Saturday, November 2, 2013

Free Kindle E-Book: Sales Is Mashed Potatoes


Download your copy of this pocket guide filled with witty sales anecdotes as it relates to mashed potatoes:  
 


From Nov 4th through Nov 8th author Tim Northburg is offering a free promotion of his book, Sales Is Mashed Potatoes. Get a free copy by getting the Kindle reader app on your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, or on your PC and download your free copy of this sales book.
 
I would love to hear what you thought of the book.
 
Thanks.

 


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What Was The Defining Day You Became A Writer?







The Birth of a Writer

Even as a young boy, I read many books and had a wild imagination. My parents took me to the library, bought various books for me to consume and read to me before bed. Then in 1979, my father took me to a drive in theatre. The move I watched sparked a greater imagination that was unknown to me. That movie was Star Wars. Later it came out on HBO and watched it repeatedly.

From that time on, my imagination kept growing. I became fascinated with Superman, Indiana Jones and James Bond. I was a normal kid who played with Legos, Star Wars action figures and Matchbox cars. Later I became fascinated with Dungeons and Dragons and went on many imaginary quests with my friends.

In High School, I became engrossed in sports and Swimming consumed much of my free time. It was in the second semester of my senior year that my life changed. One of my good friends committed suicide. I was in my first class of the day, creative writing, when we heard the news over the intercom. It happened that morning before school when he took his life selfishly. I looked over at the empty desk to my right and realized that I would never see my friend again.

That was the defining day I became a writer. From that day forward, my creative spark inside flared up. I wrote about my friend and many of the great times, we had together. I even did a story from him explaining what was going on in his mind the seconds before his life ended. I also created many short story pieces that just sprang from within and poured out onto the paper.

Three years later (1993) I decided to write a novel and incorporate many of the pieces I wrote in that creative writing class. I wrote my first 300-page manuscript titled, The Toads of War in freehand (which I later typed into the computer.)

Then after selling Insurance and working as a Investment Advisor I became an Automotive Sales Professional. I spent several years selling at a Saturn retail facility. I learned about Customer Service and Needs-Based Selling.

Over the thirteen years as an Automotive Sales Professional and Automotive Sales Manager, I compiled the knowledge, techniques and principles I learned into three automotive training guidebooks titled Automotive Basics, Automotive Sales 101 and Knights of the Blacktop. I also authored a daily workbook for automotive professionals called, Knights of the Blacktop Business Planner. I currently used these to train my sales professionals.

In 2002, I completed a 390 page Success and Motivational manuscript titled, Fuel the Furnace and created workbook to go with it.

In 2004, just before the birth of my third daughter, my latest creation sprung to life. I was reading my oldest daughter Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair books as bedtime stories. Inside something nagged at me. The writing voice inside told me that I should create some kind of children’s story with a grand adventure—much like the ones I was reading to my daughter.

That is when the thoughts of kids, a teleportation watch, multiple planets and the search of magical items came to mind. I do not know how it all came together—it just did. Now, I have my first manuscript complete, my second manuscript in the works and rough outlines for the six remaining books in the series.

Thinking back, the moment I became a writer was that day I lost my friend. My friend inspired me to write. I will always remember our friendship and the gift he gave to me.

Thanks Cory!

To learn more about my fantasy/adventure series visit:


 





-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life


Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life
Realize It!: A Pocket Guide To Help You Get What You Want In Life by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I wrote this book because one person, many years ago, influenced my life with a simple phrase; "How bad do you want it?" That became the basis of this book. To realize your dreams, goals, and visions you have to want it really bad. My swim coach pounded this in my head, and to this day When I want to realize my dreams, goals, and visions I think about this saying to conquer my fears, break through barriers, and overcome obstacles to "Realize It!"



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Friday, September 13, 2013

Internet Safety For Children




The seriousness of online predators is very prevalent in our society. Every day children are targeted online by predators. As a parent of three children I am quickly grasping the dangers of the internet and my children surfing on it.

Maggie Goins, a local Fort Collins author and friend, has dedicated her life to spreading the word of the dangers of the internet and the predators that target children.

