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Know When to Take a Break

Know When to Take a Break


Posted By on Mar 3, 2014

When you work from home suddenly your private space becomes your office. One day the kitchen table is where your inspiration finds a home. Another day your porch swing offers an inviting day of productivity. Sometimes you’ll even hide out in the second bedroom, plucking away on the laptop while lounging on the futon. As E.B. White said: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a...

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The other day at work I was discussing (yet again) ANOTHER book I’m reading when my coworker said, “Do you have a list you’re following? You’re always reading such interesting books!” Best compliment I’ve received in at least a month. The truth is I don’t have a list, but I usually pick up interesting-sounding books on the clearance rack at Barnes & Noble, stumble across recommendations...

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The Twilight of Storytelling

The Twilight of Storytelling


Posted By on Jun 28, 2013

I like to have the TV on when I work from home because it makes me feel like I’m not alone. Weird, much? Usually I watch HGTV or DIY, but the other day – for kicks and giggles – I was watching the second Twilight movie. Eclipse, I think? The one where the vampires leave town and Bella is angsty. I’ve seen all of the movies once before, and, while they’re bad – quite bad – I won’t say...

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Sometimes it seems like brands just don’t want our engagement. At least, that’s the only conclusion we can make based upon the boneheaded moves they make in the digital sphere that leave us scratching our heads at the obstacles put in the way toward building a successful customer relationship. Here is a list of 7 such moves that I have recently experienced all too frequently. You send me a “You’ve successfully...

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Dear Brands, Our relationship should be free. I’m not registering at your site in order to leave a comment. There’s this little thing called OpenID, or, better yet, value the feedback of your customers so much that it is free for us to give it. Oh, and that subscription/registration pop-up you utilize on your home page? That stops me in my tracks faster than anything you could ever throw at me. Compounding matters is that most of the...

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Two months ago I quit my job to be a writer. I’m nearly finished with my first book, started this blog, and am looking forward to launching my e-newsletter. I’m also looking forward to completing NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is for writers to complete a novel during the month of November. 50,000 words. Zero excuses. The quality of the writing doesn’t matter; the goal is simply words on paper. After a...

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