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I'm very intrigued by the book.  The first few chapters are really good, I can definitely relate to that as those scenes were some that I frequently visited when I first started out table tennis.  Please let me know when the hard copy arrives, I'm very excited to reading it! 

Congratulations btw, 2000 is my goal as well and I hope to achieve it by the end of the year.
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Originally posted by Leshxa Leshxa wrote:

Originally posted by Imago Imago wrote:

You remind me of Joseph Conrad.  Smile


Catch 22 Joseph Conrad? Lol, why do I remind you of him?




catch-22 is joseph heller. Joseph conrad is Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent. Heller is american, conrad is polish.
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Originally posted by kickass kickass wrote:

Originally posted by Leshxa Leshxa wrote:

Originally posted by Imago Imago wrote:

You remind me of Joseph Conrad.  Smile


Catch 22 Joseph Conrad? Lol, why do I remind you of him?




catch-22 is joseph heller. Joseph conrad is Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent. Heller is american, conrad is polish.


I'm a fool. Lol. I made the same mistake in high school. I always get these two confused. Heart of Darkness is about that trip down to Africa, I remember it slightly.
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Leshxa,

Your story is very encouraging. I have a friend (and you probably knew him too) who can beat 2200 level players sometime at club but never break 2000 level at tournament no matter how many times he has tried. 

After you break 2000, you have only talked about the first part of your story. What about after that, can you stay above that level?

What is your next level to break and how soon you will reach that level?


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Originally posted by Aldrichboy Aldrichboy wrote:

Leshxa,

Your story is very encouraging. I have a friend (and you probably knew him too) who can beat 2200 level players sometime at club but never break 2000 level at tournament no matter how many times he has tried. 

After you break 2000, you have only talked about the first part of your story. What about after that, can you stay above that level?

What is your next level to break and how soon you will reach that level?




I agree. This is where table tennis is a very unique sport. It is certainly harder to keep the rating, but if you don't quite concentrate on the exact number, you'll find that while you may loose points and drop below a certain point like I have ( I am 1974 now ) and perhaps stay there for a while, but your skill level will remain the same. Eventually, if you continue to play the same way when you were able to roll past the mark prior, you will reach the same level ( or higher ) again.

In my case, since I broke 2000, I haven't been up there again, but I've beaten several 2000, 2100 players and a 2250 player since then. I did not get any adjustments because I had losses within the same tournament to lower rated players.

I don't make excuses. I share my experience honestly whether I won or lost. That is the way to learn. Of course I am not proud of my losses to lower level players but they do happen. Despite this, I love the game and I do hope that US Table Tennis can finally start to mature in this fantastic sport.

I do however want to point out that Breaking 2000 is not about the last few points in order to roll over 2000 USATT. It is about a road map to get there.

The toughest thing the runner does in his competitions is make it to the finish line, whether he is the first or not, he has to run the whole stretch and that is what his training aims for.

Forever optimist, I would like to take an inspirational twist on things - if you have achieved a high milestone, even if you don't necessarily retain that level of play for a long time, you have proven to yourself that you are capable at performing at that level! Knowing that you are capable of doing it is sometimes the only assurance we need as we strive to succeed.

Regarding your ( or my ) friend, I would say that he has to find the way to integrate his club potential into tournaments. He obviously has the tools, but need to look at other parts of the game - mental, strategy, etc.
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Lesxha,
 
Congratulations on achieving this milestone!  Your story is very interesting and encouraging for those who also aspire to break the infamous 2000 barrier.  Smile
 
 
 
 
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Congratulations! It's indeed quite an achievement of yours.
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Congratulations ! I was able to finish your book today and must say that your table tennis talents are accompanied by equally impressive writing ability . You are able to translate even the most complicated aspects of the table tennis knowledge into clear and direct package that is easy to digest . Please keep writing.
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congratulations!! i would like to be there someday
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Well done on both accounts -- rating and book.  Here's hoping the sequel is sooner than you think!
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Originally posted by ripag ripag wrote:

Congratulations ! I was able to finish your book today and must say that your table tennis talents are accompanied by equally impressive writing ability . You are able to translate even the most complicated aspects of the table tennis knowledge into clear and direct package that is easy to digest . Please keep writing.


Thank you for your feedback. The book is not too big, but I am impressed that you were able to read it all in one day. It only came out last night Big smile.
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Originally posted by kickass kickass wrote:

Great title! Btw it should be "without further ado".


Sorry I missed your post. I am so Embarrassed. Damn spellchecker! Thanks for catching it!
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Congrats lex; setting up a goal and reaching it is indeed an accomplishment and your posts and publication on breaking 2k show well the spirit of a decided warrior! You are inpiring as usual.
 
I could not find out what "ado" means; the closest I found was "Automated Delivery Order" since the ebook goes that way when purchased from Amazon; or "American Dancesport Organization" to underline footwork's importance in tt.
 
I eventually found out that 'ado' are not initials initials here but a true English word 
 
ado
noun fuss, to-do, trouble, delay, bother, stir, confusion, excitement, disturbance, bustle, flurry, agitation, commotion, pother
e.g: And now, without further ado, let me introduce our benefactor.
 
Thank you for enriching my vocabulary and boosting my tt game at the same time Big smile
 
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Lex, I read the first few pages of the book preview on Amazon.

You have very nice writing style that can entertain and teach at same time.  You may be amateur publisher, but it appears you possess the skills to tell a great story.  Great job!  And yes it does seem like the best players are 40+ yr old out of shape guys with thick glasses (hey wait a sec, are you making fun of me?!  Wink).

Can't wait for my Lenovo A1 tablet to ship so I can download Kindle reader and buy this book!
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Congrats lex; setting up a goal and reaching it is indeed an accomplishment and your posts and publication on breaking 2k show well the spirit of a decided warrior! You are inpiring as usual.
 
