Text 28 Jul Today’s Task List…

Today’s Task List…

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In three days, a few members the writing group that my fiance and I are a part of, will be heading down to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference. Because of this, my work schedule will now be in overdrive.

For example, this is my task listfor today. It’s blurry (on purpose — #allthefilters #justabitofprivacy). I would like to say that my favorite item on the list is the “Pass out on…

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Text 26 Jul Reinvention, Innovation, and Personal Improvement

Reinvention, Innovation, and Personal Improvement

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It’s time for another awesome link that I found while I was researching a topic for work. As of late, I’ve been going through a quarter life crisis. Yes, it’s been the whole,

What am I doing? Do I like who I’ve become? Do I believe in myself? Why does [my fiance] believe in me? [insert abhorrent complaining and sobbing here]

Part of it comes from personal inadequacies and the half stems from the…

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Text 25 Jul 4 Ways to Live an Active Lifestyle (When You Sit All Day)

4 Ways to Live an Active Lifestyle (When You Sit All Day)

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I sit in front of a computer all day. The amount of sitting that I do is pretty depressing (at least it is to me). When I first became a freelance write, I had just left a job that required me to get up and move for six hours a day. I worked at a before/after school program.

I playeddodgeball for a half an hour each day. I played “lava monster” for another half an hour. I never sat still. I would…

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Photo 19 Jul 15 notes 15 Punctuation Marks

I found this awesome infographic here. Check out the link if you want to see it in more detail.

15 Punctuation Marks

I found this awesome infographic here. Check out the link if you want to see it in more detail.

Text 17 Jul Weird Al’ Yankovic has a Big Dictionary
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I ran across this parody today while doing some research for an article. It is Weird Al’s parody of “Blurred Lines”.

So why post it here? Because his version is called “War Crimes“, and I’ve got plenty of Grammar Nazis that would appreciate this.

So what do you think about people using “literally” incorrectly? What about “whom”?…

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Text 16 Jul Ways to Stay Safe While Using Public WiFi
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Just found this great article for freelance writers like me, who like to go to cafes in order to be around…people. What can I say, sometimes working alone in your home office can be lonely. Anyway, here is a great article about being safe when you’re using public WiFi. Don’t be the victim of identity theft or some gnarly virus.

Stay safe.

Love, Joy

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Text 14 Jul 50 Coolest Writers of All Time
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If you’re looking to procrastinate from work on this lovely Monday afternoon, check out this shortlist of the 50 Coolest Writers of All Time. I think that we can all agree that the title is a big presumptuous. “…of All Time”, really? But, while I agree that sometimes (okay, “a lot of the time”) female writers aren’t nearly as represented as they should be, that doesn’t negate the fact that all of…

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Text 11 Jul Creating a Comfortable Workspace that Breeds Innovation
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While doing some research for an article, I happened upon this nugget of gold. It is a PDF file of a Knoll Research Project on “Creating Collaborative Spaces that Work.” Now, while I don’t actually work around people on a daily basis, I kept a copy for myself for future reference.

If you are the head of an office and want to jump on the “free flow“, open space work environment bandwagon, I…

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Text 11 Jul 1 note 3 Great Copywriting & Journalism Resources

Copywriting and Journalism Resources

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I follow a FB page and podcast called “A Little Bird Told Me Freelancing Podcast.” Not only are the two hosts talented and eloquent, they also have charming accents. I often check out a podcast if I am feeling a little cynical or jaded about work. I have to admit that (while I love my job), sometimes it can feel tedious. Often, something as simple as a cup of coffee, a refreshing glass of water,…

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Text 8 Jul 2 notes Infograph: A Guide to Perfect Social Media Posts

Infograph: How to Make

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I found this article on Entrepreneur.com today while working. It is an excellent resource for small businesses who want to make relevant and timely social media posts that really engages readers. I thought that I would share it with everyone so that you could benefit from its awesome info as well.

Have a great day everyone!

Love, Joy

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Text 7 Jul Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts Back to Mainstream

Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts Back to Mainstream

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This is fantastic

Originally posted on Lettuce Fold:

HipsterASHEVILLE, NC — Derek Loy has been living the hipster lifestyle for the past two years, but after his bank account began to dwindle, he reverted back to mainstream customs.

“I tried my best,” said Loy, “I really did. I was juicing regularly, eating local and organic, and was doing my best to only drink craft beer. Unfortunately, my…

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Text 5 Jul HOW TO: Plan a Wedding for 2015

HOW TO: Plan a Wedding & Not Rip All Your Hair Out

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I am getting married next year. It will be a blessed event filled with family, friends, and pretty flowers (white and blue). I am new to this whole wedding planning thing and although my fiance thinks that it is all very overwhelming, I’m secretly having a blast. #allthegirlythings

It’s still weird calling him my fiance and we are still a little green around the ears when it comes to this stage…

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Text 2 Jul 2 notes 5 Things that I Know About Being a Professional Writer
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I can officially consider myself a professional writer. I get paid to write words. That payment goes toward paying bills (even writers like to eat and have a roof over our heads — despite how Hollywood likes to depict us). Then I’m broke and I have to wait for my next paycheck. Cie la vie…Anyway, this is why I feel as though I can have a pretentioustitle like “5 Things that I Know About Being a…

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Text 30 Jun Onward and Upwards…!
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Hello Everyone!

Yes, I’ve been absent.

Yes, my excuse is work.

However, I would like to take this moment to plug my personal website. I’m revamping my personal website in hopes that I can use it as my professional freelance website.

What do you think?

What do you like to see when you go to a “professional writer’s website”?

I’d love to hear/read your comments and thoughts about this topic. I’m…

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Text 22 Jun 1 note Sci-Fact is Scary

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It’s not sci-fi anymore. It’s sci-fact. I’m scared.

Also, sci-fi writers out there are going to have to start upping their game…

Beware of technology.

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