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Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D. is the author of over 50 books with major publishers and has published 30 books through her own company Changemakers Publishing and Writing. She writes books and proposals for clients, and has written and produced over 50 short videos through her company Changemakers Productions. Besides Living in Limbo, her latest books include: The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film and Working With People With Disabilities.

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Watch Out for Third Party Auto Repair Scams

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:36 PM

The auto repair service industry is a huge one, with about 160,000 establishments with a combined annual revenue of $90 billion a year according to one estimate by First Research. About 260,000 businesses employ over 550,000 auto mechanics with annual revenues of $60 billion a year according to...

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Finding Out Whom to Trust When You Do Business Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:19 AM

I began thinking about the importance of knowing whom to trust in doing business together when I experienced two major breaches, one as a customer seeking services and another when I was providing services myself. In both cases, I hadn't done any advance checking of these companies. In one case,...

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Avoiding Auto Repair Scams

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Typically, an auto repair scam involves advising you that you need unnecessary repairs, not doing the stated repairs, or increasing the bill by adding repairs after you get a quote. Commonly auto repair shops can get away with these extra repairs and charges, because consumers generally don't know very much...

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A Warning About Warnings

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 11:03 PM

I started thinking about when a professional you contact for advice should warn you about something and is responsible if something that goes wrong without that warning to avoid something or to recognize the risks involved in doing something. Whether the professional thinks the warning not necessary because someone should...

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Don't Get Distracted -- or Else

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 1:30 PM

I started thinking about getting distracted after I got a parking ticket for street sweeping on a block near my house. It was a ticket I didn't have to get, since I reminded myself as I got out of the car that I would have to move it in the...

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Don't Get Scammed by Phony Job Offers

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 7:52 PM

It can sound like a great deal -- a job you can easily do at a time when many jobs are contracting or going overseas, unless you are in the tech sector. You just have to work an hour or two for each assignment and make $200 to $300, averaging...

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Write It, But Don't Send It -- And Turn What Happened Into Good

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:56 PM

When things go wrong and you feel someone has done something to you to cause that, you may feel eager to tell that person off -- whether in person, on the phone, or in an email. But when you still feel very angry and vengeful, such a response can often...

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How to Get Paid for Your Work When Companies Don't Pay You

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:32 AM

I started thinking about the problem of getting paid for your work when companies don't pay you when this happened to me. Often, when a company doesn't pay, you may feel powerless, especially when the amount is too small to merit a lawyer or even a small claims case. And...

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It Should Be a Crime, But Isn't

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:42 PM

Imagine the scenario. You have a contract with someone to do something, you pay them, then they not only don't give you the final product, but they steal it and use it for their own purposes. Then they do it again with someone else. You might think that's a crime...

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Being Thankful for What You Don't Have

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:17 AM

It's easy to begin feeling you are somehow lacking because you haven't achieve the success or fortune of others, especially when we are constantly regaled with stories about the rich and famous in the news. These stories are everywhere, and TV shows and films glamorize the luxury life. And when...

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The Latest Internet Scam for Writers

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 7:26 PM

Now that many writers are turning to ghostwriting, since it has proved increasingly difficult to make a living due to publishing upheavals, celebrity-driven books, millions self-publishing books or writing for free, and Internet piracy, there is a new threat. This is the phony ghostwriting client seeking information and then getting...

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The New Middle Ages

(12) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Today, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it seems we are approach a new Middle Ages in America, as inequality increasingly spreads through the land. It is as if the super-rich are like the new royalty and the top 1 percent are living in mansions like...

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The Benefit Of Not Becoming Famous

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 10:39 PM

Recently, I've been reading about the trials and tribulations of the very rich and famous, and realized the aspiration to be part of that elite may not be so great as it's cracked up to be. One reason is that becoming rich and famous may turn into more of a...

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Taxes Nightmare For Homesellers Few Understand

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 5:51 PM

The foreclosure mess due to the economic downturn has left many homeowners facing devastating taxes, even after they sell a house in a foreclosure or short sale or one that is underwater, so they earn little, nothing, or sell the home at a loss. But many homeowners don't know about...

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The Assault on Writers By Internet Pirates

(20) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Professional writers are under attack today from all sides. Not only are they being buried by millions of writers writing books and articles for free, celebrities with million dollar book deals, reduced royalties from publishers under siege, and automated software writing simple books and articles, but now book pirates are...

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Tech Breakthrough or Privacy Nightmare?

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:28 PM

When I read about the new Google Glass -- the Internet-connected computer screen that you wear like eyeglasses or attach to them -- I was amazed by the new technological possibilities -- and also appalled by the potential for new invasions of privacy as Glass wearers take them everywhere. In...

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Mind Control Is Becoming Reality

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 6:52 PM

It's the stuff of sci-fi movies -- mind control, where you just direct your mind to make something happen and it does, such as using your thoughts to mentally control a space ship. But more and more your brain waves have the power to actually manipulate and move objects.

The...

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Seeing By Your Tongue

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Everyday brings new technological breakthroughs -- and one of the most fascinating is the development of sensors that enable the tongue to actually see. This ability is rudimentary now, like seeing a series of pointillist patterns, perhaps a little like the earliest video games. But consider the possibilities as the...

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Assault on Writers From Automated Software

(12) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Professional writers today are in a crisis. Between millions of writers who are writing books and articles for free, celebrities with million dollar book deals (often written by an unknown ghostwriter), e-books transforming traditional publishers and reducing advances, and consolidations and disappearances of many book, newspaper, and magazine publishers, there...

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Bring 'Em Back Alive: De-extincting the Extinct

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 7:46 PM

One of life's greatest ironies is that while thousands of current species are going extinct, scientists are working on bringing back extinct species and people are discussing whether to bring them back. So I started thinking about the implications of bringing back these species -- and which ones we might...

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