been crazy busy with university but I am definitely going to try and respond to them as soon as I can!

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I know a lot of you have been supporting this blog for quite a long time and I am so appreciative and I honestly can not even believe how many years it’s been since I first started I feel like it was just yesterday I was writing my first post.

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And for all the new followers I can’t wait to get to know you guys too.

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So I’m going to keep this short and sweet and just again say thank you to you guys. I can not emphasize how much the follows, likes, share, comments and views mean to me. You guys and this blog has become a vital part of my life and I really hope it remains that way! You guys are the absolute best and I really hope you keep supporting my blog.

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Let me know in the comments what your favorite post on this blog has been so far I would love to know!

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500th Post

So according to my stats this is officially my 500th post!

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I know I’m as surprised as you are! I honestly can’t believe I’ve posted so much and I can’t believe people have actually viewed them. I know I say this a lot but when I started this blog I honestly had no idea where it was going or if anyone would even read it. But apparently you guys did!

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I want to thank everyone who has followed me, liked or shared my posts, commented on my posts or even just viewed any of my posts!

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This blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you guys so thanks for all the support and I hope you continue supporting it!

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Let me know in the comments below what your favourite post has been so far!!

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A Graphic About Artificial Intelligence In Movies (Guest Post)

As you guys know Star Wars is my favourite movie and so I was super excited to share this graphic about artificial intelligence in movies with you guys! It is from a site called EnlightenedDigital that you should definitely check out if you’re interested in top tech and business news, updates and analyses from around the web!

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What’s your favourite movie in this list?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Fazlur Rahman Khan – A Genius Who Made Skyscrapers Real (Guest Post)

Top Facts To Get Acquainted With Fazlur Rahman Khan

The man, who affected the Chicago skyline. He is called a genius, Einstein of the architecture and innovator. The man, who deserved admiration and recognition. Fazlur Rahman Khan was a gifted man, who made contemporary skyscrapers achievable.

1. Khan’s most powerful idea was the “Tube” Structural Designs.
2. Khan worked for prominent “Skidmore, Owings & Merill” architectural firm.
3. He projected a “Bundled Tube” design which was embodied in the Willis Tower, which until 1998 was the highest building worldwide.
4. At the Willis Tower lobby, there is a statue of Khan.
5. During the Bangladesh Liberation War, he took a major role in collecting funds for the Bengali people.

The True Story of Einstein of Architecture

The skyscraper was in decay. Then Fazlur Khan had a theory that would turn the traditional architecture on its head. He was born in Bangladesh and attended a civil engineering school. For the excellent performance, he was honored with a government Pakistan grant and a Fulbright scholarship. The grant gave him a chance to immigrate to the United States, where he got into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Fazlur Rahman Khan designed the Haji Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport. The tent-like structure he used was very innovating, and the King Abdulaziz airport received many awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. They claimed that Khan’s work affected the modern Muslims architectural tradition. He made numerous accomplishments:

˗ In 1972 he was announced ENR’s Man of the Year;
˗ In 1973 he received Alfred Lindau Award;
˗ Ernest Award in 1977.

Despite the fact, he was 20 years old the first time he saw a real skyscraper, Fazlur Khan was the first to introduce building innovations to American skyscrapers. Fazlur Rahman Khan as a person Khan’s colleagues remember him, as a man of easygoing nature. Some of them bear in mind, how Khan amused upper-crust women by reading palms and predicting the fortunes. He was the son of a mathematician and confirmed himself as a civil engineering wunderkind. At the University of Illinois, he was a student of a legendary Hardy Cross. The professor taught Fazlur Rahman Khan to feel the buildings, as a living thing. He imagined himself as a whole building and tried to experience every part of the construction, defining strengths and weaknesses. Once in interview Khan said that he visualizes the effects of natural powers the building suffers and tries to resist it in his designs. Khan used this architectural empathy while projecting the Hancock Center.

His Projects

Khan’s innovative tube design gave birth to a brand new cohort of skyscrapers, which were built efficiently and safely. The Empire State building construction was regarded as non- cost-effective, Chicago was in need of new ideas. Fazlur Rahman Khan shared one. He rejected the inner central supports of steel, instead offered the exterior support frame made up by series of vertical tubes. The frame has to create a soup rising, that protects against the possible earthquakes and strong high wind speeds. The frame
enables the extra area inside the building.