IN REAL LIFE is a fictitious story about the dangers of the internet. Maggie Goins does a real good job of blending fiction with what could really happen to children who befriend someone online. It is easy to see through Libby's story how easy it is for children to fall prey to online strangers, and the outcome that could potentially happen. For Libby, it ends well. There are many children out there, in real life, that it ends not so well.  


Maggie said it best, "Many families know the Internet is not only a wonderful source of fun and information, but also a dangerous world for a child to explore unsupervised. Unfortunately, other families are not so aware. "




By Maggie Goins

Every Parent and tween should buy and read Maggie's book IN REAL LIFE





SYNOPSIS:

Libby is dealing with extreme pressures that life sometime places on us. She is still reeling from the death of her mother and is facing the challenges of dealing with her father's marriage to a new wife, and the addition of a step brother and sister in her life. Before going away on a business trip, Libby's father gives her an old computer and sets it up in her room. While her father is away on a business Libby sets up her own e-mail and explores chat rooms unsupervised. She turns to a new chatroom friend, Jeff, who seems to "Understand what she is going through." Looking for someone to understand her feelings, comfort her, and give her the connection she is missing in her life, Libby falls prey to an online predator. After several e-mails she agrees to meet Jeff at a local mall. At the mall she is slipped some drugs in her drink and plans on kidnapping her. Luckily her school friends uncover her hidden secret and rush to the mall and alert security guards, who step in and arrest the man, saving Libby.


I read this book and am sharing it with my children. If you are a parent, you need to read this, have your children read this and then discuss it together.
 


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Decide On It!


Decide On It!
Decide On It! by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I wrote this book to help people identify the areas of their life they want to set goals and achieve their dreams. Once you figure out what you want, decide on it and go for it!



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Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Realize It! Goals Workbook


Realize It! Goals Workbook
Realize It! Goals Workbook by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Every year, since 1996, I sit down and wrote out my goals for the year. I put together this goals workbook so I could keep my goals in one place. I would look at them often, keeping them in mind and monitor my progress as I aimed to realize them. You can set goals and realize them too! It is easy.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Realize It! Goals Workbook

 
Realize It! Goals Workbook
 
 
What is "it?" Anything you want in life is "it" and becomes the focus of your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. You may have goals to reach, but you may not write them down, monitor them on a daily basis, and work towards achieving them. This workbook will help you, understand your purpose, identify what success means to you, and set short and long-term goals to help you monitor and realize "it" in all areas of your life. Now, realize it!


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Do You Like Roundabouts?


Roundabouts are used to help control the flow of traffic in an intersection vs traditional intersections. They also reduce the risk of side collisions and lower speeds through the intersection.

QUESTION:

Do You Like Roundabouts?


ANSWER:

"I like roundabouts. I got used to driving around them when I lived in England. However, with the increasing usage of roundabouts in America, more and more people are  "roundabout stupid."  To the idiots ahead of me who don't know there are a few roundabout rules;  ONE: The person on the roundabout has the right of way--if you are coming into a roundabout yield to the person on the roundabout.  TWO:  Don't stop in the roundabout to kindly let people on the roundabout--this blocks the roundabout for people who are already on it impeding the flow, and can cause an accident. (Only stop if idiot coming into roundabout ignores rule one.)  THREE:  Use your signals to tell people if you are going around the roundabout and then change your signal to tell people where you are getting off the roundabout.  These are helpful hints I learned from driving roundabouts in Europe."

(Please share your experiences on roundabouts.)

For more information on how to drive safely read my blog post on:
How To Dive Into And On A Roundabout


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cheshire Jacket Potatoes




A Unique Concoction!

This is a good hearty meal that I developed while living in Chester, England. It was a concoction that I just threw together one night and it turned out to be a great mix of flavors that tantalized the taste buds. It seems to be an odd mixture of ingredients but they just blend together perfectly and make a good meal. The portion amounts are good for 2 potatoes. You can easily double it for more people.