I could not find out what "ado" means; the closest I found was "Automated Delivery Order" since the ebook goes that way when purchased from Amazon; or "American Dancesport Organization" to underline footwork's importance in tt.
 
I eventually found out that 'ado' are not initials initials here but a true English word 
 
ado
noun fuss, to-do, trouble, delay, bother, stir, confusion, excitement, disturbance, bustle, flurry, agitation, commotion, pother
e.g: And now, without further ado, let me introduce our benefactor.
 
Thank you for enriching my vocabulary and boosting my tt game at the same time Big smile
 


Another use of "ADO":

When you end up at the isle with a priest, rabi, or elvis in front of you and a certain special lady, but you are so drunk from the bachelor party before.

When finally you hear "Do you?"

You mumble - "Ado!"

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Originally posted by pushchop pushchop wrote:

Lex, I read the first few pages of the book preview on Amazon.

You have very nice writing style that can entertain and teach at same time.  You may be amateur publisher, but it appears you possess the skills to tell a great story.  Great job!  And yes it does seem like the best players are 40+ yr old out of shape guys with thick glasses (hey wait a sec, are you making fun of me?!  Wink).

Can't wait for my Lenovo A1 tablet to ship so I can download Kindle reader and buy this book!


Thank you for the feedback and no there is nothing wrong with getting older, picking up extra pounds, and acquiring a thicker pair of binoculars.

I am looking forward to the same changes coming soon, well maybe not too soon Big smile
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just read the first several pages on my kindle; enjoying it!
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Thank you, everyone!

I was skeptical how it would be taken by the table tennis community. Many of the people read the whole book in just a few days and had some nice things to say. I am very grateful! Thank you!

It was also a nice surprise to hear good words on the book from Sean O'Neill and Donn Olsen on the about.com table tennis forum.


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I just purchased it for the Kindle player in my iPad2. Thanks for publishing this tale of your journey! I'm looking forward to reading it, and from my perusal of the TOC and the first few pages I suspect I'll identify quite readily with it as I'm right now where you started out.
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Originally posted by Leshxa Leshxa wrote:

Thank you, everyone!

I was skeptical how it would be taken by the table tennis community. Many of the people read the whole book in just a few days and had some nice things to say. I am very grateful! Thank you!

It was also a nice surprise to hear good words on the book from Sean O'Neill and Donn Olson on the about.com table tennis forum.
I could not put this book down once I started . I ended up finishing it in one long session which hasn't happen to me in a long time.
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Originally posted by nathanso nathanso wrote:

I just purchased it for the Kindle player in my iPad2. Thanks for publishing this tale of your journey! I'm looking forward to reading it, and from my perusal of the TOC and the first few pages I suspect I'll identify quite readily with it as I'm right now where you started out.


Originally posted by ripag ripag wrote:

I could not put this book down once I started . I ended up finishing it in one long session which hasn't happen to me in a long time.



I am sorry that I have not replied in a while. I have been busy trying to get the paper copy of the book ready.

Thank you again for your feedback! I am looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts about the book. Please feel free to contact me here or on my website.

Thank you.


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I was searching for something in my email and found a link to the thread where I was posting the actual "Breaking" of my goal.

It was exciting for me to go back to that moment in time. Check it out!

http://www.mytt.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=39562&PN=1&title=reaching-usatt-2000
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brother forum OOAK started a thread about the book: 
lex is some serious matter about focusing and reaching (with footwork)!
Bravo Lex! I do admire you.
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[QUOTE=Imago] It's a good example to follow by those who have broken 2300 too. And their English is not their mother tongue.
I think the techniques used and the journey taken is quite different in every type of way.  A comparison of apples and oranges.
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Leshxa,
 
Could you give a summary of your experience with the publishing aspect of your book? Thanks.
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Originally posted by BeaverMD BeaverMD wrote:

Leshxa,
 
Could you give a summary of your experience with the publishing aspect of your book? Thanks.


Absolutely. I already wrote on this subject on the OOAK forum. http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&p=205264. Look for the 4th post from the top.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.
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Originally posted by Leshxa Leshxa wrote:

Originally posted by BeaverMD BeaverMD wrote:

Leshxa,
 
Could you give a summary of your experience with the publishing aspect of your book? Thanks.


Absolutely. I already wrote on this subject on the OOAK forum. http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&p=205264. Look for the 4th post from the top.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.
 
Thanks.  You wrote:
"About the Kindle publishing process. By itself the publishing is not difficult, but putting together the information, hiring an editor to go through grammar, hire an illustrator to properly create cover, formatting the book, buying copyrights, etc, it is lengthy process."
 
Could you expand briefly on the underlined part? Let's assume, the materials are already put together.  Thanks.
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Originally posted by BeaverMD BeaverMD wrote:

Thanks.  You wrote:
"About the Kindle publishing process. By itself the publishing is not difficult, but putting together the information, hiring an editor to go through grammar, hire an illustrator to properly create cover, formatting the book, buying copyrights, etc, it is lengthy process."
 
Could you expand briefly on the underlined part? Let's assume, the materials are already put together.  Thanks.


The underlying part is the easiest in the process. Kindle publisher web site has several forms where you fill out the information about your book. It is also the place where you upload the documents and set the sales price.

The site is
kdp.amazon.com

The uploading of the document will be a pain. I formatted mine quite a few times and it never came out with the formatting I wanted. I am still trying to work out the kinks.

Hope this is what you were looking for. Again, the most difficult part of creating a book is coming up with the content and being able to edit it into a presentable form.

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Got it! Many thanks for your input.
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No problem. If you need any more info, PM me.
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