Firstly, he tested his theory on Chestnut building in Chicago, then Chicago’s most prominent John Hancock Center in 1968. At that time, after the Empire State, it was the second tallest building in the world. In comparison with the Empire State building which used 206 kilograms, the Hancock Center was much more efficient. It used 145 kilograms of steel per square meter. The tube structure proved to be the best.

In 1982 Fazlur Rahman Khan passed away. But his idea is still at the world’s top engineering designs. Tube design is still used for constructing contemporary skyscrapers, which makes Khan one of the most prominent architects and engineers in history. Additionally, he was a trailblazer in applying computer-aided design, and the one to contribute humanitarian assistance to his native country. Khan’s daughter says that her father believed that his work positively inspires and encourages the others. Once he emphasized that such technicians, as him must not lose themselves in technology only. The drama, art, music, life itself and living people are the true sources of inspiration.

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Book Review: Rainbow Trilogy by Alex Sanchez (Guest Post)

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Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy #1)

Here, we follow three gay boys in high school who are still closeted apart from one of the boys. Now that’s the hardest period in a person who is LGBTQIA+. Something that I notice straight out was that the language has changed from then to now. For example, the word “queer” is given a bad light. However, the word “queer” is now being widely used in the LGBTQIA+ community. I felt that the wording is a bit outdated, and I didn’t like the cover, but that’s just my opinion. My rating is 2/5 stars.

Goodreads Blurb

Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can’t stop dreaming about sex…with other guys. Kyle Meeks doesn’t look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone- especially his parents.

Nelson Glassman is “out” to the entire world, but he can’t tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.

Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.

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Rainbow High (Rainbow Trilogy #2)

In the second book, we see the boys growing up and trying to figure out who they are. In this book, the topics of HIV is dealt with and sexually transmitted diseases. One of the boys falls in love with a guy who was HIV positive, and that broke my heart. Sadly this is more common with same-sex relationship during unprotected sex. In my opinion, this book is better than the first. I gave this book three / five stars.

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Jason Carrillo, the best-looking athlete in school, has had his eyes on the prize from day one: a scholarship for college. But then his eyes turn to love — and Kyle.

Kyle Meeks, swim team star and all- around good guy, is finally in the relationship he wanted. Being in love
feels so good, in fact, that he can’t imagine giving it up to go to Princeton.

Something he’s worked for his entire life.

Nelson Glassman, outgoing and defiant, might be HIV positive. Jeremy, the boy the loves, is HIV positive. Although Nelson fears testing positive, if he is infected Jeremy might stop protecting him and pushing him away.

They can be together.

High school’s almost over. Graduation is ahead. Life’s a bowl of cherries, right? Right…

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Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy #3)

So this is the end of the trilogy, and the boys go on a road trip right before going to college. Since Kyle ( one of the three) was invited to do a talk about coming out in one of the more LGBTQIA+ friendly colleges. We see relationships being tested and that tells that the main characters are human after all. I gave this book a three out of five stars.

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Jason Carrillo came out to his basketball team senior year and lost his university scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him and summer ending, he’s asked to speak at the opening of a gay and lesbian high school across the country. But after spending years in the closet and losing his scholarship dream, what message can he offer?

Kyle Meeks is getting ready to go to Princeton in the fall and trying to see as much as possible of his boyfriend, Jason, before they have to separate. When Jason tells him about his speaking invitation, Kyle jumps at the chance to drive across country with him. Yet he can’t help worrying: Will their romance survive two weeks crammed together in a car?

Nelson Glassman is happy his best friend Kyle has found love with Jason. Now he’s looking for his own true love — and hopes he might find his soul mate during the road trip. But will being the “third wheel” in a trio ruin his friendships with Kyle and Jason?

During an eye-opening post-graduation summer road trip, each of the three very different
boys also embarks on a personal journey across a landscape of love, sexuality, homophobia,
and above all, friendship.

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4000 Followers!!

So I woke up this morning to find that I now have 4000 followers!!!