INGREDIENTS

2 large potatoes

3-4 large mushrooms

½ small yellow or white onion (or whole onion if you like onion)

2 tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)

1 tablespoon butter

1 can Heinz baked beans (English style or other like brand baked beans)

2 large eggs

½ cup grated Cheshire cheese (sharp or medium cheddar works too)

3 slices of ham, turkey, or chicken lunch meat

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake potatoes for approximately 30 minutes or until potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can also microwave them for 10 minutes turning them over half way through. Then microwave them two minutes more and repeat until they are soft inside.
  2. Dice onion, 3 slices of lunch meat and slice mushrooms.
  3. In medium frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium-high. Add onion and mushrooms and cook until sauteed. Add meat and stir in until meat is heated up.
  4. Place your potatoes on a plate. Slice in half. Slice each half three times length ways and then put across the other way dicing up the potatoes in small cubes.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon butter over warm potatoes so it melts over cubes.
  6. Take your pan of onion, meat and mushrooms and spread over top of potatoes.
  7. Open baked beans can and dump into a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave for several minutes heating up beans.
  8. In medium frying pan, heat the other 1 tablespoon of oil and cook eggs over easy so that the yolk is runny.
  9. Place eggs on top of potatoes, onion, meat and mushrooms.
  10. Dump a fair amount of beans over top of egg.
  11. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  12. Heat up in microwave 1 minute so all is warm and cheese melts.
  13. Dig in and enjoy the different flavors!

I hope you enjoy this unique meal.




-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Potato Digger's Creed



"Give me this day my daily potatoes to mash.  Let me be the best potato digger possible.  Let me help other diggers find potatoes and in return I will be a more successful potato digger and have all the mashed potatoes I need for a good life!"

To read more, buy my book Sales Is Mashed Potatoes on Amazon.
(Also available on Kindle as an e-book)


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What Is A Good Memory Of Your Father?


Father's Day is tomorrow.  I got to thinking about some of the good times I had with my father over the years. (I hope to have many more.)

QUESTION:  

What is a good memory of something you did with your father?


ANSWER:

"I remember going camping.  My dad worked for HP and he was able to reserve a cabin at Hermit Park near Estes Park or we would use the giant tent he had.  We would pack up the top of burnt orange Mazda GLC wagon and cram into the car and go up to the mountains for the weekend.  I remember the campfires, the cold nights, and the great hikes. It was some good times."

(Please share what you remember doing with your father.)


-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Sales Is Mashed Potatoes


Sales Is Mashed Potatoes
Sales Is Mashed Potatoes by Tim Northburg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I wrote this book as a funny, anecdotal, quick, guide book to keep motivated in sales. A manager of mine told me once that sales is like mashed potatoes. I expanded on that quote and created this fun inspirational guide book.



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Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Blog Post (Part Two) on Patricia Stoltey's Blog


Check out my guest blog post on Patricia Stoltey's blog.  (Part Two was posted today)

My Writing Itch (Part One) by Tim Northburg




My Writing Itch (Part Two) by Tim Northburg




-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bring A Joyful Spirit To Your Life



 
Bring a Joyful Spirit to your Life

All too often, we get wrapped up in the “to do list” of life. With our fast paced lifestyle we are constantly on the go, doing projects, working, running errands, or doing things for others. Many times we don’t “stop and smell the roses” and take time out for ourselves.

When we don’t set aside time for ourselves we can get grumpy or down. The joy and happiness in our lives gets lost to the everyday pressures. This can affect us in many ways. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, hatred, self loathing, and suicide are all side effects of not bringing a joyful spirit to your life.

What do you do when . . . ?
  • I have to take the kids to school.
  • I have to mow the lawn.
  • I have to run to the store and go shopping.
  • I have to make dinner.
  • I have to fix that leaking water heater.
  • I have to finish those reports and go to the meeting.
  • I have to deal with a customer.
  • I have to do the laundry.
  • I have to meet the needs of my employees.
  • I have to run to the post office.
  • I have to pay my bills.
  • I have to meet the needs of my children.
  • I have to vacuum.
  • I have to get ready for work.
  • I have to meet a client.
  • I have to meet a friend for dinner.
  • I have to meet that deadline.
  • I have to clean the house.
  • I have to do those dishes.
  • I have to meet the demands of my spouse/partner.

