WEbooker of the WEek Buys a Mean Used Car


This WEek’s
comes a few days late, but not a dollar short – thanks to her formidable
negotiating skills. Winterjazz first caught my
eye a few weeks ago, when she submitted an article to 101
Things Every Man Should Know How to Do
, titled “How
to buy a used car – without losing (or greasing) your shirt
.” (That project
is currently in contention for publication, by the way – so take a look, and
cast your vote!)

My favorite bit of car-buying advice? Wear a button-down shirt over a tank, so you
can slowly unbutton it and hand it to your lady friend before taking a look
under the chassis. It’s all about the
showmanship, people.

later invited me to join her project Cinema 50, billed as “Reviews
of the world’s top films in 50 years or less,” and when I checked it out, I
found over 150 short reviews, written by dozens of WEbookers! Who knew we had so many film buffs in our
midst? Winterjazz did, apparently,
which is why she is now the proud recipient of the WEbooker
of the WEek
award. Check out Cinema 50 for 50-word reviews of movies from It’s
a Wonderful Life
to My
Big Fat Greek Wedding
An added
bonus: The project has its very own blog!

But first, let’s get to know our WEbooker
of the WEek
. Winterjazz lives in Devon,
UK, with her son Rob and her cat Bellamy, both of whom appear frequently in her
writing. Her career background is in management
training and coaching – check out her project The
Scene of the Crime and Other Team Games
for a taste of her
expertise. She’s always written, both
personally and professionally. In fact,
she once published an article debating the merits of women’s vs. men’s “football”
(I assume she means soccer!) – apparently she sparked quite a row by claiming
that woman are far better at defending.  According to Winterjazz, “It was only
after taking an Open University course in creative writing that I felt
confident in pursuing my passion for fiction and life writing.” She chose the name Jasmine Winter as her pen
name in appreciation of one of her favorite rambling plants, and translated
that into Winterjazz for
use on WEbook.

Want to know more? Winterjazz  kindly agreed to answer a few mildly inane

Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be?

A: My ideal
superpower would be the ability to transport myself instantly to anywhere in
the world.  This would allow me to turn up for tea unannounced on my best
friend’s doorstep in California, or slip away to a deserted beach in the
Caribbean with just a notepad, pen, and bikini.   

Q: What would you do if you found a five dollar bill on the sidewalk?      

A: A five dollar bill
on the sidewalk in my home town would be an unusual find, so I’d probably pin
it the cork board while developing my superpower, so that I could buy my friend
a soda when I persuade her to take me sightseeing in LA.   

Q: If you had the chance to live your life over
again, changing only one attribute, what would you choose: Your gender, your country of origin, or your
financial status?

A: That’s a tricky one!  I have too much fun being a woman to want to
change that. It would be tempting to
change my financial status, but I’d far rather achieve that under my own
steam.  I’d have to say country of origin.  I was born in Venezuela
and came to England as a very small child.  Hence I often feel nomadic and
somewhat uprooted.  This has endless advantages as I never stay anywhere
longer than a decade and enjoy a real sense of freedom to roam.  But while
I’d love to return to my birthplace, I’m not convinced by the current political
safety of doing so.  So, as you’re offering, I choose to have born next
door to my best friend so that at the age of 14 we could have smuggled
ourselves into the Whiskey on Sunset for a giggle. 

Q: What was the first thing you did this morning?

A: This morning I
opened my bleary eyes to the sound of the recycling van approaching and dashed
out to the back yard in my dressing gown to collect half a dozen bags of empty
milk and wine bottles, then made a large mug of coffee and headed for the

In addition to 101
Things Every Man Should Know How to Do
, Cinema 50, and
Scene of the Crime and Other Team Games
Winterjazz  has started six other projects
and contributed to 11
. Explore the entirety of her WEbook oeuvre

Happy writing!

-- Melissa

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