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I just want to take a minute to thank all my amazing followers out there! When I first started this blog I didn’t know what to expect or if it would even work out but I’m so glad I stuck with blogging. It has opened up a whole new world for me. I have made so many friends from around the world that I would otherwise have never known. I’ve learnt so much too and have got so much inspiration from you guys! Thank you for always supporting me and my writing. When I see the likes, follows, shares and comments it really lifts me up and makes a difference in my life. Thank you all for everything and I hope you guys continue to support the blog.

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I also want to say there are some changes coming to the blog! I am adding a few new categories which means I’ll be blogging more often now- everyday minus the weekends if possible! I’m really excited about that and don’t worry I’ll still be doing all the other stuff I did, these are just some additions to that!

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I just wanted to end this post by saying thank you again for making blogging so amazing for me and your continued support! All this is because of you guys!

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Lifesfinewhine Is Officially On Instagram!

So I finally decided to join Instagram! To check out my profile click here.

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I decided to join because firstly I wanted to share my blog posts on it and secondly I thought it would be fun to share a bit more of my life and what I’m doing because as much as I try to share on my blog I can’t really share everything I do every 20 seconds because that would be weird and slightly annoying but totally normal on Instagram! 😂

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I also wanted to sort of make more memories and I thought this would give me more incentive to go out more often and also try new things. It also help me kind of document my life and this way I have pictures/videos to look back at and remember stuff and smile!

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I am also planning on sharing vegan and vegetarian recipes as well as some posts about makeup (like tips and my favourite brands) because I feel like Instagram would be better for that then my blog.

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This is probably what my Insta is going to consist of… 😂

So if you want to get more of an insight into my life and just what it’s like for me day to day as well as vegan/vegetarian recipes or stuff about makeup make sure to follow me and feel free to DM me whenever!

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I Did A Guest Post/Interview!

So a while back I did a guest post AKA an interview for Victoria Howell and it would be awesome if you guys checked it out!

Remember to leave a comment on her blog letting her know what you thought of it! Also she has lots of interviews from people from all around the world so please do check out her other posts too!

http://storitorigrace.blogspot.ca/2018/03/so-your-character-is-from-kenya.html

Writer Survival 101 (Guest Post)

By Lisa Reynolds

The life of a writer is one of hard work and trying to get your work noticed. In such a highly populated field so many works are passed over simply because readers can only read so much at any given time. But if you keep going, you never know what is around the corner. So this article is not so much about how to get your books sold but more about how to keep going even when the sales are not what you dreamed they might be. The following is five tips to keep you smiling (and working!) when the chips aren’t rolling your way …

1. Remember Why You Began Writing In The First Place

OK, this tip is not going to be much use to you if you began writing with the main goal of becoming a best-selling author like Agatha Christie or James Patterson but it will if it wasn’t your first reason for entering the world of writing. Many successful writers including the two writers I have mentioned here didn’t achieve major success straightaway. But something keeps writers doing what they do even when their writing isn’t exactly financing enough Cornflakes. Usually it’s a love of the craft and especially a love for the characters they create. Nine times out of ten if a writer hasn’t this love, they don’t last very long. If money was the main aim after all we’d all have went into the business world or something. So when you are feeling disappointed with how things are going, remember what it is you love about writing and why you were attracted to it in the first place. It usually puts the fire back in your belly to keep going with your chosen craft.

2. Don’t Put Down The Achievements You Have Accomplished

As humans, many of us have a tendency to look at the glass as being half full. Instead if we think positively, we’ll find that we have accomplished a lot more than we first thought. For example blogging or publishing a book are accomplishments in and of themselves without the books being a worldwide hit with their covers pasted on the side of buses. The latter would be nice of course but dwelling on what you haven’t achieved won’t do you any good. Be proud of the things you have achieved and continue with a positive attitude to continue building your achievements. Try not to look at the negatives.

3. Write More, Think Less

Instead of thinking about the last book and how it’s success is going, start into the next book. As writers we go off in our own world when we’re writing so that would help rid yourself of any negative thoughts regarding sales or your work not being noticed. Many of us worry that we haven’t marketed our books enough when in reality it’s often more because there is so much choice and competition out there that our books are often not at the top of everyone’s list. But I was given this advice from a fellow writer and, I’ll share it here, to not worry about marketing past books and to just get on and finish the next one and get it out there. And I think that’s advice worth following.