AAAAAHHHHH!


DON'T STRESS OUT

Sometimes the pressure is all insurmountable. We are constantly doing more and running ourselves to the ground. But you can bring a joyful spirit to your life. You can set aside a few minutes to a half an hour each day to do some simple things to bring joy and happiness to your life, and reduce your stress.
  • 10 minute breathing exercises.
  • Read a book.
  • Meditate.
  • Write.
  • Paint
  • Draw.
  • Take a walk.
  • Work out.
Whatever it is, do something for yourself!


T.A. Northburg is a writer from Colorado. He is finishing his forthcoming novel titled, “Otterocity! Bring a Joyful Spirit to Your Life.” You can learn more about Otterocity! (the quality of otters) Bring a Joyful Spirit to Your Life, on his website and follow his website blog at www.Otterocity.com.



-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Guest Blog Post on Patricia Stoltey's Blog






Check out my guest blog post on Patricia Stoltey's blog.


 My Writing Itch (Part One) by Tim Northburg




-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer

Thursday, May 16, 2013

How Tim Northburg Became A Writer



Someone recently asked me:  

What was the defining moment you became a writer?

Even as a young boy, I read many books and had a wild imagination. My parents took me to the library, bought various books for me to consume and read to me before bed. Then in 1979, my father took me to a drive in theater. The move I watched sparked a greater imagination that was unknown to me. That movie was Star Wars. Later it came out on HBO and watched it repeatedly. I watched that movie 193 times in my life.

From that time on, my imagination kept growing. I became fascinated with Superman, Indiana Jones and James Bond. I was a normal kid who played with Legos, Star Wars action figures, and Matchbox cars. Later I became fascinated with Dungeons and Dragons and went on many quests with my friends.

In High School, I became engrossed in sports and Swimming consumed much of my free time. It was in the second semester of my senior year that my life changed. One of my good friends committed suicide. I was in my first class of the day, creative writing, when we heard the news over the intercom. It happened that morning before school when he took his life selfishly. I looked over at the empty desk to my right and realized that I would never see my friend Cory again.

That was the defining day I became a writer. From that day forward, my creative spark inside flared up. I wrote about my friend and many of the great times, we had together. I even did a story from his viewpoint explaining what was going on in his mind the seconds before his life ended. I also created many short story pieces that just sprang from within and poured out onto the paper.

Three years later (1993) I decided to write a novel and incorporate many of the pieces I wrote in that creative writing class. I wrote my first 300-page manuscript titled, The Toads of War in freehand (which I later typed into the computer.)

Then after selling Insurance and working as a Investment Adviser I became an Automotive Sales Professional. I spent several years selling at a Saturn retail facility. I learned about Customer Service and Needs-Based Selling.

Over the thirteen years as an Automotive Sales Professional and Automotive Sales Manager, I compiled the knowledge, techniques and principles I learned into three automotive training guidebooks and currently use these to train my sales professionals.

In 2002, I completed a 390 page Success and Motivational manuscript titled, Fuel the Furnace and created goals workbook to go with it.

In 2004, just before the birth of my third daughter, my latest creation sprung to life. I was reading my oldest daughter Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair books as bedtime stories. Inside something nagged at me. The writing voice inside told me that I should create some kind of children's story with a grand adventure-much like the ones I was reading to my daughter.

That is when the thoughts of kids, a teleportation watch, multiple planets and the search of magical items came to mind. I do not know how it all came together-it just did. Now, I have my first book in the series published on Amazon and Kindle, my second manuscript in the works and rough outlines for the six remaining books in the series.

Thinking back, the moment I became a writer was that day I lost my friend. My friend inspired me to write. I will always remember our friendship and the gift he gave to me.

Thanks Cory--I will always remember you!


To learn more about my fantasy/adventure series visit:




-- by Tim Northburg AKA The Darth Writer