4. Cherish The Readers You Have

You might want lots and lots of people reading your work and it would be great if there was. But remember that the people that are reading your work, however many that is, are taking time to do so. And time is the most precious gift one can give. So appreciate their time and support. Value them as readers and be proud that you created something that these people out there liked. And the more you write, the more people who will become familiar with your work too so keep writing and keep valuing every new reader.

5. Don’t Envy Other Authors

By this I don’t mean things such as ‘I wish I was as successful as they were’ or ‘I wish I could write like that’. That’s more of a compliment about fellow writers and it’s grand as long as you go back to your work after and continue on. What I really mean here is procrastinating and being so envious that it makes you think that your own work is worthless and that you aren’t a good writer. Or alternatively that you copy these writers and that doesn’t work well either because a writer always writes better when it’s their own writer’s voice, when it’s from the heart. Admire other writers, be playfully envious of their talents but never let it get to a stage where you give up on your own talents.

Remember that whether huge, in-between or small success is in the future that you have a voice and so much opportunity nowadays to get your work out there. Don’t give up on that. Though it might not seem it at times, you have a gift. Share it and don’t deprive the world of what you have to offer.

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How Traveling Musicians Make Money? (Guest Post)

By Stefan

Being a successful musician today is one of the hardest things in show business. This industry can be
ruthless, especially if you don’t have something unique and exciting to offer. Being a traveling musician
can be even more complicated. These people are constantly on the road and this particular lifestyle
doesn’t leave them much time for their own personal needs. For example, they can’t have a regular love
life, so most of the time they have to meet people online and date via the Internet. But the biggest
question of them all is – how are traveling musicians making money today? If you want to find out their
techniques and strategies, make sure to stick around.

Live Shows

If young musicians and their bands can organize their own tours, then live shows are the best way to
earn money while traveling. This is also a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of the local dating scenes
all over the world. However, making money is priority number one and individual live shows are a great
source of income. This is also the best way to promote your art and widen your fan base. Unfortunately,
not all traveling musicians are able to book their own gigs, so they have to consider other earning
methods.

Playing At Various Festivals

In case bands or individual performers are not able to have their own independent concerts, playing at
festivals all around the globe is a nice and profitable alternative. Being a part of a festival is much easier
than having your own shows. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most popular ways to earn money
among traveling musicians. This way, they don’t depend on their own crowd. Instead, they discuss and
determine a fee with the organization of a certain festival.

Performing On The Streets

If concerts and music festivals are a bit unrealistic for some musicians, performing on the streets is one
of the safest options to earn money. People appreciate street performers and they like to award them
with cash. Also, these shows allow them to promote their art to all kinds of people. At the same time,
they’re earning money by doing what they love and they’re promoting their art to the widest possible
audience. It’s safe to say that this is a pretty clever strategy.

Playing In Restaurants

This is also one of the quickest and most profitable ways to earn quick cash while on the road. Certain
traveling musicians are all about serenading guests at local restaurants and diners. This may sound
weird, but people love to be entertained during their meals. Sadly, most of these artists have to cover
other famous musicians, but hey, it’s still a fun way to make money, right?

Selling Albums, T-Shirts, And Other Merchandise

Organizing gigs and performing are not the only two ways to make money as an artist on tour. There are
a lot of different methods to achieve that and selling your merchandise is definitely one of them. Young
musicians are trying to make it in this harsh world of show business by selling their albums, CDs, vinyl
records, T-shirts, stickers, and other themed merchandise. This is actually a very efficient and fun way to ‘lure’ fans into their world of music. After all, they’re selling their product, so marketing plays an
extremely important role.

Digital Sales And Streaming Via The Internet

Sadly, some bands and solo artists are not able to break through to the mainstream, so they have to find
certain alternatives when it comes to selling and promoting their music. These people usually end up
selling their music via their own websites or digital stores like iTunes and Amazon. These groups also
allow their fans and supporters to stream their music via different platforms. We have to be honest, this
is not the most profitable way, but it still counts for something.

House Gigs

These arrangements are pretty awesome. Sure, there are no marketing campaigns and PRs involved, but
it’s a nice way for bands to promote their art to true and passionate music fans. Traveling artists usually
make themselves available for these type of gigs because it allows them to perform at birthdays,
weddings, and other types of parties.

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